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The bustling city of Istanbul dates back centuries, meaning the stories one could hear when touring the city are numerous and diverse. An educated local guide will introduce you to the countless anecdotes and historical references that make the city of Istanbul transform from lively to alive.
With over 5 years of guiding experience and a lifetime of Turkish culture and living under his belt, Cem Balsun is a private guide who will help you discover the real Istanbul. He will take you on a tour of cultural, historical, religious and economic persuasion through the maze of streets and suburbs that produce one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Also recommended by Cem is a stop at the end of the day at one of the famous Turkish Baths – perfect for those that need to relax before hitting up the nightlife of Istanbul.
From full day to half-day tours, even tours including a car, Cem can get your group (of up to 12 people for normal tours) around the city to the best sightseeing destinations, like the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Galata and Taksim. Even better, Cem speaks fluent English and Italian, and he also has basic conversation knowledge of the Spanish language. Choose from tours predominantly in Istanbul, but it is good to know that he can also guide in Bursa and Canakkale – great for those who would like to visit the site of Gallipoli.
Check out Cem Balsun’s Private Viator Guide profile to learn more about his services, as well as book a private tour before your upcoming travels to Istanbul.
Read some of Cem’s travel tips: Istanbul Insider Tips from a Local Expert
- Viator Travel Team