Istanbul: Samatya - Armenian District Walking Tour
- Transportation included
- Duration: 4 hours
This was my first time in Istanbul, so having two days with a guide was essential for understanding this amazing city and its history. On my own I could not have found my way to so many places, or learned so much. Saban Sezer was an excellent guide; I always have questions to ask that many visitors would not, as I am interested in Islamic architecture and as I live in Egypt and am interested in how in the past Turkish traditions have transferred to Egypt, Saban was patient with my questions and with me wanting to spend longer in some places that interested me. He gave information even about places you don't have time to visit in your first two days, places we just passed on the cruise, and that makes me want to return for more exploring of Istanbul.
ATAHAN (guide) arrived in good time to meet me at a rather out-of-the-way place that was the meeting point. I was the only one on this tour, which meant that I had a private tour. This tour was very good, both in terms of unusual content and because of Atahan - he was very knowledgeable, generous with his time, highly considerate, and enthusiastic. He showed me everything there was to see, and more to make this a highly memorable experience in a variety of ways. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and it felt as though I was with a friend, with whom I even broke bread that was not part of the tour. Very interesting tour, kind, compassionate, lovely, knowledgeable guide. Special.
Kadir Kucekeren was absolutely fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and we saved lots of time enjoying Istanbul with him. He knows all the secrets to truly enjoy the city in a safe and efficient manner. He personalized our trip to fit our cultural interests - like Süleymaniye Mosque. He is very caring of his guests; he helped my mother up and down the old city steps. He is a true gentleman and I will always be grateful to him for his patience and understanding.
The tour was excellent, and we made it to the Wednesday market in Fatih, the Mosques, city walls and one if the cisterns I’d never seen before. Oguzhan was local, provided a huge amount of local social and historical information that assisted in appreciating the various locals we visited. The length of the tour was perfect. Not only my guide, but the transport and value for money were outstanding.
This is a perfect activity if you want to see the best of Istanbul in a short visit. My guide and photographer Kadir took me around different places by walking and taking the tram. Aside from the rich history, we enjoyed some turkish ice cream, tea and chestnuts sold everywhere in the area. 10/10 would recommend to take this tour with Kadir.