Safiye gave us a solid introduction to Istanbul! It was our first time visit, so we did the most typical attractions and they did not disappoint! Safiye answered all our questions and then some. For a first time visit, it was perfect.
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 .
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.
David MunroSouth Africa
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.
Stefan CraffordSouth Africa
Excellent guide. Can only recommend 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
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!
Malek MrouehUnited Kingdom
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.
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
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 :)
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.
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
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 :)
Dave HeckerUnited States
Very nice day touring around with Safiye. She speaks excellent, easy to understand english and is extremely knowledgeable, also very personable and friendly. She recommended things that nicely fit what I was looking for, and customized the tour exactly per my needs. Highly recommend!
Safiye is extremely knowledgeable about Istanbul's history and politics.She is prompt,professional, with a great sense of humour. She went beyond our expectations as she is flexible to your needs yet made sure we covered all items on the tour enabling us to bypass the queues. We covered a lot in a day. Well worth it! She even arranged a transfer from our hotel to the cruise port!!
Diann McMahanUnited States
Safiye was wonderful! Professional, prompt, intelligent, friendly, and welcoming! Everything that you want a guide to be but rarely find. I had a few personal requests that she gladly helped me to fulfill and never complained that I threw her planned itinerary off. She helped me with stops on the tram system and how to get around on my own.I feel like I have found a new friend in Istanbul!
Gary MorrisUnited Kingdom
Usman SajjadUnited Kingdom
We are really feeling lucky that Safiya was our guide during short trip of Istanbul. She is very friendly even my kids enjoyed her company. She tried her level best to show and brief best best places. I will just say Safiya is the best. I will recommend her to F&F and will again contact her to see more places in Turkey during next holidays
Larry MartinUnited States
Safiye was great. Good time, would use her again.
Corinne SandbergUnited States
The tour was excellent it went beyond our expectations. Safiye was very knowledgeable and really knew what she was doing. She showed us more than what we asked for even went above and beyond to take a great picture from the top of a hill. We would highly recommend her anytime! If Istanbul is your destination then Safiye is the person you should see tour with. She never missed a beat at all and had all of our tickets ready and waiting. We had the best time and a great day!!
We had a wonderful day walking around Istanbul seeing the major sites. We could not have wished for a better guide than Safiye. She had a great sense of humour and great knowledge of the city and its historical aspects. She tailored the day to suit us and void us standing in line for too long. We could take our time in each place and never felt rushed or on a time limit. We highly recommend Safiye and this day sightseeing in Istanbul. It's a lot of walking but the best way to see this wonderful city.
We spent 2 days with Safiye and enjoyed every minute. The experience exceeded our expectations. WE would definitely book with Safiye again.
Sandra RichardsUnited States
Safiye is friendly and knowledgeable. We had no trouble meeting at the appointed place on Istiklal Street. She's also flexible and paced the tour to accommodate my interests. I especially appreciated her explanations re the public transportation system, because they enabled me to later take public transport by myself w/ no anxiety or mishap.
We toured the Historic Core of Istanbul with Safiye in late April and had a wonderful day. We took the Tram into the Sultanahmet district from our cruise port. She was a very knowledgeable and organized guide and as promised we skipped the major entry lines to the Sofia Hagia, Topaki Palace and the Basilica Cistern; she knew the best time to take us to the Blue Mosque! With her expertise guiding, we learned a lot about what we were seeing! I can highly recommend Safiye; she was a delightful guide!
David BakerOak Park, ILLINOIS, United States
My time with Safiye exploring the main sites of historic Istanbul was extremely memorable. She knows a lot about Turkish history, and is deeply interested in it, as was evident from her enthusiasm throughout the tour. Safiye is also very accommodating to a traveler's interests, adding a personalisation to the tour that makes it almost priceless. I would highly recommend her as a personal guide and would love to tour with her again when I return to Istanbul.
Michael TempleUnited States
No grade inflation, SAFIYE merits 5 Stars. We were a group of 3, we like a moderate pace. Safiye loves Istanbul, she speaks fluent English, took us to shops but no pressure to buy. Her in-depth knowledge of the historical sights was greatly appreciated. She also helped us understand the modern Turkish cultural. We retained Safiye for 3 days, ALL GOOD.
Charles (chuck) VolkUnited States
Excellent tour guide. Recommend to anyone going to Istanbul.
David NakanishiUnited States
Safiye really brought the culture, food and people of Istanbul alive. She was incredibly patient with us on our first trip to Turkey with our many naïve questions of a new visitor. Her knowledge of the historic facts of the area were colored with a sense of humor and fun demeanor which was a real plus for a non history buff (me) who was more interested in the food and culture but still learned a great deal in the process.
Stoey StoutUnited States
Our group of six thoroughly enjoyed our 2 tours with Safiye. She was flexible, accommodating, informative, and pleasant. She really went out of her way to make sure we had a great time. When we told other groups about the interesting things we did they were jealous! She showed us a side of Istanbul that you can only get from a local guide attuned to the culture AND to what a visitor most wants to see. We have started planning our next trip with Safiye already! Don't miss out on this tour!
Stoey StoutUnited States
We had such an amazing time with Safiye that we were planning our next visit before we left--literally. She is sweet and knowledgeable and flexible and knows how to unlock Istanbul's secrets for you. Our memories of her and the trip will last forever. We feel like we have a friend in Istanbul now and we want to visit her on every return! An amazing destination--a WONDERFUL guide. Don't pass up and opportunity to book with her.
E.j. PotenteUnited States
We saw a lot in a short time with this knowledgeable guide. She was very friendly and open about the things we toured, introduced us to the metro, helped us shop and had the low down on the important tourist spots. Having her guide pass helped avoid lines and time wasting waiting as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi E.J. Thanks a lot for your nice comments about me.
We had a great time with Safiye. She was very punctual and prepared, and made sure we were having a good time. She gave us good information about the places we visited. She was not only a great guide, but she became a great friend.
Deborah SeamanUnited States
My daughter Kellie and I arrived later than we expected due to the wonderful traffic jams of Istanbul. Safiye met us at our hotel and showed us many sites we expected to see and surprising unexpected treasures of Old City. She is a total delight and truly an ambassador for her city. The best part of the day was the authentic Turkish meal at a restaurant on the Bosphorous with a beautiful view. It's so nice to know that we now have a great friend in a city far away from home.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debbie, Thanks a lot for your wonderful words for me. It was a big pleasure to be your guide. It was really hard to say goodbye to you. But I am sure our paths will cross one day somewhere and it is not far :) Look forward to seeing you again!
William PrinceUnited States
What a wonderful experience. Safiye is very knowledgeable and personable. Enjoyed the tour very much! Highly recommend Safiye when visiting Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey guys, It was to much fun beeing you guide. Thanks a lot for your nice words to me! I am glad to meeting you a lot!
Conor RobertsUnited States
Safiye is a wonderful guide! Not only does she have a lot of interesting information about Istanbul and turkey, but she is also very personable. For me this is very important and I really enjoyed having conversations with her as she became a wonderful friend! Also let me recommend to everyone the Turkish breakfast, if you want an authentic experience Istanbul, I recommend you ask Safiye to include this in any tour as it is awesome and delicious!
Conor RobertsUnited States
I already did a rating but to reiterate, Safiye is awesome and you should definitely use her tour whether just the historical core or getting a bit further outside the main attractions. Highly recommended!
Linda AyersUnited States
SUPER GUIDE! Even before we arrived, she was so responsive to our questions concerning appropriate dress, types of activities best for this city etc. She even offered to come meet us at our flat! This was day 1 of our tour and it was a joy to follow Safiye thru the popular sites as we had our own guide - easy to understand, happy to go at our pace - knew all the best spots and foods to try! It was clear on day 1 would LOVE being guided by Safiye - Excellent English, deep knowledge, lots of TLC!
Laura DiSabatinoUnited States
Safiye was an excellent tour guide in every way-personable, pleasant, knowledgable & accommadating. She was very attentive to our interests and kept a close eye on us at all times. She spoke well and was very interesting. We felt very comfortable with her all day and really enjoyed her company. She was full of information without making it too textbook. We will be referring her to anyone we know traveling to Istanbul . We hope to come back someday and use her again - great job- and well worth the cost
James CharlifueUnited States
Safiye was everything we wanted in a guide for our family of 7 with 5 children ranging in ages from 8-17. She was very knowledgeable and she was able to bond with all of the family. Safiye has a very friendly and warm personality that resulted in her being an extended family member for our tour. Her English was excellent and easy to understand. She was able to arrange for us airport transport services on two different dates that were priced significantly below the amount charged by our hotel.
I had a wonderful time in Istanbul mostly because of my guide Safiye. We visited all the historical places and shopping areas where the locals shop and where they eat. I gained a friend in Safiye and would definitely visit Istanbul again. Safiye is very accommodating, Well informed and flexible and would highly recommend her. Perks include no line ups at the historical places as she has priority as a licensed guide .Safiye Went above and beyond and can now call her a friend .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Salma, Thanks a lot for your nice words. I have spent really nice time with you too. Hope to see you here again :)
Denise PalmeriUnited States
Safiye is lovely and brings the sites to life. She is accomodating and very knowledgeable.
Stefan GrafMI, United States
Safiye was a great choice for us! She was very nice, informed, accommodating and fluent in English. More importantly she was passionate about here work and the people she was helping. We are from the US, 2 couples, me and my wife and our friends. While we all enjoyed the historic aspects of the visit, Safiye was perfect to help our wife's with the shopping tours which was a real help.
Jimmy SuperinoSaudi Arabia
Safiye made it personal and fun. I had a blast!
Safiye was unable to take us on our tour, but arranged for another guide to tour us around. Her colleague, Zeki, was very friendly with excellent English. He brought us to other sites such as the Süleymaniye Mosque that were outside of the typical tour area.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
I have just finished my 3 day tour. Safyie was perfect ! She has a delightful personality and gave us a terrific tour of Istanbul. She is discrete, talks when necessary , very well prepared and is pleasant to be with. If I come back I will certainly ask for her again. I would give her a 10 score from 1 to 10. Carola Junqueira
Kathleen FrankovicUnited States
Safiye is both knowledgeable and charming! I learned a great deal from her and enjoyed her company. The tour works very well, since the locations are all within a very small area. I learned history, as well as where some of the best views in the Old City can be found!
I had a wonderful time with Safiye. It was like having a friend show me around, a very knowledgable one! I would definitely recommend her tour to anyone!
Wayne TriplettUnited States
Safiye was very sweet and knowledgeable! She was pleasant and focused on exactly what it was we wanted to see. English could use some slight attention but overall very nice day tour! Thank you!
Safiye is an excellent guide with a lovely personality. She spoke clearly and gave detailed explanations of all the points in her tour. She chose interesting local spots on the way and recommended places to eat and shop which we would not have known on our own. We really enjoyed our day with her.
Leslie Brycesanta Monica, CA, United States
The guide was very knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. We covered everything we wanted to see and more. We highly recommend her and this tour. Thank you.
Dyann RoweUnited Kingdom
Safiye was an excellent guide. Apart from her expert knowledge of Istanbul's historic sites, her delightful personality made her a pleasant and easy companion for the day. She responded well to our request to have lunch in a place where the local workers would eat. The place was perfect - great food, low prices and not a tourist in sight! Being with Safiye gave us an insight into her life too - something a guide book cannot do. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would highly recommend Safiye.
Mike RaleighUnited States
Safiye organized a great tour for us. We spent two days with her exploring the city and were not disappointed. She was very flexible, adjusting the tour to meet our interests. For example, when we mentioned an interest in carpets, she was able to bring us to an amazing carpet making demonstration. It's amazing how much we were able to see but never felt rushed, thanks to Safiye. She's a very fun, personable guide who I would recommend without reservation.
Jason DrayUnited States
Safiye was friendly, knowlegeable, and helpful. She showed us a few historic "detours" that we would have missed otherwise, and went above and beyond what we expected of a tour guide. My son warmed to her immediately, and by the end of the day they were joking with each other like old friends. I would recommend Safiye to be your guide in Istanbul without hesitation. -Jason
Jason SettleUnited States
Safiye is a charming and knowledgeable guide. She took our party of 4 Americans through Istanbul, not only showing us the major sites, but helping us get accustomed to the city, find our way around in the public transit, and teaching is language and culture as well. She went above and beyond in every way...there is no way we could have seen all that we did on our own.
Robert WaldropUnited States
Safiye was a very good guide for Istanbul. Knowledgable and friendly.
Jon SojkaUnited States
Safiye was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful.
Rodger CasperUnited States
My time was short, but Safiye showed me even more than she had promised! She met me at 6 AM, which is admirable, and we even stopped twice to eat good things! She was delightful! Everything was better than I expected and I owe it all to her! I was amazed that I even got to see the Topkapi Sisterne! Her English was great and her personality perfect! I can only recommend her with highest rating and only wish I could have spent more time with her. She shared her knowledge with me in the most interesting way!
June StrawUnited Kingdom
Knowledgable, curious, friendly, good company and patient, what more could one ask for in a tour guide. Safiye was first class in all areas. You would be lucky to find a tour guide as good as her anywhere. No hesitation in recommending her to future clients.
Ava-Lisa MaconCatonsville, MD, United States
We had an 8hr layover in Istanbul, arriving too late to take advantage of traditional tours (4:45pm). With no Turkish language background, navigating on our own would have been impossible. Safiye escorted us to Istanbul by metro. This saved time vs. braving rush hour by car. We were able to visit the Grand Bazaar, have dinner, and enjoy photo ops at many of Istanbul's historic sites. Safiye was charming, knowledgeable and professional. Have already recommended her to friends traveling this year!
Cara AndersonUnited Arab Emirates
Safiye was fantastic, I have elderly parents and she was happy to go along at our much slower pace, but still making sure we saw all the important sites. Safiye is friendly and knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend her as a guide. 5 stars!
Our Istanbul trip was a dream come true thanks to Safiye's guidance. Even though we only had a day, she took us to all the best spots, helped us capture some amazing pics and set us up in a nargile cafe to end the day (a special request). She's a sweet, funny, all around great person to spend a day with - highly recommended!
Khairul Abdul KarimMalaysia
Safiye was friendly and punctual; plus, she was knowledgeable and flexible.
Yasmin WadiaUnited Kingdom
From the outset Safiye responded immediately our enquiry & was waiting for us as we got off the ship with a named placard, easy to see. The next 8 hours were absolutely amazing. Safiye astounded us with her depth & breadth of knowledge about all Turkish"turkish". Not only was our guide extremely knowledgeable but polite & charming. Safiye helped us pack so much into a 1 day visit to Istanbul. We highly recommend her. Safiye is a total "Turkish Delight" & when our tour was over we said goodbye to a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Yasmin, Thanks a lot for your kind review, I hope,you have fun rest of your trip:) Regards,
Robert FeeUnited States
Very friendly and knowledgeable. Looked after our every needs. We would contract with her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, Thanks a lot for your nice comment and 5 stars :) Say hello for me to Martine!
Brian ReganUnited States
Safiye, was outstanding she provided a great combination of personality, knowledge of Istanbul and flexibility of agenda.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Brian! It was pleasure to meet you.
Paul VincentUnited Kingdom
Second of 2 days with Safiye and even better than the first! Safiye took us to the Asian side by ferry and then we went on a local bus and shopped for breakfast together and ate it at a waterfront cafe. Then off to some sites and a cruise and finally back to our hotel. Safiye organised everything for us.. a Hamman, Swirling Dervish Performance, recommendations for great local food and lots more. All combined with a great historical knowledge of this magical city. Well done Safiye..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, thanks a lot I don't know what can I say more. I appreciate you and your family. You had been great as a tourist :) Actually you had a good combination with fes and water pipe! It was memorable 2 days. Regards!
Guide amiable, knowledgable, helpful, flexible. First tour I have done and very impressed . Recommending to friends to use ToursByLocals.
Awesome tour and awesome guide. Safiye was very cool and she was more like a friend than a guide :-) very helpful and well informed.
Donovan WearingNew Zealand
Safiye K was a first rate guide. She adjusted the tour as we went to suit my interests and I was looked after every step of the way. A fantastic experience and a truly memorable day. I highly recommend her. Donovan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Donovan. It was a pleasure for me. Thank you very very much...