Maximize Your Layover Experience

Exclusive Layover Tours Tailored for Travelers

Embark on our Private Layover Tour from Airports or Hotels and make the most of your time in Istanbul between flights.

Istanbul's Old City: A Journey Through Time and Cultures

Unforgettable Cultural Immersion

Convenient Transport Options

Tailored Layover Tours for Every Itinerary

1- Private Layover Tour from Airports

Make the most of your layover in Istanbul with our exclusive Private Layover Tour from Airports, designed for travelers seeking to explore the city's top highlights during their extended stopover. Whether you find yourself at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gökçen Airport, our expertly crafted itinerary ensures that you experience the cultural and historical wonders of Istanbul's Old City Sultanahmet, all the while maximizing your time before your next departure.

Hassle-Free Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Your adventure begins the moment you touch down in Istanbul, where you will be greeted by our friendly and professional team at the airport. With a private car waiting to carry you, you will embark on a journey through the heart of Istanbul, immersing yourself in the rich mixture of history and culture that awaits you.

Explore the Timeless Beauty of Sultanahmet

As you make your way to the historic Sultanahmet district, your licensed tour guide will regale you with fascinating tales and insights into Istanbul's wonderful past. Prepare to be astounded as you step into the majestic Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has stood as a symbol of Byzantine and Ottoman grandeur for over a millennium.

Next, marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, with its towering minarets and stunning blue tiles that give it its name. Step inside to admire the intricate calligraphy and breathtaking domes that adorn this iconic landmark, before strolling through the serene courtyards and gardens that surround it.

Discover the Treasures of Topkapı Palace

No visit to Istanbul is complete without exploring the opulent halls and lavish chambers of Topkapı Palace, once that was home to generations of Ottoman sultans. Wander through the palace's immersive complex, where you will encounter priceless artifacts, beautiful hand-made carpets, dazzling jewelleries, and stunning panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

Indulge in Local Delights

After immersing yourself in Istanbul's rich history, take some time to explore the vibrant streets of Sultanahmet, where local bazaars and outlet shops await. From colorful carpets and intricate ceramics to shining jewelleries and delectable sweets, there's no shortage of treasures to discover as you wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the Grand Bazaar and local shops.

By the way, your local tour guide will show you the best places for shopping and help you with some bargaining games which is part of the Turkish culture.

Return to the Airport

As your layover tour comes to an end, you will be chauffeured back to the airport in time for your next departure, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience from start to finish. On the way back, you will have a great collection of pictures and videos reflecting on the unforgettable memories you have created and the hidden gems you have uncovered. You will depart Istanbul with a newfound appreciation for this captivating city and its timeless beauty.


2- Private Layover Tour from Taksim and Sultanahmet Hotels

Maximize your layover in Istanbul with our exclusive Private Layover Tour from Taksim and Sultanahmet Hotels, tailored for travelers seeking to explore the city's top highlights during their extended stopover. Whether you are staying in the vibrant Taksim Square or the historic Sultanahmet area or any other hotel near seaside, our carefully organised itinerary ensures that you experience the cultural and historical wonders of Istanbul's Old City Sultanahmet before your next departure.

Hassle-Free Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Your adventure begins with a private car picking you up directly from your hotel in Istanbul, whether it is located in the busy Taksim district or a close neighborhood. If your hotel is located in Sultanahmet, then you would probably not need a car servise as all the top attractions are located nearby. Our professional and friendly driver will ensure a smooth and comfortable journey as you make your way to the heart of Istanbul's historic center.

Immerse Yourself in History at Hagia Sophia

Your first stop on this captivating journey is the iconic Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stands as a testament to Istanbul's rich and diverse history. Step inside this architectural marvel, where Byzantine grandeur meets Ottoman splendor, and marvel at the stunning mosaics, towering domes, and centuries-old artifacts that adorn its interior.

Admire the Architectural Marvel of the Blue Mosque

Next, prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul's most iconic landmarks. Named for the exquisite blue tiles that adorn its interior, this majestic mosque is a masterpiece of the Ottoman architecture, with its towering minarets, cascading domes, and intricate calligraphy leaving visitors in astonishment of its grandeur.

Explore the Magnificent Topkapı Palace

Continue your journey through time as you explore the expanding grounds of Topkapı Palace, once the opulent residence of the Ottoman sultans. Wander through the palace's immersive complex, where you will encounter priceless artifacts, beautiful hand-made carpets, dazzling jewelleries, and stunning panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

Indulge in Local Delights

After immersing yourself in Istanbul's rich history, take some time to explore the vibrant streets of Sultanahmet, where local bazaars and outlet shops await. From colorful carpets and intricate ceramics to shining jewelleries and delectable sweets, there's no shortage of treasures to discover as you wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the Grand Bazaar and local shops.

By the way, your local tour guide will show you the best places for shopping and help you with some bargaining games which is part of the Turkish culture.

Return to Your Hotel or Airport

As your layover tour comes to an end, you will be chauffeured back to your hotel or to the airport where your departure will start off. We will ensure a smooth and stress-free experience from start to finish.

On the way back, you will have a great collection of pictures and videos reflecting on the unforgettable memories you have created and the hidden gems you have uncovered. You will depart Istanbul with a newfound appreciation for this captivating city and its timeless beauty.


3- Private Layover Tour from Galataport

Make the most of your time in Istanbul with our exclusive Private Layover Tour from Galataport, designed for travelers seeking to explore the city's top highlights during their extended stopover between arrival and departure times at Galataport. Whether you are docked for just a few hours or have a full day to spare, our expertly organised itinerary ensures that you experience the cultural and historical wonders of Istanbul's Old City Sultanahmet before your next departure.

Hassle-Free Pick-Up and Drop-Off at Galataport

Your adventure begins the moment you disembark from your cruise ship at Galataport, where our professional and friendly team will be waiting to greet you at a specified meeting point and time. With a private car standing by or an authentic tram ride to Sultanahmet, you will embark on a journey through the heart of Istanbul's historic center, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience from start to finish.

Immerse Yourself in the Majesty of Hagia Sophia

Your first stop on this captivating journey is the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stands as a testament to Istanbul's rich and diverse history. Step inside this architectural marvel, where Byzantine grandeur meets Ottoman splendor, and marvel at the stunning mosaics, towering domes, and centuries-old artifacts that adorn its interior.

Admire the Beauty of the Blue Mosque

Next, prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul's most iconic landmarks. Named for the exquisite blue tiles that adorn its interior, this majestic mosque is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture, with its towering minarets, cascading domes, and intricate calligraphy leaving visitors in astonishment of its grandeur.

Explore the Grandeur of Topkapı Palace

Continue your journey through time as you explore the magnificent Topkapı Palace, once the opulent residence of the Ottoman sultans. Wander through the palace's immersive complex, where you will encounter priceless artifacts, beautiful hand-made carpets, dazzling jewelleries, and stunning panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

Indulge in Local Delights

After immersing yourself in Istanbul's rich history, take some time to explore the vibrant streets of Sultanahmet, where local bazaars and outlet shops await. From colorful carpets and intricate ceramics to shining jewelleries and delectable sweets, there's no shortage of treasures to discover as you wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the Grand Bazaar and local shops.

By the way, your local tour guide will show you the best places for shopping and help you with some bargaining games which is part of the Turkish culture.

Return to Galataport

As your layover tour comes to an end, you will be chauffeured or transferred back to Galataport in time for your next departure, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience from start to finish.

On the way back, you will have a great collection of pictures and videos reflecting on the unforgettable memories you have created and the hidden gems you have uncovered. You will depart Istanbul with a newfound appreciation for this captivating city and its timeless beauty.

Please review our flexible Cancellation Policy for details on booking modifications and cancellations. Click here for full terms and conditions.

  • We kindly request our guests to be ready 5 minutes before the agreed departure time.
  • %20 discount for children between the ages 3-6, free for the ages between 0-2. Age should be proven by ID or passport if asked by guide or company.
  • Smoking is forbidden inside the shuttle bus.
  • Tour fees include transportation, guidance, entrance fees and meals.
  • Luxury Istanbul Tours is not responsible for any loss or larceny of personal belongings during the tour.
  • Please be on time at the meeting points during the tour period given by the tour guide.
  • Tours will proceed without waiting the delayers.
  • No refund if you quit the tour any time for any reason.
  • Hat and sunglasses on summer days, umbrella on rainy days and warm clothing on winter days are advised.

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FAQs

Istanbul's Old City is historically significant as the epicenter of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, home to centuries of rich history and diverse cultures, evident in its architecture and heritage sites.

The OldCity Highlights tour includes visits to Istanbul's most iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome, and Topkapı Palace, among others.

Our expert tour guides offer commentary in English and Russian languages, providing an informative experience through Istanbul's Old City.

Practical Information and Added Value

Gain practical tips for dressing appropriately, considering the weather, and what to bring. Enjoy added value like personalized attention and expert bargaining tips during shopping.

All museum fees that are on the itinerary list are included in the tour program.

As a regular tour, OldCity Highlights typically has a set start time. Please check our schedule for the exact timing.

The OldCity Highlights tour includes a break for lunch at a local restaurant, offering a taste of traditional Turkish cuisine. Plus, the cost of the meal is included in the tour price.

Guest Experiences & Reviews: Sultanahmet Highlights Tour"

★★★★★

Our experience with
Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours was truly exceptional! The Old City Sultanahmet Highlights tour exceeded our expectations. The guide, Hasan, with his in-depth knowledge, made each historical site come alive, and the seamless organization of transfers and exclusive access to museums added immense value to our journey. A day filled with cultural enrichment and beautiful memories. Danke schön!

Claudia Müller
Germany
★★★★★

Embarking on the Old City Sultanahmet Highlights tour was like stepping into a living history book. The tour guide, Emily, with her fluent English commentary, was both engaging and informative, providing a profound understanding of Istanbul's rich heritage. The well-planned itinerary allowed us to explore iconic landmarks hassle-free. Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours made our visit truly unforgettable!

Brian Johnson
USA
★★★★★

Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours delivered an outstanding experience during the Old City Sultanahmet Highlights tour. From the moment of pick-up to the final drop-off, every detail was meticulously handled. The cultural insights shared by the guide, Alex, added depth to our exploration, and the exclusive access to museums saved us valuable time. A top-notch tour that I would highly recommend!

Sarah Thompson
Canada
★★★★★

Shukran to Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours for a memorable journey through the Old City Sultanahmet Highlights. The tour guide, Fatima, seamlessly combined history, culture, and leisure. Her knowledgeable insights and captivating stories, along with the photography tips, were a bonus. Exclusive access to museums and assistance with local bargaining culture made this tour stand out. An enriching experience from start to finish!

Ahmed Al-Mansoori
United Arab Emirates
★★★★★

Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours curated an Old City Sultanahmet Highlights journey that left us awe-inspired. The guide, Sophia, skillfully brought historical narratives to life, ensuring each moment felt significant. The well-thought-out itinerary, combined with the exclusive access to museums, showcased the team's commitment to providing an unparalleled cultural experience. Highly recommended for a profound exploration of Istanbul.

Olivia Turner
Australia
★★★★★

Our exploration of Istanbul through Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours was a seamless and captivating experience. The Old City Sultanahmet Highlights tour, led by our knowledgeable guide, Aisha, surpassed expectations. The attention to detail, from personalized service to insightful commentary, made this journey unforgettable. Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours truly delivers excellence in cultural exploration and hospitality.

Raj Patel
Singapore
★★★★★

Our day with Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours was a delightful immersion into the heart of Istanbul's history. The Old City Sultanahmet Highlights tour was expertly crafted, with a perfect balance of sightseeing, cultural insights, and leisure time. The guide, Mark, with his passion for the subject matter, made the tour not just educational but genuinely enjoyable. Kudos to the entire team for a fantastic experience!

Laura Davis
United States
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