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A great night, the food was good and the entertainment excellent.
a very enjoyable evening , show was fantastic and the dinner was great food and great service all round
Our driver picked us up as scheduled. He pointed relevant landmarks and buildings on our way to the restaurant. We had a great seating location. The dinner was delicious with a bottle of wine and bottled waters included in the price. The show was fun and entertaining. A great night!
So worth it! We were the only ones on our bus and we got there well in advance of the cruise ship crowds (on our second course when they showed up). Beautiful restaurant and delicious food. Show included 4 belly dancers, 3 folk dancing groups (the Cossacks were my favourite) and lots of singing!
Great evening with a nice dinner and great show. We would highly recommend this excursion.
Brilliant! Small group of 8 compared to busload on ship tours.We were picked up at port in van,whisked to the excellent venue ahead of ship excursions,given a great spot on balcony.Great service from our waiter as we were served good food and drinks and then treated to outstanding show with local Turkish culture,some good pop singing at the end with this guy who could sing any country's songs in their language and the amazing belly dancers-4.Outstanding value-not to be missed!
This being our first Viator Tour we didn't know what to anticipate. We were on a HAL cruise and usually used the ships tours but in comparing the pricing for the same venue we decided to try Viator and we were glad we did. We were met at the pier by the driver and much to our delight three additional couples also booked this tour. Good driver, clean comfortable mini-bus type vehicle and right on time. We did get to see some of the city on our way to the show. We arrived at least 30 minutes before the other big group tours and were seated on the balcony overlooking the stage. Our delicious meal and drinks were served in the normal sequence in a relaxed time frame. The big tours were jammed into long tables on the main floor and we observed the meals being served out of sequence. Talked to passengers later who took the ship's tour and they were disappointed at their seating and not receiving the complete meal.
This was a great introduction to Turkish food and excellent entertainment - belly dancers, knife throwers, folk dancers (even some audience participation with the belly dancers if you are brave enough! ) It was concluded by an entertainer who sang songs from around the world, based on the nationalities in the audience. As we exited the building our driver was there to meet us and a short walk to the van and we returned to the ship. Excellent night, great ambience, hospitality, food and we do recommend this trip.
The van pickup was very late (45 minutes) which is very frustrating when there is no way to call them in the evening to confirm meeting location and time. Otherwise, the food, service, and entertainment was outstanding!
wonderful...Driver picked us up at the ship and returned us as well in a clean van on time
The food was good, as was the show.
Same tour as the ships at a better price
The show was good, although the tour guide turned up half an hour after the time given to us and there were others also waiting for the same tour who had the same time as us. Food was just ok, thought the dessert could have been a bit more authentic.
Night Tour with dinner, Picked up on time in very clean and modern minivans. Dinner was fun. Large crowd treated to a range of dancing acts from folk dancing to belly dancing. Meal was enjoyable and we were picked up and dropped of back to the ship. This tour could be enhanced by the addition of a short tour to see some of the floodlit buildings. The advertisement suggests that his is actually part of the tour
Our evening was a delight. Our driver was waiting at the cruise terminal on time. We arrived for the show early and were seated and served dinner just as the masses started to arrive. The food was good, the dacing was delightful and even better was the master of ceremonies who got the entire house singing and participating even though we were representing many different countries and cultures. The driver was waiting for us after the show and we arrive back at our ship before the cruise lines group returned.
Very enjoyable evening. Though the pickup was one half hour late we were still the first party to the event location. Dinner was good, served promptly and sufficeient. Entertainment was excellent and we could have stayed for even more but some in our party wanted to leave before it was done as they had a early morning. All in all it was a wonderful evening and one I would definitely recommend for anyone wanting an "evening on the town."
The meeting point probably needs to be defined better (is it at the ship or at the security gate). The dinner and entertainment was good unfortunately our table was in a corner at the back of the stage and we didn't have a very good view. We were disappointed at the end of the night when we were taken to the wrong area to return to the ship. The gate was closed and we had a long walk back to the security gate then a long walk back to the ship. ( The bus had let us off opposite the entrance to the ship but outside the security fence).