Eduardo CordovaUnited States
Aykut was amazing. Very knowledgeable and charismatic. He was at our hotel right on time and took us to see some of the main highlights of the city. Because some of the sites are undergoing renovation work we ended up with some extra time so he took us to the Spice Market... fantastic! You will not regret getting him as your guide when visiting this wonderful city
Wendy AlfieroUnited States
Aykut was very knowledgable, organized and understanding. Having him guide us through Istanbul, was like touring the city with a local. Some significant highlights of his tour: 1. Meal to meet our dietary restrictions - was delicious, fresh. 2. Pre-purchased entrance passes and helped us avoid long lines 3. Shopping - took us to the local, reasonably priced stores for souvenirs and 4. Local truth - suggested an option for Turkish hamam at a local place at half the price of a tourist hotspot
James BraddockHOUSTON, TX, United States
Aykut "Ike" was our family's guide for 2 days in Istanbul. Our party was comprised of 2 adults and 2 young professionals. Ike did a wonderful job of planning our itinerary. I felt like we saw the historical sights as well as modern-day Turkey. The cruise down the Bosphorus Strait was a highlight, as well as drinks on a rooftop bar with fantastic views. When we went to the Spice Market, Ike directed us to the stalls with the products we wanted. Because of Ike, we left with a fondness for the kind Turks.
Carol CooksonUnited Kingdom
Aykut was very pleasant and knowledgeable, we enjoyed his company and would recommend him to friends.
Aykut has taken care of us, a family of 5, with great care , understanding immediately our needs and expectations. He knows the right level of details to share and his pleasant, smooth personality and very clear english has contributed greatly to a fantastic day! Than you Aykut.
Shelly AgarwalUnited States
Ayk made our Istanbul trip very memorable.
Manish B.United Arab Emirates
Amazing tour ! Great guide . We had an amazing time ! Thank you Aykut
William TrimarcoUnited States
I cannot imagine trying to see Istanbul without a guide and Aykut was everything you would hope a guide would be. He is friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and patient. I highly recommend my new friend!
Hans KeilUnited States
In Istanbul, a long layover can be a bonus. Aykut picked me up at the airport at 7am and we saw some amazing sights including the Bosphorus Strait from Asia, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the site of the old Hippodrome, the Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. Aykut, with a degree in history, added deeper context to each site plus Turkish history in general. All this plus the delicious (gluten-free) lunch made for a wonderful 6 hours in Istanbul with Aykut.
Carlton ONealUnited States
great guide, great tour
Tracey PatersonSouth Africa
With only six hours between flights, but never having visited Istanbul before, we did not want to miss the opportunity to see something of the city. Aykut collected us from the airport at 06.00, took us to see the sights we mentioned we would like to see and shared his knowledge of, and passion for his city. He took us back to the airport at 10:00, in good time for our next flight. We would definitely recommend Aykut, and will contacting him for a longer tour one day when we visit Istanbul again.
Teodoro MuchaUnited States
Aykut was a wonderful host. He was prepared, early, and got us back to our hotel at the exact time we said we needed to be back. We learned a ton in the time we had with him. Would recommend him for anyone!
Megan GreenUnited States
We are so glad to have selected Aykut to introduce us to the beautiful city of Istanbul! Upon learning it was our first visit, he completely changed the itinerary so we could see all of the top sites. We can not recommend him enough and hope to visit and tour with Aykut again!
Jonathan StephensUnited Kingdom
Thoroughly recommended. Aykut is an excellent tour guide with the knowledge to keep adults and inquisitive children entertained and the personality to charm younger kids (and us). His English is also excellent.
Edita SvorenUnited States
We had wonderful tour in Istanbul thank to Aykut who was so knowledgeable and made every effort to show us as much as possible and explained everything from long interesting history to way of living in Istanbul ! Aykut is one of the nicest people we met ,friendly, very patient with elderly and children's! We absolutely loved time spend with him and will highly recommend him to our friends and family!
Norma Eleanor SyUnited States
This is one of the best walking tours! Our tour with Aykut was interesting and fun. Aykut was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and shared the information in a very interesting way. His tour was very organized too. We were also able to skip the long lines because of him. Aykut took us to a delicious local restaurant and accommodated all our requests during the tour.
Michael ShehadiUnited States
Aykut is an amazing guide. He is professional, knowledgeable; interesting, accommodating, punctual and a pleasure to spend time with - a rare find. Highly recommend. Aly and Michael.
My friend and I took the Istanbul Deluxe tour with Aykut. We felt very at ease with him from the start and learned much from him about Byzantine and Ottoman history and cultures. Aykut coordinated with the driver well, and our combination of walking and driving was perfectly suited to my reduced physical stamina. Navigating the bazaars was a great experience. Aykut picked a lunch place frequented by locals and taught us how to identify quality local products and bargain. Highly recommended!
Christopher TurpinUnited States
Excellent tour, everything was absolutely perfect! Aykut was the best guide!! Look no further, book this tour, you will be happy you did!!!!
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Vinnie A.Glendale, CA, United States
Our first day in Istanbul was such a pleasurable experience, thanks to Aykut, our guide who made us feel like old friends. He loves his city and is so knowledgeable of history and culture, but never overwhelmed us with information. He entertained and educated us, was perceptive of our needs, flexible, never rushed us, accommodated all our sightseeing and shopping requests, and went beyond the call of duty to find me a specific ring in the Grand Bazaar. Aykut is excellent - the best in Istanbul!
Yvonne MasonUnited Kingdom
We had a fabulous tour with our guide Aykut. Nothing was too much trouble. He was very informative & was patient with all our questions. His English was excellent & was a very personable young man. We would highly recommend him.
Reny Agustine AdhananiIndonesia
This tour is highly recommended for those who have short time in Istanbul. Aykut will only make every minute well spent! He's very knowledgeable and allow us to modify the itinerary to ensure that we have the most we can during the trip. He took us to the picturesque Ortakoy, tasting the best Baklava in the world, cruising Bosphorus, flowering tulips in Guhlane park, Topkapi palace (and went to the best place to take picture in Istanbul, indeed!). The trip is very insightful and satisfying!
Reny Agustine AdhananiIndonesia
I visited Istanbul with my husband, a hard to please person & my mom, 65 yo non English speaking. Aykut made everyone at ease. He passionately & patiently shared the history of Egyptian Obelisk & Aya Sofya, took us to Grand Bazaar, & helped us to find a super delicious meals for lunch (I wish we could buy the pomegranate salad dressing back home!). This trip left a strong positive impression for my mom, as what I intended, mainly because we involved Aykut in, it feels like travelling with a good friend!
Charles CrawfordUnited States
My wife and I toured Istanbul for 3 days with Aykut. He was flexibile with our preferences, making adjustments for time and interests that suited us. We covered a LOT of ground by foot, taxi, bus, tram, subway and ferry, which kept things interesting. He helped us try lots of Turkish foods and gave good recommendations for when we were on our own. Aytuk is really proud of Turkey's rich history and is a strong spokesman for his country. We would readily recommend him to other travelers.
Aykut was the perfect guide for our 5-hour-layover in Istanbul. Everything worked out great, from the pick-up at the airport to the authentic dinner place (even our picky eaters were thrilled) and the walking tour around the old town. We can absolutely recommend Aykut's tour!
We had the best time on our Istanbul tour with Aykut! He is a very pleasant person and a knowledgeable guide. He showed us all the important sights, we had a nice break having a meal at a local kebab stand and a tea with baklava in a nice cafe. We crossed the Bosporus as well. The tour gave us a great overview of the city and we feel like we now have a friend in Istanbul! You can't go wrong by booking with him.
Alysha RuizUnited States
Aykut was an amazing tour guide and I am so glad we booked him. He is extremely knowledgeable about the city and made our short time in Istanbul something to remember. He is so nice and welcoming and we are sure to come back and book him again for our next trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alysha for your beautiful words, it was so beautiful to guide you both in my city. Hope to see you again in my city, All the best, Your friend from Istanbul, Aykut
Shelley CookUnited States
I had an 8 hour layover in Istanbul and decided to hire a guide to see some of the city. Aykut was an amazing guide. We managed to see the main tourist attractions and the Grand Bazaar. He took me to an amazing leather store where I purchased a fabulous jacket and then to a few other shops as well. He is extremely knowledgeable about the city and he also took me to a carpet cooperative, that I would absolutely go back to if I had more time to look at carpet. Aykut is one of my favorite guides!
David DeKokUnited States
Aykut was a friendly and engaging guide to Istanbul during the two days we engaged him in mid-August 2017. He knew Turkish history inside and out, and knew his city just as well. His English is superb. When we expressed interest in purchasing one sort of souvenir or another, he took us to places where we wouldn't pay 'tourist prices.' I highly recommend him.
Gary ChristensenPompano Beach, FL, United States
very good driver and service.
Gary ChristensenPompano Beach, FL, United States
We highly recommend Aykut. He is friendly, personable and knowledgeable. We are very glad we chose Aykut as he made our tour of Istanbul very enjoyable! He made sure we saw what we wanted and had suggestions for things we had not thought of doing. He answered our myriad of questions and we had amazing conversations on wide ranging topics. He was the best!
Gary ChristensenPompano Beach, FL, United States
Please see our comments for our 05-17-2017 tour of Istanbul. Aykut was awesome and the best!!
Gary ChristensenPompano Beach, FL, United States
It was so nice to see Aykut's smiling face waiting for us at the airport exit! He was there and we did not have to look around and wonder where he was or if he would show up. When hiring a guide in a country where you do not speak the language, it is important your guide be on time. We got to know Aykut on the way to the hotel and this laid the foundation for the following two wonderful days of touring with Aykut. We highly recommend Aykut!!!
Daniel AmosUnited States
Aykut was a fantastic guide. Everything i look for informative, punctual, helpful, entertaining and also a really nice guy. Came prepared to give a great tour and saved us time waiting in lines for attractions by already having purchased the tickets ahead of time. First rate
Beth SuberoUnited States
Aykut is Awesome. We had such a great time. We did the half day tour and he accommodated our late arrival to Istanbul. He gave us the perfect orientation of the Old City along with recommendations on what to do and where to eat for the remainder of our weekend. We wholeheartedly recommend this tour and especially Aykut to others.
Robert KorsonUnited States
We enjoyed our tour of Istanbul very much. I believe our actual guide was Hussian. He was excellent. Besides getting us to all the places we wanted to see, he gave us great information regarding the sites and local culture. Great guide.
Erica MannardUnited States
We had a wonderful 4-hour tour with Aykut and learned so much about the city and his life in Turkey. Hi guidance helped us skip the annoying lines, allowed us to learn about the people and politics of Istanbul, and was well worth the investment. Highly recommended!
Steven ReubenPacific Palisades, CA, United States
Great day great guide
Peter Edward PoolUnited States
A really professional guide who knew everything and tailored our day to perfection.
Pamela CoravosUnited States
This was our first trip to Turkey and spending our first full day with Aykut was a great way to see the major sites of the Old City and to get a great introduction to Turkish food, culture, and history. Aykut was a wonderful guide--enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible, and thoughtful. He got tickets ahead of time, which saved us lots of waiting (even in March, the lines are long at the major sites). By the end of our day with Aykut, we had gained not only great experiences and insights but also a friend.
Lucie Anne I.Canada
Thank you to Aykut for showing us around Istanbul & helping us arrange our second day there when we would be on our own. We toured the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome & Grand Bazaar with Aykut; then he set us up for the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum & Bosphorus cruise the following day. Aykut is extremely knowledgeable & very friendly; he is pleased to share all kinds of information about Istanbul. We saw Aykut touring with another couple the next day, we told them they had chosen well!
Aykut gave four of us an outstanding day in Istanbul. He was friendly, flexible and very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. Our tour was tailored to suit the places we wanted to see together with places that were his suggestions - all were very good. A great experience. Aykut is truly excellent and we could not recommend him more highly.
Richard StoutUnited States
Istanbul is an amazing city and luckily we chose Aykut as our guide. He met the 4 of us at the boat and off we went. His knowledge of the city was extensive. As we only had one day to visit the very crowded city, we appreciated the fact that we were not following 30 other people around. He saved us time by having already purchased tickets to the major events. We were able to visit the major sites as well as have a Turkish lunch. It was a great tour with a great guide. Thank you so much, Aykut.
Erin MatenUnited States
Aykut was wonderful! He gave our family (kids age 11, 8, and 7) a great tour of the city and all of the sites - Hagia Sofia, Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace. He was very knowledgeable about the city - he coordinated the driver who picked us up and shuttled from one place to the next. He had our tickets ready so there was no waiting in queues. Finally, he was able to "customize" our tour a bit as the kids were tired by the end of the day. I would HIGHLY recommend him!
Carole JonesUnited Kingdom
Very good experience. Would recommend a guide to anyone visiting Istanbul.
Douglas PotterUnited States
Tour was excellent!
Catherine RobertsANCASTER, ON, Canada
Aykut was fantastic, very passionate about his city. My group were impressed with the tour, enjoyed all the history and information. Aykut was very patient with us and we would book with him again. We arrived in a very busy religious festival and he got us everywhere with an excellent driver. Knew his city extremely well. thank you so much Aykut.
Diane ReedUnited States
Aykut was phenomenal! Not only did we get to see all the monumental sites of Istanbul, Aykut also took us for a truly unique and decadent experience - the Turkish baths. Wow! We will remember our time in Istanbul forever. I can't send enough praises his way...
James FietWeston, FL, United States
We recently had four couples go on a tour of Istanbul with Aykut. We were extremely happy with our choice. He arrived on time with a driver and large A/C van. We had an "open" itinerary and counted on Aykut on hitting the high points of the city. He already had the tickets for us to all the places that required them, allowing us to get right in. He was VERY knowledgeable, professional and most importantly passionate about his great city. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who wants to enjoy this great city.
Myra LangDaly City, United States
I was pleased with the flexibility of Aykut to address the sites I wanted to visit as well as wine tasting. His incredible knowledge, paired with his outgoing personality, made the day fly by. It had been 25 years since my last visit to Istanbul. Aykut not only supported my trip down Memory Lane, but provided all the history of the changes to the areas we visited. I will definitely use the group again. I would highly recommend Aykut to anyone visiting Istanbul. He was a real pleasure!
Debbie ThomsonNew Zealand
Thought tour was expensive esp. As we had to pay additional 200 TKL for transport & entry to Hajik Museum. Guide v friendly and prompt. Forgot to tell us Bazaars closed on Sundays. This was annoying because wd have liked to return during protests. Guide had excellent historical knowledge
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Guide was shocked with the comments. I passed along the comments above to him and his support manager. Guide mentioned that customer told them that they had no interested in the Gran Bazaar, so for that reason he did not believe that their hours of operations was relevant information.
Lynnette HubertAlbany, OR, United States
Aykut was a great guide for our group! He picked us up from the Port and quickly got us to the center of Istanbul. We were able to avoid the lines and see everything and also enjoyed an authentic Turkish lunch at a beautiful restaurant. The Grand Market was fun too. Aykut was able to get us back to the ship on time even when traffic was horrible. He is a very professional guide who takes you where you want to go. Thanks from the Hubert's and the Harris's!
Petra Cesen CatarSlovenia
It was an excellent tour through the main highlihts of Istanbul. I enjoyed it a lot and learned many things about Turkish history, art and also everyday life. Aykut is a very knowlegdable guide with a lot of experience and flexibility. I could only highly recommend him.
Kathy ClarkUnited States
Aykut was the best guide ever--he was extremely informative and very aggressive--getting us right to the front of every line. We thoroughly enjoyed our Turkish lunch and ending trips to the Grand Bazarr and spice markets. I would highly recommend Aykut for any future Istanbul visit. It is very crowded and I am so very glad that with only one day in Istanbul we chose not to venture out alone. Thanks Aykut--you are the best.
Aykut was great. He was very knowledgeable and adapted the itinerary to the needs of the customers. His insights into the Agia Sophia and Blue Mosque were very helpful in understanding these beautiful buildings. He took us to a great, reasonably priced place for lunch and gave the shoppers ample time to visit the bazaar. I would highly recommend him for anyone who would like a local's insights into this fabulous city.
Jim GeeUnited States
Aykut, Our tour of Istanbul was great! On time and very good.
Great tour of the key site in Istanbul Very Professional,knowledgeable and enjoyable
Great Tour First rate from pick up at our ship to knowledge of the sites in Istanbul Would recommend to anyone
Jairus P.United Kingdom
Dora PerezUnited States
I'd just like to thank Aykut for a wonderful tour of old Istanbul. To see all that we did, in such a relatively short time was amazing. Speaking to folks who took a more traditional 'bus' tour, I realized that our group saw and experienced more than they did - a bonus when time is short. His knowledge of the city is impressive. The result of the tour will be lasting good memories for a long time to come.
Linda MunnUnited States
We recently did a custom tour with transportation with Aykut. He was fast to answer all questions prior to booking which made me comfortable. Aykut is a highly intelligent young man with great knowledge of Istanbul. He was fun to be with and considerate of our needs. The day of our tour was an extremely busy day with millions of people swarming and a bike race closed the main roads. Aykut got us into the sites fast and adjusted the schedule to take care of us. We were very happy with his service.
I had very limited time to try to see the highlights of Istanbul. There is no other way that I could have seen as much in 4 hours, as I did on the tour with Aykut.
Jerry StalickUnited States
Aykut gave a terrific tour! He was extremely flexible with the schedule, discussed the options of things to see and we went at my pace. He also easily and graciously accomodated a couple of special requests. He was friendly, considerate and engaging. I would gladly hire him again or recommend him to others. Thanks for a great afternoon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the compliment.I would be happy to guide again. All the best. Aykut
Nancy WilsonUnited States
Aykut was a wonderful guide. He arrived at our hotel 10 minutes before we were do to leave and provided us with an informative and interesting walking tour of the city. Everything we asked he answered. During the time we were together, we made it to all the sites we were interested in. He suggested a restaurant for a typical Turkish lunch and it was delicious. Aykut stayed with us for an additional half hour, not rushing us at all. It was a wonderful day. We tipped an additional 10%.
Gary BluhmUnited States
Aykut introduced us to the charms of Istanbul - from the riches of the sultan's palace to the depths of the Basilica Cistern. He helped us maneuver a wheelchair in our group through the many attractions of Istanbul and throngs of visitors, and he took us to a restaurant where we enjoyed the best meal of our trip. We were impressed with Aykut's knowledge of Istanbul and its history - and charmed by his refreshing sense of humor. We hope to return to this amazing city someday.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gary for these kind words.Hope to see you again.Best Regards.Aykut