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great toiur ..we really enjoyed though it was freezing cold . will come another time in a better weather. but the tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable . would recommend this !
Great tour. Very informative guide and very well paced. Prepare for plenty of walking, although thankfully the main attractions are quite close together. Highly recommended.
Sites were fab, however slightly disappointed with guide, spoke most of the time in German.
Meal was very poor
Excellent tour, would like to have had little more time in the bazaar area.
Despite a misty, chilly and eventually windy day, the tour took in the main sites if interest in the Sultanahmet. We saw The Blue Mosque - peaceful, impressive architecture; Hagia Sophia - impressive in stature, but looking a bit worn out and much restorative work with scaffolding and no-go areas included; the Hippodrome - really just nice walk with a couple of obelisks and again an under-scaffold bell/or well tower thingy. Lunch was OK - a bit tourist-fodder with some eclectic foods on the same plate. After lunch we visited some mausoleums at the back of the Hagia Sophia - peaceful area, then onto Topkapi palace, again imporessive, although the mist prevented us from admiring the view across the Bosphorus and the Sea of Mamaris.
To be quite honest, we could have done it all without a guide - the attractions are all in the same area, so the bus was completely unnecessary. In fact, we walked back to our hotel, via the Basilica Cistern which wasn't included on the tour (but should be). However, our guide was good and we don't begrudge paying out on our first trip to Istanbul.
The tour was just OK. The palace tour was cancelled coz was closed and ended up seeing more old orthodox churches. We felt the tour should have been more varied and not just seeing old site of Istanbul etc etc. also, there was a big complaint since it was hot and the AC was not working. But the driver and guide insisted the AC was OK leading to a few arguments. The lunch was below average. We were also combined with Spanish speakers so that translations took a while. The lines into the mosque etc were quite long and standing in the very hot sun for long periods was not fun. I would rather have paid more and done a 'skip the line' tour.
Terrible waste of of time and money - disappointing in nearly every possible way. Disorganized, poorly run so that we spent far more time shuffling around on buses than actually seeing sites. Guide provided minimal information about the sights.
If you have the misfortune of ending up on this tour, be sure to eat a huge breakfast or bring your own lunch because the lunch provided was an embarrassment - by far the worst meal of my 10 day holiday.