Traveler Review for Private Tour in Istanbul, Turkey by Tour Guide Oguz (:owes)

Tour: Ottoman and Byzantine highlight,...

Jennie Ashdown

South Africa

Tour: Ottoman and Byzantine highlight,..., Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Oct 6, 2012

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.