Michael G.United States
Safiye was a wonderful guide! Her English is so clear and easy to understand. Safiye's depth of knowledge is impressive and she easily answered any questions. She is very personable making spending the day together informative and enjoyable. I also want to commend her for being very gay friendly and gay travelers will be quite comfortable with her. Also, Safiye really strikes the right balance of information without causing information overload. Great guide!
Barbara GrundlegerUnited States
This was a wonderful tour. Safiye was excellent. She is personable and lovely to spend time with. Her knowledge of Istanbul and history was amazing and her desire to make this a very positive experience is evident. She made us feel right at home but made sure we saw the important parts of this beautiful city. I would highly recommend her.
We had an excellent time eating all the foods with Safiye. It was like going out to different restaurants and markets with a new friend from Turkey.
Kelly TullbergUnited States
Safiye was such a great guide! She was so easy to get along with and made our day in Istanbul so much fun. She knew a lot about the history and culture, and she had great recommendations for things to see and do. It was tulip season, so she took us to the gardens with the best views. We walked through Topkapi Palace, the Spice Bazaar, a beautiful mosque and Grand Bazaar. We would have gotten so lost without Safiye. I would definitely recommend a tour with Safiye. At the end, you feel like a close friend.
Safiye was an amazing guide; organized, knowledgeable, flexible, a concise historian, as well as being a lovely person. My two day walking tour showed me much more, and different things than I would ever have seen on my own and Safiye accommodated my unusual requests with aplomb. Highly recommend. Thanks for an amazing visit to Istanbul, Safiye!
Rogan McAllisterUnited States
My tour guide was Safiye K. and she was wonderful. Friendly, helpful, super informative, and fun to spend the day with. I have many fond memories of my brief stay in Istanbul and that is all thanks to her. Definitely 5 out of 5!
We had the best half day tour with Safiye, walking around the streets of Istanbul exploring the historical sights. Safiye is a wonderful person and really nice to hang out with, chatting about life in Istanbul and Turkey and of course the historical facts. We highly recommend a guided tour like this with Safiye, to get the most out of your stay. She is indeed helpful and service minded.
Ishvinder BassiUnited States
Safiye was a great guide. She was friendly , kind , fun and knew her job well. Even though I had very little time she made sure I was able to see the main attractions and do some shopping too. I will recommend her for sure
Julie YamanakaUnited States
Excellent. She's very personable and easy to talk with. Great to talk with, actually. Excellent English and great restaurant, food, and shop choices. Nice, efficient, and easy-to-do route including two ferry rides which were both scenic and restful. Highly recommend.
Safiye is a fantastic guide ,she was there at the appointed time in our hotel ready to show us the wonderful city of Istanbul and that she did .No detail was too small she took us [party of 4 ] to all the sights she knew her city and its history and told its story so well . I would totally recommend her as a wonderful guide in this outstanding city .I loved the city Safiye had a passion for it and we loved it .
Ryan NisleUnited States
Touring with Safiye was like seeing Istanbul with a friend who also happens to be an expert in the history and culture of this magnificent place! We did a two day person tour with her and she managed to show us all of the key cites without it feeling like a frantic pace. She is also very flexible and willing to customize your experience based on what interests you the most. I cannot highly recommend Safiye enough!
John MakiUnited States
We loved our tour of Istanbul! Exceptional food, sights and company. Thank you for the wonderful experience. We look forward to meeting you again. Best wishes to you and a wonderful country.
Alex StubblefieldUnited States
My guide Safiye did an outstanding job, she catered the tour to my needs. Providing me with an abundant of knowledge about history of Istanbul and some of it's most famous sites. While never losing a step she was able to help me learn how to use the public transit system (which definitely help me out for the rest of my trip). To recommending and accompanying to some very delicious local food spots. All in all for a solo traveller like me, I was able to maximize time efficiently. Thank you Safiye!
Safiye is the best!! She is very informative about all things in Istanbul. Her tour guide style is very interactive and it makes Istanbul a really exciting place. She is also very helpful with our requests and very happily share information of things with us. I must say we are very happy with her tour. We recommend her to anyone who wish to come to istanbul.
Mohammed AlamUnited States
Punctual, accommodative, flexible, and extremely knowledgeable. Most prominent of all about Safiye - she speaks fluent English, (you will realize in Turkey spoken English is a rare skill set). Repeat - absolutely Recommend - definitely Value - I thought so!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mohammed, Thank you very much for your nice comment. It was a pleasure to meeting you. Hope to see you in Istanbul again.
Ivan ZigirizaUnited States
Best tour guide for Istanbul, she very knowledgeable and courteous. You won't be disappointed.
se was great, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. i must say, it's not easy to handle our family specially with two active kids, but she's been very very patient and she's also very very good with children. she's highly recommended. thank you safiye
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tamara, thank you very much for your nice comment. You have a great family, kids are super cute :) I hope to see you again Istanbul. I am here anytime to help you.
Alex G.United States
Safyie was knowledgeable and flexible, for me two essential qualities for a guide. Communication with her before the tour was generally good and the tour reflected pretty much what we had initially agreed upon.
Farooq KhanUnited States
Extremely knowledgeable, patient and very flexible. Thanks for the additional site visited.
Stoey StoutUnited States
I have been to Istanbul twice in the past 4 years and we have done multiple 1/2 day tours (8) with Safiye. We travel a lot, and she is simply one of the best guides we have ever had. Her tours are completely customizable. We had multiple days in Istanbul and we asked Safiye to do all of our 1/2 day tours. 8 tours and not one has been the same. Her knowledge of the amazing corners of this city is incredible. Safiye was much more than a tour guide to us. We now feel like we have a sister in Istanbul.
John LabisUnited States
Safiye was great! Had a wonderful tour of Istanbul and saw all the key sites! Very knowledgeable, friendly accommodating and even customized our shopping experience in the Grand Bazar! Thanks for a great tour on our first trip to Turkey!
Linda FrylingUnited States
Safiye was an excellent guide! We had several hours to see Istanbul on an airport layover. We were able to see the major sights and do some shopping in this time. She helped us to understand and appreciate Istanbul. She knew all the history of Istanbul and she was able to answer all of our questions. Highly recommend!
Cheryl SpessertUnited States
Safiye responded quickly to every email while we were planning our trip and met us at our hotel on time. It soon felt like an old friend was guiding us around the city as we learned and laughed together. She knew her history well but interspersed other fun observations as we zipped through the highlights of Old Istanbul. I was amazed at how much we were able to see in our 4 hours together. She perfectly tailored our time to exactly what we wanted to see and do. I would highly recommend Safiye.
Brian D.University Park, MDM, United States
Safiye is a real treasure. She is charming and her approach to explaining Istanbul and its people and customs is both professional and heartfelt. She worked with us on an art project, and she proved to be very flexible and adaptable to our special requirements. She went above and beyond the outlines of our tour by providing advice on restaurants and arranging tickets for the most authentic whirling dervish show in Istanbul. She is a lovely person and excellent guide. Very highly recommended.
Agnes HartyUnited States
Wonderful experience with Safiye! She was prompt, knowledgable, friendly and so much fun! We were very happy with our tour, we only had 4 hours with her, walking tour, on a layover, totally worth it! We even gave her info to another traveller we met in South Africa and recommended they inquire for her services. Well done! We will definitely use ToursByLocals again for future travel. Agnes and Bill
Richard HopperUnited States
Safiye was a fantastic guide - she is very knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul and is fully conversant in English. She has a wonderful patient personality, and was quick to tailor the tour to our interests. We only had one day in Istanbul, so arranging to have her show us the key sights of the City was one of the best decision we've made this trip. We'll definitely arrange to see her again next time we are back.
Troy SandersUnited States
Safiye was an excellent guide around the old city of Istanbul and I would highly recommend her. We only had a short time and Safiye was able to take us around the area efficiently and allowed us to see the primary points of interest before we needed to get back to the airport for our afternoon flight. Safiye spoke English perfectly and was able to convey her passion for Turkey, its history and its culture. She knows the best routes to get around and best places to eat. I highly recommend her!
Richard WeiseUnited States
Safiye is one of the most professional and well informed guides we have encountered in our travels around the world. My interest in history and culture generated a wide range of questions by me that were answered in great depth by Safiye. She is so well informed and exceptionally organized. In addition she has a warmth and pleasant personality that makes each tour so pleasant and satisfying. Summing up we would say she is one of the best. After spending two days with her we are anxious to return.
Deborah BurkeUnited States
Safiye is an amazing tour guide!! She made me comfortable and her English was great! She has a great knowledge of the history of Istanbul! I learned so much from her-not only about the beautiful country of Turkey but also the life of a person who lives there. Safiye was very accommodating on adjusting our schedule to include some extra fun things to see and do during my visit! Not only was she a great tour guide, she became a great friend to me! I look forward to visiting Turkey and Safiye again someday!
Barrie ShawNew Zealand
Safiye was an excellent and exceptional guide, she was very easy to understand and had good knowledge of all things local . We left Istanbul after two most enjoyable days and would love to visit again, thanks to Safiye and her friendly and pleasant ways. We would recommend her as the best.
David MunroSouth Africa
David LewisNew Zealand
I really enjoyed my walking tour of Istanbul. My guide was knowledgeable about the city and the places we visited, was really helpful about shopping and finding an excellent baklava café! Most of all they were great company and helped me see and appreciate their city.
Peter SmithCastle Rock, CO, United States
Safiye is an extremely competent and patient guide. She quickly sensed our interests and tailored the tour to our needs. She is fun and energetic and handled our requests with ease. Very highly recommended.
Safiye was excellent, she's knowledgeable considerate and cooperative, I high recommend using tours by locals and asking for Safiye, thank you again for The hospitality in Istanbul.
Brigitte Pelletier CisnerosCanada
Safiye is a wonderful guide! She is super professional, friendly and reliable. When we met up, she gave us great advice on how to pick a hotel and got us from the airport to the old city in no time! Then we went for dinner at a great rooftop restaurant and walked through the streets of Istanbul. Our tour started a bit late because of lineups at the airport so she gave us 30 minutes of her time extra at the end of the tour. She is very knowledgable and taught us a lot about Istanbul's history.
Mike ParkerUnited States
Loved, loved , loved our time with Safiye. Loved her so much that we booked her for an additional day primarily to take my wife to the good shops (spices, jewelry, rugs, etc.). I cannot offer a higher recommendation, her command of English is excellent as is her knowledge of Turkish history. Being with a guide takes you straight to the front of the line. Walking is the only way to go, everything is close together in the historical area.
Hector RochaUnited States
Safiye was amazing!! She was super nice to us and very knowledgeable. She is super kind and answe all the question we had. She was ver understandable and flexible as I travelled with my parents (elder and limited mobility). Thanks so much Safiye!! You were amazing!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hector, Thank you very much for your lovely comment, it was a pleasure to be your guide. Hope to see you in Istanbul again.
Andrew LandisUnited States
Simply wonderful! So accommodating with our tight schedule. Safiye knew so much about the history, culture, and places of the city. She did a beautiful job of blending all this together for us. We would most definitely use her again! Thanks!!
Zoeb SacheeUnited Kingdom
Safiye was very interesting, extremely pleasant and a wonderful guide throughout the day. She made every place we visited fun and pleasant. Her knowledge of history and current affairs was exemplary. She had an answer for everything and also helped with recommendations for restaurants and other things to do for the rest of our holiday. I would highly recommend Safiye to everyone!
Stefan CraffordSouth Africa
Excellent guide. Can only recommend her.
Wayne LiebUnited States
Safiye was very generous with her time. Showed us eclectic food and locations - just what we had hoped to see. Her English is excellent and she has an engaging personality. She was very understanding and forgiving on a scheduling mistake by me. Much appreciated. We happily recommend her without reservation.
Dori F.United States
James WilkinsWildwood, MO, United States
Safiye was not only a tour guide but we believe she became a friend as well. She made all four of us feel extremely comfortable in such a large, diverse city such as Istanbul. Her knowledge and professionalism were outstanding. We gained a lot of insights into such an historical area, but she never overloaded us with too much information. It was truly a joy working with such a professional and personable young woman. Anyone considering visiting Istanbul can be certain she will make it a success.
Safiye was an amazing guide with great knowledge on all the historical sites and tourists attractions we visited. She made us feel comfortable completely and it felt more like hanging out with a friend instead of following a guide. Add her excellent photography skills and she made our trip so much more memorable. Will definitely recommend her to our friends and families.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hidhir, it was a big pleasure for me to be your guide in Istanbul. Thank you so much for your nice review. Insallah you and Jannah have a happy married life forever, God bless you!
Jared LutkowskiUnited States
Safiye is a phenomenal tour guide. She took us to some of the best attractions in Istanbul. Not only this, she also met us at airport and made the transfer to our hotel seamless. When I return to Istanbul later this year with my family, I will definitely book another tour with her!
Salfiye made our Istanbul stay unique and unforgettable. Her contribution to our three day trip was every penny worth to spent. Salfiye is a very enjoyable, intelligent and funny young woman with a large amount of historical and day-to-day knowledge. Her company was just a joy all day long and to see Instanbul through her eyes was a great experience. Thank you Salfiye once again!!!! Claude and Eveline
Anshuman SenguptaUnited Kingdom
Safiye was an exceptional guide. She had the knowledge and experience which she shared with us throughout the tour. She is very lovely, friendly and flexible person. Se made us feel like home and bend over backwards if needed. The tenacity, excitement & support she has shown is applaudable. I will highly recommend her as a guide. I must say we have found a friend in Istanbul. This city is very lively and Safiye will be one more reason to come and visit.
Anand Sonali KrishnaUnited States
I do not have words to describe my great experience with Safiye. She is knowledgeable, friendly, energetic, and pays attention to every detail. She customized the tour to meet our needs. She made our time in Istanbul an AMAZING experience! We learned so much about Istanbul and it's Greek, Roman and Ottoman history. Safiye gave us the two greatest gifts of all -- the gift of knowledgeable and the gift of friendship! Thank you!
Safiye was a really nice guide. She helped us to customize itinerary including objects we wanted to see and excluding, which we didn't want to visit. She was helpful, provided us many facts and stories not only from from old Ottomans' Istanbul but also modern, our days Istanbul life. The tour was intensive, according to GPS app with walked about 10 km, in 3,5 hour. So if you like walking, you will like it. I must to mention last point of the tour - caffe on the roof near Galata tower. The view was super
Very friendly and flexible!! I did a whole weekend.
Fatima HUnited Arab Emirates
Manil ChaulagainUnited States
Wonderful guide , super funny . You won't regret. Worth every penny.
This was our first experience with tourbylocals and indeed a wonderful one! Safiye is an absolute delight. She was like our traveling companion for the two days in Istanbul. Very passionate about her city, its culture and its ways of life, it was a pleasure to see Istanbul through her eyes. She is very friendly - my 12 yr old daughter just loved her. Though the weather was a spoiler, but Safiye made it a memorable trip. Glad we booked our tour with her! Definitely visiting Istanbul again, hopefully soon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Puja, Thanks for your lovely comment, it was a big pleasure to be your guide. I really enjoyed being your guide. Hope to see you in Istanbul again, I hope I will make you travel here over and over :)
Olavur i BeitiFaroe Islands
Because i had a upcoming flu and did not feel well, i was not able to finish all of the trip, but most of it, and again it was a super good trip in the old part of the city today, as always with Safiye. Thank you so much for making Instanbul so marvelous and interesting
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Olavur, thanks for booking me the second time, it was a big pleasure to be your guide. I hope we made an unforgettable trip for you in Istanbul. Safiye
Olavur i BeitiFaroe Islands
I enjoyed this trip very much with Safiye. We had a super good chemistry.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Olavur, yes indeed we have a super good chemistry, being your guide was so much fun, thanks for your lovely comment.
Raymond LantzUnited States
Safiye is the true "Turkish Delight" what a great person and tour guide. She is warm, friendly and with more knowledge about her city then you will ever remember. She is willing to answer any question that you have. The city of Istanbul is wonderful and you could miss a lot of great things without a guide. Safiye is one of the best guide I have ever had. She had a handle on everything and was always on time and worked with you at your pace, never rushing and would take you to whatever you wanted to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ray, Thank you very much for your lovely comment. It was a big pleasure to be your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again. XOXO
Wendy SegallUnited States
Wendy SegallUnited States
The BEST. So knowledgeable and fun. Did two separate days with Safiye.. all was at my pace with all other fun details taken care of by her.
Harry PascuzziUnited States
Safiye is an excellent guide and I would recommend her to anyone.
If there is a rating that is more than 5 stars, Safiya definitely deserves it; Safiya was a great tour guide and an excellent companion with a lot of patience and understanding of exactly what I needed making the best of my time. She knows Istanbul very well, she knows not only the historical places but also knows all the areas and the right places to visit, see and enjoy; she knows the history, details and background of all the places we visited very well. She is also is a very kind, polite and generous.
Julie SauterUnited States
You absolutely must "book" Safiye, it's that simple. She is delightful - deeply knowledgeable, helpful, so good-natured... we couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Istanbul. Our visit was a great success in large part to her highly informative sharing of both old and new "gems" of insight, her patience and thoughtfulness, and our only regret was that our day had to come to an end! In Safiye, Turkey has an invaluable "ambassador" and travelers are blessed if they get to spend time w/her!
Safiye is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. She shared valuable and interesting info about Istanbul and Turkey that we wouldn't have found in guide books or online! She was also very patient while we shopped for sweets and spices. We truly enjoyed our time with her!
Malek MrouehUnited Kingdom
Paige ChristensenUnited States
Safiye was an excellent guide- not only was she very knowledgeable of the history and where to go, but she was also great company. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone wanting to experience this beautiful city.
Yoseif WhitesonUnited States
Yoseif WhitesonUnited States
Benedict WeaverSouth Africa
A professional guide who clearly knows and loves Istanbul. Safiye was punctual and explained what the tour would entail upfont. She asked if we wanted to visit specific sights and areas. Based on our requests, Safiye guided us around and showed us where and what the locals enjoy eating during the weekend. We enjoyed a delicious picnic brunch and later a wonderful doner kebab. She also showed my wife the best shops for shoes, scarves and jackets. A really worthwhile tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Benedict, thanks for your nice comment about me. It was a big pleasure to meeting you and being your guide. I hope to see you soon :)
Regina RansomUnited States
Safiye is wonderful! She is a gift to a tourist visiting Istanbul! Safiye energy is amazing. She is very knowable of the history of Istanbul, also personal attractions we wanted to visited she brought us to these sites. Safiye was happy to answer questions we had about culture of Turkey people and of Istanbul. Botton Line, if you are in visiting Istanbul Safiye is a jewel and will make your visit very memorable. Thank you Safiye, for making our visit so personable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Regina, thank you very much for your lovely comment. I am very glad to meeting you. I hope we had more time and chat more. Hope to see you in Turkey again in future.
Rene CardenasUnited States
Great tour with Safiye! Highly knowledgeable, got much of the local flavor, and overall just a fantastic tour. Looking forward to coming back to Istanbul and doing it again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rene, Thanks a lot for your nice comment. It was a big pleasure to be your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again in future.
Dolores VuraIrvine, CALIFORNIA (USA), United States
I didn't want to part with Safiye so booked another full day to explore the new Europe side with her: Galata and Beyoglu, Museum of Innocence and the Galata Mawlavi House, Istiklal street and Taksim Square, and a Turkish fashion boutique crawl. Again, she tailored the itinerary to my interests adding her knowledge and suggestions as we went along. She is just SO GOOD professionally, with such impressive skills. I feel very fortunate to have met her and I hope to return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dolores, Thanks a lot for your kind comments. It was a big pleasure for me to being your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again.
Dolores VuraIrvine, CALIFORNIA (USA), United States
A joyful half-day with Safiye exploring the Blue Mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque and tombs, local markets of Eminoglu, and the Spice Market. I benefited so much from Safiye's vast knowledge on everything from tenets of Islam to the long queue in front of the most popular coffee place to green raw henna and dried eggplants for sale in the market. We were taking taxis on this day, and her sociability gave me added insights when she relayed her lively conversations with the drivers.
Safiye was the best guide I ever had. She worked with my odd schedule and the weird timing of my layover. I thought I had a free hotel from the Turkish Airlines, but apparently, I didn't satisfy a condition. I texted Safiye with my lodging problems and by the time I got to the city centre she found me the perfect place to stay matching my requirements(just a room for the night). Furthermore, I wanted to visit a local restaurant and she helped me find it and got my reservation sorted out. Best trip EVER.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Milen, it was a big pleasure to being your guide. It was so much fun, come again, I will take you another Steak House this time :)
Dolores VuraIrvine, CALIFORNIA (USA), United States
A relaxing day cruising the Bosphorus to Anodolu Kavagi near the entrance to the Black Sea and back again to Eminoglu. Safiye's style of guiding is to weave lots of rich information about what we are seeing into the natural conversation, and it's a real pleasure. She was so skilled and organized that she was able to modify the itinerary as it was happening to accommodate any need, for example switching to taxis when my knee was strained. Also another great lunch choice on the water.
Dolores VuraIrvine, CALIFORNIA (USA), United States
Safiye was a marvelous guide and companion for my first day in Istanbul after a very long flight. We explored Topkapi Palace and the Harem, the Carpet Museum, Aya Sofya and its tombs and the Grand Bazaar on foot, the way I like to do. Her explanations of the colorful history and culture were so lively that I couldn't help but fall in love with Istanbul --- perfect orientation to the city. Safiye is excellent.
Jody ReausawUnited States
Safiye was a great guide and the street flavors tour was very authentic. She took us to places we had no idea about and talked about interesting local knowledge. We took comfortable and convenient public transportation all around the city. Highly recommend the street flavors tour or any other tours offered by Safiye.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jacob and Jody, Thanks for your lovely comment. It was a big pleasure to being your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again.
Catherine PolicellaUnited States
I had a wonderful time touring with Safiye. She customized a private tour for me that was exactly what I had hoped for. She had a vast knowledge of the sites and was also very personable and hospitable. I'm in the food business so she accommodated this by adding in a few fun foodie experiences for me as well. I would highly recommend her services if you have a chance to experience this wonderful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Catherine, It was a big pleasure to meet you. It was so much fun being your guide. I hope to see you in future in Turkey again. Safiye
Laura DenisUnited States
Safiye is a wonderful guide! She was so very friendly and easy going, she was fantastic with our daughter as well. She is very knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul and kept the tour fun and exciting. Our 4 hours went by so fast and we truly got to experience the best of Istanbul in a short time. If you are looking for the best guide in Istanbul book with Safiye!
Paola RubinoUnited States
Safiye is fantastic! Not only extremely knowledgeable, but smart and kind and patient. Not only an exceptional guide, but a fun person too. Thanks Safiye, you made our long layovers truly memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Laura, It was such a big pleasure to be your guide. I had so much fun with you. Thanks for your lovely comment. Come again I will be here :)
David S.United Kingdom
Great tour by a charming, lively and knowledgeable guide. Thank you so much Safiye
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a big pleasure to being your guide and I had a great time with you.
Jeffrey HansenUnited States
Our tour in Turkey was great!. Safiye was so sweet, kind and knowledgeable. She made us feel very welcome in her country. We were a bit nervous traveling into Turkey due to news reports. But meeting with Safiye and talking with her and the local people made us realize we would have missed a very lovely city, people and culture.
Gerald S PerezTamuning, GU, United States
Outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the region in general and, in particular, the Bosphorus passage. I will use her again when I am back in Istanbul and recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerry, It was so nice to meeting you. I learned too much things from you and so much fun. I would love to see you in Istanbul again.
Eric HultquistUnited States
Safiye is amazing and besides being extremely knowledgeable, she is fun. My wife, her daughter and I spent 3 days with Safiye and before the end of our time together the three of them were Facebook friends (and still are). Istanbul is such a great city, with so much to see, you really have to have a guide who is a local. Not only would we recommend Safiye if you visit Turkey, but we've offered to be her guide if she ever makes it to California.
William (Bill) SimmonsUnited States
Split the two days between the two continents by a day of rest. She was very accommodating to do this and it worked out well. It gave us time to appreciate the city of Istanbul and all it's highlights. If we come back again we would hire her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear William, Thank you very much for your nice comment. It was my pleasure to be your guide. You are always welcome to my beautiful country.
Lynn BrooksUnited Kingdom
Excellent guide,easy to get on with,& gave us a good insight into the life of Istanbul..Flexible tour with just the right amount of history.We left her in the Bazzar & had a horrendous experience getting back to ship,with a taxi driver who said his meter was in Euros,not Turkish lire,& more or less grabbed 150 Euros from my husbands wallet,after demanding 200. Very aggressive & frightening.Use the easy public transport or Uber cabs Sadly it spoilt an otherwise excellent day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lynn, Thanks for your nice comment about me. I am shock now to hear your story about taxi driver. I am so sorry to hear this. I tried to make my best for you. You can come again without any doubt for shopping then I will help you for everything. I won't live you alone :)
Timothy HorganHertford, HERTS., United Kingdom
Safire was a very pleasant guide but the chosen tour had little content of interest and Safiye did not appear to have a depth of knowledge about local food. Altogether very poor value.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I have done this tour so many times for another clients and everybody was happy about it. You can check this with my past reviews. What is written in tour itinerary, I confidently completely covered. There was no more and less. I am supposing my tour didn't match with this clients expectations.I tried to do my best for them like everybody and this tour was apparently to local for them. They needed something more upscale so that's why this tour didn't match with their expectations.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Safiye is one of our top guides.Members of our staff from North America have traveled to Turkey and toured with her, and had nothing but great experiences. Her reviews from past travelers reflect this as well It is to our understanding that the traveler had expectations above and beyond what was present in the tour desc & not communicated to the guide prior to booking. We are confident in the guide continuing to provide 5 star experiences and we hope that you continue to consider touring with Safiye!
What a great day with Safiye! She knows her history, is friendly and intelligent and so easy to talk to, A+ guide.
Kevin GillilandUnited States
Safiye is such an excellent guide it is hard to know where to start so I'll start with this. Within a few minutes of being with her my wife and I felt like we were with an old friend. She seamlessly wove us through the fantastic sites of Istanbul while conversing with us on history, architecture, culture, politics, religion, food, movies and everything in between. We learned a bunch, we laughed a bunch all in all a beautiful day in a beautiful city. Thanks Safiye
Christopher BuchcarUnited States
Luke JohnstoneUnited States
Safiye was an amazing guide - we had three fantastic days discovering Istanbul. Safyie is so friendly and easy going, she has a passion for her city and her enthusiasm is contagious. I would highly recommend Safyie as a guide, one of the best we have had through Tours By Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Luke, thank you very much for your nice comment. I would love to see you in Istanbul again. The weather was quite rainy, please come in spring and we will have street flavour tour :) Cheers! Safiye
Ava-Lisa MaconCatonsville, MD, United States
Safiye is FABULOUS! I 1st booked Safiye 2 yrs ago, for a 4hr layover tour by public transportation for 2 travelers. I didn't book her last year, and regretted it terribly. This time, I booked her Istanbul City tour by private transport for 12. The bus was comfy & held all our luggage easily. Safiye's charming demeanor, excellent English, deep knowledge of local lore, as well as her incredible flexibility made her a hit with the group. I have used many guides with TBL and rate Safiye as one of the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ava-Lisa, it is a big pleasure of mine to lead your group as a guide in Istanbul. To be honest 2 years break was a long time not to see each other. I hope to see you in Istanbul every year. Xoxo
Michelle ReyesUnited States
5 out of 5 (can you make it 10?) Safiye is awesome! She met me much earlier than her normal availability, provided detailed information about the sights, and was just fun to hang out with. This was a layover tour, so can't wait to come back for something more in-depth with her!
Rebecca JohnstonUnited States
We had so much fun! Safiye is a very knowledgable guide but beyond that she is so warm and friendly. We feel like we made a new friend while exploring her city with her. We saw all the main attractions and were whisked by lines and big groups. We sampled all the best Turkish food including our favorite - street food. She made Istanbul a wonderful experience for us full of great food, shopping, hammam, and memories. We are already planning to come back and have her as a guide. Safiye you're the Best
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a big pleasure to being your guide, I had so much fun. I hope to see you in Istanbul again, Safiye
Jennifer A.United States
Safiye was charming and knowledgeable. She adjusted our bazaar tour to include the Sulieman mosque (since we missed it earlier), and her recounting of the history/stories added much to the experience. An expert guide through the maze of the bazaar, Safiye helped us find quality items we were interested in, while giving us pointers on when and how to negotiate. Very engaging personality, willing to adjust /customize the experience, and lots of fun. We highly recommend her and would use her again.
Jim KubieUnited States
We had the most delightful 4 days touring Istanbul with Safiye! There are not enough stars in your ratings for her! We give her 10 stars! Her knowledge of history, dates, stories, details & anticipating our needs were incredible! The selection of restaurants, arranging transfers for us last minute, always on-time, enthusiasm, shows her professionalism, passion & love of her country! Linda & Jim Kubie, Miami FL, USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Love you so much :) Have a wonderful time in Viking Cruise.
Robert WeinbergUnited States
Safiye was great. She was personable informative and responsible to replying to my several e-mails in preparation if my trip to Istanbul. She obviously knew her way around and was able to get me into various sights without standing on long lines. She met me at the hotel promptly and individualized my tour to things I wanted to do (not exactly what was on the listed tour. I recommend her without reservation
Will E.United States
We have hired numerous private guides over the years. Safiye was one of the best, if not the very best we have used. She is very knowledgeable about Istanbul history as well as the current political/social situation in Turkey. Safiye's English is excellent and she is very personable. She went out of her way to help with a couple of transfers for us and made sure all went well. We would recommend her without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Will, it was wonderful to be your guide. Thank you very much for your nice review :)
Myra KellyUnited States
I only had time for a short tour during my layover. Safiye fit in as much as possible while getting me back in plenty of time for my flight. So I got a look around the Old City- Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar. I had a wonderful time and would love to return. Highly recommend.
Safiye Thank you for a wonderful day. We enjoyed it very much. Safiye is very knowledgeable about the history of her city . Thanks again.
Fred BergerGloucester Point, VA, United States
Safe is the perfect tour guide in Istanbul. She knows the town, the people in town, and the best places to shop. She took us to the Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar, two mosques, and a great rug shop. Every recommendation that she made was spot on! She took us to outstanding shops and helped us get very competitive prices. I highly recommend anyone wanting a terrific guide in Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred, I enjoyed being your guide a lot :) you know that. I had great time with you.
Fred BergerGloucester Point, VA, United States
Safiye is an absolutely outstanding tour guide. We spent two days with her and were amazed at how well she treated us. She took us to points throughout Istanbul and spent time explaining what we were seeing to people who had been to Istanbul and to people who had never been here before. We had a great time with Safiye and wish that we were able to book her for our tour in Ephesus. We will definitely go through toursbylocals.com to hire Safiye the next time we are in Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred, Thanks for your nice comment. I wish I could come with you to Ephesus. Next time we can make a big trip to some other parts of Turkey :)