Alexander CampbellUnited States
Aykut was an absolutely wonderful tour guide. He was infinitely knowledgeable about Instanbul and greater Turkey. He was very attentive and caring for us during our tour and was just fun to explore with. Aykut was superb at helping us get to sites quickly and around any crowds. Aykut spent a long day with us, always seeming to make sure our day was complete. So generous!
Ashish KamatUnited States
Aykut was great - the perfect combination of knowledge, personality and consideration of the needs of others. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on tour with him and would definitely hire him again. Highly recommended!
Aykut was great at communicating with us prior to our arrival. Once we met him he quickly understood what interested us and was really good at adjusting the schedule according to how the children were coping. He was full of useful and interesting information and spoke fantastic English. We loved our 3 days in Istanbul and felt we saw so much but can't wait to come back and see more. We loved the hidden treasures we went to with Aykut particularly the lunches in the Grand Bazaar and the food market.
Janver HollyUnited States
Aykut was wonderful! He took us around to everything and made it so easy to travel around together in Istanbul. He tailored our trip when he realized we wanted to see a few different things. That was very much appreciated. The lunch spots he took us to were absolutely delicious, and we felt like we were eating with locals. Definitely will be sharing his name with family and friends. We are also hoping he comes to visit us one day in our hometown and stay with us!
I can highly recommend Aykut as as a guide for Istanbul. We booked the two-day tour and enjoyed the experience of seeing the best Istanbul has to offer, with interesting insights. Aside from being a great source of knowledge, Aykut is also a great host and goes the extra mile to look after his guests.
Fiona GallagherUnited Kingdom
Hannelore GeyerUnited States
My tour guide, Akuyl, was wonderful. Friendly, responsive, knowledgeable. I saw and learned so much in just 2 days about the history and culture of Turkey. Even after our daily tour together ended, I was able to experience more of Istanbul due to his recommendations and advice. Definitely 5 stars.
Thanks to our guide Aykut I and my friend had really beautiful days in Istambul. Very involved, professional, kind and very helpful. Always ready to answer questions, with great knowledge about history and culture not only Turkish. Very well organized according to itinerary but with some very lovely surprises especially nice restaurants :), many interesting short stories and tidbits. If you trust Aykut you will have a very interesting stay in Istambul, for sure:))).
Ginevra PepereUnited Kingdom
excellent Guide to recommend
Ginevra PepereUnited Kingdom
Temple ZanderUnited States
Stuart WalkerUnited Kingdom
Excellent three day tour of the fascinating history and culture of Istanbul. We saw and experienced so much more thanks to the efficient, knowledgeable and engaging tour provided by Aykut. Tours started promptly as planned from our rented apartment and made great use of the Istanbul transport system. A busy three days exploring the European and Asian sides of the city. Excellent lunch stops at good value local restaurants. We finished our tour with a Turkish bath and a final bosphorus ferry ride.
We THOROUGHLY enjoyed our two days with you.Your care and attention to our every wish, whether it was what we chose to visit,or where and what we ate,was very much appreciated.Your willingness to show us hidden gems,like the carpet cooperative,the Gazientep baklava shop,the wonderful little eatery in the Grand Bazaar where we had shish kebab like nowhere else in the world,the amazing food/fish market on the Asian side,and the unexpectedly wonderful boat trips on the Bosphorus all made our visit memorable.
Hilary SegalUnited States
perfect. As seasoned travelers who use private guides frequently we have very high expectations. Aykut lived up to all of our expectations. For 3 days he showed us Istanbul. The classic and off the path sites and markets. He is very knowledgeable and have great sense of humor. I will highly recommend Aykut to my friends and family.
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
Stacy LeeUnited States
Aykut was a fantastic guide! A couple of highlights... 1) He was well prepared for the day and anticipated our needs throughout the day. 2) Was very knowledgable about the sights we experienced but also sharing with us life in Turkey 3) Gave us great recommendations for other activities for our stay. We highly highly recommend his services if you are in Instanbul. Thank you Aykut!!
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.
Chung Wai SoHong Kong
Aykut is really nice. I plan to go to Prague in May 2020. I will contact ToursByLocals later. So, Chung
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!