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“Private family tour visit to Istanbul”

Arif Yasa - Private Tours
Ranked #9 of 81 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.
Reviewed August 6, 2017

Very professional, patient, and courteous. Arif made our 4-day family visit to Istanbul very pleasant and informative.
From the time we initiated contacts before the visit, he was very responsive and tailored a tour for our need.
During the visit, he was was very well organized. Met us at the airport and arranged for transportation to the hotel. On time, always for the tours.
He even made it to the hotel when Istanbul was experiencing a major flood with literally rivers running outside the hotel road.
Very patient during the trip with our needs. Waited patiently while we performed mid-day prayers at different mosques during the 4 days.
My 13-yo son had a food intoxication and needed to the hospital. He changed the schedule and made the driver take us to the hotel. He even came inside and helped with check in and played the interpreter. He waited outside the whole time my sin was treated in the urgent care (2-3 hours).
He gave amazing historical facts and explanations at every site. Very knowledgeable!
Very simply put, he made our visit enjoyable. There is no way we could've seen and learned without Arif. Thank you!

1  Thank mdhani
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Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2017

Thank you very much for your nice review and I am glad to hear that you and your family have enjoyed your time in Istanbul with us.
Hope to see you in Istanbul again.
Kind Regards,

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Reviewed July 20, 2017 via mobile

Our short family vacation would not have been as awesome without Arif!

From the time we landed in Istanbul until our departure, everything was professionally taken care of more than we expected.

Arif is highly knowledgeable and a professional in what he does. He customised the whole trip to suit our interests and timings.

Would definately recommend to anyone who visits Istanbul.

If you are reading this review and still havent made up your mind about Arif, I suggest you stop looking further, you will not be dissapointed!

5 star person*****
5 star service*****

Thank Fayaz J
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Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad to hear that you and your family have enjoyed their time with us in Istanbul.
Regards,

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Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

Arif took me on 2 days of walking tours around Istanbul starting with a visit of Dolmabahçe Palace followed by a Bosphorus Cruise. On the second day we were in the back alleys of Istanbul discovering hidden gems and amazing street food that you wouldn't even dream of finding if you tried to go it alone. Arif was very friendly and informative about each of the places we visited. The style of the tours with walking plus a mix of rides on the various forms of public transport really gives you a feel of what it is like to be a local resident of this great city. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days of tours and would highly recommend to friends and family as well as anyone else who is interested in learning about and seeing Istanbul.

Thank Howell P
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Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2017

Thank you very much for your review and I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us in Istanbul.
Regards,

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Reviewed March 27, 2017

We purchased our tickets to Turkey in June 2016, way before Airport bombs, Nightclub shootings and failed coups. We kept waiting for the airline to offer a change for free, the ability to just stay at our stopover in Paris ... but it never happened. So off to Turkey we went. AND we are SO GLAD we did.

We found Erkan through Trip Advisor reviews and contacted him, along with a couple of other companies, to get quotes for our trip. Erkan responded promptly, asked a few informative questions and sent us a beautifully laid out, concise proposed itinerary for a private tour. He dealt with us changing our minds, and the details of the trip several times with much grace and we quickly had the trip that matched our wishes and our time frame.

We had 6 full days with Erkan in Istanbul, Capadoccia, Selchuk and included visits to Ephesus, Pumakale & Hieropolos along with all the great attractions in Istanbul. Erkan is a wonderful guide and person, genuine, knowledgeable, funny and completely trustworthy. We felt 100% safe for all of our time in Turkey.

Thank debzta
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Reviewed January 15, 2017

We were a family of 5 spanning generations, and we had just over 24 hours layover in Istanbul, We were lucky to have Arif as our guide, who on a very short notice, put together a plan and arranged for a vehicle, and showed us this amazing city, and educated us on its history and present, and a little bit of the culture, local food markets, and more.
Arif has an excellent English which is essential for a successful tour, and he knew to "read" us and adjust the focus and time spent on each attraction just right so that we were able to see all the important highlights of this huge city in just over 24 hours, and get just enough depth for a lasting impression. All that for a very reasonable and fair price.

Thank eran99cohen
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Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2017

Thank you for your kind review. I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your time in Istanbul with us. Hope to see you in Istanbul again.
Regards,

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