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“Walking Tour with Necla in Beyoglu District”

Offbeat Istanbul Walking Tours / Day Tours
Ranked #153 of 409 Tours in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: sharing with you the true colours of Istanbul – off the beaten track
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“Walking Tour with Necla in Beyoglu District”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Four of us were given a tour by Necla thru the Beyoglu District (we were based right next to the Galata Tower) and had a delightful time with her. She has a wonderful sense of humor, clearly knows the out-of-the-way places for food and shopping, and enjoys showing off 'back street' Istanbul. She showed us a subterranean wire bar which we of course returned to the next day - great selections. Recommended Subehir Ocakbasi for dinner - off-the-chart delicious and great fun. We also had a terrific breakfast a few days later at the restaurant where she worked and plan to stay in touch. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2014
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“Best off the beaten path walking tour + great food”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We met our tour guide Necla right on time who proceeded to ask us a few key questions and, based on the our interest and preferences, designed a 3 hour walking tour of Beyoglu District.

We wanted to acquaint ourselves with how contemporary Turks live, eat and relax in this historic yet very residential neighborhood. She led us through backstreets, covered passage ways, a local fish market, the city's oldest Turkish Delight purveyor, a subterranean wine bar, and a 16th C caravan sarayi designed by a Genoese that currently serves as a workshop coop for repairmen, machinists etc. We received great recs for bfast, lunch, and dinner. Nothing touristy and extremely reasonable. Hands down, one of the best eating out experiences we had was at Zubehir Ocakbasi. Can't thank Necla enough for her patience, kindness, and hospitality. Our vacation would not have been the same without it.

Visited May 2014
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“I really liked Duygu but...”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We booked the Beyoglu orientation tour for 120 euros for two of us. The tour was supposed to be 10:30am-1:30pm, but only lasted until 12:45. She showed us where to buy classic baklava, a good Turkish breakfast, where to eat real Turkish food, and we were not disappointed when we tried her suggestions later. She also showed us how to catch a ferry to Kadikoy. The part where we toured where they make and trade tools lost our interest, but I can see why she added it, as she told us soon that part of Beyoglu will be transformed into some touristy shopping site and they will move all the tool makers somewhere else, and she didn't agree with this. Personally, I liked Duygu a lot - we are similar in our politics (we were in Istanbul during the mining accident protests last week, which Duygu had participated in), and she seems intelligent and is vocal about the loss of small, unique shops that make handmade goods in order to make way for the ubiquitous, global-branded goods that increasingly makes every city shopping experience the same. We are definitely like-minded on this issue. But my 19-yr old globally-branded nephew got bored, so if you are more like me and interested in past history with a semi-socialist attitude, you will like this tour. If you are like my nephew, you wont. I also wasn't interested in the best ceramic shop (I live in a tiny apartment and do not like clutter, so rarely purchase souvenirs). We really didn't cover much territory as I discovered in the days following the tour. We stayed pretty much in the Galata and Pera parts. I would have preferred to see more of Beyoglu, rather than the shops, but I am sure if I had researched before the tour and had an idea of what I wanted (other than food tips), Duygu would have accommodated us.

Visited May 2014
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“Perfect : don't miss this !”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

On the first day of our stay in Istanbul we did an orientation walk in the neighbourhood of Galata where we were staying. Duygu was our guide and she realy made an effort to show us the things that were important to us : nice places to have tea or coffee, nice restaurants, the fish market, interesting shops etc. It was perfect for us to learn more about the surroundings of where we were staying. After the walk we used a lot of Duygu's good advice. She also send us an email with extra information after the walk. Her best advice was a visit to Kilic Ali Pasa hammam and to shop for ceramics in the shop of a local artist who handpainted the ceramics.
On the last day of our stay, we did the short foodie walk with Duygu. She adapted her tour to make sure we experienced new things and not repeat what we had found as special Turkish food ourselves. There was also no overlap with the first walk.
Duygu realy is a gem.
Don't hesitate : do these walks !

Visited April 2014
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“One of the best things we did in Istanbul!”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Our family went to Istanbul for a week in January. On our first day we took an orientation tour with Duygu to our Beyoglu neighborhood. It was exactly what we needed—a great mix of history, local flavor, restaurant and store hints, and loads of great insight and stories. Duygu is charming, warm, smart, and has wonderful English. She was able to make the tour totally relevant to all of us, from my 10 year old son to my 14 year old daughter, to us. She also sketched out several things that we should explore on our own in other parts of Istanbul that were all wonderful.

We had such a great time with Duygu that we booked the 1/2 day foodie tour with Necla. We were slightly worried that some of the same ground would be covered, but Necla carefully crafted an incredible 4 hours that took us to totally fresh geographical and foodie places. We had great fun tasting an amazing range of wonderful Turkish things, all in places we never would have happened upon on our own, even after studying many blogs for insight. Necla is equally smart, competent and delightful.

Love that these two women are crafting their own way in Istanbul, and I've recommended them highly to friends who are planning a visit. The insight, context, warmth, and advice that we received from each were vitally important to the incredible time we had in Istanbul.

Visited January 2014
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