Our tour guide was fantastic.
We on Celebrity Reflection with an overnight stay in Istanbul. Since this tour was on our first day, there was no worry about not making it back to the ship. This compared well with excursions available from Celebrity, but this was almost half the price. We were a much smaller group and saw other traveler from our ship at many of the same places, but with a less personalized tour. Meeting location was easy to find. My only gripe was the carpet demonstration, which seems to be a part of every tour. It reminds one of the pressure sales for timeshares. None in our group bought a carpet.
This was an ALL DAY tour from around 9.30 am to 4 or 5 pm. The guide was for the most part superb. Very knowledgeable, interesting, competent in English and able to hold our interest. The bus driver, who always seems to get left out surveys but really are such an integral part of the tour was also above average.
If I had to find cause for complaint I would have to strenuously object to having to attend so called "carpet weaving" demonstrations where we were dumped off in a showroom and basically given a brief demonstration and then subjected to a high powered sales pitch. I signed up for a tour of Istanbul not to be sold a carpet. I would suggest that you discontinue this practice as it makes many of your customers very uncomfortable and unhappy.
It was great, our guide was very knowledgable and pleasant
Other than a bit-too-long stop at the Grand Bazaar, this was a very enjoyable and informative tour. Our guide was easy to understand and very knowledgeable. The Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are "must see" venues. Only problem was the lunch stop - the restaurant only accepted Turkish Lira.
Took a few minutes for the driver (in a Sprinter van) to arrive. Otherwise clean, comfortable, and courteous. Had to look for the Viator sign to ask them to locate our driver - no sign with our name on it.
The frontman from Neón tours excellent attention beside the rain storm. Van clean and Big with good internal conditions. Driver good
We felt this experience was adequate at best. The dancers were good, but we were not well seated to enjoy the show. The long tables were very crowded and the servers rushed.
The food was OK, the appetizers were the best part, the rest ordinary. Overall the experience was very touristy and we would not repeat it.
We would not have found the tour man without help from a local. There was no sign with our last name so we had no idea where to go.
excellent guide very knowledgeable and courteous, good rappor with the group. good group size and stress free tour
I recommend everything about this tour: punctuality, number of people, size and kind of bus used, the places visited and, most important, a knowledgeable and nice guide. The lunch food was not very good but it solved our lunch need. Also, the price was fair for the service received. Thank you very much!
I loved our guide, Derya, and it was great to be able to skip the lines because everything was very crowded! I would recommend this tour!
Very nice excursion! Our tour guide was nice and very well informed! He spoke beautiful english, and you could tell he loved his country. Top rate!!
Very organized and the guide was knowledgeable and kept his group together. The lunch was also very good.
very informative and fun
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