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Istanbulday- Private Day Tours

#126 of 1,178 Tours in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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About Istanbulday- Private Day Tours
My name is Ensar Islamoglu. I was born in Turkey and live in Turkey, Istanbul. I have been a professional tour guide for 15 years.I’m interested in Mythology, History, Archaeology, Architecture, Computers.I am happy because my work is my hobby. I also worked for a travel agency as an Operation Manager.No matter what tour I do – whether it is a city tour in Istanbul or a longer tour in Anatolia, around Turkey, Black Sea region or a tour abroad, I always approach to people and my job professionally, with understanding and patience.
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Andrea B wrote a review Sep 2021
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Want to get to know Istanbul? Taste the flavors , make you feel as you are part of history? Ensar is the answer. Thank you so much for answering all my questions. From ancient history, to its roots, religion and make me feel as a local. I highly recommend Ensar, his knowledge , charisma, and patience (specially when I had to take a picture of everything). Thank you! Please contact him and book him! You won’t regret it
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Kathy H wrote a review Sep 2021
Fort Lauderdale, Florida5 contributions3 helpful votes
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Ensar was a great guide in Istambul always on time and he suggested several places and explained in an amazing way this beautiful city so rich of history, he is extremely knowledge so we had a complete experience of Istanbul, both cultural and modern locations. He was very polite and made sure to ask if we had any special requests for our tour. I highly recommend Ensel to anyone looking to explore and enjoy Istanbul. Thank you Ensel!! You will be in our memories and ❤️ and we will see you again!!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Helene S wrote a review Jan 2020
Houston, Texas1762 contributions430 helpful votes
Want to design your own custom tour of Istanbul? Ensar of Istanbulday will introduce you to the history, the flavors and the charm of what makes Istanbul such an amazing city. Spread between two continents, Europe and Asia, it was challenging to decide what to see and do in a city that has so much to offer. We already had tours scheduled for the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand and Spice Bazaars, and a cruise on the Bosphorus. Ensar was so patient and gave our family a framework for two fantastic, and very different, days. On our first day, we visited royal palaces and more. It is important to know what is open and when to visit. We visited Dolmabahçe Palace (closed on Mondays) and Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays) on a Sunday. It was so nice to skip the lines and experience the palaces that defined very different Ottoman times at the beginning and towards the end of a very long empire. We also visited an underground mosque (Yeralti Camii), walked along İstiklal Caddesi, learned about water supply for the city at Taksim Square, and saw Sent Antuan Bazilikasi, the Roman Catholic Church where Pope John XXIII preached for a decade as the Vatican's ambassador to Turkey. Our second day focused more on the three religions that coexist in Istanbul. Started with a visit to Balat Ahrida Synagogue which predates the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. Amazing to visit a synagogue that has been in continuous use for around 600 years. Walking through the Balat Jewish Quarter, we were also able to see other synagogues, historic libraries, hospitals and even a doctor's office building. Meandering through the neighborhood led us to our next stop, Chora Church. This medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church is covered with some of the oldest and best preserved mosaics and frescoes in the world. Amazing to see the biblical story unfold in the stunning mosaic art. The next stop was the Ottoman imperial Süleymaniye Mosque and complex which attracts both visitors and worshippers. Designed by Mimar Sinan, it is an architectural masterpiece. This was definitely a highlight of the day. We also visited the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews and the Neve Shalom synagogue. Interesting to learn about the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish Sephardic Jews to the Ottoman empire. Took a ferry across the Bosphorus to see Bet Yaakov in the Kuzguncuk area on the Asian side. Interesting to see a synagogue, a mosque and a church within one block of each other. Throughout the day, it was fun to sample simit (Turkish bagels) from a red cart street vender, eat dondurma(Turkish ice cream) with a knife and a fork, and take a break at Cafe in Balat for a Turkish Tea. Loved how we were able to use transportation like the metro, trams, the funicular and ferries to see the city like a local. Ensar will definitely treat you like family as he shares the sights, sounds, history and delicious tastes of the beautiful city of Istanbul with you.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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OnAir424731 wrote a review Nov 2019
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Good Place....To visit with family. Mr Ensar has very deep knowledge of history and places in Istanbul.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Parvez wrote a review Nov 2019
Doha, Qatar13 contributions4 helpful votes
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Mr. Ensar, once again thanks for the tour. He is the most knowledgeable person i met in Istanbul. Most Important a well English spoken guide. He has a vast knowledge about Ottoman Kingdom and Turkey History. He was also very very helpful during the tour. I will give him all 5 star.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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