Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
per group up to 8
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I am so pleased I purchased this guided tour before going to Istanbul. It was very easy to find the guides at every meeting point, and if you go to multiple places in the same day you can have the same guide, which is fun and makes the experience even a bit more comfortable. Every one of the guides I had (Can, Furkan, and Ilke) were very friendly, down-to-earth history buffs who comfortably speak English and will chat and joke around - and they knew the answers to every question I had. Also, a great deal of the information they provide is not written on the informational signs around the different sites we visited, so even if you don't ask questions you will learn a lot more than if you visit the sites by yourself - if you ask questions you have a chance to learn even more than that. I am very grateful to them and really enjoyed my tours.
The meeting point is easy to find. The tours are well organized and the guides well-informed. The only disappointing tour was to the Blue Mosque. It’s available only once a day at 14:30 but the mosque closes at 15:00 for prayers. The guide gives a short history lesson for about 20 minutes before you enter the mosque. So by the time we went in, it was already about 14:55. The visit then felt very rushed and more of a “photo-op.” Either than that, I enjoyed all tours and would highly recommend this ticket. It’s worth it if you want to visit all the main tourist attractions, skip the lines (which are usually unbearably long), and learn about the history and background of each attraction.
Dit ticket geeft boe toegang tot een groot aantal musea en bezienswaardigheden onder begeleiding van een gids. Daardoor moet je niet in de file gaan staan op drukke momenten om een ticket ter bemachtigen en krijg je een meer dan degelijke rondleiding in de musea of gebouwen. Je moet wel opletten dat je niet de begeleidingen neemt voor bepaalde musea van 15:30 want om 16:45 wordt je bijna overal vriendelijk maar met aandrang verzocht om het gebouw te verlaten. Voor bob Topkapi Palace was dit een ontgoocheling want we hadden amper de tijd om nog iets te bezichtigen nadat we de uitleg van de gids hadden gekregen.
Me and my friends had an amazing day absorbing the vast historical knowledge of our professional guide, the meetup with Naci was smooth and we instantly knew this was going to be a great day of sightseeing and learning about culture, great food and historical tidbits. Highly recommended!
Melody was a great guide and kept the content very interesting. It was a brief tour but I was guided/referred to the other parts of the Palace to explore for myself and seeing that I was pressed for time, this was great to go further on my own pace.