Guide in Istanbul

This item appears on page 60 of the May 2008 issue.

On a 5-day trip to Istanbul, Turkey, in September ’07, we had the great pleasure of hiring Mr. Can (“John”) Gunay (, whom we found through a tour operator on the Rick Steves website; the operator was booked that day but referred us to Can.

One of the youngest qualified licensed guides in Turkey, he can conduct trips throughout the country. His command of the English language is very good, and his knowledge of Istanbul made the tours both interesting and fascinating. He was punctual, and he called us at the hotel upon our arrival to confirm.

At €100 (near $148) per day for the two of us, his services were very reasonably priced.

He filled two days with the wonders of a great city. If we were to visit Turkey again, I would hire him.


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