Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
It was so amazing and nice trip with tour gauide...i appriciat viator service.
Thanks viator and keep it up!!
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.
Our guide was very experienced and had a lot of knowledge . We went to some lovely sites and had a great time
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.
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.
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.
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.
The guide was terrific: prompt, professional, very informative, and personable.
Our guide Uly was a delight! She was extremely knowledgable and had a great sense of humor.The pick up was well timed.
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.
Very good tour and knowledgeable guide. Well worth the money spent.
Yes it was interesting ,the history of the Hagia sofia mosque and basilica cistern Had a great history.but the carpet shop visit was unusual in istanbul there was a salesman describing how a carpet was made and a attempting to sell us a carpet should it be on the tour NO.the guide was helpful
This tour was great and although the line for the Blue Mosque appeared long, it moved rather quickly!!!!
For the Hagia Sophia and the Basillica Cistern I joined a group who had be on tour since that morning, but for the Grand Bazaar I had the guide (Sylvia?) all to myself which was a bonus She was able to give me undivided attention and we had a nice afternoon exploring the Bazaar. I would never had found my way out on my own!! Hagia Sophia and Basisillica Cistern were fascinating and the guide was able to explain to the group the history of both.
The tour was outstanding. In addition Viator accommodated a lady minute change in plans due to a flight delay. We were able to quickly reschedule to the following day and Viator took us to the port so we could board our cruise in time. That was excellent service!