Ilan ShalviUnited States
We had a 2 days walking tour with Ali in Istanbul and highly recommend this tour and Ali as the guide. Ali is very knowledgeable, informative, cater very well to our liking and schedule and easy going.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ilan and Lily,thank you for spending two days with me in Istanbul.I wish you the best.Ali.
Ali was a perfect guide for our 2 days with him, he’s like a walking history book and really professional in his engagement with us. I would not hesitate booking with Ali at all and thank you for a perfect experience. If ever you are in Singapore, we have wine and yummy street food waiting for you Ali!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peony,this is very kind of you.I had really two pleasant days with you and wish that you enjoy your stay in Cappadocia,too.Best wishes for your family.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Amanda van LoggerenbergAzerbaijan
I visited Istanbul for a short weekend trip and as my time was limited, I required a specific tour to accommodate my specific needs. I further wanted to experience the city and its fascinating history. My guide was professional and went out of his way to answer my questions. This trip was fantastic, thanks to my local guide. He is a fountain of information and I recommend him to any person travelling to Istanbul / Turkey for a holiday.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amanda,thank you for your toughts.I hope to see you again.Kind Regards,Ali.
Amir was a great tour guide and his tour was the perfect way to start our stay in Istanbul. He was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. Highly recommended!
We had two great days with Ali! He was very knowledgeable, helpfull and very good company. Ali showed us a lot of the city and could tell a lot about the history. Even after our trip was over he was still willing to answer questions over whatsapp. We would definitely recommend Ali as a guide. Best wishes, A group of friends from Amsterdam
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mirthe,thank you very much for your compliments.I am so glad that you are in Istanbul also to support my team Galatasaray against Real Madrid.
Ali was on time, his English was excellent, he was very knowledgeable on all our tour spots and patiently answered all our questions about Istanbul. At some of the sites tour guides could jump the queue which saved us time. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louise & Ian, it was a great day for me and I am glad to know you.In the mean time your English was very good too,:))) Wish you the best...
Nous avons passé 2 jours avec Ali, il est à l'écoute de nos besoin, très sympathique et une source d'information complète, sans hésitation, pour 2 jours à Istanbul , nous recommandons Ali.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cher Joel&Pierre,c'etait un grand plaisir pour moi de passer deux jours ensemble a Istanbul.Merci.
Carmine RicciardiUnited States
Ali was punctual, well prepared and very accommodating. He answered our many questions and then some. He was patient, humble and very generous with his time. His knowledge and insight really helped to enrich our experience as first time visitors to Istanbul. He found a way to fit everything we hoped to do in his itinerary, even lunch at a few local eateries and turkish coffee in the market! Ali was an excellent ambassador for Istanbul and Turkey! Showing us so much about Istanbul's past & present.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christine & Carmine, I have just came to home from a tour and sitting in front of TV with my wife chatting and watching a program about Italian pizzas.Suddenly I noticed your message and read it.Believe me it is very hard for me to explain you my feelings about your comment.It is certain that my wife is proud of me.You know what,you have a real friend here.Whenever I come to NY, I will call you without any hesitation.I wish you the best for all your family. Best Regards, Ali
Gabriel MariottiUnited States
Ali was early at our appointment, and did a great job. His conversational skills are also very good. The tour is an interesting mix between the European and the Asian sides. Please be prepared to walk as this is a walking tour. The best part was riding the ferry to and from the Asian side. Great views of the City while crossing the Bosphorus. Ali explained his very well planned tour while walking. The Asian side is less touristy but colorful, and a real window to the life of everyday's Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gabriel,it was a very pleasent day for me.You are such a great person to be a friend for a walking tour.I hope to meet you again soon.Enjoy your trip in Italy and safe journey back.
Cory ArchibaldUnited States
Ali is a wealth of knowledge! With more than 30 years' experience as a guide, the depth of his knowledge and passion for Turkish history is unparalleled. Not only did he provide a rich and fascinating narrative for our tour, he was patient, flexible and accommodating when I required additional rest and frequent stops due to mobility issues. He customized his tour to meet our needs exactly and was the consummate professional. Book Ali today, you won't regret it for one second!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cory,I am glad that you enjoyed the tour.Best wishes for all of you.
Steve HarrisUnited Kingdom
Ali was a great guide for us in Istanbul, giving us a true insight into this wonderful city & it's people. Full of knowledge & enthusiasm, thank you. Steve & Nelly
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Steve & Nelly,thank you for your compliments.Hope you had great time in Croatia too.
Alba DavalosUnited States
Ali was such a great tour guide! He's so knowledgeable and informative. With so much history in Istanbul, I felt he covered a lot of ground. He took us to all the top places to see and we were able to take our time. I highly recommend Ali and the van tour! No better way to travel around the city than in a large van with A/C and cold water.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alba,Thank you for your compliments.Wish you the best.
Bulent EnderUnited States
Excellent guide services from a very knowledgeable gentleman. This professional guide made our visit to Istanbul a dream vacation. Thank you Ali.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr.Ender.Oğlunuza selamlar ve başarılar.
Darius DilamaniUnited States
Ali was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable and patient. He took his time to explain the history and significance of every sight we visited. We were a group of 6, with 2 little kids and he was very accommodating and understanding, and helped us prioritize which sights to visit throughout the day. If in Turkey, Istanbul is an absolute must see, and if in Istanbul and considering a tour guide, Ali is the tour guide you would want. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and learned a lot thanks to Ali.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ali,you have a great family.Wish you the best.
We have just completed an amazing tour with Ali:he is so kind and he has a wonderful way to describe with details all we visited.I would definetly recommend him and i am looking forward to book the others tours with him again. Fluent in french and english.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Houssine.It was a great day for me to spend with you.Wish you the best for your family and hope to see you in the future.
Jake SatherUnited States
Look no further, Ali is the best. Wonderful day in Istanbul with our two little ones. Ali is very knowledgeable and was very patient with our family. He let us set the pace of the day and it was perfect. Thank you again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.I wish the best for your family.
Nish SainiUnited Kingdom
Ali was a fantastic guide - very friendly, extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful story teller. My family and I had a great day in his company and highly recommend his services. Many thanks , Ali!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nish,Thank you very much for your very kind compliments.I wish for you and for your family the best.Best Regards.
Irina ShapiroUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Ali. I decided to book this tour because of flexibility that Ali offered. We arrived late in the afternoon and I was not sure if we are able to make a 6 hour tour after a long flight from CA. Ali offered a few options and was very accommodating during the tour. We were able to change our plans as we went and there was absolutely no problem with all the changes. Ali was very knowledgeable and experienced. We really recommend booking a tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Irına,Thank you for all your positive comments.It was a great pleasure for me to guide a person like you and your son with a lot of interests of Istanbul.I wish you the best for you and Ben, and hope to see you again here for a longer stay.
Natalie TownsendUnited States
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Natalie TownsendUnited States
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Brittany BeaulieuUnited States
Ali was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour. He was very accommodating with my schedule which kept fluctuating. I highly recommend him for solo or group tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brittany.I hope you are having a good flight.I am so glad to meet you and did the tour together.I wish you the best and hope to see you again.
Tim OgdenUnited States
I contacted Ali at the last minute--in the evening of the night before I had some free time in Istanbul with my visually impaired son. Ali responded quickly and customized a 4 hour itinerary for us to see some major sights, taking into account the tight schedule we had. He did a great job of adjusting as we went and customizing to the needs and interests of my son--not an easy task when his vision is so limited. He even took 1 of the best photos I've ever had of my son and I. I'm forever grateful to Ali.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tim I am so glad to know you and Nathanael.He has a very strong personality.I wish the best for him.
Georgios KatrakalidisUnited Kingdom
Mr Ali Sureyya is a highly knowledgeable, passionate and very experienced guide and also a very kind man. We could have not chosen a better guide. Thank you for a lovely tour of the Sultanahmet mosque, Aya Sophia and Topkapı.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr.Georgios Katrakalidis,it has been a pleasure for me to guide such people as you who have a great respect for history.Thank you.
Timothy F.VIRGINIA, United States
I had only 1 day in Istanbul and I thought my request of places to visit may be too much. I needed a guide with access to an automobile. Ali got me to all of the places I requested. Not only did he guide me around the historic district, he took me to see the Theodosian Walls, Chora Church, & 1453 Panorama exhibit farther out. In addition, Ali rode with me on the subway to get me to the outer train station. I couldn't have asked more from a guide. I will use Ali again on a return visit! -Tim F., U.S.A.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tim, good to hear from you and thank you very much for your compliments.But you know what, it is very easy for a guide touring with a very positive person like you.In the mean time I want to remind you that there are still things to do Istanbul that you wanted to see them with your wife.So be hurry to make the plans.All the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr.Kakar.Best wishes for your lovely family.
Irene DayUnited States
Ali is a wonderful guide. He is very knowledgeable and personable. He knows the must see tourist sights and sights that give you a local feel of Istanbul. We highly recommend any tour Ali conducts. We did this tour and his Istanbul Highlights and enjoyed them both.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Irene & Kent greetings from Istanbul.It was a pleasure for me guiding a very kind couple like you in Istanbul.I appreciate very much your reviews.I wish you the best for you and your family.
Irene DayUnited States
Ali is a fantastic guide. He is very knowledgeable and personable. The Magnificent Istanbul Tour was informative and enjoyable. Ali personalized it to our wishes and he and the driver got us around Istanbul in a way we never could have done by ourselves. I highly recommend this tour and Ali for any tour he does.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Irene & Kent.Thank you for flying for thousands of miles to come Istanbul.I am really so glad that you go back to your home with happiness.
Henry de ProyartSwitzerland
Thank you so much Ali (Le Magnifique) for this tour of Istanbul ! We will keep a great memory of the city, its monuments and its guide. Ali was very friendly, competent, perfectly fluent in French, knowledgeable, fun and punctual. We are looking forward to come back here and definitely recommend him to any guest who would like to visit the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amel & Henry, thank you so much spending two days with me in Istanbul.I really had two fantastic days with you.I am so glad that you enjoyed the famous baklavas too.I wish you all the best from my heart.J'espere q'on se revoie.
Ali is an excellent guide,professional and friendly.I cannot recommend him strongly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.I hope to see you again for a longer visit in Istanbul.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre guide Ali qui était à la fois très amical et qui connaissait très bien sa ville et répondait à toutes nos questions. Il était aussi très flexible pour accommoder nos demandes. Nous avons passé 2 jours très culturels et très agréables humainement.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chères Ludivine et Jérôme, Merci beaucoup pour vos sincères compliments. Cordialement, Ali
Heather BaileyUnited States
Ali was an ideal tour guide!!! I HIGHLY recommend him. He was very kind, professional, and insightful. He custom-designed the tour for our personal interests (much appreciated!) and he answered all of our questions thoroughly and thoughtfully based upon formal history and personal experience. Great personality. He gave suggestions for non-touristy excursions and restaurants. He has been a tour guide for a LONG time and just started working with toursbylocals (hence the #of reviews). A perfect day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heather&Brian, Thank you very much for your kind compliments.It was a great day for me to be with guests like you who want to know as much as possible about the history and different cultures of Istanbul.I really appreciate your interest for history and culture.Best Regards,Ali.