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Istanbul Custom Tours-Private Day Tours

alemdar mh. Catalcesme sk. Uretmen han | no:27-29 D:114 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 532 293 66 54
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Aykut is the best guide ever!

I am so glad we decided to book our layover tour with Aykut. He promptly picked us up at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alysha R
North Houston, Texas
No need to look further - Aykut is the best guide!

After tons of research, I was still unsure about which tour or guide to book for me and my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amber R
via mobile
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
alemdar mh. Catalcesme sk. Uretmen han | no:27-29 D:114 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 532 293 66 54

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am so glad we decided to book our layover tour with Aykut. He promptly picked us up at the airport, and took us into the city for an amazing tour. He is extremely knowledgeable on the history of the city and also very passionate...More

Thank Alysha R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After tons of research, I was still unsure about which tour or guide to book for me and my boyfriend's time in Istanbul. I saw all the amazing reviews for Aykut and sent and email at 1900 on a Friday asking for a tour the...More

Thank Amber R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Aykut organised our itinerary and knew exactly what was good for our trip and with the amount of time we had! Definitely worth the price! I wouldn't recommend anyone else! From very first interaction with Aykut everything was organised to a T all we had...More

Thank Korelli
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aykut Ayik made our Istanbul experience! He is knowledgeable, extremely professional and used his years of experience to be sure we never waited in a line or endured any type of discomfort as foreign tourists. His recommendations for Turkish Baths, dining, and descriptions of the...More

Thank S Y
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We feel very fortunate to have had Aykut Ayik as our tour guide for our 6 hour layover in Istanbul. Although our time was short, Aykut gave us a feel for Istanbul with a healthy dose of history and exposure to a nice variety of...More

Thank sglindgren
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I can't say enough about Aykut Ayik as a tour guide. My wife and I were in Istanbul for three nights, and hired him to guide us on the two days we were there. He took us to all the major sights, including Hagia Sophia,...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Very prompt service from Airport pick-up to daily tour of Istanbul - Aykut managed very well and our guide UMUT was excellent in managing the timing according to our kids as he don't want my kids to be exhausted at any time. Overall highly recommended...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

My daughter, granddaughter and I were traveling through Europe and had a planned 36 hour stopover in Istanbul. We had never traveled to Turkey before and knew that we needed to have a good plan in place to see all the highlights during our stay....More

1  Thank Soogirls
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Aykut was a fantastic guide for the day. I just had one full day in Istanbul and we covered so much more than I could have ever done by myself. We went to Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed, visited a lovely baklava store and the spice...More

Thank Rachel A
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

My father visited Istanbul on a business trip and had a day to spare. We were lucky that Mr Aykut was available at such short notice. He picked up my father in his car and took around to the old city area. Then the rest...More

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an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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23 November 2015|
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Response from Karen S | Reviewed this property |
The name of the tour company in Istanbul is: Istanbul Local Guides. Mr. Aykut Ayik was extremely helpful in helping to design our tour in order to see the 4 main sites in Istanbul in the limited time available to us.
9 November 2015|
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Response from dnasaur | Reviewed this property |
There were a few must see places we told Aykut about, but he had so many wonderful suggestions and worked with us on coming up with a terrific itinerary. I would let him know that you're traveling with 2 young kids and ask... More
Gabriel C
7 October 2015|
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Response from cjmnyc64 | Reviewed this property |
The email address is: istanbullocalguides at yahoo. The coordinator is Aykut Ayuk, and he is extremely helpful and answers your question immediately. All the guides were excellent. I highly recommend this company.