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“Trip to Asia”

Istanbul Custom Tours-Private Day Tours
Ranked #7 of 442 Tours in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the perfect Turkish tea, Istanbul Local Guides has you covered! We are ready to take you around Istanbul or all of Turkey, for one day or the duration of your trip. Istanbul Local Guides are just that locals who care deeply about making your trip to our beautiful country an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Delight in the sights, sounds, and smells of Istanbul: no other city on earth straddles two continents -Europe and Asia- and has been home to three great empires (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman). In a city like this, it's important to have a local friend who can help you to navigate, all the while ensuring you the most personal experience possible. Istanbul Local Guides will fascinate you with the story of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, will wander with you (and help you bargain!) in our bazaars and spice markets, and host you in our favorite restaurants off the tourist track. If your interest is modern Turkish culture and politics, discovering the very best Turkish kebabs, or anything in between, we'll tailor-make a trip just for you. With Istanbul Local Guides, you'll get knowledgeable, experienced, and very friendly guides, all at an affordable rate. We specialize in private Istanbul tours, Cappadocia tours, Ephesus tours, Turkey Tours. Besides the classic tours, we offer you custom made tours. Should your travels in Turkey extend beyond magnificent Istanbul, rest assured that Istanbul Local Guides is there to help you on every leg of your journey.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I finally got to realise one of my dreams by crossing the river Bosphorus, by the Galata Bridge to set foot in Asia, before returning over the same bridge and back into Europe.
In my view if you go to Istanbul this has to be close to the top of your list of things to do whilst there.

1  Thank PeterOrr
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

My husband and I had less the. 24 hours in Istanbul. We contacted this group and Ayuk set us up with Semih (aka Sam to Americans) he was so great! Picked us up from the dock where our cruise ship dropped us off. We dropped off our bags and literally walked all over the old town. We saw everything! He took us to the top of this fabulous hotel for a Turkish tea and showed us a fabulous view: we waited in NO lines!! Semih had all our tickets, planned out our tour and day. Was so flexible. Just outstanding! If you want the very best tour you want Semih. I have nothing but positive things to say about this outstanding day! It was reasonable prices and less to walk then to drive, but it is all right together so no need to pay extra for a driver, but get your walking shoes ready!!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I had read the reviews of this tour company and emailed Aykut about a tour. My husband and I had 1 full day in Istanbul before travelling on to Cappadocia. We had been to Istanbul once before and didn't want to repeat certain sites as we knew there was so much more to see. Necip was our guide for the day and he was so full of knowledge that it was such a pleasure to spend the whole day with him. We had an air-conditioned van that took us all around the city: the Suleymaniye Mosque, the Chora Church, Taksim Square and a wonderful walk down Istiklal Street, a Bospherus boat cruise, and lastly the Hagia Sophia. He never rushed us, gave us plenty of time to take photos and explore a bit on our own, and knew to give us just enough information about a site without overwhelming us with info. We thought the tour was reasonably priced (125 euro/person) considering all of our entrance fees were included, we had a private van, and it was just myself and my husband for the whole day. I would highly recommend booking through this company as a great way to see a lot of the city whether you have one day or several.

1  Thank mbloser
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We contacted Aykut as per all the great reviews on Trip Advisor. Unfortunately he was booked at the time we were taking our cruise but recommended Selcuk Eracun. We decided at the last minute to take our friends with us on our private tour and I contacted Aykut by email. He responded immediately and this was no problem. Our friends joined us and we really had the most wonderful day in Istanbul. We have never visited before and although the main attractions are all very close to one another without a guide with knowledge they do not bring the sites to life. Selcuk was so knowledgeable and friendly and informative. We had the most lovely time with him. He is an absolute gentleman and I would recommend anyone to go on a tour with him or indeed use the services of Aykut. All queries and emails were immediately replied to and the whole day was tailor made as we required. We were met off our cruise ship and anything we wanted to do was taken into account and suggestions made. Would love to go back to Istanblul. Its a great city and although its expensive to have a private guide the money is well worth every penny. Many thanks to all who made this great day happen for us.

Visited June 2014

3  Thank CarlyEve1
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We contacted Aykut as per all the great reviews on Trip Advisor. Unfortunately he was booked at the time we were taking our cruise but recommended Selcuk Eracun. We decided at the last minute to take our friends with us on our private tour and I contacted Aykut by email. He responded immediately and this was no problem. Our friends joined us and we really had the most wonderful day in Istanbul. We have never visited before and although the main attractions are all very close to one another without a guide with knowledge they do not bring the sites to life. Selcuk was so knowledgeable and friendly and informative. We had the most lovely time with him. He is an absolute gentleman and I would recommend anyone to go on a tour with him or indeed use the services of Aykut. All queries and emails were immediately replied to and the whole day was tailor made as we required. We were met off our cruise ship and anything we wanted to do was taken into account and suggestions made. Would love to go back to Istanblul. Its a great city and although its expensive to have a private guide the money is well worth every penny. Many thanks to all who made this great day happen for us.

2  Thank CarlyEve1
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