I am a freelance Professional Tour Guide officially licensed by Ministry of Culture and Tourism. I am also a member of the Federation of Turkish Tourist Guide Associations and Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Istanbul. Since 2001 I have worked as a tour guide in Istanbul and all around Turkey (also known as Anatolia and Asia Minor) both for individual travelers and group tours with visitors from throughout the world.
I studied professional tour guide department and graduated from Ankara University in 2001 and that same year I also earned my Professional Tourist Guide license from Ministry of Culture and Tourism. During the high-travel seasons I worked as a guide, I also studied archaeology every winter when it was slower in the travel business and I earned a bachelor’s degree from Mediterranean University. So I am an archaeologist as well. My education provides me with opportunities to lead special interest tour groups, and part of my duties is to inform members of such groups about the archaeological sites we visit.
During the past twelve years, I have completed specialized courses about Istanbul and Turkey. Throughout my school career and beyond my years of formal education, I have taken advantages of many seminars, including those on archaeology and the history of art. As a tour guide I have also extensive experience about leading both general and special-interest tours in a wide range of destinations throughout Turkey and informing visitors of all ages and cultures about heritage sites, landmarks and attractions such as museums and archaeological sites. As a result of my education, both formal and informal, and my professional experiences, I consider myself to be a highly educated professional tourist guide with the aim of giving top quality service to discerning travelers in Turkey.
I'm a native Istanbulite guide and I have a great love and knowledge of Istanbul and Turkey. I strongly believe that no one can show you the true soul of a place better than an insider who will open the doors to new cultures for you. As an Istanbulite Tour Guide; I have no scripted speeches or monologues. I am enthusiastic and I love what I do passionately. Because of my local and area-specific travel information, I consider myself ambassador of culture and my mission is to create unique, innovative vacation tours that not only showcase the history, archeology and beauty of my country you visit, but also to help travelers discover the soul of the people and their wonderful hospitality. So you'll catch the excitement when you hear the stories behind the facade, which was carved onto the walls that even most residents don’t know.
After providing literally hundreds of tours over the years and especially after receiving high satisfaction ratings from the travelers in my groups; I decided to share my own first-hand Turkey travel knowledge and experience, the result of my own personal quest of the wonders of Turkey and its best representations of the culture such as local customs, daily life, cuisine, special events and etc.
As a licensed and private Tour Guide, it is my pleasure to build a tour that focuses on your interests, preferences and whims and make your tour experience the most memorable and informative that you could wish for. Let me liberate you from the confines of a fixed itinerary. Travel with me in a way that provides the most entertaining, informative, amusing and memorable experience and enjoy the freedom to explore with an itinerary tailor- made to suit your interests and maximize your time.
Let me know exactly what you wish for and together we will construct an itinerary based on your areas of interest and must see sites.
Please contact me for all your questions and requirements.
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
I was so lucky to have chosen Maksut who is a wonderful ambassador for Turkey. I knew as soon as I met him that I had made the right choice. He was excellent, very knowledgable and had a wonderful sense of humour.
I like a tour that is not too structured so he gave me interesting alternative suggestions. I wanted to meander with the locals and feel the soul of Turkey and he made that happen.
I would highly recommend him to all visitors to Turkey and I will definitely use him again. Inshallah!
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
- Professional Guiding Service with my local knowledge and area-specific travel information.
- Personalised Trip Planning. (cultural, religious, historical, leisure etc.)
- Arrange tailor made private tours focuses on your interests, preferences and whims.
Transportation by tour guide:
Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.
Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:
Tour guide interests:
Istanbul sightseeing tours
Istanbul city tours personalized
Istanbul travel tours for your needs
Istanbul tour guide general services
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!
Great tour thank you Maksut!
It was great experinece to visit all these major sites in Istanbul. Perfect presentation and excellent knowlegde while introducing your country. We were impressed by all sites and your amazing knowledge about archeology and your own culture. I would certainly recommend you
Thank you for a very lovely experince