I truly enjoyed this tour and I would recommend anyone to go for this.
Guide's English was not great, however her english was good enough to talk us into a rug shop which was not on the itinerary. I have no interest in buying a rug, and would have joined up to the "Rug buying tour" if I did have an interest. Shame a good tour was spoilt by the guide's wish to get commission from this diversion.
Excellent tour. Very personable
It was a great experience to join this tour. The tour guide explained the history of Istanbul well who enabled me to travel thru time and imagined myself as part of the history. Thank you for such great tour.
We signed up for this tour for our first day in Instanbul and it was well worth it. We were picked up on time and visited the major sites in the Old City and ended at the Grand Bazaar. Tour guide was informed and interesting. Included a lunch which was ok and not great, but certainly acceptable. I recommend this tour.
Comprehensive, detailed, excellent service. Recommend it!
It was a great experience to join this tour, a great value, and was everything as described. It was also a small group which made it almost like a private tour. Very good lunch.The tour guide Gulay was excellent and very knowledgeable. She kept us entertained during the ride to the sites and provided valuable information of what we were about to see and during the site seeing as well. I would highly recommend this tour.
Stunning places on this trip. We enjoyed it immensely. Highlight for us was the visit to the Cistern - which is curious as we didn't even realise we were going there!
the tour was excellent, our tour guide was great.
Tour was great. Our guide seemed like she was our friend walking us through her city and answered any questions we had. We enjoyed the sights, relaxing lunch, and even took her to hookah in the Grand Bazaar after.
This your is great value for money. We only had 2 full days is Istanbul, therefore, this trip allowed us to see all the main sights in one day, we didn't waste time queing or buying tickets. Negative: tour doesn't run on time pick up was 7.50am and we were dropped off at 7pm. Massively overran!
Very well organised professional tour and guide with one exception
which was the unexpected visit to a carpet shop which clearly had a commercial incentive for the company providing it and Neon whom included it.
The morning started out strong. Blue Mosque. Hagia Sophia. Topkapi. Our tour guide (Omar) was enthusiastic and awesome.
Lunch was a bust. The food was cheap and chintzy. We had hoped our guide would sit with us so we could learn more about him. He disappeared. Then he disappeared again during a rug tour (ugh - that was brutal and very sales-y) and then again at the Grand Bazaar.
It is a long day, but I had hoped for more time to learn more about our guide and his experiences in Istanbul and beyond. Basically, I liked him more than he seemed to like me. Ha!
Despite a misty, chilly and eventually windy day, the tour took in the main sites if interest in the Sultanahmet. We saw The Blue Mosque - peaceful, impressive architecture; Hagia Sophia - impressive in stature, but looking a bit worn out and much restorative work with scaffolding and no-go areas included; the Hippodrome - really just nice walk with a couple of obelisks and again an under-scaffold bell/or well tower thingy. Lunch was OK - a bit tourist-fodder with some eclectic foods on the same plate. After lunch we visited some mausoleums at the back of the Hagia Sophia - peaceful area, then onto Topkapi palace, again imporessive, although the mist prevented us from admiring the view across the Bosphorus and the Sea of Mamaris.
To be quite honest, we could have done it all without a guide - the attractions are all in the same area, so the bus was completely unnecessary. In fact, we walked back to our hotel, via the Basilica Cistern which wasn't included on the tour (but should be). However, our guide was good and we don't begrudge paying out on our first trip to Istanbul.
Doing what: Istanbul City Tour
Tibet was an excellent guide
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