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“Outstanding tour of Istanbul and Ephesus”

Istanbul Guided Private Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Daily city tours in Istanbul with private guidance. Our tours include the most visited sites in Istanbul such as St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace as well we also offer you many types of tour options that are totally different than the other itineraries you have been offered. All of our tours are conducted by dynamic, licensed and expert local guides with many years of experience behind them. They are attentive and keen to share their knowledge about the sights and Turkish culture. Flexible private tours offer many unforeseen benefits - having a personal guide means that a tour itinerary can be easily modified to pursue newly developing interests, spontaneous events, or special requests on the go and at a pace that suits you.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Our group of 26 had an exceptional experience with Tarik. He arranged and guided a phenomenal tour for us in Istanbul and made every accommodation possible -- not an easy thing to do given that our group had 15 children between 6 and 14 years old and 11 adults. He also arranged for a guide and driver in Kusadasi/Ephesus a few days alter. When the majority of the group decided to go to the beach instead of the ruins, he was a true professional and offered us a 20% discount on his quoted rate since only part of our group decided to tour Ephesus. I didn't ask for the refund and was prepared to pay our agreed upon price since it was our decision to deviate.

As the former owner a tour operator in Spain, I hold pretty high standards for travel. Tarik exceeded them all!

6  Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Furkhan took our group of 12 around Istanbul and the countryside for 8 days. He was very aware of what we all wanted to experience and I could highly recommend him to anybody. He made our trip one of the best holidays I could possibly have had.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Furkan took my friend and I on an extensive tour around the Istanbul sites. He was very knowledgable with a great sense of humour. A very pleasurable and insightful tour I would highly recommend, thank you for the wonderful memories.

8  Thank Stephos43
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Touring Istanbul with Furkan was like seeing the city with a really knowledgeable, nice, humorous friend. He met us at the airport, arranged a Turkish bath after a long flight, and spent the next two days not only guiding us around sites such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hajia Sophia, but giving us insight as to the politics and culture of Istanbul. In Taksim Square we would veer off the main street through an alley way to a bustling coffee shop or a vintage clothing shop -- almost like the secret platforms in Harry Potter that we would not have found on our own. Although he's done these tours probably hundreds of times, he made everything seem fresh. The hotels he arranged for us were fabulous, both in Istanbul and Cappadoccia, and he has good restaurant recommendations. Going to the Spice Market or in search of Turkish carpets was made easier because of Furkan's contacts. He was flexible and always conscious of what his clients needed. We would wholeheartedly recommend Furkan as a guide.

9  Thank CamilleInVienna
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We took a 1 day tour of Istanbul with Furkan in June prior to embarking on our cruise. I "found" him through Tripadvisor and he proved to be just as excellent a tour guide as the reviews had said. He responded promptly to our enquiry and also to any other questions we had prior to our departure. Furkan also organised some transfers for us and, in each case, the drivers were where we expected them to be, at the correct time.
Our party of 4 adults thoroughly enjoyed our day in his company and were amazed at how much he managed to show us, yet we never felt 'rushed". His guided tours of the main Istanbul attractions was highly informative and he pitched his commentary at exactly the right level for us. His choice of a restaurant for lunch was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Turkish life and politics from his perspective during the meal. It was a delight to be joined by his business partner, Tarik, and they both seem to be really nice, genuinely friendly young men. On a cost per head basis, the tour was excellent value for money and I would not hesitate to recommend this company.

8  Thank sgmartin3
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