I literally could not be happier with how my day went with Ozcan and Circle Istanbul. I had been to Istanbul once before, and had already seen the tourist attractions, so I was looking for something a little different, and being a solo female I wasn't sure where I could go on my own. With Ozcan and his fiance Asli, I saw the European and Asian sides, the upper class and lower class areas, and everything in between. We took about four different forms of local transportation and did a lot of walking around back streets and areas that I would not have felt comfortable exploring without a local. I tried a ton of new and different foods, pretty sure I ate more today than I normally do in two days! And I had a Turkish bath for the first time! Plus having Ozcan and Asli to talk to I was able to learn a ton about what life is really like here, the kind of discussions you don't get with large tour groups. The company was very quick to respond to my booking request and even ended up running the tour for me alone when the second person bailed last minute (normal minimum is 2 people for the tour to go). Seriously, I couldn't recommend this more. It was a completely different side of the city and I am so glad I got to experience it.
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