Cem is the best guide we could have asked for. His Italian is flawless and he is not only knowledgeable and charismatic, but he is also very patient. My dad is partially disable and Cem accommodated our requests for a disable friendly tour, making the most out of the main landmarks in Istanbul. We had a terrific time with him and very happy we could meet such a great guide and person. Absolutely recommended, a 10/10!
Sarah L.United Kingdom
I had a great one day tour of the Old City with Cem. Not only was he very informative about the history of the main sights and about life in Istanbul in general (then & now), but he was good fun and easy to be with, which is very important when spending 8 hours one on one! I'd only taken a couple of tours by myself previously (in other countries) but those were much shorter as I was reluctant to do a long tour on my own. However, I felt very relaxed in Cem's company and so enjoyed this tour very much!
John S Y.Haines City, FL, United States
Cem is very knowledgeable and professional. He is also a very nice guy to tour with, We would recommend him for a great tour of Istanbul.
Paulo SouzaUnited States
We had a great time in Istanbul thank you to Cem. He introduced us to the local history, people, culture and other aspects of the city and the Country that only an expert and skillful professional could do. It was fun to exchange comments in different languages due to his extensive proficiency in most latin languages. He really went an extra mile to make us feel comfortable during our tour. I strongly recommend him!
Paulo SouzaUnited States
Cem provide us a great time with his expertise of the City, his high command of the history and culture of the Country. His patience and cordiality made us feel at home and a sense that we were in the hands of an old friend. Thank you Cem!
Bonnie HarrisUnited States
Cem was a delightful and extremely well informed, knowledgeable guide for our day in Istanbul. He taught us a great deal. He is so personable and has a great sense of humor. He did all the tour guide stuff very well but was also a pleasure to spend the day with. We would hire him again in a second.
Andy CollinsUnited Kingdom
Can't fault Cem what so every, Highly recommended. Tour was on time and along the way everything was explained in detail, also Cem was full of normal conversation throughout the day so it was made more enjoyable. After booking at such late notice I appreciate Cem taking the time out to guide me on an experience I would of missed out on during my short stay in Istanbul. Anybody who needs any sort of tour whilst in Istanbul please dont hesitate Cem he is a very professional honest person. Many Thanks again
Stanley AlmoneyUnited States
Cem was a very informative and entertaining guide. He was knowledgeable about all the various places we visited, he provided us with an alternative when we didn't want to visit the Cistern. He explained many of the different elements in the Palace and the Blue Mosque. He took us to a wonderful Turkish restaurant for lunch. I highly recommend both Tours by Locals and Cem for tours of Istanbul.
Friendly, competent and well organized. We really enjoyed our tour with Cem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Erik, Thank you for your kind review. I would like to send you some photos from our tour but I don't have your mail address. I can send them if you text me through WhatsApp or my mail address. Regards, Cem
Andrea BigiUnited States
We had a very great experience with our guide today. Cem knows very well how to explain clearly the histories of his home city. It was an amazing tour. Thank you
John CollinsUnited States
Cem was an amazing guide! He customized the tour to meet our needs and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. He is very thoughtful and also has a great sense of humor. He gave us some great insights into life in Istanbul while taking us to places that we would have never found on our own. It was a very special day!
Cem showed us, a group of 5 people, through Istanbul's Old Town (Sultanahmet). He is very knowledgeable, gave us excellent insight and answered all of our questions. His english level was fine too. Would definitely recommend Cem if you're looking for a tour guide in Istanbul.
Barbara B.United States
Cem, was a great tour guide. he was a last minute idea for my niece and her 3 friends. they had a wonderful time and Cem deserves a medal to deal with 4 young woman.
Mary Jo SchmitzUnited States
Cem was flexible with our interests and desires. He was knowledgeable, accommodating and fun to be with. We were able to go to locations we would otherwise have missed. We enjoyed a wonderful day with him. He found us a great local lunch spot and had good dinner recommendations!
Kris RaghavanUnited States
Cem was very knowledgeable and provided a rich history throughout the tour. He quickly captured our interests and adjusted the tour accordingly. He mixed and matched the tour on the fly to suit our desires and the weather ! His personal interaction was excellent and we would highly recommend him to anyone who is considering a private tour. He genuinely wants his guests to learn about and enjoy the richness of Turkey !
Scott GuthrieUnited States
Cem was absolutely wonderful. We always use Tours By Local when traveling because of the high quality of their guides and depth of knowledge. Cem did not disappoint! Help us get a real locals feel for Istanbul as we saw the major tourist sites. Highly recommend him as your guide to this amazing city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Scott. Thank you for your kind review. It was a nice experience also for me. I wish to meet you again and hope to go to the stadium of my team together. Please remind Grace, our team is "Beşiktaş" (Black Eagles), colors black and white. Say my regards to all.
Frank FaverzaniUnited States
Despite Cem developing a nasty head cold during our day together, he was a trooper walking well over ten miles on our tour. At our request, he went off the tourist route for lunch at a truely local restaurant to get a feel for the real Istanbul cuisine. He gave a terrific overview of the city and it was a joy to skip the long lines at several stops. Hope you recover quickly. See you next time we are in Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Frank, Thank you for your kind review. Regards to your sons as well. Hope to see you again in Istanbul. Cem
Andrew WirthUnited States
Cem was very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic, and personable. He tailored the tour to make it as enjoyable as possible. I got along so well with him, that I consider him my Turkish friend Cem. The best decision I made in Istanbul was hiring him as a guide, never could have seen the things I did, nor get the feel of real Istanbul without him. Thanks again Cem!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Andrew, Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a great tour also for me. I wish you will have a happy tour in Bang Kok as well :) Regards, Cem
Juan FigueroaUnited States
Cem is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable of the history, culture and good restaurants of Istanbul/Turkey, we were a family of 4 including my mom 81 years old, she only speak Spanish Cem made the difference speaking spanish, providing a weel chair and been patient and accommodating with her, we all got a wonderful time in Istanbul thanks to Cem. We highly recommend Cem for English or Spanish tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Juan, Muchas gracias por tu comentario chingon. Saludos a todo familia. Cem
Stephen BangsUnited Kingdom
Another fantastic tour from Tours by Locals (you've never let us down) Cem was an absolute delight. So knowledgeable and great fun to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Deborah and Stewe, Thank you for your kind review about my service. It was a gorgeous day also for me. It was nice to follow super Deborah during a day :) I had to rest more than 12 hours after an exhausting tour :) She is a candidate to be the most energetic and fast traveller of the year. Hope to see you again in Istanbul or in Kalkan ;) Warmest regards, Cem
The tour was excellent and Cem is a fantastic guide
Riener NielsenUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Anna G.United States
We had a great tour of Old Town with Cem. We got picked up from our hotel right on time on a comfortable minivan that took us straight to Old Town. Cem is very knowledgeable and was able to adjust the tour to make it interesting for both of my 10 and 15-year-old kids. I would definitely book another tour with Cem when we get a chance to visit Istanbul again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thank you a lot for your kind review, it was a pleasure to spend time with you and your family. I hope to see you again in the future.
Jorge BilbaoUnited States
Did not communicate not a single word
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jorge, As per our e-mails before, I offered you two different options. One with me present in the transfer and the other with only the driver. You picked the latter therefore I did not join you in the car. The drivers job is only to pick you up from the airport and drop you off to your hotel with punctuality. As it was your vacation I did not want to disturb you by calling. If you're still in Istanbul and need any kind of help I'm at your disposal. Regards Cem
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias Ivhanna. Saludos a tu marido y tua amiga tambien.
Suzanne ShenfilUnited States
Cem brought the people, culture alive for us; both the history and present time. We enjoyed the sights, sitting and drinking coffee and finding a great chocolate confectionary store.
One of the best tours ever. We are a family of four with two kids (8 and 11) who are very hard on tour guides. Cem was amazing in answering all of their questions and keeping them engaged during an 8 hour tour of the Topkapi, Carpet Making, Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Cistern. I can not recommend him and this tour enough. It is everything you want and more .
Salvador BetancourtUnited States
This was our second trip to Istanbul but must say that Cem made it even more special! The walking tour of the Old Istanbul was excellent - for us the only way to really get to know a city. Cem is extremely knowledgeable and about ve all a true gentleman. He took his time to explain all the details and answer ALL our questions. One more time we hit the jackpot with Cem! If you come to Istanbul Cem is the person to take you around!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerry and Sal, Thank you very much for your kind review about my service. I spent wonderful time with you. I would like to start to give a rating about my guests this year .. So, I give you 5 stars even though it will not be enough to explain how polite, generous and sincere you are. I really hope to see you again . Warmest regards, Cem
Nick TomkinsUnited Kingdom
Punctual, professional, charming and informative. I can highly recommend this guide who gave us the perfect day in Istanbul.