Istanbul Layover Tour with Private Boat

Taste of Istanbul – Istanbul Private Tour for Transit Passengers

This is a perfect tour program option for transit travelers who have few hours layover between their flights in Istanbul. Instead of waiting at the airport, you can visit this world famous historical city and take beautiful photos.
Our local Istanbul guide and driver would meet you at the Istanbul Airport and take you to the sightseeing. Below is a potential itinerary. Of course, depending on your specific interests and available time, we can suggest other options too.


  • As a solo female traveler, I will admit I was a little nervous visiting Istanbul to attend a wedding. Ertunga quickly put my mind at ease. The people of Turkey were very kind and I felt very safe. Eutunga was a wealth of information with regards to both history and culture. I greatly enjoyed my time with him and can’t recommend him more! I look forward to returning for touring more of the country with his guidance.
    Nicola H
  • With only a limited amount of time in the morning before a 2pm flight, we wanted to have a taste of Istanbul before leaving. Turkey Tours arranged a personalized tour to suit our time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made extra efforts to tell us about the history we were seeing. His English was very good. Thank you for making our brief visit very memorable.
    Bestweb - Modesto, Kaliforniya
  • We used Turkey Private tours to do a day tour of Istanbul. We had an excellent guide, Oz, who was so knowledgeable. With only three in our group, we were able to get around the crowds. We were in Mini van with air con. & saw all the top sights, and were given options during the day, so we could change itinerary to suit what we wanted to see, and stay as long as we wanted. It was excellent
    John A Sidney, Avustralya
  • We had a private guide, Ugur, who was very knowledgeable and took us to all the places he thought he would see. We learned a lot about the culture and history of Turkey and it was fascinating. It was much cheaper than the excursion through the ship and we got personal attention and being older, our guide worked at our pace instead of trying to keep up with the ship excursion. I would definitely recommend you look into this before going to Turkey as it worked out wonderfully for us.
    Barb D Hamilton, Kanada


-Meet your guide at the airport.
-Drive to Buyuk Valide Han, one of the best spots for taking ptohos of Istanbul.
-Drive to Taksim Square and visit Istiklal Street
-Drive to Bebek where you can get your 1 hour private Bosphorus boat tour.
-Drive to old city and get some general information about Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Depending on your available time and interests you can visit some of this sites too.
-Drive back to the airport.

Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2   pax. 350 euros (495 usd)
  • 3 to 4   pax. 375 euros (425 usd)
  • 5 to 8   pax. 400 euros (453 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax. 450 euros (510 usd)

Please contact us if there is more than 12 pax in your group.

What’s Included

Professional guiding service, transport (in a cozy van with a driver). Parking fees and fuel.
Private boat
Note: If you do not want to have a guided tour, it is also possible to hire only a vehicle with a driver. Please contact us for this option.

What’s Extra

Entrance fees (free for children until the age of 8; please do not forget to bring an id or passport copy as an age proof). Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Istanbul Airport
End location: Istanbul Airport
Duration: 6 hours
This is average tour duration; tour is tailor made so guests are free to decide about its duration.


An air-conditioned, modern and comfortable van.
You can see our vehicles
Private boat for Bosphorus tour
You can see our boats

Estimated Local Cash Needed

Up to 120 Turkish Lira – We will need Local currency for entrance fees (if your time allows to enter the sites/museums). You can either purchase entrances yourself with credit card or cash or your guide can purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.