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We're an American and Serbian married couple, living in Istanbul. I (Derek) am an English teacher, giving tours to visitors from time to time and my wife (Milena) is studying engineering. Sometimes she gives tours too, and she's quite good at it. We had always taken our friends and guests around Istanbul for free, because it's fun; but since the workload is heavy and demand on our time is great, we've decided to treat it like a job. Which means that we'll take your enjoyment more seriously! I've been living in Istanbul since 2002 and came here because of the fascinating history... and stayed. I love to take people around and introduce them to the real Istanbul as I have discovered it. I also love to introduce visitors to my students, who are hungry to learn about other cultures and practice speaking English (which is harder to do on the Asian side, with so few tourists)

Reviews for Derek/milena
Christine A.
Christine A. for Navigate Istanbul Like a Local

Absolutely fantastic. A real insight into life in Istanbul on both the European and Asian sides. A stroll through the different areas and a commentary on the lives and customs of the people given in a vibrant and interesting way. Would fully recommend doing this tour.

Marcia B.
Marcia B. for Navigate Istanbul Like a Local

We loved out Vayable tour. Melena was wonderful. We had asked to see some places in Istanbul that wouldn't be on an ordinary tour and she did exactly that. We saw some very interesting areas. Thanks very much. We would do it again and would definitely recommend it to friends who are traveling to Turkey.

Christy E.
Christy E. for Navigate Istanbul Like a Local

I believe I left a review yet to err on the safe side I will review again. Our day with Melina was fantastic! I have lived in Istanbul for over a year and had never had such an encounter with the city. My guests were equally impressed. It was obvious Derek and Melina had preplanned our excursion and had special treats planned. The elementary school was among one of their new discoveries and I believe was a new and very special addition to their repertoire. I can only wish this logistically challenged brain could remind of my favorite sites to share with future visitors!