Best of Istanbul: 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour - Reviews

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Patana T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Thank you Mr. Mustafa Tanriblir my guide for organizing this trip. Making these two days in Istanbul complete with a lot of knowledge and tips. Thank you for taking me to the wonderful dining place. I don't remember the name but it is delicious. I feel like I know a lot of Istanbul and Turkey just in two days.
Will recommend this tour to everyone.

Tan Yee K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

I joined a two days' local tour at Istanbul with a lovely guide Neslihan. We went to Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace - there are more beautiful with the history shared by her. She also brought me to Spice market a shop with delicious Turkish delights and spices, Grand Bazaar and Taksim Square where I could buy many nice souvenirs with her recommendations. We also had lunch with the best Doner Kebab at Istanbul! It's a wonderful holiday for me with her company. Highly recommended.

Isma N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Istanbul Guided Tours are the local tour operator for this package, which was very professional and very responsive and accommodating all my inquries and requests.

Neslihan, the guide is really knowledgable giving us intersting bsckgrounds of each site we visited. She is nice and very helpful.

Federico F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

We booked the 3 days private tour of Istanbul, and we were very happy. In particular, we booked one day for the next and Guided Istanbul Tours was able to provide us with an excellent guide Mustafa Tanribilir, who was knowledgeable, friendly, and he brought us experiencing excellent local restaurants. We did the 3 days tour, and we think that 3 days are needed to visit Istanbul properly. This is because the first day is spent pretty much visiting key milestones e.g. Blue Mosque in the old city the second day is spent on the Bosporus and visiting the remaining key milestones e.g. Galata Tower and the third day is spent visiting the less touristic part of Istanbul e.g. Pier Loti, which was definitely worth the extra day. As to transportation, Guided Istanbul Tours offers private car and private boat rentals, however Istanbul public transportation is excellent and there is no need of a car or boat. The only warning to travelers is about the extensive walking ... we topped 24k steps in one day.

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Metin was a wonderful guide, so much knowledge, so much energy, so friendly. He was very patient with all my questions, and helpful with all details such as obtaining my museum pass and Istanbul metro card. I booked the 3-day tour because I was traveling solo and felt overwhelmed with the city. Metin made sure I was comfortable, showed me places not in the guide books and gave me a wonderful introduction to an amazing city.

Daniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

My guided tour of the sights of Istanbul was by far the highlight of my trip and I could not recommend it highly enough. The tour guide called Metin Yilmaz was outstanding, he was a young, university educated, charismatic man, who seemed more like a friend than just a guide.

Metin is extremely knowledgeable about all the sights of Istanbul and it's clear he has an absolute passion for the history and culture of this great city and loves showing it off. Metin took me to all of the top sights including the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Bisilica Cistern and Grand Bizaar to name a few. Metin knew all the intricate details of every location and had an answer to every question I had, he also gave me free time to explore the locations alone if I wanted to have wander around.

In the past I have navigated sights on my own, but having an outstanding guide like Metin took the experience of sightseeing to a whole new level, which increased my enjoyment ten fold. You can completely relax and enjoy the beauty this city has to offer without having to think about a thing this means maximising your time at every sight and really absorbing the history and culture, rather than wasting time fumbling with maps and getting lost!

Metin was great company throughout the day and also took me to some hidden treasures off the beaten track - we found some authentic local food down back alleys and enjoyed a smoke at a Turkish water pipe cafe with some Turkish Tea, which was a great place to people watch and mix with the locals.

If you're in Istanbul and want to ensure you see the best this amazing city has to offer, then this tour is definitely the way to do it. Book it, you won't be disappointed and be sure to ask for Metin if he's available!

Thanks for an unforgettable time Metin!

Regards

Dan

Georgina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This was an amazing tour with our guide Metin, who showed us around Istanbul for 2 days and accommodated all our requests. We saw marvellous things in such a short time, our favourites being the Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge and the Spice Market. We loved the passion and involvement of our guide, and his dedication to also making us feel the local spirit and local places.

Angelica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

A wonderful tour with a responsive guide, a pleasant experience.

Cressida M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

We had the most fabulous 2 day tour around Istanbul with Neslihan who was a brilliant guide for us as a family with 3 teenagers. She is so incredibly knowledgeable, patient, kind and fun to spend time with. The ease of having her guide our first 2 days meant we are now confidently travelling around on the metro, navigating our way round the streets and feeling very at home in this magnificent city. We would recommend these 2 days to anyone wanting to see the most extraordinary antiquities without the pressure of queues and with all the answers you need standing beside you!

Alden H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Spent two great days with Mustafa touring istanbul. Very knowledgeable, friendly and takes good photos. Highly recommended!

sawsan t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Our tour guide, Metin, was delightful. Showed us everything and was flexible with adjusting the tour to suit our needs.
Highly recommended. We took the 2 day tour.

Robert K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

My guide Ahmet was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional and spoke perfect English. We covered the subjects in depth and every question was thoughtfully answered. Could not have been better. Strongly recommended.

Ricardo O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

El tour está incríble y nuestro guía Samy fue muy atento con nuetsro hijo de 6 años. Tiene muchísima experiencia haciendo tours en español y todos los lugares los conoce bastante bien.

Kendall M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Great tour and wonderful tour guide! A wonderful way to begin our time in Istanbul!!

Bakhteyer Bangladesh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

We had 2-Day Program in Istanbul: We visited in Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome and in Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street. it was a very interesting and pleasant experience. Special thanks to our tour guide Mr. Naci Sakarya, who made the whole tour informative, entertaining and pleasant for us.

Bakhteyer Bangladesh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

We had 2-Day Program in Istanbul: We visited in Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome and in Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street. it was a very interesting and pleasant experience. Special thanks to our tour guide Mr. Naci Sakarya, who made the whole tour informative, entertaining and pleasant for us.

Fawaz K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

My 17 year old daughter and I took a stopover in Istanbul for a couple of days. Our first girls only trip together turned into a marvelous history filled adventure with Ahmet. I have yet to come across such a knowledgeable and polite tour guide. He made us feel welcomed, was very very punctual, and went out of his way to let us enjoy our trip even carried our shopping for us when we looked tired!!. What else can you expect :

100 recommend this company and our tour guide Ahmet!! Hope to see you again.

Curtis W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We had the most wonderful day with Ahmet. We had read reviews and wanted to request him, however, we never did. We were thrilled to see that he was our guide!! We booked the one day private walking tour. Ahmet's knowledge of Istanbul's rich history, and the people and events that shaped it, was amazing. He was able to answer all our questions from ancient history to current events. He had a wonderful disposition and was so comfortable to be around. It was an amazing day! Thank you Ahmet. We will never forget you and wish you great success. Please, book with Ahmet. He will add so much to your stay in Istanbul.

Hank H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our lovely guide was so informative and organized. We enjoyed the day very much. We would recommend Nesly as a guide anywhere in Istanbul. She was helpful at all times.

Samuel T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I was recommended to take a tour for the short time we had to prepare the visit, the truth is that it was a real success. I looked on the internet and I came across viator, who took me to this website. Our guide Erdal was excellent, guided us through the main touristic attractions and gave us all the historical and life facts in Istanbul. Very good recommendations, no loss of time and without being invasive, very entertaining and good mood. We recommend 100.

LLonald K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

My wife and I had the great pleasure of booking a full day tour with a most intelligent, warm, friendly, welcoming and professional guide, named Ahmet, during our stay in Istanbul. Ahmet's knowledge of the art, history and culture of Istanbul-- and his home city and country Turkey in general-- was very impressive. His English was better than most of my friends here in the states which is very humbling given we speak no Turkish at all. We toured the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and some other sites with Ahmet. He went at our pace and covered so much during our day together. I wish we had made it a two day tour with him and if we are ever lucky enough to visit Istanbul again, we will ask to tour with Ahmet from Guided Tours Istanbul.

simone S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We had the pleasure to spend two amazing days with our friendly Guide Miss AKIN. She was kind, prepared and skilled and the tour was really a pleasant experience. With her you don't get bored listening infos, but she has the capacity to keep you focused and involve you in the whole tour. If you are coming in Istanbul, I really suggest you to ask for her, she will do her best to make you feel comfortable, giving you a really nice experience in this marvelous city!

Allan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Naci was great company and really knows the history. A great time was had and I recommend him to any group.

munreh1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Istanbul is a beautiful place to visit full of history and culture. I would definitely recommend this tour my friends and family to learn more about the city. So glad that we booked a tour, our guide was Volkan who was amazing, he had a wealth of knowledge, friendly and through in his explanation. He even carried our shopping for us, when visiting the shops in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. He gave us enough time and space to explore independently and take pictures. Thank you viator for making this trip so special.

Claudia I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I absolutely loved this tour. My tour guide, Neslihan, was just amazing. She is very knowledgable and you can tell that she does her job with passion. She’s not just my tour guide now, but also a friend. It was a private tour, so you can go at your own pace. I would definitely recommend it!

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