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Istanbul Topkapi Walking Tour Excursion Reviews

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For those interested in learning about the exotic world of the Ottoman Empire, take a walking tour of Topkapi as you experience the Topkapi Palace and Archaeology museum.

CondorX2

1 review

It was not so great. We did like like it but, too many things and not enough time to visit everything;
the Museum was great , theJewellery...oh God ,fabulous.


Provider: Princess Cruises

bjrose

2 reviews

The tour guide was knowledgeable and thorough but the city is not somewhere I would return to. It was very dirty and overcrowded and gave me a bad feeling.


Provider: Independent Operator

sueajp

4 reviews

This was part of our overall tour. We saw the harem and all the sultans rooms. Very well done.Amazing domes and tiles everywhere.


Provider: Princess Cruises

prinsjh

2 reviews

All the sites listed were on our NCL shore excursion. We decided to upgrade to the "exclusive classic Istanbul" which was well worth the price difference. There were only 13 of us with one guide in a minivan. The minivan was able to manuever aroung many traffic snarls. Our guide, Jasmine, was very informative and made the tour interesting and most enjoyable. She again was from the Turkish Tourism agency and just fabulous. She interacted with all the passengers and made for the best tour on the cruise. Lunch at the terrace level of a local hotel near the Grand Bazaar was delicious. It is very crowded in Istanbul now that many of the cruise lines have rerouted to Turkey instead of Eqypt. It is best of find a small group to tour the city. This particular excursion is one of the best I have ever experienced.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Surfari1

1 review

Dilek our guide was, again, excellent.
rich cultural history and gorgeous - (the palace)


Provider: Holland America Line

rongoldner

1 review

Unorganized. Difficult to enjoy as there were mobs of people going into dark rooms.


Provider: MSC Cruises

kangarooboy

6 reviews

Topkapi Palace itself was good but the diamonds & jewellery were amazing.

Provider: Cunard Line

ruby0512

1 review

Excellent tour, lots of greenery. Had a lovely lunch at 12 including wine. The underground cistern was amazing, thoroughly recommend going there. The Grand Bazaar was very big. Carpet demo was good although the carpets were very expensive. I felt sorry for the carpet demo people the next day in Kusadasi as i didnt know we were seeing that again and made a quick exit.

Provider: Princess Cruises

TTT Traveler

1 review

The same tour guide was with us for all the places we went in Istanbul and she was really great. She was very informative all day long and our lunch was exceptional. We want to return to Istanbul for several more days - it is a great, clean, and extremely interesting city.

Provider: MSC Cruises

klitz

1 review

Very impressive. We found the Harem section worth the extra money.

Provider: Independent Operator

Crui$erCT

2 reviews

So much to see at Topkapi Palace. We really enjoyed seeing all the various parts of it, but again our tour guide was underwhelming in her explanations overall, so that may have colored our less than enthusiastic rating of this expansive place. However, we were glad to have seen it. Lots of interesting costumes, jewels, and weaponry.

Provider: Independent Operator

wismergirl

3 reviews

The Topkapi Palace used to be the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We moved from room to room to view the Treasury and particularly enjoyed the view of Istanbul from the terrace.

Provider: Independent Operator

Artteacher

2 reviews

A great look into the age of the Sultans. Check out the armory and the below-the-floor exhibit. Lots to see, get there early to avoid the crowds.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

baillie

1 review

A little less time here and more time at the Grand Bazaar. Everyone sat around for 30 minutes after seeing everything.

Provider: Princess Cruises

doffina

2 reviews

We booked a private tour of Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar. All are in walking distance of each other. Our guide was wonderful and well informed. This is a beautiful city to sail into, with the Bosporus Strait dividing it. You could easily stay here several days to really experience it and may return one day.

Provider: Independent Operator

msupovitz

1 review

Peter Wise

1 review

This was a Sunday visit the day before a public holiday. You'd have been forgiven for thinking that all 16 million of Istanbul's inhabitants were out visiting its historical sights, together with its 5000 persistent and often aggressive street vendors. The palace and museum were overcrowded and it was difficult trying to see the exhibits. We did spend a few fleeting seconds looking at the famous jewel encrusted dagger and the 82 carat diamond and that was about it. You couldn't stand still and linger. Glad I had the opportunity to see it nonetheless.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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