I always get a guide on my journeys - so much better to have knowledgable people show you their city. I have had many good guides over the years. Ozkan was another lucky find. Its not just about seeing the main attractions. Its about having someone who understands what you want to see, and how you want to experience the sights. Ozkan spent as much time as we wanted, but also knew when to move on before we suffered from museum fatigue. He ran interference for everything and had our tickets in advance and ready go, allowing us to bypass the crowds. His knowledge was extensive, his English exceptional, his patience admirable, and his driving was perfect. I particularly enjoyed his honest answers to our questions. He is Muslim, and I was very happy to have the opportunity to find out more about this important faith and his opinions on world politics. Spending a day with Ozkan gave us a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in Istanbul and enjoy its sights, Mosques, and people. He took us all over the city, not just the Sultanahmet area. We ate at a very good outdoor cafe for lunch (casual at our request), and he took us for coffee later in the day at a great spot with a spectacular view. All in all, it was an excellent day with a really nice and comfortable guide. It is well worth the money to have his expertise and company for the day. If I am someday able to return to Turkey I would contact him again for additional guide assistance.
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