Istanbul, Turkey

European Side of Istanbul

with Merve E.

13 reviews

Merve E.

The European side of Istanbul offers gorgeous views and delicious food. First we will visit fancy neighborhoods such as Bebek, home to beautiful architecture and views and Ortakoy, home to one of the best views in Istanbul and delicious waffles and kumpir..

These neighborhoods will give you a better idea of how wonderfully different Istanbul can be and how much it has changed and stayed the same.

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Merve E.

Down The Rabbit Hole Once upon a time, there was a girl who decided to become a mighty translator, she fought evil (like; witches, exams and final test; thesis) all for 4 years then she became what she wanted, by the time she achieved she understood she didn’t want it so much, she remembered her dreams like to be a belly dancer and an astronaut, travelling the world and for one of the dream it was not so late. Well, it was not belly dancing. It was travelling, so she did, she left her land and sailed to the wonderland, where she could be a princess in the day time and be pirate at nights. Okay, not everything was so magical. I studied Translation and Interpreting and decided to work in cruise ships as a youth counselor (playing with kids and stuff) so that I can see the world, meet crazy new people and on top of that make some money:) After this I have lived in Poland and worked in a school for 7 months. Then this crazy idea came to my mind to apply for Emirates airline and i did. Now here i am in Dubai! The land of biggest, the most and largest :) I can still help you to organise trips around Istanbul or Turkey, or if you are around Dubai let me know I can show you around :) Cheers, Merve Full profile

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Juliann L.

The European side of Istanbul can get touristy so it's best to go with someone like Merve who can show you cool spots and share the stories behind them.


The touristy areas of Istanbul are... painful at times. Merve can help you remember why you wanted to go there in the first place. She is a living Rough Guide, but so wondefully kind and giving and... so Turkish that she makes you feel like you are a part of the family. I feel guilty--I think I took from her far more than she took from me. Show Merve love!


Wonderfully upbeat, totally accomodating, willing to put up with 40 degree heat, Merve guided me along the Bosphorus from Besikas to Bebek, giving me a little history, local gossip, companionship, and tons of snacks. A great introduction to some of the less touristy but beautiful areas of Istanbul.

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