Customized Guided Tour
I provide professional assistance in safety and comfort; unbiased information about stories, legends, traditions and culture of my country where East and West met and then split; cultural, historical and contemporary heritage interpretation to visitors who would like to see and understand Turkey at religious, historical sites, museums and at venues of other significant interest in a simple, safe and precise way as a licensed Tour Guide.
I prefer to offer a personalized itinerary guiding you to museums, art galleries, shops of you would like to visit to save time and consequently, save money by having someone take you exactly where you want to go in celebrity style with no tourist trap.
When you need any suggestions, it is enough giving some basic information about yourself like where you want to see first, which kind of art you are interested in, if you have been here before and visited anywhere, how many days you will stay, how many people you are and etc. and then, l can prepare best customized itinerary for you. Also, if it is requested, a private car, van or private yacht can be arranged for your comfort, too.
Some sample tour types written below just to give you some ideas:
- Classic Istanbul:
We can visit most famous places as first step such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and Grand Bazaar. Those places are all in walking distances to each other. If you stay in Sultanahmet square, you do not need any vehicle to do this tour.
- Culinary Tour:
For me, the best way to understand Istanbul is through its food culture. Food stays as a common ground to communicate, no matter the distance we travel. Istanbul is a food heaven; miraculous city holds the best of everything because of being a capital city of very important Empires during the history for 1700 years, a melting pot of civilizations, food from all around Turkey, by holding layers and layers of culture, thousands of years. Six different locations in Istanbul are the best choices to discover local life and taste of food; Fatih, Beyoglu-Besiktas, Kuzguncuk, Cengelkoy, Kadıkoy.
We can reach a variety of food tastes from street food to local tastes, small places with hospitable great people, in the atmosphere of culture and history as an experience to be like a local in Istanbul.
- Shopping Tour:
Istanbul is one of the shopping capitals of the world, the Turkish fashion, art and handcraft savvy… but with so many arts, handcrafts and styles where do you start? Let me help you navigate your route around the streets in Grand Bazaar or other shopping places of Istanbul and shop in celebrity style with no tourist trap just shopping. I am personally acquainted with dozens of Istanbul shops and shopkeepers, who are happy to give me no-nonsense, value for money prices.
- Christian Heritage:
We can visit Hagia Sophia, Chora Church, Zeyrek Mosque which was converted from a Byzantine Church, Red School, Hagia Maria Church, Virgin Mary Orthodox Church with Holy Spring in Ayvansaray and some others.
- Jewish Heritage:
There are 20 functional Synagogues in Istanbul. We can visit a few of them such as Ahrida Synagogue which is the oldest one from 15th century in Balat, Zulfaris Synagogue in Karakoy which has been used as Jewish Museum, Neve Shalom as the biggest synagogue. Also we can do nice walking in casual Jewish district Balat and also Banks street in Karakoy.
- Exploring Asian Side:
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Uskudar, Camlica Hill, Beylerbeyi Palace, Maiden’s Tower, local Market in Kadikoy and Kuzguncuk are the most famous places to see on the Asian side of the city.