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Sultan Ahmed Mosque Culinary & nightlife

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Istanbul:Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports&Hotels

1. Istanbul:Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports&Hotels

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. 

Istanbul: 4-Day City Excursion with Lodging

2. Istanbul: 4-Day City Excursion with Lodging

Discover the historic highlights of Istanbul on a 4-day guided city excursion with airport pickup and lodging included. Learn from an expert guide as you visit enchanting sites, both on and off the beaten path. Day 1, Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at the Istanbul Airport and receive a friendly welcome from your driver. Your driver will take you to your hotel to relax, rest and prepare for your excursion. Day 2: Treasures of Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch) Begin your city tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia, the largest manmade construction at the time apart from the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Next visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Sultan, and the last seat of the government for the Ottoman Empire. Continue on to the Hippodrome, built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. Next, visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque. End the day by wandering through the 4,000 shops of the Grand Bazaar, then head to your hotel in Istanbul to rest. Day 3: Princes Island Tour (Breakfast and Lunch) Embark on an adventure to Princes' Islands, and find colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens with exotic flowers, and lush forests. Admire the massive Ottoman mansions, as well as Victorian summer villas as you relax on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Day 4: Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar Tour (Breakfast) Begin the final day of your tour with a visit to the Spice Bazaar; a trading spot for herbs and spices from around Egypt and Asia. Spend the afternoon cruising on the Strait of Istanbul and learn about the culture and history of the area. Admire views of marble palaces and small fishing villages along the shores.

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What people are saying about Sultan Ahmed Mosque

This was a fantastic layover tour and I promise you won’t find another one out there that’s more inclusive! I truly felt like I saw all of Istanbul in just a short amount of time. My guide, Berk, was phenomenal. Request him if you can! He was incredibly knowledgeable and knew the detailed history of every site we visited and he spoke excellent English! We had so much fun. There is also a lot of flexibility and when time permitted, Berk let me choose between some activities. I did a lot of comparing layover tours but this one appeared to be the best and I can safely say now that it was! It made me fall in love with Istanbul and Turkey and I will definitely be returning! Take this tour if you have a long enough layover in Istanbul. You won’t regret it!

We had a 12 hour layover in Istanbul and our tour guide was amazing and flexible. It took us about an hour to get to the city center by car (please note that the drivers are different than your tour guide so tip accordingly). It was a fully private walking tour for my group (2 females). Communication happens through WhatsApp so be sure to have that app downloaded on your phone prior to your departure. Instructions on meeting points were very clear. Overall, would highly recommend this experience!

I had a 19-hour layover in Istanbul and decided not to spend the time at the airport. I spent the day touring the city, walking approximately 9 miles. Incredible experience.

My guide was very knowledgeable on the cities history. My layover wasn’t but 5 hours but he still was able to get me to multiple attractions.