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We had a great time. The tour guide was excellent and she explained in details the history of all the places we went. Very informative and interesting tour. The tour Cie was also very accommodating as after the tour ended the driver dropped us off at the airport for our flight. Of course we paid extra for that but it was so easy and convenient.
This was an excellent tour with an excellent guide. It may have been the highlight og our three week trip.
It was great! The only issue was that this tour contrary to its name Shore Excursion, was not meant for those in a cruise line just spending the day in Istanbul. We had to leave the tour on our own and get back to the ship in order to be onboard by the time the ship sailed away. It is the perfect tour for those staying in town for a couple of days. It manages to go to a lot of the main attractions in only one day.
This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Hakan Adagume, provided very detailed and interesting historical information at each of the sights we visited. In addition he had a great sense of humor that made the tour even more enjoyable. The lunch of typical Turkish food was very good as well. The carpet demonstration at a private shop provided a comfortable and informative interlude.
A suggestion for the future would be to incorporate a brief cruise up the Bosphorus as part of the tour. I would have preferred that to the carpet demo.
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Our tour guide was very knowledgeable! This was on the first day of Ramadan, so he rearranged our tour order so we could enter the Blue Mosque which was very appreciated. I would highly recommend this tour. The only bump was that the tour we were assigned to actually left early without anyone from our ship. We were among the first off. However, a quick phone call and we were on the same tour but with this tour guide. Everything was planned well!
What an amazing city and our guide was fantastic. So much to see and she was so knowledgeable it made the whole trip for us. Our favourite place.
Gullay Gunay was our tour guide and was excellent! She moved us around to where the queues were the smallest and even added in the tour of the ancient cisterns!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and flexible with the schedule so that we minimized our time in line and maximized the sightseeing. Lunch was at a good restaurant down an alley with authentic turkish food. I wish I had more than 1 day to see this great city!
Our tour in Istanbul was wonderful. Our guide took us first to the Grand Bazaar in the morning which meant we could explore without the large crowds later in the day. Our guide knew a lot of the history which was good because he did not n a lot of names but gave us straight history. He was was outstanding. Another ships passenger who were to be part of the group, did not arrive so there were just four of us and it was a private tour. The Blue Mosque is magnificent, the palace, its history and cultural told us so much that we would use the same Viator tour again. Highly recommend it.
It was a wonderful tour! Exhausting and hot, but the girl who led our group was flexible and tried to get us in
everywhere we asked her. She even bought us baklava at the end of the tour! Five stars for........I wish I could remember her name but you probably know already. Anyway, it was the tour on Sat. July 25!
Myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and took us to the main sites in old Istanbul. An even bigger bonus was that it was just the two of us, you cant ask for more than that!
Fantastic. Our guide Guly was wonderful. Very informative, charming, friendly and funny. She ensured we got to see everything on the tour plus more. Gave us all fantastic advice. Made the tour. Was a small group so private attention given to us all
Knowledgeable guide took us to all the major spots and provided lots of local interest.
Be prepared for dress requirements to get into Blue Mosque - very strict.
This was a very comprehensive, informative, and enjoyable tour. Our guide Cheran I believe was waiting for us as we came off our ship. She handled a mixed crowd, youngest being 7, with great grace and style, enlisting the 7 yr. old to be her helper. We visited Topkapi Palace, Haggia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, with a stop at a carpet dealer thrown in. Lunch was included as well, good food and several choices. All in all it was a great way to visit a city new to us, and to capture some highlights.
Best way to try to see everything in one day. Lunch included at Omar Cafe choice of meat or vegan/vegetarian, drinks cost extra. No high pressure carpet sales pitch at the end, like some other tours.
Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and made our excursion and visit to Istanbul very enjoyable and fun!!
Our guide, Gulia, was absolutely fantastic, so informative from the minute she collected us from the cruise port. We were a small group of 8 on a minibus which was a great number-everyone feeling included and given the opportunity to ask any questions throughout the day. She have us the option to visit the cistern when we all said that we would like to go even though it was. It on the original schedule. all in all it was a fantastic day.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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