Michael FraserHong Kong
Neslihan was great, she was very accommodating to our needs and was wonderful with our children (5&8). Our daughter was delighted to share her love of cats and occasionally stopped to feed cats too. It was a really easy day out for us. My wife and I appreciated the personal insights into living in modern Istanbul too.
We had a private day tour of Istanbul with Neslihan, she happily worked within requests and added many other places we would never have found ourselves. It was like having a friend take us around this vast city and we had an extremely enjoyable day. She chose fantastic places to eat and drink and helped us navigate public transport ,we would never have been brave enough to tackle buses ourselves! Skipping queues at attractions was fantastic and she always knew the right times to visit. Highly recommend.
Aleksandra KazhokinUnited States
Neslihan is a great guide! She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and flexible. We truly enjoyed our time with her.
Jim JacksonUnited States
Our guide was Neslihan and she was beyond amazing and of course beyond our expectation. She met us at the Istanbul airport and to be honest, it was like meeting a family member. Neslihan was so wonderful, so full of energy and so knowledgeable and we were simply overwhelmed by her kindness. We enjoyed our day with Neslihan and I must say, I was saddened because it had to end. I don't say this very often, but I guarantee that you will not find a better guide!
Highly recommended this tour for someone who has limited time in Istanbul. Our tour guide Neslihan is amazingly knowledgeable and with good sense of humor. She met us at the airport and went straight to Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia, Cistern and Topkapi Palace where she explained the history of each places and included her own personal insights. She even took our pictures so we have souvenirs of the area. Neslihan took us to the Egyptian bazaar as well for souvenirs before heading to the airport. Great tour!!
Brian DiceUnited States
I have used Tours By Local all around the world - Neslihan was the absolute best guide I have ever had. I needed to cut my tour time down by two hours and she effortlessly made the transition to accommodate my needs and never made it feel like we were rushed. Knowledgable, professional and a joy to spend the day with. Highly recommended!
Monica EscobedoUnited States
Neslihan was incredible!! I would highly recommend her to anyone taking a tour in Istanbul! My husband and I wanted to take advantage of our layover here and she was super accommodating to my fear of getting lost and even took the extra step to take us to and from the airport. In our 3 1/2 hours with her (including transport) we managed to see so much of the city plus she even helped me track down a Harry Potter book for my international collection! She's truly the best guide around!
Simon PriceUnited Kingdom
Awesome guide, super friendly and knowledgeable - would highly recommend... A+......
Neslihan was great,super knowledged,great english and gave lots of insight into the Turkish culture.
Nuala SoutterUnited Kingdom
Neslihan was a great tour guide. We were a group of 9 work colleagues and she tailored the tour to suit us. We loved her interesting historical stories and she gave us an insight into the culture and life in Istanbul .. she took us to the Spice Market as well which was an add on to the tour and made sure we got back safely to Soho House on the tram an funicular. I can highly recommend the tour. Neslihan is a fantastic guide. We all enjoyed it. Nuala Soutter
Manil ChaulagainUnited States
Super funny guide. Neslihan is very knowledgeable and she know what she is doing. You won't regret .. worth every $$$
Olavur i BeitiFaroe Islands
With Neslihan I had a super good tour, and I enjoyed it very much. We found a good chemistry on a friendly basis
Natalia FaraldiUnited States
Neslihan is a great tour guide - she is informative, very knowledgeable, pleasant and speaks English very well! I had a wonderful day in Istanbul and felt very safe (important being a solo female traveler). I would absolutely recommend Neslihan as a tour guide!
An amazing guide. Neslihan not only makes Istanbul come alive with her knowledge, she is a fantastic companion to have on your trip! Touring the city by walking and public transport gave me the confidence to explore on my own as well. Skip the lines, enjoy the local food, feel at home in Istanbul. If you want to really know this city, Neslihan is your guide.
Kathleen JayUnited Kingdom
Neslihan took us to the major tourist attractions and thoroughly explained the history of each site, with insights into the people that had lived there. More than you would obtain for a guide book. Each of the trips were a delight.
Kathleen JayUnited Kingdom
Neslihan made my birthday special. We went to areas only locals would know and experienced the favours of Turkey. we crossed the Bosphorus and the golden horn in a variety of transportation. She made an incredible difference to the holiday and made Turkey come alive.
Kathleen JayUnited Kingdom
Neslishan was waiting for us at the hotel and discuss where we wanted to visit that day . She was very knowledge and made the experience of the visiting the bazaars very interesting. She took us to areas that only locals would know.
Taking a tour through the lively streets of Istanbul with Neslihan is simply wonderful and unforgettable. I felt secure and happy like being with a good friend but in addition Neslihan is an exceptional guide, well-informed and well-organized. She made our day magical with special personal attentions.
Gulden MenderesUnited States
Neslihan is very knowledgeable about everything she presents. She told us so much about history and many stories about every place we visited. It was well worth the time. She's a delightful tour guide. Highly recommend her!!!
David EatonUnited States
We had such fun with Neslihan! We requested a few things and she recommended others; she put together a wonderful Istanbul experience for us. We visited the well-known places as well as some out-of-the-way places, such as neighborhood streets on the Asian side of Istanbul. She had much information to share with us, wherever we went. She took into consideration our needs along the way. We really enjoyed our time with this very pleasant young woman.
David SalinasUnited States
Neslihan was an amazing tour guide! She took us to see so many of the main sites in just one day; Blue Mosque, Underground Cisterns, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace. We had a blast! She knew all the history and myths surrounding the sites and told the best stories. She was also able to fastpass us through the museum lines saving us lots of time. Really made our time in Istanbul that much more enjoyable. Thank you Neslihan for such a great trip and for taking good care us!
Charles KellyUnited Kingdom
Neslihan is friendly, engaging, knowledgeable and informative - we thoroughly enjoyed our half day tour.
Outstanding tour with very organized guide, she explains the history of each place like you live literally at that ages, with all the events that happened and situations, she is friendly, funny, organized and modest. When I visit Istanbul next time I will definitely have a tour with her again and again.
Kathy BreuerUnited States
I had absolutely the best day ever in Istanbul with my guide! It was my last day, and I asked her to plan the day upon my "wishes" to see...things I may have missed on the other tours, but most of all I wanted to see Istanbul through HER EYES. We went like the locals on bus, tram and walking where tourists often were far and few. We bought items along the way and had our breakfast where I was the only tourist!. Neslhan packed in a full day...8 hours....and I feel I got more than my money worth. .
Minaz AsariaUnited Kingdom
No issues, were very happy with Neslihan and had a thoroughly great time in Istanbul.
Missy CampUnited States
We had the best day with Neslihan! She gave us so much great information past present and future! We saw Topkapi, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the cistern. Our children ages 18 and 20 loved all her historical stories! And she's a great photographer! She knows the best places to take the photos and we could skip all the lines! She saved us so much time! Definitely book a tour with her!!
Patti BenaissaUnited States
Nestlihan is very knowledgeable, extremely accommodating and so friendly. She made our experience in Istanbul one we'll never forget. I highly recommend her, thank you Neslihan and Tours by Locals!
Patti BenaissaUnited States
Nestlihan was our tour guide and we loved our tour with her. She was very knowledgeable, extremely accommodating and made our experience in Istanbul one we'll never forget. I highly recommend her, thank you Neslihan and Tours by Locals!
I booked Neslihan's tour of Istanbul with my teen daughters. It was their first time in Istanbul. I wanted them to have an educational tour and know some history. Not only did Neslihan do that, she was well informed, managed to get the girls to love the sites, and she also bought them drinks and gave them a gift. My kids loved here so much they did not want to end the tour:) Thank you very much Neslihan not only did you teach them the history behind the sites, you managed to make them love the sites:*
Joshua MaransUnited States
We had an amazing 3 day tour of Istanbul with Neslihan. No matter where we were, she was able to bring history to life with her incredible knowledge of the city. In addition to her excellent skills as a storyteller and guide, Neslihan was a pleasure to spend time with. She adapted the days to our pace and interests, recommended good places to eat, and we enjoyed conversing with her. In short, we highly recommend her services.
Juan BossanoUnited States
We spent three spectacular days with Neslihan in Istanbul. She is professional, personable, and knowledgeable. She managed our time very efficiently allowing us to get to know the history and culture of the entire city of Istanbul. Neslihan is extremely attentive in all ways. She made sure that we knew what we were purchasing and helped us to negotiate a "fair" price. Additionally, she made sure we were aware of our surroundings and had our belongings at all times. She made our stay "extraordinary"!
Kristi WheelerUnited States
She was Fabulous!! Wonderful and would highly recommend her!
Charles Michael BrillUnited States
Our day in Istanbul almost didn't happen because of a bombing in city two days before. WE canceled and then re-booked the tour with Neslihan for a walking tour of Istanbul. She was most gracious with our indecision. She is a wonderful guide and a beautiful person inside & out. WE eventually decided that it was safer to go to the historic sights with a small group (5) than with the ship and are very glad we did. WE saw the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sofia and the Basilica Cistern. Great Day!
Kathleen FrankovicUnited States
We understand a lot more about Istanbul now -- Neslihan's tour of the old city was thorough, informative, and she was an absolutely charming and well-informed guide. She was able to accommodate our (sometimes idiosyncratic) interests, including finding where in the grand bazaar we could buy vintage paperbacks with interesting covers! We very much recommend Neslihan's city tour.
Sarah HughesUnited Kingdom
Wow - what a wonderful experience. Neslihan is warm, sweet and incredibly knowledgeable - I feel like I made a true friend in such a short time. The tour was fascinating with lots of opportunities for photographs and souvenir shopping, in fact it was adapted to my needs and interests as we went along. I totally recommend Neslihan, you will not regret spending time with her in this beautiful city.
Neville RavjiUnited States
Great day. Neslihan was awesome - ended up being a very rainy day, but she moved our schedule around to make sure we got the most out of the day. She also added time to make up for some time we lost because of the rain. She is very knowledgeable about the city and the sites - we learnt a number of little-known facts about everything that we wouldn't have a clue about otherwise. This was our first full day in Istanbul - thanks for making it great!
Ian JohnsonUnited Kingdom
I was travelling on business to Turkey through Istanbul. I have no previous experience of the agency but found them fantastic to deal with, and would have no hesitation in using them again. Neslihan was my guide for the day, and made my few hours in Istanbul a fantastic experience. Her knowledge of Istanbul's history and local culture was in depth, absorbing and tailored to suit my available time. She speaks perfect English, very helpful, a pleasure to meet and gets my full recommendation!
Brian YeeUnited States
Neslihan was fantastic, very flexible, and knowledgeable (and if it's relevant, her English is great!). STour is exactly as described and in my case a few additions were made. She also has a great sense of humor. She picked me up from a location far from the city center to start the tour and also made sure I got back safely, which was appreciated. Highly recommended!
Neslie was wonderful, warm, enthusiastic and knowledgable. We had a great time as she smartly navigated us through the many wonders of the old Istanbul. She really brought the monuments to live with stories that allowed us to related to the history and culture and put everything into a timeline. Our memories of Istanbul will be so much better and more memorable because we decided to take a guide rather than tackle it on our own. Perfect!
This was the second day of our tour and Neslie organized it perfectly. It truly gave us an opportunity to gain a visual and geographic overview of Istanbul and allowed us to see and taste the real life in this fascinating Metropolis. We could have never done this on our own and are so grateful that we decided to take a guide. It was a perfect day full of interesting and wonderful memories that will stay with us a lifetime. Well done and so worth it.
Joni ClemensUnited States
Neslihan is such a fun guide. I learned much about Istanbul and Turkey in a very short time. It was enriching to understand the intricacies of Turkish ceramic arts and rug making, observing amazingly beautiful specimens of each in the process. Taking in the architectural jewels of the Old City was also amazing. I left saturated with a better understanding of the culture and some unique souvenirs to include Turkish Delight.
Rafal WywiolUnited States
Neslihan was fun, upbeat and extremely knowledgeable about this tour, as well as any questions about the city itself. She had alot of information, but what we loved were the insights and stories only a local would know. We had such an enjoyable tour, mostly because anything we asked was fair game and funny to talk about and learn. Highly recommend her to anyone of any age and interest in Istanbul. Amanda and Rafal, New York City
Gilberto De MurguiaUnited States
Neslihan is a gem. We had the opportunity to have her a our guide while visiting Istanbul. Her knowledge of history, archeology and her culture were invaluable as she guided us through the city. Neslihan not only took us to visit the highlights, but also to places not commonly seen by visitors and, with a party of five, that was a challenge but she delivered with professionalism, charisma and a smile. If you are visiting the city and need a guide, hire the best and Neslihan is the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.. It ıs nice to hear from such a good words. You have a wonderful family. Hope to see you again. :)
Qasim BhoratSouth Africa
Fantastic full day private tour with Neslihan.... She was brilliant, flexible and very knowledgable. One of the best private tours I have ever done. Her unique touch combined with the beauty of Istanbul left me wanting the tour not to end. Her candid answers to all my questions was refreshing and appreciated... Must book her as your guide if you want the best experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Qasim. Hope to see you again. Have a nice flight!
Christine OwenUnited Kingdom
Neslihan was wonderful!!!! She is extremely knowledgeable, fun, talkative and great with kids! Perfect and easy to follow English. We had a great day touring the old city with her, she took care of everything and was very open to our requests. Our son of 9 adored her-- Neslihan was able to tell stories in a way that kept him interested and energetic through the whole tour. Absolutely recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to be your guide.It was my first tour from here. I am glad to hear that you had a great time.