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“Beautiful Yacht Tour of the Bosphorus” 5 of 5 stars
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Byzas Tours
Ergenekon Cad. No. 6/2 | Pangalti, Istanbul 34373, Turkey
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Ranked #73 of 280 Tours & Activities in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Istanbul-based tour operator providing daily departure Turkey tours, vacation packages, hotels and custom travel. Destinations include Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Gallipoli, Troy, Bodrum and Antalya. Also specializes in Bosphorus cruises and private yacht rental with Zoe Yacht in Istanbul.
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“Beautiful Yacht Tour of the Bosphorus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I was looking for something fun and different to do on our last day in Istanbul, and this fit the bill.

All of the correspondence with the company was timely and professional. We were picked up from our hotel on time and taken to the marina where we boarded the yacht, "Zoe." Since this was the 8am - 10am tour, we opted to have breakfast served on the yacht (for a small charge), and I'm glad we did. There was a lovely spread waiting for us and a staff member dedicated to helping us and making sure that our water, coffee, juice glasses were always full.

It was extremely peaceful to cruise up and down the Bosphorus and take pictures of all the sites. There were only two of us, but I can see how this would be a great experience for larger groups as well.

Definitely one of the highlights of the trip as our pictures from that day are amazing.

Visited July 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Overnight trip to Gallipoli”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We recently did a two day and one night trip to Gallipoli. Both the driver and especially the guide were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and we had a wonderful and moving experience.

Visited June 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Amazing sights, unorganized logistics - Cappadocia Day Trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I used Byzas Tours for a one-day trip to the Cappadocia region of Turkey from Istanbul. The sights in the region are truly amazing, and the tour guide was pleasant and informative. Logistics to and from the region were great, but while in Cappadocia our group lost a lot of time (which was already tight for a day trip) waiting for vans and drivers and then switching between vans and drivers and covering the same roads back and forth. This caused us to feel rushed at some of the most fascinating places I've ever seen (especially the Goreme Open Air Museum), and we never actually made it to the Uchisar Castle.
Very glad to have gone - wish the logistics were better organized with less wasted time.

Visited May 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
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“An unforgettable boat tour with Zoe Yacht”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We went to Istanbul with a group of friends to celebrate a number of birthdays. As the highlight of the trip, I booked a private yacht tour of the Bosphorus. I found Zoe Yachts on the internet and having asked for quotes from a number of companies, I decided to go with them. The value was good, I felt reassured about the quality of the boat and staff and the correspondence with the team was pleasant and timely (which was important given I was a bit last minute). We booked a 2hr private tour, but on reflection, I should have probably gone for 3 or even 4 - it was the perfect way to spend time with friends in an amazing setting. I highly recommend it and we will certainly be back!

Visited June 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“First trip to Turkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We found Byzas Tours on the 'Net'. We live in Cape Town and wanted to spend 14 days in Turkey. After reading others' experiences with Byzas, we started with their 11 day tour and adapted it to our needs. Numerous e mails later we had finalised a private tour starting in Istanbul, then flew to the Cappadocia region, and then to Izmir area, ending with a return to Istanbul, two days on Prince's islands and further free days in Istanbul berfore returning home. Their staff responded quickly to all our queries and accommodated our requests during our planning. On the tour itself, Byzas did everything they said they would: we were fetched on time, notified and reminded in advance of times and arrangements, hotels were as we had specified and when there occurred a minor error (we were booked with a different hot air balloon flight provider than the one we specified), the matter was dealt with speedily and efficiently. In the main their tour guides were competent and knowledgeable. The price for the tour also compared very favourably with alternative quotes we obtained. We recommend them highly,

Visited May 2012
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