We did the ship tours and we did Byzas. Believe us, Byzas is better! Our guide Sharif met us for the Bosphorus cruise right outside the port and whisked us to the yacht. He surely knows Istanbul and history, we had a wonderful evening cruise. The next morning he was there to show us the Old City. It was an easy pace and most fascinating. It was nice having him help the four of us, he found a nice place for lunch and gave us plenty of time in the Grand Bazaar.
We had a similar experience with Hasan (I believe that's how you spell his name) in Ephesus. His schooling at Syracuse University was an interesting connect for those of us from upstate New York. Again, he was patient with us, knew what he was talking about, found a nice place for lunch and made our day tour of Epheseu probably our favorite of the two weeks.
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