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My Local Guide - Istanbul

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Address: Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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+90 534 200 55 65
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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See the local places and local faces of Turkey with My Local Guide...

See the local places and local faces of Turkey with My Local Guide Istanbul. Istanbul is a melting pot of European and Asian influences, a mix of the traditional and modern worlds and the best way to explore the city is with My Local Guide Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of the only city in the world that crosses two continents. Walk in the mazes of local streets, visit hidden historic destinations, drink tea with the locals and taste the rich and flavoursome cuisine of the region. My Local Guide Istanbul, with five years experience in leading tours for english-speaking International travellers, offers tours designed and delivered by local people with a passion for Turkey and travel. We specialise in tours for the independent traveller who likes to walk side by side with the locals and explore places that are not easy to discover on your own.

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Fabulous Tour!

This was a wonderful food tour - an amazing experience that you shouldn't miss. We learned so much about the food and customs of this city on two continents. Because our guide... read more

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charleston
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a wonderful food tour - an amazing experience that you shouldn't miss. We learned so much about the food and customs of this city on two continents. Because our guide, Salih, developed the tour based on personal knowledge from his days as a restaurant owner, he was able to share an incredible journey. We were only in town... More 

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mylocalguideistanbul, Manager at My Local Guide - Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review Mary. We are glad that you had good time with our guide Salih Çam. He is a foodie and loves what he does. We are glad that you like the customized itinerary we organized for your layover. We hope to see you travel with My Local Guide Istanbul again. More 

Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Did the "Taste of Turkey on Two Continents" tour on May 6, 2017 after just arriving in Istanbul that afternoon. I wanted something casual and semi-active that will help me feel comfortable in the city and get my orientation a little bit before trying to do any bigger sightseeing. This was absolutely the perfect way to do it. Mehmet is... More 

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mylocalguideistanbul, General Manager at My Local Guide - Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write a such lovely review for My Local Guide Istanbul. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with our guide Mehmet. We are happy to have him in our team. He loves his job. We hope to see you traveling with us again in the future. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been meaning to write a review of this amazing tour since I got back from Istanbul over a month ago. Wherever I go I try and schedule a food tour or a local cooking class. Could not have been happier with this tour, the assortments of food offered and my guide Salih! When I arrived at our meeting... More 

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mylocalguideistanbul, General Manager at My Local Guide - Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review Travor. We are so glad that you enjoyed your tour with accompany of our lovely guide Salih Çam. He is in love with his job and we are lucky to have him in our team. We hope to see you travel with My Local Guide Istanbul again in the future. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rarely write reviews, but I'm compelled to share the amazing experience we had with My Local Guide - and our guide Salih. Before getting into it, I advise that if you don't speak Turkish, definitely get a guided tour as English wasn't super common and we would have had a much less pleasant experience without Salih guiding us :)... More 

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mylocalguideistanbul, Manager at My Local Guide - Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and really appreciate that you wrote this lovely review even though you don't write the reviews regularly. We were so lucky to have you on one of our tour and we hope to see you travelljng with us again in the future. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrived into Istanbul at 430pm with a 12 hour layover and really wanted to explore the city. I contacted My Local Guide to see if there were any openings for a last minute evening tour of the city and I got a response from Mehmet! He was very informative in his initial email and broke down costs and itinerary.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a 9-hour layover in Istanbul on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa in April 2017. That's too long to stay in the airport, and I booked an evening walking tour with My Local Guide to get a taste of the city. Salih's driver met me at the expected meeting point at the airport. We drove into the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best walking tours I have ever experienced, I can say the best part of my trip to Istanbul. Out tour guide, Yunis was very knowledgable and kind.

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mylocalguideistanbul, Manager at My Local Guide - Istanbul, responded to this review

We are so glad to know that you enjoyed the tour you had with us in your recent visit. Yunus is a lovely guide and he is an expert of Istanbul. We are lucky to have him in our team. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

There was a group of 4 of us and we booked a full day out with car for a fantastic price. We had Yunus as our tour guide and all I can say is what a fantastic guy he is. His knowledge and personality work well for all people. He is extremely easy going and works around how you would... More 

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mylocalguideistanbul, Manager at My Local Guide - Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for this lovely review Xavier, we are glad that you enjoyed our accompany for your time in Istanbul. Thank you for making us aware that it is time to renew the car we use. We will change that as soon as we can. We hope to see you travel My Local guide Istanbul again in the future. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Salih and Emere were amazing! We had them both on a private layover tour of Istanbul. We saw all of the highlights, ate a lot of good food and felt very safe. Everyone was very responsive to email and our driver was very prompt. I highly recommend this company.

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

Salih was an excellent guide, pleasant and talkative. We made an evening tour in the city, we saw most of the attractions by night and taste a large panel of Turkish food and drinks. I very enjoyed this tour, I learned a lot regarding Istanbul and its rich history. I strongly advise to choose My Local Guide Istanbul. Thanks again!

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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