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Excellent tour, knowledgable guide, stunning city and superb lunch, what more can I say!
This was the best tour, our guide had the best attitude, knowledge and flexibility to adapt the tour based on the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knowledgeable, friendly. Omar gave us a really comprehesive tour .
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.
Very organized and the guide was knowledgeable and kept his group together. The lunch was also very good.
Very nice excursion! Our tour guide was nice and very well informed! He spoke beautiful english, and you could tell he loved his country. Top rate!!
I loved our guide, Derya, and it was great to be able to skip the lines because everything was very crowded! I would recommend this tour!
I recommend everything about this tour: punctuality, number of people, size and kind of bus used, the places visited and, most important, a knowledgeable and nice guide. The lunch food was not very good but it solved our lunch need. Also, the price was fair for the service received. Thank you very much!
excellent guide very knowledgeable and courteous, good rappor with the group. good group size and stress free tour
Tour guide was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and personable. Well worth the time and money.
The tour guide (Hakan) was on time. The tour lasted longer than expected which was good. We saw an additional attraction and were very pleased to have it added. It was great to be able to "jump" the lines as we had a guide. I wouldn't have had the time to see all the things we did if it weren't for our guide. He was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English.
Guide Ada was very pleasant and extremely knowledgable. She knew how to get us where we needed to be most efficiently, told us all we needed and wanted to know in the short, one day tour. Meeting the tour after getting off the ship was easy and well organized.
We were on the Celebrity Reflection and picked this shore excursion because I had used Viator in the past and was very satisfied. As soon as we were off the ship at the port, the Viator signs were visible and we got checked in and taken by the tour company. It was a van which sat no more than 12 people and very comfortable.
Our guide, Omar, was so knowledgeable, interesting, and made our tour much more worthwhile. We were taken to all the important points of interest. There was a Turkish lunch included, which was very good. My husband, who is extremely picky, really enjoyed it as well as everyone in my party of four. It was a quaint restaurant with Turkish lamps all over the ceiling, a wonderful experience.
We highly recommend this tour because of the criteria, our guide Omar, the fact that it is a small group setting and worth the price.
This tour showed us all of the big sites in the city in a very limited amount of time. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about history as well as current events in Turkey. Since we had an extra half day in Istanbul our guide gave us excellent recommendations for how to spend our time at less touristy locations.
You get to see most everything. The ride through the town is very interesting.