NESRIN ULUPINAR Private tour guide in Istanbul, Ephesus, Kusadasi - Turkey


Guide profile:

Hi! My name is NESRIN. I am an experienced and licenced English speaking tour guide. I graduated from university the tour guiding deparment in 2004 and on the same year I gained my guiding licence from The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. I have been doing tour guiding as a full time job for the last 10 years. I am running daily city tours in Ephesus and Istanbul. I am originally from the central part of the counrty which is called as Cappadocia. The reason of my choosing this profession is meeting with new faces from different countries and showing my country to them. So let's see the beauties of this marvellous country together.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Paul S.

How fortunate we were to take time and research sites to find Nesrin and Emre. Emre spent two days with us in Istanbul with his driver and we truly felt like we were on a VIP tour with a professor of history and cordiality!

In Kusadasi, we had a day with Nesrin. At the moment she arrived for us at our hotel, we knew we were going to have a special day. Ephesus fully explained, Sirince for an amazing lunch, Virgin Mary House and the tomb of St. John the Disciple. WOW treat yourself!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:


Jewels of Ephesus from Kusadasi port (6 hours)

*Ephesus ancient city (terrace housus optional)

*St. John Basilica

*House of Virgin Mary

Archeological Ephesus (7 hours)

*Ephesus city with terrace houses

*St. John Basilica with Byzantine fortress visit

*Artemis Temple ruins

*Ephesus archeological museum

Ephesus with the mosque visit (6 hours)

*Ephesus city

*St. John Basilica

*Isabey Mosque (1326)

*Archeological museum

Notes: Remember that I'll be holding your Ephesus city tickets and handing them to you in the bus for avoiding the crowd at the ticket kiosks. No need Turkish money as you can pay me your museum tickets in Euro or USD in cash.

*Always eating turkish courses at a local restaurant in my tours.

Transportation by tour guide:

I can provide a minivan, a large van or a large coach for your airport transfers, round trips and Ephesus tours from Izmir or Kusadasi ports. I can collect you from Kusadasi port and make your tour then take you back with our private air-conditioned minivans.

Tour guide interests:

History, mythology, archeology, trekking, travelling abroad , music and cooking.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Paul S. 22 Oct 2015

How fortunate we were to take time and research sites to find Nesrin and Emre. Emre spent two days with us in Istanbul with his driver and we truly felt like we were on a VIP tour with a professor of history and cordiality!

In Kusadasi, we had a day with Nesrin. At the moment she arrived for us at our hotel, we knew we were going to have a special day. Ephesus fully explained, Sirince for an amazing lunch, Virgin Mary House and the tomb of St. John the Disciple. WOW treat yourself!

5 stars Irene P. 02 Oct 2015

What a wonderful day we had with Nesrin in Kusadasi. She was a delight to be with and made our tour of Ephesus exceptional. Some of our group had been before but we learnt so much with Nesrin as new things are always being uncovered and she made sure she pointed these out to us. We can highly recommend her to anyone visiting Turkey and would use her again. Thanks Nesrin for a wonderful day, and changing our plans for us at the last minute to accommodate the extra 2.

5 stars Greg S. 16 Aug 2015

Nesrin was the utmost professional. She was on time, geared the tour toward our crowd, provided excellent and interesting information about the sites we visited and her excitement about her home country made us even more interested. I would recommend her services to friends without question and would hire her again if we return.

5 stars sumit G. 29 Jun 2015

simply amazing

5 stars Shel R. 13 May 2015

Nesrin was amazing! My wife and I (both retired) would recommend her to anyone without reservation, even some of our most particular friends. We were with her in Istanbul in May and had a truly great experience. She is very knowledgeable, has a wonderful personality, and was accommodating to what we wanted to experience. It felt like we were being shown around by a good friend. If she is available for your stay, use her. You will not be disappointed.

5 stars Mae M. 21 Mar 2015

We spent 1 day with Nesrin and 2 days with Emre, her husband. Nesrin is a lovely woman with a cute 1-year old son Tuna. She is a bundle of energy and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with her. Nesrin, like Emre, has such a deep passion and incredible knowledge of Turkish culture and history. When we listened to Nesrin, it was like going back in ancient times. Thanks Nesrin for being a friend to us and not a guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with her!

5 stars Rob H. 16 Jun 2014

Nesrin was out with her new baby but her husband, Emre, took us around Istanbul. Wonderful!! Very personable, knows his history and molded his tour to our interests and pace. Definitely would use him again!!

5 stars Suzie M. 14 Feb 2014

Nesrin is very responsive and very knowledgable. We've had a great experience with her!!

5 stars Mitch H. 19 Nov 2013

Nesrin was excellent, extremely knowledgable and personable. She made our day in Istanbul a special one. We will never forget how charming she was and would highly recommend her as a personal guide. I must say her knowledge of the history of Istanbul and all Turkey was amazing. She also arranged a van and driver and he was excellent as well. we give her 5 stars Thank you Nesrin for a wonderful day. Mitch, Merry, John and Paulla

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your nice comments !! It was a pleasure for me showing my beautiful city . It was a great company of all of you. A fun day :-)))

5 stars Daniel H. 30 Mar 2013

Nesrin was charming, engaging and punctual. Her passion and love for Istanbul, its culture, history, and ambiance resonated through her words and manner. Our 16-year-old son was captivated as were we. Reflecting on our recent visit to this incredible city, we are thankful for Nesrin's knowledge and insight.

5 stars Frank S. 19 Feb 2013

Nesrin was a fantastic choice for our family (including our 9 and 11 year old boys) she met us right off the ship, and tailored a tour that would interest all of us. She was very knowledgeable, and very nice to be around. We all agree, our tour with Nesrin was wonderful. I don't think we would've seen as much on a "shore excursion" and we absolutely wouldn't have had the personal touch, and all for around the same price for our family of 4. I highly recommend Nesrin.

5 stars SIMON P. 29 Nov 2012

How lucky we were in choosing Nesrin as our guide for the first two days of our three day stay in Istanbul. Not only did she provide a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Turkey and all the monuments we visited, but she was also charming company. All in all, a Turkish delight!

5 stars Thomas H. 02 Jun 2012

First class!

5 stars Stewart A. 29 May 2012

Nesrin was an absolute gem and a wonderful ambassador of Istanbul. She was everything we had hoped for, yet more. Will not hesitate to use her services again and have already recommend her to friends. Thanks Nesrin for a great day!!

5 stars Sara N. 27 Mar 2012

Nesrin is an absolute GEM! When she met us at our hotel, I knew that my family made a great choice in hiring her to show us around Istanbul. She started the day tour by giving us an engaging overview of Istanbul's history that made the rest of the day come together perfectly. She answered our questions about topics ranging from religion to modern politics, and even carpet making! (She is a weaver, too!) Her winning personality, wealth of knowledge, and big smile make her the perfect guide!

5 stars Nathan I. 21 Nov 2011

Nesrin is a fantastic guide. Not only is she very knowledgeable but she is fun and pleasant to spend time with. She did a very good job of catering our tour to our interests and made sure that we had a wonderful time.

5 stars glenn S. 08 Nov 2011

What a truly charming and knowledgeable guide. We spent two days together with Nesrin exploring Istanbul, having originally only booked her for one day. As well as showing us around the main sights of the city she also provided us with excellent choice of restaurants. Ever resourceful she also arranged a private boat trip for us on the Bosphorus as well as enlisting her husband's service to provide personal transport. Nesrin made Istanbul for us - thank you so much.

5 stars Marta J. 09 Sep 2011

We spent three days in Istanbul and wanted to maximize our stay seeing and doing as much as possible. Our family spent the first day on a walking tour with Nesrin seeing the close sights. The knowledge that she shares at sights on her tour lets you realize how much she loves her job and her country. Since we were there in September and it is a busy season, Nesrin helped with arranging guides for each day of tours. Nesrin is a great guide and it would be a pleasure to travel with her again.

5 stars steven G. 06 Sep 2011

Nesrin was excellent. She was extremely knowledgable and guided us to all the best sites in Istanbul. Her English is perfect. She was a pleasure to spend the day with.

5 stars Allison M. 02 Aug 2011

Nesrin was great!! She met us at the pier of our cruise ship with a van with AC. She took us everywhere requested. She was very informative and let us go on our own pace. She even was able to pre-buy some tickets so we didn't have to wait in long tourist lines. And her navigation skills through the bazaar were impecable!!

5 stars wellington A. 04 Jul 2011

My wife, my mother-in-law and myself spent three full days in Istanbul with Nesrin, and I can't say enough about how great our experience was. Despite an initial misunderstanding ( on my side ) about the pickup location, she was able to fix my mistake in time, and took care of us through our entire stay. She is very knowledgeable, very articulate, really knows her way around, but above all, she is a very sweet human being, who helped make our Istanbul experience truly unforgettable.

5 stars James S. 30 Jun 2011

My wife, 18 year old daughter, and I just spent two wonderful days with Nesrin in Istanbul. It was our first trip abroad and she made us feel right at home. We had two days packed with sightseeing and great conversation. Her knowledge and communication skills are quite impressive. She arranged for a professional driver and he magically appeared each time we completed a tour and were headed to a new location. Her restaurant recommendations were fantastic. She has our highest regard.

5 stars Doug F. 22 May 2011

Nesrin was the most delightful, informed, accommodating and gracious guide that we encountered during our three months of travelling through various pasts of Africa and the Middle East. She was very sensitive to our needs and made us feel like we were a part of her close circle of friends. There is no such thing as a bad day with Nesrin!!

5 stars George C. 06 May 2011

Our tour with Nesrin was very enjoyable. She was very knowledgable of Istanbul and quickly adapted her tour to our needs. I would highly recommend her.

5 stars Leyana I. 07 Dec 2010

Nesrin was punctual and very friendly. She brought us to all the sites of interest and her wisdom and knowledge on the history was really useful in helping us understand old Istanbul better. She answered our questions and was very obliging. We really enjoyed the tour we had with her!


Leyana + 4 other friends from Singapore

5 stars Thomas M. 15 Oct 2010

Let me start by saying this is not just another “fan review”. I worked on the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cruise Ship for many years in the Tour Department. Having dealt with guides all over the world – the good, the bad, and the indifferent, I would place Nesrin in the top five guides I have ever dealt with! Her English is perfect, her knowledge of her city is astounding, and her enthusiasm as an ambassador for her city/country is infectious. She dealt with rain, crowds, traffic, and old folks (65 a

5 stars Cornelia H. 12 Oct 2010

Dear Nesrin,

Our 9 days in Istanbul have been excellent because we treated ourselves to your guidance when we first arrived. You helped us understand the history of the city and what the significant & important elements of your culture are. Also grateful that you were flexible about adjusting our day-long itinerary to see Chora which probably isn't on most one-day tours. We walked everywhere in the city this week with your good intro in our minds!

See you next time.

Cornelia Hallinan + 6

5 stars Karen R. 07 Oct 2010

Nesrin was great! She's so knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul and all its wonderful architecture that we really got a lot out of our short 2-day stay in the city. I highly recommend her to anyone who is planning a trip to Turkey.

5 stars David K. 22 Sep 2010

My wife and I spent two days with Nesrin in Istanbul in Sept. We had booked her early in the year prior to her having gained all the experience that is detailed on this web site. I’ve read all the reviews since and can attest to their accuracy. In addition, I engaged her in many discussions about the Islam religion, both from the historical perspective up to the present. I found these discussions to be both engaging and enlightening. I recommend her as a tour guide for Turkey without hesitation.

5 stars MARK S. 25 Aug 2010

Nesrin was fantastic. She put together a tour based on what we were interested in seeing. She was knowledgeable, personable and energetic. Istanbul was a highlight of our trip due to her efforts.

Mark + Marlene Senders

5 stars carl H. 07 Aug 2010

nesrin was a great tour guide and would highly recommend her to anyone . was very accommodating, had great recommendations for dining, historical sites, saving and exchanging money and was very pleasant to be with. i would definitely use nesrin again!!!

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Captain Carl, I hope you all enjoyed in your boat tour in the secluded bay of Mediterranean coast.Thank you so much for your great comments,I am always ready to welcome you and your friends in my beautiful country. Keep in touch.. Take care..

5 stars Norman S. 02 Aug 2010

It was so wonderful to have you guiding us through Istanbul. We saw far more with you than we had on our past visits. Your choice of lunch restaurants was fantastic. We would recommend you to any of our friends. Thank you for making our stay so memorable. Regards Rosslyn and Norman (Calgary Canada) PS. some of our friends will be contacting you shortly

5 stars lana B. 30 Jul 2010

We had the most incredible experience of seeing Istanbul for the first time with Nesrin. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, energy, flexibility, and love for the city made the tour particularly memorable. I could only wish that we had a guide as professional and friendly at every destination in the future. If and when we return, we look forward to continuing exploring Turkey with Nesrin's vision. Highly recommend this lady for any length of stay in Turkey to make the most of your experience.

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Lana, It is wonderful to hear something from you again.Thank you so much for your great comments.Do not forget you and your husband is invited to my hometown ,Cappadocia.We will do further expedition in Turkey together. Keep in touch. Thank you so much for your support. Regards Nesrin

5 stars Kevin U. 09 Jul 2010

We toured with Nesrin on Jul. 9th in Istanbul and she was wonderful! She provided expert knowledge of the area as well as taking us to a wonderful restaurant. We visited the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the cistern, and the bazaar. I would highly recommend her to anyone visiting Turkey.

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Kevin, Thank you so much for your great comments.My business grows with your support thank you so much again. Kind Regards Nesrin

5 stars viv L. 07 Jul 2010

We were very fortunate to have Nesrin as a guide in Istanbul. She was very friendly, and extremely knowledgeable of the history and sites. She made sure that we made the most of our very short time in Istanbul. We look forward to returning and exploring more of this beautiful city. We will also be recommending Nesrin to our friends. Viv & Grahame Sydney, Australia

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Viv, Thank you so much for your recommendation. Last time we had a limited time together that means you should come back for the further expedition and I will be glad to be your guide again. Cheers from Istanbul Nesrin

5 stars Timothy P. 19 Jun 2010

Excellent guide!!!!

Knowlegeable,fun conversation, great person and makes you feel comfortable.Flexible, effient,knows what the customer wants, great person.MUCH MUCH knowledge

We will use again and again

Tim and Brig

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your great compliments.I'm going to Asitane restaurant which is nearby Chora Monastery and remember you!!Do not forget you are invited to my hometown;Cappadocia.I'm waiting for you again.Kİnd Regards.

5 stars Max B. 08 Jun 2010

My wife & I and two friends had Nesrin as a guide for two days in early June 2010 and found her to be a delightful person. We must have presented a challenge to her because we were 79 and 80 year olds and three of the four used walking sticks. This did not seem to worry her and we were impressed by her personality and her knowledge of the sites we visited. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to any visitors to Istanbul.

Max Billerwell

5 stars Andrew B. 31 May 2010

Nasrin deserves exceptional ratings. She is knowledgeable, friendly and warm, willing to share her personal thoughts on Turkey to give a true insider look. In addition to the major sites, she took us to parts of Istanbul we would never have seen on our own. She's happy to customize the tour to meet your needs. She also is a foodie! All of her restaurant recommendations were terrific, and it was a joy eating lunch with her every day. Do not hesitate to hire her.

Andy & Mira Ball

New Yor

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your great reviews.It was a pleasure for me to lead you in my nice city , Istanbul.Cheeers

5 stars Lewis W. 23 May 2010

My wife, Helen, and I spent a few days in Istanbul prior to joining a tour group from Georgetown and Columbia Universities. Nesrin was delightful! Based on our interests she customized an itinerary that was terrific, adding great richness to our overall experience and appreciation for Turkish culture. Nesrin speaks good English, is naturally friendly and engaging, a good conversationalist, and very knowledgeable. My wife and I will be back in Istanbul in 2011 and Nesrin will be our guide!

5 stars Anna R. 17 May 2010

Nesrin was the best tour guide we ever had. She was very helpful and a very interesting talker. We really enjoy our trip to Istambul and Pamukalle just because of her. We will be coming back next year. We fell in love with that contry. Thank you very much Nesrin!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks for your recommendation Anna.It was a lpeasure for me welcoming you in my beautiful country.I will be waiting for you for your next visits in Turkey.Kind Regars Nesrin

5 stars JD H. 12 Nov 2009

Nesrin was exceptional. Knowledgeable, articulate and delightful company. We thoroughly enjoyed having her guide us around Istanbul's "old town." My wife and I recommend her without reservation.

Dean Heller

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Dean for your recommendation.Hope to welcome you in Istanbul again.Take care!!

5 stars Don A. F. P. 25 Oct 2009

We booked a one day tour of Istanbul with Nesrin on October 25, 2009. She was delightful, engaging, informative and thoroughly professional. We feel very fortunate to have found Nesrin through OurExplorer. It would be our great pleasure to be guided by her again; we recommend her without reservation. Absolutely 5 out of 5.

Fern & Don Prosnitz, Mark Rubenstein & Yvonne LaLanne

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks a lot for your recommendation.With your support, my business grows.Hope to welcome you and your family in Istanbul again.

5 stars gillian A. 23 Oct 2009

We high recomment NESRIN. We were a group of 4 adults and enjoyed the 2 days we spent with NESRIN. NESRIN is a wonderful tour guide with a great knowledge of her country,and an incredible command of the english language. She is very easy to understand,and could not do enough to make sure we had a wonderful time in Istanbul. We highly recommend NESRIN .tHANKS NESRIN FROM GILLIAN, NORMAN , RACHEL AND SAM.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your recommendation. With your support, my business grows.That's great to hear that you all enjoyed in my beautiful country.THANKS

5 stars Karma R. 03 Aug 2009

Nesrin was a 5!!! She was very accommodating with our family that ranged from 14 to 85 years of age. She was very knowledgeable about the places we toured and we would recommend her to anyone traveling to Istanbul. Thanks, Karma Ramsey

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your great comment Karma!!That was pleasure for me to be with you and your family.Waiting for your friends and relatives :-)

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