Bapi Nag

  • from Queensland 4069 Australia
  • 12-06-2012

Pick-up from airport, drop off to airport:
Went very smoothly, the drivers were very helpful and knowledgeable about Istanbul and her history.

Hotel - Sokullu Pasha:
The hotel was very comfortable, and the staff gave us excellent service. While all of them were wonderful, Diana (from Armenia?) was very helpful on the day we were leaving as I had a bout of stomach flu and she got some fruits and fruit juice to our room. The location of the hotel was also excellent. Being in the old part of Istanbul we were within walking distances of Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the 500 hundred year old Hammam near the Grand Bazaar. In fact we told the staff that next time we come to Istanbul we will stay at the same hotel.

Food and Entertainment included in the tour:
The breakfasts at the Sokullu Pasha were wonderful, as well as the lunches with the two tour guides. The dinner with Belly Dance at the IstanbulIn was superb.

Tour Guides:
The tour guides Jengiz and Mustapha were very nice and knowledgeable. Jengiz, who used to be a soccer player, organized a half day of fishing for me (on our free day) with his Uncle who is a professional fisherman. It was a great pleasure to catch some fish and also watch Jengiz's Uncle fish in the Bosphorus Strait. Jengiz personally picked me up from the hotel at 5-30am and dropped me off and introduced me to his Uncle. I dont speak any Turkish, and he does not speak any English, but we got along splendidly.