• Photo by Jessica Stewart
  • Photo by Jessica Stewart

Grand Bazaar
  • Photo by Jessica Stewart
  • Photo by Jessica Stewart
  • Photo by Jessica Stewart

Walk Description

We can design a wide variety of walks for people with special interests, lasting from 3 hours to 3 days. Drawing on our network of docents, range of other services, and a growing network in the major cultural capitals of the world, the limits of a custom-walk are circumscribed only by the bounds of our collective imagination.

This generic reservation form is primarily intended for use by people with whom we've been in communication previously and for whom we are designing a custom walk; and for you this form is a tool for using our secure server to input your payment details into our system. For clients with whom we have not corresponded previously, we ask that you spend some time perusing our lists of private and small-group walks. If you find nothing there to suit your needs, if you have a specialized request for visiting sites that lie outside the touristic norm, or if you would like to enlist the services of a specific docent in our network, then we invite you to use this form to begin your reservation request.

Our private walks start at TRY 720 Turkish Lira per group for a 3-hour custom walk.

Duration: 3 hours
Category: Orientation
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    Claire Karaz

    Claire has dual degrees in English (University of Michigan) and medieval art history (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"). She lived in Rome for a decade where she taught art history at Trinity College and study abroad programs for other American universities. She has lived in Istanbul for the last twelve years. She is presently an adjunct instructor at Yeditepe University and a freelance translator. Originally from Washington, DC, Claire is very interested in social history. She is the author of Topkapı Palace: Inside and Out, published by Citlembik in 2004.

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    Ceylan was born and raised in Istanbul and has spent much of her life wandering through its maze of busy streets and alleyways. With a background in engineering, she possesses a good knowledge of the city's built environment. She has spent many years in the United States, and although she continues traveling, her deep love is for Istanbul, its traditions, lives, characters, and the stories of the two great Empires that made the city their capital over the last two thousand years. A licensed guide for Turkey, Ceylan spends much of the year leading expeditions to archeological sites along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey. She is the co-author of "Turkey Guide: Confluence of Civilizations," written for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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    Zeynep Cetrez

    Zeynep Cetrez studied the diverse populations of Ottoman Turkey and has a special interest in the 19th century travel accounts and urban history. She has a history master's degree from Sabanci University (Istanbul) and art history master's degree from Rice University (Houston).

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    Ebru Gokteke

    Ebru has a background in journalism and was a writer for many years for a variety of Turkish magazines, including Gezi National Geographic Traveler. She has also served as an arts editor at a local publication. A native of Istanbul and a licensed guide, she has a broad range of knowledge, and is extremely interested in art and aesthetics, as well as translating the details of the Istanbul street experience for visitors. Ebru is currently attending an MA program in the history of religions at the School of Theology and working on her thesis on temple liturgy.

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    Arzu Toraman

    Having lived in both Greece and London, Arzu is a native and a true lover of Istanbul. She has completed her PhD in art history in Byzantine studies at the University of Istanbul. She is a specialist of mural painting and mosaics in Late Roman antiquity and Byzantine art.

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    Suzan Kalayci

    Suzan Kalayci's historical scholarship on Istanbul is far ranging, encompassing Ottoman and modern history and topics as diverse as book collecting, exile, and women's studies. She is a graduate student at Bogazaci University and a frequent lecturer. A docent for the Istanbul Biennale, Suzan has a particular interest and knowledge of the city's contemporary art scene. And, as a dual citizen (German-Turkish) who grew up in Istanbul, she is also an incomparable companion on Pamuk-like adventures through Beyoglu and other parts of the city.

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    Yavuz Sezer

    Yavuz Sezer has completed his B.A and M.A at the History Department of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul where he worked as a teaching assistant during his research on Traditional Ottoman Domestic Architecture. He has investigated the nostalgia for old houses, neighborhoods and their architecture in the first quarter of the twentieth century in Turkey as he studied the history of architecture and art. Following his position as an instructor of History of Modern Turkey at the Koç University in Istanbul, he started his PhD studies in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program of MIT in 2008. He's working on his dissertation on the Ottoman library movement in the eighteenth century which he concentrates his research on libraries as architectural spaces, institutions and archives of reading habits. Yavuz is currently teaching Ottoman Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture.

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    Nurcin Ileri

    Nurcin İleri is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Binghamton University and did her Masters work at the Institute of Modern Turkey located at Bogazici University. Her area of research is the late Ottoman and early Turkish Republic period; and she is particularly interested in the emergence and importance of distinctly nocturnal sites of socialization in historic Istanbul—in other words, nightlife. Her project involves the serious consideration of many diverse facets of urban life, including technology, administration, policing, commerce, industry, and popular culture. Nurcin has been teaching history courses on modern urban life in American, European, and Mediterranean cities and urban sociology. Her current teaching position at Bilgi University is on the History of Modern Turkey. She is also an amateur musician in an ethnic-music band.

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    Melike Yazicioglu Taspinar

    Melike holds degrees in Tourism and Guiding from Marmara University and Art History from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. Studying (MA) Museology in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Universiy. Her special interests are Late Antiquity period in Istanbul and Clasiccal Period of Ottoman Empire.

  • Seden Edgü

    Seden is a tourist guide, actress and a writer from Istanbul. She is in love with the city where she was born and raised. She studied tourism, management and public relations and mastered in marketing. She is working on her PhD in Tourism Management and gives lectures in different fields. Since she is also an actress, she enjoys talking about her home town that she takes as her stage. She has many stories about Istanbul, where she lived and experienced the cosmopolitan, multicultural life for over 40 years.

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    Inci Turkoglu

    Inci was born in ancient Philadelphia (Alasehir), grew up in ancient Smyrna (Izmir) and now live in ancient Constantinople (Istanbul)! As an art historian she focussed on architecture - Byzantine, Turkish, Jewish – and finally on Istanbul with her phd dissertation on ancient Chalcedon. She is currently making her master's thesis on synagogue architecture and her phd dissertation on Chalcedon into books.

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    Türkan is a PhD student at Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology Department, specializing on the art and archaeology of the Near East. Her interests also includes the reception of antiquity by the modern viewer, along with its relation to the current landscape and urban structure. She is currently writing her dissertation on the cult practices and ritual paraphernalia of the Hittite period Anatolia. She received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Boğazici University and completed her M.A. in the Archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean in K.U. Leuven. She was an Instructor at Columbia University, teaching a class on the Masterpieces of Western Art. Having participated in numerous archaeological projects, since 2007 she has been a part of the Tarsus-Gözlükule Excavation and Research Project, Turkey.

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    Selen Caliskan

    As a native Istanbuler, Selen has an extensive knowledge of city life. She has attended the Specialty Guidance of Culture and Art of Istanbul Training Program by T.C. Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce co-operation. As a licensed guide in Istanbul she also has a master’s degree in archeology and participated in several excavations including the “Theodosius Harbor” excavation in the old town of Istanbul. This particular excavation gave her a new insight about the historical significance of her beloved home town.