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“This day tour was a most pleasant experience while in Istanbul.”

Neon Tours - Day Tours
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$85.00*
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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia
Ranked #33 of 409 Tours in Istanbul
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Houston TX USA
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14 reviews
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“This day tour was a most pleasant experience while in Istanbul.”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

The tour guide was knowledgeable and always gave us some time to look around and explore. He also answered any question about different places visited. The lunch was ample, drinks not included. Waiter tried to over change one person for white wine. Highly recommend this tour.

Visited March 2013
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neontoursistanbul, General Manager at Neon Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
As Neon Tours we are delighted and honored receiving a lovely e-mails from our quests praising our staff and services. It is our utmost duty to give our guests the best services that we can offer during their stay in Turkey. In order to make our guest’s stay unforgettable, we do pay so much attention to each and every detail such as selection of the hotels, deciding on the places to visit and last but not the least selection of our team members.

We do share your e-mails with our tour directors and we are very proud of having such kind of individuals and a great guides in our team.

On the other hand we are extremely happy with the guest survey results that we conduct periodically. It is a well proof that as Neon Group we do exceed our company goals and guests expectations. We are always eager to continue our spotless and caring services.

Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of Neon Team and looking forward to be able at your service on your next trip to Turkey.


Cordially,
Neon Tours Management
Istanbul - Turkey
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Tavares, Florida
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3 reviews
“Best Guide Experience Ever”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

We've been traveling quite a bit since 1967 and were extremely happy with our tour and tour guide in Istanbul, Turkey. Neon Tours provided my husband and myself along with another couple of our friends with a guide named Tibet who ranked as A+++ in our book as a guide. The tour was wonderful and she was able to change our itinerary around on the spur of the moment to keep us from having to waste valuable time in lengthy lines. She was well educated and knowledgeable and had a great command of the English language. We would recommend her and Neon Tours to anyone visiting Istanbul.

Visited March 2013
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neontoursistanbul, General Manager at Neon Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
As Neon Tours we are delighted and honored receiving a lovely e-mails from our quests praising our staff and services. It is our utmost duty to give our guests the best services that we can offer during their stay in Turkey. In order to make our guest’s stay unforgettable, we do pay so much attention to each and every detail such as selection of the hotels, deciding on the places to visit and last but not the least selection of our team members.

We do share your e-mails with our tour directors and we are very proud of having such kind of individuals and a great guides in our team.

On the other hand we are extremely happy with the guest survey results that we conduct periodically. It is a well proof that as Neon Group we do exceed our company goals and guests expectations. We are always eager to continue our spotless and caring services.

Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of Neon Team and looking forward to be able at your service on your next trip to Turkey.


Cordially,
Neon Tours Management
Istanbul - Turkey
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“Classics of Turkey - Istanbul and beyond”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is the letter I just wrote to the management of Neon/Key Tours:
I have traveled extensively around the world for business and pleasure (14 countries so far!), but your tour to Turkey was the BEST TRIP I have ever experienced. A big thank you to your company for organizing it! The initial preparations and communications made it very easy to get to Turkey. Plane and bus transfers were made with ease. Lodging accommodations were varied but all very satisfactory. The entire experience was terrific!

But I wanted to recognize one key aspect of the trip for special accolades. Our tour guide Recep Karapinar made it the trip of a lifetime. He gave us so much information about the history, geography, and culture of this beautiful country. We had LONG days full of information, touring, walking, driving and shopping, and his personality and sense of humor made the time fly by. Recep brought energy and an excitement to every day. He managed our group dynamics and logistical needs effortlessly. In addition to his leadership role, he handled lost luggage, missing passports, lack of money, sick passengers, shopping negotiations, and our special requests (finding decorations for an unexpected engagement party and arranging a spontaneous wine tasting are two examples), always with a smile. He made us all feel like welcome family members. He was a true professional!

I am so grateful to Recep, and to the entire Neon/Key Tours staff for this lifetime memory.
I look forward to future trips, and will definitely recommend your service to my friends.

Visited February 2013
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neontoursistanbul, General Manager at Neon Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
As Neon Tours we are delighted and honored receiving a lovely e-mails from our quests praising our staff and services. It is our utmost duty to give our guests the best services that we can offer during their stay in Turkey. In order to make our guest’s stay unforgettable, we do pay so much attention to each and every detail such as selection of the hotels, deciding on the places to visit and last but not the least selection of our team members.

We do share your e-mails with our tour directors and we are very proud of having such kind of individuals and a great guides in our team.

On the other hand we are extremely happy with the guest survey results that we conduct periodically. It is a well proof that as Neon Group we do exceed our company goals and guests expectations. We are always eager to continue our spotless and caring services.

Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of Neon Team and looking forward to be able at your service on your next trip to Turkey.


Cordially,
Neon Tours Management
Istanbul - Turkey
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San Francisco
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“Glories of Turkey Tour with Neon Tours (aka Key Tours)”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We booked the Feb 2013 14 day Glories of Turkey via Key Tours here in the US, and it was operated by Neon Tours out of Istanbul.

It's an all inclusive package (except lunch & optional excursions) that included transfers to and from the airport. This was the first time in many years of vacation and business travel that I'd selected a multi day bus tour as opposed to just finding my own way around. I must say that I was extremely happy with the whole experience and found it great value.

After a long flight from the West Coast of the US I was met by a driver at the airport and taken to the Crowne Plaza Hotel where I checked in, and then met my some of my fellow travelers. After a couple of refreshments we took of in search of food down by Taksim Square. Walking around that first evening in Istanbul felt very safe and comfortable.

The next day was our first group tour in Istanbul covering the Haiga Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi etc.. It was raining, and despite some folks in the group not having rain gear everyone soldiered on and saw some amazing sites.

Over the coming days we traveled to Galipoli, Perge, Troy (not very interesting), Ephesus, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara and then back to Istanbul. At times it seemed like a bit too much driving, but that's what you have to do if you're going to see all of it. The Driver and Assistant driver were excellent, courteous, and very professional. The bus itself was very comfortable as we were a small group of 28 and had plenty of space to spread out.

Our guide Akilay was also excellent and did a great job of logistics & organization as well as being a good source of knowledge across a wide range of history and culture. We always felt informed about where we were and understood the history and significance of the sights.

While overall the quality of the hotels were good, there were some average ones (like the Richmond Thermal in Pamukkale) and some very good ones (Hilton Garden Inn in Konya). Food at the hotels was typical hotel buffet - if you were selective you could eat good healthy fare.

Lunch meals on the road were at restaurants/truck stops that could handle the group. Most places were fine, a couple were a bit "rustic" - but the food was always well prepared and safe.

We were extremely lucky with the composition of our group - 28 people from the US and Canada across all age groups who enjoyed travelling, had a positive outlook, and were respectful of each other by always being on time for the start of the day's tours. Great friendships were formed, and lots of laughs were had by all.

Visited February 2013
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neontoursistanbul, General Manager at Neon Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
As Neon Tours we are delighted and honored receiving a lovely e-mails from our quests praising our staff and services. It is our utmost duty to give our guests the best services that we can offer during their stay in Turkey. In order to make our guest’s stay unforgettable, we do pay so much attention to each and every detail such as selection of the hotels, deciding on the places to visit and last but not the least selection of our team members.

We do share your e-mails with our tour directors and we are very proud of having such kind of individuals and a great guides in our team.

On the other hand we are extremely happy with the guest survey results that we conduct periodically. It is a well proof that as Neon Group we do exceed our company goals and guests expectations. We are always eager to continue our spotless and caring services.

Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of Neon Team and looking forward to be able at your service on your next trip to Turkey.


Cordially,
Neon Tours Management
Istanbul - Turkey
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“Good tour with some starting trouble”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

I booked Istanbul day tour with Viator. They in turn use Neon tours for providing the service.
The tour covers Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace and Hippodrome. Lunch is also included.
The booking was easy via Viator website. But after we recieved the confirmation email we were informed to connect with Neon tours. Few email exchanges later we had no clarity on the pick up for start of tour mostly because of poor English of the person handling the arrangement.He kept insisting he would send info in Fax inspite of requesting information via mail.
Finally we were given a hotel address to arrive in the morning 8.10 am. This info came just the previous evening. But unfortunately the address when used with Google maps took us to location a few hundred yards away. There should have been much detailed instructions and mobile number of guide.

Anyway the tour bus arrived in time and then on everything was smooth.

The guide Omar was knowledgeable and gave us good time. As part of tour they do take you to a carpet show room where they demo the manufacturing process and display a lot of variety of carpets for you to purchase. Finally they take you to Grand Bazaar and back to drop off points.
They cover all entrance fees and you cut the Que. also,
The included lunch venue was good so was food. The price is also reasonable compared to others.

Visited February 2013
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neontoursistanbul, General Manager at Neon Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Since our private Mercedes minivans can not access certain areas due to Municipality Traffic restrictions, we always have been directing our guests to a pick-up location, which is easily accessible. This is a very central spot/hotel. Guests have been picked up precisely on time by our Tour Guide with our Neon minivan from this location.
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