I booked the cruise transport on-line for our group of 8 before leaving the US. I received confirmations from Viator and Neon travel before leaving and received faxed confirmations when we checked into our Istanbul hotel. The driver arrived early, handled our baggage and got us to the cruise terminal for our Black Sea cruise in our own private van. The price was good and the service was appreciated. The professionalism of the driver was noticed during the drive and was noted once again when we heard horror stories from other cruise passengers of taxi and tour rides in Istanbul. I highly recommend the Port Departure Transfer.
Awesome. I highly recommend it. I have to say tho that the lunch was OK but not amazing (as I was hoping for). Nevertheless awesome tour.
This was a very good experience because there were only 14 people which made it easy to interact with the guide. We covered the itinerary promised . The only glitch was the Blue Mosque was closed when we got there as it was prayer time. However Omar did take us back at the end of the tour as it had reopened.
The driver picked us up late. When I had made the reservation, I had asked for a Hotel pick up at 1:00. The night before our departure, we received a confirmation that a car would pick us up at 2:00. Our boarding time on the ship was 2:00. When we enquired about the distance between our hotel and the port, the hotel staff told us that it was about 3 km so we figured we would be OK. However the driver showed up at 2:45 and we arrived at the terminal at 3:15, because of the heavy traffic. The driver let us out at the main entrance. We then had to run with our luggage to the right terminal for our ship as they were closing down the reception area. We were the last ones to board the ship. As circulation is always problematic in Istanbul, the driver should have foreseen that and pick us up in accordance with this situation. Furthermore, the driver was really not sympathetic.
Dear Sirs, Nov 11, 2013
With reference to our visit to Istanbul on Oct 19, 2013, what I would like to
say here is it was a very nice day trip and an unforgettable experience of
not only to us but also to everyone at that day, we believe.
Mr. Tour Guide, a local young man educated in USA, impressed us very
much for his solid knowledge of both about Istanbul and Turkey in the
fields of history, culture, tradition, economy, and geography etc.
Also, the lunch is a standard and nice one with three plates. So, my
rating for this tour is 5 stars without any suspense.
Should We have the new schedule for cruising at sea in future,
we would certainly again book the shore excursion programs at
your esteemed company.
Pick up no problem, small group in minibus. Excellent guide, just enough information and free time to explore. Good lunch. Less than half the price of cruise ships similar itinerary, thoroughly recommend..
Thanks to Tibet we had a great tour. Her sound know,edge and great spoken English made it memorable. Perhaps we could have had a shorter lunch , even though it was good as we only had 30 minutes in the Grand bazzar
All was well after we pointed to our names on the representatives clipboard. Although a bit chaotic we arrived at our hotel from the port with no problems.
The tour did not spend enough time at the Grand Bazaar. Some people insisted on going to the spice market, which was not on the schedule. The leader, instead of taking charge, let people vote on where they wanted to cut the visit to the bazaar short and go to the spice market. Not what I paid for. The Bazaar should be the number one visit, with 2hours allotted - not the last item that gets cut short.
terrific tour guide; small group of 7 people.
It was a very good organised trip, we were picked up at the cruise port as arranged by you. The Mini Bus was very comfortable and with a small group our tour guide was very knowledgeable, patient and attentive.The meal that was included was very nice and the views from the restaurant were spectacular
The driver was there to pick the six of us up right on time. The van was very roomy and clean. Picked us up right at our hotel and delivered us right to the dock beside the ship. We were all very impressed and pleased.
Again the driver was there to pick the six of us up right on time.The van was very roomy and clean. Picked us up right at the dock by the ship. We were all very impressed and pleased.
Driver very professional and arrived early. Was a great help in getting us to the ship.
We were only a small group (13) so easy to keep together and move quickly. Our guide assessed the day and took us to the very popular venues when the queues were less busy. His knowledge was great but unfortunately he spoke quietly and very quickly which was often hard to follow amidst such vast crowds. However the venues were stunning and were allowed reasonable time to explore them on our time.
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