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Read what other Viator travelers think about the Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul City Hop-on Hop-off Tour. 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 shore trip.
Reviewed by Susan D , April 2013
The bus was waiting for us at the cruise terminal and was ready for all weather with a top but no sides upstairs. There was an exciting trip through the city which seemed to truly reflect the way of life there! The commentary advertised other tours which could have been helpful for some visitors. The most useful stop is at the square where the major tourist places are eg The Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, The Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace and access to the river trips. This was clearly indicated by the commentary.
Reviewed by Shuni vashti K , September 2012
I checked in from Hagia Sofia and almost got on the wrong bus. If it weren't for a kind stranger passing by, I would have had to pay extra and be fooled, because when I showed my Viator Voucher, they said it was their bus. I suggest Viator to mention a warning in itinerary and put a more eye-catching signpost at Hagia Sophia.The tour itself was pleasant and informative. It helped me better my understanding of Istanbul a lot. Very worthwhile.
Reviewed by Jan M , November 2012
The tour was a good and conveniant overview of the Big City
BUT it was very hard to find the right bus-stop among orher companies near the cruiseport. We asked people but with little success. No english speakers...
No toilet onboard during 90 minutes could lead to disaster!
Reviewed by Nick K , September 2012
A good tour for the money, but I got lost at one of the hop on hop off sites near the Bascillia Sistern which is worth seeing, just watch out for th carpet and jewelry sales people that are on every corner. Try and remeber your hop on point near the cruise port as it was not the first stop which I thought it was.
Reviewed by Karen P , November 2012
As with all Hop-on Hop-off, a great way of getting around. Although the timetable seemed to go out of the window. We got on the bus and they told us it was ready to leave. We sat for 10 minutes nothing happened, they then said we would be leaving in 10 minutes. 10 minutes came and went. We were ready to get off and get a taxi as we had to get back to the ship, we were told they were leaving straight away and would make it to the ship in time. It turned out they were waiting for the staff from other buses to arrive so they could be dropped off on the way. We eventually got on our way 35 minutes after getting on the bus.
Reviewed by J. paul B , USA, June 2012
I must have made a mistake in booking this Hop-On-Hop-Off. I expected that the tour would go to the Asian side of Istanbul. It did not. That was EXTREMELY disappointing. Viator must make certain that their clients can distinguish between tour that only travel in Europe and not Asia. This made our visit in Istanbul the most disappointing of the eight cities we visited.
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