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“Much more than just a guided tour!”

Istanbul Custom Tours-Private Day Tours
Ranked #7 of 442 Tours in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the perfect Turkish tea, Istanbul Local Guides has you covered! We are ready to take you around Istanbul or all of Turkey, for one day or the duration of your trip. Istanbul Local Guides are just that locals who care deeply about making your trip to our beautiful country an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Delight in the sights, sounds, and smells of Istanbul: no other city on earth straddles two continents -Europe and Asia- and has been home to three great empires (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman). In a city like this, it's important to have a local friend who can help you to navigate, all the while ensuring you the most personal experience possible. Istanbul Local Guides will fascinate you with the story of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, will wander with you (and help you bargain!) in our bazaars and spice markets, and host you in our favorite restaurants off the tourist track. If your interest is modern Turkish culture and politics, discovering the very best Turkish kebabs, or anything in between, we'll tailor-make a trip just for you. With Istanbul Local Guides, you'll get knowledgeable, experienced, and very friendly guides, all at an affordable rate. We specialize in private Istanbul tours, Cappadocia tours, Ephesus tours, Turkey Tours. Besides the classic tours, we offer you custom made tours. Should your travels in Turkey extend beyond magnificent Istanbul, rest assured that Istanbul Local Guides is there to help you on every leg of your journey.
Reviewed March 8, 2014

By the end of our Istanbul trip we had kind of forgotten that it had been a guided tour. It felt more like an intimate experience of Istanbul in the company of good friends! Sellahattin and Necip were courteous, warm and friendly; infinitely patient with us overly eager, selfie clicking tourists. They were also thoroughly professional, punctual and knowledgeable; always accommodating about our touristy whims and fancies.

So if you're looking for guides in Istanbul, look no further. Simply contact these guys and rest assured that you'll be in good hands.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Necip Edis was a wonderful tour guide. I would highly recommend requesting him. As a tour guide, he adapted to our wants and needs very well. He gave us tons of information about the places we visited and made sure not to bore us. Through his detailed explanations and well thought out answers to our questions- it was apparent that he was compassionate and proud of his city. Necip's suttle personality made him easy to get along with- and we were able to enjoy a wonderful lunch in the presence of his company!! If you are traveling from the USA to Istanbul I highly recommend having a tour guide for at least 1 day so you can learn about the amazing history of this interesting place. Also, Necip was friends with many people at the museums, churches, etc. that we visited, so we were able to walk right in with his pre-paid for tickets and cut all of the long lines!! CHOOSE NECIP!

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were lucky enough to have Necip Edis as our tour guide in Istanbul. We went to see the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, the Basilica Cistern, the Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrum, and the Grand Bazzar. Necip was very, very knowledgable about the various sites which we really appreciated. There were 5 of us traveling together (ages 19-25) which I would imagine could be difficult for someone wanting to lead an organized tour, but Necip was extremely patient with our questions and took his time telling us about each spot we stopped at. Organizing the tour was also pretty seamless and any questions we had were answered promptly.

Having a guided tour is really nice because you cut the lines and you get access wherever you please, but the best part was being able to walk the sites with someone who really understands them and is proud of them. We could tell Necip is really proud of his city and enjoyed showing us around, which made it really special.

It was really fun because we were also able to get lunch with Necip along our way and we became friends! I would definitely recommend Necip to anyone wanting to see Istanbul!

1  Thank Joanne N
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We would like to say thank you to Aykut, and our amazing guides Necip and Abdil for the amazing time we spent in Istanbul. Everything was perfect and very well organized. Guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. Will recommend to all my friends and family.

Thank Osama K
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

I went to Istanbul for a couple of days back in December 2013 with a group of 11 people and we hired the services of Aykut and his team to guide us during our stay in the city.
I believe I couldn't have made a better choice.

Necip was our guide during this period and he was certainly one of the most professional and knowledgeable guides I've ever met during my travels. I don't know the other guides working for this company, but should you get in touch with Aykut to hire a guide or book a tour, I can guarantee you won't regret if you ask for Necip to be your tour leader.

Thanks Aykut / Necip for such a great time in Istanbul, everything was just perfect!

2  Thank J_Guilherme_R_S
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