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Reviewed September 30, 2015

Since my husband & I were visiting Istanbul for the first time we decided to do a private tour of the city. Selen was our tour guide & she was very informative and gave us an excellent introduction to the history of Turkey. We were so happy to have her help us navigate the streets & transportation for the first time - her English is excellent as well. I would highly recommend any tour from this company but especially a tour with Selen!

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed September 23, 2015

Two of us wanted to see the sights efficiently and Istanbul Tour Studio was the perfect solution. Recommended by our hotel, the lovely personably guide met us in the lobby and then took us on a whole day adventure. The really great thing about a private guide is that you can ask as many questions as you want, and taylor things to your own tastes as you go. By the end of the day, we'd done 20,000 steps, conquered the city's public transport system, seen a huge number of sights, and really felt like we'd got the lay of the land in Istanbul. Our guide even ensured that the lunchtime restaurant could cater to our clean-eating regime too. Would recommend to anyway.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed September 14, 2015

My husband, two children (12 and 18) and I did the Magnificent Ottomans tour. It was an excellent introduction to the history of Turkey, and gave us a good feel for the city. Our guide, Betul Basak was great. She was very warm, engaging and knowledgeable, able to answer all our questions about Turkish history and about modern Turkey. I was worried about how my son (aged 12) would cope with about 6.5 hours of walking and history but he enjoyed the tour and seemed to learn a lot.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

Despite a tardy start due to transportation issues we headed off up Isttikal Caddesi on our adventure. We spent the next five hours exploring six different neighbourhoods in Istanbul. We were both on the European side and the Asian side.

Kerem was our knowledgeable and personable tour guide. He was familiar with just about all of the artists that we viewed. He shared his views on Turkish culture, politics and sports. We tucked down alleyways, we ventured into roped off parks and lurked in locations we could bot have possibly found on our own. At the end of the tour we visited the offices and studio of the arts collective that this group runs. No hard sell, just exposing us to the work of a bunch of creative people in the city.

In my humble judgement the street art scene in Istanbul seems to be in its early stages of growth. It is not quite as developed as say New York City or Buenos Aires. Some of the art might be a bit crude and not too refined. As a tourist also, you need a bit of the symbolism explained to you. So don't set your expectations to the notion that you'll see Banksy's throughout the city.

Initially we thought the price tag of $95 was a bit pricey. But after our five hours with Kerem we thought otherwise. It was a great way to spend a Friday afternoon. He booked a table at Asmali Cavit for dinner for us and later joined us for a pre-dinner drink.

Two thumbs up from this traveller for the Istanbul Studio Tour.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

This was a half day cycle starting in Kadikoy, crossing over on the ferry to the Asian side. As our second trip to Istanbul it was good to discover new neighbourhoods and move away from all the main tourist spots we'd ticked of our list on the first visit. The pace was perfect - probably because we were a small group of similar ability. Most of the journey was very flat and smooth with a couple of small easy to climb slopes. Our host was very friendly and informative covering all sorts of topics relevant to the areas we went through. There are plenty of opportunities to stop to take photos, have a drink or find a toilet. He was able to respond to our interests which even took us sample local fast food we'd not tried before. It was the perfect way for us to discover this vibrant and colourful part of Istanbul.

Date of experience: August 2015
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