Istanbul Airport: Layover Tour Options

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If you have a long layover in Istanbul, take advantage of the time with one of these tour options and see some of the sights of this historic city. The 6-hour tours can be customized to your interests or the guide will take you to see the top attractions.
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Duration 6 hours
Skip the line
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Live guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
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  • Make the most of your time between flights and visit the fascinating city of Istanbul
  • See the main sights of Istanbul during your flight layover
  • Choose your own itinerary and explore Istanbul with a private guide
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Discover the extraordinary sights of Istanbul with a private guide on either a set or customized itinerary. Your 6-tour sightseeing tour begins at the airport and is designed and priced for a group of up to 4 persons.

Choose the attractions you want to see, on your own schedule and your guide will ensure that you don’t get lost! There’s an option to add on private transportation to transfer you speedily from location to location.

Among the sites to visit are must-see monuments such as the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the stunning subterranean Basilica Cistern. Soak-up the exciting atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and take in the enticing aromas of the Spice Market. Learn the history of Istanbul at Ottoman palaces, such as Dolmabahce Palace and Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the sultans.

Visit the imperial Suleymaniye Mosque, or admire the 17th-century Yeni Cami (New Mosque). See the Medieval Galata Tower in the Karaköy quarter, or the Byzantine frescoes of the Chora Museum.

Explore some of Istanbul’s fabled neighborhoods, such as Taksim and wander down busy Istiklal Street. Enjoy picturesque views from Pierre Loti Hill. Discover the remains of the old city walls, or head to the Archaeology Museum to see ancient Islamic art and Roman artifacts.

These are just a few of the things you might do on your tour.

You will be provided a guide that speaks your preferred language and who will pre-book skip-the-line tickets to the most popular attractions.
  • Private guide service (in your preferred language)
  • Private driver (if option booked)
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation (if private vehicle not booked)
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips/gratuities

When you get there

Meeting point

Airport, cruise port, hotel

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Know before you go
Approximate entrance fees are as follows (prices may increase without notice):
Hagia Sophia: TRY 40 (under 11 years old entrance is free)
Topkapi Palace: TRY 40 (under 11 years old entrance is free)
Basilica Cistern: TRY 20
Dolmabahce Palace (Administration section): TRY 60
Dolmabahce Palace (Administration and Harem): TRY 90

Bosphorus cruise (regular basis): TRY 15
Bosphorus cruise (Private): EUR 350

Optional visits:
Topkapi Palace Harem: TRY 25
Hagia Irene Church in Topkapi Palace (first courtyard): TRY 20

Skip-the-line entrance at Dolmabahce Palace is not guaranteed if the tour is booked less than 7 days in advance.

From US$ 195.99 Per group up to 4