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Great historical attraction brought to life.

Thank goodness we booked the tour. Our guide took us on a route around the whole palace, including the harem, bringing each place to life as we passed through. It all took a good three hours. Imagine how long it would have taken us if we had tried to do it alone ! Much, much longer. Or, more realistically, we would have missed a lot of places and missed out on the stories and the descriptions our guide provided to really understand palace life. The guide spoke very good, well articulated, English. Ours was a small group of seven, so it was easy to keep together, hear the guide and have the opportunity to ask questions. Sadly, there are still inaccessible areas under renovation, but that didn't detract too much from the experience. Skipping the ticket queue was a great time saver as well. Just be aware that there is a lot of walking with some flights of stairs too. But it is well worth it for this fascinating attraction. Wear comfortable footwear and have a bottle of water in your bag.

Great way to visit the highlights of Istanbul

Great way to visit the highlights of Istanbul and skip the long queues. The guide was also really professional and had a great knowledge of the places' history and culture. The attractions included in this tour are pretty close to one another, within walking distance. You should know that you meet the guide at the meeting point, visit one place, then the guide gives you some free time (usually it's 15-20 minutes) and then meet the guide again at the meeting point in order to visit the next place (because not all the people who buy this pass will come and visit all the places, so there are always new people that the guide needs to meet with). We didn't realize this at first, but as mentioned previously, all the places included in this pass are within walking distance from one another, so this is fine.

Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass Reviewed by Andreea, 21/02/2019

Although a bit expensive, I enjoyed the 3 hours of the tour

The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He guided us through the palace, explaining major details and even interesting side stories related with the palace. He did not seem to rush us and took the time to explain what we should visit and answer any questions the group had. If you want to know more about the palace and its history, I recommend this tour. Although a bit expensive, I believe it is about right in terms of price/quality, as you would be paying around 10£ per hour + tickets. You also have the perk of skipping any queue (in our case there was none because we started early.

Excellent and better than my expectation.

The ticket purchase and subsequent tour was great value for money. The guide was on time and spoke excellent English. The price we paid was significantly less than similar tour providers. The guests however, must arrive at the gate of the palace on time using their own means of transport (a plus for me). Few downsides worth mentioning, the maintenance work at the palace reduced the overall time spent inside it, since many rooms were closed. My ticket did not provide access to the Harem and the painting museum.

Large palace, but with the tour I got the overall picture

And from there I could explore the library, the kitchen etc on my on. Livan is a great guide, very knowledageable and he speaks an easily understandable English.