Layover Tour from Ataturk Airport - in Istanbul - LikeALocal Guide

Layover Tour from Ataturk Airport


22.50 EUR

This is a perfect tour program option for transit travellers who have a couple of hours layover between their flights in Istanbul. Last minute passengers can contact us and we will arrange the tour as soon as possible.

Duration: 6 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • German,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • French
Tour by Ertunga

My name is Ertunga and I was born in 1977 in Kusadası, where I still live. I graduated from the University of Philology, Department of English Language and Literature. I worked as an English Teacher for few years but I understood that it is not really what I wanted so I finished my short teaching career. Then I decided to study History and Archaeology and use my knowledge on this field.

In 2001 I became professional tour guide, with the license issued by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Since then I have worked for many agencies as an independent guide and I have been meeting tourists from all over the world. During this fourteen years, I have also been organizing private tours, and working with ToursByLocals is perfect option for me.

Since I grew up and have lived all my life in a touristic town, guiding has always been my dream. Very early I understood that it would be the most convenient job for my lifestyle, because I like history, archaeology, traveling and meeting different people and cultures, and the most important of everything, I love my country and want to help people see it's beauty and understand it's history and culture and at the same time, earning money from what I really enjoy doing; is a great feeling.

I have guiding experience in all areas in Turkey, but my favorite tours are definitely those in the Aegean and Istanbul. If you woukd like to have a multy day tour in Turkey, you are allways wellcome to contact me to discuss your program.

I am looking forward to meeting you in my country and showing you all its beauties!

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  • Istanbul old City
  • Taksim
  • Beyoglu
  • Golden Horn
  • Free Program

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With this tour, your guide meets you at the airport. After about half an hour driving, you can be in the Old City, the Sultanahmet area. Depending on available time and arrival date, you can visit: Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace.

You can also drive to Taksim area or any shopping mall in the European side of Istanbul. You may have to wait about 1 hour for passport controI and in rush hour traffic you may have to drive about 45min to the city centre. So we do not suggest this tour to our Customer WHO has 3 hours Layover in Istanbul.

After the tour you will be transferred back to the airport. Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace on Tuesdays. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

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What’s included & not included

  • Guiding Service
  • parkings
  • transport Mercedes vito
  • entrance fees
  • gratuitues

Meeting point

ataturk airport

This operator has 2 reviews for other tours


Outstanding Private Guide Service
We planned a visit to Turkey and Greece with another couple. We did a lot of online research to come up with a short list of well regarded private guides who are knowledgeable about the biblical sites in each country. Ertunga Ecir responded to our inquiries with detailed recommendations, based on his extensive experience leading tours to Istanbul and the "seven churches of Revelation". No choosing from Tour 1, Tour 2 or Tour 3.

Ertunga put together an outstanding 10-day itinerary. We were constantly impressed by his knowledge and by his love of the country. He was also quite flexible and creative as our interests were piqued, or our energy was flagging...

I highly recommend Ertunga for tour planning and as a private tour guide.
Oh, how I loved my trip to Turkey!
I have always wanted to visit Turkey, and feel so blessed that a friend of a friend gave me Ertunga’s name. I am not a large-group-tour-bus person, so was thrilled to find someone who could be my private guide for an affordable price. Ertunga was great to work with from the beginning. He responded to my emails within 24 hours, came up with a wonderful itinerary which I was able to tweak, was flexible with my dates, and willing to answer any and all questions.

The big question everyone wants to know: is Turkey safe? For the 2 and 1/2 weeks that I was there, I never felt in the slightest danger. (I feel in some ways our country is much more dangerous as 96 Americans die from gun violence every day. And we think Turkey may be unsafe?) The people were warm, friendly, hospitable, and always willing to help.

We visited biblical ruins, Roman ruins, Greek ruins, Hittite ruins, Lycian ruins, Byzantine, and Ottman buildings, bascillicas, and mosques. We viewed a sunken city on the Mediterranean through the glass bottom of a boat. We saw whirling dervishes. I had a Turkish bath. I’ve always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride – Ertunga arranged one for me in Cappadocia over volcanic “fairy chimneys”. Istanbul lives up to it’s fabulous reputation. We traveled 2,500 miles together, which allowed me to ask all kinds of questions about his amazing country — about it’s history, culture, and people. Turkish guides are extremely well qualified, and Ertunga was able to answer everything. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I am so grateful that I found him and his travel company.
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