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Tansel K.

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I was born and raised in the old city of Istanbul. My family has been living next to the Byzantine Palace of Bucoleon for the last 100 years.

After the world war, my grandfather bought the land from our neighbours, the Cagaloglu family. They have been living there since 16th century and gave their name to the district famous for the governors office and newspaper industry.

I'm a computer engineer by education and I had the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and Qualcomm.

My team implemented History Calls, an audio and video guide covering the monuments of the city.

For the last six years, I'm a councillor of the city responsible for foreign relations. During my mandate, I hosted numerous guests ranging from Hollywood celebrities to presidents. I always enjoy revisiting the street of the city and talking about it's past, present and it's people.

My hobby is magic. So if you are interested, I'll be happy to perform for you during our trips.

Reviews for Tansel K.
Antonina G.

Our day with Tansel was filled with delicious food, enjoyable conversation, an exchange of knowledge and anecdotes as well as Tansel's in-depth knowledge of Istanbul. Tansel was best when he held forth on the varieties and methods of preparation of Turkish food, and a day with him on this tour provides food for thought as well as for the stomach. Antonina and I wish Tansel good luck with his ongoing diet, his self-control during our food binge was marvelous, and we congratulate him an advance on the imminent birth of his child.

Emma

Tansel was an ideal guide - in addition to introducing me to excellent local food, he is very knowledgeable about the history and current events of the city. It was a complete pleasure to spend an afternoon walking around talking and eating, and Tansel left me with excellent suggestions for my next few days in Istanbul as well. Highly recommended!!!

Ross R.

Tansel was an amazing tour guide! Not only did he take us on a tour during which we ate until we could eat no more, we were able to explore the sights along the way and learn great history about the area as well. He went out of his way to spend longer than he needed to with us and customized the tour to our desires. I would highly recommend spending your day with Tansel!

Sara S.

We spent 2 days touring Istanbul with Tansel and could not be happier about our experience!! Tansel is an amazing tour guide and will customize a tour to your interests and time frame. For our first day we requested to see many of the main tourist attractions and Tansel happily obliged and helped us navigate an efficient path through the many sights we wanted to cover while still making time to sample some Turkish desserts and coffee. Tansel is incredibly knowledgable about the city and its history and is really great at bringing the history alive and tying together the significance of many of the sights you will see. For our second day we focused much more heavily on sampling as many local specialties as possible and seeing more of the hidden side of Istanbul, and of course Tansel did not disappoint! We viewed beautiful local mosques, sampled delicious food until we were very full and ended by taking the ferry to the Asian side of the city. Tansel provided an unforgettable tour of Istanbul, much of which we could have never seen (or eaten) without his guidance. Our time spent with Tansel was one of the highlights of our trip!! You will not be disappointed with any tour you book with Tansel and will have the wonderful opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and culturally-alive parts of this special city.

Sara S.

We spent 2 days touring Istanbul with Tansel and could not be happier about our experience!! Tansel is an amazing tour guide and will customize a tour to your interests and time frame. For our first day we requested to see many of the main tourist attractions and Tansel happily obliged and helped us navigate an efficient path through the many sights we wanted to cover while still making time to sample some Turkish desserts and coffee. Tansel is incredibly knowledgable about the city and its history and is really great at bringing the history alive and tying together the significance of many of the sights you will see. For our second day we focused much more heavily on sampling as many local specialties as possible and seeing more of the hidden side of Istanbul, and of course Tansel did not disappoint! We viewed beautiful local mosques, sampled delicious food until we were very full and ended by taking the ferry to the Asian side of the city. Tansel provided an unforgettable tour of Istanbul, much of which we could have never seen (or eaten) without his guidance. Our time spent with Tansel was one of the highlights of our trip!! You will not be disappointed with any tour you book with Tansel and will have the wonderful opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and culturally-alive parts of this special city.

Beth W.

This was a wonderful experience and wouldn't have been the same with any other guide. Tansel is personable and works with you to develop a plan that fits the sights you want to see as well as any foods you may want to try. We first had tea while sitting on the coast with a beautiful view. We then ate a variety of street food and ended at The Grand Bazaar. We got to see the sights that only the locals see. Tansel is also well versed in the history and development of the city. This was one of my most favorite things the entire time we were here.

Tushar

My wife and I recently did this tour with Tansel. We were both really happy with our experience. Not only did the day include interesting and varied food items but it also served us as a great orientation tool for our next few days in the city when we were on our own. Tansel spent way more time with us than we had booked him for and explained the history and sights of the city in detail. We would highly recommend him for any istanbul activity.

Jessica

Tansel was a fantastic city guide, he was very knowledgable about the city, history and food in town. He made it a very enjoyable evening with his tricks and his sense of humor. Tansel was very friendly, funny and speaks impeccable English. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in Turkish cuisine and culture.

Sheila L.

My partner and I did this tour and we had an amazing experience. Such a busy packed day but you see and do so much. Thanks to Tansel who was exceptional. Thanks...

Désirée

We loved this tour, the food was amazing and Tansel is not only a fine connoisseur of Istanbul's food and history but also a passionate and interesting person. He had no problem to take a deviation in the tour for showing us something fascinating that we didn't saw and was really generous with his time. We totally recommend this experience!

Tarin W.

After planning my trip to Istanbul with Tansel over Skype, I finally got to meet him and use his services during my time in Istanbul. All I can say is book him the minute you decide to go to Turkey. Not only is he a lovely and caring person, he becomes your friend so you feel you always have someone to call in Istanbul. He is a highly educated and encyclopedic guide who really knows his city and his history. I can't recommend him enough - great resource to have in Istanbul. Tarin W

Racheal P.

Tansel turned our stay into an unforgettable memory - from the very first moment he charmed my family and it felt like staying at friends. We stayed with a family (parents, 2 teenagers and a kid). Tansel also did two guided tours for us - those were both very informative (History, culture) as well as entertaining. I can only recommend to book these tours as well. Tansel took us to the grand bazar and we saw some extraordinary places that standard tourist would never come to. For the things we did on our own we received recommendations to wonderful restaurants, how to best get around Istanbul, encouragement to go to a Hamam (which was unexpectedly the highlight for our kids), how to save money e.g. for the Bosporus boat tour. Strong recommendation from us!

Tarin W.

I have been working with Tansel for the past few weeks on my upcoming itinerary to Istanbul. He has been wonderful and very detail oriented. He is suggesting not only great spots for seeing and dining but planning it in an intelligent efficient way. He seems very in the know and well versed on the city. He is friendly, patient and flexible. I would highly recommend you speak with him about your plans in Istanbul. Tarin

Lina N.

Tansel and his place are wonderful. He met me as soon as I arrived, and he provided support til the minute I left, including coming by to say goodbye and calling a taxi for me to the airport. We talked about the city, politics, art. He is like a living library. I would highly recommend his tour. I look forward to my return.

John F.

Tansel is extremely helpful, nice and punctual. Absolutely made our time in Istanbul very easy and very fun! The tour was so much fun. Would recommend this guide to anyone!! A++ 10/10