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Istanbul: Private Layover Tour from New Istanbul Airport

Product ID: 203728
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Enjoy the best of Istanbul with your local licensed guide. Discover the highlights and the hidden gems of the city.
About this activity
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Duration: 5 hours
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  • Taste the rich and diverse Turkish cuisine at the local food market
  • Experience the ferry cruise from the Europen side to the Asian side
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sofia that hosts Islam and Christianity
  • Explore the 15th century Grand Bazaar with 4,000 shops
  • See the Blue Mosque and experience the live call to pray
Full description
Go on this tour and explore the city instead of waiting at the airport during your layover. With your friendly local guide, feel like you have done a lot in a short amount of time. Your itinerary will be redesigned according to your landing time and your guide will confirm the best itinerary for you when you meet at the airport.

If your flight lands before 4:00 PM, you will be able to go inside the sights but if your flight lands after 4:00 PM, you will not be able to go inside the sights but you will see Istanbul at night. The sights you can see included the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge, Bosporus Bridge, Bosporus to Kadıköy cruise, Maidens Tower, Kadıköy food market, Karaköy neighborhood, Taksim Square, and Istıklal Avenue. You can choose the additional activities of a Turkish bath for 50 Euro, dinner at a local restaurant for between 10 and 20 Euro, or a baklava tasting for between 5 and 10 Euro. 
  • Round-trip transfer to and from Istanbul Airport
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Fees for the tram in the center
  • Fees for the ferry cruise to and from the Asian side
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Fees for the optional activities
  • Gratuities, between €10-20 is suggested

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Visa, if required
Know before you go
• Women must bring a scarf to cover their hair when visiting the mosque or borrow one at the mosque
• You can leave any bags that you do not wish to carry during the tour in the vehicle or at the airport luggage store for a small charge
• Wi-Fi is available at some cafes
• Please note that you might need a visa to leave Istanbul airport; please apply for an e-visa to save time at the airport

From £133.31 per person

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Product ID: 203728