Ava-Lisa MaconCatonsville, MD, United States
Safiye is FABULOUS! I 1st booked Safiye 2 yrs ago, for a 4hr layover tour by public transportation for 2 travelers. I didn't book her last year, and regretted it terribly. This time, I booked her Istanbul City tour by private transport for 12. The bus was comfy & held all our luggage easily. Safiye's charming demeanor, excellent English, deep knowledge of local lore, as well as her incredible flexibility made her a hit with the group. I have used many guides with TBL and rate Safiye as one of the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ava-Lisa, it is a big pleasure of mine to lead your group as a guide in Istanbul. To be honest 2 years break was a long time not to see each other. I hope to see you in Istanbul every year. Xoxo
Daniel PrattUnited States
Daniel PrattUnited States
Safiye was a wonderful guide. We had only a brief time in Istanbul and thousands of years of history... we wanted to experience and learn as much as possible. She facilitated navigating a confusing, unfamiliar city which helped us make the best use of our time. It was fun getting a local point of view and on the history, she was profoundly knowledgable. She is personable, interesting, and an excellent communicator. I particularly appreciated her cultural openness: it enriched the experience immensely.
Donald DeathUnited States
We had a great day. Safiye was very informative and interesting and did a great job meeting our interests. This was our second time to Istanbul and she provided us with a great tour and local insight that was terrific. Thanks.
Samuel MandellUnited States
Safiye is "miss personality". She is a very warm and charming person. We had such a good time with her that we would like to adopt her. She went out of her way to show us a good time in Istanbul. Her commentaries were very professional and thorough. I highly recommend her.
Tim HoltUnited States
Safiye provided a most pleasant and informative tour of Istanbul today. She was very responsive to our requests in preparation for the tour and completely delivered on each site. Safiye arranged for laundry service during our tour, guided us to a delicious lunch, skipped the diversions in the Grand Bazaar to visit the exact caliber of merchants we desired, and was flexible to the unpredictable needs of our family of six. She is a walking encyclopedia, has excellent English and is our new friend!
Tina JonesUnited States
One of the best tours we have experienced! Safiye was an excellent guide and connected well with all in our multi-generational group. She was very accommodating for the older group members and yet provided great information on each site that the teenagers in our group could understand. She took us to a wonderful café for lunch to experience some traditional foods. We loved getting to know the local side of Istanbul. She timed the tour so that we saw quite a bit of the city without feeling rushed.
Chris RaynerUnited Arab Emirates
Safiye was great company, easy to get along with and well informed. All round a very enjoyable day spent with a charming young lady. It greatly enhanced our trip to Istanbul.
Jeff ShankmanSouth Africa
Safiye (Sophy) was very good. Was always on time , pleasant and good with my kids. Was extremely flexible and adjusted schedules to suite kids and other requirements. Highly recommend.
Henry L.Costa Rica
Although she has a nice disposition her tour was not well planned and we did not get what we expected. She did not have a lot of information to share and was a bit confusing at times, she needs to be more prepared and figure out times to see things (when to go and how long it takes). We really expected more in a great city like Istambul!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: To be honest, I don't really remember this tour at all. I believe that if something out of ordinary happened during this tour, I would recall it.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: The issues were brought up to the guide and to her guide manager and were dealt with accordingly. When this review was presented to the guide, she could not pinpoint what exactly went wrong with this tour since the tour took place 5 months ago and the tour was delivered during the high season (busiest time of the year for our Istanbul guides).
Dona BrooksUnited States
Safiye (Sophie) was a great guide...fun and full of information. We spent one and a half days in Istanbul and we saw most of the famous sites. She even helped us get reservations at a belly dancing show...right on the front row! (My husband loved that:-) So thanks for showing us around your fabulous city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dona, Thanks a lot for your nice words. It was pleasure to meet you!!
Kevin IveyUnited States
Safiye is young and energetic. We arranged a full day tour with her including a ferry up the Bosphorus to the Black Sea. Safiye interprets well between her guests and locals. She helped us negotiate a major purchase and continued to assist us in shipping it home after we departed on her own time. She was a delight and we enjoyed our day in Istanbul all the more thanks to her. We recommend her without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kevin, Thanks for your nice thoughts. It was pleasure for me.. See you next time :)
Vasilios PanopoulosSan Francisco, CA, United States
I had the pleasure of having Safiye as my tour guide in Istanbul this summer and she was so pleasant, accommodating, professional and very knowledgeable of local history. I was in Istanbul for business and only had a few hours to spare and Safiye ensured that I saw every street, monument, place of interest in Istanbul. Not only did she take me to the tourist areas, but he also showed me parts of town that your typical tourist does not know about. Thank you so much!!