I can highly recommend the private sightseeing tour in Istanbul. Luck also did play a crucial part in our day as there was snow on the day of our tour, which transformed Istanbul into a winter wonderland for the day.
Our tour guide Ilker Ulus was very knowledgable and friendly and took us to see all the relevant tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and the Topikapi Palace. What was great about this tour however was the fact that we were also shown lesser known attractions such as the Cisterns- where a scene from the James Bond movie From Russia With Love was filmed and a private pottery demonstration in a family owned shop that has been around for generations.
We we're also treated to a lovely three course Turkish meal- this was one of the highlights of the day. Ilker also took us to the Spice Market in town and introduced us to some of his local friends that have one of the finest establishments in the market. We bought some of the best Turkish Delight we had ever had as well as other Turkish delicacies ask Ilker to recommend some treats!.
What made this tour great for our family was the flexibility of the tour and Ilker. We could decide what we wanted to do after seeing all the main attractions and Ilker had a great knowledge of all the things that we were interested in. Ilker ended up taking us to a leather factory store that supplies many of the famous Italian brands.
This tour is an absolute must and the guide, Ilker is also highly recommended!
Great tour. We were able to go to front of line and was able to get most of highlights in one day.
If you want an in-depth, personal, well researched tour of Istanbul you have found the ideal company with passionate and charismatic guides!
From start to finish our guide Hakan made this an incredible experience. A warm and friendly start to the tour, we made little use of the incredibly luxurious bus but had access to it at any point that we required it. Hakan was passionate about the city and its history, his knowledge was matched by his charisma and the ease of his manner. He fitted an incredible amount into one day without us ever feeling rushed or pressurised.
This was an excellent tour. We had a great day with our guide Hakan. He was excellent! Lovely day.
The guide was fantastic. He was very professional and personable. It was one of the best tours we have ever experienced. Well worth the money.
Our experience on this tour with Hakin was fantastic. He was prompt, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. He answered all of our questions and was apleasure to be with for 2 days. I highly recommend Viator for private tours. The van was clean and 5 star!! Everything about our experience was perfect!
signed up for a 1 Day tour .. Tour guide assigned was a great Lady Ms Gulay Gunay.
the Bosphorus cruise tour was fabulous.. lucky to have met with a sunny day..
The guide did a great job on the tour despite the Islamic holiday. The only problem was that the guide was sent tp the wrong hotel.
Amazing adventure with a phenomenal guide named Borak. Luckily we were the only two who toured with him that day. Great because our cruise cancelled their tour due to security concerns. That meant without this availability we would have been in Istanbul on our own. Face it: questions answered, history shared and skipping long lines? Priceless!! thanks so much.
great trip our guide was exceptional we would use your co. again thank you
We had a excellent tour guide, he has fluent English and rich of Turkry history and knowledge.We has truly a wonderful one day trip in Istanbul. We highly recommmend Omar as the best local guide in Istanbul.
Wonderful tour. Our tour guide was ilker ulus. He is very personable and is English was very easy to understand. His knowledge of the the sights and local culture is excellent. It provided us with an in depth knowledge of istanbul that we could not have gotten on our own. I would highly recommend this tour and ilker as your tour guide while traveling in istanbul.
Our guide, Gokhan was the best. I would recommend him and Viator any time. Thanks for a great experience.
Our guide Kahan was excellent! Every part of the tour was well taken care of and my family of four rellay enjoyed Istambul.
Tibet our guide was great!! We had a group of 8 and she explained everything for us, walked at a pace that all could follow and was very accommodating. Lunch was very good. Would definitely recommend this tour.
We are very pleased with the entire tour. The pick up vehicle was luxurious and the english speaking guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We have a wonderful day and the lunch was also very delicious especially the baklava. Thanks Viator! Keep up the quality
Tibet, our guide was fantastic. She was at our hotel right on time, and gave us a memorable tour of the old section of Istanbul.
Her commentary/descriptions etc were just right. Not too much to overwhelm us, but all the interesting information.
I loved how knowledgeable my guide was. She asked me questions in the beginning to tailor the tour around what information I wanted out of the tour. She did not rush through any of the buildings. Lunch was authentic Ottoman cuisine great food. I was impressed with the whole tour. I plan on returning to Turkey to spend more time exploring more of this wonderful city.
A fabulous tour for Anyone visiting for the first time. Omar was so knowledgeable, the trip began on time and everything was brilliant
Fantastic to say it all !!!
Ask for Umer Omar! Very knowledgeable and patient. He comfirms eveything for the next stop while you are ar the current one so there isnt a lot wasted time.
This tour was truly outstanding. Derya was our guide, and she was amazing in all aspects: very knowledgeable, as you would expect, but she also clearly tailored the day to our interests and likes. She seemed to know when to stay with us and talk about the history and architecture and surroundings and when to give us some family time alone and meet back up a few minutes later. The itinerary is an awesome introduction to Istanbul, a city where a week is not enough. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and will certainly do more Viator personal tours during future trips.
Our guide Sue-i-lya was amazing. She covered an huge number of sites during our day trip, helped us find the best spots for photos, was as knowledgeable as any guide could be and spoke wonderful English so it was a great day. We are so glad to have done a private tour since getting in big groups really slows you down. She was able to get us in and out of places before the other groups had even gotten off of the bus. Wear sturdy walking shoes since there is a great deal of walking and stairs. But, this was one of the highlights of our 3 week trip.
We did have some difficulty in contacting the company by phone to confirm the pickup time but we need not have worried as they did come back to us in good time by both phone and fax. The day of the tour was the worst snow in Istanbul since 1992 which saw much of the city grind to an almost halt. That said the guide arrived on time and we completed all of the tour items even if we had a snow blizzard going on. The tour covered the key sites you should see and our guide did bring it alive with a wealth of information about everything. Having a good guide like Omar helped not only understand what you were looking at but helped us get into places much quicker and know where to find the most interesting things to see.
Lunch was pretty good for something that was part of a tour and we were pleased with how that went.
The snow did mean we got a little less time in the Grand Bazar but that was purely because it closed early.
I would recommend this tour as a good way to get to see the best the city has in a relaxed but informative way.
We may yet come back and do it in hotter weather as the snow did not help but equally did not stop it being a good trip.