Istanbul Private Tour Guide Cost, Review, Recommendation
Istanbul is a city with diverse culture and inheritance from the imperial eras. It had been the capital of Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire. Each and every one of these civilizations added a great value to the character of Istanbul City.
Therefore an experienced tour guide can help you understand the layers of Istanbul’s history properly. Make sure that your tour guide has a license, because non-licensed guiding is illegal in Turkey.
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A Short History Of Istanbul
Istanbul’s history might have been be a fairly thick book. An experienced tour guide, should be able to tell you Istanbul’s significance in the history, without boring you with details.
A history of 2650 years to absorbe in one single day! Sounds very difficult without the escort of a private tour guide.
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Istanbul had three different names in the history. It was first named as Byzantium by its founder Byzas. Byzas of Megara and his people, settled to the hills of Istanbul Historic Peninsula and lived on the hills of Seraglio Point.
Emperor Constantine the Great, moved the capital of Roman Empire from Rome to Istanbul in 330 A.D. He built a great city over the foundations of Byzantium. Shortly after, he moved from Rome to his new capital Constantinople (Also known as New Rome).
Following the collapse of Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) took over. Constantinople became capital of the long-lived Byzantine Empire. It lasted for 1000 years.
Eventually, Ottomans captured the Constantinople in 1453 A.D. They built the renowned Topkapı Palace and ruled their vast empire from Istanbul.
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Istanbul Tour Cost, Review, Recommendation
The local travel agencies provides good quality tours in Istanbul. However you are not obliged to contact to an agency to arrange your own guide. There are many free lance tour guides in the city that provides private guided tours.
You can find these independent guides through Google or TripAdvisor. (by simply searching these words: Private Tour Guide in Istanbul)
Majority of the good guides are registered to TripAdvisor (or Viator) and their rates are visible there. I personally recommend you to read the reviews carefully. Long and detailed reviews are more reliable for good recommandations.
One of these experienced guides, Serhat Engül, provides guided Istanbul tours. He offers customized Istanbul tours accoring to your expectations.
Istanbul Private Tour Guide Cost
Cost of a private tour guide is pretty much depending on the season. Istanbul’s high season starts at 1st of April and ends by 1st of November.
During the Spring, Summer and Fall the tourism services (accommodation, private tours etc.) are more expensive than winter.
In general terms, guidance fee for a full day tour ranging from 150 USD to 200 USD up to 4 people. Entrance fees for the museums are not included in these rates. Duration of the full day tour is usually from 6 hours to 8 hours.
The guidance fee is depending on the guide’s experience and knowledge. Some guides might require more money. You are advised to check the guide’s background from internet, to make sure that he deserves it.
There is a Legal “Bottom Wage” for Guidance
A licensed tour guide can not give you a free daily tour (or a very cheap tour) because there is a minimum wage that is regulated by the Tourism Ministry Authorities (TUREB) every year. This is considered as the violation of unfair competition law.
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Shopping in the Istanbul Old City might be a little difficult for beginners. An Istanbul Private Tour Guide can help you discover the shopping areas of the city as well as assisting you for dealing with shopkeepers.
You can contact to Serhat Engül to arrange your guided tour via contact page.
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