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Istanbulian Guides

We're a duo of full-time licensed tour guides in Istanbul, Hakan & Emre, both with many years of experience in guiding and interesting background stories. Hakan is a born & raised Istanbulian, he grew up in urban Istanbul in a traditional family that owns a bakery. Spending his entire life in Istanbul, Hakan had the privilage to become a student in the most historical school in Turkey, Istanbul University. Having the opportunity to spend his student years in the only school located in the Old City of Istanbul, he learned the area like the back of his hand. After graduating from collage, he got his first job as a journalist. Fascinated with his hometown's history and the tourism sector, he went to his second university, and became a licensed tour guide. He's been working since 2019. Emre on the other hand, has his roots going back over a century in Istanbul. He spent his childhood in central Istanbul, and found himself abroad for his highschool studies. Later came back to Istanbul, and decided to learn the world's hardest language: Chinese. Spent 4 years in China, mastering the language and even participating in a band that performed in bars and festivals. Came back to his hometown Istanbul to finally realize his teenage dream of becoming a tour guide, did his masters in guiding and got his license. He's been guiding tourists in multiple languages since 2018.

2 Tours of Istanbulian Guides

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21 Jul 2024 Göttingen
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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024

21 Jul 2024
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024

The tour was efficient and Emre was friendly and knowledgeable about how to navigate the city as a tourist. Emre shared a comprehensive guide to the city which was a nice extra touch to find some local eateries. I was left wanting to hear more about the potted history of the city and attractions.

Response from Istanbulian Guides
Thank you Chris! I'm so glad that to know you liked the tour. I wish you a fantastic vacation and all the best 😊 hope our paths cross again one day!
21 Jul 2024 Ahmedabad
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Travelled in group - Jul 2024

Fathoni A.
20 Jul 2024 Bonn
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Travelled alone - Jul 2024

Istanbul is far bigger than I had expected, and joining a walking tour with Hakan and Emre had helped me to navigate the musts and historical aspects in Istanbul. The additional PDF guide provided by Hakan also very useful, and if you decide to do the tour with them, please do so in the beginning of your Istanbul stay.

Response from Istanbulian Guides
Thank you Fathoni for your beautiful review 😊 I'm glad you liked the tour and wish you a wonderful holiday in Istanbul :)
20 Jul 2024 Novara
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Travelled in family - Jul 2024

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