4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque. 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.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Tour Guide was fantastic! I was feeling a little lost in the big city of Istanbul. The tour guide was able to piece together history from Rome, Venice, etc and how it related to Istanbul. I highly recommend this!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Abdullah provided a great half day tour with keen historical knowledge and a positive, fun approach which kept our entire group of 10 engaged through out. I would highly recommend -

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

An excellent half day tour and although the Blue Mosque wasn't open the tour guide more than adequately made up for this by adding extra sightseeing items. Our guide spoke good English, was very informative and open to receiving many questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The tour guide we had was knowledgable and willing to share about so much of Turkish history and custom. It was a lovely experience touring through the heart of Istanbul's history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The guide's knowledge was impeccable - there was a BBC documentary on Istanbul once I got home and the guide's information was spot on. His English was excellent as was time-keeping. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

I love this city. The tour guide was excellent. Tank you Viator!

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

If you're at a conference and can only sneak out half a day - at least do this half day. The top places to see in Istanbul. Be ready for weather. It was cold and pouring rain but the show went on.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

Great guide. I was the only person on the trip and the guide was still very helpful.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

Tour was excellent, very good knowledgeable guide. I have to say the visit to the carpet shop should be left out, the hard sell was verging on intimidating. I would have been happier to pay more for the tour and not go to the carpet shop and then I would have given the tour a 5 star rating.

Andrew B
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

This was a great little walk around some of the main tourist sites of the of Istanbul. We started with a tour of the Hippodrome and all the monuments thereabouts. Our guide was superb, in fact all of the tour guides who I encountered in Turkey were. She really knew her stuff. We then went to the Blue Mosque - stunning. There was no queue to get in and time to take pictures and have a look around. We then got onto a minibus and went to Chora Basilica. Once again our Guide was able to tell it's story and I learnt a great deal about aspects of Christianity which I hadn't hitherto heard about. Then we went to a rug showroom to learn a bit about how they're made. The people ran it made a bit of a sales pitch as well, which didn't sit well with me, personally. Then we got back in the minibus and headed for the Grand Bazar where we had some free time to look around and our ever helpful guide helped me to find a hat. A really good morning. The walking isn't strenuous at all. A point to note is that we didn't go inside Hagia Sofya, which is closed on a Monday, and so if this is something which you want to do then book a walk on another day.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Nice introduction to Instanbul. It was a small group which was nice but leader talked so fast and had so much information to share that it was sometimes hard to follow.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

We thought this was just the right amount of tour. Our guide knew when to slow down and when to speed up and we got just the right amount of history. One thing that was a little confusing was that it included the Grand Bazaar, but the description didn't state it so we had gone the day before.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

Tour guide was very good, and we enjoyed the tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

I was dissp

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2015

I was dissapointed with this tour. First of all, they should NOT name it small group; 30 people is not small

The guide didn't give much information. I expected that he would take us around the place and explained things. It's better to read a guide book and walk around by yourself. You learn more!

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