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“Want to feel Istanbul, do it with Via Turca!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Real Istanbul Tours

Real Istanbul Tours
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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
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Owner description: Real Istanbul Tours is a boutique travel agency in Istanbul, Turkey. In a city like Istanbul, the tours are only as good as the guides. Real Istanbul Tours give you the opportunity to experience the city through the eyes of a local. We offer best day tours, layover tours, private tours, walking tours in Istanbul and Turkey with licensed tour guides. You can customize any tour with our travel experts.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Samara, Russia
1 review
“Want to feel Istanbul, do it with Via Turca!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

We spent lovely 2 days in Istanbul with a company called Via Turca.First day we joined Historical-Peninsula tour to see famous attractions like Hagia-Sophia and Underground City.Thanks to our guide we didnt have to wait on long ticket lines.Second day we travelled to Asian side of the city and explored off-beaten paths of Asian side and for a dinner we visited local family...which was highlight of our trip.We really enjoyed time we spent on city.We recommend Via_Turca and our guide Oz

Visited November 2013
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Krakow, Poland
1 review
“Pleasure and Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Absolutely fantastic choice, a lot of fun and huge dose of useful knowledge. This was Turkey I was looking for, with great hospitality and special sense of humor. Our gide (Oguz) was well prepared and his funny jokes made that trip even more pleasant. See you next year let's hope!!!

Visited August 2013
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“great tours with Via Turca and Oz”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

We had a great tour with our guide Oz. He met us promptly at our hotel and off we went through the Sultanahmet district of Turkey. Toured the Hagia Sophia, the Topaki Palace, and spent time on the bosphorus cruise with our very knowledgeable guide Oz who spoke unbelievable English. I thought he learned to speak English from school but boy was I surprised when he told me that he picked it up from american video games. He showed us some other sites that are more frequent by the natives. Covered a lot of ground in the day that we spent with him. Learned about food, politics and religion of the region. Oz was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He made the visit very enjoyable and entertaining. Highly recommend him and Via Turca

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Excellent Guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

We had a fantastic time in Istanbul while there in September, and we thank Semih Gumusay for that. We (2 daughters who are in their 20s plus my husband and myself) spent 2 days with him. He was very knowledgeable about the sights and history, culture, etc. But what we most appreciated was his enthusiasm to show us the city where he lives and that he loves. He went out of his way to adapt to our interests, including a drive to the Asian side of the city for one daughter who had never been to Asia. His english was very good and he was good at relating to the different ages of our family.
If you want to maximize your time in Istanbul, by all means get a guide to see the city. Semih took care of getting our tickets for the major attractions, and we skipped all the long lines to get into Topkapi, Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahce Palace, etc.
We highly recommend Semih!

Visited September 2013
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Roseville, MN
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“Only one day to see Istanbul?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you have only one day to see Istanbul, as we did, we heartily recommend that you hire Semih Gumusay from Via Turca Tours. Semih met us at our hotel (he was early, and waiting for us when we arrived in the lobby). We spent a very full day seeing all the top sites (both palaces, Aga Sofia and the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the underground cisterns, a historic hammam) with time for a lunch break and a coffee break. Semih is a young, educated, well-spoken and polite tour guide who ensured we saw the important sites and learned their history. He was open to answering questions about public opinion and politics as well. We took cabs twice and the tram once or twice to get from place to place, but mostly walked through this fascinating city. If there were a six-star rating, I'd recommend Semih for that level. Don't hesitate to arrange a tour with him!

Visited September 2013
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