We enjoyed the tour.The tour guide in Istanbul was fantastic his name was Selcuk Ersan
Selcuk was the best guide of our 7 shore excursions! Knowledgable about history, culture, architecture and religion he delivered a fabulous tour with limited time. He gave us an option of less time at the Grand Baazar and added a stop at the Spice Market. Perfect. We stayed on schedule without feeling rushed. Thank you!
Reviewer: Phil - conquering every country
Great way to see the main sights and get free time.
Reviewer: Ann the Cruiser
Very impressed with Shore Excursions Group. Better pricing than the cruise line. Highly organized, friendly, and returned to the ship on-time. The excursion itinerary was exceptional including all the highlights we wanted to experience.
Four of our family were on a cruise and this tour was the only one booked as not cruise ship operated tour. We were thinking a big group like cruise ship tour, however we were the only guests in this tour and we received like a private guide. It was very nice.
Our guide took us out on tour even though we were the only two people booked for that trip ,now that's what I call good service.
Reviewer: Travelin' Nate
The Grand Bazaar is amazing. Wish we had spent more time there. Early October is the time to travel there, not overcrowded with tourists. No long waits to enter the Blue Mosque.
I didn't like the people behave I'm not a believer of their tradition
Lack of French-speaking guide
We really enjoyed this tour by spending extra hours at the Grand Bazaar (and went back to the cruise ship on our own), which was worth it.
Reviewer: Debbie & Rey
Everything went exactly to plan, they were waiting on the dock for us, pickup was quick and painless. Our guide was personable and knowledgeable. He was able to give us an in depth understanding of each attraction whilst retaining an approachable demeanour.
Good for people who only want short trip. Would rather have not done Grand Bazaar and done another location or mosque instead . Good guide. Only us (5 ) and another couple , so not crowded.
Our guide was very informative and also gave us plenty of free time to explore the grand bazaar .with our small group we were able to move quickly and easily through the queue lines
We had a good local guide who not only knew about the history of the places we visited, us insight into current culture in Turkey. He talked about current economics, cost of living, and family structures on the bus while we were in transit. It was a bargain price to hit the top 3 attractions in Istanbul. Beware of taxi driver scams in Turkey. Others from our ship had bad stories to tell.
Reviewer: Mary G
Our tour guide was Kenan, he was very businesslike and much into facts and delivered a good history lesson. Women make sure you have a shawl to cover your head, wear long pants/long skirt and shoulders covered, and men wear long shorts/pants in order to enter the Blue Mosque. Didn't go to the carpet demonstration and used the extra time for the Grand Bazaar which was very crowded.
The tour guide and the tour programmes are great. It is well-organized.
A great way to see the blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the bazaar in Istanbul with commentary on the history as well. Our guide was excellent, and even though there were traffic problems he obviously knew the city well, directing the van driver up small roads to different areas. the blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are not to be missed experiences! Make sure to walk to the second floor of Hagia Sophia for the view of the church and to see more fabulous mosaics. And of course, booking thru shore excursions provides a smaller group (we might have had 10 people in a nice AC van) and is much cheaper than thru the cruise line.
We were rapt to discover our guide & driver waiting for us when we got off the ship. We had a Minibus to ourselves & the guide was fantastic. Created our tour to our specifications. A great time.
Enjoyed tours. You should add the sewer system on the tour.
Really saw a lot here! The guide was excellent, he was knowledgeable.
Bus was clean and comfortable. Guide was easy t understand.
Reviewer: Beard more girl
Plans with a friend fell through and was able to book additional tour while on cruise with only 2day notice -expedited charge was reasonable- as I had enjoyed all the other tours with Shore Excursions
Waiting in lines and inside the Mosque was a little too long. More time at the Barzarr and better directions to get to the Barzarr.
Will certainly utilize Shore Excursions again!!
Reviewer: Po the gold
We are very happy about CrewsOnly excursion services, we will use it again. The tour guide always wait for us at pier and friendly. The bus were comfortable and enough room. The program is right length. This is the first time we booked thru CrewsOnly, we definitely will book thru them again and tell the friends. Thanks
The tour guide was waiting as we got off the ship. It was a very fun and informative excursion. We returned with plenty of time to board.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and all the other sites on the way. Selcuk was an exceptional guide, well educated, knowledgeable about Turkish history, with a strong command of English. He clearly enjoys leading tours. If you take the optional carpet demonstration, be prepared for a mild sales job at the end.
This was a great tour! And you can't beat the price! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We got to see all the highlights of Istanbul. My only complaint was that this tour was not any smaller than the tours through our cruise ship (we filled a large tour bus), but considering that the price was much less than it would have been through the cruise, we were happy to be on this tour.
Istanbul's Shore Excursion Group tour was one of the best tours we have taken (ever). Istanbul is a remarkable city by itself, but our tour guide truly made it an even better experience. He was kind and patient with our questions at the end of the tour, and provided a perfect balance of talking and explaining and giving us choices to see Istanbul on our own.
Wonderfully friendly & educated guide..spoke excellent English and was super knowledgeable!! AMazing city and was a good variety of places to see ..ONLY downside were the annoying sales people in the street but that had nothing to do with tour guides...beyond pushy and put a damper on visit
our tour guide made this excursion an excellent trip to remember. He is extremely knowledgeable and personable, as well as patient and polite. The tour was not time constrained and he made sure we got what we wanted out of each visit. I would have liked to have had the tour include a stop for refreshments along the way. Unal Aydin, our tour guide directed us personally to the market where he said goodbye, and then we strolled around and found our way to food and drink. He went above and beyond to ensure that we understood everything he was telling us. He answered all questions to the best of his ability and was at all times friendly, patient, polite with a good sense of culture outside of his own.
Very impressed with the service and excellent guide
Reviewer: pink Peone
Very enjoyable and informative. Our guide was very happy to share information with us and answer any questions we had. We learned a lot about Islam and the history of Istanbul. Would have liked to have a tour that included the Topaki Palace.
Reviewer: Noeleen & P√°draig Redmond
Our guide had perfect English, was very informed about all aspects of the religions and had studied Istanbul history through English & Greek. I asked for his card and would definitely use him again. Brilliant.
Would have enjoyed a meal of the local cuisine along with the excursion.
Reviewer: Glenn from Tx
This was an outstanding overview tour of Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque were stunning. The Grand Bazaar was very entertaining and interesting. The guide we had was excellent and spoke perfect English. We felt extremely safe and comfortable during our entire tour. Excellent tour!
Reviewer: Like to cruise
cheaper than joining in cruise
This trip was everything it was promised to be. Smaller group than the ship's excursion, but lower price. Excellent guide. He was personable and spoke good English. I enjoyed everything we did. Istanbul was interesting and fun.
I was apprehensive about purchasing a tour outside the cruise ship, but, I was pleasantly surprised with Shore Excursions Group. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable about the Muslim culture. Although not rated as exciting, it was pleasant and met our needs.
The use of earphones were outstanding much better than yelling in a large crowd. Very knowlegeable guide. sensitive and helpful
Reviewer: Cool Gram
It was my first visit to Istanbul and Turkey. I left with a wonderful new appreciation for the city, country, culture,religion and people. Our tour guide spoke superior English and was passionate about sharing his love for his culture with us. He met us at the ship, quickly boarded the bus and was very organized in setting a schedule that allowed us to see highlight of the city and gave us free time at the spice market. I've traveled with many groups and Shore excurions has definitely hired educated and delightful local young people who truly want to meet other people and share their passion for their countries. I highly recommend this company.
Since you pretty much have to arrive the night before this is an excellent way to spend your day before boarding the cruise ship... was also used by folks leaving the ship. Saw the sights that Istanbul for which is famous along with some excellent information on the history on what we were seeing. You can stay across the street from the cruise port at Nidya Hotel and leave your bags there or take them on the bus with you. Tour startws and ends on the pier in front of the ship.
The guide had excellent depth of knowledge
The guide provided a great overview of the sites and Turkish culture in general. Lots of crowds, so felt a little rushed. The guide gave us some great ideas of where to eat and things to do when we elected to stay in town rather than take the bus back to the ship.
Guide was informed and able to present info in interesting manner. Gave enough info for us to be informed, but not too much to make it boring. Good timing for each site. Not too interested in tour group personally, but enough to give us a good tour.
Reviewer: R & Y
Our guide Unal was the best. He was able to see the long wait lines and make a time adjustment to our tour so we weren't waiting and waiting. We saw everything we wanted, had time for lunch and shopping at the Grand Bazaar. My husband and I loved Turkey and we will be back. Thanks Unal for a great day! Rick and Yvonne
Reviewer: Ms. Nelson the Nurse
Wish I would have had more time to shop at the bazaar! It's amazing!
The tour bus was comfortable, we weren't rushed, and in between sights, we were able to stop for refreshments. Our guide, Tolga was young, friendly and informative.
The place was so just a tourist place The show was good
Our guide was excellent and covered all topics well. It was well organized and the guide had a sign so we were able to locate him easily just outside the port area. This was our first tour with Shore Excursions but will not be our last!!
Very pleased with professionally run excursion from provision of water on coach, inclusion of attraction entry tickets together with a knowledgeable and polite guide.
great tour guide and interesting place to visit. I would like to go back sometime.
Reviewer: Toll booth Rob
Great way to see the city in 1/2 a day.
A very good tour of a marvellous city. Our guide took us to a very nice restaurant for lunch and gave good hints at bargaining in the bazzar
This was a great excursion, largely because of John, our guide. He was thorough and very accomodating of our questions and requests. Istanbul is a beautiful city and he really presented it well. Use of the headphones kept everyone keyed in all the time to what he was saying and close together, in spite of the large crowds.