Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Istanbul Turkey by Tour Guide Cem B. (Guide #1089)


Jorge Bilbao

United States
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Tour: Istanbul Airport Transfer, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jun 2/18

Did not communicate not a single word

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jorge, As per our e-mails before, I offered you two different options. One with me present in the transfer and the other with only the driver. You picked the latter therefore I did not join you in the car. The drivers job is only to pick you up from the airport and drop you off to your hotel with punctuality. As it was your vacation I did not want to disturb you by calling. If you're still in Istanbul and need any kind of help I'm at your disposal. Regards Cem

Ivhanna Macia

Panama
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 17/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias Ivhanna. Saludos a tu marido y tua amiga tambien.

Suzanne Shenfil

United States
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Tour: #81895, Istanbul Shopping Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 7/18

Cem brought the people, culture alive for us; both the history and present time. We enjoyed the sights, sitting and drinking coffee and finding a great chocolate confectionary store.

Jules D'Isep

Switzerland
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 26/18

One of the best tours ever. We are a family of four with two kids (8 and 11) who are very hard on tour guides. Cem was amazing in answering all of their questions and keeping them engaged during an 8 hour tour of the Topkapi, Carpet Making, Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Cistern. I can not recommend him and this tour enough. It is everything you want and more .

Gerardo Fojo

United States
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Tour: #89024, Two Days on Two Continents, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 20/18

This was our second trip to Istanbul but must say that Cem made it even more special! The walking tour of the Old Istanbul was excellent - for us the only way to really get to know a city. Cem is extremely knowledgeable and about ve all a true gentleman. He took his time to explain all the details and answer ALL our questions. One more time we hit the jackpot with Cem! If you come to Istanbul Cem is the person to take you around!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerry and Sal, Thank you very much for your kind review about my service. I spent wonderful time with you. I would like to start to give a rating about my guests this year .. So, I give you 5 stars even though it will not be enough to explain how polite, generous and sincere you are. I really hope to see you again . Warmest regards, Cem

Nick Tomkins

United Kingdom
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 6/18

Punctual, professional, charming and informative. I can highly recommend this guide who gave us the perfect day in Istanbul.

Richard Hoffer

United States
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Tour: #89024, Two Days on Two Continents, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 5/17

We had a wonderful "Two Days on Two Continents" walking tour with Cem. Istanbul is a fascinating, historic city that is best explored with a local. Cem easily confused conveyed to us the many different cultures and religions that are an integral part of Constantinople/Istanbul through the centuries. An unforgettable excursion! One warning - wear your "walking shoes"!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, Thank you very much for your kind review about my service. Hope to see you again in Istanbul. Regards, Cem

Val Deane

United Kingdom
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Tour: #81895, Istanbul Shopping Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 23/17

He was there on-time and was dressed in a professional manner. We had a walking tour that was easily accessible for my wife and her mobility scooter and took in all the sights we knew and some we didn't. The whole morning was like being taken around a city by a friend. His English was impeccable and we cannot praise Cem highly enough and would thoroughly recommend him for any future tours. He is a credit to Turkey and Istanbul but also your company who we will have no reservations in booking again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Val, Thank you very much for your kind review. Hope to see you again in Turkey. Regards, Cem

Jorge Morfin Heras

Mexico
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Tour: Istanbul Highlights in 2 Days, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jul 27/17

Excellent guide, very good attitude, friendly, adaptable, attended from arrival to departure. Very familiar and recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias Jorge, Fuerza Chivas.. Fuerza Beşiktaş :) Saludos a todo. Cem

John Floyd

United States
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Tour: #81895, Istanbul Shopping Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 12/17

Cem was very friendly and helpful. His advice about locals in Istanbul was very useful later in our visit. He is not afraid to answer any questions. Very nice person.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello John, Thank you so much for your kind review about my service. I hope to see you again in Turkey. Regards, Cem

Holly DeGrand

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 6/17

Cem was an extraordinary guide! He helped me create a custom itinerary of exactly what I was looking for. He took the time to find out my interests, so he could share information about sites and culture that was interesting to me. His English fluency was great. His pacing was perfect - I did not feel rushed or that I had too much free time. He was extremely patient with my many questions and photo-taking. He went above and beyond to assist me with additional requests. When I return, I will book him again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Holly, Thank you so much for you kind review about me. It was a big pleasure to know you and make a tour with you. I wish you that you will have a wonderful result at your dissertation stage. Regards, Cem

Cynthia Bowman

United States
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe with Ataturk Airport Arrival Transfer, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 27/17

Cem was an excellent tour guide! He went over and above showing us not only the things we asked to see but providing extra i sites and places to visit. He even arrange for a pick up and drop off at the airport and the hotel personally. We loved our experience in Istanbul with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants a personal and professional tour guide.

Marcie Girolamo

United States
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Tour: #55233, Istanbul Express, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 16/17

An amazing one day tour in Istanbul ! We only had about five hours in Istanbul on a layover but Cem made sure we made the most of it. He took us to the sites we wanted to see - allowing us to skip the ones we did not want to. Had a fabulous lunch… And we brought home some authentic Turkish items. We truly felt immersed in the Turkish culture even though it was such a short time we were there. I highly recommend Cem! Do not hesitate to book. He is kind and knowledgeable. We felt completely safe!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marcie, Thsnk you so much for your kind review about my service. It was a big pleasure for me to know you and your friends. I also spent a nice day with you. I wish to meet with all of you again in the future when you will spend more time in Turkey with your families. Warmest regards, Cem

Barbara Solley II

United States
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 7/16

was very happy with the tour given by Cem B. Together we toured the major sites around Sultanahmet Square & he gave detailed information of both historical & artistic/architectural nature on everything. He was so well informed & extremely eager to please,& I could tell that he enjoyed his work immensely & that he takes great pains to make sure that his clients are happy. We ended the evening with a snack of local food where we shared our personal interpretations of the day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a great "harika" :) pleasure for me to make a tour with you. Hope to see you again in Istanbul and waiting for your beautiful photos. Regards,

Ronald Oakham

Tucson, AZ, United States
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Tour: #55233, Istanbul Express, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 6/16

Cem was punctual, personable, and very accommodating to our time frame and what we wanted to do. His English skills are excellent. His knowledge of local history and facts about the sites we visited was excellent. While only several hours with him, we felt like we were with a local friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald, Thank you very much for your kind review about me. It was a big pleasure for me to know you and I am proud of being your local friend in Turkey. Warmest regards, Cem

Stefanie N.

United States
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Tour: #55233, Istanbul Express, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 9/16

Cem was a fun, informative guide. Our favorite part was an authentic Ottoman lunch and sampling Turkish Delight at the Grand Bazaar. We appreciated his willingness to speak candidly about the challenges facing his country. We recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Stefanie for your kind review. Regards, Cem

Timothy Horgan

United Kingdom
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 26/16

As first time visitors my wife and I found this half day tour to be the perfect introduction to Istanbul. We found found Cem to be a very courteous, experienced and helpful guide with an impressive knowledge of current affairs as well as the history of the ancient sites. A particular bonus for my wife during our visit to the Grand Bazaaar was a visit to an exclusive leather goods retailer and his favourite spice shop. Cem also recommended an excellent traditional restaurant for dinner.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Timothy, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a big pleasure to know you and your wife. It was very helpful for me your interesting questions about the current situation in Turkey. I wish that you had a nice time in Turkish Bath. Warmest regards, Cem

Robert West

United States
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 26/16

Setting up this tour was very easy and Cem was very accommodating regarding the timing and coverage of the tour. We had just a basic tour of the principal Istanbul sites because we had only one day before our cruise. Cam was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed the tour immensely. We highly recommend Cem as a guide.

Leanne Stonehouse

Australia
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 12/16

Wow! Wow! Wow! I had an afternoon and night to spend in Istanbul so I booked the Istanbul Delights tour with Cem. I received a one on one history lesson of the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. Cem also introduced me to his favourite store in the Grand Bazaar where I bought spice, tea, coffee, turkish delight and unspeakably good chocolate. A fantastic tour & tour guide. I highly recommend it. Leanne, Brisbane Aust.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leanne, Thank you very much for your kind review about my service. It was a big pleasure to know you. Hope to see you again in Istanbul with your family. Warmest regards, Cem

Walter Eccard

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 26/15

Great tour and Cem made sure we saw the highlights of each site. Wonderful day

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Walter, Thank you very much for your kind review about my service. Hope to see you again. Warmest regards, Cem

Judy Bates

United States
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Tour: #55233, Istanbul Express, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 18/15

Cem was so knowledgable and so delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Istanbul thanks to our afternoon with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judy, Thank you so much for your kind review about me. Regards, Cem

Gillian Galloway

New Zealand
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 16/15

We had a great day with Cem. Everything went very smoothly, he is very knowledgable and interesting to talk with, on historical and current affairs. His recommendation for lunch was spot on after a busy morning. We thoroughly recommend him as a guide for Istanbul.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gillian and Pat, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a big pleasure for me to spend a day with you. I will be waiting for the photos from your new house with your beautiful carpets. Warmest regards, Cem

Thom Kay

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 12/15

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour of Istanbul with Cem on Sat Sep-12th. We were both very grateful for his depth of knowledge as well as his sharing his perspective about local Turkish people living in Istanbul. We enjoyed the Topkaki Palace, the Haggi Sofia, and particularly the visit to one of his favorite mosques (not the Blue Mosque) to see things through the eyes of a local person. We will recommend Toursbylocals (especially Cem) to our friends!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind reviews. It was a big pleasure for me to spend a day with you and your wife. Hoping to see you again in Turkey, Warmest regards, Cem

Simon Matthews

United Kingdom
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 20/15

Cem is a relaxed, friendly character with great knowledge and a willingness to fit his tour around your needs. Soflty spoken but with real gravitas and full of information... just what we were looking for

Arthur Cummings

United States
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Tour: #89024, Two Days on Two Continents, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 19/15

Terence Gillett

Merritt Island, FL, United States
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Tour: Marmaray Tour, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: May 12/15

Cem was a jewel! Not only did he show us everything we wanted, he added many off the beaten path special places. would highly recommend Cem to anybody who really want to get a full taste of Istanbul in a short time.

Suzette Bruening

United States
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Tour: #55233, Istanbul Express, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 8/14

Cem had an emergency but he sent a replacement, Sebila, who was wonderful and very knowledgeable. High recommend this tour. We had a wonderful day.

Eric Chavez

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 28/14

Well, Cem could not make it due to an exam at school. He sent a "certified" substitute guide, Murat. He was perfect! Great sense of humor and great knowledge. We were in Europe for over three weeks with many guides and tours, he was our favorite one! He kept the pace for our group of 7. He had patience for questions and lots of laughs along the way. We enjoyed Istanbul because of Murat!

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.

Al Causey

United States
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 20/14

We enjoyed our time with Cem and found him to be EXCELLENT and PROFESSIONAL. I only rate the tour as four stars because the short, half day tour was not enough time to dig into all the details of the history and see enough of the city. One problem we had was the very long line at the Blue Mosque on Friday. I'd recommend asking for an outside only tour of the Blue Mosque if the line is long, so as to see more of the city. (You might request an inside tour of any of the many other mosques nearby.)

Alison Mailes

Australia
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 6/14

Our guide Cem was knowledgeable, proud of his city, and gave my my husband and I an excellent tour, busy yet relaxing. We were taken to some interesting places not just the major sites, and saw something of the city as the locals live it. Very worthwhile experience. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review Alison. It was pleasure to guide you in Istanbul. Warmest regards, Cem

Verene Kutter

Switzerland
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Tour: #81895, Istanbul Shopping Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 7/14

All was Fine.

Verene Kutter

Switzerland
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Tour: #55233, Istanbul Express, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 6/14

John Ziegler

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 29/14

We were privileged to have Cem as our guide for two days during our stay in Istanbul. Not only was he most informative on the various sights we visited, but he helped us experience and understand the life, customs and spirit of this wonderful culture.We used public transportation for our entire visit which was only most practical but an excellent way to be among the people. He most solicitous of our needs. We'd highly recommend hiring him as a guide.

John Ziegler

United States
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Delights, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 28/14

Cem was an excellent, informative and thoughtful guide. He not only shared with us the principal sights we had asked to see, but took us to places where we could experience and enjoy local flavor. He was responsive to our interests and needs and helped create a context for us to appreciate and experience more deeply the wonders of Istanbul. We would highly recommend hiring him as a guide to this wonderful city.

Deborah Reynolds

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 24/14

Cem was a absolute delight! It was great getting an overview of Istanbul. Cem made it easy to see and made sure my interests were considered.

Wendy Da Wei C.

United States
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 20/13

Cem was professional and responsive to our needs. He was able to adjust the itinerary to cover the areas that we wanted to see and recommended a few other gems that are not covered by the standard itinerary so that we could feel we had a special treat under his guidance.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words and positive review. It will be very appreciated if you send me some photos from our tour to my mail address. With my warmest regards, Cem

Janet Chen

United States
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 22/13

Cen was great. We are a group of 7 people with 3 seniors and 2 kids under 10. Also we had walking problems. Cem organized a great trip for us and we were able to see a lot a Istanbul in one day. I would highly recommend Cem as your tour guide.

Samuel Pope

Turkey
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 12/13

Cem B in Istanbul looked after my wife and I for 10th, 11th and 12th September. The programme and execution were excellent in all respects. Thoroughly recommended.

Samuel Pope

Turkey
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 11/13

Cem B in Istanbul looked after my wife and I for 10th, 11th and 12th September. The programme and execution were excellent in all respects. Thoroughly recommended.

Samuel Pope

Turkey
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Tour: #3412, Imperial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 10/13

Cem B in Istanbul looked after my wife and I for 10th, 11th and 12th September. The programme and execution were excellent in all respects. Thoroughly recommended.

David Tyson

Bolton, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 23/13

Cem was a magnificent guide with a fantastic grasp of the English language. He was informative,helpful and amusing. All in all the perfect tour guide who I can not rate too highly

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was also pleasure for me to welcome you in my city. Hoping to see you soon, Warmest regards. Cem

Sascha Ullrich

Germany
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Tour: Istanbul on Bike, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: May 16/13

I enjoyed the tour with Cem on the last day of my holidays. I highly recommend to do so very early within your stay in Istanbul. You'll see hidden corners, nice places for having dinner, you would probably never discover by walk. It'll give you also a good basis for orientation. Cem is a prudent guide, very polite, open minded. He is open for your needs: He just gives as much historic and background information as you like, waits for taking photos, etc. Top service: bike, parcour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your excellent rating, Sascha. I hope that your words will persuade more and more travellers that biking in Istanbul is not only possible and enjoyable. I hope to see you again in Istanbul for another ride! All the best

Karen L.

United Kingdom
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Tour: Highlight of İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: May 4/13

Cem and I had an awesome day. Knowledgeable, quick pace, wanted to make sure I experienced Istanbul. He saved me from tripping about 10 times and is a far better photographer than I. I consider him my first Turkish friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Karen, Thank you very much for your kind reviews about me. I really curious to see your beautiful photos taken in Istanbul.. especially the ones taken in turkish restaurant :) Hope to see you soon.. Your friend in Turkey Cem

Garry Barrows

United States
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 24/12

Tour was excellent. Guide, at our hotel on time, was efficient and friendly. Tour had several stops that were accomplished without rushing us. Cem was very knowledgeable and informed. Our seven person group felt relaxed and comfortable the entire time. We did suggest an alternative to an original tour stop which was handled very well. I would happily recommend Cem and Tours by Locals. This was our second tour with them. Outstanding.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words. It was my pleasure to guide you in Istanbul. Best regards

Mary (Kay) Tucker

United States
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Tour: #55308, Istanbul Essential, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 27/12

Very knowledgeable, considerate and personable. We enjoyed the morning.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind comment. It was also pleasure for me to guide you. Hope to see you soon. Warmest regards, Cem

Diana Arrocha

Panama
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 27/12

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating

Tom H.

United States
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Tour: #26378, Istanbul Deluxe, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 19/12

Cem was very informative, fun to be with and we enjoyed our day with him very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure for me to show the beauties of my city to Mr.Hodgkins and his wife. I wish to see them again in our country. Thanks and Best regards

Kevin Ivey

United States
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Tour: #3412, Private Istanbul Tour: Cultural Heritages of The Antique City, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 4/11

Cem understood that we wanted to set our own pace for a day in Istanbul. We lingered where we wanted. Cem provided the historical and cultural background that we could not have gotten on our own or with a large tour. He helped maneuver us through the city to capture all the sites we wanted to see and he knew the great lunch and shopping spots that made the day magical. We recommend him without hesitation.