Efendi Travel Agency, Istanbul

Last Updated on July 9, 2023

Efendi Travel, based in Istanbul, Turkey, operates private tours and makes hotelguided tourcar rentalprivate guideflight and other travel arrangements for those traveling on moderate to deluxe budgets.

As a division of the Fatih Seyahat company (which includes renowned Backpackers Travel for budget-to-moderate travel), Efendi Travel has decades of experience in Turkish tourism and has relationships with correspondent agencies throughout Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean.

Efendi Travel's office is on Akbıyık Caddesi (map), just a block from the Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet, in the very heart of Sultanahmet's hotel, restaurant, and café district.

Your trip to Turkey should start with Efendi Travel's excellent airport transfer service providing great comfort and convenience in Mercedes-Benz vehicles at a cost little more than a standard taxi—and a lot more safety. The service also operates to and from Istanbul's Karaköy Yolcu Salonu and Salıpazar cruise ship docks, where taxi hassle is even more of a concern. More...

A favorite budget-priced tour is their Old Istanbul Walking Tour to show you the prime sights. They offer a good Süleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church & Golden Horn tour that makes it easy to get to some difficult-to-find places.

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Driving and guiding are different professions in Turkey, with different licenses. It's unusual to find Driver-Guides licensed to do both, but Efendi has found them, and they can save you money on private tours as you won't have to hire two professionals and pay their travel expenses.

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Efendi offers a variety of guided tours for all parts of Turkey. Favorites are their 8 Day/7 Night tours of Turkey's top destinations in all budget ranges. More...

If you want a highly competent, experienced Istanbul travel agency to pick you up at the airport or cruise ship dock, help you to plan your itinerary within and beyond Istanbul, rent a car, arrange high-quality hotel accommodations in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Mediterranean resorts and other destinations, and any other travel agency service, you should consider Efendi Travel. They're good on personal service, attention, and follow-through.

Efendi Travel offers moderate to luxury hotels, private and small group tours of Istanbul (from luxury to budget class), tours throughout Turkey, gulet yacht cruises, Greek Islands cruises, Jewish and Christian heritage tours, and winter ski packages to Turkish mountain resorts.

When you contact Efendi Travel, don't forget to mention TTP. Here's why.

Efendi Travel Agency
Yeni Akbıyık Caddesi No: 30 (map)
SultanahmetIstanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 638 6343, or 638 6344, or 638 3746
Fax: +90 (212) 638 3922

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Fantastic experience with Efendi Travel Would definitely recommend!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

We had the most amazing time visiting Turkey (it was our first time).

Efendi Travel Agency came highly recommended on the Turkey Travel Planner website and definitely did not disappoint! Tahsin was our agent and did an amazing job. We had only a short amount of time to plan our itinerary, and he managed to organise it all and tailor the 15 day itinerary to our requests. We visited Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale and Kusudasi. Overall the whole trip went very smoothly and we were able to visit so many beautiful areas! All of the staff (tour guides, transfer drivers) were so kind and welcoming.

We have left Turkey full of wonderful sights and experiences and are looking forward to going back again!Thank you Tahsin and Efendi!

Emma Cahuzac

Excellent value for the price.

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Booked my airport transfers and Gallipoli tour through this travel agency having read Tom Brosnahans information. Excellent communication. Transfers were luxurious and even included a ferry trip to avoid the manic traffic congestion through Istanbul. The Gallipoli tour was excellent value for the price. Well organised, nice meal included and our guide Boran was superb. The day was memorable. Would highly recommend Efendi Travel.

Jonathan Pocklington

Yusuf is the best travel agent! Definitely choose this tour!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Yusuf is the best travel agent I have ever met! He was so patient and accommodating, and extremely honest. I went to him with no plan, and he put together a plan for me—> Istanbul to cappadocia, cappadocia to Ephesus, Ephesus to Pamukkale. All flights, breakfasts, lunches included for a very reasonable price. Other agencies offered tours for $200.00-$300.00 less, but I wanted to meet my travel agent. And it was worth it because Yusuf was available every step of the way, I could text him for advice and help anytime. And he would contact me to make sure I was properly picked up/cared for at various check points. He was so reliable! It was worth the extra $200.00 to have him to work with. When my credit card didn’t work, and was frozen, he waited until I could get the payment arrangements fixed. And my goodness, the trip was fantastic!!! There were no hitches, and each place provided endless fascination. You should spend two days in cappadocia, and do a long tour in Ephesus. Our guide at Ephesus gave us a three hour tour, and it felt it could have been even longer though three hours was quite a bit anyways. Make sure you swim at Pamukkale, the water is divine and you should walk through the ruins of the Hieropolis. You will not regret any of these cities!! Research their rich history and you will get even more out of your tours!


Great Experience and excellent service

Rated 5.0 out of 5

We were a family of 3 and i must say the tour was well planned. There were no last moment surprises and we would know the scheduled well in advance. We were skeptical when we initiated the conversation to transfer advance to a travel agent in an unknown country but i must say Tahsin is one of the most professional travel agent we have come across. Efendi allows you the flexibility to book hotels of your choice directly, they even planned our flights and gave us the option of booking ourselves which saves us money. That goes to show Efendi does not operate only on commercial principles but they want to provide you with an experience. Tahsin is prudent on mails as compared to calls. I would highly recommend Efendi for Istanbul tours

Pavan S

Highly recommend them!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Impressed with their professional and courteous service, tour guide Miss Koubra showed up on the hotel’s door step exact on time and took me to the places as promised. Through out the day she was very cordial with us, answer all my and other’s question very passionately, she was full of knowledge about Turkey’s history. Her compassion was admirable and gave us reason to visit Turkey again. All I can say is this company and its employees were doing everything possible to please the and take great care of us. Another happy customer from California!


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