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Read what other Viator travelers think about the Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing 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 Weicheng G , November 2013
Dear Sirs, Nov 11, 2013
With reference to our visit to Istanbul on Oct 19, 2013, what I would like to
say here is it was a very nice day trip and an unforgettable experience of
not only to us but also to everyone at that day, we believe.
Mr. Tour Guide, a local young man educated in USA, impressed us very
much for his solid knowledge of both about Istanbul and Turkey in the
fields of history, culture, tradition, economy, and geography etc.
Also, the lunch is a standard and nice one with three plates. So, my
rating for this tour is 5 stars without any suspense.
Should We have the new schedule for cruising at sea in future,
we would certainly again book the shore excursion programs at
your esteemed company.
Reviewed by Raymond P , United Kingdom, October 2013
It was a very good organised trip, we were picked up at the cruise port as arranged by you. The Mini Bus was very comfortable and with a small group our tour guide was very knowledgeable, patient and attentive.The meal that was included was very nice and the views from the restaurant were spectacular
Reviewed by Gerald B , October 2013
Topkapi has long lines and is the least interesting of the sites....maybe I was just tired, but the wait did not seem worth it. The other sites were great, lunch was terrific and our guide gave us insights into Muslim culture that was informative and enlightening. I recommend this tour.
Reviewed by Robert K , October 2013
Really surprised to find only 4 people on our tour- How lucky were we. Omar was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a busy tour in a very laid back style. We saw all the key sites. I now understand much more about Islam than before. The Blue mosque is incredible as is Aghia Sofia and the Topkapi palace. Lunch was very nice with freshly cooked pastries. salad and lamb kofta kebabs with baklava to finish. A carpet demonstration was included which we were not interested in purchasing , however there was no hassle or pressure with this at all.As the Grand Bazaar was closed on Sunday, Omar accommodated our request for a visit to the Spice Market. Altogether an unforgettable and enjoyable day. Many Thanks
Reviewed by Bernadette K , October 2013
This tour was one of the high points of our entire trip. Viator arranged the tour and we were picked up at the pier as promised - with a short wait. We ended up having a lovely guide virtually to ourselves, shared only with one other couple. We had an amazing day together, seeing all of the highlights - the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Ally was very interesting and knowledgable and we came away with a greater history of the people of turkey and a much better knowledge of their culture. I cannot emphasize how superior this was to the cruise tours we had been accustomed to! It was so nice to be in a smaller group where you could actually get to know the guide and to be herded around with 60 other people! Further - there were no "commercials" - stops at cameo factories, rug factories, jewelry stores, etc. that eat up your valuable holiday time! Finally - true to Viator's promise - we were back on the ship more than on time. Thanks for a ...
Reviewed by Lee C , September 2013
Tibet our guide for the day met us at the port and along with three other travellers received a first class service. Tibet was very knowledgeable and catered for our requests with no fuss and tailored the itinary to avoid long queues. The lunch provided was a welcome due to the heat and was a very nice meal in a restaurant we would never have stumbled across. In summary, a great day in Istanbul at a good rate. Will use viator again, trustworthy and reliable.
Lee and Joanne
Reviewed by Faye H , August 2013
My husband and myself very much enjoyed our trip exploring Istanbul,so much to see, the guide was very good, although our name on a board would have been good, if I had not checked our paper work, would not have know it was Nero Tours I was to look out for, another part of the booked group also did not find him and the tour started half an hour late, because they like us did not see a name displayed, it helps a lot when they use that means to find you. Lunch was very good and the tour although late was excellent.so we would use Viator again that's for sure. Wonderful City indeed,needed more time.Maybe next time. Enjoy.