10 Hour Layover in Istanbul


Istanbul is becoming an ever-growing hub connecting travelers to more than 300 destinations with Turkish Airlines. With the opening of the new Istanbul Airport, it’s the perfect time to create a short layover itinerary for this enchanting city. Enough to give travelers a taste of the best the city has to offer and leave them wanting to come back for more..


Morning: Welcome to Istanbul where east meets the west! Hop on your private chauffeured car and head straight to the Old City. Tour the grand Hagia Sophia and head to the Grand Bazaar. Negotiate your way into buying gorgeous textiles, rugs, jewellery, leather goods, ceramics and more! Have a traditional Turkish Coffee at Sark Kahvesi.

Lunch: A few great options.. Experience a traditional Turkish lunch with a modern twist at the lovely Four Seasons by the Bosphorus. To hangout with the locals instead,  grab a bite at the Bebek Balikcisi or Mangerie restaurant in Bebek.

Afternoon: Enjoy a nice stroll by the Bosphorus - Bebek to Arnavutkoy or Hisar is a great route. Or take a boat tour by the Bosphorus to browse the impressive Istanbul Yali’s - historic mansions.

Time to head back to the airport. See you again soon!

Esra Levent, Managing Partner