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
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
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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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Graham StarlingUnited Kingdom
Hanifi is an excellent Guide and host and we enjoyed our two days with him.
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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.
Randy MartinUnited States
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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.
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 :)
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.”
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
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! . . .
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.
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.
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,
Chip MarlerUnited States
Our group spent a delightful and informative two days with Hanifi. His commentary was both in depth and enjoyable. It is clear that he loves his city and loves sharing it. He was fun to be with and was very happy to field questions on all aspects of life in Turkey and Istanbul. Thank you Hanifi!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for these great words. I was thinking you will give less star results of coming a bit late. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Here is gift for you from Poet RUMI “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi
Barbara HellerUnited States
Hanifi is terrific. We had a wonderful 2 day tour with him. He was flexible and changed a few destinations when we asked. He kept the pace slow, since my knees limit my speed. He brings history to life and makes it exciting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for you lovely words Barbara. You are welcome whenever you are here. here is a gift for you from Peot RUMI. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ― Rumi
Patricia SmithUnited States
We were so lucky to have him guide us around Istanbul for 2days. His love and pride in Turkey shows in every explanation, gesture and moment we spend with him. His knowledge is beyond exceptional. He allowed us to absorb and enjoy without rushing us yet every item on our program was covered thoroughly. He is a well informed, well educated and a very interesting man. I plan to return to Turkey in the future with my family and Hanifi will be the only guide I would hope will show us beautiful Istanbul again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your great words. I had great time with you. It was really pleasure to guide people like you. All my best wishes for you from Istanbul the city of love and hospitality.
Kevin GranholdUnited States
We hired Hanifi as our personal tour guide for 5 days. Our plans changed slightly and Hanifi was able to re-arrange our schedule to meet our timeline. Hanifi was very informative and knowledgable on the background and history of each site. My daughter and I felt very confortable being with Hanifi during our trip and now consider him our friend. I would very much recommend his services in and around Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your lovely words. I was looking at your photos I took on the tour you look really great. I will send it to you soon. Ye you are right I felt also same as being friend with you. Now you have a friend what ever you need from turkey please let me know. Yours Hanifi