I have to admit, I am very skeptical of tour agencies and would never dream of using one as I have always thought I could do it better and cheaper (yes, the ego) when planning an itinerary. Walkabout Tours completely changed my mind. I walked in randomly one day just to enquire about a few places and was met by a friendly and smiling Ozge. I told her about my time in Turkey and she adviced I would best be seeing other parts of Turkey as my time there was quite long. She was right. I told her about the places I would like to go and the suitable dates and in seconds she pulled together an itenerary that sounded a perfect fit. I was very impressed.
The price quoted was very fair I thought (do bear in mind summer will be more expensive). In no time, I was on my 3 day 3 nights trip to Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. The trip went extremely smoothly and I was thoroughly happy with what I was getting for what I paid for. The only minor hiccup on my part is falling into the trap of buying an expensive souvenier in one of 'tourist factories' the tour has partnered with. I loved what I brought but realized in the town in Pamukkale that it was much, much cheaper. But perhaps less new. Anyway, it's not so much of a regret.
Overall, I would highly and strongly recommend Walkabout to anyone whose looking to use the services of tour agency in Istanbul. On retrospect, it would have been near impossible for me to plan those places by my own given the challenging logistics that is quite unlike other parts of Europe. Not only are the people in Walkabout very experienced and professional, they also throw in a personal touch in dealing with their clients. That won me over and I feel as though I could always go back to see them even for a chat.
On a different but somehow related experience, I got to know Murat, who showed me around Istanbul on two different occasions after work hours. He is very passionate and knowledgable about the city and I feel very luck to have learned so much and see so much of Istanbul because of him. So to sum it up, that random walk into Walkabout remains the best decision made in Istanbul.