Dilek Camurcu Orube Private tour guide in Istanbul - Turkey

Dilek Camurcu Orube

Guide profile:

Dear travellers who whish to see my beautiful country, I have both relevant education which enable me to travel all over Turkey’s major destinations (beaches and immeasurable historical cities) and extensive work experiment of incoming and congress department in Istanbul which takes up million of tourists per year; . I studied to become a tourist guide in Turkey. As a graduate from Guiding, we are qualified on history, mythology, archaeology, history of religion, history of art, I am fully licenced guide approved from the Ministery of Culture and Tourism of Turkish Republic. During the time i have lived in England for 5 years I studied Travel and Tourism in Greenwich School of Management. In 2010 - 2011 winter i was in Latin America ( Guatemala ) to learn spanish :)) Entonces tambien yo soy un guia de turisma en Espanol. Me alegre mucho para ser sus guia en mi pais.

I guide visiters of Turkey who is from any country can speak and understand English and Spanish.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars john C.

Very knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul. A pleasant guide who made the day a wonderful experience

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:


Walking tour enables you to see the historical peninsula which we call old city of Istanbul. In old city we can see the imperial centre of Turkish Ottoman Empire with Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar and Eastern side of Roman (Byzantine ) Empire monuments of Hagia Sophia, Bazalica Underground Cistern, Hipodrome. This is one of the most popular visits in Istanbul.


When you visit Istanbul you dont leave before you see the bosphorus which is a strait devides Asia from Europe as Istanbul geographically situated on two continent its a must see tour. Chora Museum is one of the most famous museum with beautiful mosaic pictures like a picture book. Also in this tour you can see the city walls of Old Istanbul and have a good rest with cup of Turkish cafee in Pier Loti hill where you can see view of historical Peninsula from here the best.


In that tour we can see Dolmabahce Palace of Turkish Ottoman Empire, according to your preference visit the imperial gardens of Ottoman Empire Yıldız, then cross the bridge from Europe to Asia to see the Asian side of Istanbul

***We can also visit Jewish heritage sites and Sefarads and Ashkenaniz sinogogs in Istanbul

- You can start your tour either from your hotel, apartment, airport or cruise port in Istanbul. I will pick you up at the agreed time for the tour and drop off at the place you want at the end of the tour

- We can do the tour by walking, using public transports, or i can pick you up with a private air conditioned car or van with a private driver.

- I can also do tailor made tour which we can arrange it according to your personal interest and preferences.

Transportation by tour guide:

If you wish to see the sites in Istanbul by private car or a van, i can provide private van or car with airconditioning and driver.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

LOCAL URBAN LIFE Price Per Group 150.00 USD
WALKING TOUR Price Per Group 100.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Cooking, Reading, travelling, Archeology, history..

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars john C. 17 Mar 2019

Very knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul. A pleasant guide who made the day a wonderful experience

5 stars Martin C. 27 Feb 2019

We arranged the tour a few months before and all went just to plan. It was as we planned it.

5 stars L G. 08 Sep 2018

Dilek is a very lovelyand flexible guide. We arrived late due to the high traffic from airport to the city, she stayed with us extra time. She took us around and showed us the nice places in Istanbul. She took us to the Asian side even though it was not on the plan and she accommodate all our requests the best she could! thank you Dilek! hope to see u next time!

5 stars David P. 11 Jun 2018

A very informative and enjoyable tour. We highly recommend Dilek, she was fantastice. Thank you very much Dilek.

5 stars David P. 18 Nov 2016

Actually 5+

I had a fantastic couple days touring Istanbul with Dilek during an extended business trip layover - she is both highly knowledgeable ( which I appreciated being a bit of a history & geography geek) but also very fun to hang out with and talk about current affairs or whatever. I strongly recommend her - and am taking my own advice as I have requested her services again when I return with my family.

5 stars RAED M. 28 May 2016

My wife and I, were in Istabul last week of May 2016, she is one of the best tour guides we dealt with, she arrives on time, even before, informative, nice and professional. We recommend her for anyone who wants to invest his time in the right way. Thank you

5 stars Martin W. 29 Apr 2016

Esra was just perfect. Very good recomodations about restaurants and shops.

5 stars Kim B. K. 20 Dec 2015

Dilek was awesome! Wife and I really enjoyed touring the through parts of Istanbul with her. We appreciated her custom schedule based on our available transit duration and preferences for things to see and do. We also made stops along the way to try yummy food from street vendors. I highly recommend her!

5 stars Greg S. 14 Aug 2015

Dilek was an excellent tour guide for our visit to Istanbul. She picked us up from our cruise ship right on time and tailored the tour to our specifications. It was an amazing day visiting the sites we would never have made it to without her knowledge and local expertise. Her information and history about the sites we visited made it all the more interesting. We highly recommend Dilek to friends & family and anyone visiting Istanbul and would hire her again without question!

5 stars Carol D. 01 May 2015

5 stars Franja R. 25 Dec 2014

Dilek has a very nice personality and great knowledge about Turkish history. Strongly recommended.

5 stars Nick C. 07 Dec 2014

An excellent tour which I thoroughly enjoyed, I would totally recommend. Book Dilek if your going to Istanbul. I had 12 hours in the city on a stop over, visited both the Asian and European sides, Constantinople, markets, restaurants, Blue mosque and the palace. She’s very friendly and informative, excellent English and knowledge.

5 stars Carlos C. 05 Oct 2014

Dilek was very helpful and accommodating. She knows about Istanbul very well and we were very pleased with her as our guide. Would strongly recommend.

5 stars Michael C. 30 Sep 2014

Dilek looked after us beautifully. As a result we had a fabulous time in Istanbul.

5 stars barbara B. 26 Sep 2014

Dilek was most delightful. A lovely person who was very knowledge about her country, in particular Istanbul. She showed us a side of Turkey we were had now knowledge of. A great personality and flexible with our plans. She took us to a fabulous tucked away cafe for lunch. We wanted a guide who would expose our family to a unique view of Turkey - she fit the bill in every way. Would definitely recommend Dilek. Private tours are the way to go when visiting any country.

5 stars Phil P. 03 Sep 2014

Dilek was great....very helpful and informative....would recommend Dilek to anyone seeking private tour guide......a much better way (rather than a group tour) to see and learn about sites and at your own pace

5 stars Elizabeth W. 02 Jul 2014

I had a wonderful time with Dilek! She was very knowledgeable about all the sites in Istanbul. We did a full day walking tour and throughout the tour she was personable and good to point out many interesting facts. I definitely would recommend her to anyone looking for a guide in Istanbul! I had a great time.

5 stars Melissa K. 14 Jun 2014

We have a good time with Dilek. She is a wonderful tour guide.

We arrived at 8am in Istanbul by the time we got out from the airport to the hotel she met us at the hotel at 11am.

We told her what we wanted to see and try local speciality. She gave us a good guide on food and sights that we liked. She also showed us the off path for food and sights and passage which is hidden in the alleyways.

Walking with her saved us time for queuing for a tickets at each sights.

5 stars Kurt C. 31 May 2014

We did a full day walking tour with and went to all of the places she lists. Dilek was knowledgeable, personable, and you'll learn a lot more from her than you'll find in a textbook. She was also able to get us through all the major sights without having to wait in line to buy tickets. We definitely would recommend her to anyone looking for a tour guide for Istanbul!

5 stars Ben R. 20 May 2014

Dilek was just what we wanted. We had a fantastic day and learned so much about Turkish culture. I can't wait to return!

You will have a great tour

5 stars Gines S. 15 May 2014

My wife and I had a great time visiting Istanbul with Dilek. Not only did we go to normal Istanbul attractions, we also got to know the city, its popular districts and off the path alleyways. We sampled local popular fare and were introduced to Istanbul multicultural and ancient history.

5 stars Julia D. 05 Apr 2014

Wonderful tour. Ideal for a short break in Istanbul. It was our first time in the city and Dilek was able to show us all the major historical attractions as well as point at the best places to hang out without overpaying. After the walking tour we could navigate in the city much better too. While giving us all the necessary historical information we did not feel overwhelmed by the historical fact. Highly recommend!

5 stars Bonnie P. 12 Nov 2013

We had a half day tour with Dilek. She was an excellent guide. We visited the Cistern and then some of our group wanted to shop at the bazaar. Afterward, she took us to an excellent local restaurant for lunch. She was very flexible, knowledgeable, and full of energy. She spoke very good English. She made the tour interesting by talking about life in Istanbul and answering our questions. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needed a tour guide.

5 stars Ronald K. 31 Oct 2013

We had the pleasure of spending 2 days with Dilek last week. Istanbul is an expansive city and she was delightful, knowledgeable, and warm guide for our tours. Her energetic personality led us through the walking tour and led Connie on a private car tour. She had prepared our tickets so there were no lines, had wonderful dining options and was great at navigating the city. We have traveled all over the world and Dilek was one of the best experiences we have ever had. 100% recommendation!!!!

5 stars David &. T. C. 25 Oct 2013

Dilek was great! Lots of energy, and covered more in two days than we would have covered in a week without a guide. Always flexible, and adaptable to needs of young kids. Definitely would recommend and hire her again. Speaks great English. Thanks.

5 stars Karen K. 01 Oct 2013

I booked with Dilek to take me on an all day walking tour of the important sights of Istanbul. I was staying in Taksim, so she came to meet me at my hotel. I really enjoyed hearing about the history of the various places, but also current life in Istanbul. She also was very helpful and booked me transport for my hotel transfers. I would thoroughly recommend Dilek!

5 stars Gretchen J. 18 Sep 2013

Dilek was our tour guide for one half day in Istanbul. We went to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and Hippodrome. She was great with our kids (teens and elementary age) and helped us hunt down things we were interested in purchasing. Very easy-going, open, knowledgable. We would definitely recommend her!

5 stars Laura R. 01 Sep 2013

We were a group of 4 ladies from the United States who hired Dilek for two full days to see Istanbul. She was a wonderful guide who not only showed us all of the tourist sights, but she also gave us great insight into what it is like to live in Istanbul and grow up in Turkey. After our two days with Dilek, we left Istanbul with a much greater knowledge of the complex history of this region. We would not hesitate to recommend Dilek to any friend or family who will be travelling to Istanbul.

5 stars Teresa F. 28 Aug 2013

My husband & I spent a delightful day with Dilek doing a walking tour of Istanbul. In the course of our full day we toured Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque as well as the Topkapi Palace. Dilek not only provided comprehensive historical information on all of the sights, she also gave us so many great insights into her country's culture. She was fun, interesting & always engaged. She arrived on time and stopped only when we desired (e.g. for lunch). She's a great choice to show you Istanbul

5 stars zarema U. 17 Jul 2013

I highly recommend Dilek to anyone visiting Istanbul especially to first time visitors. It can be intimidating to visit a huge city like Istanbul, not only because of its size but also due to language barrier. She gave us tons and tons of hospitality and made us settle. Dilek is passionate about her job. She is always punctual and knowledgeable about many aspects of the city and outlying areas. You can tell she is naturally a kind person.

5 stars Shaheen B. 25 Jun 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed having Dilek as our guide. We had a full informative day walking throughout Instanbul and seeing the famous landmarks. Dilek was very friendly, very knowledgeable, I would like to take the opportunity to give a 5 star recommendation and would not hesitate to recommend her to my family & friends. When we return we will definitely use Dilek again.

5 stars ola A. 06 Jun 2013

We had an excellent walking tour in old Istanbul with Delek. She was very knowledgable, and had good command of English. Delek was very friendly and sweet, and was also very patient with my 3 children, and answered all their questions. I highly recommend Delek, especially if you are traveling with children.

5 stars Snezhana S. 30 May 2013

my private tour with Dilek was exellent! Seems like she knows everything about this one of the most beautiful cities in the world. She show me beautiful places in Istanbul and best cafes with so tasty and special food. She is very friendly,helpful and so warm person. And she speak perfect english! i recommend to all!!thank you dear Dilek!!

5 stars Apiphop P. 22 Nov 2012

Dilek is very nice and friendly.

She knew very well about Istanbul History.

She brought to a very good Kebab restaurant.

However Istanbul is too big for 1 day tour.

If I have a chance to come to Istanbul again, I will surely ask her to lead and tell me more about this beautiful and charming city.

5 stars Vendula V. 25 Oct 2012

I would highly recommend anyone visiting Istanbul to take a walking tour with Dilek. She customised the tour with comprehensive details about the people and places we visited. Dilek understood I had limited time in Istanbul, so in 6 hours she helped me see what could have taken me up to 2 days to see on my own.  I saw a lot in such a short period of time and wouldn’t have been able to find some of these amazing places in Istanbul without Dilek’s help.  Thanks for a great day Dilek!

5 stars Natalie C. 19 Oct 2012

Dilek gave us a great overview of the history of Istanbul!

Tour Guide Comment: Natalie, you and Berry were very nice, pleasent, kind people. Thank you very much for your nice review

5 stars Laura N. 17 Oct 2012

Dear Dilek, thank you so much for the tour! I enjoyed it very much!!!

You not only taught me general things about Ottoman and Turkish history, but also showed me funny details (I'll never forget the carved cat in the pillar in the Haghia Sophia! ;-)

thank you also for answering so patiently all my questions about Turkish society.

I hope we can meet when I come back to Turkey!

5 stars Hernan C. 15 Sep 2012


5 stars Sandy K. 19 Aug 2012

Dilek was delightful and provided our small group of four exactly what we were looking for in our day visit to Istanbul. She is knowledgable, flexible and friendly. She helped us fit in as much as we could during our short stay, including cultural experiences. If we are lucky enough to visit Istanbul again, I will be in touch with Dilek.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you sandy it was very nice to meet you too

5 stars Luis P. 16 Jul 2012

Perfecta guia , habal Español, muy hospitalaria y te ayuda en todo lo que necesites, muy profesional y con altos conocimientos historicos muy recomendable.

Perfect , speak English and Spanis, she is a big profesional and wtih understanding of culture, her hospitaly is greatful. Very recomended.

Tour Guide Comment: Gracias Luis. espero verte otro vez algun dia. Vamos a estar en contacto

5 stars Dima A. 08 Jul 2012

I had a great experience with Dilek Camurcu, I enjoyed the tour in Istanbul with her, she was very informative, well organized, very active person, she knows exactly where to take me without wasting any minute. She's really professional in addition to her funny character. Her English language is excellent. She took me to the most important historical places and then to a nice Shawerma resturant. I highly recommend Dilek for an enjoyable and informative tour. Difinetly I'll book with her again.

Tour Guide Comment: Dima very much for your nice commends. I hope we can meet when i come to your country. Keep in tourch

5 stars Matthew N. 21 Apr 2012

We were very happy indeed with the tour we had from Dilek. She was very easy to deal with while making the booking, she made it clear that we would be able to tailor the tour to suit us. She suggested a convenient meeting point and was there waiting for us. She helped us get into all the sites with almost no queuing and made the most of our short time. She is knowledgeable, fun, interesting and utterly charming, I would recommend her to anyone who wants to get the most out of a trip to Istanbul.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much Matt for your nice comments. ı hope you enjoyed your time in Istanbul. Hope to see you again

4 stars Juan G. 18 Jun 2013

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