The Private Tour in Istanbul was Awesome. Even before we left home I had confirmations from Viator and Neon Travel in Istanbul. Faxed confirmations were waiting for us when we checked into the Armada Hotel. Our private tour included 3 other couples, our friends from Southern California. We all had high praise for the tour and our tour guide, Gulay Gunay. Gulay picked us up at our hotel with our own van. She got us into all the Old City attractions, customized the stops for our interests and helped us with our shopping.It was an efficient way of sight-seeing with minimal waits and we were so happy with our guide we booked her a second day for the Bosporus cruise and sights in the New City. The Bosporus cruise tour gave us a better look at the sights on both sides of the channel than we would have from our cruise ship. The professionalism of the driver was also noticed both during the days and afterwards when we heard horror stories of taxi and tour rides in Istanbul from other cruise passengers. I highly recommend this tour and our guide Gulay.
Istanbul is a fabulous city. My first trip to Europe was made marvelous by such people as the young lady from Neon tours who introduced us to Istanbul and many of it's exciting sights and sounds. She was extremely knowledgeble and disciplined with a sense of humor. She shared so much of that knowledge as we toured. Lunch was delicious at one of the lovely little restaurants in Old Town. The coach driver was also excellent.
It was a long day of touring but well worth it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and eloquent. You get to see all the major sites in one day, best part was skipping the queues. It was very convenient being picked up and dropped off at the hotel as well, especially since our hotel was not near the tramway.
Our guide was very experienced and had a lot of knowledge . We went to some lovely sites and had a great time
It was a most enjoyable tour. The guide was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and never rushed. The vehicle was comfortable . It gave us a great overview of Istanbul in one full day. This was our first time in this great city. One suggestion---have ear phone -microphone connections with the guide. In large areas some words from the guide were missed as one was taking pictures. In all, I would not hesitate recommending the tour or Viator.
The tour bus was punctual in picking me-up from my hotel. It was a long day of sight-seeing and the weather was not the best. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour; the guide was informative and we covered all but one of the sights. The Grand Bazaar was closed so we took a little longer at lunch, which was included in the cost of the tour. We had only 11 other people on the tour which made for an intimate group of travelers. If you have the time, I recommend taking this all-day tour.
A guia foi competente e simpática.
We really enjoyed our tour, our guide was excellent, and our lunch was too. We would recommend Viatour to our friends. No future travel plans at this time.
Excellent day with a superb guide. We learnt a lot about life in Istanbul as well as the history and culture of the city and its most famous monuments. Well paced and it was great for all the family to have a personal guide - everyone was engaged in the tour and the conversation. The only thing I would change is the obligatory visit to either the carpet sellers or, in our case, the tile manufacturers.
This was a great tour highlighting Istanbul's main attractions. I traveled with my young teenage children and debated between a self-guided tour since we were staying close to the historical attractions or this comprehensive tour. I chose the latter and have no regrets. Tour guide Tibet was knowledgable, courteous, and has a bright personality. There were only 8 of us during the tour and it felt quite personalized. Reading reviews on other sites, many people suggested doing the self-guide tour and that paying for a tour was a waste of $. I felt that the $ was well spent, it was a turn key operation in that I did not have to plan or read anything, just listen to Tibet and enjoy the sights. They picked us from our hotel and we saw and experienced much more than had we toured on our own. We saved time, too, since Tibet had the tickets to the attractions that required them. The visit to the carpet store and short lecture on carpet making was very interesting. And truthfully, I know my kids would not have listened as closely to me as they did to Tibet!
Very good value package. Lunch and dinner great and the show excellent.
Excellent guide and tour
This was our first experience of having a private tour guide and it was very successful and the way to go. We were in a bit of a state when she collected us, as my husband's luggage hadn't arrived, amongst other things, and she helped to check on the luggage, as well as give us a very personalized tour of the highlights of Istanbul which we loved. We chose to spend time buying a carpet instead of time at the Bazaar, which our guide helped us with. Great day - thank you
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