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“An excellent guide” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Turkey Tours by Local Guides

Turkey Tours by Local Guides
Gulbahar Caddesi No:48, Istanbul 34387, Turkey
+90 538 439 7811
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Owner description: Turkey Tours by Local Guides is a company run by licensed tour guides providing private Istanbul tours, shore excursions, day trips to Ephesus, Cappadocia, Bursa, Iznik, Edirne, and many more places in Turkey. Provided by Fast Book Travel License no: A-6202
Brisbane, Australia
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“An excellent guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

On a recent visit to Istanbul I booked a trip to Gallipoli with Turkey Tours. I had looked at the bus trips available but felt I wanted more flexibility in the day. I travelled with a friend, we are both in our 60s, and didn’t want to spend over 12 hours in a bus.

It was easy to make the booking online with Ozkan and the day of the trip ran very smoothly as well. Our guide, Abdil, arrived in perfect time at our hotel – there are so many hotels in Sultanahmet we weren’t sure how easy it would be for him to find it. The car was very comfortable, Abdil is a very skilled and safe driver and he was excellent company. It doesn’t take long to realise what a wealth of knowledge Abdil has about Istanbul and Turkey and he shares it in a very authentic way. The visit to Anzac Cove and surrounds was important to me and I couldn’t be happier with the way the day turned out. Abdil’s knowledge, respect for all aspects of the Gallipoli conflicts, and excellent communication skills were what made it such a great day.

We stopped for a snack along the way and then stopped for lunch on the trip home. Abdil recommended great cafes both times – absolutely delicious local food and very reasonably priced. I was more than happy to cover the cost of meals for the three of us.

On our return to Istanbul, we hit heavy traffic on the outskirts of the city. Whilst this was obviously frustrating to all of us, Abdil showed good humour during the long delays we experienced. He continued to talk to us about the places we passed and we were so late returning we felt we had a bonus ‘Istanbul at night’ tour.

We were so happy with Abdil’s skill as a guide, we were lucky enough to book him up for some time the following day to see the Grand Bazaar and the Suleymaniye Mosque.

Dealing with Turkey Tours was a great experience – easy to organise and an exceptional guide service provided. Thank you both!

Visited October 2014
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“Guides extraordinaire!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

After reading Trip Advisor, I emailed Ozkan. He set up a great itinerary for four of us. The choice of hotels were great. The guides were wonderful. We had Hasan on the first day and Abdil the second in Istanbul. So knowledgeable about everything we inquired about. We have just finished our third day after flying to Cappadoccia--all arranged by Ozkan. Met promptly, great transportation and once again, a terrific guide, Bayram.
All of our guides have taken us to coffee shops and restaurants off the beaten path. My trip isn't over yet and I highly recommend Turkey Tours by Local Guides.

Visited November 2014
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Sometimes it is quite difficult to write a review when everything is perfect and this is certainly one of those times.

The dynamic duo tag team of brothers Ozkan and Abdil, were a pleasure. Their knowledge and enthusiasm added to the charm of this wonderful country. We made all the arrangements via email with Ozkan, and they delivered what was promised and more.

I am going to be really picky and say the hotel in Istanbul, Harbiyer Residency was not a very good choice but other than that all hotels, restaurants, sights and recommendations were fantastic.

The two brothers had different personalities but both knowledgeable, witty, and charming in their own way.

We highly recommend Turkey Tours by Local Guides.

Visited September 2014
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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“Istanbul Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Our 2 day tour of Istanbul turned out to be an absolute success because of our guide Abdil. He was very personable, knowledgeable and took the time necessary at every stop to make sure all of our questions were answered. We can't imagine how we could have truly experienced Istanbul and the Historical sites without his expertise!

Visited November 2014
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Blaine, Mn
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“Istanbul - 1 day Guided Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We(2 couples) scheduled a 1 day personal tour in Istanbul with Abdil as our guide and would highly recommend him. His English and knowledge were excellent. Over a 21 day cruise we had various levels of excursions, but Abdil was the best guide.

We had an excellent lunch at a local restaurant coupled with the opportunity to see the major sights of Istanbul in one day.

Visited October 2014
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