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“A perfect tour”

Ali's Protravel & Tours
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$250.00*
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Sultanahmet Old City Tour with Private Guide
Ranked #7 of 74 Food & Drink in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Compared to your typical guide who simply 'transport' you to the hot tourist spots, our tour service is unique in the sense that we will enthrall you with historical snippets at every major point of interest. As I have studied Christianity, Archaeology, history, mythology (as well as other related subjects) I can help you understand our diverse history and culture. My individual approach comes from a keen sense of reality (and humour) and aims to be friendly, informative, and entertaining, with stories and conversation to illustrate the many facets of this richly varied and fascinating country..in addition to that you will also be eating at typical Turkish restaurants serving authentic food for lunch and we will show you all the reliable places for shopping hand-made rugs,Turkish Jewellery, leather bags, jackets, ceramics, Quartz tiles, Turkish Delight, Saffron, Baklava etc. As soon as we receive a request you will be contacted within 24 hours.
Kungsbacka, Sweden
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“A perfect tour”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

I found Ali on Tripadvisor and I was thinking, if half of what the reviews say is true then it will be a very nice experience. We (9 colleagues on a Istanbul weekend trip) booked a day tour with Ali and it was so much worth it. He exceeded all the expections and was all what the reveiws said! He gave us the history of the city and the country with great enthusiasm and warmth and managed to keep our interest during the whole day. We visited all the historical sites of the old city and saved a lot of time and energy by using his guide pass and walked by all the queues. His knowledge is amazing and his English excellent. He is one of those people you meet and like from the beginning, very warm and friendy and also fun. We were all impressed by Ali and if you are looking for a private tour guide in Istanbul he is definetly the one.

Visited April 2014
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“Just terrific”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

I selected Ali as our guide for a visit to Istanbul while transferring airports. Ali arranged a clean and comfortable van for my family of 5 (mom, dad, and kids ages 14 - 7) to pick us up a the airport and drive us to town and to our departure airport. He accompanied us on the trip to town explaining all we saw along the way. He recommended a couple of stops to give us a taste of the city in the short time we had. His knowledge of the city is outstanding and English great. He was comfortable speaking with our children and kept their needs in mind during the tour. I have already recommended the city and Ali's services to my friends. We look forward to visiting Istanbul and Ali again!

Visited April 2014
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“Expert tour with an expert guide !”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Ali put together a brief, 1 day private tour for 3 of us from Australia and the US. He showed us the major sites in the old city, saved us time by using his guide pass at the entrance, and gave us the perfect amount of information answering all of our questions with great detail. We had a wonderful lunch overlooking the Bosphorus. We asked to see a rug store and what we got was a real education and no pushy sales tactics. He did "write the book" on the subject of carpets as well as on Turkish traditions and local lore. If you are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about his country, knows the complete history, is kind, caring, and friendly then look no further. We really loved our visit and plan to tour with him when we return.

Visited April 2014
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NY
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“Insider's Tour - fantastic!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Ali spent half a day with us showing us the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Most of the time was spent at the palace and Ali made the visit so much more worthwhile. Practically speaking, it saved us so much time to skip the lines! Once inside, Ali provided in-depth information without being overwhelming. He went at our pace and gave us some free time also. What was most valuable was hearing a local's point of view on Istanbul and Turkey in general. Ali was very knowledgable, objective and kind, I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a private tour guide in Istanbul.

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London
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“Trusted tour guide in Istanbul”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

I chose Ali because of his Trip Advisor recommendations and we were not disappointed. Prompt response to our email enquiries and ease of booking was very reassuring. We only had two days in Istanbul but one full day tour with Ali left us feeling as though we had visited all of the important sites. A huge advantage is that official tour guides can by-pass the lengthy queues at many attractions. Ali also provided us with suggestions/itinerary for our remaining day. I would definitely recommend Ali to anyone visiting this beautiful city and I will be employing his services again if we have the opportunity to return to Istanbul.

Visited April 2014
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