of Istanbul specializes in custom-made private tours in Istanbul
and other parts of Turkey for individuals and groups. Established in
2005, Guides of Istanbul has earned an excellent reputation
and proudly become Turkey's preferred and recommended private tour
operator in a short time.
completely personalized services of
Guides of Istanbul that pay attention to every detail, the
guests not only visit the historic sites of Istanbul with the most
distinguished guides of the city, but they also experience an
Istanbul most tourists never can. The guests of Guides of
Istanbul enjoy their stay like upper-class Istanbulians do
visiting the historic sites as well as the non-touristic but
incredibly beautiful districts of the glorious Istanbul.
of Istanbul is a brand of Hakan Gurger Travel Agency. Hakan
Gurger Travel Agency is an official member of the Association of the
Turkish Travel Agencies with license number 5123.
Hakan Gurger, Owner & Managing Director of Guides of Istanbul:
Gurger studied Political Science at Northwestern University
(Evanston, IL, USA). He speaks Turkish, English, German, Italian and
Spanish. During his last two years in college he took
many History courses and has since then read numerous books in this
field. Hakan specializes in Ottoman History, History of Modern
Turkish Republic and Ataturk's Reforms and European History. He
recently began studying Roman History thoroughly. He finds the
connections between the Western Roman, the Eastern Roman (Byzantine)
and the Ottoman Empires especially astonishing with an emphasis on
Constantinople or Istanbul.
History, Hakan has been interested in such rich subjects as
Architecture of Istanbul, Religions and Temples of Istanbul and
Turkish Cuisine. Although Hakan loves to share his knowledge with
others around him, he asserts that the only thing he knows for sure
is that he knows nothing. Each book he read raised more questions
than giving answers and caused Hakan to read many more books on any
topic. Hakan believes that in the Realm of History, the given
answers always depend on points of view,
thus making it impossible to reach a conclusion agreed by everyone.
Istanbul is an
excellent place to raise questions:
Was the Fall of Constantinople a dark day as it was for the Romans?
Or was the capture of Istanbul a glorious event as it was for the
Was Justinian a heroic Emperor having made conquests rivaling those
of Alexander the Great and having built one of the masterpieces of
the Christian world?
Or was he a ruthless dictator having killed 30,000 people?
Was Suleyman the Magnificent the most powerful king of his time
ruling over vast territories in three continents? Or was he a
romantic poet who praised love and good health and wrote beatiful
prose for his wife Roxelana?
Were the Venetians efficient and pragmatic merchants who frequently
bought products in Istanbul and sold them back at home? Or were they
cruel invaders who destroyed the entire Constantinople in 1261?
Hakan does not have answers to
these questions. But sometimes the question itself can be more
beautiful, more real or more important than even the best possible
answer. Therefore, Hakan invites you to ask questions with him and
furthermore, to think, to imagine and to dream with him.. in
Istanbul of course.. in the most beautiful city of the world.. where
else could it be?
is a professional, licensed guide in Turkey in English, Spanish, Italian, German
and Portuguese and offers his personal tours across the country. He lives
in Istanbul but travels extensively in other parts of Turkey. Every
year November through February, he spends time in various European