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Reviewed 16 October 2012

I found my tours with Efendi, also known as Backpacker's Travel, to be an excellent orientation to Istanbul. I also went on a long day trip to Cappadocia, which required a flight to the middle of Turkey and all transportation and transfers went smoothly. The tours were well organized and included many attractions. The full day tour around Istanbul was a great orientation to the city for a first-timer. I like the small group tours, and met lots of nice people, sharing stories about their time in Turkey. We went to Chora Church (stunning frescoes!), the old Byzantine city walls, Pierre Loti cafe which has a fabulous view over Istanbul. In the afternoon we went to Rustem Pasche mosque (a beautiful small mosque with exquisite tiling), the Spice market, and a ferry boat ride down the Bosphorous. The boat ride was glorious as it was a beautiful sunny day!
Cappadocia was absolutely fabulous! Well worth the long day trip, although it could be fun to stay overnight in one of the cave hotels! The landscape is so unusual with the Fairy Chimneys, the cave houses and the Devrent Valley rock formations. It was a great day, the tour guide was very informative and took us to many areas, and organized a wonderful traditional lunch. I found the staff at Efendi very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2012
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

We used Efendi on 8th and 12th Oct for our Airport Transfer,we had our own private vehicle for transfers too and from Ataturk Airport,the pick-up were both prompt and the drivers very courteous we paid 45Euros for both journeys.
You can get cheaper shuttle transfers but your journey could take alot longer depending on how many pickups ther are and its nice to have a bit of luxury.

Paul & Carole Nash

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

I was in Istanbul in mid-Sept 2012 with four friends, one of whom has a mobility impairment. We took two Efendi all-day tours, one private (city tour) and one public (Chora Church and the Golden Horn). Both tour leaders were phenomenal and allowed us to make maximum use of our time because they know the busy and not-so-busy times, when mosques are closed for services, etc. They also included *tons* of history and details that put what we saw into context and connected lots of dots. Both guides were very accommodating when we needed to slow down or take a break. I've already recommended them to a friend who will be in Istanbul later this month.

Date of experience: September 2012
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