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Excellent tour with a small group with a very knowledgeable tour guide.
Very competent tour guide - small tour group made this well worthwhile.
Fantastic tour. No time wasted in lines. Tour guide knew everything about Istanbul. Loved the underground , Roman , water cystern.
Our guide met us promptly in front of the port entry with excellent signage. He was very engaging and suggested, unless we wanted to see the market at peak time, on a 90+ degree day we could reverse things and go early, this is what makes a small group tour great! Democracy ruled and we all thanked him for this wonderful suggestion, which by the way he taught us how to read the numbers on the shops, to find our way through what only can be described as an over powering experience. Great "first of the sales day deals", or at least we felt so! Then on to the Blue Mosque. His presentation and tour was very in depth, reverent and provided us with the overall experience and allowed us to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful religious sight. Unfortunately, due to our ship's arrival we were not able to the Hoagie Sofia. So he did give us the story out side in the open air mall with the surrounding historical buildings about the much older mosque and the sister mosque within sight. To make up for the Sofia, we went to the Roman under ground cisterns. While there he gave us a complete detail of the history of water's importance to the city and how it was protected and cleaned. What a great surprise, many have not seen on the beaten path. We learned later that the visit to the rug factory is part of the Government's Tourism mandate that all registered and licensed tours visit one of the major Turkish industries; leather, rugs etc. Based upon the fact that Turkey is not yet in the EU and there is no 17% VMAT or 21% VMAT like in Spain, Italy or Greece-if you wish to purchase regional specialty, do it now before the prices become like the rest of the EU, outrageous. If you did not buy, there was no pressure and the hospitality was warm and air conditioned. This experience assisted making up our mind on returning to Turkey for a land tour, hopefully prior to their entry into the EU. Highly recommend, read the days the big mosques are closed, very upfront about that.
This was a great one day sightseeing tour!! It was cheaper than our cruise tours and we also saw way more! We were late coming in to port and called neon tours they came to get us and took us to the tour. The guide gave the others free time and caught us to speed. She was super nice and knowledgable with extremely good english. We also had to very small children with us and everyone was so helpful and patient. We have toured many countries and this was by far one of the best guides we have been on. Book it!
My husband and myself very much enjoyed our trip exploring Istanbul,so much to see, the guide was very good, although our name on a board would have been good, if I had not checked our paper work, would not have know it was Nero Tours I was to look out for, another part of the booked group also did not find him and the tour started half an hour late, because they like us did not see a name displayed, it helps a lot when they use that means to find you. Lunch was very good and the tour although late was excellent.so we would use Viator again that's for sure. Wonderful City indeed,needed more time.Maybe next time. Enjoy.
We would highly recommend this tour to everyone. The van used to transport our small group of 13 was perfect to negotiate the busy streets. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and gave us a comprehensive visit to the main sights in Istanbul. It was very reasonably priced compared to the ship excursion. We will definitely use Viator again.
We had a wonderful trip to Istanbul, very good guide, spoke very good English. I highly recommend Viator, we had a group of 9, seating comfortably in an air conditioned van, and visited all the major attractions of this amazing city. Our guide made this trip so memorable for us, thank you Omar!
istanbul excursion was excellent, tour guide very efficient and knowledgeable and we got back to our boat on time. Lunch was absolutely divine. The only downside to thiis tour was the carpet demonstration, too much time spent at the shop.
Very profesional , friendly and know how to arrange the time of the tour.Also very eazy to understean
the tour was everything we had hoped for! Guide very knowledgeable and polite. We were able to visit the places of interest that we planned and be back at the ship in good time!
Istanbul is a fabulous city. Our tour guide was exceptional in describing the sights. A lot of walking but well worth it.
This was such an amazing sightseeing tour to see the Mosque, Sofia and the Bazar Market, was I little of what Stanbul can offer. I do recommend this tour to everyone.
Excellent tour and guide, Omar. Exhausting with lots of fast paced walking.
Excellent tour, Omar the guide very knowledgeable. First off a visit to Grand Bazaar beat the crowds. Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia incredible and not to be missed. good lunch and well organised. Very busy city!
Great tour and tour guide, saw everything we wanted to in Istanbul with enough time to get back to the boat and missed the crowded cruise tours.
My wife and I came to Istanbul on a cruise and unfortunately only had two days there. This tour was perfect for our needs and gave us a wonderful introduction to a great city. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. All in all we would certainly recommend this tour.
Another great job by another great tour leader. We got to see the premier sights and listened to premier explanations of all we saw.
Prompt, knowledgable guide that spoke english well enough to understand all that was said. Enjoyed all the sights. We could have never come close to seing ll we did in 7 hours if we were on our own. And as a bonus, lunch was great. Bob and Jacki from Phila and Florida
Great tour and an excelent tour guide :-Mr Sinan Yazgi !!! -A real professional tourist guide ,who made our tour unforgettable.-Ask for him!
Very good tour, very interesting city, lunch was very good.
Our guided tour of Istanbul was excellent made so by the extensive knowledge of the history of the area shown by our guide.It also helped that our group was small and we were able to hear everything he said.we had only one day in Istanbul and the tour has whetted our appetite to return.