Istanbul Private Tours by Travel Elefante

Istanbul Private Tours by Travel Elefante

Istanbul Private Tours by Travel Elefante
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9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
About
Offering custom made private tours in Istanbul and in whole Turkey with expert staff since 2010. Personalized service is very important for us because we care about our customers' needs and expectations.
Istanbul, Türkiye

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023
Tours and Tickets by Istanbul Private Tours by Travel Elefante
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Emsevi
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We just returned from our afternoon tour with Iskander and we were blown away by the professionalism, knowledge and approachability he offered us. We’ve done a lot of guided tours over the last few years and this is one of the top experiences we’ve ever had.

Iskander met us at our hotel and accompanied us to the old town, which was a nice touch since we didn’t have to worry about navigating there ourselves. He was so easy to talk to and wowed us with his knowledge of history and architecture.

The tour has several important stops and all within walking distance. He timed the visits well around prayer times and the “skip the line” at key locations was great. We are so happy we chose this tour because we went to some places we otherwise would not have and were blown away by them (ie the grand bazaar and the Basilica cistern).

Iskander was also accommodating to our needs- checking in often and making stops if we were hungry. He also took us to a phenomenal baklava place as a quick rest stop.

We also appreciated that there was ZERO pressure to stop in the bazaar shops to buy things, as well as the offer for extra alone time to explore places if we wanted.

We left the tour so happy and felt like we made a friend. Highly recommended this tour and if you can request Iskander you will not be disappointed!!!!
Written January 26, 2024
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Sha U
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a lovely private tour, our guide was Iskender. He was very knowledgeable about the history of all the sites we visited and very patient. He saw that we were getting tired and found us a nice Baklava place to eat and rest.

The tour was very flexible and we had plenty of time to see all the sites, he met us in our hotel lobby and took us on the tour which was a nice touch.

It was an absolute pleasure to have him as a guide, it felt as if he was an old friend you’re visiting.
Written January 26, 2024
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HMPerth
Perth, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We booked 2 half day tours and had Nurten as our guide. Nurten met us at our hotel both days. The first day we went to Haghia Sophia, The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Basilica Cistern, The Grand Bazaar and the Hippodrome area. We found it very helpful hearing about the history and culture of the various locations. Nurten also suggested a lovely cafe for a break partway through the tour for Salep, baklava and Turkish delight which we all really enjoyed. She also showed us to a rug shop (as we had requested) which was very interesting. The children were able to do a knot each on a silk rug that was being made. As our children were a bit too tired we didn’t do the full Grand Bazaar tour but am sure this would have been excellent.
The second day we first went to Topkapi Palace. This was amazing and very helpful to have Nurten’s guidance as without it we would have missed quite a lot of the important and interesting parts. She also answered our daughter’s questions very well. We then went to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) along with the mosque just next to the bazaar. It was very crowded in the alley adjacent to the Spice Bazaar and a bit difficult to get through, but within the Bazaar we enjoyed tasting some Turkish delight and nuts. Definitely very useful having Nurten for this. The mosque was also beautiful.
We all found the tour very interesting and found Nurten to be an excellent guide - very helpful and accommodating and generous with her time and looked after us all very well.
Written January 14, 2024
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Dear Hilary, Thanks for your beautiful review. We were more than happy to host you in lstanbul. All the best...
Written January 18, 2024
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blackdog2091
Encinitas, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I found this tour company on Trip Advisor and booked a half day tour. We only had 3 hours for our tour before we had to head to the airport. Emine Filiz was wonderful in helping us coordinate the specifics including being picked up from the hotel. Our guide, Uğur Kilerci (an official Istanbul guide), was friendly, engaging and funny. We did a walking tour which included going on the tram to the Hippodrome/obelisks, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cisterns. Uğur definitely knows how to navigate the tourist areas to get us in/out easily. He also did a great job explaining the relevant history. We ended our tour at the spice market and at Hazer Baba shop where we sampled the best Turkish Delight I have ever tried. All in all, a fantastic tour and tour company. We highly recommend.
Written January 7, 2024
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Dear Allison, lt was our pleasure. Thanks for the great review. Hope to host you again. All the best...
Written January 14, 2024
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Scott V
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I had 19 hours in Istanbul and ended up asking a friend who had just been there what to do. He gave me the contact for Hazal, the tour guide, who was GREAT. I was not sure how to make the most of the time, but these guys had it handled. Right from being picked up at the airport to meeting the guide (Hazal), and her knowledge of the history and culture was amazing. She was great company too!
Written January 5, 2024
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Dear Scott, Thanks for your review. Great to hear your thoughts. All the best...
Written January 6, 2024
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Joe P
Houston, TX192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our guide Nurten was a fantastic host for our half day walking tour of Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Cistern, and Grand Bazaar. She provided lots of interesting insights, was flexible about the pace and timing, and was very friendly. We had time for a coffee stop in the morning and she recommended a great local place for lunch in the afternoon. Highly recommended!
Written January 3, 2024
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Dear Joe, lt was our pleasure to help you for your day tour in lstanbul. All the best...
Written January 5, 2024
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Not2Picky4Travel
Miami, FL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I agree with other reviewers that Hazal was a great tour guide. She was professional and knowledgable and knew exactly where to take us for the highlights on this half day tour. We only had a short layover in Instabul, and this was the best way to see the sights before we headed back to the airport. Highly recommended.
Written November 28, 2023
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Nicholas Finn
Las Vegas, NV23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I had half a day to explore the city while I was there November of 2023, so I decided to do a private tour to move around as quickly as possible. My tour guide, Hazal, was amazing! The entire tour, I felt that I was exploring the city with a friend, rather than a guide. We saw several of the more popular tourist sites and Hazal was so good at sharing information about each location we went. Her English is also perfect! Her positive attitude and passion for what she does made the experience perfect. I’ve since recommended her to friends of mine coming to Istanbul soon!
Written November 27, 2023
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Dear Nick, Thanks for your review. So happy to hear your thoughts. All the best...
Written November 27, 2023
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Manuel M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing day in Istanbul. Emre was a fantastic host. We visited the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, an authentic Turkish restaurant, and a coffee and hookah cafe.

Emre’s customer service is exceptional and his knowledge of Istanbul history is superb.

My wife and I highly recommend this company and Emre as a guide.
Written November 23, 2023
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Dear Manuel, Thanks for your review. lt was our pleasure hosting you in lstanbul and hopefully we will meet again. All the best...
Written November 26, 2023
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Venture29236264884
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
We really enjoyed our guide, who was very knowledgeable about history! He also was able to make recommendations about the sightseeing schedule based on lines and availability.
Written October 28, 2023
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