Maureen - United States Gürcan did a wonderful job as our leader and was incredibly knowledgeable. It was clear he was experienced and because of that, our trip ran smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. I would put anyone I knew visiting Turkey into his capable hands. He is also very enjoyable and we all had great fun. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carl Coates - USA Arif was the ideal guide for us. He gave us insights into Turkish history, culture and politics that we otherwise would not have learned about. Arif also had a great sense of humor and I felt like we engaged in genuine conversation as opposed to just hearing a historical lecture. I'd definitely recommend him without reservation to anyone visiting Istanbul. The walking tour was definitely the highlight of our ten day trip. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gerard - England Tolga was a fantastic guide imparting a huge amount of information both on his own country and the sites we visited with great wit and humour. The tour (my first) went like clockwork, all arrangements for food ,travel, site visits handled by Tolga with great efficiency. I'm so impressed with him and I'm now in the process of booking my next trip and only hope the next tour leader will be half as good as Tolga. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ken & Glenys - Canada Gurcan was a delight as a tour leader. Always efficient, organized, good natured with a depth of knowledge of the cultural, historical and architectural details of his country, plus a good sense of humour and willingness to go the extra mile. We highly recommend him. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John - England Emre was fantastic. We spent three days with him in Istanbul and were amazed by his depth of knowledge which he conveyed in a simple and understandable way. We did not at any time feel rushed but at the end of each day were surprised at just how much we had seen and learnt. He sent us a detailed schedule, which more than covered our requirements, before we left U.K. Nothing was too much trouble and his recommendations for lunch were perfect. Very highly recommended and we would use again. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jill - Canada I did a tour of Turkey with Gurcan in October 2009 and had a fabulous time. He was a great tour guide. I was very impressed with his passion for and knowledge of his country, his family-like relationship with the people everywhere we stayed or ate (even helped serve some of the meals, unbelievable!!!) and his ease in managing a group of 15 with such subtle ease and with any concern being immediately addressed. Even on a day off, he arranged for a boat cruise for the group, one highlight among many of the tour. I would highly recommend taking a tour with him. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Janet - England Tolga informed me that he has won this award before and rightly so, he is very knowledgeable of local history, he has wonderful people skills always asking if everythig is OK, if we need anything etc, he is fun to be around. He is very orginised he even took us to places not on the itinery of local intrest. He is very popular with all the local people, it was a pleasure to have him as our guide :-) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Judy - Canada Emre customized the tour so we were able to make the best use of the time we had in Istanbul. He was considerate and patient as we explored the city. He answered all of our questions. It was a great, fun, educational experience. Thank you ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John - Ireland I was on a tour of Turkey with Gurcan and he was a great guide. Very easy to get on with and really knows his stuff. I still keep in touch with him and having done a lot of tours he is the only guide who i can say that about. Top bloke. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sandra Lamont - USA We did enjoy our tour with you very much.  We just arrived home late last nite and have very good memories of our trip to Turkey. Yalcin Ikizoglu did a very good job explaining things to us and his English was the best!! He probably had the best English of any of our guides on the whole trip. Thank you very much and I am hoping to get some pictures to you soon. We just got home last nite so we are pretty tired. Thanks again. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bernie Wiggett - Australia I had the excellent fortune to have Arif as our Tour Leader for nearly three weeks in March 2009. He is very professional, organised, knowledgeable and passionate about his country and his job - as well as being totally approachable. Arif made a wonderful trip even more memorable. Thanks again.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Katharina - Germany I've seen him in live and colour and can really recommend him. Gurcan is full of passion for his country and he does indeed know every corner of Turkey including the detailed history, as well as where to go to sample the best food. If you want to experience the real Turkey, Gurcan is your man! p.s. he is lots of fun too! ;) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lewis We had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Emre. Emre is an excellent driver in challenging Istanbul traffic. He is personable and interesting to talk to, a super guy! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mark and Liz - England Great tour guide. Just spent 2 weeks with Gurcan going from Cappadocia to the coast. He is knowledgeable, easy going and a real expert at smoothing the way through Turkey. We were part of a family group of 4 adults and 6 kids from 7 - 16 and Gurcan hit it off with all of us. The 7 year old didn\'t want to leave him! Highly recommended. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jano Rochefort - UK - March 2010 Arif was excellent. He took me and my four friends around Istanbul for the day, adapting easily to our own requests and changes in plans. Very knowledgeable, excellent English, a lovely person to spend a day with. Everyone agreed he was an excellent choice. Many thanks Arif ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Robert -  United States-NYC Gurcan is truly one of the nicest people I've ever met! A great guide and a fun guy too! Always had a smile, he knows his country inside and out, he knows how to get things done and we never had any problems, and even if we did, he would be able to fix them right up! I took a tour with him in 2006, and I know he's only gotten better at what he does! I highly recommend him! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan and Jackie Flesher - USA I want you to know that Ephesus, Turkey was one of the absolute highlights of our 3 week vacation. We flew into Rome for 3 days, took a 12 day Princess Cruises tour through Italy, Greece, Kusadasi/Ephesus and Monte Carlo, ending with 5 days in Venice. The one day we spent in Ephesus was so incredible and we owe much of the delight to Yalcin, our tour guide. He was engaging, polite, extremely well educated and gracious. We loved him, we loved Ephesus, we loved Turkey and the Turkish people. There were 6 people in our group and each of us has had a small sample of Turkey with the desire to return and see more! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ross and Sue - Australia Gurcan is an excellent guide and a lovely guy to go with it. His knowledge and passion for his country,the history,his people and the easy manner that he delivers this, is outstanding. He even assisted us with an itinerary when we left the tour and travelled independently, which we are still very grateful. A truly altruistic person whom we can recommend highly.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Colleen - USA Erkan was extremely helpful in planning our 2 week trip to Turkey. We decided to customize our itinerary, and Erkan helped us find excellent boutique hotels in all locations. He also arranged for all transfers and connections, which was critical to the success of our trip, especially once we left Istanbul. Everything worked perfectly! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam - Belgium Gurcan is a marvelous tour guide. I spent 2 weeks with him in July 2009 through almost whole Turkey and it was a journey of a lifetime! I would certainly recommend him. Go (Western) Turkey! Thanks again Gurcan! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John & Jain - USA We booked the "Chora Museum and Balat" Istanbul walking tour through Erkan, who was extremely efficient and helpful, often answering our emails within minutes. Our guide, Emre, was friendly, spoke good English and not only gave us a lot of historical background and context for the places we visited but also shared cultural insights and observations from his own experience. We felt like we got a true taste of Turkish culture. Emre went above and beyond the call of duty, extending the tour longer than we had expected so that we could see everything he wanted us to see. We were very happy with the service. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fiorella - Italia Gurcan è una ottima guida , preparata discreta, sempre presente e disponibile, Ci ha portati in giro per la cappadocia a piedi aiutandoci con il suo sorriso a superare anche ostacoli apparentemente insuperabili . ve lo raccomando grazieeeeeeeeeeeeeee per il bellisso giro, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quasha My husband and I recently took a cruise that stopped in Istanbul. Erkan tailored the tour to what we wanted to see and do. He was very informative and fun to have a drinks and dinner with. Our tour guide the next day, Liz, was also very good. Planning the tours with Erkan was efficient and although I was quite nervous about booking something online, it all worked out. Apparently in Turkey tourism is taken very seriously. The guides must obtain a 4 year university degree and are licenced through tthe government. Overall we had a great experience and would recommend them to others -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   GO WESTERN TURKEY
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