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Arif Yasa - Private Tours

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Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
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+90 533 312 2135
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Authentic high quality private and small group tours focusing on...

Authentic high quality private and small group tours focusing on history,culture and food in Istanbul and Turkey to experience real Turkey by experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tour guides and travel specialists. Arif Yasa has got 18 years experience of organizing and leading tours in Istanbul and all around Turkey.

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Turkey highlights - 6 Days - Erkan Karakose Feb 2017

We purchased our tickets to Turkey in June 2016, way before Airport bombs, Nightclub shootings and failed coups. We kept waiting for the airline to offer a change for free, the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We purchased our tickets to Turkey in June 2016, way before Airport bombs, Nightclub shootings and failed coups. We kept waiting for the airline to offer a change for free, the ability to just stay at our stopover in Paris ... but it never happened. So off to Turkey we went. AND we are SO GLAD we did. We found... More 

Thank debzta
Cupertino, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were a family of 5 spanning generations, and we had just over 24 hours layover in Istanbul, We were lucky to have Arif as our guide, who on a very short notice, put together a plan and arranged for a vehicle, and showed us this amazing city, and educated us on its history and present, and a little bit... More 

Thank eran99cohen
Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your time in Istanbul with us. Hope to see you in Istanbul again. Regards, More 

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Reviewed 21 November 2016

I had a very long layover in Istanbul and was able to set up a tour a great tour with Arif. He met me at the airport and was able to put together a full day that included many of the major sites of Istanbul plus a good dinner before returning me to the airport. I want to return to... More 

Thank Edward R
Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

Hi Arif My trip to Trabzon, Turkey, was just a short trip from 14-16Sept16. A short trip for me is to find a nice quiet place away from the city..re-charging myself, I must say .. SO GLAD that you have assigned Tahsin Ozbek as my tourguide. He is a very calm, compose and knowleadgeable person. Always ready with Plan B,... More 

2 Thank Nurelbi
Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this review

Dear Nurelbi, I am glad to hear that you had great time. Hope to see you in Turkey again. Kind Regards, More 

1 review
Reviewed 24 July 2016

During our recent trip to Turkey Arif guided us during our stay in Istanbul. He had been highly recommended to us by friends in Australia and we agree he is indeed an excellent guide. We found Arif was flexible during our tour, incorporating any changes we wanted as we toured. He has an excellent knowledge of Istanbul and he communicated... More 

Thank Leigh953
Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We could not have asked for a more knowledgable private guide. His depth of knowledge and his ability to create the perfect 3 days in Istanbul and a day in Cappadocia were incredible. Yes we saw what every tourist should see in Turkey but we also saw things off the beaten path which was magical!!

Thank scooter1122
Irvine, California
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130 reviews
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

I selected Arif Yasa because of their itinerary (balance of food destination in Uskudar/Kadikoy/Tahtakale & Spice bazaar, previous reviews and price), and we do have a wonderful food tour with Arif. We were introduced to local foods in the local markets, famous restaurant in Kadikoy (Ciya Sofrasi) and one of the best and famous baklavaci in the city. We also... More 

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Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this review

I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed our food tour and thank you for reviewing us here. Kind Regards, More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I visited Istanbul on Apr'16, it is nice place, My guide is Mr. Arif yasa, he made my visit fantastic, excellent arrangements in Istanbul and pamukkale, nice person with good knowledge about Turkish history. He made the tour according my requirement, I highly recommend Arif and his team for Turkey tours.

Thank ssivk
Arif Y, Owner at Arif Yasa - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us. Kind Regards, More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 1 May 2016

I am a travel agent in New Zealand . And when organising a special day out for my clients I knew Arif would be the best . (Having known him personally for the last 17 yrs and seeing him in action many times before).He came up with some excellent options to offer my clients based on their interests and time... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Arif made this a fantastic and very special day. We were able to alter/amend the walk along the way, spending more time in the areas that interested us. His knowledge of the history and sites was incredible. We found the easy walking pace great, getting back to our hotel at the end of a full day of sites still feeling... More 

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