4.5 star rating: Recommended 240 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour. 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
June 2015

I would give this tour a 10

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Your tour Guide in Istanbul Mr. UGRU was very good !!! We only had a few hours to visit the monuments and he made all the efforts so that we could saw everthing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

See my review of Kusadasi Private half day Tour. It seems nothing changes. Tour guide gets 5 stars administration gets 0 stars. Having had to wait an hour two days previously because the agent had messed up on pick up times for a private tour this time the tour guide was waiting in the wrong port for us. The implication was that because our ship had docked in a different place than usual that it was our fault ! Really poor start again but rectified by a fantastic tour of all the highlights and more with great commentary throughout. A small group of 8 ensured full attention from the guide throughout.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

An amazing tour that included everything you want to see in Istanbul. Gokhan, our guide, spoke perfect English and gave us wonderful information about the places we visited. He picked us up from the ship with a van that looked like a limo. There were only 6 of us on the tour. The lunch was delicious. I definately recommend this tour over the ship's tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Metmet was an excellent guide - full of information and stories about Turkey and Istanbul. We got to see a lot in spite of big crowds. Recommend to all!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

We were very happy with the tour and the guide was very nice, very professional and very knowledgeable. Istanbul was beautiful and we were taken to all the places listed in the tour.
The only recommendation I had was there should be improvement at the organization of the tours at the beginning. Once a guest was pick up, please give him/her a number or a group tag to identify his/her group and make sure that we understand what was going to happen. As it were, there was a lot of confusions and running around, yelling for guests who did not hear their names were called or they did not know that the group was moved to wait at another location. Some confused guests boarded our van and our guide had to take them back to the pier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Wonderful tour of the prominent sites of Istanbul. Very knowledgeable guide and nice Turkish lunch!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

This was the best stop and tour on our 12 day cruise. Our guide, SINAN OKUT was very knowledgeable. We got all the info we asked, and more. I would not suggest trying to see Ephesus on your own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Met on pier right on time. Saw major sights, Mosques, Palaces etc. This is really a full day walking tour, appx 4.5 mis. If you can't walk that much DO NOT TAKE. Good lunch was a much needed break. Carpet store was a waist of time, nobody cared at that time. Appx half hour at the Grand Bazaar is not enough time .Recommend doing on own time wtihout a group, more fun. Still a great experience and will recommend RNK Ohio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Omer was very knowledgable... Love the restaurant he brought us...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Loved our tour of this immense city. Thanks to our guide, who never left us alone, we learned a huge amount about Turkey, their wars, both the good and bad about their past. Inside the Blue Mosque he explained all about the symbolisms. We noticed that most other tours just brought their guests in and let them look around.
Thanks, Viator for making our trip so memorable. We will definitely use your services on our next trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

A very memorable tour the tour guide was so knowledgeable. Will defiantly use Viator again. Excellent value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

Excellent tour, knowledgable guide, stunning city and superb lunch, what more can I say!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

The tour covered everything in the brochure with a good amount of time at each site. It also included the cisterns which was an unexpected extra and well worth doing. Lunch at a local restaurant was good and provided a touch of local colour. The tour guide was excellent with good local knowledge and managed to avoid the long lines at sites like the Blue Mosque. Glad we did not try to do all these on our own in limited time. Only down side was the compulsory carpet making demonstration which is an overly long sales pitch.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the punctuality of the pick up from the port. The fact that we were a small group rather than a group twice as large with Celebrity at almost half the cost was the selling point for me. I will definitely use Viator on my next trip as this was the first time I used Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This was the best tour, our guide had the best attitude, knowledge and flexibility to adapt the tour based on the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

The tour was great, everything we expected and more!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Really enjoyed tour. Could have spent more time at the sites but would not have seen them all. It was good to have someone put you on a schedule. Lunch was enjoyable with plenty to eat. Our guide, Tibet, was knowledgable and helpful. We were picked up at the ship and we got dropped at Spice Market on the way back. Only downside was at the rug shop some people were interested in buying and we had to wait over an hour after the demonstration finished. They then decided they would come back the next day. Our time could have been better used doing something else.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Good tour guide, Actually. Informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This tour was superior to others on our cruise excursion list. Our tour leader was informative, helpful, and delightful. Our other tours were marred by late departures, late arrivals, excessive numbers of people on the tours. None of that occurred on this tour. The walking was a bit much for a couple of people in our group so perhaps that should be made clear up front by Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This as a very good tour. It was a bit difficult finding the guide off the dock as there were so many in a small space. I held up my printed reservation and he found me! The guide was knowledgeable and answered questions. He gave us plenty of time in each stop to wander around and take pictures. As most of the sites are in 1 area there is a considerable amount of walking. It is flat but I have arthritis and asthma and had a bit of a problem keeping up at few times (but I made it!) We were there on a Friday. The Blue Mosque is closed for prayer until 2:00 so there was quite a line to get in but it moved rather quickly. He usually likes to do it first on other days, which would have cut down on the walking. The lunch was very good. After visiting the Grand Bazaar some people wanted to get off the bus and visit the spice market and other areas and he was ok with letting them off the bus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Knowledgeable, friendly. Omar gave us a really comprehesive tour .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

We on Celebrity Reflection with an overnight stay in Istanbul. Since this tour was on our first day, there was no worry about not making it back to the ship. This compared well with excursions available from Celebrity, but this was almost half the price. We were a much smaller group and saw other traveler from our ship at many of the same places, but with a less personalized tour. Meeting location was easy to find. My only gripe was the carpet demonstration, which seems to be a part of every tour. It reminds one of the pressure sales for timeshares. None in our group bought a carpet.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Our tour guide was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Very organized and the guide was knowledgeable and kept his group together. The lunch was also very good.

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