We stopped in Istanbul while on Holland America in October,2010. Instead of booking a tour with the ship, we booked a private tour with City of Sultans. The price was about the same as the cruise line, however, we had a private guide for the two of us. She helped us get through the crowds at the Blue Mosque, and the other historical sites. We had a lovely lunch with her, visited a rug shop and made a quick visit to the bazaar. We had the opportunity to personalize the tour, moving on when we chose. I would recommend doing this while touring. We were pleased with the English of our guide, and her pleasant personality. We also booked with this company for a private tour of Ephesus and were also pleased. Happy travels.
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