Mission, Vision and Values
Why Choose Istanbul Guide
Our goals is to bring people together from all walks of life. Through our tours and services, we hope to give back to the community to put light into the hard work that local people do to make the experience of travelers a memorable one. The impact of Covid19 has caused a ripple effect that has created the vacuum for the cycle of poverty, for many. Prices listed on our website are done so that we can provide fair pay to our guides, hotels, and accommodations while we cater and respect our travelers.
The care for humanity is in the forefront of our services. Without community there would be no us. Therefore, prices are subject to change to reflect the state of changes in Turkey, as the nation continues to recover from the impacts of Covid19.
Meet Our Team
The collaboration between Onur and Safra
Safra and Onur met nearly 10 years ago during a tour across Turkey. The intent of creating a business and platform to showcase the beauty of Turkey begin in the early stages of their friendship. Life took them in different directions; however, on a recent trip that Safra took with her family to Turkey, the impact of Covid19 pandemic was visible and the stories of struggle that Onur shared was seen by the numerous encounters Safra had during her stay – from shop keepers, hotel staff, caretakers, restaurant owners, even Onur. It was apparent to both that this vision 10 years ago must now become a reality to support economic recovery and well-being.
The intent of this initiative is to bring travelers to the beautiful country of Turkey to take in the history it offers, while exposing them to the people who have made the country become what it is. The culture that is carried on by the people of Turkey is what keeps it a magical place to visit over and over again.
Safra will help book and prepare you for your trip. Onur will help ensure that all requirements, sites, and transportation is arranged upon your arrival in Istanbul when you book with us. He is the creative mind behind the itineraries you see on our page. Onur is the key advisor to tours for Safra, as a Turkish national. All arrangements for travelers are supported by Safra.
We also arrange transportation from the airport to your hotel/residence.
If you are looking to create a custom tour, we also offer a free consultation over phone or video, where both Onur or/and Safra can help by getting to know you and creating a magnificent trip full of memories.
More Tours in Development. Stay tuned!
Partnership with Yilmaz Kalyoncu
The founder of the company, Yilmaz Ermi Kalyoncu, continues his guidance and agency services that he started in Turkey and Greece, based in London as of 2020.
Born in Istanbul, Kalyoncu completed his university education in the field of Tourism at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University in 2004. In addition to working as a Professional Tourist Guide in English and Greek languages officially in the Republic of Turkey since 2006, he has also worked as a Sworn Translator in these languages. He has also worked as a Guide/Tour Leader in around 50 countries abroad.
Yilmaz and Onur have been long time friends and colleagues in the industry. They met in the year 2000 (22 years ago), and both went aboard to explore England. Their friendship has continued to carry through.
If you are interested in tours to Greece after your visit with us in Turkey, we are happy to connect you to Yilmaz who continues to tour in Greece.
Join our team
We are always looking for talented individuals and
people who are hungry to do great work.