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Why Choose Us

Our Experience is What Sets Us Apart
We Love Turkey. We want you to have the best experience.

Turkey Travel Guide has been operating in Istanbul for over 5 years through its TURSAB licenced company Gokkaya Tourism. We also own and operate the Ayasofya Hotel, an historic Ottoman Hotel in the old district of Sultanahmet.

We have been organizing tours for our guests from Australia, America, England, South Africa, Brazil and many other countries around the world. Our reputation speaks for itself in the testimonials and satisfaction of our many guests over the years.

We are on the ground in Istanbul and Turkey!

This means your tour  is not booked  2nd or 3rd hand through an  agency – you will  deal directly with people who have travelled in Turkey and know what to see and do and on are on the ground when you arrive and support from start to finish.

We can tailor make a tour for you! You may want to see the classic sites of Turkey as well as enjoy a stay by the sea, or visit a Turkish village for an experience you will never forget….or perhaps a gulet cruise included with your trip to Cappadocia. Would you like to visit amazing Eastern Turkey….or perhaps walk the Lycian way, kite surf or paraglide – all these things are easy for us to arrange.

We generally use smaller boutique hotels in small towns and consider your needs when choosing your accommodation for your tour.

turkeytravelguide.com, can include  things that are unique for our guests, like a night or two in a local Turkish village,  time to rest and enjoy the flavour of Turkey at small seaside towns, and off the beaten track activities in Istanbul – things that are not  available in large bus group tours.

Choose us because:

• We have a proven record of service
• We have partners, Australian and Turkish, who understand what you want
• Communication is easy with written and spoken English on hand
• We listen to what you want and come up with the answers
• We are passionate about making sure our guests are happy
• We are passionate about Turkey and sharing it with people

About Gaye Reeves

Gaye has spent many years travelling and her first visit to Turkey was in 1995.   She came  again in 1998 when with her friend Pam she travelled for two months all over Turkey, an epic journey of 7000kms  in an old Turkish made Kartel station wagon.

After returning on visits  many times over she finally made her home in Istanbul in 2008 and now lives in the old city of Sultanahmet

During this time she fell in love with a nearby historic Ottoman building  which had been converted into a hotel during the 1980s.    Gaye took it over in 2009 together with her Turkish business partner and staff  set about  improving and restoring the building.

Ayasofya Hotel  now has a reputation as a unique place to stay in the old city of Sultanahmet.      Full of character and charm, the hotel is located right next to the rear ancient walls of the Hippodrome, known as the Splendone, where the stables and horses were housed in Roman and Byzantium Times.

The area  has a very local feel to it and guests comment that they feel like they become part of a community during their stay – vendors  call out and wheel their carts past the door,  the shoe shine man calls by ! Guests  become friends with our  local barber and the hotels neighbours!   There is a local flavour to everything about Ayasofya.

Always happy to share her knowledge of Turkey with her family friends  and guests Gaye was encouraged to obtain a TURSAB licence.  She did this  in 2010 and now provides tour services for those  who want to travel around Turkey.   Not the big bus type, but trips that are individual tailored and organised for those who want a more personalised experience.

Gaye is passionate about sharing her knowldege of Turkey and Istanbul just for the pleasure of it.    She can also put a tour plan can put together a tour  that is just what you want!

Having spent many years in the corporate world,  and born into a very large family of sisters – Gaye has a natural empathy with people  from all walks of life and all ages – all with a touch Australian practicality and a lot of humour!

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