Our family took 4 tours with Context in Istanbul based on our wonderful experience with them in Venice and Rome. We toured the Haig Sofia, Topkapi Palace , did a Galata Nights walking tour and toured the Spice Market.
Hulya was our guide for the Spice Market tour and it was a huge hit with my teens. To be able to taste, touch and smell the various spices, fruits, nuts, and foodstuffs that are eaten by Turks and to learn the history and origin of food made everything resonate.
Cilia was our guide for Galata Nights. She gave us the fascinating background between this very old neighborhood with the ever shifting ethnic groups that have resided here as we walked the many cobblestone street that have now been quite gentrified.
Ebru was our guide for the Haig Sofia and Topkapi Palace and she had an encyclopedic know ledge of each historic site, with interesting anecdotes that made the hiostory of these sites come alive to teens.
I highly recommend the very professional and slightly professorial guides that Context enlists. Most of our tours were private but even in the group tour, we only had three additional people making our experience feel very specific and intimate.