Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar - Reviews

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Nicole R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Very knowledgeable kind tour guide

Patricia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Highly recommended, so much better than a group tour !

Denise O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Excellent!!! Our 2 days spent with Hakin was perfect!!! He answered all of our questions and was pleasant to be with. He was professional, knowledgeable and delightful. We saw everything that we wanted to see and felt very comfortable at all times. The van and driver was 5 star as well. I highly recommend Viator and will definitely use them again! our tour and guide went beyond our expectations!

cynthia a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

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 ilker as your tour guide while traveling in istanbul.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This was an exceptional tour and our guide, Gülay was amazing. She knew every detail, every date, and the full history of every landmark on the cruise. She guided us where to sit on the boat for the best view of everything. The length of the cruise was just right. Honestly, I enjoyed the Egyptian spice bazaar just at much. Our guide knew the booths to take us to that were reputable and had quality products. It was a leisurely afternoon. We stopped for lunch at a small place recommended by Gülay. It was tasty, quick, and very reasonably priced. I'm a woman, so my favorite part was the shopping and Gülay was great with knowing the best spots for what I was looking for and talking to those shop owners who were no English-speaking.

Derek T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

This was a great day out and good value for money. Picked up from our local hotel and dropped back after the afternoon cruise and spice market visits.

José Antonio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

This tour was actually great! We took other tours with the same group after the Viator booking and it wasn't as trustworthy or safe as the one we book through Viator. In the future, I would advise people to book through this channel only.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

Visited amazing places without having to wait in any lines with a fantastic guide (Onur) who was very knowledgable, competent and friendly. It was like having a good friend show you around his town. Very impressed and our family of three could not have asked for more.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

Our tour guide was very attentive and informative. We loved the slower pace of this tour and the relaxing ride down the Bosphorus.

Sa M

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2012

It was exccellent except that we couldn't visit the Egyptian Bazaar I don't know why maybe our guide was in a hurry

Joseph S

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2012

The tour was very interesting and the guide was certainly knowledgable. We bought some very tasty nuts at the Bazaar.

Gareth C United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

Lovely trip well worth it. Cabin Crew Freindly, our guide Ali was amazing, helpful, knowledgable

John A USA

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2010

Guide was very good and enthusiatstic. Bot trip was just so so. Too bad we couldn't make one stop off the boat.

Monica M USA

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

I wish we had a little more time at the Bazar. Great tour.

Paul B United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

Excellent, though "private' misleads as the boat is simply a public ferry. This should be made clear on tour description.

Elizabeth P USA

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2007

The private tour up the Bosphorus was beautiful and informative. It was nice to get out of the city for half a day and explore other areas beyond Istanbul. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the sights throughout our journey. At the beginning of the tour she took us to the spice bazaar near the boat docks. Once on the ferry boat we were given an excellent overview of the history and present day goings on along the banks of the Bosphorus. Once we passed through the second bridge our town car picked us up. We then headed to a private family museum at the end that we would not have known about if we hadn't taken the tour.

Pamela G

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2015

We probably could have booked ferry ride without guide, but it was enjoyable.

Anna U

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2012

The tour was quite poor. The guide provided us very little information. The tour was only 2 hours instead of 4.

BARBARA B Slovenia

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2007

Everything wrong, it was not a tour at all - just a cruise of 1.5 hours with a local transportation ship. No explanation at all, bad guide.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2007

The Bosphorus tour could be taken without a guide. Basically we rode from one side to the other and then drove back to the old town. A tour of Dolmabache Palace would have been the perfect addition. While the Egyptian Bazaar is somewhat interesting, it is extremely commercial and crowded. Having visited real spice markets in Egypt, this one seemed created mostly for tourists. A shorter visit there is sufficient.

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