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.
The tour was excellent the only part we didn't like was the hard sale tactics used at the carpet shop. Do you really think people on a sightseeing tour want to pay 6000 dollars for a carpet really!! Our tour guide Tibet was lovely and gave us a great insight into the culture of the Turkish people past and present. This is a fabulous way to see the magnificent sights of Istanbul and I would highly recommend this tour, just a shame about the trip to the carpet shop.
If you want to skip the ticket lines and spend the day with a great tour guide then I highly recommend this! A short history lesson at each place and PLENTY of time to wander on your own and take pix. I did this tour my first day in Istanbul and it gave me the lay of the land, so to speak.
Very enjoyable and informative guide made it great fun. It was very useful that he had already purchased all our tickets for the venues so avoided any waiting and walked through at the head of the queue. I have a personal preference to avoid the visits which also comprise a sales pitch - in this case a hospitable and informative trip to carpet weavers but with a coupled sales drive.
Gulay was really nice tour guide. You see sooo much on this tour. I wish all Viator tours packed so much in like this one. All tickets and skip the lines are included. You have plenty of time to take photos.
BLue Mosue, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace museum, Cistern, only one hour at the Grand Bazaar.
Lunch is included drink separate as usual.
Tip: when you are at the gardens of the Topkapi Palace and taken to the scenic coast view, spend time there taking pictures, you wont have enough free time to see all the side bits and get good coastal pics.
Also, keep in mind this is mostly a walking tour. If you have difficulties moving around and walking up inclines, you might want to reconsider and take a private or self tour.
Great day tour which covered all the "big" attractions you can visit in Istanbul.
The very friendly guide gave you more than enough information about all the sights and you were comfortable transported in an air-conditioned mini-bus.
Included food was delicious and typical turkish, still don't know how it could be so cheap.
Really recommend this tour especially to first-time visitors.
It was such a good tour, with a very experienced guide who had such a lot of knowledge, I cant recommend it enough.
Great tour! Our tour guide who was a lady was absolutely fantastic! I'm so annoyed that I've forgotten her name. The sights were magnificent and she was so knowledgable and insightful. We were really well fed and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
This was our first experience with Viator and the tour company and it did not disappoint. We were collected at our hotel early in the morning in a clean and comfortable van then proceeded to collect the other participants and the guide. Our guide was phenomenal. I do wish I could remember her name for this review.
The guide was extremely knowledgable about all the sights that we visited. This is definitely a walking tour much more than a driving tour and this should be noted in the "what to expect" section of the tour explanation. We actually saw more than what was listed which was a pleasant surprise. My only complaint was that after our carpet making demonstration, which was not listed as part of the tour, there was some pressure to make a purchase. We could have used much less time there and more at the Grand Bazaar. It is wonderful to be able to bypass the queues to each of the sites and to fast track into each site with the guide. She was also thoughtful in pointing out where the best toilets were and gave opportunity to use them.
All in all it was a fabulous overview and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone seeing the city for the first time. I only hope that I can return again someday to this beautiful city. Thank you.
It was a very professional tour , the tour guid was very informative , I'm highly recommending this tour if it is you first time in Istanbul
Great guide, great lunch and a really good introduction to the city
Great guide, great city, one day is not long enough to see the top 10 sites in the city. but the guided tour took advantage of the time we had.
Just think about what can you see in 45 minutes at the Grand Bazar...
We got the best possible value for the day trip, and I thank them.
It was a great experience to join this tour, a great value, and was everything as described. It was also a small group which made it almost like a private tour. Very good lunch.The tour guide Gulay was excellent and very knowledgeable. She kept us entertained during the ride to the sites and provided valuable information of what we were about to see and during the site seeing as well. I would highly recommend this tour.
Tour was great. Our guide seemed like she was our friend walking us through her city and answered any questions we had. We enjoyed the sights, relaxing lunch, and even took her to hookah in the Grand Bazaar after.