4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. 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
January 2015

We had a great great time! Abdullah was a really nice, relaxed, and knowledgeable tour guide. We happened to be a very mixed group with people from India, Brazil, Nigeria and us from Honduras. Delicious food and would highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Our guide was wonderful. His knowledge of the subject matter was impressive and he was easy to understand.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Great tour if you have very little time in Istanbul and want to see the major sites in Sultanhamet in one day. Our guide was very good, had all the answers to our questions and really knew his history of all the major sites.Made the history come to life. Lunch was very nice at a restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. It is a long day so be prepared to be on your feet for most of the day but it is not strenuous at all. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

The guide was amazing, she was knowledgeable and friendly, always a smile and went beyond where most guides go to explain the history, politics and religion of each location in a friendly and easy to understand manner. I would take another tour with her again when I go back to Turkey.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

This tour was wonderful led by a very lovely, informative and professional guide named Yuke. Yuke led our small group of five in and out of the major Istanbul sites displaying her love and enthusiasm for this wonderful city. She provided us with historical information as well as her own insights. Her dialogue was not a memorized set of facts it was a conversation with us, always welcoming our questions and input. The restaurant she took us to for lunch had a wonderful view and delicious food. This tour was terrific.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

This was probably the best tour of the ones I did on my trip to Istanbul and Athens. Our tour guide was beyond friendly and excited about showing us all of the cool sites that we were going to see in our full day. The small group walking tour was great because it was limited to a certain number of people so it was easier to follow and listen to our guide with no problems at all. We got to see and tour the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace. The tour also included lunch at a great restaurant in the middle of the day. Our guide was very friendly and very gracious and warm with all of our questions and observations on the trip, even helping to take photos for people who wanted to remember the amazing sites that we were visiting. I have done a number of Viator tours and this one was probably the best one because the guide was so great. She really had a great deal of knowledge to past and when I even brought up a story that another guide had mentioned, she didn't shoot my story down but rather seemed genuinely interested in learning this new information and excited to research it as she might have learned something new herself. I would say that if you go to Istanbul you absolutely must do this tour because it covers four of the most visited sites in Istanbul in great detail and its so helpful to have someone showing you around and explaining what it is you are looking at, especially in the Topkapi Palace which has so many parts and rooms and things to look at. I would highly recommend this tour and hopefully you end up with the great tour guide that we had.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

This tour was sensational. Our guide Yuke was so knowledgeable and took such time and care to explain and show everything to us. I would highly recommend doing this tour!

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

I really enjoyed this tour, which was the perfect introduction to Istanbul, including all the top attractions which can´t be missed! I was really impressed by the Blue Mosque, it was probably my favourite. And Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia were also definitely worth seeing. The guide was really knowledgable and made the tour and explanations very interesting. We were in a very small group, which was great as it almost felt private! Really recommend this tour!

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

The sites on the tour was really amazing. I enjoyed them a lot, and our guide knew a lot about the different locations and the history around them. The Grand Bazaar do not need to be on the tour, however, it is too little time to look around. I would have preferred it if it was not a part of the experience.
The lunch was all right. Not a culinary treat, but tasted good. I reccomend that you have With you a little snack or two, and a waterbottle.
There were a lot of walking, so I am glad I had my sneakers on. The only problematic part for me was finding a toilet/short breaks. Because of the heat, I had to drink a lot of water.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

Great guide saw all the sites and you get to skip the long lines.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

This tour gave us a look at all the must-sees - and it was great not to have to buy tickets for each separate place we visited. Wear comfortable shoes, take a scarf to cover your head if you're a woman, and enjoy the day.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and the sights were fantastic. This was a great way to see the main sights of Istanbul.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

Was very good a bit costly. The guide 'yuke' was excellent as a guide.

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour covers the main sites in Istanbul. Too much info given at each stop leaving many in the group saying how bored they were. Would be better if guide shared info when walking to the sites. Also skip little Sophia mosque when closed. Felt pointless.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2013

I was happy to join a group for the visit of those stunning sites. But:
Hagia Sophia was closed. Actually there is always one site closed depending on the day. This should be shared!
It was then not a walking tour... We were taking a bus several times.
The food was really poor... For that price -

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