Andrew YuenHong Kong
We had a most enjoyable day covering all the sites we wanted to visit and more. Thank you for a most memorable time in Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words Andrew, hope to see you and your family in Turkey again..
A tour with Atakan turned 'what are we going to do on our 10hr layover in Istanbul' into 'when can we come back here?' Which is no mean feat for a family of four with very diverse interests
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review David, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you and your lovely family in Istanbul and look forward to see you again. Next time I will take you to my hometown (Cappadocia) to ride a hot air balloon as I promised ;)
Jennifer A.United States
Atakan is a masterful tour guide. We booked him for the day following a cruise that ended in Istanbul, but we had a fairly unstructured itinerary that far exceeded our available time. Atakan met us at the pier (along with a superb driver), and listened to our ideas, but provided terrific guidance and suggestions. Due to his excellent advice, we were able to cover an amazing amount of ground, and his knowledgeable commentary provided real insights into Turkish history and culture. Highly recommend him!
Jolayne TurnerUnited States
We truly did feel like VIP's for our tour of Istanbul. We met Atakan at our hotel in the morning and when we got into the minibus we discussed with him what we wanted to do. He saw to it that we did what we wanted and then some. We had an exceptional time that day. Atakan is knowledgeable of the history and layout of Istanbul and we were able to purchase unique treasures from a ceramic pottery store. Lunch was amazing at a place he frequented. We were just so pleased with him and his attention to detail.
Sondra SimontonHouston, TEXAS, United States
Atakan is a fabulous guide for anyone wanting to EXPERIENCE Istanbul. We did the VIP tour with a party of 10 and he did an incredible job catering to everyone's wishes. He is extremely flexible, accommodating and commands great knowledge of his country. He is a master at navigating thru crowds so we weren't rushed at a site. He also managed to get front row tickets at the last minute for 6 of us to see the Whirling Dervish ceremony that evening. I would change my travel plans to use his services again.
Stephanie PowerUnited States
My party of 10 all thoroughly enjoyed Atakan as a tour guide! He arranged for a large, air-conditioned vehicle which comfortably accommodated our group. His vast knowledge of Istanbul allowed him to provide us with lots of interesting information both while driving between attractions, as well as when visiting each one. He was able to hold the interest of the three teenage boys in our group. He also selected a fabulous location for us to have a Turkish lunch - which was delicious! Highly recommended!
Harinder DhanotaUnited States
Atakan was a great guide! Knew the city very well. He was able to customize the tour based on our interests and made sure we hit all the must see places! I would definitely recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review and nice words Harinder, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you. I hope you enjoyed the Kebab that we had together :)
Robert KesslerUnited States
Atakan is tops with his knowledge and sharing of information. English is quite good and willingness to discuss any topic was most generous. Eight hours is a long tour, but he pulled it off. Cannot get this tour for four people from the ship line, unless you want a bus and a crowd of fellows and an inability to be guided truly privately and with some ease in a sea of tourists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words Robert, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. It was a very different experience for me to guide someone who visited my city 50 years ago, I also learnt too many things from you. Thank you very much for everything and hope to see you again..
Judith HolmesUnited Kingdom
We had the most wonderful day we have travelled all over the world and had lots of different tours but. Atakan is the best guide we have ever had a wonderful experience defiantly a FIVE star experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words Judith, it was a great pleasure for me to guide you in Istanbul. Please don't forget that you have a friend here. All the best for you..
Alan ChamberlainUnited Kingdom
a first class tour ideal for my wife and I on our first visit to Istanbul. We visited all the various locations that we had researched prior to our visit and to be able to talk to Atakan our guide about aspects of local life and Turkey in general was fascinating.Janet and Alan Chamberlain
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating and nice comments Alan. It was a great pleasure for me to guide you and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again..
Susana LeffTiburon, CA, United States
We have no words to describe both the tour and our tour guide!!!! Atakan was everything you wish to find in a tour guide, plus a very lovable person!!! Too bad we can't give him a 6 or 7 star rating....he deserves it!!! Atakan, we'll never forget the 2 days we spent with you touring Cappadocia!!!
We booked guides from ToursByLocals for each part of our 6 week honeymoon. Our time with Atakan was the most memorable! He loves his home and it shows in his work. His explanations are detailed and clear, and we gained insight into both local life and history from the places he showed us. He went above and beyond what we expected of a guide, and through him we learned about and appreciated Cappadocia with more depth. Atakan, teşekkür ederim. We won’t forget you!
Alvaro Azevedo FilhoBrazil
Very friendly and professional we enjoyed very much that day in his comfortable car. We even met many people in Capadoccia region, all friends of Atakan and visited his home village the next day. Just told them we knew him and everybody treated us as specials. We srongly recommend this guide, he is a very nice person.
Atakan was the perfect guide for us. We were a small film crew in need of specific things and he knew exactly where to take us and what we should be doing in our short amount of time there. He knows so much about the history of Cappadocia and was fascinating to listen to. We loved our time with him and couldn't recommend him any higher. I don't know what we would have done without him xx
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am extremely pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time and so glad i contributed to making your Cappadocia trip a memorable one. It was a great pleasure for me to guide you. I hope we have chance to meet again in the future. All the best for you...