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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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From Istanbul With Love

I recently hired the services of Aykut Ayik of Istanbul Customs Tours during a 24-hour layover in... read more

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Steve O
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great Tour!

Aykut was able to customize a tour for us with 3 days notice! We were only in Istanbul for an 8... read more

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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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alemdar mh. Catalcesme sk. Uretmen han | no:27-29 D:114 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 532 293 66 54

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Reviewed yesterday

I recently hired the services of Aykut Ayik of Istanbul Customs Tours during a 24-hour layover in Istanbul. This was my third visit to this magnificent city and I had limited time to return to some of my favorite sights I had requested from Aykut...More

Thank Steve O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Aykut was able to customize a tour for us with 3 days notice! We were only in Istanbul for an 8 hour layover and he showed us the highlights and more! Thanks for a great tour!

Thank Brandon P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a long lay over and wanted to take advantage of our time in Istanbul. Aykut was a perfect fit for this situation. We knew we wanted to see the highlights, like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, but he also gave us the...More

Thank _hdrape_
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very pleasant journey with tour! The tour is very professional on leading private tour and tailor made for our needs. We had a very good historical site visit, shopping as well as local food experience. The price is fair enough as private...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from the United States, my name is Abdullah, and with me, my elderly parents approaching 80 years of age. In Istanbul less then 3% of the population speaks good English. With that being said, our 3 day tour with Aykut was an amazing experience....More

Thank abukamal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Snow S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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...More

Thank lelleciao
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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...More

Thank Maria Helvetia C
Reviewed 17 May 2017 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...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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...More

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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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Am trying to contact you about planning a trip but cannot find your email. please send thank you
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.
Hi ! We will be travelling to Istanbul from 17 November for 5-6 days. We are two adults and two kids. Can you suggest a private guided travel itinerary including prices as we want to visit all notable attractions (old town, Bosporus cruise, Princess Island etc.) in Istanbul as well as places near by Istanbul? The travel plan can be split into days. Please also suggest places/activities children can enjoy (both below 3-5 yrs. old)
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
Hi Tu thanks for the review. Do you have the contact of the tour guide in Istanbul
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.