Benedict WeaverSouth Africa
A professional guide who clearly knows and loves Istanbul. Safiye was punctual and explained what the tour would entail upfont. She asked if we wanted to visit specific sights and areas. Based on our requests, Safiye guided us around and showed us where and what the locals enjoy eating during the weekend. We enjoyed a delicious picnic brunch and later a wonderful doner kebab. She also showed my wife the best shops for shoes, scarves and jackets. A really worthwhile tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Benedict, thanks for your nice comment about me. It was a big pleasure to meeting you and being your guide. I hope to see you soon :)
Jody ReausawUnited States
Safiye was a great guide and the street flavors tour was very authentic. She took us to places we had no idea about and talked about interesting local knowledge. We took comfortable and convenient public transportation all around the city. Highly recommend the street flavors tour or any other tours offered by Safiye.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jacob and Jody, Thanks for your lovely comment. It was a big pleasure to being your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again.
David S.United Kingdom
Great tour by a charming, lively and knowledgeable guide. Thank you so much Safiye
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a big pleasure to being your guide and I had a great time with you.
Timothy HorganUnited Kingdom
Safire was a very pleasant guide but the chosen tour had little content of interest and Safiye did not appear to have a depth of knowledge about local food. Altogether very poor value.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I have done this tour so many times for another clients and everybody was happy about it. You can check this with my past reviews. What is written in tour itinerary, I confidently completely covered. There was no more and less. I am supposing my tour didn't match with this clients expectations.I tried to do my best for them like everybody and this tour was apparently to local for them. They needed something more upscale so that's why this tour didn't match with their expectations.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Safiye is one of our top guides.Members of our staff from North America have traveled to Turkey and toured with her, and had nothing but great experiences. Her reviews from past travelers reflect this as well It is to our understanding that the traveler had expectations above and beyond what was present in the tour desc & not communicated to the guide prior to booking. We are confident in the guide continuing to provide 5 star experiences and we hope that you continue to consider touring with Safiye!
Thomas W.United States
My wife and I did the Street Flavours Tour with Safiye. We traveled from Taksim Sq. to Uskudar on the Asia side and then back to the Grand Bazaar area using the Public Ferry. In Uskadar we enjoyed visiting the local food shops, sampling the food and sitting for a leisurely cup of Turkish coffee. Safiye provided great commentary on the sites, culture, customs and history. In addition we also gained new perspectives and an appreciation as to what life is like in Istanbul today
David BakerOak Park, ILLINOIS, United States
I was late arriving to Istanbul after a major snowstorm there this month, and hoped to combine 2 tours with Safiye into 1 tour as best she could in the 8 hours we had. Not only was she extremely accommodating, but she offered to extend our time in case there was anything I didn't want to miss. I was really pleased with her willingness to make a visitor this happy during their stay. Taking me to favorite neighborhood food places that many tourists miss gave a great local experience that was priceless.
William PrinceUnited States
One of the best experiences while in Istanbul. A very good look at local life and customs. Highly recommend. LGBT friendly tour guide and pleasure to be around. Safiye will go out of her way to introduce you to her beautiful city.