Francis LacanUnited Kingdom
Our guide Atakan has found the perfect balance between cultural richness and entertainment. The walk was carefully managed, brilliantly commented visits of museums, mosques, public places and hidden treasures were interspersed by well needed coffee and lunch breaks. We learned a lot about Istambul historical background, its culture, religion, traditions and practices. Atakan was constantly adapting to our interests and reactions, his talks were detailed but never too heavy, often funny. Thank you !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi again Francis, thank you very much for your nice review and kind words, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you and your family in Istanbul. Hope to see you again...
Atakan was a perfect guide. We totally fell in love with Istanbul thanks to him. He new all the answers to our questions and was very flexible with the route. I highly recommend this tour if it is your first time in Istambul. And even if it not I am sure you will learn a lot from Atakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words Anna, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you and your friends in Istanbul. As I promised I will write you if I come to your country one day.
David H.United States
Knowledgable, friendly and engaging guide who also gave suggestions on activities for non-guided days in Istanbul. I would use him again without hesitation.
Alexander KennardUnited Arab Emirates
I would like to recommend Atakan highly as his knowledge on the history of Istanbul all the historical sites was bountiful . Aways pleasant , giving you plenty of your own time to see the sites .
Barbara JohnsonUnited States
Excellent tour guide, very responsive in email communication with us, was on time, tailored the tour to our goals. Very enjoyable .
Miguel ArizaUnited States
Atakan served as our tour guide for Istanbul highlights. He was very caring, knowledgeable and provided great suggestions for local food and culture. Excellent English. He went beyond the call of duty catering to our needs. Would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to see this beautiful city. Having a private guide in this city was definitively a big plus and prize was very fair and reasonable.
Niki B.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.
Atakan gave a great tour experience - he added wonderful historical context and stories to each of the places we saw. He really added something special to my visit and am so glad I took the step and booked his services.
Alan M.Cambridge, ON, Canada
Barbara EichmanUnited States
Atakan is such a personable and knowledgeable guide. My daughter and I felt very comfortable and learned so much about Istanbul and the sights we saw. The pace was great for me (58) and for my daughter (26). Best decision we made.
Mike BlakerUnited States
Atakan is an excellent guide. He has a vast knowledge of his country's history and was able to answer questions about politics and religion in an open, objective manner. He set the tour at a good pace that allowed us to see all we wanted but we could also add options if we wanted. This was our first experience with Tours By Locals and Atakan was an exceptional ambassador for the company.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're happy to receive excellent feedback from your first ToursByLocals experience! Hope to see you again soon.
John VogtUnited States
This was a great tour, given by an extremely well informed and entertaining guide. I would recommend the tour to anyone who has a whole day in Istanbul.
Gabriela S.United States
Atakan was FABULOUS. His high star rating was spot on and actually exceeded our expectations. He was knowledgeable, energetic, and happy to accommodate our interests. We feel so lucky to have had him as a guide in Istanbul. We booked him for a second tour!
Fantastic. Atakan arrived promptly at 9.30am. He showed us how to use the public transport system and assisted us to credit our Istanbul card. We visited the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkaki Palace, Basilica Cistern. We were unable to visit the Bazar as it was a public Holiday for the end of Ramadan. Atakan's knowledge was incredible and he was very patient telling everything he knew about the sites and the history of Turkey. A fabulous day, great tour guide. Atakan, we're sure to recommend your tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words Lorraine! It was a great pleasure for me to guide you and I really enjoyed the day with you. I will write you if I come to Australia one day..
It Was a wonderful day visiting Istanbul.... We saw all interesting places we wanted to visit And excellent explanation . We will definitely use tours by locals on our vacations.... And we reccomend Atakan..... Thanks a lot for a wonderful visit...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words Cristina, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you and your lovely family in Istanbul. I'm going to send you all the photos of you that I took during the tour. Hope to see you again and regards..
Stephen NimerUnited States
Excellent tour. Atakan showed us the sights with a short history that brought it to life. Excellent tor guide. Much appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comment Stephen, it was nice to meet and guide you. Hope to see you again in Istanbul or somewhere else in the world..
Derrick BushmanUnited States
Bohdan Y.Brooklyn, NY, United States
Atakan met us at our hotel on 21 May 2015 and led us on an Istanbul Old-City Walking Tour. He managed his time very well to enable us to visit all of the major sights of the old city. Atakan's command of English is excellent, and he is quite knowledgeable about historical and contemporary Turkish culture. He is an excellent tour guide, and any tour taken with him would prove to be extremely rewarding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words Bohdan, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you and I really enjoyed the day with you. Hope to see you again in Istanbul..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating Werner, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you and your lovely family in Istanbul. I sent you a picture of your daughter that I took during the tour, I hope you got it. All the best for you and your family..
Katrin LangeUnited States
We took the 8 hour walking tour of Istanbul with Atakan on May 13, 2015 with included all the "major" sights. We enjoyed walking in this great city and learning about the amazing history from Atakan who was very knowledgable and was able to answer our many questions in very good English. It was a really great tour that we can only recommend for anyone visiting the city!! Thank you Katrin & Phillip
Gregory SmalisUnited States
Atakhan is friendly, punctual, accommodating and highly knowledgeable. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour of Istanbul and would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words Gregory, I enjoyed the day that we spent together. Please don't forget that you have a friend in Istanbul. All the best for you..
Melinda S.United States
The ship was in Istanbul overnight, so we used Atakan as our guide both days. He was punctual, informative, and flexible. Atakan helped us see as much as possible in 2 days without making us feel rushed. He's very friendly and gave us as much-or as little information about the sites as we asked for. The mosques were amazing, spice market delightful, grand bazaar overwhelming and lunch delicious! Atakan made our stay in Istanbul unforgettable!
Lewis ChaseUnited States
We spent 2 days with Atakan. He is a superb guide in all respects. We recommend him highly.
Ronald StoverHong Kong
Atakan was prompt, knowledgeable, flexible to requested changes in our itinerary. Our family had a wonderful day with him in the old city of Istanbul.
Martha WarnerUnited States
Atakan was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. We skipped past the long tourist lines, and he made our first day in the istanbul absolutely perfect. We are going to ask for Atakan again.
Zenzi PoindexterUnited States
Great day with an experienced, guide who was happy to accommodate a specialized itenerary and work in a flexible manner. Istanbul is brimming with history and this guide helped peel back the cover.
Malcolm LeaskUnited Kingdom
Fantastic tour of the city. Atakan is a great guide. Punctual, professional and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the tour but remember and bring your walking shoes!
Pleasant, unhurried personality, well informed, very good knowledge of English. The visit by foot of the triangle Blue Mosque, Aghia Sophia, Topkapi takes a whole day and is demanding on leg and mind but is best done that way due the close proximity of the sites. Atakan's guide license which confered priority to our little group proved invaluable on a Sunday when various cruise ships disgorged their passengers and the queues stretched for 100s of meters. As usual, a booking with TbL was money well spent
This was a wonderful day, Atakan is very knowledgeable about Istanbul, we had a very enjoyable day, easy to get around and was great to have a guide that was able to skip the lines, saving us a lot of time. Wendy Oct 2014
Cindy WeitzelWest St. Paul, MB, Canada
Atakan gave us a most memorable tour of Istanbul. He shared his wealth of Turkish history and his beautiful culture is a relaxed way. He made us feel like we were spending the day with a good friend . He shared details of the amazing places he took us to that I am certain would be missed with larger tours. We ate true Turkish cuisine and handmade Turkish delight, we sat on the carpets in the most tiled mosques, we visited the spice market, and so much more. He took us through thousands of years! Thank you
Paul HanrahanUnited Kingdom
Atakan was an excellent guide. Great knowledge shared with great enthusiasm. The tour was top class & we learned & saw many things that we would not have seen without Atakan's guidance. I would highly recommend Atakan & the tour.
Beth G.United States
Atakan is a terrific guide. He is flexible and easy to work with. He is extremely knowledgable about the history of Istanbul and definitely knew the ins and outs of the popular tourist destinations. Because of him we saw a lot more in a day than we would have on own. As an additional bonus Atakan is great with kids. He even carried our 2 year old for part of the walking tour.
Patti LankUnited States
Lucinda WhiteUnited States
Atakan showed us the true spirit of Istanbul, from its history to current culture and life. We packed a lot in and feel like we had a great taste of this amazing city, including great local food and a smaller mosque, as well as a carpet-making demonstration and of course the main big sights. We would love to come back and would definitely call upon Atakan to help us see more!
Was a pleasure to have Atakan as a tour guide, which gave us an eight hour session about the old district in Istanbul. Also invaluable is the skipping the line concept which saves you (on a busy sunday) quite some time standing in line in the sun.