Istanbul: Eyup – The Ottoman District Walking Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 4 hours
ONDER (guide) arrived in good time to meet me. I was the only one on this tour, which meant that I had a private tour. This tour was excellent, both in terms of content and because of Onder - he was highly knowledgeable, generous with his time, highly considerate, and enthusiastic in a low-key way. He showed me everything there was to see, and more, and went out of his way to make this a highly memorable experience in a variety of ways. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and it felt as though I was with a friend. I was particularly delighted about two things: (1) that we were able to enter the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, and (2) that we had an iconic dish (balik ekmek) that was on my personal wish list, but I had the pleasure of having it with Onder. Excellent tour, excellent compassionate, knowledgeable guide. Special.
Right from the beginning when dealing with the local contractor to sort hotel pickup, this tour was a well oiled and professional feel to it. The buses we used were clean and air conditioned, plenty of seat belts available as well. Our guide was generous with information, much about the contemporary city. Visiting two continents and the Dolmanxhe Palace is an afternoon was a real treat. It was my seventh visit to Istanbul in 3 years, and definitely the best few hours I have had. I would strongly recommend half day tours in Istanbul.
Sinan our driver was awesome. The Mercedes van was also well equipped and met all of our expectations.