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“Best walking tour ever!”

Private Istanbul Walking Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Napoleon Bonaparte once said: "If the world were a single state Istanbul would be it's capital." There's a lot to see and do in Istanbul then just its history. Istanbul also a modern city with thousands of cafes, vintage stores, bars and many famous brand shops. We have some suggested itineraries but never forget Nothing Is Written In Stone, we can easily customize them according to your interests. Travel the local way and eat the local way. You’ll get as close to real life as possible. You’ll have the unsurpassed knowledge of a private local tour guide, taking you out of the guidebooks and into a world to discover. It’s spring in Istanbul and there's a warm sun, but not so hot. Flowers have begun to open after the invigorating rains, tulips and daffodils everywhere, trees with scented flowers begun spreading their perfume.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am always iffy about taking tours when visiting other countries because I never want to feel obliged to go with a group, or visit a site I have no interest in. That, and I always want the liberty to change my mind and go to other venues instead - especially, if the tourist areas have long queues and wild waiting times. That is probably the reason why I enjoyed this walking tour so much!

It was so useful to get this guided tour through Istanbul, as walking with local people gives you a better understanding of this city that is so rich in culture and history. We got the private walking tour with Furkan and made our way from site to site to site without noticing the lines and the crowds. He wowed us with his knowledge and all his stories about Istanbul, and made us laugh as he injected antics and modern references to history.

We appreciated the fact as well that he took us off the beaten path, not necessarily sticking to a patterned schedule, and also because of his flexibility based on what perked our interest.

Furkan took us to a good local place to eat, and made us try local brewery - which we enjoyed thoroughly. A big plus is that he takes really good pictures as well, so we had a lot to show most especially from this particular day. Definitely recommending to others to try this tour!

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Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear lollygagger321.
We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with us, it's a pleasure organizing activities for such enthusiastic travelers. We are very proud of the service we provide and receiving reviews like yours motivates us to strive forward. Thank you for trusting Private Istanbul Walking Tours.
All the best,
Furkan G.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's very hard not to write this as we have made the best decision ever when we avail this Private Istanbul Walking Tours handled personally by Mr. Furkan. We enjoy being a tourist in Turkey and yet we were made to feel we become one of the locals with this tours like this. You can be in a very crowded place full of tourist but you get special pass or access because Furkan has all the connections. He can give you detailed information about their history or culture or he can easily adjust the flow of the tour according to our interests. Private Walking tour is simply the best and hassle free, we will sure come back to re-experience such walking tours.

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Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Lui_LG.
How absolutely lovely. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. It is so satisfying to read about your experience. We hope that you keep in touch and come to see us again the next time when you're in Istanbul.
All the best,
Furkan G.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Istanbul and just had a day to sightsee. I had a great time with Furkan ..not only is he extremely knowlegable in history, culture and rich stories but his is extremely accommodating and considerate towards the visitor's needs and interests. From working with me on my ever changing travel plan to optimizing the day with prebooked museum tickets, to tram rides to allow me to maximize my 1 day...he was just brilliant. I would strongly recommend him to any traveller more so solo travellers.

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Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Kanta23,
What a fabulous review, thank you so much, we love it when our guests appreciate the finer details of our beloved Istanbul. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. If you are ever back in this corner of the world, please let us know.
All the best,
Furkan G.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From start to finish the service provided by Furkan was fantastic! We were due to have a tour on Saturday, but due to flight delays didn’t get into Istanbul until 3am, so ended up having to message Furkan at a very late hour to rearrange tour start time. He was very accommodating. We were a very large group of 3 families with 8 children all under 12! That included 2 in pushchairs. But that wasn’t a problem for Furkan. He guided us and assisted us throughout the tour, even through the busiest places. His knowledge about the history was excellent, but for such a large group with so many children, he still managed to take us to all the top sites and really made Istanbul an unforgettable place for us. Thank you

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Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Skhano84,
What a fabulous review, thank you so much, we're so pleased we could make your trip extra-special. Hope to see you soon for round 2. Please recommend us to anyone you know who is planning to visit Istanbul and Turkey.
All the best,
Furkan G.

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