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Lay Over Istanbul





All about the Lay Over Istanbul.

This tour is tailored specifically for Brooke F. considering her flight and layover time. This layover tour includes a panoramic visit to Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Galata Tower, Taxim Square and Istıklal avenue. MTA Tours can accommodate minor flight delays, however we are unable to offer refunds in the case of a major delay or last-minute cancellation.

  • We can tailor this private tour considering your dates and interests .
  • You can book this tour with ”pay on tour” option paying only 20 percent life time deposit.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Taxes
  • Ground transportation via private van
  • Other transport expenses like gas, parking fees.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Dinner
  • Tips
  • Accomodation
  1. Istanbul By Night Highlights

    Welcome to Istanbul!

    After you land at Istanbul Atatürk Airport at 16:30, we expect that it will take about 1-1.5 hours to clear passport control, collect your luggage, and go through customs. With this in mind, we expect to start your tour around 18:00 from the airport. Our transfer team will, however, be waiting for you at the exit airport starting at 16:30 and will be monitoring your flight for any delays. As you exit the luggage claim and airport, please keep a look-out for our transfer team member; he will be holding a sign bearing your name. Once everyone is ready, we’ll depart the airport and head to the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul where you’ll meet up with your guide and begin the tour.

    Assuming there aren’t any major delays, we expect to begin the tour around 18:30-19:00. We start with Istanbul’s most famous sites, including Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Hippodrome. Although your afternoon arrival means that these sites will be closed by the time we get there, there will still be plenty of opportunities for pictures and to enjoy scenic views of this impressive district. 

    Once we finish touring the sites of Sultanahmet, we will head to the Eminönü area for your sit-down dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus. We will make the reservation for you at ’’HAMDI’’ Restaurant. (http://hamdi.com.tr/en/eminonu). Here you’ll try Turkey’s diverse and rich cuisine; from kebabs to vegetarian-friendly mezes, there are options for every palate. 

    After dinner, we’ll drive to Taksim Square and walk down to Galata Tower and Istanbul’s Karaköy district via Istiklal Avenue. Istiklal Avenue is a vibrant street hosting art galleries, pubs, local shops, coffee houses, and restaurants. On the way, we’ll have ample opportunity to sample some of Turkey’s most delectable treats and street foods. Examples include Turkish coffee, Turkish delights, midye (stuffed mussels), simit (Turkish bagel), and many others. Our walk down brings us to Galata Tower, a medieval defense unit that is now one of Istanbul’s highlights due to its location and the views it offers. Further down, we conclude our tour in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood, a unique, youthful area with unparalleled views.

    Around 23:30 – 24:00, your guided tour ends. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel.


    Although we will run the tour with a private van, your tour includes around 2-3 hours of leisurely (flat) walking. There will be places to stop and rest, and we have tried to break up the walking by putting dinner in the middle.

Istiklal avenue

Istiklal avenue at night, Istanbul

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Hagia sophia at night, Istanbul

galata tower

Galata Tower at night, Istanbul

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Old hippodrome, Istanbul


All of our tours are instantly confirmed via email upon booking. Day tours can be booked up until 48 hours before the start of the tour. Multi-day or group tours can be booked up until 7 days before the start of the tour.


Payments can be made by credit card on our website or by wire transfer. If paying by credit card, you will be charged in full at the time of booking. If paying by wire transfer, you can pay a 20% deposit via transfer and pay the remaining 80% at the start of your tour. We accept payments in Turkish Lira, Euro, and U.S. Dollar.

Cancellations and Refund Policy

Multi-day tours can be cancelled within 15 days. If you cancel before the 15-day window, we will refund 80% of the tour price. The remaining 20% will be kept as a life-time deposit. You, your family, or your friends can apply this 20% to any future bookings.

If you cancel within 15 days, you will be refunded 80% of the tour cost, but will not be eligible for the remaining 20% life-time deposit.

Day tours can be cancelled within 5 days. If you cancel before the 7-day window, we will refund 80% of the tour price. The remaining 20% will be kept as a life-time deposit. You, your family, or your friends can apply this 20% to any future bookings.

If you cancel within 5 days, you will be refunded 80% of the tour cost, but will not be eligible for the remaining 20% life-time deposit.

If you have a 20% lifetime deposit with us, please email us when booking so we can adjust the pricing with a promotional code.

Tour Confirmation

All of our tours are instantly confirmed via email upon booking. Day tours can be booked up until 24 hours before the start of the tour. Multi-day or group tours can be booked up until 7 days before the start of the tour.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While we rarely have to deviate from our itineraries, travel can be unpredictable. We reserve the right to make alterations to our itineraries in cases of unforeseen circumstances (i.e., bad weather or local circumstances).

Meeting with your Guide

For both private and group multi-day tours, you will meet in your starting-city’s hotel lobby at 6:00pm for introductions and tour preliminaries.

For day tours, your meeting time is 9:00 am unless otherwise specified.

Emergency Numbers

We can be reached at the following numbers:

+90 544 291 07 89

+90 242 242 07 89

In-country emergency numbers:

Police: 155

Ambulance/Medical: 112


We strongly recommend that our passengers select a travel insurance policy to cover the duration of their tour. This should, importantly, cover any medical expenses incurred, but we also recommend insurance for personal liability, cancellation, and loss of luggage.

Finishing Point

We are happy to help with your post-tour plans! Let us know if you would like us to arrange a hotel reservation, airport transfer, or activity.

What to Bring

We recommend packing as lightly as possible. Hotels and buildings in Turkey often lack entry ramps, and public transport can get quite crowded (limiting the space for luggage). For daily activities, a day pack or large purse will suffice.

Make sure to bring all necessary documentation, including passport, visa (if needed), itinerary, flight information, and any travel insurance papers.

As for clothing, the weather in Turkey will vary depending on where your tour takes you and the time of year during which you travel. Please check the weather statistics for an idea about seasonal items. For tours traveling to more conservative areas, we recommend bringing a few modest-clothing items (long-sleeved shirt/sweater and pants/long skirt). Women may want to bring a scarf for mosque visits.


The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). My Turkey Adventure accepts tour payments in Turkish Lira, Euros, or US dollars. While most restaurants, bars, and shops in urban areas will accept credit and debit cards, you will need to have TL on hand to use for smaller items, local shops, and tipping. Every traveler is different when it comes to spending habits, therefore it’s entirely up to you when deciding how much money to bring.

Your guide will point out exchange offices and/or banks for you to change or withdraw cash. If you need to change money at the airport, keep the amount low as the rates will be poorer than those in the city center.

We recommend keeping some extra cash (around 100EUR) to use in case of emergency or unforeseen circumstances.


At restaurants, it is customary to leave a 5-10% tip if you are satisfied with the service.

For taxis, just round up your fare (for example, if your trip is 15.25TL, give 16TL).

At hotels, we recommend tipping 1EUR per person per day.

If you are happy with your tour and would like to show your appreciation, tips for your guide and/or driver can be given at the end of your tour. While the amount is solely at your discretion, we recommend tipping around 2EUR per person per day to your driver and 4-5EUR per person per day to your guide.

Optional Activities

We offer a variety of optional activities to supplement our itineraries. These can be found on our website, or you can ask us for recommendations.


Safety and Security

A basic awareness of your surroundings will go a long way in keeping you and your belongings safe. We recommend keeping your passports, extra cash, and important documents in your hotel room’s safe or, if unavailable, with the hotel front-desk staff. Try not to carry large amounts of cash. Pickpocketing is a problem in urban areas, particularly in Istanbul’s large crowds. Keep your personal effects close—a bag or purse that can be zipped or a money belt are recommended. You may also want to bring a luggage lock for added security during air transit.

While Turkey is a relatively safe country to visit, please trust your guide’s judgement and experience if he or she tells you to avoid certain neighbourhoods or activities.

When exploring on your own, please be aware of the “Let’s get a drink” scam, which has targeted tourists in recent years. A stranger (someone telling you they are a guide or fellow traveler, for example) will invite you to a bar or restaurant for drink/food. These people work with the bar/restaurant, and your bill will be horribly high (we have heard of people being forced to pay 3000TL for a bottle of raki or wine). It can become precarious if the tourist refuses to pay. While this scam tends to target single-travelers (particularly men), small groups of 2-3 people can also be targeted.

There are some touristy restaurants that do not list prices on their menus, or they will attempt to inflate your bill by serving you extra portions without you having ordered them. Keep a menu at the table to double-check your bill and make sure to clearly state how many portions you want when ordering. Your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for high-quality, honest places to eat during your free time, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Protests and demonstrations, however well-intentioned, can turn rowdy or violent. If you encounter a protest, leave the area immediately.

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