KSG Tours - Day Tours
KSG Tours - Day Tours
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ProfessorJoe
Columbus, IN8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
While in Istanbul to start a Viking cruise, we arranged 2 days of private tours with KSG tours and specifically Lale. They provided transportation for both days and actually picked us up at the Conrad hotel both days. There were 4 of us in the group and one of our members was mobile challenged yet Lale didn’t blink an eye and adjusted excellently. She found a wheelchair for our member in the Blue mosque and Topkapi palace and arranged the transportation beautifully. The transportation for the 4 of us was a wonderful van and she was able to sit in the van and face us (as compared to us having to look at her back) and excellently described the top sights of Istanbul. She designed the tour that included the Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Beylerbeyi palace (on the Asia side next to the Bosphorus), the Grand Bazaar, and the spice market. The highlight though was the lunch place on our first day. It took us a while to climb up to it but the views were absolutely stunning and there was virtually no one else in the restaurant. The food and drinks were excellent and the entire experience was unforgettable. It helped that it was a sunny day. Still, we asked to have lunch in a place without a bunch of tourists and Lale did that wonderfully. On the second day, the weather was not as agreeable and we were rushed through lunch but we had very good basic Turkish food in a non-tourist environment. In the Grand Bazaar, we asked Lale for some help in finding good shops for jewelry, leather and spices and she led to us to very good places. Without her, we would have wandered for hours and would probably still be lost in there somewhere. At the end of each day, they transported us back to our hotel. Her descriptions of Turkish life, the importance of each of the sights, and the descriptions of the places we visited were outstanding. On the first day, when it was sunny, we stopped at a terrific place to get some baklava and then drove up to the top of a hill on the Asian side for awesome views and Turkish coffee to accompany the baklava. Another very memorable moment. I would highly recommend KSG Tours and Lale as private guides in Istanbul. Lale made our visit truly memorable. For the total of 2 days (16 hours) the cost was about 60 euros per hour or about 250 euros per person for the two days. Many of the excursions from the Viking ship also cost in that range or more for two days and they didn’t get the personalized service we did.
Written February 13, 2024
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steve g
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A wonderful company to work with. Husband and wife team are owners .
All arranged easily on What's App. easy to plan a tour with, very accommodating.
We spent an entire day with Lela as a party of 2 for 12 hrs- visiting much of the Old city of Istanbul.
She has incredible energy and moved us through crowds almost effortlessly.
Lela is a wealth of information with a diverse perspective she will share on Turkish life, culture, history.
Our day included stops, as requested at specialty shops where Lela shops herself, for great baklava , spices , and ceramics.
She selected an amazing restaurant to end the evening/
if you are considering arranging a private or group tour anywhere in Turkey, this company is top tier - very reasonable fees
Written October 20, 2023
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Shelly_Daul
Allen, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Stop looking and BOOK a tour with this fantastic, friendly, fun, and highly informative guide, Lale! We had a group of 12 people. Lale met us at our hotel at 9:30 am and she went ALL DAY with us. You just can't possibly get the same experience visiting the palace as you can with her walking you through the history, stories, rumors, and other tidbits. She also took us to the other sites in the old city, as well as the obligatory Turkish Rug stop (which our group took 2.5 hours to complete) :-D. We ate lunch at a small local restaurant where she knows everyone. We have taken many tours on our vacations and we all said she gave us the best tour we've ever had. What a wonderful lady and experience.
Written May 6, 2022
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Mary R
Rockville, MD18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
KSGtours is the place to go for tours in Istanbul. Kagan corresponded with us beforehand, giving us extensive information to prepare us for the visit. We highly recommend this company. Our guide, Duygu, was waiting for us the minute we got off the cruise ship (and we got off pretty early). She was a wonderful tour guide who took us to places other people wish they could have visited. She managed to avoid huge crowds and made last minute decisions based on crowd flows that made our visit memorable beyond words. People we met afterwards were told the Cisterns were closed but Duygu knew better and got us in for a most spectacular experience of the ancient water reservoir. She also got us into Hagi Sophia at a time when there was hardly anyone in the line. Her grasp of history and local culture was unmatched. She made us feel like members of her family. Our tour of the Bazaar was also well organized and we saw so much of the Bazaar. In fact, with Duygu, it was amazing all the sights we were able to see in just one day. And all of that without our guide making us feel rushed at each site. It was money well spent for all we learned and did. We highly recommend touring this wonderful city with KSGtours. You will be happy you did.
Written April 18, 2023
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TM D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Read about Lale in the Rick Steves Guide and decided to email her about touring Istanbul. She was very helpful in planning the tour prior to my arrival. We spent two days - one walking around Old City and one driving further out to see sites on the Asian side of Istanbul. Had a fantastic experience with her - she tells stories to bring each site alive and puts everything into a broader context. She also went above and beyond helping me find a couple of unique gifts to bring back. Highly recommend her and her team - but get in touch early. Will definitely contact her again when I go back to visit the rest of Turkiye.
Written September 12, 2022
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Gezvolt
Toronto, Canada33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We heard about them in Rick Steves book and used for two tours. One in Istanbul and one Cappadocia.

Cappadocia we loved it and it totally was great value for the money! We made custom itinerary and adjusted it as the day unfolded. With two kids private mini van and amazing guide - made our journey!

In Istanbul we didn’t need the car. We did the tour on foot. It was less exciting experience, so i would put medium value for the money.

Overall I recommend KSG tour service. They organized two tours well, everything was on time and customized to our wishes.
Both guides were knowledgeable.

Lale responded quickly to initial request and then followed up for our feedback, so as a tour service they did very well!
Written May 20, 2022
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2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Lale laid out the most wonderful tour of Turkey for my family and I. There was 8 of us and never once did it feel like Lale was overwhelmed over the 12 days we traversed through Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, and Antalya. The information she provided, the insight she gave to us in all of the museums, her energy, it was all amazing!

With so much to do in Istanbul, Lale prioritized the incredibly important and historical places for us. She was very adaptable and engaging and her communications skills (through messaging and in person) were top notch. Her choices for restaurants, Bazaars, and everything in between was second to none.

My family and I are very lucky to have had Lale as our tour guide for the whole duration of our time in Turkey. I highly recommend anyone wanting to experience Turkey to book with KSG Tours. You will be incredibly content.
Written August 4, 2023
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Nancy F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Lale is an incredible tour guide. We worked with Lale and her husband Kagan prior to the covid pandemic when we were coming to Istanbul in April 2020. They honored our payment from three years ago. ( No one else did!) We resumed out plans in April 2023. Lale and Kagan worked closely and specifically with us to provide us with special stops at the Egyptian spice market, the grand Bazaar,the old book seller beside the grand Bazaar ( Sahaflar Carsisi ) The old Basilica Cistern, Deraliye Terrace , rooftop restaurant overlooking the Aya Sofoya, a trip to the Caravanserai ,which sold Heritage /Heirloom quality carpets Lale and Kagan are so gregarious, delightful, as well as very caring. Both of them have detailed knowledge and back stories that make the location come alive. Lale tool us to the Asian side for lunch, a place her father took her when she was young. Lale tool us to the north shore of Istanbul to small, private museums, as well as the Milli Saraylar Baskanligi, one of the Sutan's summer palaces, Seriously, the detailed communication was unsurpassed. Look no further for your guides, because no one could do a better job! You will come to love Istanbul and Turkiye, as well as Lale and Kagan.
Written May 7, 2023
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clkd
los angeles8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I highly recommend KSG! Email communication with Kagan to book a two-day tour of Istanbul was easy and thorough, so we knew what to expect. The itinerary they set worked out great. Duygu, our tour guide, is polished, professional and you can tell she’s been doing this for a while – she knows the best spot for photos, getting away from the crowds, very patient and flexible with us, our picture taking and the schedule. She still has energy, passion and makes you feel like a friend she enjoys showing around Istanbul. She is a wonderful history teacher and storyteller with an amazing grasp of history, economics, politics, culture, etc. - weaving them all together for us to easily understand. She gave us great advice/recommendations for the rest of our days in Istanbul. We really enjoyed our time with her, and it was the perfect start to our visit.
Written April 29, 2024
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Kristen G
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We had an absolutely wonderful day touring Istanbul with Lale. Our experience was great from the start. Kagan was incredibly responsive and thorough in the reservation process, with every detail spelled out. We had 1 day in Istanbul, and KSG Tours truly made the most of it. We were traveling with older parents, and Lale was very sensitive and accommodating of my mother’s need to sit and rest during the day. At lunchtime, Lale suggested a wonderful restaurant and helped us to order the local specialties! The best meal of our trip! When we inquired about Turkish rugs, Lale took us to a rug merchant for a demonstration. While we did decide to make a purchase, we never felt pressured at all. It was simply an opportunity to admire the beautiful work of the artisans. Lale was a delight throughout the day. She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of the questions we posed. Our fantastic day was complete when Lale delivered us safely back to our cruise ship. Lale is among the best tour guides we have ever worked with! We highly recommend KSG Tours in Istanbul!! We can’t wait to go back to see more of Turkey with Lale!
Written September 5, 2023
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