Istanbul City Tour Excursion Reviews

A city tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city’s main highlights and points of interest, such as Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar.
Best way to see an overview and get a feel for the city
Best way to see an overview and get a feel for the city
Best way to see an overview and get a feel for the city Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
The Basilica cistern was the highlight of this excursion, though the Spice Market was a delight for ...
The Basilica cistern was the highlight of this excursion, though the Spice Market was a delight for our senses. The cruise was relaxing and fun, though not particularly insightful or educational.
The Basilica cistern was the highlight of this excursion, though the Spice Market was a delight for our senses. The cruise was relaxing and fun, though not particularly insightful or educational. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I was not expecting to, but I fell in love with Istanbul!
I was not expecting to, but I fell in love with Istanbul! Our tour included all the must-see sights: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi, Hippodrome Square, and the Grand Bazaar. We had lunch on our own near the Mosque. The lines for all ... Read More
I was not expecting to, but I fell in love with Istanbul! Our tour included all the must-see sights: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi, Hippodrome Square, and the Grand Bazaar. We had lunch on our own near the Mosque. The lines for all the sights were long, but moved reasonably quickly, and they worth the wait. Words cannot express -- just go see them all! We wished we had more time in this wonderful city. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A vibrant and fascinating city!
A vibrant and fascinating city! Visited a very beautiful mosque, a couple of the local markets and a rug weaving demo. The only downside to our Istanbul experience was our departure through Istanbul airport. Totally chaotic. But part of ... Read More
A vibrant and fascinating city! Visited a very beautiful mosque, a couple of the local markets and a rug weaving demo. The only downside to our Istanbul experience was our departure through Istanbul airport. Totally chaotic. But part of the experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Was a combined boat tour, city tour and visit to Blue Mosque.
Was a combined boat tour, city tour and visit to Blue Mosque. Markets all closed due to Muslim holidays, this happens frequently. Interesting tour but no time for lunch, were starved to get back on ship 3pm. Found out later could have ... Read More
Was a combined boat tour, city tour and visit to Blue Mosque. Markets all closed due to Muslim holidays, this happens frequently. Interesting tour but no time for lunch, were starved to get back on ship 3pm. Found out later could have ducked out of carpet sale and ate at quick cafe across street. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Didn't realise everything we needed to see was within a short walk, the grand bazaar was better ...
Didn't realise everything we needed to see was within a short walk, the grand bazaar was better than expected and we bought the most amazing Turkish delight not what we expected. Hagria Sophia was probably my favourite, the blue ... Read More
Didn't realise everything we needed to see was within a short walk, the grand bazaar was better than expected and we bought the most amazing Turkish delight not what we expected. Hagria Sophia was probably my favourite, the blue mosque and Topaki Palace were really interesting as well, a trip to just Topaki Palace would be better as not enough time there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great guide and sights.
Great guide and sights.
Great guide and sights. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
WE all had headsets which were very nice, except mine did not work and there were no extras, so I ...
WE all had headsets which were very nice, except mine did not work and there were no extras, so I heard little or nothing. The tour guide was Yasmin, and very nice, but there were so many people it was difficult to get close to her to ... Read More
WE all had headsets which were very nice, except mine did not work and there were no extras, so I heard little or nothing. The tour guide was Yasmin, and very nice, but there were so many people it was difficult to get close to her to hear. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
- we had a private tour booked here too - through Ephesus Shuttle.
- we had a private tour booked here too - through Ephesus Shuttle. Our guide met us and was very good, very informative. No payment until the end of the tour, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Unfortunately we were there ... Read More
- we had a private tour booked here too - through Ephesus Shuttle. Our guide met us and was very good, very informative. No payment until the end of the tour, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Unfortunately we were there on a Friday so missed out on the Blue Mosque, but there's still plenty of other things to see. The tour operators can change their itinerary a little for you too, if you wish to see something different. For instance we went to Topkapi Palace and wanted to include the Harem section, which they did for us at a small extra cost to cover the tickets. The Grand Bazaar wasn't anywhere near as busy as I expected, and things were quite expensive. I didn't buy very much there at all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent stop but carpet demo unesassary and uncomfortable
Excellent stop but carpet demo unesassary and uncomfortable
Excellent stop but carpet demo unesassary and uncomfortable Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A great way to get around Istanbul.
A great way to get around Istanbul. Takes in all the sights and more...
A great way to get around Istanbul. Takes in all the sights and more... Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nazli was an excellent guide.
Nazli was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, speaks fluent English and willing to alter the tour to suit us. We walked all round Istanbul (she was very fit and fast!) after first getting a tram from the ... Read More
Nazli was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, speaks fluent English and willing to alter the tour to suit us. We walked all round Istanbul (she was very fit and fast!) after first getting a tram from the nearest stop into the centre and saw all the main sites which are a must. We went off the beaten track to see the older less touristy streets and mosques in the Golden Horn district, had a Turkish coffee on a roof top cafe with a wonderful view of the Bosphurous and strolled through the hip Karaköy Neighbourhood before getting back to the ship in plenty of time for an early sailing. Not the cheapest option but for 4 adults ($400 for 1 and 1/2 days tour from 0800-1700 then 0800-1200) it was worth every penny as we saw more of the real city at our own pace than we would have in a large cruise group tour. Would thoroughly recommend it and use Nazli again if we visit Istanbul. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Busy day and too exhausted to go out in the evening and explore but excellent guide, good vehicle.
Busy day and too exhausted to go out in the evening and explore but excellent guide, good vehicle.
Busy day and too exhausted to go out in the evening and explore but excellent guide, good vehicle. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Interesting, but I prefer smaller groups.
Interesting, but I prefer smaller groups. Had to use the ear transmitter to hear the guide. The units were good and worked well, but the crowds in general lowered my enjoyment level. I mean the streets and sites we visited were ... Read More
Interesting, but I prefer smaller groups. Had to use the ear transmitter to hear the guide. The units were good and worked well, but the crowds in general lowered my enjoyment level. I mean the streets and sites we visited were absolutely PACKED with people. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Enjoyed contacting locals
Enjoyed contacting locals
Enjoyed contacting locals Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Daily Istanbul was great.
Daily Istanbul was great. Van was clean and driver exceptional. Lefit was our guide
Daily Istanbul was great. Van was clean and driver exceptional. Lefit was our guide Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Not enough time allowed for Grand Bazaar- which all the passengers were very disappoint
Not enough time allowed for Grand Bazaar- which all the passengers were very disappoint
Not enough time allowed for Grand Bazaar- which all the passengers were very disappoint Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
all is part of the tour.
all is part of the tour. This was a bus tour that takes you part way and you walk the rest due to the narrow streets and way too much traffic. You will see walls built 200 bc.
all is part of the tour. This was a bus tour that takes you part way and you walk the rest due to the narrow streets and way too much traffic. You will see walls built 200 bc. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We enjoyed all the attractions we visited at Istanbul and found it to be very clean.
We enjoyed all the attractions we visited at Istanbul and found it to be very clean. The guide was very knowledgeable and very caring. Well organised.
We enjoyed all the attractions we visited at Istanbul and found it to be very clean. The guide was very knowledgeable and very caring. Well organised. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Istanbul was fabulous.
Istanbul was fabulous. The excursion covered all the usual tourist attractions, but that's what we came to see. If we had more than two days, we could have gone to the out-of-the-way spots. But that's not possible on a cruise. ... Read More
Istanbul was fabulous. The excursion covered all the usual tourist attractions, but that's what we came to see. If we had more than two days, we could have gone to the out-of-the-way spots. But that's not possible on a cruise. The excursion covered the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cistern, and a cruise on the Bosphorus, all in one-and-a-half days. Plus a sales pitch at a Turkish rug store. (We bought one, the prices were unbelievably low.) But we didn't feel rushed. It was well worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very interesting but part of a very long 2 day trip and exhausting
Very interesting but part of a very long 2 day trip and exhausting
Very interesting but part of a very long 2 day trip and exhausting Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
although very expensive ...
although very expensive ... was a great 2 day trip ..... very disorganised the first day loading the buses and the stair well was full of too many people trying to disembark......
although very expensive ... was a great 2 day trip ..... very disorganised the first day loading the buses and the stair well was full of too many people trying to disembark...... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took a city tour that we loved.
We took a city tour that we loved. Small tour (max 10 people -- 8 attended our tour) that took us into the back streets of Istanbul to experience the local areas and truly local food (no tourists present). It included a ride on the ... Read More
We took a city tour that we loved. Small tour (max 10 people -- 8 attended our tour) that took us into the back streets of Istanbul to experience the local areas and truly local food (no tourists present). It included a ride on the Bosphorus, a walk through the local fish market, true Turkish coffee experience, etc. Absolutely loved it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
The time wasn't long enough so much to see and plenty of people.
The time wasn't long enough so much to see and plenty of people.
The time wasn't long enough so much to see and plenty of people. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises