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Well worth a visit. Still mostly furnished so able to see how the last sultans actually lived [ Topkapi Palace older and also very interesting but more of a museum]. Also lovely setting on the Bosphorous. Very good guide and hotel transfers went smoothly. Not enough time to see much of the harem unfortunately but otherwise excellent tour.
The tourist guide is full of knowledge,he explain everything and we understand each of it.
Our guide, Osman, was full of energy and knowledge of the palace. Entertained us with stories of the past. A must visit place in Istanbul.
Well organised, prompt pick-up and very informative guide, however, too much time spent at Camlica Hill - nobody interested in taking a coffee break and everyone just hung around the carpark waiting for their return trip.
Our hotel was about 1 mile or so from the palace, but we were picked up and driven clear across town to a meeting point and then back again to the palace. With traffic it took 2 hours. Then since we were late we were rushed through the tour. Skipped the ride over the bridge to Asia since we were so late and with traffic at a crawl we thought it would be several more hours before we would get back. Our tour guide was good and did his best in the bad situation.
very long route taken to reach the place in so much traffic
the tour in the palace didn't include the harem area which is the most important part of the palace
Actual tour of palace was 45 minutes and view from Asia side 20 minutes the other 3 hrs was spent in a bus in traffic. The tour was suppose to be in English but the quide did it in English and German and was not able to be heard. Very dissappointing would not use company again.
The tour guide wasn't that good. he was impatient and not very informative.
Tour guide was a bit rude, started the tone of our tour by telling group he only says things one time so we needed to listen carefully. One couple asked him a question and he replied by saying "I already told you that". Group was too large to reap benefits of tour. If you were at the rear of the group, you missed what the guide was explaining and lord help you if you asked a question. I would not recommend this tour company because of this particular guide they employ.