Vey nice excursion with good organisation of pick up from hotel and easy entrance in the sites .
The guide was the best , M Illkar kind, witty ,informative, knowlegeable, give the best of himself to enhance our visit , and he was very efficient , we will remind this visit for long time.
The sites are amazing.
Very good experience !!!!!
The guide was excellent with great knowledge of history of the sites.
Tour was fabulous. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the sites we went to. The tour covered the main places you would want to go, it was all at a nice pace and very pleasant and friendly.
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!
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 -
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.
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.
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.
I love this city. The tour guide was excellent. Tank you Viator!
I really enjoyed the tour and the sites were amazing. The only feedback I would have is to skip the carpet making stop at the end as the sales pitch by the gentlemen was too aggressive an uncomfortable. I did not need to feel the pressure to purchase a couple thousand dollar rug.
Great guide...interesting stops just disappointed we did not get to see Blue Mosque due to religious event
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.
Great guide. I was the only person on the trip and the guide was still very helpful.
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
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.
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.
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.
There were 18 people on this tour and the website promised no more than 15. We booked and had confirmation that we would be picked up from our hotel. This didn't happen until we phoned to see why we were still waiting. Half an hour after the booked time a guide arrived to take us to where the group had already started so we missed out on the first part of the information about the tour. The guide said he had not been given the information about us booking to be collected from our hotel.
I purchased this tour, then the explosion at the airport happened and I was busy the morning of the tour making sure my flights were coordinated, so I missed the tour. I did end up seeing the sights solo later in the day, everything was pretty quiet and Istanbul is beautiful. I cannot rate the tour and guide as I didn't end up using them.
I really don't like to leave bad reviews so I will start by saying our guide was fantastic. We were waiting promptly 10 min before the tour started like we were told. Waiting, waiting, waiting.... Nobody showed up. At 9:05 am luckily I had a local contact number and they said he will be there soon. Another 10 min went by and I called again. Finally another guy showed up and we had to walk pretty far to meet the group. It was very unorganized. There were other people waiting at a different location who were very upset and they didn't even end up doing the tour because they were late. Honestly I have had very good luck booking with Viator so this was a surprise it was so unorganized. This tour we took on a Sunday morning so you couldn't blame traffic.
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