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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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USD 250.00*
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Sultanahmet Old City Tour with Private Guide
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Ali's river picked us up promptly at the designated spot in the airport. They even sent a picture so it was easier to find, nice touch. The van was very clean and comfortable. We... read more

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Ali's river picked us up promptly at the designated spot in the airport. They even sent a picture so it was easier to find, nice touch. The van was very clean and comfortable. We picked Ali up along the way. He has been a guide for over 30 years and is a wealth of knowledge. We had less than 4... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I had a short stopover in Istanbul. Ali made awesome use of our time and we had a fantastic but short experience with him as our guide. He's knowledgeable , patient and took great care of us. I highly recommend him and we hope to visit again for a longer period of time. With that said Ali... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our day with Ali last year. We saw all the sights and learned a lot from Ali. He's VERY knowledgeable of the history of both Istanbul and Turkey. We have actually traded emails since our trip, and I look forward to engaging Ali when we return to Turkey, hopefully soon!

Thank Woody T
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The experience was priceless and for a group of 12 Ali ensured we got to see everything we could. To top it off he educated us on Turkish rugs and helped us to catch our sunset cruise. This experience was worth every penny!

Thank velda S
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Highly recommend this full day tour of amazing Ephesus and surrounding sites. Oguz was the best -- very friendly and engaging with us (2 adults, 2 young adult boys). His depth of knowledge was impressive and he was always interesting and interested in tailoring the tour for us. He speaks Spanish and English fluently. Plus, he took us to a... More 

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Was in Istanbul for only two nights and decided to do a full day tour of the old city with Ali. Though the weather played spoil sport (it was a freezing rainy day) .. Ali made sure we paced it well and make the most of our day. He is knowledgeable and has a great grasp of the history and... More 

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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Ali is an excellent private tour guide. We recently hired him for a one-day tour of the top locations, but enjoyed his guidance so much that we hired him for a second day. He provided us with extensive knowledge of each attraction, a historical context, and a political overview to help us appreciate the rich culture of this fabulous city.... More 

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Reviewed 27 November 2016

My husband and I were returning to the US after two weeks in Sri Lanka and since we had an 8 hr layover in Istanbul wanted to see as much of the city as we could in a short time. My husband found Ali on TripAdvisor and scheduled a day tour with him...a leap of faith that paid off handsomely.... More 

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

We booked Ali to take us around in Instanbul to see, hear about and not least taste the culture. It was a fabulous day - Ali is very knowledgable and he gave us such an awesome experience.

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Reviewed 16 October 2016

I read all about Ali on Trip advisor and was thrilled when he emailed me right back to set up an appointment for a city tour and rug shopping for our day in Istanbul. Boy did we hit the jackpot! He arrived on time and we loved him immediately. We were very specific on what we were looking for in... More 

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