ORBAY Sayu Private tour guide in Istanbul, Bodrum, Ephesus - Turkey


Guide profile:

i've been guiding people from all around the world for more than 20 years, proudly with my professional batch on my chest.

FRANCAIS and ENGLISH are two languages that i speak as fluent as my mother language Turkish, though I may also be very helpful to ITALIANs who are not ready to communicate by other than their own language.

having my high school diploma from GALATASARAY Lycee, I had my SOCIOLOGY major in ex-ROBERT COLLEGE of Istanbul...

these two best schools of Turkey bestowed me the quality to act as a person with you rather than a GUIDEBOOK,

however, CiNEMA and TV appears as a second domain in my professional life. Acting and writing for movies provide me strong formation of good storytelling...

so as a result of above combination i am in a key position to bridge you to the art and literature life o Istanbul while we see the historical and natural beauties of this unique city: CAPITAL of CULTURE

Please HIRE ME if you are expecting SOMETHING really DIFFERENT and SPECIAL from Istanbul. I promise you to show more than the total of what you can ever see in all the beautiful museums of city..!!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Jeff C.

Orbay was amazing. We say more in one day than we could have seen in 10 days on our own. Orbay was knowlegable, friendly, honest about his opinions, and simply and excellent guide. We were so happy about our tour.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

*Classical Full day Constantinople:

Haghia Sophia,

Basilica Cistern,

Roman Hipodrome,

Topkapi Palace Museum,

Blue Mosque and/or Suleymaniye Mosque Complexes.

with Grand Bazaar and Spice Market(aka Egyptian Bazaar)..


St. Savior in Chora (aka Kariye Mosaic Museum),

Archeological Museum,

Boat trip along Bosphorus shores and Prince Islands

...and more.


* Old neigborhoods of Istanbul along the Golden Horn, listed as UNESCO world heritage.

* ART.IST.anbul: Visiting contemporary artists in their own workplaces, may be combined with days of workshops

* Mystical Istanbul: Spirituality of Muslim and Jewish religions. visiting important SOUFi orders still existing today to understand the alternative modes of life in Islam.

* The world beneath BYZANCE: there's been a lot of stories and legends about the tunnels and hidden passages connecting houses to houses , palaces to dungeons..the hidden labirynth under the city. Specially co-guided by the author of the book, "The World Beneath Istanbul"

* BIKE: Riding to the shores of BLACK SEA

* A day @ the Set, a TV-movie shooting day: Visiting sets of popular TV Shows, World Famous Turkish Soap operas! Encountering Turkish TV Stars.. Chance to act as an extra in your favorite TVshow..! Strongly advised to people of ARAB speaking countries and BALKAN

(absolutely scheduled depending on the availability of the shootings, requires high restrictions and obedience to shooting instructions on the sets)

* Wellness alla TURKA: Hamam (Turkish bath) + barbershop + a delicious lunch/dinner by best of Ottoman Cuisine

Transportation by tour guide:

Private car is possible, however

Taxi and/or Public Transport-metro,tram,bus..etc, are most efficient vehicles to visit Istanbul,

& Bikes and bicycle are also perfect solution.

I prefere never drive in the city, istanbul is number 1 among the big European cities for its heaviest traffic jam.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

A Shooting Day at the SET of a TV-SHOW Soap Operas Price Per Person 0.00 Euro
Beneath Byzance Price Per Group 125.00 Euro
Essentials of Istanbul: Full day. Price Per Group 125.00 Euro
Jouez avec des STARs du Cinema-TV tur Price Per Person 0.00 Euro
JOURNEE INOUBLIABLE Les Vieux Quartiers d'Istanbul Price Per Group 125.00 Euro
Private day for 1 personne Price Per Group 115.00 Euro
SPECIAL for CRUISE LINERS PRIVATE 1/2 or Full day Price Per Person 65.00 Euro
SPECIAL Golden Horn - Historical neighborhoods Price Per Group 125.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

acted in more than a dozen of TV shows, 7 feature movies, turkish, US and European co-productions;


his first script shot in vienna 2008; second in 2013.

tens of his short stories published in several medias,

his novel book is being published;

his 13 episodes sitcom is to shoot for fall season 2015

he knows much about Wine and likes good wine

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Jeff C. 16 Jun 2015

Orbay was amazing. We say more in one day than we could have seen in 10 days on our own. Orbay was knowlegable, friendly, honest about his opinions, and simply and excellent guide. We were so happy about our tour.

5 stars zac H. 13 May 2015

A casual tour of the non-touristy Istanbul neighborhoods. Orbay was open to discuss culture, politics and Turkey's future. He had the day mapped ahead of time and speaks excellent English. Highly recommend for anyone looking to explore more than is in a Top Ten book.

5 stars NAIKE S. C. 01 Apr 2015

5 stars Kyle R. 16 Mar 2015

It's difficult to use words to describe my experience with Orbay. I described the type of trip I wanted and put all my trust in him. It was an overload of sweets, meats, and cultures.

He not only guided us he took great care of us.

My best advice I can give anyone visiting Istanbul is to hire Orbay and say YES to everything he suggests.

5 stars Renee H. 01 Mar 2015

Exceptional day with Orbay visiting Polish Village, Agva, and Shile. Went to the Black Sea and had a seafood meal at a remote restaurant recommended by Orbay. Orbay provided a reading of the coffee cup which we enjoyed very much. The trip was customized to exactly what we wanted. We were picked up at our hotel. It was hassle-free and Orbay provided a personalized experience. His knowledge of even remote areas was impressive. We had a great day. Highly recommend Orbay.

5 stars Rosemary M. 30 Sep 2014

Orbay was a wonderful guide! He is knowledgeable and fun to talk to. He brought us to many places that we would never have found on our own. We had a great day with him and I highly recommend him and his Beneath Byzance tour!

Tour Guide Comment: thank you very much rosemary looking forward for your next visit to istanbul. and have a great year 2015

5 stars Patrice D. 29 Aug 2014

ORBAY was simply exceptional! He had an excellent knowledge of History and went out of his way to personalize our tour according to our interests. Thanks for a great day! Merci Orbay!

Famille Deschênes from Canada

Tour Guide Comment: thank you patrice, wishing you a good and happy year --> 2015

5 stars Arbre P. 29 Apr 2013

Our day with Orbay Sayu was really marvelous, very interesting and friendly. We saw different places that we would have not discovered alone even with a guide book. This day was mixing famous Byzantine and Ottoman monuments and old districts like Fener, Balat... He explained to us the way of life of people living in those areas and made us meet Istanbul’s residents. He adjusted the trip according to our interest centers or expectations all along the day. We really recommend this guide to you

Tour Guide Comment: Merci beaucoup...

4 stars Geraldine W. 30 May 2014

We had a very good overview trip in Istanbul thanks to Orbay!

Tour Guide Comment: merci Geraldine, j'ai des tres belles photos, surtout Eric et le chat devant la mosquée... je vais les mettre sur votre page facebook

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