4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque. 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.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Great experience. This was a small group of 10, picked up on time and spent a half day in Istanbul. Great service from our guide gudyi and very interesting to visit the mosque and palace. Have a guide and tickets got us through the long lines easily. We would recommend this for anyone visiting Turkey.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

We had a great guide who arrived promptly to pick us up and was very professional in giving commentary. We have been happy with Neon Tours in Turkey.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour was great! The tour guide Sevilay was fantastic and informative..the pick up and drop off were perfect and it made life much easier in this busy crazy city..also skip the queues that you may spend hours in otherwise!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

We arrived in Istanbul late on Sunday. Unbeknown to us our hotel had been changed without us being notified so the tour group running your tour, had the wrong hotel for pickup on Monday morning. We tried both numbers you had given us to contact them but neither were answering on Sunday.. Early on Monday morning a hotel staff member phoned them for us and was told that our hotel was too far out for them to pick us up and we would have to make our own way to the pickup point in the old town half an hour away and pickup time was in half an hour's time.A very quick taxi ride at peak hour, 8am, got us there with minutes to spare. However, the bus did drop us off in the afternoon. The tour itself was wonderful and the guide excellent. Shirley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Our guide was brilliant, funny and a good advisor on the things we need to look out for. This is a must-see tour in Istanbul, not to be missed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

It was an amazing experience with professional and responsible team

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgable about the blue mosque's history and architecture. It is unbelievable how those people built this magnificent building during their time. In the Topkapi, the tour was packed because there was too many interesting small museums, but it was fantastic to see ancient armoury and clocks and watches, so engaging that we feel not enough time in this half day tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

Myself and my husband were the only 2 on the tour and our guide was wonderful! Very informative and a lovely friendly fellow. The palace was wonderful, and we visited the Blue Mosque instead of The Mosque of Soleman, as it was closed on the day. After the tour ended our guide offered to walk us through Taksim Square. It was really enjoyable! I would definitely recommend the tour for value for money, excellent tour guide and transportation provided.

Rory M
Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

Really good. Had a guide, a Merc minibus and driver just for the two of us. Our "half day tour" was from 1pm to about 7pm and even then the guide was in no hurry home. In the end we felt guilty had to tell him to go on home! He was really excellent. Much better than the Ship organized tours which are twice the price, shorter and much less personal.

Dick
USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

This tour was truly exceptional. The guide was very knowledgeable, especially concerning the history of the area and the religions involved. The tour added a historical carpet museum that was not on the list of places to be visited that was very interesting. Of course, there was the obligatory visit to the guide's favorite jewelry and carpet shop, but that was accomplished in a very low key manner. Pickup at the port and drop-off at our hotel after the tour for us and all our baggage was effortlessly accomplished. This tour was much cheaper and a much smaller group than one offered by the cruise line.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Superb!

Anonymous

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2007

Very competent and interesting guide. Excellent tour. I would recommend it highly.

Brian L
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

Tour was worthwhile to miss the queues and the tour guide was really informative

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Excellent guide. However, the morning ended around 11:30 or so, we were back by noon or just after, a bit short, I thought, not 4 hours, barely three.

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2013

The guide was very nice and highly informative, also these places are amazing. However, the time we spent in the Palace however was not enough for me. I needed to go a second time to check the Harem (not inclueded in this tour) and the back garden and private rooms, last par of Topikapi. I would say that this is a perfect tour for people that have a counted time and want to check the place but has to rush. If you appreciate the crafts and its details, you 'll probably need the whole afternoon only for Topikapi.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

Brilliant guide, very knowledgable. Same complaint--the carpet ttour tacked on without advance notice. If I wanted to buy a carpet or find out about carpets i would book a specific tour. Again we felt railroaded into watching the demonstration to be polite and did not stay for the hard sell and tea!
It spoiled a very good experience.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2011

Easiest way to beat the serpentine queues - the sights are magnificent.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2008

It was a good tour with a fantastic guide. However, the half day tour actually did not include Grand Bazaar and we ended up walking to the Blue Mosque ourselves. The problem was that those attractions were only included in the whole day trip.

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2007

We had to meet another group to combine coaches which wasted a lot of time. We didn't even visit the bazaar.

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2007

We were picked up at the hotel and taken to the ship after the tour with our luggage. Our tour guide was well informed and communicated very well.

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2011

Very interesting. Unfortunately very crowded. Difficult to see anything and no time for the harem because of the waits. Not the tours fault. It is what it is.

Paul C
United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2010

Enjoyed this trip and the guide was very good as he had a lot of knowledge about the Topkapi Palace, however, we did not stay for very long at the other site, Mosque of Soleman. I thought the tour was too short, it should have gone on for another hour. However, overall it was good and I recommend the guide.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2013

Knowledgeable guide. Topkapi Palace could be better with the Harem section. The tour concludes with a pitch in a carpet shop.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
September 2013

Our tour was supposed to be 1pm to 5pm. Instead oh having our own tour we were placed in a tour that already have started at 8am and we only went to two places instead of what was mentioned in the itinerary. That was terrible.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
January 2012

This is surely not a popular tour and I could guess why so.

--This tour is done thru a third party so there are many inconsistencies in viator itinerary and what the third party provides you.

a.Guide was told to do either Rustam Pasha Mosque OR Sulemaniye Mosque.On showing the itinerary though she took us to Sulemaniye.

b.As per viator itinerary there is Grand Bazaar involved but guide told us it was not so..We didn't mind as we had Hagia Sophia tour the other day and anyway it was being covered in there.

c.There was some itinerary change of which we had no prior information.She came on Monday morning instead of afternoon. Thankfully it was early and we had not made any other plans having arrived just the day before. So we went ahead..

--Guide was poorly informed giving us facts like spoon diamond is called so as its shaped like spoon. When asked about architecture of Sulemaniye Mosque,its typical ottoman.Well I already know that don't I..

--Guide didnt even take us inside the state rooms/treasury rooms.I could see other guides in there explaining stuff to visitors.

I was not happy with this tour and the quality of guide made me believe I could have been the guide myself.

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