Really enjoyed Safiye (Sofia). She was a great tour guide. However, we felt like we were directed to places that she either had to take us - like the carpet manufacturer described to us as a "handicraft shop" or places where she may be getting a kickback - not necessarily where we wanted to shop. Perhaps this is the Turkish way but we felt very pressured to shop at specific places, not those of our choosing. Next time - if I ever return to Istanbul - I will be more clear and forceful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review Carol, and I am glad that you enjoyed the tour! I will be sure to set better expectations by explaining to future travellers the differences in shopping cultures, and ensure you are fully aware prior to including this during our time together