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Pick up was late but understandable due to the heavy traffic. The cruise sightseeing was breath taking and the weather was gorgeous.
Istanbul was a fabulous experience. Though this was only a half day tour, the guides showed us so much. They were excellent, very organized and with congenial attitudes. The boat was great as were the coaches.
I loved this tour. The tour bus picked me up from my hotel on-time and the tour guide was wonderful. He allowed us plenty of time to take pictures and the overall tour was an A+.
The tour started with hotel pick up in a comfortable bus. We were taken to the Spice Bazaar to spend some time and then boarded out boat for a 1.5 hour cruise. The cruise was fantastic and a great way to see both the European and Asians sides of Istanbul. The boat was comfortable and shade was welcomed as it was very warm. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Istanbul.
The main part of the tour was the Bosphorus Cruise which was worth it for the price alone. There was also a visit to the Spice Bazaar, but we seemed to miss out on the Church visit, which was not mentioned. Although you are collected at your hotel, there are only 2 drop off points Taksim Square and Sirkeci Station, so plan for this.
Excellent tour, only drawback was the guide's english was a bit difficult to follow. Maybe you should ask him to speak a bit slower.
William and Anne-Marié
We departed late, therefore the city tour was pretty much made up of what we could see on the way to the spice bazaar, which was interesting to have a look through. The cruise, however, was fantastic. As with most cities, a cruise is often one of the best ways to see the main sites. However, unlike most cities, Istanbul has so much to see - it's incredible and you don't have a chance to put your camera down. Highly recommended - just for the cruise. One thing to note - for the half day cruise (I took the morning one) there is no hotel drop off. Depending on where your hotel is, we were dropped off in Taksim square for hotels in the new city - I believe the others were dropped back at the pick up point in the old city. Worth planning ahead about how to get back to your hotel !
The city tour is very poor. They put you on a small bus and, going to the port to take the boat, the tour guide speak without stopping trying to explain everything about Istanbul but in fact you don't see much. The Bosphorus cruise is nice and you can see a lot of highlights.
The programme of this tour was nice however tour guide was not fully ingormative. He gave more attention to people who are on full day tour and he spent most of the time with 2 people only explaining only to them and even on the boat he was only sitting with them.
Good City Tour but a lot of wasted time changing busses. The Cruise was excellent but at the end the tour operator insisted on dropping us at Taksim Square which is very volatile. The inclusions state Hotel pickup and delivery. Lucky for me I kept a copy of this and the operator agreed to deliver us.
Sun Joo A
30 mintues in the Egyptian bazaar and 1 hour on the ferry. Hotel pick up and drop off were included in the price but later we were told that they can't give drop off. It was very chaotically organized at the beginning in the morning.
We recently did a fly drive in America and booked all our tours via Viator as we had no problems with any of the tours we booked.
However this one the coach turned up half an hour late- there was literally no room on the coach - they then drove for about 20 mins without any information on what was happening - we were the last pick up and people who were already on board were given no information either.
We then stopped somewhere where they proceeded in moving people on and of the coach again no information given. After another 20 mins we drove for another 30-40mins "city tour" which was NOT a city tour!!! just driving round to waste time before it was our time to pick the boat up.
The tour guide was had the most boring voice ever - in fact our party of 6 fell asleep- there was no enthusiasm at all. He was translating everything in french and English and all seemed too much of an effort for him.
When we got to the boat with noticed our hotel with was not that far - so basically we spent over an hour just driving a round - which would have been fine but there was definitely no "city tour"
We were supposed to visit the spice market but as it was Eid it was closed- but we were not informed that we would not be visiting it.
The boat ride itself was ok - commentary could have been clearer.
Don't waste your money on this trip definitely not worth it.