Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, 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.
Our tour was wonderful. The guide did a wonderful job explaining each of the locations and was very helpful at managing our time in each spot so that we could see everything.
This tour was thorough. We went to all the venues we intended going to independently. The Fast Track made it all easy. The guide we had was excellent and very knowledgable. The cost was reasonable for all that it included.
It was great! The guide was very good, meal was nice, carpet demo very informative.
We booked are trip in advance and confirmed it with the Turkish operator 24hr prior to arrival to agree a convenient pick-up point. By good fortune we actually passed the pick-up point on our way from the airport which reduced the pressure on having to find it early next morning. The tour starting time was before our breakfast so we were a trifle hungry during the morning session. The tour was led by an historian who was anxious to make us understand the significance of Greek, Roman and earlier civilisations on the current standing structures which helped make sense of some of the things we were seeing. We started at the Topkapi Palace with a logical walk through the various courtyards and buildings. detail. We moved on from Topkapi to Haghia Sophia currently a museum but previously a mosque, church and an even older church founded in the 4th century a history spanning nearly 1500 years. Our group was mixed interest with some really into architecture and others into civilisations and religion this sparked some serious questions and discussion. Lunch was local Turkish cuisine and gave us a chance to sample kebab and halva. The afternoon session took in the Basilica cistern, Blue Mosque and grand Bazaar. Part of our intention had been to use our tour as a 'get our bearings' excursion and to this end we did we also learnt a great deal about Turkish history, architecture and the fusion of one civilisation into another right up to the current day. Our guide enriched the tour with his knowledge and was able to show us how one of my wife's forebears James William Redhouse had enlightened scholars down the years with his Turkish - English dictionary which took the Ottoman script and made it accessible to all. The tour was excellent value and is highly recommended.
It was great. The tour guide was good. Gave us time to take pictures and answer all the questions.
Excellent tour! Great coverage of key landmarks and historical places. Lunch quality can be improved.
It was a fantastic and memorable tour of Istanbul with excellent logistic arrangement and very efficient guide 'Gulyra' who did a wonderful effort to make all of us enjoy the trip
Afzal Ahsan and family
This tour was beyond our expectations and the tour leader was lucid and well informed and we finished the tour very satisfied.
first the minuses rather warnings: very hectic and tiring. lot of walking involved. traffic is crazy in Istanbul. so hang on to your seat.
now the pluses: if you want to see istanbul in one day, this is the best tour. the guide is very informative.
Viator Istanbul One Day Tour August 26th 2015
My wife and booked this tour online and printed out the vouchers for presentation to our Tour Guide.
One of the great aspects of the Viator tour was door to door pickup from the hotel. We stayed at the Marriott Sisli
Our minivan arrived on time and proceeded to the next stop where our guide Hakam boarded. Hakam is a very pleasant young man with a wealth of knowledge of the city of Istanbul, its history and points of interest.
After picking up the other passengers from their hotels we headed to the first to Topkapi Palace where our tickets were purchased and distributed to us.
Hakam always gave us clear instructions and took great care in making sure we were comfortable and informed.
One couple on the tour a mother and daughter from Colombia, were very difficult and at times abusive towards our guide. The mother was disabled and had a wheelchair. The driver and Hakam pushed this woman over rough terrain in the blistering heat. In some areas there were steep stairs. In spite of super human efforts on the part of Hakam, the daughter tried to hog the limelight, threatening Hakam with complaints to the tour operator.
The bottom line was that the daughter really wanted the tour and the mother could not have cared less.
In spite of this Hakam skillfully made it all work and the tour of Topkapi was great.
Next stop was Hagia Sophia which was absolutely fantastic! The feeling of history surrounding us was palpable. Hakam brought the chronology of this site to life with his vivid descriptions.
Hakam timed our sequence of our visit to the Blue mosque perfectly and took us through the visitors entrance with minimal waiting. The mosque and its grounds are simply spectacular only to be topped by the beautiful interior and magnificent tile work.
A very nice lunch was included at a restaurant near Hagia Sophia.
The next stop was the Basilica Cistern where part of the James Bond film From Russia with Love was made. A
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, organized and stimulated discussions. It was joy to listen to him.
Great overview of key sites in Istanbul with limited time in the city. The guide, Hakan, was terrific. He had outstanding knowledge of history, had traveled extensively himself giving him experience and perspective.
The tour is a full 8 hours and requires a fair amount of moderate walking. Admission is included for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. For anyone with limited time in Istanbul and wanting to get a narrative on the key sites, this is a definite.
It was a great attraction to see these historical places and we were impressed with what we saw. Hagia Sophia was monumental and the Blue Mosque was epic. But what really blew me away was the Topkapi palace. The Ottomans had quite a collection of Islamic relies which were handed over to the current generation. It was astounding to see these historical items first had. The guide was a great help, explaining names as well as the historical significance of the places. Highly recommended!!!
Excellent tour! We were a small group and the guide was amazing. She even helped us out at the end of the tour to visit other places and gave us good tips.
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This overview of the Old City was comprehensive and Omar was terrific. He was very informative and interesting--open to questions both historical and current. This is an amazing area everyone should see. It was a FULL day and definitely worth doing.
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. The only down side was being taken to a carpet shop which felt like a waste of time which could have been better spent at the Grand Bazzar where we only had a very short time.
Excellent tour that covers all the main sights of Istanbul if you aren't there for long. It was a long day but I would highly recommend it.
Very well organized and great way to get the tour the whole city with all the Must see places in a day!!
The tour guides are very knowledgeable and provide you the history needed to understand the beautiful city built in layers of time!
The tour guide is very friendly, knowledgeable and hospitable, I would recommend everyone be part of this tour.
Excellent tour. Prompt hotel pickup and return. Very knowledgable tourist guide, very professional and always counting the tour members to ensure no missing and giving ideas and advices. The tour could cover the most important tourist sites in Istanbul without much hurry. Well organized and well worthed every pinny.
It is a must see especially if you have a short time in Istanbul. Reasonable time overall to see places. Tour guide and lunch was excellent. Be careful with the Grand Bazaar for shopping because it is overpriced and the Turkish carpet/silks and not govern. It is done by a middle man and may be a fake from China. Bring a magnifying glass to inspect the item to make sure it is double knotted. All shops there expect a haggle. We got them down by 50. Best tactic is spend some time in the shop and if they don't give you the price walk out and then all of a sudden you will get your price.
Excellent!!!!!! Very full day of walking and learning but definitely worth the . Our guide was exceptional, providing context, history, and extra free time when we wanted. Lunch was included and well worth it. The last stop at the Carpet place was not expected but the complimentary refreshment in and air conditioned showroom was a welcome break from the heat. Very well done.
This was a most unbelievable experience. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing and very
knowledgeable. The lunch that was also included was very good.
I would highly recommend this tour.