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LOBNA I Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2011

it was good informative tour guides was v.good

Krishnan ...  Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2011

Excellent guide - a decent afternoon.

Rick and Ildy Vinas USA

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2011

The experience in crossing the Bosphorous bridge was surreal. In one minute I was in Europe, but in another I was in Asia. Nowhere else but only in Istanbul! And yes, the view from atop Camlica Hill was fantastic.

Dharmilla T United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2011

This tour was undertaken with ITS through Neon Tours. The local guide was very good.
This was a beautiful tour, however, quite short!!!


4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

Before going tour, it's better to show or tell by e-mail which Palace we go to.

Samia M United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

Beautiful sight and the palace. Again the guide knew what he was talking about.

John O USA

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2010

Good to see the inside of one of the ornate palaces.

Victoria Y USA

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2009

The tour guide's knowledge, passion and enthusiasm made this tour worthwhile.

Katherine B

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2015

Overall not a bad tour, but not the most interesting topics. Might not do again.


3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2014

Good short half day tour. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. We started by going to Asia. Had some time to take pictures and walk around. We then went to the palace, which was great. The tour guide could have been a little bit more personalable. He seemed somewhat robotic, but nice.

Mrs. Celia M

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2013

worth doing if have a spare afternoon would have liked a little more info on Istanbul's history as we travelled. Guides English could have been better

A and V Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2013

Bus tour across the bridge, unfortunately it was raining,the guide gave general information, only 2 visits not so exciting

Knud Erik L

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2012

We we're picked uo at the appointed time but then driven around for half an hour, dropped off and had to wait for the right bus. It took too long.

fei Singapore

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2012

Visit dolmabahce palace, no space between the different groups visiting the palace at the same time resulting in a cacophony of all languages from guides.

ricotarola Colombia

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2012

The tour could have been more informative, but the views from Camlica hill are breathtaking.

Henry B

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2011


Monica G USA

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2011


Didzis B Latvia

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2011

Only dissatisfaction was choosen object (Beylerbeyi Palace). It would be better if we visit Dolmabahce Palace instead of Beylerbeyi Palace.
I purchased tour to day when Dolmabahce Palace is open but still other object was choosen.

Patricia G USA

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2011

We were picked up at our hotel, then drove 45 minutes to the departure point. We then proceded to drive PAST our hotel before beginning our tour. Would have saved us a lot of bus time if we were picked up on the way to the tour. The tour did not last as long as stated in the description. We did enjoy what we saw though. Istanbul is a fascinating city with so much to see!

G R South Africa

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2011

This is a bit of a rip off. We only go up a hill and then to a summer palace Not worth th cosst. The guide did rcommend a good restaurant, Hamdi to go to afterwards..

Jusna B

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2011

This tour needs to be taken during the summer period to enjoy one self.

Rana M

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2010

I wish we had knows in advance which palaces were toured on which days. We thought we were going to dolomache palace, but were disheartened when we realized that we were visiting Beylerbeyi palace instead. In the future, I would suggest confirming which palace is scheduled for the day you are planning if your heart is set on one over the other.

Brett P Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2010

This is really a tour of the Asian side of Istanbul - fighting a lot of traffic, normal for Istanbul - to visit a lookout on the Asian side and then to visit the Beylerbeyi Palace on the shores of the Bosphorus. The tour was a lot shorter than 4 hours - but still worthwhile.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
October 2014

It was a great bus tour but the resistance to let me use my mobility aids limited the trip because the driver wouldn't let me use my wheelchair. He was very upset that I wasn't 100% physically fit and able to run a marathon. I could not find anyone who spoke English to explain why the risk of the palace in plastic shoe covers is extremely dangerous for falls and wondered if they had safer options. I saw the English guide for about 30seconds and was told to sit in the corner at the Palace because he had to get going. No one else spoke English. He didn't apologize, ask if he could help out at all, nothing. He told me I couldn't go on his tour, but needed to take the spice market tour instead, which wasn't my interest. I suspect it was just his attitude. I opted for the French and German speaking bus rather than fight with the English guide or take a tour I didn't need.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2014

Unfortunately it rained heavily on the day of the tour and we saw very little, but enjoyed the Sumer palace

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