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Jenifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

A really good tour. Guide informative, efficient and helpful.

LillyStefan Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great way to visit all the important historical sites of Istanbul! We were picked up from our hotel in a nice minibus and taken to meet the group who were on the full day tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Make sure you each lunch before the tour begins, otherwise when you arrive at the Grand Bazaar there are plenty of places to grab a doner.

teddie p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This is worth taking as they take you to the major sites and our guide also told us about the hippodrome which was very interesting!! We had been looking for it on our own but couldn't find it. Our guide was very knowledge about the tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad we took it!!

Rosslyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Very knowledgable tour guide Would recommend to everyone

nick t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Excellent tour and guide.
We took the half day tour which was just right. Our guide was friendly and informative and let us go at our own pace.
Well worth the money.
And yes, we did buy a carpet....
Thank you.

Winfried C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

We lucked out with a private tour - only the two of us. Guide was friendly, knowledgeable and informative. All three sites are worth visiting, we had no wait because our guide had tickets, and we went directly in to both the Hagia Sophia and Basiillica Cistern even though there were extremely long lines. Worth it to book a tour! Our guide helped us to wind out way through the Grand Bazaar and had some good tips for us. This tour enhanced our visit to Istanbul.

Gina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015



5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

A great half day tour of some of the more important sights in Istanbul. We were picked up at our hotel in a comfortable small bus and had Gulay as our guide. She was wonderful, very informative and she took care of our small group 4 at every turn. I highly recommend this tour for a fun, exciting look at Istanbul.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great tour. Excellent tour guide.

Janet S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was amazing!

Johan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Very professionally organized and executed.
Tour guide attentive and well read on subject matter.
Administration of payment and communication with us by VIATOR was extremely good and high appreciated bu us.

Zena M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Once again, this tour was well organised, great, friendly and knowledgable guide Sevilay.We skipped all the long queues in the sun and were able to pack more into the day...thank you Viator!

Ainul A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

We had a fantastic time on this tour! Tibet, our guide was brilliant and full of character one of the most funny, witty people I've met. She knew the history behind the amazing, gorgeous places we visited on this tour. The tour was executed pace fully and enough free time to relax and absorb the culture and atmosphere. Must see places in Istanbul! Thanks Tibet! Thanks Viator!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

It was so amazing and nice trip with tour gauide...i appriciat viator service.

Thanks viator and keep it up!!

Badrul A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The tour guide was friendly and knowledgable. She took us to see the historical sites and described the history behind each site. In the Grand Bazaar, she helped us to good shops for our souvenirs.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

Our guide was very experienced and had a lot of knowledge . We went to some lovely sites and had a great time

Rachel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Awsome! we got more for or money. The tour guide was on time, she was very nice, she knows a lot about the history, and she was very professional. We learned a lot from her. I believe her name was Sybilla. I will recommand this tour.

Nancy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Private guide picked us up on time, took us to the Hagia Sophia, Cistern, and Bazaar, gave us private time, and transferred us back to the hotel. Could not have been better.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

I would recommend the full day tour, but we only had a half day available. Good tour guide and interesting tour. Suggest you copy what is on tour (its not on the voucher), as our tour guide would have left out the Roman Cisterns (which was a highlight), if I had not reminded her.

Nancy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012


Mosey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

Very good guide who combined real story telling with historical facts to ensure we were able to visualize life during the different periods of history.

Cornelia K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

The guide was terrific: prompt, professional, very informative, and personable.

Kathryn M

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2015

Only tour we took without an audio hook up to the tour guide. Therefore, he was hard to hear. He was knowledgeable , but we missed out on much of his info because we could not hear him.


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Our guide Uly was a delight! She was extremely knowledgable and had a great sense of humor.The pick up was well timed.

Elizabeth A

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Our guide Katerina was wonderful - not only did she provide good commentary on the sites we visited, but she also answered questions about how to get around the city, what to look for, etc. I look forward to seeing Istanbul again.

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