Zeynep PARLAK Private tour guide in Istanbul - Turkey


Guide profile:

Dear Travellers,

I am a licensed tour guide from Istanbul. Guiding is more than just a job for me.The idea of having an open-air office and meeting new people from around the world was very tempting. So I have studied "Tourism Guiding" for four years in "Ege University" in İzmir.In 2010, I started to lead tours in Cappadocia. In 2012 moved back to Istanbul. In Cappadocia I focused on cultural and hiking tours while I was learning more about Early Christian History and Iconography. I am running daily tours in Istanbul and round trips almost all around Turkey. I assist my guests in organizing their whole trip in Turkey. I love tailoring tours for specific demands. History, archaeology or architecture are not the only subject of my tours. We are diving deep down to the Turkish culture! Daily life experiences, cursing politicians and discussing sensitive subjects like religion is all part of the conversations. Food is an essential part of my tours. I also create culinary tour itineraries for foodies (vegetarian friendly) I am flexible,energetic,in love with children and i am ready to show you around.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Wayne F.

But she may be retired ...

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Istanbul:The old city tour (Haghia Sophia,Blue Mosque,Topkapi Palace,The Basilica Cistern..)Grand Bazaar,Spice Market. Dolmabahçe Palace,Chora Church,Suleymaniye Mosque,Bosphorus Cruise.Taksim (Beyoğlu neighbourhood),Galata Tower.Modern Art Galerries.Asian Side (Beylerbeyi Palace)

also round trips for Cappadocia,Ephesus,Troy and Eastern Turkey.

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request,for airport shuttles,daily tours and round trips.

Tour guide interests:

Istanbul tours

I like being off the beaten path

Boutique Service

Culinary tours



Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Wayne F. 17 Sep 2017

But she may be retired ...

5 stars Ali J. 15 Oct 2016

My kids (17 & 15) and I planned a trip to Istanbul and decided to seek a private tour guide for a couple of days. We were lucky to have booked Zeynep and in hindsight having her as our guide was the best part of our trip to Turkey. By the end of the three days of spending time with her, Zeynep became ore of a friend and family member than a guide who helped us explore the beautiful city of Istanbul. She is knowledgeable, friendly, energetic and resourceful. Highly recommended. Thank you Zeynep

5 stars James B. 14 Oct 2015

We three had a great time spending the day visiting with Zeynep. She is the best!. We toured the Sultanamet district on a custom all day tour. She made extra time for us to visit a coffee house in the Grand Bazaar and then watch the sunset over the Golden Horn from the roof of a Ottoman Han.

She is a lot of fun, smart, and knows her subject matter very well. She is an impressive English speaker.

We had a memorable trip. We highly recommend her as your tour guide. Thanks Zeynep!

5 stars Brett C. 15 Jul 2015

Zeynep is an amazing tour guide :) warm, friendly and very knowledgable about all the best places to go in Istanbul. Highly recommend!

5 stars Stephen Z. 05 Jun 2015

To get Zeynep as a tour guide was the best idea ever! She's well prepared, smart, full of energy and knows her job well! It's excellent value for money because you skip queues, follow better routes through tourist infested areas and get advice not written in guide books besides all the relevant information on monuments you are visiting. Zeynep also told me about other tours she guides around the country so I know who to call whenever I get a chance to visit Turkey again!!! Bye for now, Zeynep.

5 stars Emily G. 05 Feb 2015

My brother and I spent a day touring the Old City with Zeynep and really enjoyed ourselves. Zeynep is fun, funny, and very knowledgeable about Istanbul. She has a wide background, so she was able to tell us about religious history, folklore, and more in addition to just generic Ottoman History. She also had great recommendations about where to eat and relax, and she was so easy to communicate with. Her English is top-notch. I highly recommend taking Zeynep with you as you explore Istanbul!

5 stars Ryan M. 11 May 2014

Not only is Zeynep a great tour guide but, her passion for the Turkish people, history, food, and arts is what sets her a part from the 1,000s of other guides.

From our first contact to our last she was helpful, polite, and fun. Evidenced by the shops, restaraunts, and nightlife recommendations she knows and embraces Istanbul's diverse culture.

Having never visited Istanbul...her guidance and knowledge made me feel like a friend and by the end of our journey an Istanbul local.

4 stars C K. T. 06 Jun 2016

Zeynep is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and pleasant.

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