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“Istanbul walking tour” 5 of 5 stars
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Arif Yasa - Private Tours
Cumhuriyet Caddesi Itir Apt. No: 179/12 | Harbiye, Istanbul 34357, Turkey (Şişli)
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Owner description: Authentic high quality private tours in Istanbul and Turkey for small groups, individuals and families to experience real Turkey by an experienced, qualified and enthusiastic Tour Guide and travel specialist. Arif Yasa has got 13 years experience of organizing and leading tours in Istanbul and all around Turkey.
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Istanbul walking tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Arif met the four of us at our hotel and we went on a walking tour to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Underground Cistern. He had purchased any tickets needed ahead of time, so we went straight to the front of the line! We enjoyed a delicious, traditional lunch together also. Arif was very informative and so pleasant to spend the day with. We took lots of pictures and he answered the many questions that we asked him. My husband and I would highly recommend Arif for tours, we loved Istanbul, a great experience.

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“Day tour of Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a day- long tour of Istanbul with Arif Yasa and it was terrific. He met us at our Hotel in the old city and took us to many of the historical sites _ all within walking distance. His knowledge of & passion for Istanbul's history & the sites we visited made for a most enlightening and very enjoyable day. His choice for lunch was the best - streetside dining with authentic & delicious Turkish food. When we return to see more of Turkey we will definitely contact Arif again.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Best guide in Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Arif was a wonderful guide! We did a whole day walking tour with him and he took us to all the main sites (Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, underground aqueduct systems, the Grand Bazzar, the Spice Market) and at each historical site he shared his knowledge and cultural prowess.
But more than this, Arif took us off the main streets and help us explore parts of Istanbul that arnt on a hotel map.
We walked through some Ottomans; he took us through the local shopping district; and noting that we loved the local cuisine - we went to a locals restaurant, the best bacalva shop and the very first Turkish Delight store.
The tour went from 9am to about 3pm. It include the excellent value of admission to all the sites THROUGH THE EXPRESS LINE which was worth the costs alone when we saw the crowds!
Thanks again Arif!

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London, United Kingdom
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“Perfect way to see Istanbul - couldn't recommend more!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Istanbul and last minute wanted to find someone to take us around. We found this tour guide via trip advisor and thought we would give it a go. They were extremely friendly and helpful and set up the tour for the next morning. Erkan met us at our hotel, and was such a great tour guide. We spent the day with him showing us the sites and taking us through small areas and sights we would otherwise not see. He was extremely friendly, spoke perfect english and took us to all the points we wanted to visit, the end of the tour was the absolute highlight for us where we were shown the most beautiful views of Istanbul. I highly recommend using them, you will definitely not be disappointed!!

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“Great and very interesting tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We would highly recommend Arif's tours. We booked the Imperial Istanbul but we really had a great customer- tailored tour for the whole day during which we saw everything was offered and we wanted to see and a lot more that we had no know idea about . Arif is a very intelectual and interesting and punctual guide who can relate to his clients on a personal level so during the day you kind of forget you are with a guide , it feels like you are walking and talking with a very knowledgeable friend . We choose Arif from many others after good reviews and now we completely agree with everyone, he is very good! thank you Arif, hope to see you in NYC one day :)

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