Eda Sokmen Private tour guide in Istanbul - Turkey

Eda Sokmen

Guide profile:

I've been guiding private tours in Istanbul for seven years now. Although I studied sociology and international relations and worked as a market researcher at a multinational company for a few years, I quickly realized that I was not going to be happy with a full time office job and went after my passion for history and traveling. I am in love with the city I live in, Istanbul is definitely one of the most exciting cities in the world and now is one of her golden periods when she is quiet dynamic and changes almost everyday. I am a graduate of an American school here in Istanbul and have spent a year in California as an exchange student at UCLA. Therefore, I am quiet familiar with the American culture and can relate to my guests very easily. Istanbul is full of interesting sights and stories and even though I was trained through a course for specialization in Istanbul history five years ago (intense course that lasted 4 weeks and we had classes 5 days a week from 9am to 5pm with field trips on the weekends), I still feel the need to keep reading and finding out more interesting stories.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Any itinerary can be applied according to your personal interests and needs.

For the first time visitor, first day would cover the following: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. On the second day, I recommend Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye & Rustempasa Mosques and Spice Market. On the third day, I would show you the beautiful mosaics of Chora Museum and make our way towards Galata. For those who want to leave the tourist crowds behind, I love taking my guests to the tranquil neighborhoods on the Bosphorus where many locals spend their leisure time. So in four full days, you can get a pretty good feel for the city.

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Tour guide interests:

Istanbul sightseeing tours

Istanbul private tours

Istanbul custom-made private tours

Istanbul concierge

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