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JACQUELINE ROSS USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Fun tour and informative. My only complaint was that we didn't have time to have a coffee before the cable car ride.

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

A good relaxed half day tour introducing you to the Bosphorus and Istanbul. Recommended.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Tour was great for a half day excursion. Friendly for Americans and bus and abilities were in nice shape. Folks were very accomidating to pick up at hotel for a bit more money if you are outside the regular area they operate in. The boat cruise pushes food a bit but it is cheap. It does walk a bit.

Betty T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Very fun and interesting. All the essentials in a short time. The guide did an excellent job.

teresitapedraza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Excellent tour.

Leann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing..very well organized. .small group highly recommended. .

Leia V

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2016

Tour was a nice way to get a tour of the Bosphorus and a nice view from top of Golden Horn. Not really a must do, but good enough for what was promised.

gwoof

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2015

Wonderful afternoon.

Lee T

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

You cant visit Istanbul and not take a cruise on the Bosphorus. This tour offered not only that, but a trip to the lookout point over the Golden Horn. Like most things in Istanbul, you could have done this yourself, without a tour guide, but the boat was quite large, uncrowded, and the commentary quite thorough. It was a beautiful day, which added to the enjoyment and, having booked ahead of traveling, it meant we could ignore all the ticket touts near the ferry terminal and there were lots!. The guide was older than we expected, and though knowledgeable, his English wasnt up to the standard wed expected from Viator we often struggled to understand what he was trying to explain. Not much more to say. It was a good tour, and Id recommend it to others.

Gina A

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

i love the fact that it is a half day tour so i am able to take it easy as i was travelling with my elderly mom and 4-year old son. the guide was good and the buses were comfy.

JOHN G

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Tour guide informative and had an excellent command of English. Bosphorus Cruise was also excellent both as an informative experience and a relaxing time in an hectic city. Cable Car Ride not worth the wait in very crowded conditions though driver did an excellent job navigating narrow streets.

Donald L. C

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

Arrived at hotel on time excellent commentary on the cruise of the Bosphorus Straight. Great way to start our first day in Istanbul!

Drew

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

We enjoyed the tour. The agent was punctual. But it would be better if we were given a longer time to relax at the hill top. We were also given a choice to be dropped off at either the Grand Bazaar or Taksim square.

Julie C

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

Beautiful cruise on the Bosphorus and what a wonderful view on the Golden Horn! The bus that pick up at the hotel is on time. It was a great afternoon, I recommend.

Shane M Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

The cruise part of this tour was great, Pierre
Loti cafe views were amazing

Jennifer E S

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2016

The Bosphorus cruise was interesting and worth doing. The Cable Car Ride was disappointing as it was very short perhaps 2 minutes. It would have been better if we could have had more time at the place the Cable Car leaves from as there are markets and a nice cliff top restaurant, this was all a bit rushed. Our guide also had both French and English people on the tour and needed to translate to both.

Bruce J

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2016

Saw some areas of Istanbul not visited before. An adequate tour.

Naude M South Africa

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2015

Had problems with the sound system on boat so that the commentary was not audible

snaps93

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2015

When you get on boat, there is a guy giving our juice and sandwich. Mind you the boat is owned by the company that handles this. Afterward, the same guy comes to collect money, of course to surprise of many.

Also, note, it is your responsibility to contact your local tour operator to pick you up at hotel. Also, the reservation said 2pm pick up, which I found when I called them @ 2pm that 2pm refers to time all are meeting at meeting location not pick up time. Pick up time for our hotel was 1:15pm. Luckily they agreed to honor our booking the next day, however, had to rearrange plans as a result of mis-communication on their part.

Note from Viator: Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback for your tour experience. Please note, the meeting time listed on your voucher is always the "Departure Time" and not the pick-up time. Hotel pick-up can typically occur 30-60 minutes prior to the departure time, which is why it's imperative to call your local tour operator ahead of time to reconfirm your pick-up time and location. However, we are glad to hear this misunderstanding did not impede your ability to take the tour and hope you still had an enjoyable time on your tour experience.

Julie B

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2014

Guide was good, boat trip a bit too long really, weather was not on our side and I would have liked a more modern vessel.

ALFREDO C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2016

Tour guide OK. A bit oversold and not comfortable. Spend a bit more money if you want to have a great tour.

SUSAN M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2016

This tour was operated by Plan Tours locally. After our pick up we proceeded to then go to another central point where we had to swap coaches which took ages due to Sunday traffic and loads of cyclists and then another extremely long queue to cross the Galata Bridge to get to the ferry. A wasted hour easily just stuck in traffic. The boat trip was good but led to believe the drinks and snacks offered were free and then he came round after for the money. More traffic again when we got off the ferry and travelled round by coach to Pierre Loti where due to heavy traffic and street market we ended up getting off the bus and walking to this famous viewing area which was ok but very busy and queued again for 45 mins to travel down the hill only for 2 mins on a cable car .
Felt the trip a waste of time and not good value, definately felt ripped off and would not recommend.

Kent B

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

Too much time wasted in the Bus, I would recommend that you do this yourself.

marierady

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

Long wait at a meeting point after picked up.Contrary to what's advertised Balat district wasn't visited: when pointing that out to the guide he said they took a different route due to traffic. The cable car from Pierre Loti cafe was out of order: the guide only found out and informed us once there

Arvind J

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2014

This tour was operated by Plan Tours. They waste time by taking tourists to a location outside the city and then divide them in different tour groups. Our guide was a very old man who did not speak good English. His accent was terrible. He put his mouth right on microphone (in spite of our suggestions) and we could understand a word. At the end of tour, we were dropped 3 blocks from our hotel - there were no road or traffic restrictions - and gave us wrong directions to walk to the hotel. We had to ask strangers how to reach our hotel. Extremely disappointed.

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