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Istanbul Layover Morning Tour

Morning Tour

5 to 6 Hours

Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Want to take advantage of early morning layover in Istanbul Airport? Enjoy a perfectly curated short trip from Istanbul Airport to old city of Istanbul. If your flight arrives between 05.00 am to 07.00 am and have an 6 hours or more time to spare from morning till noon, it is a wonderful option to make the best of your stopover in Istanbul.

In this personalized tour, after meeting your driver at the airport with the help of our Meet & Greet Service, you will be transfered to city center where you guide will meet you.  You will have a chance to experience either a proper Turkish Breakfast or quick snack on way depending on your layover time. Then it is time to visit the iconic sites of Istanbul Old City in your own pace; Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar. Finally you will be transferred back to airport early enough to go through the security and reach to the gate on time, as we do always.

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  • Round-Trip Tour from Istanbul Airports (IST) including pick up and drop off with private van.
  • Take advantage of a personalized tour with a friendly local guide.
  • Visit the most famous iconic monuments of Istanbul; Byzantine Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar
  • Taste famous Turkish Breakfast, Turkish Tea or Turkish Coffee.
  • Enjoy optional Turkish Bath experience and relax at 500 year old Turkish Bath ahead of long flight.
  • With Relax Cancellation Policy; Pay no penalty fee for the cancellations made before 24 Hours prior to the starting time due to the delayed or canceled flights.


Airport Pick-up & Private Transfer
Airport Pick-up &  Private Transfer

After clearing passport control and customs, our Meet & Greet partner M44 will be ready to meet you at the exit gate No: 13, International arrival terminal. Once you have spotted sign of M44 and shared your booking information, You will be accompanied to your driver and vehicle. Following meeting your driver and getting on private vehicle, you will be transferred to your guide's location in old city, where major attractions are grouped in same vicinity.
Duration: 45-60 minutes depending on traffic or whether it is a working day or not.

Byzantine Hippodrome
Byzantine Hippodrome

Stop At: Hippodrome The equivalent of Maxiumus Circus, city of Rome was immitated in new capital of Roman Empire as we call Byzantine Hippodrome; Hear the stories of glory chariot riders and amazed with monuments erected by the ambitios Roman engineers; Egpytian Obelisk, Serpent Colomn and Colomn of Constantine.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

Stop At: Blue Mosque As an operating mosque, your guide will take you inside of mosque complex in between praying times and help you to barrow a scarf or skirt if needed. it is closed untill noon on Fridays due to Friday noon prayer service. Attention; There is ongoing restoration and the dome view is blocked by scaffolding.

Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

Hagia Sophia Mosque
Hagia Sophia Mosque

Stop At Hagia Sophia. Walk through with our licensed tour guide and explore the 8th wonder of the world (possibly) from the aspects of architecture, religion and politics. Hagia Sophia is not a museum any more and visiting hours changes based on praying times. It is open all weekdays 24/7

Duration: 45 minutes

Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern

Stop At: Basilica Cistern As you walk down the stairs, you will see a palace looking underground water system built in 6th C. by Romans. Its massive size could store enough water to provide for Roman Palace and surrending neighborhood untill it was forgotten.

Admision fee is 190 TL or 11 USD

Duration: 30 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included

Grand Bazaar & Spice Market
Grand Bazaar & Spice Market

The world's oldest shopping mall was buit in 1460s by the order of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqurer, in order to generate income for maintaining their newly converted mosque. The city, being in the meeting point of oriental trade routes made the bazaar Grand and Famous. Today, with 3000 thousand shops offer huge range of colourful item from simple souviners to expensive items such as jewelery, carpets, mosaic lamps, magnets, leather. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Duration: 60 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Return Private Transfer and Drop Off at Istanbul Airport or Layover Hotel
Return Private Transfer and Drop Off at Istanbul Airport or Layover Hotel

Duration 45 - 60 minutes


  • Private Tour by Licensed Tour Guide
  • Private Round Airport Transport
  • Public Transportation Fees (Ferry & Tram and Cable)
  • Additional Services
  • Food & Drinks
  • Tickets (can be purchased in advance)

Tour's Location

Morning Tour


How early Can you start the tour from Istanbul Airport?
We can meet you at Istanbul Airport as early as 06.00 am.
what if my flight delays and arrives late? Will you wait me ?
Yes we will wait as far as the time allows to do the tour. Our Meet and Greet staff is stationed at the Arrival Exit Gate No. 13 all the time.
If the delayed flight make the tour doing impossible, will you fortified the deposit?
No, we have a relaxed cancelation policy and we don't charge for the cancellations made due to the flight delays, canceled flights


Based on 1 review
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Best Tour Guide Ever

OZ! He’s the best. He was able to tailor our morning tour to our preference. he brought us to best spots for local food which we really loved! He also has very thorough expertise of the places’ history— we learned a lot. We definitely enjoyed this tour. Well worth it. We are already planning to come back! THANK YOU OZGUR!
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