Ali Yalniz Private tour guide in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus - Turkey

Ali Yalniz

Guide profile:

I am a freelance working, licensed tour-guide with over 25 years experience. As I have studied Christianity, Archaeology, History, Mythology (as well as other related subjects) I can help you understand our diverse history and culture and also trying good Turkish food and looking for reliable places for shopping.

Compared to your typical guide who simply 'transport' you to the hot tourist spots, my tours are unique in the sense that you will be enthralled with historical snippets at every major point of interest. I also try to make my tours informative, and entertaining, with stories and conversation to illustrate the many facets of this richly varied and fascinating country.

Please also check me out at the Trip Advisor as "Private tour guide Ali Yalniz" to read hundreds of other perfect reviews about my tours from the past clients.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Karine D.

We got another French speaking tour guide - Horizon du jour levant!! - who was amazing! There is so much beauty to see in Istanbul, we only scarpped the suface!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

I make privately organized tours ;

Sultanahmet/Old city tours,

Layover tours,

Culinary tours,

Boat trips at Bosphorus,

Shopping tours at the historical bazaars in Istanbul

Custom made tours

Golden Horn tour " off the beaten path"

Photograpy tours

Jewish Heritage tour

Roman Heritage tours

for individuals, families, friend groups etc. I always do my tours in person when available.

Please check my website

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, possible but extra

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

# 1- FULL DAY TOUR OF OLD CITY/SULTANAHMET by walk Price Per Group 249.00 USD
# 2- FULL DAY TOUR OF OTHER SITES - by drive Price Per Group 349.00 USD
# 3- ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOUR Price Per Group 299.00 USD
# 4- HALF DAY TOUR OF OLD CITY/SULTANAHMET by walk Price Per Group 175.00 USD
# 5- HALF DAY SHOPPING ( rugs, tiles etc )GRND BZR Price Per Group 175.00 USD
# 6- BOSPHORUS BOAT TRIP with private guide Price Per Group 175.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Other than tours I am a small business owner in advertising.and a rug expert and the writer of 3 good guide-books:

1- "All you need to know before BUYING ORIENTAL CARPETS in Turkey"

2- " The most interesting TURKISH TRADITIONS"

3- "A cultural guide book INFORMIST"

When it comes to food I am someone like Anthony Bourdain at No Reservations..

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Karine D. 19 Jul 2015

We got another French speaking tour guide - Horizon du jour levant!! - who was amazing! There is so much beauty to see in Istanbul, we only scarpped the suface!

5 stars Jeffrey H. 17 Sep 2013

We just returned from our turkey trip and had the pleasure of using Ali for food and culture tour for two days in Istanbul post group tour. He is extremely knowledgable about the rug industry in turkey and will take you to wonderful out of the way places for great food and local experiences. If you have any interest in purchasing rugs and enjoy local non touristic food and culture I highly recommend. Just for the rugs alone you will be money and time ahead to use his services.

5 stars Aamer F. 17 Nov 2012

An excellent tour provided taking us through a Turkey which could not normally be seen by an outsider. Ali not only took us the sights of old and new Istanbul, but also the sounds and taste of Turkey. A time of 3 days well spent with him, where we found him not only knowledgable and also able to have intellectual stimulating conversations on various aspects of Turkey.

Aamer Farid

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