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“A Must Do.”
Review of Circle Istanbul

Circle Istanbul
Ranked #22 of 443 Tours in Istanbul
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Owner description: Circle Istanbul is a 360° look at the world’s most complex city, seen from the sidewalks, cafes, hilltops, and doorsteps. Expect to spend your day away from the tour buses, museums, crowds and souvenir shops - we'd rather show you the ENTIRE city as the locals see it! Allow us to present our Istanbul, the real Istanbul.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you want to get a feel of the real Istanbul this is a must. Polat is fantastic, his knowledge and easy manner made a great day, nothing was to much trouble for him. Lots of walking, talking, seeing, learning and eating. Exploring out of the way places and seeing how the locals live really bought the city alive. We were very lucky in that there were only two of us with Polat on the day which certainly made the day a very personal experience, thanks Polat.
David P
Melbourne, Australia.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Not someone to have ever taken part in an organised a tour, this one was exceptional.
On Circle Istanbul tour I have seen parts of Istanbul that I would have never discovered on my own.

I have found out how people live and feel in this great city, again no guide books are going to tell you that.

You are going to walk a lot, eat weird stuff and make friends - on my tour it was only 9 people - nice!

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

On this tour you experience the real Istanbul, see it, hear it, taste it! We are so glad we included this tour as part of 3 days in Istanbul. We learnt so much about the city and its diversity, got to taste the most incredible food (in particular chocolate brownie baklava, yum!) and venture into fascinating neighbourhoods we never would have explored on our own. We had such a fun day with Polat, he was a terrific guide, so knowledgeable and informative, he made the day so enjoyable! Thanks Circle Istanbul for such a well organised authentic experience!

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Turkey with my family. We were there in late July and early August. There was 8 of us in our group. We used Medhills travel to plan our whole trip. They were absolutely fantastic! Medhills set us up with Ozcan Davascan as a personal tour guide for the time we were in Istanbul. He was absolutely fabulous! Oz was also our guide for the Circle Istanbul Tour. This tour was amazing.The tour shows you the real Istanbul, not all the touristy things. We went to places that we never would have seen otherwise. We got to try so many different types of food, the lamb intestines were way better than I ever could have imagined. Got to shop in local markets, cruise the Bosphorus, visit a Turkish bath, have a memorable slow dinner full of great food and conversation. We got to see the contrast that is everywhere in Istanbul. From odd and new, modern and traditional, rich and poor, even seeing an orthodox Muslim area with a Catholic school at the end of the street. Seeing all of this opened our eyes and gave us experiences that we will never ever forget.

The Circle Istanbul website says " Do you crave experiences?" and that is exactly what you get with this tour. I am so happy that we did this! I hope that they can expand to do a Circle Turkey tour in the future as this one is so great.

Oz also added a whole new dimension to our trip. Our time with him was like hanging out with a friend opposed to a tour guide. He was so helpful and friendly. He made us come out of our shells and experience everything Istanbul and he had to offer us. He is by far the best tour guide I have ever had the pleasure of travelling with.

Oz and the Circle Istanbul tour took our trip from great to absolutely amazing and unforgettable. We are so lucky to have had this experience as a family. I will be going back to Turkey again very soon and doing the Circle Istanbul tour again. You will not regent your experience on this tour. It adds so much to your trip as a whole.

Thank you to Oz, Medhills Travel and Circle Istanbul!

Kathleen, Vernice, Jill, Patty, Lisa, Daniel, Connor and Alex. Your Canadian family.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Our family extended our stay by a day to take in the Circle Istanbul tour after reading the rave reviews . We truly enjoyed this day and it was like the grand finale to our wonderful vacation in Turkey. Ozcan ,our guide made the day informative, enjoyable and extremely interesting. The walks through the different neighbouhoods, off the beaten path gave an alternative perspective to life in Istanbul. Oz made sure that we were well fed to keep up with the walking by stopping frequently for us to snack on different Turkish foods. The Turkish Hamam was a unique experience for us.The Bosphorous cruise was excellent. Definitely recommended for any traveler who is interested in experiencing the authentic flavor of Istanbul.
Shanti Menon and Family

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