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Ali's Protravel & Tours

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Address: Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 532 427 22 44
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Compared to your typical guide who simply 'transport' you to the hot...

Compared to your typical guide who simply 'transport' you to the hot tourist spots, our tour service is unique in the sense that we will enthrall you with historical snippets at every major point of interest. As I have studied Christianity, Archaeology, history, mythology (as well as other related subjects) I can help you understand our diverse history and culture. My individual approach comes from a keen sense of reality (and humour) and aims to be friendly, informative, and entertaining, with stories and conversation to illustrate the many facets of this richly varied and fascinating country..

I am a licensed tour-guide and a travel agent with over 25 years experience. When you book a tour with us; in addition to what is mentioned above You will also be eating at typical Turkish restaurants serving authentic food for lunch and we will show you all the reliable places for shopping hand-made rugs,Turkish Jewellery, leather bags, jackets, ceramics, Quartz tiles, Turkish Delight, Saffron, Baklava etc.

As soon as we receive a request you will be contacted within 24 hours.

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US$ 250.00*
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Sultanahmet Old City Tour with Private Guide
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Great day, excellent guide

Spent today with Ali seeing the highlights of Istanbul and had a great time. Informative interesting and really great fun. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 26 May 2016

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5 reviews
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

Spent today with Ali seeing the highlights of Istanbul and had a great time. Informative interesting and really great fun. Highly recommended.

Thank PaulDeakin
Amherst, Massachusetts
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463 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Ali met us at our hotel with his very professional driver Denis. The minivan was clean, comfortable. It was so enjoyable driving around and listening to the history of are. Ali is very knowledgable. We had our itinerary pre planned so as not to conflict with the tour group we were joining in two days. Ali exchanged several emails with... More 

Thank Patricia D
Amherst, Massachusetts
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556 reviews
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Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Ali may be one of the most expensive guides but we felt that we had such an excellent tour that the cost was secondary. Ali was indispensable for some of the sites, such as an explanation of the mosaics at the Church of Chora or even the unappreciated Hippodrome. Ali will individualize your tour - Just tell him what you... More 

1 Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Not sure what I can add to what's already been written. We did a whirlwind day with Ali - arrived in the morning and flew out before dinner - but we still managed to have a day that was both jam packed with information and still relaxing. Ali is a wonderful guide - knowledge is deep, pacing is perfect, English... More 

Thank Elie F
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

Over 180 5 star reviews pretty much sums it up. Ali is affordable, reliable, intelligent, informative. My partner and I spent the better part of the day with him and could not have thought more highly of him. He is a very smart man. His knowledge of his country made me wish I had done a bit more background reading.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

We toured two days with Ali in Istanbul in May 2016. We thought he was an excellent guide and can highly recommend him. From our early email exchanges right through to our goodbyes we found the process so easy. As a private guide we had a lot of say in what we wanted to do and see but in the... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

We've spend an excellent day,visiting few of the world famous monuments in Istanbul,guided by Ali.He has an extensive knowledge of history, not only of Turkey,but of the larger region, which Ottoman Empire once comprised. Ali told us few very interesting facts and historical anecdotes ,which one,usually, doesn't find in a guide books. He's also a very valuable source of information,... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2016

We were a group of 4 couples on our way home to CA. from Israel. We were on a highly structured guided tour of Israel and put the Istanbul part of the trip together ourselves. We had Ali for 6 hours. He did a great job of taking us to the places we wanted to see, in addition to adding... More 

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Reviewed 10 April 2016

I had an 8 hour layover in Istanbul and decided to take advantage of that and see a bit of the city. Since my flight wasn't scheduled to arrive until 5 PM, I wasn't sure that would be possible. But, Ali agreed to a private personal tour and give up his Sunday night for me. I found a car and... More 

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

We decided to end our beach holiday with a full day holdover in Istanbul and a private tour, after searching around trip advisor and viator I found Ali and I am very grateful I did. Ali is professional, quick and efficient when dealing with the tour bookings, the quality of the tour from start to finish was excellent, Ali is... More 

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