Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Istanbul Turkey by Tour Guide Oguz (:owes) (Guide #1860)


Bruce Schneier

United States
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Tour: #54068, Istanbul for Foodies - top kebab to baklava - Full Range, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 9/18

Fun tour, fun guide. Oguz is knowledgeable and interesting. I took his food tour and enjoyed myself very much. Heed his advice: arrive hungry.

Patricia Peacock

Spain
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! Private tour (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 30/18

Overall a enjoyable day. Oguz is a super knowledgable guide. He helped us to orientate ourselves and get a feel for the city our first day in Istanbul. He was also helpful as well on providing further advise and details afterwards via whats ap. No hesitation to recommend him.

Nikica Rilovic

Croatia
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! Private tour (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 31/18

Oguz is so precious and unique! We were lucky for having him picked among the others. He knows every single corner of the immense Istanbul, is extremely knowledgeable, always on time, smiling, witty, focused... you cannot have a better person around you!!

Sandra Cooperbennett

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! Private tour (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 22/18

Tour was outstanding! Oguz our guide picked us up from the A/port. He was pleasant, kind, thoughtful. It was cold in Istanbul, I was without a jacket, he had readily available to lend. We went to eat at a local restaurant, saw the Blue Mosque, rode the street car, ate the best baklava, and had a chance to meet the owner of the restaurant. We walked & drove the streets of Istanbul. Oguz was patient, catering to our every need— stopping for photos wherever. The tour was informational & meaningful.

E Francesca Peel

NORWOOD, SA, Australia
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Tour: #165764, Home made gastronomic journey - Your Cooking class and home dinner in Istanbul - Private tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 15/17

Looking for a unique and unusual experience in Istanbul? This may be the tour for you. It is a privilege to visit the home of a local and better understand how the locals live. Oguz picked us up from our hotel and took us to the eastern side of Istanbul. We visited his local market before going to his mother's apartment. We ate like kings and really enjoyed the company of his gregarious brother and sister-in-law too. I would have liked more focus on learning to cook and a copy of the recipes.

Robert R.

United States
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Tour: #8377, Istanbul highlights - Private walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

Our tour guide Oguz was wonderful. 5 stars maybe 10 stars. We felt safe. we got in a week of tour and knowledge and eating and fun! But in only one day! He had amazing energy grace and knowledge. I highly recommend him!

Jason Deyette

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! Private tour (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 29/17

Oguz is amazing! I had a brief layover on my,way to Serbia and wanted to make the most of my time. Oguz made sure my couple of hours in Istanbul were jam packed of Byzantine history. He truly knows his stuff. I highly reccommend this gentleman s custom tours if you have days or hours in the great city of Istanbul.

Paul Clites

Houston, TX, United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul - Private tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 13/16

Oguz was a fantastic tour guide; one of the best I have used. His knowledge of Istanbul is superb. He was very receptive to my request to make significant changes in the itinerary. Highly recommended (hint: bring him a bag of Hershey's Kisses)

Kathleen Frankovic

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 3/16

I had toured with Oguz before, and very much wanted my husband to meet him when the two of us came to Istanbul. We requested a food tour, and we were NOT disappointed. He greeted us at our hotel by offering us Turkish delight and other delicacies, and while in the Asian part of Istanbul we tasted fruits, spices, candies and very interesting Shepard soup! Oguz is smart, knowledgeable and very entertaining! We hope we can tour with him again.

Kathleen Frankovic

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 2/16

Caroline Hill

United States
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Tour: #18913, Marvels of Istanbul in a half day private tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 11/16

Oguz is clearly not just knowledgeable about his country, but his love for sharing pride in Istanbul showed throughout our tour. He even used his photo talents to make my iPhone pictures something worthy of sharing with family and friends. He acted as our teacher, our caretaker, our suggestion provider, and our friend! We laughed together, and also shared his sadness about the decrease in tourism in Turkey this year. With Oguz, we always felt safe and grew more informed. Highly recommend.

Renee Huhs

United States
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Tour: #54068, Istanbul for Foodies - Gastronomic Journey, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 20/15

Very enjoyable time and a great introduction to Istanbul, especially to the lesser known corners and streets - and certainly the food. Oguz is a food enthusiast and clearly loves to share what he has uncovered in the culinary side of Istanbul. Come hungry and bring a bag for the little things you will want to buy along the way.

Don Holm

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 7/15

Our late afternoon and evening with Oguz was so memorable! He is a real professional with excellent English. As we walked through alleys and the Spice Market, he stopped at merchants along the way that gave us "little bites" of food. Our only regret was that we should have taken his tour on the first day that we arrived in Istanbul so that we could have gone back to places on our own. As it was we took Oguz's tour at the end of our visit. We went into neighborhoods that we wouldn't have dared to visit

Shirley Weiss

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : (almost:) Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 26/15

We loved our tour with Dakan. He was prompt to pick us up. He made sure we were comfortable in his car. He was very informative and we really enjoyed were he took the four of us. His English is excellent. We think we made a great choice in picking his as our guide. We would highly recommend him to others.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hmm; I am confident the compliment sounds right; but with a little misspelling on the name! As long as my visitor is content with the tour, a misspelling is just an excuse for a smile. Thanks Shirley!

Marcia Welk

United States
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Tour: #45320, Insiders more in depth Old & New Town Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 11/15

Graeme Berry

South Africa
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Tour: #165764, Home made gastronomic journey - Your Cooking class in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 17/15

What a treat! It was wonderful to spend an evening with Oguz and his family. Their hospitality, story-telling and food was magnificent. Sitting around the table in his mother's kitchen sharing stories and laughs with Oguz and his brother while the tea brewed was one of the special moments of a few great days in Istanbul.

Adrian Bueno

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : (almost:) Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 26/15

Last day was very special, we chill around the city, we visit neighborhoods that were not populated by tourist, we eat, we laugh and enjoy Istanbul at its best. Something that really impact me was Oguz willingness to answer questions about his culture, country history as well as his own personal view on religion and his own culture, thank you Oguz for making this trip a special time for me and my kids.

Adrian Bueno

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : (almost:) Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 25/15

Whatever you are into Oguz can make it interesting, even shopping, he took us to some sites that even if we didn't buy anything we learn a lot about the craftsmanship behind the product, his knowledge of the city allow us to visit places that we will never had encounter them by ourselves. It was a pleasure and I strongly suggest to get someone to take you around the city, it makes a big difference, and if you can arrange Oguz even better.

Adrian Bueno

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : (almost:) Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 24/15

In our first day that we arrange with Oguz we visit the main tourist attraction in Istanbul, he was very knowledgeable and always ready to answer any question, he was also flexible and ready to accommodate himself to what we were expecting to do that day. My two kids 12 and 16 were very interest on what Oguz had to said and his love for food didn't hurt to make our trip more likable.

Margette Campbell

New Zealand
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 30/15

Oguz provided a very informative but also highly entertaining tour. We were amazed at how much we covered at a pace we were able to enjoy and experienced Istanbul in a way which we would never have been able to achieve on our own. We never felt we were any other than welcome guests in his beautiful city and felt privileged to be a part of it for a regrettably short time. Can't wait to come back!

William Frazier

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 25/15

This was a very interesting tour that focused on walking through neighborhoods and identifying things that only locals could identify or explain, making it a one of a kind experience that cannot be duplicated through a guidebook. Oguz is enthusiastic and knowledgable and has put together a fascinating look at the everyday life in Istanbul, apart from the landmarks. And the restaurant he recommended was outstanding, and he arranged for the restaurant to pick us up and take us back to the hotel at no cost

Sara Allison

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 21/15

Our tour with Oguz was wonderful. He organized a custom tour of shopping, trying local foods and visiting the sites we were interested in seeing. One of the sites we had visited the day before on our own and going back with Oguz we had a completely different experience and understood what we were seeing. Worth every penny!

Bohdan Y.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : (almost:) Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 22/15

Oguz met us at our hotel on 22 May 2015 to conduct an Istanbul A La Carte Tour. Since we spent the previous day in European Istanbul, we asked to spend the day with him in Asian Istanbul. As we drove and walked with Oguz, he managed to provide a comprehensive view of every-day life. He has an excellent command of English, and is extremely knowledgeable of Turkish history, culture, politics and religion. He is an excellent guide, his commentary is non-stop, and he has a great sense of humor.

Thomas W.

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 11/15

Oguz provided my wife and I with a wonderful evening walking tour of Istanbul. it was our first evening in the city and he provided a great orientation. We made our way from Taksim Sq. down to the Spice Market, stopping at Galata Tower and exploring many side streets. Oguz provided great walking commentary on the culture and customs and pointed us to several culinary opportunities. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Oguz and highly recommend him as a tour guide.

Ming Kiat Tok

Malaysia
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 14/15

Had a great tour with Mr. Oguz...Everything was well explained...highly recomended!

David Baker

Oak Park, ILLINOIS, United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 19/15

Oguz is a great storyteller, and he knows many interesting, rarely heard facts about the historic district in Istanbul. I had a memorable time walking the streets with him at night hearing these stories, as well as checking out many great local items from cafes to textile shops he knows and trusts. He also is a great resource for advising on what to see and buy and what to avoid. Oguz is highly recommended for your first introduction to this great city.

Martha Warner

United States
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Tour: Custom Tour for Martha, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jan 4/15

Oguz stepped in for us at the last minute when another tour cancelled; we were so lucky he was available. Oguz was great! He was so interesting, sharing many personal opinions, cultural differences, and delving deeply into the historical relevance of what we toured. He stayed with us late into the night, telling us stories and more history during dinner. On our next trip to the area, we will request Oguz.

Pnina Siegler

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 26/14

Oguz was flexible and wise enough to realize after about 30 minutes that what really made the 3 of us happy was to experience the special and exotic foods that Istanbul had to offer. We especially liked the spice market and thoroughly enjoyed our whirlwind 4 hour tour! Oguz even knew how to take a photograph of the Blue Mosque which made me look thin! Can't recommend him highly enough!

John Boles

United States
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Tour: #45320, Insiders more in depth Old & New Town Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 8/14

Oguz is a first rate guide and a wonderful ambassador for his city. We loved our tour.

Virginia Walker

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 4/14

Oguz is a Turkish delight! We had been to Istanbul twice, visited all the must-see sites and wanted something different.When he learned that we were foodies, he tailored a perfect taste-tour, taking us to many of his favorite restaurants and local markets, meeting the owners and sampling new tastes while we walked local neighbourhoods and discovered an Istanbul we had never experienced before--including some famous film-shoot spots. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, flexible and great fun to be with.

Rosemarie Ingate

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 29/14

Our guide orguz was fantastic, very flexible, great suggestions and mindful that my husband has parkinsons and needed to take breaks. On our stops we had nice interactions with locals. We especially enjoyed the asian side spice and veggie market. This was our third trip to istanbul, and we went off the beaten path to get more local flavor on this tour. Very good guide, friendly and informative.

Irina Anisenkova

Lithuania
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 12/14

We've got what we expected and even more. Bright, well educated man with nice maners, good sense of humour and of course, he knows what to show and tell about the city. Me and my husband are fully satisfied and will definately choose this guide if we need such a service in the future.

Charles (Dick) Chaney

Nashville, TN, United States
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 1/14

Oguz knew all the back roads and presented his area with a deep knowledge- even taking us to an out of the way place to sample local foods. in the Bazaar he alerted us to certain merchants-very helpful

Peter Lawrence

Australia
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 28/14

Oguz was a charming and interesting guide but this was a VERY expensive tour by Istanbul standards and not value for money. The last hour of the tour was taken up with him taking us to a turkish carpet salesman, obviously in the hope we would buy a rug and he could pocket the commission. I object to paying somebody to try and sell me something. There were many things about Istanbul I would have liked to see rather than a Persian Carpet warehouse.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback, it is appreciated. As you know it was your! choice to visit the merchant we went to at the end of the tour, however I realize that the experience could have been managed in a better way by myself at the time and in the future. I will learn from this to ensure proper expectations are set with travelers when visiting such establishments

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We were sorry to see this traveler's experience was not better managed. Travelers should be aware that such merchants employ aggressive sales techniques and that guides typically receive a commission on sales. We have asked Oguz to fully disclose this information to his future travelers as well as carefully monitoring their comfort level throughout any shopping experience. We have issued this traveler a partial refund and have adopted a zero-tolerance approach on the mismanagement of shopping experiences.

Jeffrey Steinberg

United States
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Tour: transportation upgrade for the tour "Istanbul for Foodies", Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jul 20/14

Jeffrey Steinberg

United States
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Tour: #54068, Istanbul for Foodies : Eating Your way through Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 20/14

Oguz was knowledgeable, friendly and eager to make sure we had a memorable time in Istanbul. I definitely recommend him to anyone visiting Turkey. We will certainly request him when we return to Istanbul.

John Antonini

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 9/14

We had a wonderful time with our guide Oguz. He showed us so much in the short time we were with him. Thank you, John

Elizabeth Jatczak

United States
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Tour: #8377, Istanbul highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 4/14

Oguz was fantastic! Friendly, energetic took us whenever we wanted to go. His timing was perfect in visiting Sophia and blue mosque. Took us to a great restaurant and ordered for us! We had a wonderful day!

Karla Westerfield

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul on this 85km Grand Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 14/14

Oguz was a very helpful, fun, and informative guide. We learned a lot of great history about the beautiful and unique city of Istanbul. Thank you Oguz!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Super family with two great kids, we had lot of fun together :) Come back when you can, Westerfield family! :)

Suzanne C.

Australia
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : (almost:) Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 25/14

Oguz was a delight. Very knowledgeable, informative and proud of his city. Took us to some out of the way places, organised a brilliant place for lunch, found the 'world's best baklava' for us - even though it was a Sunday - and did all this with enthusiasm and courtesy. He was also very flexible (we were a group of 4 women who changed our minds a few times during the day and he happily accommodated these changes). Oguz is also very funny and a great poet. Happy to recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ladies! Actually the 'fun-ny' aspects of the tour are situations going on around us and observations not to be missed and I just highlight them. As a photographer and former journalist I like observing, out of which some smiles come usual. I am not the regular anecdote teller, but I have few good native political ones which I am entitled! :) to share with my bachelor's degree from Ankara Uni. Faculty of Political Sciences. No extra charge for my biased political opinions if you like to hear.

Tony S.

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 23/14

My bag was stolen at the airport and "owes" helped me through a very difficult time and did all he could to calm me,If you are travelling alone be very careful you are a target at the airport

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Apparently, Tony had the misfortune of leaving his carry on unattended for a brief while (30 seconds or so ) during the restroom stop, during which the incident took place. We spend few hours at the police station, I did all the translations needed. They went through the video footage from various cameras and the thief was spotted walking out calmly like a traveler with the carry on, even the taxi he took was spotted. In short, do not leave your luggage unattended at the airport at all times.

Susan Cassan

Canada
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 6/14

Our tour with Oguz was excellent. Oguz accepted the challenge of showing my husband and I the highlights of Istanbul in a very short period of time, 4 hours. Oguz's knowledge of the significant buildings such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia is extensive. He is also knowledgeable about lesser known but wonderful features. Most of all, Oguz was sensitive to the pace we were capable of maintaining, and was able to take us to an excellent local restaurant with outstanding food, a welcome addition.

Claudio Oliveira

Brazil
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 4/14

Perfect !!

Deann Bayless

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 3/14

Oguz was a delightful and passionate guide who organized our tour of some of the highlights of Istanbul. He made it so easy for us to begin to learn about the history and current life of this amazing city.

Daniel Maysilles

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 6/13

This was the best tour we have ever taken in Istanbul.....perfectly formulated for us and giving us the inside story as well as the nightlife experience of Turkey and her people ....highly informative and interesting....and of course the best guide in Istanbul !!!!!

Daniel Maysilles

United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 6/13

Wonderful start to a day in Istanbul....we had seen all the major sights and wanted to see the other highlights.....perfect places and off the beaten track.......unbelieveable pictures and information....will not tour Istanbul without Oguz !!!!

Marlene B.

Canada
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Tour: #45320, Insiders more in depth Old town Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 20/13

Personable guide who customized the tour to meet my expectations, as I, a Canadian, also became an insider, walking and using public transport on a sunny October Sunday in both the New District and the Old Town.

Sarina Piergrossi

United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 17/13

Oguz was terrific! He was extremely knowledgable and personable. There were 3 of us that took the tour together, and each of us would highly recommend Oguz.

Rainer Wenzel

Germany
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 16/13

We had booked a standard tour with Oguz (Ottoman and byzantine highlights). As we were on a cruise, he picked us up at the port before time. Oguz is very professional and showed us all the beautiful sites of Istanbul as described in the tour. He is a very experienced and friendly guide and we enjoyed our time (Döner macht schöner)!. For Istanbul, we recommend him in every way. Anytime again!

Ernest Gardner

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 15/13

Oguz was very friendly , experienced, and knowledgeable. Would definitely tour with him again.

Ernest Gardner

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 14/13

As previously stated on another tour with Oguz, would definitely tour with him again.

June Reynolds

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 7/13

Highly Recommended. Oguz was a great guide. We were sailing on Holland America. The ship was unable to dock at its berth on time. So she anchored in the bay and tendered us to a different place. Oguz was able to find us and he was on time! WE are amateur photographers. Oguz was able to take us to places for great images. We were able to capture some wonderful nighttime views of the mosques. Oguz did a great job of tailoring the trip to our needs. And we did it at a nice pace. June Reynolds

Nicholas Poulos

United States
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Tour: #45846, Bosphorus Cruise , Dolmabahce Palace , Ottoman Mehter Band Concert, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 6/13

Day two with Oz was even better than day one! Highly knowledgeable about the st minute details. Dolmabache was more spectacular than we realized and Oz made it come to life for us. The authentic Turkish lunch we ducked in for was also a pleasant treat! We would highly recommend Oz for touring. His personality matches his dynamic touring abilities.

Nicholas Poulos

United States
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 5/13

Our first day of touring had us a bit apprehensive--Istanbul traffic is notorious! Not to worry. The moment we met Oz and learned a bit about the city all fears went away. Oz made us feel as if we were walking back in time to one of the oldest civilizations on the earth. Each mossque or church was more beautiful the the last with histories to match. His tours were lively, informative and downright fun. His recommendations for souvenir books was helpful as well since there are so many to choose from.

Stu Milam

United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 28/13

Oguz speaks and understands English flawlessly. He listens very well and responded to our questions with precisely the right information and advice. Oguz gave us fascinating insights at each of the places we visited, extending the information we had before arriving in Istanbul. Oguz would rank as a perfect tour guide for almost any size group and virtually any interest travelers might have. We recommend him enthusiastically to anyone visiting Istanbul, even on a limited schedule like our own.

Norman Gilchrist

United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 26/13

Oz was a great tour guide. We had arrived in Istanbul the night before but our luggage did not! Oz helped us find a change of basic clothes in the bazaar and then we set of on the tour. He discussed the best places to go and the best time to see the more popular places. He was very knowledgable about the sites and gave us just the right amount of detail - and we never felt rushed. We went to a perfect local place for lunch and he gave us some good tips on other restaurants to visit. A great day.

Kathleen Frankovic

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 25/13

This was a really lovely tour, especially because I visited locations at a time of day when I would not otherwise have been sightseeing. Great guide, and a great concept!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kathleen was also on walking tour, but we avoided the street cars around rush hour time, took taxi. Walked only at the right dose. Kathleen you are a great traveler, you have great taste, I am sorry you could not stay longer this time, but I know you will be back. See you again!

Frazee C.

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! (also perfect escape from airport layover), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 22/13

Ogus took us through the Hagia Sophia, at our request; something we didn't want to miss. He was very knowledgeable and made it most interesting. The restaurant, at the top of a hotel, gave us a great view of Istanbul, as evening fell, and the cheese plate and wine was really very good. Only complaint was Oguz seem rather distracted, spending a great deal of time on his cell phone. Our experience on the street car was very stressful; he could have made it a lot better with a little more information.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: How can the guide make the tour the most interesting yet spend great deal on the phone? They were busy cheese wine , and chat. ( I was not invited, dined elsewhere,came back, for the end ) I respect privacy, but I also showed my respect by participating the conversation. And waited the dinner to finish,I checked my emails towards the end. Street cars at rush hour a ,not fun, doesn't get better with more details: Info for street car is limited like "please get in, this is our stop let's get out" :)

Richard Palmer

United Kingdom
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 14/13

Oguz was very knowledgable and adaptable to our varied itinerary. He made the day very enjoyable and we got a lot out of our visit to Istanbul.

Richard Palmer

United Kingdom
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 12/13

Oguz made our visit to Istanbul very enjoyable and informative, adapting our tour to our wishes very well. We feel we have more to see in Istanbul on our next visit and will be booking him again.

Elizabeth Phillips

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 30/13

Elizabeth Phillips

United States
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 29/13

we spent 2 days touring with Oguz in Istanbul, one on foot and one in the car. He was very knowledgeable, and we had lots of fun! We ate great food in small local restaurants, nothing "touristy". And he showed us marvelous shops with quality art, rugs, etc. We were sorry to see it come to an end. I can recommend touring with Oguz with enthusiasm. Thanks Oguz!!

Mike Muyal

Canada
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 24/13

As rated in my previous tour with Oguz, he is a top-tier tour guide, that is friendly, funny and personable. This is the BEST way to tour--no long crowds, at your own pace, and enjoying genuine hospitality, and meeting real locals (restaurants, baklava bakery, spice market vendor, carpet dealer, etc.) Highly knowledgeable, and recommended.

Mike Muyal

Canada
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 23/13

Fantastic. Describes both Istanbul..and Oguz as a tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the city and country. He is also super cool, friendly and warm. Excellent communicator, and he was continually making us laugh. He knows how to switch the tour "on-the-fly" to accommodate timing or any other need. Also hired a top-rate driver. We were never just waiting around. Recommended to make the best use of your time in this city. Oguz can't be beat.

Paul Licina

Australia
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Tour: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace ( + Basilica Cistern ), Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Aug 10/13

Oguz was very knowledgable and keen to share his passion for the historic sights of Istanbul.

Susana Leff

Tiburon, CA, United States
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Tour: #69281, Istanbul A La Carte : Exactly what you like, and exactly as you wish, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 30/13

Great tour and Oguz was just incredible!!! Super knowledgeable, funny, we loved him!!! We'll always remember this wonderful day!! Thanks Oguz.

John Prusakowski

Canada
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 26/13

Oguz was extremely knowledgeable and the tour was very much at our direction as to what we chose to see or not to see. He was also extremely patient when we got sidetracked in doing rug shopping. One of the highlights was having lunch with Oguz at a local restaurant where he's a regular. We got to taste some authenbtic Turkish dishes

Richard Rubenstein

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 24/13

Wow!!!! A really great time with Oguz including the special treat of meeting his brother who is a famous Turkish singer. My wife and I spent a full day seeing the "other sights" of Istanbul as this was our third trip here. Very informative and did all we asked and more. Plus he is a super nice guy. Very highly recomended. (PS: He is planning to get a boat and do river tours with home-cooked meals--sounds like great fun)

Rosemary Pearson

United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 18/13

Oguz was an incredibly knowledgeable and prepared guide! We couldn't have asked for better! His suggestions for what to do and experience in the city were right on and so much appreciated! You can't go wrong if you have the opportunity to spend time with him while in Istanbul!

Chee-may Chow

Hong Kong
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Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Chora, Bohemian District of New Town, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jul 16/13

Oguz was very accommodating and patient given we had very small children in our group. We particularly enjoyed the Bosphurus cruise. The ferry he took us on was a bit of a hidden secret and much less crowded than the usual public service. Thank you!

Tom Hitchcock

United States
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Tour: Istanbul Tour by car, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jun 17/13

Oguz was prompt arriving and proceeded to give us as comprehensive an introduction to a city as we have ever had! He was articulate, informative and had a great sense of humor. He went well beyond his required time and was committed to showing us a good time. He is highly recommended.

Phil Fox

Dallas, TX, United States
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Tour: #8377, French-Fox Party Explores Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 1/13

Oguz made Istanbul comfortable and accessible despite Turkey was two days into unrest. Our walking tour allowed us to experience and enjoy both ancient and modern aspects of this wonderful city. Oguz used his knowledge of the city, it's popular sites, and crowd patterns to schedule our time to see the most we could avoiding problems. After 12 hours our family felt that we had enjoyed complete visits to major sites as well as old town. We certainly plan to revisit Istanbul and hope to tour with Oguz.

Lance Dublin

United States
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 24/13

OZ is truly a 'local' and a charming one at that. He is less of a guide however. Therefore the 'tour' was quite casual and at times unfocussed; not quite what we had expected. He seemed most comfortable in the local markets and activities, and in sharing stories of life.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This traveler has originally lost about half a day of the tour : ( commuting roundtrip from Marriott Asiatic Istanbul plus the lunch ) but blaming the wrong person. For the remainder half of the day - 4 hours ; obviously the 8 hour tour content can not be done. We did markets and the New Mosque , hippodrome, Blue mosque, and Hagia Sophia. This much is fair; his review is rather unfair. Please also read the other 80 comments :) Especially Mrs Maeona M...'s, once an official visitor to Turkey - twice.

Thomas Jorde

United States
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Tour: #8344, May 12th - Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 12/13

See earlier positive and glowing comments.

Thomas Jorde

United States
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Tour: #18913, Jorde family exploring Istanbul : Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 11/13

Oguz is a spectacular guide and great person to spend time with. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of Turkish history, culture, architecture, arts and music. But more importantly, he captures the "feel" of the country with wit and enthusiasm. Our hours together in Istanbul have been a great learning experience. In addition to all the major sites that one would expect to visit, Oguz brought the city to life by visits to unique, out-of-the-way places, populated with wonderful local people.

Caroline Hundley

United States
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Tour: #50300, Private Bosphorus Cruise and Superior Lunch ( or dinner ), Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 5/13

enojoyed seeing instanbul at night from the water. oguz was a terrific host and the food was outstanding.

Caroline Hundley

United States
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Tour: #52706, 1 hour spice market add on to your private cruise, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 5/13

very enjoyable way to tour the spice markets.

Daniela Britten

United Kingdom
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 27/13

Oguz was a great tour guide and I had a memorable trip around Istanbul. I thoroughly recommend him and his tours.

Dr, Seymour Zemlyn

United States
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Tour: #8344, Zemlyn Family's Istanbul visit, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 24/13

We were very satisfied with our guide, Oguz K., and tour in Istanbul in April. We were shown everything we had missed on a previous visit by a knowledgeable and pleasant guide in an expeditious manner. We would recommend your service and will be likely to use it again in the future. Seymour Zemlyn

Sally Schneider

United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 3/13

We just returned from our "layover" tour. Oguz picked us up at the airport, took us to places we never heard of as well as the highlights of the city. He treated us to Turkish food, at his expense, was highly knowledgeable and seems to know everyone in Istanbul. Among the best guide ever!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sally; though I should tell my future visitors that the food treat is not the common set feature of the tour :) , though I provide insider gourmet food info from street eateries, hidden diners, to palaces :))

Teresa F.

United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 21/13

Teresa F.

United States
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 20/13

I wanted to see Istanbul but not just the places tourists go. The evening tour was an excellent way to see a vibrant city in a different "light", to go to places I would not likely go by myself, and to stretch my legs after a long flight. Oguz was flexible to meet the group's needs, and made sure we had fun. I would recommend this tour to those who want to see something different.

Heather Meyer

Barbados
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Tour: #45846, Bosphorus Cruise , Dolmabahce Palace , Ottoman Mehter Band Concert, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 27/13

We loved out time in Istanbul and would love to go back. We think, part of the success of the trip was due to our fabulous tour guide - Oguz. We have highly recommended him and Tours by Locals to everyone!

Heather Meyer

Barbados
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 26/13

We loved out time in Istanbul and would love to go back. We think, part of the success of the trip was due to our fabulous tour guide - Oguz. We have highly recommended him and Tours by Locals to everyone!

Jane Croucher

Germany
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Tour: #52706, Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 23/13

I was extremely pleased with the tour that I had with Oguz, organised by me at very short notice. I had already been to Istanbul a few times before, so wanted some "insider tips" and Oguz took my wishes on board and showed me some great cafés, bars, restaurants etc that I will definitely check out the next time I am in town. Very satisfied.

Eugene Engelbrecht

South Africa
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 17/12

The airline cancelled our flight, causing us to miss one-and-a-half days of our holiday in Istanbul. I contacted Oguz at the last minute to ask him to help us to catch up on lost time and to take us to a supermarket (there are none in Sultanahmet). He literally rushed to our assistance and took us to places we would not have been able to see - even the supermarket he chose was a really great one. Oguz is a bit of a foodie - listen to his recommendations, including about Turkish delight.

Lisa Alvetro

United States
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Tour: #8379, Breakfast in Europe, Lunch in Asia and extraordinary Sites of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 24/12

Lisa Alvetro

United States
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 23/12

Lisa Alvetro

United States
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Tour: add on fare for minivan plus pick up drop off to Asiatic Istanbul Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Nov 23/12

Jean Munk

United States
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Tour: #18913, Jean Munk's private half day Bazaars of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 16/12

Oguz gave us an amazing tour, based on our time frame and our interests. We appreciated his knowledge and his expertise in getting us to the locations we wanted to see in an efficient manner. His suggestions for the agenda were extremely helpful. We could not have asked for more -- thanks, Oguz!

Luch Berti

Canada
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 15/12

Jean Munk

United States
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Tour: #45846, Jean Munk's Bosphorus Cruise , Dolmabahce,, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 14/12

Our guide in Istanbul, Oguz, gave us an excellent tour of the sites we requested. He was extremely helpful and personable, making it a memorable time for us. He provided us with the "taste of Istanbul" that we were looking for. We felt his love for his city, and we left with a real appreciation for Istanbul. Thanks so much, Oguz!

Jennie Ashdown

South Africa
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 6/12

This was a very interesting walking tour that we enjoyed very much. We did not like the fact that Oguz took us to a carpet seller who tried to sell carpets to us for about 50 minutes. Otherwise is was a great experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bazaars and stores are next to each other and to get to one you must walk through another.I don't take visitors to "a shop".But when asked, I advise of stores that match their interest, those stores carry unusual cultural products/antiques and an adult can be be there for 5 mins or 50 mins.As Mrs Ashdown said;all it takes is stand up and politely thank for the great info.I was the one saying thanks to the merchant;saying we need to make a move to be on time for Blue Mosque(as it closes for prayer times)

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken with Oguz about this review and he is surprised. His guide support manager was made aware of the situation as well and is working with him on an action plan to avoid situations such as the one mentioned to happen again.

Callie Granade

United States
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Tour: #52706, 6 pm hotel birds! Do not let yourself miss a superior Istanbul evening tour and awesome sunset!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 27/12

We spent 2 and a half days in the company of Oguz as he introduced us to the history, the mores, and the culture of ancient, Ottoman, and current-day Turkey. What a delightful guide he was! If you have ANY time to spend in Istanbul, you will be enchanted and enriched by his the views and revelations of this wonderful guide. We cannot recommend him more highly.

Callie Granade

United States
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Tour: airport transfer by VW-passat-sedan, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Sep 27/12

We were met at the airport by this most perfect of guides, who whisked us to our hotel in his private car, then gave us a wonderful day seeing and doing things we would never have done on our own, including the wonderful coffee and view from the Pierre Loti coffee house, a visit to the Eyup Sultan Mosque during prayers, dinner at a local restaurant and an evening tour of the Hippodrome. Oguz was full of stories of the history of Istanbul and all of Turkey.

Barbara Jeffery

Australia
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 15/12

We had a wonderful day with Oguz. He was friendly, funny and a mine of information. He showed us places we probably would never have known about and gave us a great perspective of the city he obviously loves. He was very generous with his time giving us extra because of the Istanbul traffic jams which were hardly his fault. Our day with Oguz was the perfect start for three weeks in wonderful Turkey. Thanks Oguz you were great. Barb and Angela

Fern B.

Denver, CO - COLORADO, United States
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Tour: Istanbul New District Walk, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Aug 24/12

Oguz "Oz" gave us an excellent tour. He was prompt and his English was clear and easy to understand. He gave us a driving tour, then later that evening we walked into the night in Taksim Square and the Golden Horn area. We must have walked until 2am and the streets and restaurants were still packed with people! I would definitely recomend taking a night tour with Oz. I would avoid shopping - there are way too many tricks and pit-falls in the market.

Bradshaw Langstaff

United States
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Tour: #8377, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights - walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 2/12

Oguz was wonderful. He really cared about our experience. I am a history teacher with lots of questions and my wife wanted to shop. He made us both happy. I heartily recommend him as a guide. Turkey is a wonderful place to visit and he will show you what you want to see. We hope to return and go farther afield next time. Thanks!

Donald Ford

Cleveland Heights, OH, United States
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Tour: #8344, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 30/12

Is amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed our first day out and are looking forward to our second. This is our first visit to Istanbul and with only three days we thought it best to work with a guide. What a wise decision and even more so having a guide like Oguz. He is attentive, thorough and delightful. I'm confident we are seeing a city we would never have experienced any other way.

Marjorie J Hebert

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #18913, Ottoman and Byzantine highlights in a private half day tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 22/12

Our second tour with Oz was just as outstanding! We would like to return to Istanbul and book a multi-day tour to other cities in Turkey if Oz was available to be our guide. And take us for a cruise on the Bosphorus on the "S.S. Gnip Gnop". Marge and Paul - San Diego CA