Istanbul, Turkey

Magical Trip Around Istanbul

with Tansel K.

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Tansel K.

Come and join me for a magical experience around the historical peninsula. We'll start our tour in the hippodrome over a cup of coffee and discover the story of the city through pictures and video. After that we'll visit the Blue Mosque and the cistern before moving up the Divanyolu Avenue to Grand Bazaar. We'll walk down the crowded alleys of mercan following the footsteps of Evliya Celebi. We'll visit the Spice Bazaar and conclude with a small dinner.

This tour is perfect if you want to get an overall picture of the city's Byzantine and Ottoman life focused on the forums of Constantinople. We can use our breaks to talk about history, Turkish customs, politics or specifics about arhitecture. Please notify me about your preferences, so I can tailor the trip for you.

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Tansel K.

I was born and raised in the old city of Istanbul. My family has been living next to the Byzantine Palace of Bucoleon for the last 100 years. After the world war, my grandfather bought the land from our neighbours, the Cagaloglu family. They have been living there since 16th century and gave their name to the district famous for the governors office and newspaper industry. I'm a computer engineer by education and I had the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and Qualcomm. My team implemented History Calls, an audio and video guide covering the monuments of the city. For the last six years, I'm a councillor of the city responsible for foreign relations. During my mandate, I hosted numerous guests ranging from Hollywood celebrities to presidents. I always enjoy revisiting the street of the city and talking about it's past, present and it's people. My hobby is magic. So if you are interested, I'll be happy to perform for you during our trips. Full profile

15 Reviews

Sara S.

We spent 2 days touring Istanbul with Tansel and could not be happier about our experience!! Tansel is an amazing tour guide and will customize a tour to your interests and time frame. For our first day we requested to see many of the main tourist attractions and Tansel happily obliged and helped us navigate an efficient path through the many sights we wanted to cover while still making time to sample some Turkish desserts and coffee. Tansel is incredibly knowledgable about the city and its history and is really great at bringing the history alive and tying together the significance of many of the sights you will see. For our second day we focused much more heavily on sampling as many local specialties as possible and seeing more of the hidden side of Istanbul, and of course Tansel did not disappoint! We viewed beautiful local mosques, sampled delicious food until we were very full and ended by taking the ferry to the Asian side of the city. Tansel provided an unforgettable tour of Istanbul, much of which we could have never seen (or eaten) without his guidance. Our time spent with Tansel was one of the highlights of our trip!! You will not be disappointed with any tour you book with Tansel and will have the wonderful opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and culturally-alive parts of this special city.

Racheal P.

Tansel turned our stay into an unforgettable memory - from the very first moment he charmed my family and it felt like staying at friends. We stayed with a family (parents, 2 teenagers and a kid). Tansel also did two guided tours for us - those were both very informative (History, culture) as well as entertaining. I can only recommend to book these tours as well. Tansel took us to the grand bazar and we saw some extraordinary places that standard tourist would never come to. For the things we did on our own we received recommendations to wonderful restaurants, how to best get around Istanbul, encouragement to go to a Hamam (which was unexpectedly the highlight for our kids), how to save money e.g. for the Bosporus boat tour. Strong recommendation from us!

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