Getting the combo tour was the best purchase for this trip! Covered all 3 museums in 2 days. We got to skip the queues, and were given a brief introduction of the museums before we entered. The tour guides were friendly and gave lots of insightful information (even tips on where to dine like locals!). Would definitely get this combo again when we revisit Istanbul!
Having these cards were very convenient and it made our trips around Istanbul extremely easy too. The transport card value had just enough for us to travel for 5 days around Istanbul. The museum cards got us into the most amazing tourist attractions around the area too, slipping the crazy queues and instantly immersing ourselves in the history. The guide was also great, conversing extremely well in English and shared valuable information about each attraction. One thing to note is that museums are closed on mondays and sometimes tuesdays so plan your itinerary according to that!
I purchased Istanbul Welcome Card (Premium) a day prior my arrival to Istanbul. They delivered the card to the hotel I booked in. It was fast transaction. My first tour was I'm Hagia Sophia. My tour guide is a lady. Her name is Ezge in Turkish or Melody in English. She was so fluent in English and very accomodating. The mosaic of Jesus and 2 emperor Justine and Constantine is so heart warming. I felt the holiness and the history just by looking at them. Further, the Holy Calligraphy of Allah Mohamed Ali Hassan and more are the biggest in the world. I went to Prince Island and spent my time riding a rented biked until 4:30 PM. Next day, I visited Topkapi Palace and my guide was the bearded guy. He taught us the history and time line of each architecture how once area differs from another because each courtyard or section of the palace has different function and was develop by different Sultans leaving their own footprint or legacy. It is worth a visit. It has a lot of similarity to the forbidden city of Imperial China. I thend went on Bosphorus tour. The reception of isntabul welcome card ask me to download the app. He recomended to sit on the right seat for a better view. The boat is branded TURYOL. It is near the fish and bread boat market. Thank you Melody, bearded guy and Istanbul Welcome Card. I went on solo travel so next time I will bring my family and friends and buy the same. Your services are beyond expectations.
Wonderful tour. However timing is a bit off so make sure you check with red Jacket Welcome Istanbul staff in front of Hagia Sophia/Topkapi Palace. All of our tour guides is very knowledgeable especially Ehsan and I couldn’t remember the lady tour guide in Topkapi Palace. Topkapi Palace & Hagia Sophia are the most impressive and you want time the most. Topkapi Palace is huge compound so you might want to spend more time here.
The most enjoyable way to experience Istanbul's top museum picks. Essar our guide was just marvelous. Educate us with some interesting history without being too overbearing. Just a nice dose to get everyone up and about for more. The skip the line was a gem. There was quite a queue when we wanted to go Hagia Sophea. Do note the days the Museums closes. It was good that we were able to spread it to 3 days.
Great buying this on klook. The operator welcome Istanbul knows exactly what to do. They will search for your name on their device and give you a red sticker to join the tour. Just lookout for the tour guide in red welcome Istanbul northface brand jacket.
Guide is very knowledgeable and friendly. Skip the line was really useful and for basilica note that meeting point is actually outside hagia Sofia.
All the attractions included are stunning. Check out my review photos