Our tour was wonderful. The guide did a wonderful job explaining each of the locations and was very helpful at managing our time in each spot so that we could see everything.
The tour was well organised. The pick up was on time. The driver was very friendly. The coach was very clean and comfortable. The lunch was wonderful. There were only 11 people in the group, that was great...but I was not happy with the tour guide. She did not have any guiding skills. The guide seemed to be knowledgeable but she was not enthusiastic to share her information. I spent only two days in this amazing city but one of those days was spoilt by the uninformative tour. When someone approached her to ask a question regarding the history she got irritated. Everyone was very upset to be brought to the carpet center instead of visiting Blue Mosque earlier. I am sure the company has professional guides but I was not lucky to be on the tour conducted by one of them.
Excellent tour that covers all the main sights of Istanbul if you aren't there for long. It was a long day but I would highly recommend it.
Very good tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Food was also quite good with vegetarian options. I would recommend this very much.
Doing what: Istanbul City Tour
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. The only down side was being taken to a carpet shop which felt like a waste of time which could have been better spent at the Grand Bazzar where we only had a very short time.
United States of America
This overview of the Old City was comprehensive and Omar was terrific. He was very informative and interesting--open to questions both historical and current. This is an amazing area everyone should see. It was a FULL day and definitely worth doing.
Vey nice excursion with good organisation of pick up from hotel and easy entrance in the sites .
The guide was the best , M Illkar kind, witty ,informative, knowlegeable, give the best of himself to enhance our visit , and he was very efficient , we will remind this visit for long time.
The sites are amazing.
Very good experience !!!!!
Excellent tour! We were a small group and the guide was amazing. She even helped us out at the end of the tour to visit other places and gave us good tips.
It was a great attraction to see these historical places and we were impressed with what we saw. Hagia Sophia was monumental and the Blue Mosque was epic. But what really blew me away was the Topkapi palace. The Ottomans had quite a collection of Islamic relies which were handed over to the current generation. It was astounding to see these historical items first had. The guide was a great help, explaining names as well as the historical significance of the places. Highly recommended!!!
Great overview of key sites in Istanbul with limited time in the city. The guide, Hakan, was terrific. He had outstanding knowledge of history, had traveled extensively himself giving him experience and perspective.
The tour is a full 8 hours and requires a fair amount of moderate walking. Admission is included for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. For anyone with limited time in Istanbul and wanting to get a narrative on the key sites, this is a definite.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, organized and stimulated discussions. It was joy to listen to him.
We had a very good guide and enjoyed both tour and lunch.
Viator Istanbul One Day Tour August 26th 2015
My wife and booked this tour online and printed out the vouchers for presentation to our Tour Guide.
One of the great aspects of the Viator tour was door to door pickup from the hotel. We stayed at the Marriott Sisli
Our minivan arrived on time and proceeded to the next stop where our guide Hakam boarded. Hakam is a very pleasant young man with a wealth of knowledge of the city of Istanbul, its history and points of interest.
After picking up the other passengers from their hotels we headed to the first to Topkapi Palace where our tickets were purchased and distributed to us.
Hakam always gave us clear instructions and took great care in making sure we were comfortable and informed.
One couple on the tour a mother and daughter from Colombia, were very difficult and at times abusive towards our guide. The mother was disabled and had a wheelchair. The driver and Hakam pushed this woman over rough terrain in the blistering heat. In some areas there were steep stairs. In spite of super human efforts on the part of Hakam, the daughter tried to hog the limelight, threatening Hakam with complaints to the tour operator.
The bottom line was that the daughter really wanted the tour and the mother could not have cared less.
In spite of this Hakam skillfully made it all work and the tour of Topkapi was great.
Next stop was Hagia Sophia which was absolutely fantastic! The feeling of history surrounding us was palpable. Hakam brought the chronology of this site to life with his vivid descriptions.
Hakam timed our sequence of our visit to the Blue mosque perfectly and took us through the visitors entrance with minimal waiting. The mosque and its grounds are simply spectacular only to be topped by the beautiful interior and magnificent tile work.
A very nice lunch was included at a restaurant near Hagia Sophia.
The next stop was the Basilica Cistern where part of the James Bond film From Russia with Love was made. A
Wonderful tour. Our tour guide was ilker ulus. He is very personable and is English was very easy to understand. His knowledge of the the sights and local culture is excellent. It provided us with an in depth knowledge of istanbul that we could not have gotten on our own. I would highly recommend this tour and ilker as your tour guide while traveling in istanbul.
This tour was beyond our expectations and the tour leader was lucid and well informed and we finished the tour very satisfied.
It was a fantastic and memorable tour of Istanbul with excellent logistic arrangement and very efficient guide 'Gulyra' who did a wonderful effort to make all of us enjoy the trip
Afzal Ahsan and family
first the minuses rather warnings: very hectic and tiring. lot of walking involved. traffic is crazy in Istanbul. so hang on to your seat.
now the pluses: if you want to see istanbul in one day, this is the best tour. the guide is very informative.
We had a excellent tour guide, he has fluent English and rich of Turkry history and knowledge.We has truly a wonderful one day trip in Istanbul. We highly recommmend Omar as the best local guide in Istanbul.
enjoyed istanbul's major sights. knowledgeable guide Ike. will recommend to friends.
Doing what: Istanbul City Tour
It was great! The guide was very good, meal was nice, carpet demo very informative.
Excellent tour! Great coverage of key landmarks and historical places. Lunch quality can be improved.
This tour was thorough. We went to all the venues we intended going to independently. The Fast Track made it all easy. The guide we had was excellent and very knowledgable. The cost was reasonable for all that it included.
We booked are trip in advance and confirmed it with the Turkish operator 24hr prior to arrival to agree a convenient pick-up point. By good fortune we actually passed the pick-up point on our way from the airport which reduced the pressure on having to find it early next morning. The tour starting time was before our breakfast so we were a trifle hungry during the morning session. The tour was led by an historian who was anxious to make us understand the significance of Greek, Roman and earlier civilisations on the current standing structures which helped make sense of some of the things we were seeing. We started at the Topkapi Palace with a logical walk through the various courtyards and buildings. detail. We moved on from Topkapi to Haghia Sophia currently a museum but previously a mosque, church and an even older church founded in the 4th century a history spanning nearly 1500 years. Our group was mixed interest with some really into architecture and others into civilisations and religion this sparked some serious questions and discussion. Lunch was local Turkish cuisine and gave us a chance to sample kebab and halva. The afternoon session took in the Basilica cistern, Blue Mosque and grand Bazaar. Part of our intention had been to use our tour as a 'get our bearings' excursion and to this end we did we also learnt a great deal about Turkish history, architecture and the fusion of one civilisation into another right up to the current day. Our guide enriched the tour with his knowledge and was able to show us how one of my wife's forebears James William Redhouse had enlightened scholars down the years with his Turkish - English dictionary which took the Ottoman script and made it accessible to all. The tour was excellent value and is highly recommended.
It was great. The tour guide was good. Gave us time to take pictures and answer all the questions.
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