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Oguz (:owes)

Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey

Authentic Istanbul - Cultural Istanbul - Charming Istanbul!

Let me take you through my Istanbul time tunnel, and your informative day in Istanbul will be much fun and great experience just like the 90's movie "going back to future"; or you may choose the wrong tour and end up listening to a guide repeating a text like a tape recorder! Do not risk your valuable Istanbul days with another tour, sign up for my tours while my supplies still last :)

You may view a number of photos from my various tours at the link below my picture on the left and have an idea on the tours of the previous visitors, who wrote those comments regarding my tours highly.

I will be glad to be your guide & host while you are exploring the unique aspects of truly impressive Istanbul: We will also include little detours as a flavor of small and well hidden gems of Istanbul: You will be welcomed at a number of charming places not available to large tour groups, we will take the benefit of being a small tour group, and agree once more, as in this case, less is more!

I have been leading tours as an official guide since 1987, that makes 26 years. Kids born on that year some of them themselves became tour guides. The museums began to get to crowded especially on the days when 3 - 4 cruiseships dock at Istanbul port. This year I
mostly offer unconventional off the beaten path, lesser known but juicy sites of Istanbul, in my experience this provided my visitors great appreciation and experience of Istanbul. Lesser known but very juicy Byzantine & Ottoman sites, legends, and detours are waiting for you on my tours. Before a booking please contact me to make sure I can design a tour meeting your expectations, I do not offer tours that do all of Istanbul on one day. I do not like rushed tours. My friends at this site are at your disposal for your regular Topkapi Palace, hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and other museum tours.

In Grand Bazaar we will not only skim the surface merely as shoppers, but have an experience of Turkish, Ottoman, Byzantine, Armenian, Jewish, Russian, Middle Eastern art products ; as I offer a brief highlights of the Bazaar tour, while we are also getting familiar with the art of negotiation.

In Spice Market - Egyptian Bazaar we'll also smell best of saffran, sample the better Turkish delight, sip Turkish coffee and apple tea but we will also hear centuries old stories lying behind them, ignored by most tours. We will also cover some of the lesser known side streets for fond surprises. Rustempasa & New Mosque, as well as Pet, fish & produce market are also in this area for those who have the interest for a brief or in depth detour.

A nice compliment I received on a tour was "A Renaissance Man in a Byzantine city". In Istanbul, we will feel and experience a unique city that is Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Republican Turkish, western, eastern, modern, conservative, Moslem, Christian, Jewish, romantic, intriguing, vibrant, mysterious, timeless, extremely scenic, the arena for some of the most impressive events of the world history.

I am writing my guide book of Istanbul; for now it is my blog on the net; so far with over 20000 hits as of Aug. 2013. I worked as a photo-journalist of the first Turkish parents magazine; almost all the photos I use to introduce my tours at toursbylocals. com are from my tours or my work.

I have a bachelor's degree in Political Sciences as well as my guide's license. I film documentary short movies; In 2007 International Istanbul Festival I was a semi-finalist.

I will be glad to provide samples from my travel articles, and I am sensible enough to adjust the info level on tours; or else too much or too deep information over the dose kills the joy.
Your tour guide should be a very good dose planner; on a private tour you have the comfort of doing what you like, but your guide should be a very good advisor.
(p. s. I am a non-smoker: It may be an issue if your guide is a smoker)

A Recent Review of this guide

Oguz gave us an excellent tour. He planed a very good route, which covered most interesting sites. His explanations were accurate, enlightening and broadening our knowledge. He did not spare any effort to look after our safety and wellfare. He has a very pleasant personality and a good sense of humor which made the tour very enjoyable. To sum up, he is an excellent guide and we recommend him full heartedly.
Rivka Glaubman

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Credentials

professional licenced tour guide
Bachelours Degree from Faculty of Political Sciences
Former journalist

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening,...

High Calibre afternoon with insider experience of some blockbuster,...

170 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

5 hours

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Insiders more in depth Old & New Town,...

with two Istanbul sites from the book " 1ooo places to see before you,...

190 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

6 hours

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Istanbul Grand Photo Safari Tour - Private,...

great detours - on and off the beaten path with a private guide

310 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Private Yacht - G.Horn and Bosphorus,...

Attractions of truly impressive Bosphorus Straits and taste of Golden,...

350 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and,...

P. Loti hill Cable car, Superior modern architecture mosque , Charms,...

300 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

8 hours

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Asiatic Istanbul and Cruise-Cross The,...

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retun can also be by Marmaray , the tram tunnel betw. 2 continents

160 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

4 hours

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Istanbul highlights - Private walking,...

a la carte walking tour : old town, new town, asiatic Istanbul, hippodrome,,...

180 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours

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Marvels of Istanbul in a half day private,...

inc. the two sites from the book "1000 places to see before you die",...

230 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Istanbul for Foodies - top kebab to vegetarian,...

small specialty restaurants, street foods, great veggies, herbal wonders

236 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

5 hours

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Istanbul Art Tour: Meet the Artists &,...

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worldly renowned masters and their impressive crafts with a private,...

160 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

5 hours

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Private Bosphorus Cruise on private boat

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Private 1,5 hour cruise and 2,5 hour land site-seeing, total 4 hour,...

237 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

5 hours

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Home made gastronomic journey - Your,...

home made, special , in season veggies and more, all very special and,...

165 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Private excursion from Istanbul to Gallipoli,...

About 3,5 hour driving each way after clearing Istanbul plus the siteseeing,...

410 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Late afternoon day 2 or 2nd Istanbul,...

Gondola ride to Pierre Loti hill , Balat, Top12inEurope street market,,...

170 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

5 hours

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Private tour guide Oguz (:owes)

Day out of Istanbul: Iznik (Byzantine,...

Trilye and Iznik with sites like medieval living movie sets with Byzantine,...

380 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

9 hours

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Istanbul A La Carte by sedan car : (almost:),...

let's design your 'to be treasured Istanbul Days' together with a private,...

300 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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