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Excellent tour to see the Bosphorus and Istanbul from a different perspective. Love the Egyptian Bazaar - smaller than the Grand Bazaar so easier to get around. Wonderful spices and Turkish Delight! Friendlt locals but not pushy!
You have to travel along the Bosphorus to see the beautiful areas and houses of Istanbul otherwise you would miss so much Our guide was excellent
Your local contractor was very professional. We arrived early, and they were there for us, so we left early. Seckin was a great guide who was very informational.
It was great seeing Istanbul from the Bosphorus River. It's amazing to think that Istanbul is on 2 continents~~Asia and Europe! This was a nice, relaxing cruise
Very nice morning tour. Picked up on time with a small group. Almost like a private tour. Nice cruise on the Bosphorous and a good trip to the Egyptian spice market. Would highly recommend.
The tour is great. We really enjoyed the Spice Market. Our guide explained the difference between the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar so we could be smart shoppers. The Bosphorus cruise is beautiful and relaxing.
We were very pleased with our guide. We were picked up on time at the port and were brought back to the port. We were told that we could be dropped off someplace else if we wished to explore on our own. That was a kind offer.
We were surprised and pleased that the tour was not cancelled as there was only one other couple on the tour. Great for us, but not so great for the company
The lady that was our tour guide was great - friendly, knowlegable, gave us enough time to explore and enjoy. Thank you.
Had nice tour with 2 other couples from another ship. The van was right outside the exit from the ship as it should be. Was glad to have him with us in the Spice Bazaar because we felt safe. Enjoyed the boat ride in the Bosphorous strait. Our guide did a good job
Guide was pleasant and helpful. He had a good knowledge of the area and pointed out the highlights. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
Despite the rainy weather, the guide was very pleasant and very willing to answer all our questions.
I would have preferred at least an 1-1.5 hours at the Egyptian Bazaar as opposed to the 45 minutes we were allowed. Once inside the Bazaar our guide took us directly to a (selected) candy/tea/spice vendor. It would have been preferable to explore the area on our own. The Bosphorus cruise was a pleasant way to spend 1.5 hours on a partially rainy day.
A very pleasent afternoon tour. the cruise boat was very comfortable and uncrowded and the trip to the spice market was really good and without any hassle.
Also many thanks to the tour company, who accommodated our last minute change of date and pickup without any fuss or problem.
un fortunatly bazaar was closed and weather was a bit ordinary but this could have been something
There is a 20 minute stop at the Egyptian Bazaar followed by the cruise of the Bhosphorus. Panoramic photo opportunity.
This was not one of my favorite tours. Our driver and guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. They picked us up in a very nice van and took us to the Egyptian Bazaar which is a quarter of the size of the Grand Bazaar, but still very cool. He took us to one of the shops where they sell teas and Turkish delights and nuts - but the prices are not cheap! Each of us walked out of there spending over 50 Euros for just a few items, and you don't find out the price until they are ringing it up. After that, we drove to the boat for the cruise. This was a very relaxing and uneventful cruise of the Bosphorus. The sights were interesting and it was cool to be on two continents but overall, but I think it could have been better.
Not worth the price! Our "tour" was really more like a drive to another tour. This is very easy to do on your own; the tour boat just leaves across the street from the Egyptian Bazaar and is only 1/4 of the price of this shore excursion.
We did not like this tour, as the itinerary was somewhat lacking. The Bosphorus cruise took up a majority of the tour time, but it was a ship ride across the coast, which is something that we could've done on our own. Our tour guide was not very talkative either, although he might have been drained from the same tour from the morning earlier (we were the afternoon ppl, two of us only!). The Istanbul Bazaar (not the Grand one) was interesting, but again we could have been on our own. Overall, I think the itinerary is something you can do on your own, but nice thing is that you get a ride from the ship. Definitely look for a similar tour that has the Palace and the Cistern, but you can skip this tour.
The Bazaar was OK, though not anywhere near the variety you get at the Grand Bazaar. Mostly spices and jewelry--that's about it. The Bosphorus Cruise was disappointing. The boat was a ferry boat, not very comfortable. But the real problem was that only the few people sitting closest to the guide could hear what she was saying! For the rest of us, it was just a long ferry boat ride with some nice scenery but no narration at all, so we didn't know what we were seeing.