This is the first guided tour I've ever taken and wow! I was very impressed! We had a walking tour around the Beyoglu and Istiklal Road areas of Istanbul - we learned so much that wasn't in the guide books!
Our guide spoke excellent English and was able to show us places and areas that we had shown particular interest in. For example we were talking about shopping for some original old Turkish metalwork and she was able to show us the antique district and advise us on which places will give the best prices.
The tour itself was eye-opening, the history of the different inhabitants of Istanbul is everywhere if you know where to look! Luckily our guide was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the history of the area and of Turkish history and was able to answer all of our questions fully and with confidence.
This was an added extra to our trip but I am so glad we did it - after this wonderful experience I will now be looking to go on historical tour guides in every city I visit.
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