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- With Ibra4.7 43 reviews3 hours • cooking classesfrom €150 per person
- With Ayfer5.0 146 reviews3 hours • workshopsfrom €150 per person
- With Kemal5.0 24 reviews3 hours • workshopsfrom €147 per person
- With Kemal5.0 24 reviews8 hours • workshopsfrom €347 per person
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"We came to Istanbul with a specific goal in mind - learn how to create our wedding rings by ourselves with a help of an artist. We had zero experience that's why we got one prep workshop with a brass and one workshop with gold and engraving. Both of them were held in an authentic place with friendly atmosphere surrounded by patience and willingness to help by Ayfer and 'usta' Eren. We've learned step by step process of cutting, bending, welding, decorating and polishing our rings. As a result we have 7 brass rings with different patterns and 2 cherished golden rings. Even more these rings have a custom handmade engraving what makes them even more special, rare and unique. We're very grateful for Ayfer and highly recommend these workshops to have a great time and memorable results of your work."EgorAbout local AyferIstanbul, June 12, 2022
Best way to take pictures with unique tour possibilities
"I actually did two photography tours with Kemal, and I loved them both. Kemal has connections and you may get lucky and see, experience, and take pictures of some workshops that are very rare, and near extinct on this tour, I was given some choices of what I would like to see. We went to the Grand Bazaar, Kemal knows and works with a lot of different shops, so he knows where to go and can help you experience things that most tourist will never see, like the location that provides tea to the shops, a jewelry repair shop, and multiple others. The we went to a place that processes silk from cocoons for Turkish rugs. This is a skill that few people even know anymore. We were able to see and photograph the whole process, and we even got to see a master silk weaver tying silk knots for a rug. Then we went to a place that was smelting bronze. That is also something that is quite rare, and extremely interesting to see and photograph. The melting point of the metal is over a thousand degrees, and wow, what a process to witness and capture on film. Kemal was so enjoyable, and such a good teacher. I am a newish photography hobbyists, and this workshop helped take me to the next level. Kemal was able to help with all of my camera questions, and explain a lot about what is needed to take a good picture. Every picture that he took was amazing, and he will help you capture your own amazing images. Best money ever spent trying to upgrade my photography skills."
Best money ever spent
"I'm just going to say that Kemel is a photography God. The man can't take a bad picture. This was definitely an experience like no other. After the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, it was so nice to get out of town into some small villages by the Black Sea. Kemal will take you places that no other tourists will get to see or experience. Once you get to the village get ready to watch Kemal in action as he chats withe the locals and makes new friends wherever he goes. Not only will you get a unique prospective and views like no other, Kemal is so good at what he does as a photographer. You are sure to leave with tips on how to make your pictures better. Kemal is also very helpful with any help you might need getting to know your camera, or helping with the basics Iso, shutter speed and apeture. I myself am a beginning hobby photographer, and I walked away with so many tools and so much wisdom of what makes a good picture. I also am a lot braver taking photos on the street of people and situations that I normaly would just pass up. I would have to say that anyone who wants a unique photo experience will not be disappointed, Kemal really delivers and he is so much fun to be around as well."
Unique Bazaar Jewelry Workshop Experience
"My jewelry workshop with Ayfer and a local jewelry usta was a one of a kind Istanbul experience. Going into the back alleys of the Grand Bazaar to a historical and cozy studio and spending a few hands on hours with a Bazaar jewelry master felt like a step into a world I never would have experienced otherwise. Ayfer was spot on with her communication and was gracious, friendly, and super informative. "GerardAbout local AyferIstanbul, July 1, 2021
Magnificent photography tour
"We went on this magnificent tour with Kemel. My friend and I are both amateur photographers. We learned a huge amount from Kemel. His knowledge of photography is superb. He knows the different cameras extremely well and could assist us with all our questions. The fishing villages and castle ruins were excellent locations. I will highly recommend this tour with Kemel. He is very kind and has a good sense of humor."KarinAbout local KemalIstanbul, February 19, 2020
Superb experience in Instanbul !!!
"Prior to the photography session with Kemal, I joined hunting photography trips with my Indonesian group of friends, but Kemal opened a totally new perspective for me. I learned a lot from him. The experience and the lesson i got, was totally worth it. Kemal was a great teacher and also a sweet kind-hearted new friend i found in Instanbul. Thank you a lot, Kemal. Keep in touch ! "ErvinnaAbout local KemalIstanbul, October 1, 2019
"I was a -10 Photgrapher but I think Kemal managed to get me up to a 0.5 in just 3 hours. He really knows his stuff and was generous with his time and knowledge although I'm probably the worst student he has ever encountered... I'm just as shy behind the camera as I am in front of it... But thanks to Kemal I feel I at least have a better idea of the concept of Photgraphy and managed to take a few decent photographs yesterday"DaveAbout local KemalIstanbul, August 3, 2019
"You won’t regret this!!!"brentonAbout local KemalIstanbul, June 24, 2019
Review about Kemal
"I spend very interesting hours with Kemal and enjoyed the tour a lot. Although i usually shoot photograph in auto mode and I`m really technically untalented Kemal was able to teach me the basics of photography. So on the end we have visit some interesting places and I have taken very nice pictures. I would recomend this tour to anyone, even those who like me is not a "professional photographer""TeresaAbout local KemalIstanbul, June 5, 2019
Fantastic time cooking with Ibrahim!
"Ibrahim was a fantastic host. He showed us around the Island, took us shopping and welcomed us into his home which had fantastic views across all of Istanbul. We cooked and talked all afternoon and ate some of the most delicious food we had during our time in Turkey. I cannot thank Ibrahim enough for his kindness and hospitality. Definitely recommend."HamishAbout local IbraIstanbul, February 3, 2019
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Private & Personalized Activities in Istanbul with a local
Hey, fellow adventurer! As you step into Istanbul, get ready to dive headfirst into a world of local activities that redefine exploration. We're all about personalized adventures that showcase the best of Istanbul through activities that reflect its beating heart.
Imagine having a local buddy eager to show you the ropes of the city's activities scene. That's what our local experts bring to the table. They're the ones who'll take you to hidden home dinners that'll make your taste buds sing, cooking classes that'll turn you into a culinary wizard, wildlife and nature escapades that'll make you one with the outdoors, sports and leisure experiences for those chill vibes, food and drink tastings that'll make your belly do a happy dance, and workshops that'll spark your creativity. Whether you're a foodie, a nature enthusiast, a sports junkie, or an art lover, our local guides have got a whole range of activities up their sleeves to make your Istanbul experience uniquely yours.
Here's the best part – it's all about you. No cookie-cutter agendas or places you're not vibing with. With personalized activities, you're calling the shots. Whether you're clicking Instagram-worthy shots, diving deep into local history, or getting artsy, the activity adapts to your groove and pace. Consider it your express pass to the awesomeness of Istanbul, guided by a local who knows the city like the back of their hand.
So, next time you're in Istanbul, forget the usual routine. Dive into local activities and unlock the city's real magic – the flavors that'll make your taste buds cheer, the stories that'll tug at your heart, and the experiences that'll make Istanbul, well, Istanbul. It's time to explore like a local – ready to dive in?
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