5.0 · 137 reviews
Travel2dabble
November 2022
Our family had a wonderful tour of Istanbul’s old town. Gülce was very knowledgeable and was able to go deep into the history. I highly recommend this tour.
DennisFac
November 2022
We could not have asked for a better guide! Doygu is as friendly and knowledgeable as you want a guide to be. She took us to see some of the main sites, but also some great shops we would not have seen without her. She also gave us many recommendations for the remaining days. In short, we recommend her greatly! [and, if she is reading this, we send you a warm hug!] Mariana & Dennis
MSKHAN18
November 2022
3 Day private tour, of Istanbul, with Guide Semih - Made doubly awesome by his insightful guidance, keeping everyone’s attention and sharing his deep understanding and wealth of knowledge on Turkish and world history and tiring it all together. No detail was skipped and even the tiniest tip was shared so the experience became truly wonderful. He made sure we visited all the go-to places and also off the beaten path treasures. Kept it all going with perfect timing and was able to arrange every detail for each day, including tickets, passes and most importantly, where to eat saving tons of money! He knows where the best kababs and chicken wings are made. We all highly recommend him and will seek him out for our next visit.What a fine human and a Gentleman! 💯
Paul A
November 2022
Our Guide (Duygu) was fantastic. We had two days with her wandering the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market and the various Hans in between. My only regret was not using her for the other two days we had in Istanbul. We had booked another company for city tours and while they were good, our time with Duygu was much better. She was more interesting, knowledgeable, thorough and adaptable. We spent countless emails and whatsapp chats trying to work out the details for our group and it all went great. Would recommend her for the markets or for city tours as well. Would use her again without hesitation.
philipshousetours
November 2022
Emel made my wife and me fall in love with Istanbul and Turkey. Emel expertly navigated back streets and public transport to show us as much as time permitted. She not only has an expert grasp of Turkish history, she is also skilled at relating it to Americans. She has visited 44 US states and understands how to bridge between cultures. Emel opened her heart to us. It’s hard to describe in a review what warm, Turkish hospitality feels like. It’s the simple feeling of goodwill found in taking time to listen to another person’s point of view and to find common ground for friendship. Emel made us want to visit Turkey again!
Linda_G
November 2022
Istanbul is a beautiful and fascinating destination with many amazing features, but what really made my wife’s and my two day tour unforgettable was our guide, Seljuk. His expert knowledge of the history of Istanbul and of each attraction and the architecture, architects, and details of every destination added a much deeper understanding and appreciation of every location. And a bonus to his expertise is his demeanor. He is friendly, courteous, and personable. He enjoyed engaging in conversations and answering our questions. He led us between attractions at a comfortable pace, and he used his extensive knowledge of the bazaars to introduce us to merchants he trusted without ever pushing us to make a purchase or even use his suggested merchant. It didn’t take us long to develop trust in him and, by the start of the second day, we felt we were with a friend as well as an expert. We do private tours at many of our travel destinations and we have not had a guide who exceeded Selcuk’s abilities.
265betsd
November 2022
We had a GREAT guide we called Sam (his actual name was hard for us to pronounce. He was a wealth of information and made the day a blast. If you want to hit the ground running and catch all the sights in a day, this is your guide. We highly recommend him!
R6848LCrobertf
November 2022
My wife and I enjoyed a terrific whirlwind 2-day tour of Istanbul with Duygu. She is very experienced, personable, and knowledgeable. She tailored the choice of sights and pace to our interests and preferences (lots of walking, history, conversation, public transport, and not a lot of sitting and dining). She knows what to see and when (and how to avoid the lines and tour groups). And she goes above and beyond with recommendations and extras, like scheduling my wife’s Turkish bath and directing us to the best Dervish performance in town. Highly, highly recommended!
meganlK2679KY
November 2022
We had a wonderful time with our tour guide, Ceren, who was very professional, knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating to our needs. We learned so much about Turkish culture and history! She brought us around exploring all over the city, from skipping the line at select tourist locations to experiencing the hidden gems and local food. Would not have been able to explore the breadth of such a huge city so quickly without her expert direction.
Amore1967
October 2022
Rose was an exceptional guide. She’s very detailed in her recommendations and historical facts. She’s also very flexible based on one’s needs. It was super fun with her. I plan to return to Turkey and of course, use their services again. Duygu came highly recommended and I would recommend her and her company to all my friends and family visiting Istanbul 😊
SarahR906
October 2022
We spent the day with Cemil, who was incredibly knowledgeable, flexible, and very fun to hang out with. He was really sweet with our 10 year-old and tried to keep things interesting for her. Meet-up was easy, and convenient and clear communication with the tour company.
mplseda
October 2022
I recently completed the 3 day Istanbul Tour with Public Transportation. It far exceeded any expectations I may have had. The booking process was met with quick & friendly responses and pricing was very reasonable. My guide Selcuk's knowledge of all things Istanbul was amazing! He was also a very kind man with a great sense of humor. He also knew how to avoid the crowds and the best restaurants to eat. I can highly recommend Istanbul Local Guides and would not hesitate to use this company again!
Paul_C
October 2022
Rose our tour guide was perfect. She had so much information and fun to be with. Want to come back and see her again.
ricklal11
October 2022
Duygu communicated very well with us and emailed us the day before to confirm meeting time and location. She met us as scheduled. Within 5 minutes, we felt as if we had all been friends with Duygu for years. She expertly navigated us around Istanbul so we could avoid crowds as much as possible. She knows the history of her wonderful city and was very flexible to accommodate both of our interests. We had a great tour and left with a lifelong friend! Hire Duygu for your tour of Istanbul!
pranel
October 2022
i loved my guide emel! she picked me up from my hotel and we spent a fun filled day exploring the city and the sights. she was very lovely and ive made a great friend in istanbul. thankyou for showing me around.
Tourist763509
October 2022
When you come to Istanbul, take the city tour with Gul (Rose) as your guide. She is an excellent guide - very knowledgeable, intelligent, and entertaining.
suannebonvoyage
October 2022
Favorite part is when Cemil managed to answer our wild questions, and with sense of humor! Worth it!
miroslavh983
October 2022
Everything was pefrect. It started on time and was tailored according to our wishes. Definety would suggest and use it again. Regards to Duygu and Ozgur.
Shantil T
October 2022
We had an absolutely amazing time on our two day private tour in Istanbul with Rose, aka Gul! She tailored the itinerary and the pace to us and our interests, and we passed a lot of large group tours who did not have the same level of personalization. I'm so glad we decided to do the private tour! By the end of the first day, we already felt like we had become good friends with Rose and wish we could have taken her with us on our whole vacation. She was fun to be around, knew so many of the locals and great spots to go/eat, and is a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend!
newyorkfamilyplanner
October 2022
We (two couples) spent three days with Selcuk Eracun touring Istanbul and it was an absolute delight. We covered so many of the most important historical sites where he shared his wealth of knowledge of the history of Istanbul, and the whole region. We visited so many interesting neighborhoods, had lunch in restaurants serving traditional meals, and enjoyed coffee and sweets along the way. Selcuk accommodated any requests (though he pretty much had planned to cover everything we wanted to see). He is so friendly and has a great sense of humor, while taking his job and his expertise very seriously. Selcuk knows the city inside and out, and knew other tour guides, restaurant owners, and shop keepers everywhere we went. Selcuk is renowned as a historian, guide, and teacher. It was so much fun to watch as many people stopped us on the street to shake his hand, hug him, say hello and tell us how they loved and admired him. Some who he knew, mentored, worked with, and others who just knew of him! We feel so lucky to have spent some time with him. Highly, highly recommend Selcuk Eracun.

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