Unfortunately we did not check our phone before arriving at the location alerting us that they could not accommodate our 10 AM reservation. Regardless, the staff expressed their apologies profusely but arranged a tour 2 hours later. This gave us time to hike to the top of the acropolis which was not Included in the tour. After a short meal at a local restaurant, we received a quick lesson on the Segway and we were off. The six of us were quite surprised with the ease of use of the Segway. Our guide, Chryss (sp?) was absolutely marvelous. We covered so much ground getting wonderful views of all the major attractions. You get very little opportunity to walk around any of the sites but that was ok with us. We were completely satisfied with this tour.
The day of our tour the weather was a little dreary but we were so excited to see the sites of Istanbul. While the sites; the Topaki Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque were spectacular, our guide was less than enthusiastic and did not seem very interested in giving us much detail or time. I will give him props however for making sure our daughter who got sick during the tour got back safely to the cruise ship. Renovation work in the Hagia Sophia did obscure its beauty some. The authentic lunch at a local restaurant was interesting but not our cup of tea. The carpet weaving demo was good and luckily minimal pressure to buy. The Grand Bazaar was overwhelming. Glad we got to see it but I don't ever expect to return. I strongly encourage the tour guides to limit their time on the phone during the tour as it is disrespectful.
Probably the highlight of our trip. We got to see so much and did not feel overwhelmed or exhausted. The bikes have an electric motor which assists you when making a climb. Our guide was awesome. So knowledgable and his English was excellent. I can't say enough good things about this tour. Go for it!
After seeing the lines to get in the Vatican, I can't think of a better way to go. The price is worth it. We had a personal guide who spoke English well. She obviously loves what she does and had great insight into the history and especially the art. The majesty and beauty of the Raphael rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica are unbelievable. Viator does well with setting up this tour and delivering as promised.
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