Basilica Cistern
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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 527 reviews

Our guide was punctual, flexible, polite, knowledgeable w good command of English. We discussed my wishes before the trip and he was able to show us everything. We went to see Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topika Palace first courtyard, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, and a few sights along the Main Street leading to Taksim Square. It was interesting to see the old and the new parts of Istanbul. We did a lot of walking, along w tram and metro. My kids who are teenagers got a bit bored half way. This is my first private tour, it delivered my expectation as i only had one day. However compared to free guided tour guides which i had quite a few tours with in various cities, I have to say the free guides are more animated and have a lot more interesting stories to keep the group excited and concentrated at all time. Cost aside, take a private guide if you want a customized tour w lot of personal attention. Go w the free tour if you want more animation.

Cem went above and beyond my expectations. Having studied history at the University, he was like a library full of knowledge. He knew all the ins and outs of the city, all the shortcuts, and all the highlights to see. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many things in a full day tour. Jampacked, which was exactly what I asked for. We even had time to add on a Bosphorous river cruise. Amazing lunch at a great restaurant at the spice bazaar that did not feel like a typical tourist “kick-back for the tour guide” lunch spot. Truly exceptional. Highly recommended.

Had a great time exploring the cistern with Adam (Edem). He was very knowledgable and took us around all of the main parts of the underground area including the slaves’ tears column and the Medusa heads. He also took photos for us. This is an very easy 30 minute tour and a guide is advisable as there is limited info explaining the site’s significance.

Ayla hat uns pünktlich vom Hotel abgeholt und wir erlebten mit ihr den absolut schönsten Tag in Istanbul!! Sie hat ein unheimlich großes Wissen und kann dieses super interessant vermitteln. Wir können die Tour nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen! Vielen lieben Dank an Ayla!

Fantastic two days. The guide (Kadir) was a wealth of historical knowledge at every stop. Packs a tremendous amount in two days. Highly organized and allows time for insights at every stop. Perfect experience