Istanbul Layover Tours from Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Make the most of your time between flights and visit the fascinating city of Istanbul with us.
See the main sights of Istanbul during your flight layover in Istanbul.
Choose your own itinerary and explore Istanbul with a private guide or let’s adjust it for you.
You can choose your own program or we can make a custom itinerary according to your arrival and departure times and interests in Istanbul. You do not need to stay at the airport and wait a long time. We pick you up from the airport with your name sign and drive to the city. There are several options. If you like you can self-touring around and we can do a return transfer back to the airport or we can provide you private licensed local tour guide for the museums. The most important part is your arrival and departure times and museum opening times. Also, we can pick you up from the airport and only drive in the city than rest or have lunch/dinner at a nice restaurant or one of cafe shops along the Bosphorus.
- Istanbul Aiport Layover Tour: Private Guide & Vehicle for Cruisers
Istanbul Airport – City Tour – Cruise Port or Cruise Port – City Tour – Istanbul Airport
- Istanbul -Airport Layover Tour: Private Guide & Vehicle
Istanbul Airport – City Tour – Istanbul Airport
- Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport Layover Tour: Private Guide & Vehicle
Istanbul Airport – City Tour – Sabiha Gokcen Airport, or Sabiha Gokcen Airport – City Tour -Istanbul Airport
We will be glad you spend your valuable time useful. Please keep this in mind. Highlights of Istanbul located 1 hour away from Istanbul Airport. If your layover is at Sabiha Gokcen Airport then it takes 1.5 hours to reach to highlights of Istanbul. It is changing according to heavy traffic. When you are calculating your time do not forget that. For international flights, you need to be at the airport 1,5 hours before.
According to your layover, among the sites to visit are must-see monuments such as Blue Mosque, Underground Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Spice Bazaar, Turkish Islamic Art Museum, cruise on the Bosphorus, etc. These are just a few of the things you might do on your layover tour according to your time frame.
Brief Info about the sites:
Hagia Sophia Mosque: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Basilica Cistern: It was built by the Roman emperor Justinian in 537 as the biggest water reservoir. It used 336 recycled Corinthian, doric, and ionic styles columns to build it.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii): Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi): In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx ware and meerschaum pipers.
Hippodrome (At Meydani): The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi): The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Airport Pick Up & Drop Off
Gasoline & Parking Fees
Services Charges & Local Taxes
Lunch (It could be one of those close by according to your preference and your guide advices
All Entrance Fees to the Museum
Optional Istanbul Private Tours
- Price is depending on the number of people or group, the age of children and the location of your hotel in Istanbul (If you are not cruising traveler).
- This tour is not operated on tuesdays because the Topkapi Palace is closed on this day. If you wish, you can skip that part and you can have this tour on Tuesday.