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.
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.
The tour was terrific and the guide took us to the Blue mosque after I asked if she would. I should have also asked to go to Hippodrome and skip the Bazaar which was not worth the time. Also although our guide did speak English it was with some difficulty but otherwise she was terrific
We were taken to Blue Mosque,then Hippordrome,Oblesik,Hagia Sophia,Carpet shopping and Grand Bazaar.
This was a very informative and to the point tour. Our guide was proficient and even gave time to clarify your doubts.
We were given audio systems inside Hagia Sophia thus enabling us to hear him clearly enough.Same were not neither provided nor needed in Blue mosque as guide can tell the story and then give you some time to roam around the mosque.
Blue mosque,Hippodrome and Oblesik were covered adequately.Please note this tour first does the pick ups from the hotels ,takes you to their central office and from there you change the bus if required and the tour starts.So there is considerable difference between pick up time and tour start time even if ur hotel si next door to Hagia Sophia.
Tour also does a visit to one of carpet emporiums before our last stop at Grand Bazaar. I was not sure if I wanted it but this was one exquisite presentation..After the presentation I wished I had the need for a carpet.They provide you some amazing information about the carpets their quality,so do not miss it..Overall an interesting half day tour.
Good tour- both Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are worth seeing. We didn't see the Grand Bazaar as closed that day.
Convenient and reliable pick-up from hotel. The Blue Mosque and St. Sophia are must sees. This is a lot to pack into a half day but great if you don't have much time and want to see a lot. Grand Bazzar was great and since it's the last stop you have the option to stay longer if you like. Some of the musts sees for sure.
The tour guide was very knowledgable and gave us interesting information. However, there were afew things that were not so good. Firstly, I think it should be made clear in the advance information that there is no tour as such of any part of the Grand Bazaar--merely the giude took us to the entrance and said she would meet us again in 45 minutes. I had expected that the guide would choose part of the Bazaar to highlight some features maybe rather than just telling us that it was a tourist trap.
The most aggravating feature and this happened on the other tour we booked [Blue Mosque and Topkapi] was the stop at a carpet store for a demonstration of weaving and a talk. In fact on this tour as there were only 6 of us and none wanted to do it, we refused to stay.There was no advance publicity for this and we felt hassled.
we waited half an hour for the driver to pick us up from hotel. it was not as we expected.