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
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
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.
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.
John 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.
Steven 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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your comment.
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.
Randy MartinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment.
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.
Traci A.Steinhausen, Switzerland
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 ----------
Hanifi enriched our Istanbul experience with his knowledge, planning & accomodating approach. He was punctual & his English is very good. We would never have exerienced Sultanahmet in this way without him. Many thanks from Janice & Peter, Jenn & Tony, & Debbie & Paul. ToursByLocals is an integral part of our vacations :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your beautiful words. It was nice to share the time with you.
Mohammed AkhmedUnited Kingdom
Whatever good I say about Hanifi will not be enough. He is a consummate professional, highly intelligent and knowledgeable. All of this comes along with an endearing kind smile and masses of patience. Hanifi is genuinely nice to be with. He genuinely wants you to have the best time possible and answers all questions from his vast pool of experience and knowledge. If you want one of the best to take you around Istanbul Hanifi is your man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Here is some beautiful words from Rumi for you, Hi O you who've gone on pilgrimage - where are you, where, oh where? Here, here is the Beloved! Oh come now, come, oh come! Your friend, he is your neighbor, he is next to your wall - You, erring in the desert - what air of love is this? If you'd see the Beloved's form without any form - You are the house, the master, You are the Kaaba, you! . . .
Richard PendrillUnited Kingdom
An excellent guide who was always on time and made our trip to Istanbul very interesting. We also saw things that some tourists would miss. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tanks for your rate and your lovely words. Here some for you from Turkish 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 ----------------
Carolynn JamesUnited States
Hanifi was a blast !!! Fun, informative & really a great guide... Was not all history was also humor--- we really enjoyed him & would definitely recommend him. Carolynn James Seattle, Wa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you CAROLYN. Here I like to share some lovely words from Poet Rumi like yours.When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy
Pradip PatelUnited States
Hanifi made the tour our tour pleasant and memorable as a SME. Even when the weather did not cooperate
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Predip, Thank you for your rate. I hope you enjoy at least one day of sun in istanbul. Best wishes from istanbul.
Pradip PatelUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Prabir
Natalie GerringerUnited Kingdom
Hanifi was waiting for us as we got off the ship and was eager to start the tour. He knew the area well and was able to bypass any line we would have to wait in. He encouraged the 7 kids with us, to ask questions and they did. He answered them with enthusiasm each time. We had a packed schedule and he made it work with our party of 12. He took us to a lovely cafe where they a lady was making the flatbread we ordered to eat. The kids loved it. Hanifi was a fantastic and well informed guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Natalie Thank you for youjr lovely words.
Carmela MondelloUnited States
We experienced the 2 day Istanbul tour with Hanifi. It was me and my 2 daughters and all I can say is that Hanifi, made this tour , so enjoyable. My daughters enjoyed listening to Hanifi speak about the deep rooted history of Istanbul about the Ottomen empire. Now my daughters normally could care less. But Hanifi is masterful in teaching. He mixed the right blend of knowledge, humor and keeping it in the now. He took his time , and we experinced so much in the day and half. Amazing tour , amazing Guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Carmelo,thank you for your lovely words which has been selected like a writer's pen. thank you also sharing one of your precious day with me. hanifi
Stuart MirvisUnited States
Charming and incredibly knowledgeable. Really made our trip a success. We had great conversations about Turkey, but on others topics as well. He let us pace the visits spending more or less time as we desired. He felt like an old friend at end of the 2-days. The selection of sites to visit was perfect. I would recommend him very highly to others who are going to Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi There Thank you for your beautiful words. It was pleasure for me to be with you and share amazing information with you. My best wishes from istanbul to you and for your wife.
This tour by Hanifi was excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable of the history and was able to answer all questions we had. We are a family of five all adults and Hanifi was very pleasant, hospitable and a pleasure to spend two days with. Keith Cameron
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Keith, I hope your turkey tour was good also. all my best wishes for you and your beautiful family.
Marlene BankwitzUnited States
Hanafi went above and beyond in giving us an authentic tour of Istanbul. We had a fantastic time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely words.
Jay CoxUnited States
Hanifi gave us the most amazing tour of Istanbul, a beautiful and unique city. He guided us to the best places and a wonderful lunch. When we were at Topkapi, he led us to the best exhibits instead of just letting us go around alone. We had an very authentic lunch experience and then he was flexible with our schedule as we altered plans. I must say that Tours By Locals does a wonderful job and we highly recommend them for private tours. Thank you Hanifi!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jay, Thank you for your beautiful words. Words are gifts for one who knows their value. These are my gift for you from My Loved poet RUMI, “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” Rumi,
Thomas GeorgeHinsdale, IL, United States
Hanifi is a wonderful tour guide. His English is very fluent and easy to understand. We were able to see the highlights of Istanbul in only 3 days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much it was nice to be with you. Best wishes from istanbul.
Francine Ricki HorwitzUnited States
Hanifi is a great tour guide. Istanbul is an incredible city and Hanifi makes the city come alive. We had a typical Turkish lunch, which we loved and mingled with the local people. The Grand Bazaar and Spice Market were really amazing to see and Hanifi was able to guide us through these markets quite easily. I look forward to returning to Istanbul one day, with Hanifi as our guide. Ricki and Friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: :) thanks Ricki, for your great words.
Paul S.United States
Hanifi is an excellent guide-- very professional and organized. Content of sites was well chosen and pace was comfortable. Narrative was made interesting for our children (we had guides in the past who overloaded with info and we suffered from listener fatigue but it was not the case with Hanifi) the side conversations about culture and life were very enjoyable. Moving to the front of the queue for tickets and entry with a registered guide was GREAT and saved time. We highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely comment. Here is a lovely poet from a my loved Poet. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ― Rumi
Ernest GardnerUnited States
Hannifi was a great guide. He has a wealth of knowledge and did a great job explaining the history of all of the sights. He is very enjoyable and made our tour of Istanbul time well spent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. Here is some lovely words like yours from poet for you. “Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi,
Linda PotterUnited States
Hanifi is absolutely the best guide ever! We spent 1 1/2 days together and he showed us the very best part of Istanbul. We had a group of 6 and moved through the long lines quickly with his contacts and directness. He not only showed us through the Blue Mosque but explained all about the Islamic religion. His sparkling eyes and loving disposition made us want to tour all of Turkey with him. We are going to pass his name on to everyone that travels to Istanbul! Thank you...Hanifi
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. Here is some lovely words for you from a poet. “Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” ― Rumi
Ardice HartryUnited States
Hanifi provided a great tour. He has extensive knowledge of the history of Istanbul, and we appreciated his explanations and descriptions of local culture and religion. He is an interesting person, as well, and we enjoyed getting to know him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. Here is some lovely words for you from a poet. “Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi,
Mike WellsUnited Kingdom
Hanifi gave us an excellent day in Istanbul. He was extremely knowledgeable, answering all of our questions, and very helpful too. I am in a wheelchair, and initially was being pushed by my wife. Within minutes Hanifi took over, and pushed me for the rest of the day - enabling my wife to enjoy her day even more. We were also pleasantly surprised that Hanifi was able to get me into both the Blue Mosque and the Roman Cistern, having been previously advised that these were inaccessile for wheelchairs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi There, Thank you for your great words. It was a beautiful day with you.
Charles BradfordNew York, NY, United States
He not only showed us what was listed, but did an excellent job of explaining a lot of background to some of the buildings we were visiting. He was also helpful in explaining some of the history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi there, Thank you for your kind words.
Dale WinogradUnited States
Hanifi was great...he gave us a full day tour of Istanbul..and gave nice tips for the rest of our stay! And a big thanks for working with us at thelast minute!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for your lovely words. You are always welcome to Istanbul. Best wishes from Istanbul.
Frazee C.United States
What a super tour! And Hanifi gave us great information about the places we saw and the background history that made Turkey what it is today.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great words.
Andee MoteUnited States
Hanifi was incredibly personable and knowledgeable. Do not see Istanbul without him! Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: :) Thank you Andee. It was good to be with you.
David GuerrantScottsdale, AZ, United States
Hanifi was a terrific guide for our first day in Istanbul. He made sure we were at the right place at the right time and was a wealth of knowledge about all that we saw and asked about. Hanifi is very congenial with great english language skills and we really enjoyed the entire day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank yo for your great words. I was also supriced how much knowledge you have about many different topics. It was plesure to be guide for you and for your wife. All my best.