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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very competent and interesting guide. Excellent tour. I would recommend it highly.
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.
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.
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.
Easiest way to beat the serpentine queues - the sights are magnificent.
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.
We had to meet another group to combine coaches which wasted a lot of time. We didn't even visit the bazaar.
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.
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.
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.