EMRE OZKARA Private tour guide in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus - Turkey


Guide profile:

Hi there ! If you intend to visit the main sights of Turkey with an experienced and erergetic tour guide, just send me a message about your tour request. I can easily tailor the best tour itinerary for you as a licensed tour guide for leading tours in all over Turkey with 15 years of experience. I can provide you the most comfortable tour itinerary according to your needs and interests. Tour guiding is my full-time job and I have a BA degree on tour guiding and travel management department. I usually take private excursions with small groups of Americans and Australians in Ephesus, İstanbul and Cappadocia. I also lead round trips drive and guide in the western TURKEY. I lead private tours of big companies as OCEANIA CRUISES, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES, and HOLLAND AMERICANA LINE. You can discover the main sights of Turkey with the customs of Turkish people, myths and real stories of the local people. We always eat at local Turkish restaurants in my tours. I can accommodate wine tasting at a good local winery in Ephesus and Cappadocia where you can have your lunch.

And remember that

The tour fees that you see on my profile refers for my guiding service only. For the other services that required as private transportation, please ask for more information.

When you book my tour service,

*No waiting in the museum ticket lines as I have pre-paid museum tickets for the main sights and museums for you.

*You can make an independent private tour without following crowds at the sights.


Look forward to meeting you.

Best wishes

Emre Ozkara

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Frosso H.

Emre was a fantastic guide and very informative. We enjoyed every minute with him and he was so knowledgeable in everything. He went the extra mile to ensure we were comfortable. At the end of the tour we decided we would use him again in future as he is very informative and works with you. A gentleman and also a lovely person who does not view this as a job but a love for what he does. so many little extras that we did not expect, like already getting our tram passes so as we didn't have wait.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:


*Private Ephesus tours without crowds and tickets lines from Kusadasi and Izmir ports.

*Walking tours in İstanbul and visits the highlights of the old town as Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque and grand bazaar.

*Ephesus & Winery visit

-Ephesus ancient city

-St. John Basilica

-Lunch or wine taste at the winery

-Archeological museum or House of Virgin Mary

*Istanbul & Ephesus combination tour for cruise passengers

*Two days Cappadocia tour by flight

*Top sights of Turkey by flight (Istanbul & Cappadocia & Ephesus) (2-20 people)

*Private tailor made driving round trip in western TURKEY by van (4-14 people)

*Running your round trip by car as a driver-guide for 2-3 people

Transportation by tour guide:

*Arrival & Departure transfers between the airports and hotels with Mercedez van.

*Private air-conditioned Mercedes minivan is available for your tours and transfers.

*I can accommodate a midibus or coach for your larger groups, please specify your needs.

*If you are more than 6 people, I can arrange a larger mercedez van with 8-12 seats.

Tour guide interests:

I like discovering different cultures, interested in archeology, ancient history, hiking and biking and travelling.

I enjoy driving, taking photos of nature and people.

I like kids and having fun with them.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Frosso H. 07 Oct 2018

Emre was a fantastic guide and very informative. We enjoyed every minute with him and he was so knowledgeable in everything. He went the extra mile to ensure we were comfortable. At the end of the tour we decided we would use him again in future as he is very informative and works with you. A gentleman and also a lovely person who does not view this as a job but a love for what he does. so many little extras that we did not expect, like already getting our tram passes so as we didn't have wait.

5 stars richard S. 12 May 2018

I just finished a two day tour of Istanbul with Emre. I had a great time. He is very knowledgeable about everything, from the history to details about specific buildings, etc. He listened to what I wanted and modified the tour accordingly. I was by myself and thus we spent much of the two days talking about the culture, what was going on now in Turkey, etc. I thought I knew most of the history of the country, but realized that my Western education was really lacking. Emre is a real pro.

5 stars Nash D. 05 Apr 2018

My family and I took a custom tour with Emre for 2 days to visit Izmir, Ephesus and nearby places. The best part of an independent guide is planning your itinerary to your interests and working at a pace that is comfortable for you. Emre is very knowledgeable about the region, history, people and culture. We ate at some excellent local restaurants. Finally, travelling with Emre gave us the opportunity to explore some sites not usually visited by the typical tourist. He was great to explore with.

5 stars Linda E. 15 Feb 2018

2 day tour of Istanbul, very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the culture and history of this wonderful city. Always on time, very polite, spoke excellent English. He tailor made our itenary to our specifications, offering ideas and taking us places we would not of thought of going to on our own. I would highly recommend him. Thank you Emre for making our stay in Istanbul so enjoyable.

5 stars Samuel K. 13 Nov 2017

Emre was just an incredible guide, wow, he made the places come alive with information and stories, just a very friendly and funny guy, he kept us safe and travelled together and never once made it feel like a business deal. was right on time and ensured that we enjoyed every minute. the madarins were amazing, ephesus and istanbul just were awesome. he really made us feel so welcome and took care of every detail. thank you so much emre and see you soon.

5 stars Mustafa V. 12 Aug 2017

Amazing guide!

Knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor.

Very attentive to detail. Had planned my itinerary flawlessly.He was on top of communications and was in touch with me before I landed and kept up me till I reached back home.

One more thing, he knows all the authentic ottoman cuisine specialty restaurants around town.

5 stars Reena S. 11 May 2017










bollywood fan

Knows what vegetarian means



And a lot more

That's Emre. Definitely try and book your tour with him.

Our bonus were the stops for seeing a carpet manufacturer (can carpets), a leather showroom (emelda) and the help to buy figs and pluck mulberry from trees. We had a great day on a personal drive tour with him at esphesus and pammukale.

5 stars Janet L. 08 Apr 2016

We spent 10 days with Emre going from Istanbul to Izmir to Cappadocia. He is a great guide. He helped plan our itinerary, recommended hotels, internal flights & restaurants. He accommodated our preference to walk or hike. He is knowledgeable about history, Islam, local sites, flora & fauna. He answered our questions skillfully. He planned a pace that was busy but left time to shop or take photos. He met my special request to visit a clinic & school. He planned for us to cook with a local woman.

5 stars theresa U. 03 Sep 2015

Emre did a great job. Very enjoyable and informative

5 stars Karen M. 05 Jul 2015

Emre was very knowledgable and very polite. We had a great trip with him as our guide in Ephesus in July 2015. Definitely would recommend him if you want to get a lot of history of the area.

5 stars Mae M. 22 Mar 2015

Emre should be a history professor. He is incredibly knowledgeable in Turkish culture and history, and he had the passion to impart that knowledge to us, he may not realise it, but whenever he speaks about the history of Turkey, he had a smile on his face. He speaks excellent English. Emre is soft spoken and a gentleman. We spent 2 days with him and 1 day with Nesrin, his lovely wife. We highly recommend him.

5 stars Tess T. 07 Jan 2015

Our tour guide was Nesrin, Emre's business partner and wife. Her walking tour was excellent. It was snowing in Istanbul and bitterly cold but Nesrin kept the tour informative and well-paced. She read us well (knew when we needed a coffee, photo opportunity or just to chat on our own) and her english was very clear. Highly recommended

5 stars VENKATARAMAN N. 02 Jan 2015

Our family had an excellent time with Emre. He was not only knowledgeable with Turkish history but a very lovable person with pleasant demeanor. Very fluent in english & a good sense of humour. My sons enjoyed his company for lunch and he took great care as we preferred vegetarian food. Very prompt and dependable person. I highly recommend Emre.

5 stars Betty R. 02 Dec 2014

Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Knows Turkish history and folklore. Feedback excellent Will recommend him highly

5 stars Phillippa K. 19 Nov 2014

Our family from New Zealand had an absolutely wonderful time with Emre on the 19th of November in Istanbul. Emre is an exceptionally nice person and stopped at nothing to show us all the fantastic highlights in Istanbul. We experienced how everyday people travel around this huge city which was a brilliant insight as to how everyday people in big cities get from A to B on public transport . We look forward to our return to Turkey as the Turkish people are very heart warming people!!!

5 stars Kobus S. 25 Jun 2014

My wife and I spend the day with Emre. He is a very knowledgable tour guide. He planned a day according to our preference. The trip was very well arranged with a van picking transporting us to our destination which made the day pleasant and we could see more. Emre was a great tour guide, we asked many questions and could ask about everything, we enjoyed his company very much and would highly recommend him as a tour guide.

5 stars Dorothy C. 23 Apr 2014

Emre was superb. We used him for a driving tour, and it was perfect. He knew how to negotiate Istanbul traffic jams so we could make the most of our day. He was not available for the walking tour due to a previous commitment, but he arranged for a friend of his to do that tour. She was also excellent. A great full two days of sightseeing that only makes us want to go back for more.

5 stars Jasmina K. 08 Feb 2014

We had a really nice day with Emre .

He met us at the Hotel and took as into the City. He made the history of the many places we visited very interesting.

He took as to lunch and he even got a recepie for a dish. That was very nice. Emre is much more than just a guide. I highly recommend him. Thanks Emre for everything… Greetings from » kokoska« and Jasmina :D

5 stars Deenie S. 16 Nov 2013

Emre was the best tour guide! We were only in Istanbul for a weekend so he helped us cover all the major sights that we wanted to see in one day. We only booked the tour 2 days in advance but he emailed us as soon as we booked it to see if we needed any help with our weekend itinerary (even the days we weren't touring with him) and to arrange details. He was very knowledgable and energetic, made the tour fun and interesting, and was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. We HIGHLY recommend

5 stars Jonathan K. 01 Nov 2013

Emre is an excellent guide who absolutely delighted us with his extensive knowledge of history, politics, and current events. We had a layover of several hours in Istanbul and Emre happily developed a custom itinerary to allow us to take maximum advantage of our time. If we’d been on our own, we would have done nothing but stand in lines. Thanks to him, his skilled driver, and a very comfortable vehicle, we experienced more than we ever imagined possible. Highly recommended.

5 stars Douglas G. 13 Aug 2013

5 stars Chris B. 04 Aug 2013

Very good experience.. Emry is knowledgeable, flexible and just also an extremely nice guy! Our 'tour'question to him was a little off-track but he took great care of us. Highly recommendable!

5 stars Nancy B. 05 Jul 2013

We had a wonderful day with Emre Ozkara. He met us at our ship and took us by tram into the Old City. Emre was so interesting and informative. We loved how he made the history of the many places we visited come alive. It was a warm day, but he paced things comfortably- including a lunch stop in a garden restaurant- that was relaxing and refreshing. Just what we needed! He speaks so articulately about his country- its religion, politics, culture and history-we highly recommend him! Thanks Emre!

5 stars Puru P. 04 Jul 2013

Very knowledgeable, responsive, flexible and easy to work with. Goes the extra mile.

5 stars Rhonda F. 02 Jul 2013

Emre met us and picked us up at our hotel. He took us to places where tourists normally do not go which met our specific needs and wants. He made additional suggestions of places to see. He also took us to a traditional Turkish restaurant not filled with tourists per our request. He took us to areas that we had specifically requested and we were able to visit at our own pace and we never felt rushed. Emre did an outstanding job and we would highly recommend his services.

5 stars HOLLY F. 29 Oct 2012

Emre met us at the pier eager to show us this wonderful city rich with history. He tailored our tour to our needs. We were able to bypass lines while he shared his extensive knowledge of the area with us. We were able to see the Virgin Mary's house after the crowds left and enjoy a tour of a rug making factory. We saw the ruins of Ephesus as well - a must see. We wanted to enjoy lunch so he arranged for us to taste some wine and share some of the local food in a very quaint area. Wonderful!!

5 stars Mark M. 16 Jun 2012

Emre was a wonderful guide. He spoke English very well, was friendly and enthusiastic about his country. He knows the area very well, and quickly maneuvered us to the best spots. He honestly answered our questions on history, politics, religion, and culture. I would definitely recommend Emre.

5 stars Rebecca B. 29 May 2012

Emre was a wonderful guide who is very knowledgeable about Istanbul, its history, geography, and current social intricacies. Understanding that he was guiding Americans, whose knowledge of the local culture was non-existent, Emre supplied all the direction we needed and gave us time to ourselves as well. He even let us borrow Turkish Lire for the transit and museums entrance fees until we could find an ATM. Our family of five couldn't have asked for a better tour for the limited time we had.

5 stars sue J. 25 May 2012

emre was excellent. he was extremely knowledgable and very friendly.

5 stars Christina T. 04 May 2012

Emre did an excellent job showing us the best of Istanbul, very knowledgeable and helpful. We all wish him all the best to his career. Thank you again Emre and take care


5 stars Yvonne B. 05 Nov 2011

Emre was our guide yesterday,5th November and I can only highly recommend him! His knowledge about the history and culture of Turkey and especially Istanbul is incredible! We had a lot of fun and learned a lot :-). His English is impeccable and he took us around to the places we wanted to see, never rushing us, but going with the flow. We hope to come to Istanbul soon again for a longer time - not just a day, and will book Emre again. Our best regards to you lovely wife as well from Yvonne & Co

5 stars Marta J. 10 Sep 2011

It was our pleasure to spend Day two of our trip in Istanbul with Emre. He planned several stops for the day that were just spectacular places. He entered the spice market with me to find the spices that I would need to go home and prepare Turkish dishes. Emre does an excellent job explaining the nuances of Istanbul and if you weren't already in love with Istanbul you were after spending the day touring with him in the city. Emre was a pleasure to have as a guide and we would call him again.

5 stars Christopher T. 13 May 2011

Emre was an excellent guide with perfect command of English. He had a great depth of knowledge about Istanbul and was able to convey this with great humour and a real liveliness that made the sites come alive. The party of visitors I was with really felt we could not have had a better guide and we all very much benefited from our time with him. I can really recommend him as a guide for any English speaking tourists.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for yur grear comment Chris. I'll be waiting for a longer trip together in Turkey.Say hello to all your party.Stay in touch.

5 stars michael N. 25 Dec 2010

He did a very good job.

5 stars Joanne B. 30 Oct 2010

Emre was fabulous!We only had one day in Turkey before we boarded a cruise ship in October. He met us at our Hotel and gave us a customized tour. We felt like we really got to know Istanbul in the little time that we had. He was very knowledgable, friendly, and we had lots of laughs too! My husband and i would highly reccomend Emre! He made our day!

5 stars John R. 13 Oct 2010

Emre was fantastic.

We spent three days with him in Istanbul and were amazed by his depth of knowledge which he conveyed in a simple and understandable way.

We did not at any time feel rushed but at the end of each day were surprised at just how much we had seen and learnt.

He sent us a detailed schedule, which more than covered our requirements, before we left U.K.

Nothing was too much trouble and his recommendations for lunch were perfect.

Very highly recommended and we would use ag

Tour Guide Comment: Hello John. I think this review is the fastest one I ever had so far. Thank you so much for these nice comments about me and our tour. Hope to see you again in Turkey. Don't forget, next time we will have a round trip in the country together. But now just enjoy your sunbathe and swimming in the beautiful Mediterranean. Have a nice flight.

5 stars Tom S. 24 Sep 2010

During our recent visit to Istanbul, Emre was a friendly and informative tour guide. He was especially flexible regarding our schedule and interests, and, like all licensed guides, he helped us bypass ticket lines so we could focus on sightseeing. We'd definitely recommend Emre.

5 stars David K. 23 Sep 2010

Our time spent with Emre was the best part of our trip to Istanbul. It was our first visit to this exciting city and Emre introduced us to a modern city while making it's rich history relevant and exciting. The opportunity to see a place through the eyes of someone who lives there and knows it well is priceless. We highly recommend Emre for his expertise and charming, friendly manner.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for the great review and dinner at the terrace restaurant,David.

5 stars Judy L. 21 Sep 2010

Emre customized the tour so we were able to make the best use of the time we had in Istanbul. He was considerate and patient as we explored the city. He answered all of our questions. It was a great, fun, educational experience. Thank you.

5 stars Lewis W. 05 Jul 2010

We had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Emre. Emre is an excellent driver in challenging Istanbul traffic. He is personable and interesting to talk to, a super guy!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your great comment Lewis. See you next year in İstanbul again.

5 stars Norman S. 19 Jun 2010

Hi Emre: it was a pleasure to have such a great guide and driver taking us around in Istanbul. You took us to places that we had not seen on our previous visits to Istanbul. Lunches with you were wonderful and great locations. We will recommend you to all our friends. Thank you again and hope to see you in the near future. " Regards Rosslyn and Norman (Calgary Canada)

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your great review. Now I'm waiting for your friends to İstanbul in October. Maybe you'll visit us again as your 4th trip to İstanbul.

5 stars John K. 31 May 2010

I booked Emre for 3 days while in Istanbul. Realizing 3 days was barely enough time I gave him an extensive list of all I would like to see and told him to throw in anything he felt would be of interest. The experience was more than I expected. Emre's knowledge of history, culture, religion and current politics really helped to make the tour. He kept up with my fast pace and brought me to out of the way places. I would highly recommend him.

Tour Guide Comment: I hope you had good time and relaxed in Santorini after our tours in İstanbul. Now we're waiting for your mothers' trip to Türkiye. Take care

4 stars Azmi B. 10 Mar 2016

We, family (Azmi/Umi/Iman/Amal) like him very much. We highly recommend him. He is soft spoken and humor. He speaks very well English and very knowledgable about the history, He managed to explain and answered most of the question. The most I like very much about him is the planning. He managed to plan my family trip safely, without any problems. He also help us a lot in plan our itinerary, booking, entrance ticket and internal transportation. My wife and daughters enjoy so much.

4 stars Janet B. 14 Sep 2014

4 stars Simon B. 06 Oct 2011

Emre was excellent. We gave him free range and he came up with a interesting tour spread over two days. His knowledge was clearly extensive and he was an enthusiastic and considerate quide.

His English also was excellent.

3 stars Fred B. 28 Oct 2015

We were disappointed with our tour guide, Emre Ozkara. Although he had a fairly good knowledge of historical Istanbul, we found it very difficult to understand his English at times. In addition, we felt that he was guiding us toward shopping at places owned by his acquaintances even though we mentioned that we were not interested in shopping.

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