Don’t even think about whether this tour is too expensive or not – just do it – you’ll not regret it. It is the guides and the out of the way places that they take you that make this such a great tour and such great value for money. We were fortunate to have both Polat and Ozcan as guides – we had Ozcan on the Classic Old City Tour the previous day and Polat for the Full Day Circle tour on the following day. Incidentally I’d recommend the two tours on successive days – they complement each other very well. The Classic City tour shows you the traditional highlights [Blue Mosque, Topkai palace etc etc] while the Circe Tour takes you into the back streets of Istanbul away from the seething masses of tourists. Without doubt both Polat and Ozcan are in tune with what their clients are after. They are fun and engaging and make the experience not only an education but great FUN. These two guys are a laugh a minute – be prepared to keep up with them and give them back as much as they give you. They’ll respond accordingly. Hard to fault either of these two trips or these two guys in any way and I’d have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who wants to see the real side of Istanbul and have great fun with great people at the same time.