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.
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.
This was a fantastic day and our tour guide Gülay was excellent. We would definitely recommend this to anyone - a great way to see the whole of Istanbul. We did not have to queue anywhere and were given lots of information about the different places. Only thing to consider is that this is basically a walking tour of Istanbul so may not be suitable for older people/people with health problems. Drinks are not included in the meal package.
Pros: an amazing tour definitely worth it. Our guide gülay was helpful kind open and fun. She told us a lot about turkey and knew all the insider tips. The transport offers free water and although our hotel is on the outskirts and we are not in the list of pickup hotels the company still picked us up on time. We were only 6 people which was amazing. No waiting in lines either and you get to see everything and get free time in each place.
Cons: the food wasn't great and the drinks were not included, it would be nice to inform customers of that.
Keep it up
Everything was in walking distance, so no bus rides. The sites were historically interesting and the tour guide was fantastic!
great tour, very nice guide, all well done could have skipped the rug place with the hard sell salesman in the afternoon, but otherwise, very nice
Originally we were going to see all the sights independently, but we were so glad we booked this tour. We had a fantastic guide and got a taste of all the main sights of Istanbul with some time to look around, we also did not have to queue up with others and passed the long line of people waiting to get in. We crammed in quite a lot and therefore saved a lot of time. The lunch was not extravagant, but pretty plain but then most of the foods in Istanbul is...but healthy! Be prepared to walk a lot - Well worth the money.
This was a great tour and allowed us to see the highlights of Instanbul before boarding our cruise ship the next day. Our tour guide was fantastic and easy to understand. She provided lots of interesting information. We were given free time to explore the Topkapi Palace. I wish there had been more time, so that we might have included the Harem tour, which cost extra, but we had to leave for the Blue Mosque. Between the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar tours, the guide took us to a carpet shop, where they did the hard sell, but the free beverage was nice. I would have preferred that this time be allowed for us to tour the Harem at the Topkapi Palace.
The guide expertly handled the change in programme made necessary by the closing of several venues on the day following the end of Ramadan. The tour was thoroughly enjoyed by our party. The small size of the group 12 made it easy to follow the guide and to hear her knowledgable explanations of the sights visited. All in all, this tour truly enhanced our visit of Istanbul and I recommend it without reservation.
This tour was delivered by a local tour company - Omer was the guide and this guy really knew his stuff, including how to time the tour in order to avoid the crowds generated by 5 cruise ships in the port. It was a small group and very easy to keep together and also to be flexible. Very happy with the day and would certainly recommend it to others who have a limited time in Istanbul.
Happy knowing that Viator was behind the service and it certainly matched up with the reviews prior to booking. Came away with a fantastic impression of Istanbul and its people and now looking forward to going back and spending more time there.
Our guide, Sevilay, was brilliant! She was highly personable, very knowledgeable, and provided all relevant information as required to make for a great day. With lots of walking involved approximately 10kms, it's good to prepare yourself for a non-stop day but where you have some time to sit and rest up during lunch as well as other pit-stops along the way.
Very nice trip and very Profesional tour it worth the money and to see.
The guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to have some free time at a couple of sights.We weren't expecting to be taken to a carpet shop.Whilst the explanation of carpet making was informative we felt under pressure by one salesman there to make a purchase and this made us feel uncomfortable.We would however recommend this tour.
This was a fantastic way to see many of the main sights you can't miss while visiting Istanbul. We had a nice small group and it was great skipping the lines. Our guide was wonderful, gave us plenty of time to look at things and she was very clear and interesting to listen to when she explained the sights and talked about the history of Turkey. I really learned a lot and had a fantastic time. Thanks!
We had two nights in Istanbul before heading off on a tour of Turkey, so wanted a one day tour of the highlights in Istanbul.
Couldn't ask for a better tour to take. It was awesome !!!
Saw Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, and even fitted in the Hippodrome.