LayoverStop started on a 7 hours layover in Istanbul, we wanted to see the city, but didn't feel safe or knew how!
We left the airport ...
Only to discover that Istanbul is a city that wakes up late (around 11:00 AM) All the shops and restaurant on Istiklal street were closed (the main tourist attraction in Istanbul main square). It took around an hour to get from the airport to the city center, Visa and custom were a bit complicated (but that was at the old airport). Ended up having to walk quite a bit to find an open restaurant. Which was great. But could have been so much better if we went across the sea to the 'other side of Istanbul'. On the flight back to Los Angeles we wrote a one page site offering layover tours to travelers on long layovers at LAX. Within a month, we received 3 bookings, then 10, then 30, 3 months after that, LayoverStop became a licensed travel agent with an office by LAX and a registered U.S trademark .
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What makes LayoverStop
For short hours, you'll feel like you've seen a lot, you will be matched with a verified host who'll meet you anywhere; a hotel, an airport, a train or cruise terminal and you will be taken to landmarks that are tailored to your time and interest.
Our hosts are friendly, educated, and enthusiastic. We share our cars, local knowledge, and we KNOW what to do and where to go.
You will have our full attention and you will be treated as a friend, not a customer.
We charge a flat hourly rate, for up to a group of 4 guests (never per person) so go ahead and invite others to share the cost with.
We customize our tours to your preference
We are not ...
A 'bus-tour company'
Running on a schedule
We are not 'stuffy'; this means you will not share your time with others