We arranged for a private tour guide for one day in Istanbul through Helliantus Anatolia Tours. Their pricing was very fair and the guide was very good. We were arriving by ship and really appreciated knowing someone would be outside the pier entrance to meet us.
First impression: Fatma at Helliantus Anatolia Tours, was very prompt in answering our emails. And answering any questions we may have had. We were appreciative that she recommended that we not have private transport, but travel by public transport instead. If you arrive by ship, the public transport is a 5-6 minute walk from the port. And gets you as close or closer than a private car to the historical sites. And, saved us the extra cost of a car that we would have been in only to and from the port.
Our guide was there waiting and at 8:15 am we were off! We did not return until 6:15 that evening! A very full day which included the historical sites and the Spice Market. Very professional and her English was extremely good. She planned a very good route, where we could enjoy the Treasury before the crowds arrived.
The price did not include the entry fees, which we knew upfront. But, we knew how much the entries were for all of the attractions. We would definitely use this company again in Istanbul as well as in other cities.
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