My sister and I wanted to see as much as possible in one day in Istanbul. We didn't want to go with a busload of people and we wanted to go to the usual places but some out of the way places too. So what did we do? We booked a tour with Salih from My Local Guide Istanbul Private Tours. We are SO GLAD we did. Salih delivered all that we had hoped for and more. With just my sister and I and Salih in our group we went to the places we wanted to go to and if we wanted to ask any questions at all including questions on religion and politics, we were free to ask. I leaned a lot from Salih and appreciate the Turkish customs much more as a result. He is tireless. He will continue on with the tour until you can't go any more. He shows everything from back alleys you would not go to without him, but feel perfectly at home with him there. He takes you to several mosques and explains why things are the way they are. He is charming and not at all pushy. He is passionate about his business and genuinely cares about his clients. His fee is very reasonable and he earns it fully. You will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED if you select Salih as your tour guide. If/when we are back in Istanbul, we will certainly look him up for another tour. The tour we went on was of our own making and not one of the ones listed on his website. So you can custom make your own tour. Remember thought the Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays so we had to go to that attraction on our own, which we did for over 5 hours.
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