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“Amazing, informative and friendly”

Arif Yasa - Private Tours
Ranked #20 of 74 Food & Drink in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Authentic high quality private and small group tours focusing on history,culture and food in Istanbul and Turkey to experience real Turkey by experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tour guides and travel specialists. Arif Yasa has got 18 years experience of organizing and leading tours in Istanbul and all around Turkey.
Santa Rosa, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing, informative and friendly”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

Arif met us at our hotel in the morning and spent the entire day touring sites, answering questions, and revealing history. His knowledge of the past and present is superb and information is given without a hint of personal bias or political leanings. He knows wonderful places for lunches and dinner and arranged reservations at a much sought after destination. We went long into the afternoons and Arif never showed any impatience to leave. Rather, he reveled in the interest in his country and its history. He spent two full days with our party of six.

Visited September 2011
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Santa Rosa, California
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic Tour Guide!!!”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

We were in Istanbul for four days with 2 other couples. Arif was an amazing tour guide for two full days in Istanbul. His knowledge of history and the sites kept us captivated the whole time. We visited all the sites in the old city and then traveled across to the Asia side of Istanbul to explore that part of the city.
Arif is articulate, well versed in history and throughly engaging. He answered our many questions with in depth answers. The personalized tour is well worth the investment. If you are going to Turkey - which is amazing I would definitely contact Arif as a tour guide!

Visited September 2011
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York, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Fantastic introduction to an amazing city”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

Arif met us at our hotel at 9am and we spent the next six and a half hours totally fascinated by this amazing city. Arif is knowledgeable but not lecturing, answering all our questions and often taking us off the main tourist track to see different things. We took trams, ferries and taxis with him. We crossed over to the Asian side for a great lunch with him too. He worked at a gentle pace given the heat which was appreciated. Charming and friendly, we would recommend a tour with Arif to anyone who wants a liitle bit more than just the boring guide book script.

Visited August 2011
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Private Istanbul Tour”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

We just returned home from a Meditterainian cruise at which time I booked a private tour of Istanbul with Arif Yasa. It was one of four tours I booked on the cruise. By far, Arif's tour was the best. He was extremely knowageable with the all the sights, history and culture of this beautiful city. I am disabled so he was able to customized our tour to meet my needs and expectations. This tour was definitely the highlight of our vacation. I would recommend using Arif to anyone looking for a tour of this region.

Visited August 2011
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2 Thank Jon M
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Houston
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent Turkey Tour Guide”
Reviewed July 24, 2011

My husband and I spent a day with Arif Yasa in Istanbul, and it was an unforgettable experience. Arif met us at our hotel (which helped a lot since we didn't know our way around Istanbul yet) and we went to the center of town.

Once there, Arif showed us the major sights (as we requested) and pointed out various things that we wouldn't have noticed on our own. You could tell that he was genuinely interested in teaching us about his country and that he enjoys his job.

Toward the end of the day, we went to a restaurant that had the best baklava I've ever tried. Arif mentioned that the restaurant's top floor had great views, and we said we would like to make a reservation for dinner there. Arif got us reservations, and two nights later we had the best table in the restaurant!

Arif is really friendly and laid back, and we highly recommend him for a private tour in Istanbul.

Visited June 2011
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