Gregory SolcherUnited States
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
What a fantastic guide. Hanifi gave us a real good feel for Istanbul. And Yes it is very safe.
Cameron TaylorUnited Kingdom
Hanifi provided an informative, perfectly-paced and entertaining tour for us, giving an excellent introduction to the city of Istanbul and the hospitality of its people. Our party of four - two older adults and two young adults - spent an enjoyable day in Hanifi's company and would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a personalised, and personality-filled, tour of the beautiful historic heart of Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Thank you for your lovely comments. It was pleasure to be with you. I am looking forward to read your Book Macbeth. Best wishes from istanbul.
Brandon SampleUnited States
Hanifi is a kind and knowledgeable person. He knows Istanbul inside and out and you will be in great hands while you are with him. He took us to all of the traditional tourist spots, but because we had four days with him we were also able to enjoy the local flavor. I don't believe we would have enjoyed Istanbul as much as we did without him. You won't be disappointed if you choose him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Brandon, Thank you for your kind words. I had pleasure being with you. When you were here you might realized how Istanbul safe. ;) My best wishes from istanbul. Hanifi
Serhat PalaUnited States
Our Istanbul Tour was great fun with Hanifi. He is funny, genuine and very knowledgable. I would recommend Hanifi to anyone that is looking to have a great time while learning about the local culture and history. He also have great suggestions on what shops to visit, what restaurants to eat and how to skip lines. He is also great with Kids, which makes things even better!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merhaba Serhat bey, Thank you for your lovely words. It was pleasure to meet your lovely family. Hanifi
Chelsea RehmanUnited States
Our tour was most certainly a 5/5 * rating for Hanifi. He was right on top and communication was easy with him. He led us around at our own pace and never rushed us. He was incredibly friendly and welcoming and full of information. I would most definitely book with Hanifi in the future. Signed, A very happy American tourist.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Chalsea, Thank you for your lovely comments. It was pleasure to be with you. Your small boy is so cute. Hope he didn't get called after our tour. My best wishes from istanbul. Hanifi
Stewart GrayUnited Kingdom
Hanifi was absolutely superb throughout our 3 days with him in awal April 2019. We didn't plan anything left it to him and he arrested at our hotel to show our party of 8 around the city. He was highly knowledgable , interesting and engaging. We jumped all the queues with his prepaid tickets and there was a great mini bus and driver included . Thanks Hanifi very much we all enjoyed your company and all the laughs we had together !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words and comment. It was fun and enjoyable to do tour with you. :) Hanifi
Michael MackUnited States
Just the best tour of Istanbul possible. Highly recommend Hanifi without reservation
Nedina FikicBosnia and Herzegovina
I would highly recommend this tour and guide. We hade three children with us and it when ok. Guide Hanifi was great, he understood our needs with children and gave us much better tour then we could imagine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments and lovely words. Keep your family happy and healthy.
Michael M.United States
Michelle CorrellUnited States
I can't say enough good things about Hanifi and our 3-day tour with him. There was no question that he didn't know the answer to. And he has a wonderful sense of humor, and his English is perfect. Hanifi was also very accommodating with adjusting our tour at the last minute when my mom sprained her ankle and ended up in a wheelchair the night we arrived. He insisted on pushing her wheelchair for us all 3 days and took such good care of her. I travel a lot, and Hanifi is the best tour guide I've ever had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had a great time with you. Thank you for your kind Words and rating. My best wishes from Istanbul
Joseph SuarezUnited States
I am so happy I booked a 2 Day Private Tour with Hanifi Y. He is incredibly personable, knowledgeable and made the tour fun and informative. A great perk of using a pro-tour guide, is that we barely had to wait in any lines. We always were ushered to the front. I was able to spend as much or little time as I wanted at each site. When I was done, we moved on. Hanifi was a great guide made a lot if information, easily digestible. I HIGHLY recommend Hanifi to guide you through Istanbul!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely comment Joseph. It was pleasure to be your guide in istanbul. I had very good day with you. Last vegan lunch was incredible. Wishing you happy and healthy life without stress :) Hanifi
Hanifi was an expert tour guide who adapted the tour to my previous knowledge. He's a really nice guy who explains history in an easy to understand way. He was amazing!
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Harry H.United States
Hanifi took us to additional places in Istanbul that he had selected, on our second layover tour with him. They were all interesting and worth seeing. He was waiting for us at the airport at the agreed upon meeting place. His English is very good, although he said a few words that we had trouble understanding. He has an interesting personality, more forceful and direct than other guides, but not unpleasant or disagreeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely comment Harry. You know, I like your wife more than I do you :) I am wishing you more 48 year being together. Best wishes from istanbul.
Hi Hanifi, a slightly delayed rating from me for the tour last October. You were absolutely excellent. Spoke fluent English which is a real must to start off with. Took us to so many interesting places, extremely knowledgeable about your home city, there wasn't a question you could not answer and it was great talking to you about the cultural aspects of the city too. Eating the plate of big white beans in one of the local cafes will live long in the memory! I would highly recommend Hanifi. Regards Nigel
Yvonne HubmayrUnited States
Hanifi is a super-friendly, kind, accommodating, punctual and well-educated family man. We loved his anecdotes and snippets of eclectic information. He is a literate man who loves to tell a story. He knows Istanbul inside out and loves to show it off to visitors. Our 3 days with Hanifi were comfortable, stress free, fun and we visited many sights that we otherwise would not have had time or energy to see. He also went out of his way to help us with special arrangements. Thank you Hanifi!
Jason AddlespergerUnited States
Hanifi was superb. We spent three days with him, and enjoyed every minute of our time and covered fast parts of Istanbul. Hanifi has great historical and architectural knowledge to share. He has such a positive attitude about life. I can't recommend him enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: How nice words you said about me. It was a great pleasure to share the time with you. Take care of your lovely wife. Don't forget to lift your left foot up enough :)
Hanifi was wonderful, patient with four ladies, knowledgeable and engaging. He made the different sites come to life with his commentaries. You can tell that he loves his city and what he does.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments Maria. You and all ladies was awesome.
Glenn GriffinUnited States
Hanifi provided a terrific 2 day tour of Istanbul. Hanifi's timing generally beat the crowds and a perk of having a registered guide is they can buy the tickets without waiting in line, a huge advantage. The cruise was outstanding, just long enough to get a good feel for the Bosporus and its environs. A special treat was the lunch location, 6 floors up with unobstructed views of Hagia Sophia/Blue Mosque. He did a great job of alternating riding in the car and walking. We felt completely safe, at all times
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. It was pleasure to be with you.
Harry H.United States
Hanifi does not like to stand with the other guides or hold a sign with the client's name, so instead he gave us what he admits were incorrect instructions to meet him at another place at the airport. After an anxious hour, we finally found him. But for this mixup, I would have given him 5 stars. He speaks very good English, is personable, humorous, and knowledgeable. When we go to Turkey again, I will try to book another of his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Thank you for your comments. Very sorry for the confusion. It was pleasure to meet you and with your wife.
Qasim AliUnited States
Hanifi went above and beyond to help my parents navigate the topkapi palace and the grand bazaar. I would gladly recommend him to anyone going to Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. They are lovely people.
McNair JohnsonUnited States
Hanifi was an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who made our two day visit not only action-packed but also meaningful and a lot of fun. We left Istanbul feeling like we had experienced a bit of authentic Turkey and are so glad Hanifi was our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comment. WHY NOT :) Hanifi
Simon EedleUnited Arab Emirates
My daughter and I spent the day on a walking tour with Hanifi, very knowledgeable guide and good fun to be with. Went to Sophia, Blue Mosque, Sultan's Palace, Cisterns and Grand Bazaar. Would not hesitate to recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely words. Hanifi
We had a great experience with Hanifi on the tour he provided. Hanifi was very considerate, and showed us not only the things that he suggested, but also what we wanted. His English skills were great so we could understand him easily, and he was very knowledgable about his city, and the lifestyle of the average Istnabul citizen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou for your comment. Lots of love from istanbul to you and your wife. Hanifi
Diomedes (Dio) Del CastilloJohannesburg, South Africa
The 3 days with Hanifi were great. He is quite knowledgeable of the Turkish history and that of all the sites we visited. He is very talkative and ready to give information. I strongly recommend the 3-day tour. We got to see all the important sites. Do not attempt to drive in Istanbul on your own if you are not a local: It is some times scary, but having a local guy like Hanifi driving you around makes it fun.
Renuka RaijiUnited States
Mary DrakeUnited States
Hanifi was amazing. Both fun and informative. It was like spending the day with a wise old friend. We really enjoyed our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was so lovely to have (Break Fasting) dinner with you.
Jennifer WilhelmUnited States
Hanifi spent two days with us touring beautiful Istanbul in May 2018. His knowledge, energy, and love of Turkey engaged all five our our family (two adults and three teenagers). Hanifi was on time (including airport p/u and d/o), went the perfect pace, gave us a plethora of suggestions for eating and other walkable sites. Hanifi was a wealth of knowledge in so many areas that we'd love to see him again. The mosques, shopping, eating, and boat cruise were excellent. We highly recommend Hanifi. A++
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennnifer, Thank you for your lovely words. It was my pleasure beeing with you.
I traveled to Istanbul with 4 of my friends for the first time. We engaged Hanifi for 2 days and it has been a wonderful time. He made sure the itinerary was inclusive of culture, fun and history to sums up to Istanbul's vibrant colours. He was very engaging and patient in explaining the details and sometimes he sang it to us. We asked for a tour guide but Hanifi was more than that. He brought us to restaurants that was excellent. He even arranged for Belly dancing show at a discounted price. Tq Hanifi
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My best wishes for you and for your new President ;)
John R.St. Simons Island, GA, United States
My wife and I have just spent a full day with Hanifi and I must say it was perfect in every aspect. We are staying in Istanbul only a couple of days and wanted to make the most of our time and I think we did as we visited Istanbul's major highlights. Hanifi is knowledgable and engaging and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. We would recommend him without any reservation. Overall, a most memorable day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was lovely to meet with you and Mimi. You are all ways welcome. Hanifi
Jose Garcia CuarteroUnited Arab Emirates
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Marge HechingUnited States
Our layover tour was fantastic! Hanifi is charming and very knowledgeable. His love for Istanbul is infectious.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, It was so much pleasure to do tour with you. All day was fun and enjoy.
Tariq HaniffUnited States
Excellent! Hanifi is a very accommodating guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating.
Richard WillUnited States
We give Hanifi a 5/5 rating! He was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He easily picked up on what we would enjoy. Much appreciated!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was pleasure to be with you.
Lila NewmanUnited States
Great layover tour. Hanifi met us at the airport and drove to the old city where we enjoyed a Turkish pastry and then walked to the major sights of interest. Hanifi was ready to customize the stops. He is very personable and we had a fun, educational tour We're ready to go back at some point and explore more of Turkey. He took us back to airport at the agreed upon time. Great tour
Ruby Ann EscasinasPhilippines
Richard KwangHong Kong
His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge filled my journey with absolute joy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: “Silence is the language of Allah, all else is poor translation.” - Rumi
Wonderful leisurely 4 days tour with Hanifi. The planning of the itinerary was well executed. A lot of the queuing was cut when you have a guide and this could not have been done if exploring on own. If short on time and not planning a shopping spree, the tour could perhaps be cut to 3 from 4 days. RT
Soon Sin TeoSingapore
Professional, witty, helpful, resourceful. Fantastic tour experience. Made great recommendation for lunch too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Soon, I hope you get enough sleep and keep yourself warm. I am wishing you and your family, wife and lovely kids a good life. Thank you for your rate and lovely words. Hanifi
Mary ByrdUnited States
This tour is a must for the first time as well as repeat visitor to Istanbul. Hanifi was a wonderfully informed and personable guide who we thoroughly enjoyed meeting and spending two days with. Worth noting that having a guide for entry to ticketed sites is a luxury...you just skip right past the lines! Istanbul is not only beautiful but also a fascinating city and culture. Hanifi was just the person to introduce to visitors!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, It was a pleasure to be with you.
I'm so happy and glad I went to this trip with Hanifi (the guide) he is so energetic, passionated and educated person. He added a beautiful sole to the trip. It's clear that he loves his job . I really recommend him for every singles or families who would like to enjoy the tour it self and the companion as well. Thank You brother Hanifi for everything .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sister Nadia, You have a lovely family. It was plesure to be with your guide. All my best wishes from Istanbul Hanifi
Robyn ChurchillUnited States
Fantastic guide who fit in a lot in a short layover, answering questions, sharing history, and making it a truly enjoyable visit! I will come back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mrs. Churchill, It was amazing short hours to talk with you. Thanks for your comments. Hanifi
Michael HigginTrinidad and Tobago
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Thank you of your comment. It was a pleasure to be your guide. Hanifi
Touring with Hanifi was like visiting an old friend who knew everything about his surroundings. In addition to learning so much about the incredible sites in Istanbul, we shared philosophy on everything from politics and religion (normally dangerous territory) to family life. And we shared lots of laughs. I highly recommend Hanifi to anyone who wants to take their tour to a different level.
Randal PalmaCosta Rica
After 2:30 minutes to clear the passport control at the airport I was really frustrated. When I get out and he see me he mentioned. Hi Randal you did it, let have a wonderful tour. That changed my day. He knows about history and the background of the places we get to visit and shared all that information with me.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I got sad that I wasn not able to meet you and shake hand to your plane :). Thanks you did it.
A very knowledgeable and professional tour guide. I must say Hanifi was very good with time and planing. He knows his stuff and I would recommend him to travelers who want to make most of their limited time in Istanbul. It is real value for money.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely words Homz. It was nice to share an istanbul day with you.
Raymond LoyerUnited States
We had a great time with Hanifi, he is well informed and a real gentleman.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. It was pleasure.
Very nice chap with a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the region. I appreciated that he extended the tour later, as my plane was late, and that he provided his own transportation. Very enjoyable. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are welcome. It was my pleasure. Do not forget to wear your steel vest :)
Christy AldermanUnited States
Hanifi is a wonderful tour guide. He navigated Istanbul and ensured that we experienced everything that we wanted to. I especially liked going in the neighborhood and market on the Asia side.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely words and rate.
Michael BaxterNSW, 2290, Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Thank you for your reating. I would like to meet you again. Best wishes.
John TaylorSan Francisco, CA, United States
Our two days with Hanifi was incredibly insightful for making aware of the history and uniqueness of Istanbul and meeting a genuinely very nice person. We felt like we got to know the city, the culture, the religion and the political scene in our time with Hanifi. He was always professional but also very human and approachable on any subject. I would recommend him under any circumstance; particularly with the strife in his city now.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words and your rate. My words are not good enough to compensate yours. Here is some for you from a poet. “The heart is a The thousand-stringed instrument That can only be tuned with Love.” By Hafiz
James KnollmillerUnited States
Hanifi was definitely a 5-star guide. His obvious love and enthusiasm for the city, his depth of knowledge, his thoughtfulness and sense of humor made him an excellent companion for four days. We never seemed to stop talking about anything and everything Turkish--its history, culture, people, religion, politics, language, food. He was well versed on any topic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Thank you for your rate. It was pleasure to be your guide.
Mitchell PratteUnited States
We enjoyed our day with Hanifi and think others would enjoy him as well. We only had one day to site see in Instanbul and he filled our day with the best sites possible. We is pleasant and has a good sense of humor. We hope to return in the future and will use him as our guide for sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely words. I wish you and your children happiness.
Erin LeeserUnited States
Hanifi was wonderful! He was engaging, knowledgeable, and great with our 3 kids. Somehow he managed to fit in several Amazing sights into a few short hours but we never felt rushed. If you will be in Istanbul, this is the guide to request! Erin Leeser
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely words Mrs. Leeser. It was my pleasure.
Christopher SmithUnited States
We booked our tour at the last minute and Hanifi was able to accommodate our schedule. He gave a thorough, informative tour and was very personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words.
Joel RichardsUnited States
Hanifi was terrific. Our group of six really enjoyed our two days in Istanbul .hanifi was very knowleable and great to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great words.
Hanifi was a great guide. We booked a 8 hour tour for 6 people, however we met 2 ladies on our cruise that had 4 hours to kill before leaving for the airport. Hanifi was happy to let them tag along for the first part of our tour at no extra charge. Hanifi organised transport to get us from the cruise terminal to the hotel at a very reasonable rate. Hanifi has a wealth of knowledge and was happy to answer any questions regarding his country and its history & religion. I would happily recommend Hanifi
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mr.McMahon, Thank you for your great words. It was pleasure to be with you.
Jack M.Plymouth, MN, United States
Our group of 8 all agreed that Hanifi was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. He was excellent throughout our two day tour in Istanbul. He was very knowledgeable, extremely fun to be with, very helpful, and very accommodating. Simply the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a nice two days. It was pleasure to be with you.
Kelly BrownUnited States
Hanifi was very enthusiastic & knowledgeable on our Istanbul tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. It was to meet Mr. and Mra. BROWN :)
Nadine S.United States
This was a fantastic two-day tour of Istanbul. Hanifi clearly loves his city and his job. We saw everything we wanted to see, ate lunch in two ideally situated restaurants, and learned a lot about the city and its history. Hanifi answered all our questions and accomodated all our requests. He speaks English well. We enjoyed his sense of humor and cheerful attitude. Get him as a guide, you'll be very happy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great words. It was nice to be with you.
Graeme BerrySouth Africa
Hanifi is a very friendly guide with good knowledge of the city. He was also excellent in interacting with our children. This was a perfect two day tour of the city - well-paced and took in the major sights. The lunch venues were superb.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for you good words. I hope your doughter stop putting salt to bread :) You have a good family, enjoy it.
Vonda H.Mooresville, NC, United States
Hanifi was a great guide! We had a limited amount of time to see Istanbul and he was very informative and got us around the city in short order. We saw a lot in just a few hours. Istanbul is an amazing city. When we come back we will definitely see if Hanifi is available for another tour! Thank you again for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rate and your great words.
Graham StarlingUnited Kingdom
Hanifi is an excellent Guide and host and we enjoyed our two days with him.
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Eileen PottsUnited Kingdom
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Hanifi (13 June 2015) - he was highly professional, very knowledgable and made the whole experience memorable. We had asked to incorporate a couple of sites which Hanifi did ensuring we saw a range of historic attractions in the day. Would recommend unreservedly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great words. You are always welcome.
Demetrios PapanikolasUnited States
Hanifi was great. Friendly and knowledgeable. He was able to show us the highlights of Istanbul in the limited time we had without feeling rushed. Especially insightful was his description of his own faith and practices while visiting the Blue Mosque. I would highly recommend a private tour with Hanifi as an introduction to Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great words. Wishing you and your family happiness.
Nancy SmithUnited States
Hanifi was our guide in Istanbul He was excellent could not have been better
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for your rate :)
Terry MooreClackamas, OR, United States
Great tour and guide. Very informative and answered all our questions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rate.
Barry G.United States
Hanifi met us at our ship with a van big enough for all of our luggage. There were four of us and we had been away for eight weeks! The highlights tour that he planned for us was wonderful and we got to see the major Istanbul attractions without a lot of unnecessary travel or backtracking. Hanifi enjoys his work and Istanbul and it shows. It was a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your words.
Roger EarlUnited Kingdom
Hanifi was both a delightful person and a professional and highly knowledgable guide - it was a pleasure to be with him all day and we completely fulfilled the extensive tour we had planned for the day we had in Istanbul. I would highly recommend Hanifi to anybody wishing to see the most intriguing parts of the wonderful old city with his erudite description of each site we wished to visit during the relatively limited time to hand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. Here is some for you from a lovely Poet Rumi. How can I know anything about the past or the future, when the light of the Beloved shines only Now. ~Rumi
My family spent a wonderful day in Istanbul touring with Hanifi and seeing the major sites within the timeframe we had while in port on a cruise. Hanifi is knowledgeable about the city and its treasures and we appreciated knowing what to look at in those museum areas where he was not able to accompany us. Istanbul is beautiful but be prepared for a significant amount of walking!
Gardiner Van Ness, IIITucson, AZ, United States
Hanifi is a very knowledgeable guide who is also very experienced. He is easy to be with, speaks excellent English, but also does not overload you with too many details. We very much enjoyed our time with him.
Suzanne McGinnisUnited States
Hanifi was great! He was so informative and catered to any need we had. We could not have asked for a better guide or a better experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thak you for your comment.Here is a gift for you from Poet Rumi Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~Rumi
We booked Hanifi for 2 days, and wish we could have had longer. In one word, Hanifi was great. We gave Hanifi our itinerary for our later trip, gave him our wish list and he did the rest. We were picked up every morning at our hotel in a modern minivan and driven by our driver through the crazy Istanbul traffic from location to location. Hanifi's english is excellent and he provided the commentary during our trip. Hanifi took us off the traditional tourist path to see just how people in Istanbul.
Grant MeeseNew Zealand
Hanifi was a fantastic guide and we would not hesitate to recommend him to our friends and family. A very relaxed day with just the right amount of information. He has a great personality and his love of Istanbul shines through in the way he talks about his city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your beautiful words. You are great people. Thank you for sharing this beautiful day.
Randy MartinUnited States
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Traci A.Simi Valley, CALIFORNIA, United States
Hanifi did an amazing job of making an 8 hour walking tour fly by! He took us to all of the desired spots in Istanbul and was gracious enough to give us personal time to see all of the various exhibits. My favorite activity was going to the ceramic store and being able to throw a pot on the wheel! Even our teenagers had a fabulous time, highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello THank you for your great words. :)
Michael DillingerUnited States
What a wonderful time I had with Hanifi as my guide! Excellent in every way. My only complaint is that our time together was too short. But that was an issue with my own travel plans. If you have a long lay-over in Istanbul, Hanifi is your go to man. Hope to revisit for a longer stay so I can experience more with this 5 star guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank ypu for your kind words. It was pleasure to be with you. All my best wishes from a suny city.
Sidney MendelsohnUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment.
Judy HooffUnited States
Hanifi was terrific, very knowledgeable and very pleasant. We let him design the tour and we feel like we hit all the high points with lots of great information from Hanifi in transit. The one request we had (a shopping experience more sane than the Grand Bazarre offering truly Turkish products) he delivered nicely.
Alan ErnstUnited States
So much culture and history in Istanbul that to get the most enjoyment of the experience requires a true professional guide and we believe there is none better than Hanifi. He lead our group of six at our pace and his presentation exhibited his knowledge of the extensive history. His sense of humor was an added treat! Highly recommended by our group of six.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your beautifuş words. Here is gift for you from Poet Rumi It might make your day better :) A Star Without a Name When a baby is taken from the wet nurse, it easily forgets her and starts eating solid food. Seeds feed awhile on ground, then lift up into the sun. So you should taste the filtered light and work your way toward wisdom with no personal covering. That's how you came here, like a star without a name. Move across the night sky with those anonymous lights. RUMI
Donald WatrenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rate. Best wishes from city of happiness.
Hanifi was absolutely brilliant as he guided us for 5 days around Istanbul. Perfect English, extensive knowledge, patient, always accommodating when we would change our program, very thoughtful, helping when my husband was unwell.When we were in Istanbul it was festival time and very busy, but Hanifi always found a way to guide us through quickly with no delays. You cannot find a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shirley, Thank you for your beautiful words. Hope rest of your trip get well and you enjoyed it. Those beautiful moments in time, thank you for sharing with me.
Peggy LessingerUnited States
Hanifi was certainly knowledgable and his sense of humor added to our perfect day. He paid attention to our interests and I highly recommend him for any size group or any age.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your lovely words.
Lon WelshUnited States
My family and I really enjoyed working with Hanifi. My parents are in their late 70's and are not very mobile. He was able to adapt our trip to accommodate them. He knows a lot about the city, its monuments, and history. You can tell he likes his job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your comment. I love to meet people :)
Had a wonderful tour of Istanbul! Hanif was very knowledgeable, friendly and informative. Took us to the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bizarre, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace. It was great having a personal guide, he scheduled all of our visits to miss the bulk of the tourists. My only regret is that we didn't go to an authentic Turkish restaurant for lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great words.
Hanifi is great guide with a good sense of humour. Very knowledgeable without being intrusive. An excellent help to get to know a fantastic city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your great words. you are welcome when ever you like.
Michael A.United States
Our guide was true Turkish delight.his love of his country, immense knowledge, flexibility, patience and story telling Hanifi filled our days with his joyful and energetic touring,just the right places, at the right time! We have been indelibly touch with the spirit of Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rate and great words. Here is a gift from Rumi who you like and his poems you know just remind you. “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.”
Douglas ReichUnited States
What a great tour guide. Hanifi was on time, knew his subject matter and had a greta personality. He was fluent in English. When we changed some of the itinerary at the last moment he didn't get flustered and recommended a great alternative. Would use him again in a heartbeat. Thanks for a great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your lovly words.
Leslie KayUnited Kingdom
Hanif was a charming guide, knowledgable, and considerate, and very good company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many Thanks for your rate.
Stan MillerUnited States
It is impossible to overstate how good Hanifi is. His English is great. He has a real knowledge of the history and culture of Turkey and he knows how to explain it in a very understandable way. He also has this humorous twinkle in his eye that makes him fun to be with. I hired guides in many countries and he is the best. Stan Miller, Little Rock, Arkansas USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rate and beautiful words Mr. Miller. Here below I am adding some poems from Rumi as beautiful as yours. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” ― Rumi
Our three days with Hanifi in Istanbul were unforgettable! He really knows his city and it's history. Thanks so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rate and beautiful words. Here I am adding some poems from Rumi as beautiful as yours. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” ― Rumi
Ken KlimaUnited States
Hanifi was an excellent guide, and never disappointed. He was completely knowledgeable about all aspects of Istanbul's history and culture - Roman, Byzantine, Christian and Islamic. He truly loves this city and it shows in everything he does. His professionalism lead to a personally crafted tour that met and then far exceeded all of our expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great words. Best wishes from one of the most beautiful citie in the world. Hanifi
John MooreUnited States
Hanifi was superb with our group of 16. He was prompt, very informative, patient and was just what we were looking for.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi john, Thank you for your rate. You have very good entertaining family. I wish you happenesses. Hanifi
John SaundersUnited States
Hanifi worked with us to personalize our tour which had some unusual requests. He was charming and well informed and we feel we got a real flavor of life in Istanbul. Thank you, Hanifi! John and Kathryn
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your lovely words. It was very interesting to know about your background in istanbul. It was pleasure to be with you. Best wishes from istanbul.
Curtis EyestoneRichmond, BC, Canada
Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and very personable. Very patient with our slow walking.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mr.Eyestone, Thank you for your rate. And it was pleasure to talk with you. Bu like to tell you I have dreamed your house :). I have enter one big room floors was wood. There was a kind bag in the center of the room and there were you shoes on the bag they were leather, brown with the string. Have a good life. Hanifi
Roger WhiteUnited States
Very personable and knowledgable guide. A pleasure to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Thank you for your great words. It was my pleasure to be with you. Sincerely Hanifi
Allan WirtzerUnited States
Our group of 6 was led on a tour of the highlights. We enjoyed Hanifi's commentary and general knowledge of the sites and the country in general. He was timely and readily available when I contacted him the day before we arrived in Istanbul and picked us up right in time. He went out of his way to arrange transport to he airport the next day. One point for those considering this tour. This is really a walking tour. Transportation was only pick up and drop off from our port. Thanks Hanifi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allan; Thank you for your kind words and your rate. Here what I like to share with you a poem from one of my loved Poet Rumi. --------------- One who does what the Friend wants done will never need a friend. There's a bankruptcy that's pure gain. The moon stays bright when it doesn't avoid the night. A rose's rarest essence lives in the thorn. From Soul of Rumi ----------