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Istanbul Custom Tours-Private Day Tours

#5 of 409 Tours in Istanbul
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Address: alemdar mh. Catalcesme sk. Uretmen han | no:27-29 D:114 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 532 293 66 54
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the...

Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the perfect Turkish tea, Istanbul Local Guides has you covered! We are ready to take you around Istanbul or all of Turkey, for one day or the duration of your trip.

Istanbul Local Guides are just that locals who care deeply about making your trip to our beautiful country an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

Delight in the sights, sounds, and smells of Istanbul: no other city on earth straddles two continents -Europe and Asia- and has been home to three great empires (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman). In a city like this, it's important to have a local friend who can help you to navigate, all the while ensuring you the most personal experience possible. Istanbul Local Guides will fascinate you with the story of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, will wander with you (and help you bargain!) in our bazaars and spice markets, and host you in our favorite restaurants off the tourist track. If your interest is modern Turkish culture and politics, discovering the very best Turkish kebabs, or anything in between, we'll tailor-make a trip just for you. With Istanbul Local Guides, you'll get knowledgeable, experienced, and very friendly guides, all at an affordable rate.

We specialize in private Istanbul tours, Cappadocia tours, Ephesus tours, Turkey Tours. Besides the classic tours, we offer you custom made tours.

Should your travels in Turkey extend beyond magnificent Istanbul, rest assured that Istanbul Local Guides is there to help you on every leg of your journey.

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Mister Aykut Ayik

I highly recommend Sir Aykut Ayik. He’s such an excellent tour guide. Apart from being knowledgeable, he is very honest and he never made us hurry, not even once. He gave us time... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I highly recommend Sir Aykut Ayik. He’s such an excellent tour guide. Apart from being knowledgeable, he is very honest and he never made us hurry, not even once. He gave us time to browse through remembrance stalls and gave my sister all the time she needed to take excellently–positioned photographs. On several occasions, he has prevented some vendors from... More 

Thank Snow S
Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Me, my mother and my brother were in Istanbul in May to celebrate my mother's 50th birthday. I did a lot of research before deciding which company to book because it had to be perfect! Booking Aykut was the BEST choice i made! We did the Highlights tour which is only one day. We visited Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace (it... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were in Istanbul for 5 days and spent 3 full days touring the city with Aykut Ayik. He is an excellent guide who is very knowledgeable about history as well as the current developments in his country. We were definitely awed by the magnificence of Hagia Sophia but enjoying the cool breeze of the Bosphorus Sea while sipping our... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We very highly recommend Aykut Ayik as your Istanbul and Turkey guide!! He met us at the airport and within just a couple of minutes he was just not our guide but our friend too. Aykut is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of history and Turkish culture and always knew the answer to our questions. He made sure we saw... More 

Thank Gary C
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having come from a ten day tour elsewhere, we were exhausted, but still looked forward to the three day tour in Istanbul. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time exploring Istanbul and its back streets with Aykut. With his university degrees/background in history, Aykut was very knowledgeable and insightful about the histories of various places we visited, offering advise... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, for those of you westerners who are a little leery of traveling to Turkey with some of the recent news, my advice is GO. We had booked a cruise some time ago that was supposed to start in Istanbul but they ended up moving start to Athens and doing away with Turkey ports. We were disappointed and decided... More 

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Reviewed 23 April 2017

We had a wonderful day experiencing Istanbul with Aykut during a 10 hour stopover from Singapore. We had planned the flights so we could visit some of the sights for a day before our connecting flight in the evening. Aykut picked us up at the airport in the early morning and had organized the entire day for us including getting... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

We booked a one day walking tour of the Istanbul old city and was very pleased about every aspect of the trip. Our guide Aykut was very knowledgeable, funny and caring at the same time. We got a good taste of the tourist sights, and more importantly, the historical background and other interesting insights about the places. We did a... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I did my research thoroughly before accepting the quote I received from Aykut. We opted to do two days of his three day private tour itinerary. As expected, we saw everything he promised - the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Cistern, Bosporus etc. I added the harem and its ticket price to the tour. As an organizer, Aykut was very proficient... More 

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Reviewed 9 April 2017

A recent lengthy connection in Istanbul turned into a wonderful experience when I arranged a tour along the Bosphorus with Aykut. He's everything you would want in a guide: friendly, reliable ,responsible, knowledgeable, a very safe driver, and speaks very good English. He knows how to help you experience the great city of Istanbul. Now I want to go back... More 

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