Our family went to Istanbul for a week in January. On our first day we took an orientation tour with Duygu to our Beyoglu neighborhood. It was exactly what we needed—a great mix of history, local flavor, restaurant and store hints, and loads of great insight and stories. Duygu is charming, warm, smart, and has wonderful English. She was able to make the tour totally relevant to all of us, from my 10 year old son to my 14 year old daughter, to us. She also sketched out several things that we should explore on our own in other parts of Istanbul that were all wonderful.
We had such a great time with Duygu that we booked the 1/2 day foodie tour with Necla. We were slightly worried that some of the same ground would be covered, but Necla carefully crafted an incredible 4 hours that took us to totally fresh geographical and foodie places. We had great fun tasting an amazing range of wonderful Turkish things, all in places we never would have happened upon on our own, even after studying many blogs for insight. Necla is equally smart, competent and delightful.
Love that these two women are crafting their own way in Istanbul, and I've recommended them highly to friends who are planning a visit. The insight, context, warmth, and advice that we received from each were vitally important to the incredible time we had in Istanbul.
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