Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Istanbul Turkey by Tour Guide Safiye K. (Guide #1521)


Barrie Shaw

New Zealand
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Tour: #167044, Istanbul Highlights in 2 Days, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 3/18

Safiye was an excellent and exceptional guide, she was very easy to understand and had good knowledge of all things local . We left Istanbul after two most enjoyable days and would love to visit again, thanks to Safiye and her friendly and pleasant ways. We would recommend her as the best.

David Munro

South Africa
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 25/18

David Lewis

New Zealand
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Tour: #167044, Istanbul Highlights in 2 Days, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 17/18

I really enjoyed my walking tour of Istanbul. My guide was knowledgeable about the city and the places we visited, was really helpful about shopping and finding an excellent baklava café! Most of all they were great company and helped me see and appreciate their city.

Peter Smith

Castle Rock, CO, United States
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Tour: 2 full day and 1 half day Private Walking Istanbul Tour with 2 way airport transfer., Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Aug 7/18

Safiye is an extremely competent and patient guide. She quickly sensed our interests and tailored the tour to our needs. She is fun and energetic and handled our requests with ease. Very highly recommended.

Mohamed Omar

Canada
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Istanbul Private Tour for Mohamed Omar, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 29/18

Safiye was excellent, she's knowledgeable considerate and cooperative, I high recommend using tours by locals and asking for Safiye, thank you again for The hospitality in Istanbul.

Brigitte Pelletier Cisneros

Canada
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 16/18

Safiye is a wonderful guide! She is super professional, friendly and reliable. When we met up, she gave us great advice on how to pick a hotel and got us from the airport to the old city in no time! Then we went for dinner at a great rooftop restaurant and walked through the streets of Istanbul. Our tour started a bit late because of lineups at the airport so she gave us 30 minutes of her time extra at the end of the tour. She is very knowledgable and taught us a lot about Istanbul's history.

Mike Parker

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Loved, loved , loved our time with Safiye. Loved her so much that we booked her for an additional day primarily to take my wife to the good shops (spices, jewelry, rugs, etc.). I cannot offer a higher recommendation, her command of English is excellent as is her knowledge of Turkish history. Being with a guide takes you straight to the front of the line. Walking is the only way to go, everything is close together in the historical area.

Andrew Landis

United States
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Tour: #9942, Istanbul Airport Layover Tour with Private Guide, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 11/18

Simply wonderful! So accommodating with our tight schedule. Safiye knew so much about the history, culture, and places of the city. She did a beautiful job of blending all this together for us. We would most definitely use her again! Thanks!!

Zoeb Sachee

United Kingdom
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Tour: The custom tour for the Sachee Family, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jun 7/18

Safiye was very interesting, extremely pleasant and a wonderful guide throughout the day. She made every place we visited fun and pleasant. Her knowledge of history and current affairs was exemplary. She had an answer for everything and also helped with recommendations for restaurants and other things to do for the rest of our holiday. I would highly recommend Safiye to everyone!

Stefan Crafford

South Africa
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 2/18

Excellent guide. Can only recommend her.

Wayne Lieb

United States
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Tour: #10601, Private Street Flavours Tour of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 23/18

Safiye was very generous with her time. Showed us eclectic food and locations - just what we had hoped to see. Her English is excellent and she has an engaging personality. She was very understanding and forgiving on a scheduling mistake by me. Much appreciated. We happily recommend her without reservation.

James Wilkins

Wildwood, MO, United States
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Private Tour by Vehicle, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 13/18

Safiye was not only a tour guide but we believe she became a friend as well. She made all four of us feel extremely comfortable in such a large, diverse city such as Istanbul. Her knowledge and professionalism were outstanding. We gained a lot of insights into such an historical area, but she never overloaded us with too much information. It was truly a joy working with such a professional and personable young woman. Anyone considering visiting Istanbul can be certain she will make it a success.

Hidhir Haniff

Singapore
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Istanbul Private Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 25/18

Safiye was an amazing guide with great knowledge on all the historical sites and tourists attractions we visited. She made us feel comfortable completely and it felt more like hanging out with a friend instead of following a guide. Add her excellent photography skills and she made our trip so much more memorable. Will definitely recommend her to our friends and families.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hidhir, it was a big pleasure for me to be your guide in Istanbul. Thank you so much for your nice review. Insallah you and Jannah have a happy married life forever, God bless you!

Jared Lutkowski

United States
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Tour: #9942, Istanbul Airport Layover Tour with Private Guide, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 18/18

Safiye is a phenomenal tour guide. She took us to some of the best attractions in Istanbul. Not only this, she also met us at airport and made the transfer to our hotel seamless. When I return to Istanbul later this year with my family, I will definitely book another tour with her!

Claude Keller

Switzerland
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 16/18

Salfiye made our Istanbul stay unique and unforgettable. Her contribution to our three day trip was every penny worth to spent. Salfiye is a very enjoyable, intelligent and funny young woman with a large amount of historical and day-to-day knowledge. Her company was just a joy all day long and to see Instanbul through her eyes was a great experience. Thank you Salfiye once again!!!! Claude and Eveline

Anshuman Sengupta

United Kingdom
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Tour: #163824, 5 Days Istanbul Private Tour for Mike Sengupta, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 9/18

Safiye was an exceptional guide. She had the knowledge and experience which she shared with us throughout the tour. She is very lovely, friendly and flexible person. Se made us feel like home and bend over backwards if needed. The tenacity, excitement & support she has shown is applaudable. I will highly recommend her as a guide. I must say we have found a friend in Istanbul. This city is very lively and Safiye will be one more reason to come and visit.

Anand Sonali Krishna

United States
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Istanbul Private Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 4/18

I do not have words to describe my great experience with Safiye. She is knowledgeable, friendly, energetic, and pays attention to every detail. She customized the tour to meet our needs. She made our time in Istanbul an AMAZING experience! We learned so much about Istanbul and it's Greek, Roman and Ottoman history. Safiye gave us the two greatest gifts of all -- the gift of knowledgeable and the gift of friendship! Thank you!

Karolis Rackauskas

Lithuania
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 17/18

Safiye was a really nice guide. She helped us to customize itinerary including objects we wanted to see and excluding, which we didn't want to visit. She was helpful, provided us many facts and stories not only from from old Ottomans' Istanbul but also modern, our days Istanbul life. The tour was intensive, according to GPS app with walked about 10 km, in 3,5 hour. So if you like walking, you will like it. I must to mention last point of the tour - caffe on the roof near Galata tower. The view was super

Dyesebel Shriver

Netherlands
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Tour: 2 Half and 1 Full Day Private Walking Tour for Desi, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jan 26/18

Very friendly and flexible!! I did a whole weekend.

Fatima H

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 2/18

Manil Chaulagain

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 24/17

Wonderful guide , super funny . You won't regret. Worth every penny.

Puja Tandon

Nepal
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Tour: #167044, Istanbul Highlights in 2 Days, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 22/17

This was our first experience with tourbylocals and indeed a wonderful one! Safiye is an absolute delight. She was like our traveling companion for the two days in Istanbul. Very passionate about her city, its culture and its ways of life, it was a pleasure to see Istanbul through her eyes. She is very friendly - my 12 yr old daughter just loved her. Though the weather was a spoiler, but Safiye made it a memorable trip. Glad we booked our tour with her! Definitely visiting Istanbul again, hopefully soon

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Puja, Thanks for your lovely comment, it was a big pleasure to be your guide. I really enjoyed being your guide. Hope to see you in Istanbul again, I hope I will make you travel here over and over :)

Olavur i Beiti

Faroe Islands
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 21/17

Because i had a upcoming flu and did not feel well, i was not able to finish all of the trip, but most of it, and again it was a super good trip in the old part of the city today, as always with Safiye. Thank you so much for making Instanbul so marvelous and interesting

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Olavur, thanks for booking me the second time, it was a big pleasure to be your guide. I hope we made an unforgettable trip for you in Istanbul. Safiye

Olavur i Beiti

Faroe Islands
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Tour: #10008, Full Day Bosphorus Tour with Private Guide, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 20/17

I enjoyed this trip very much with Safiye. We had a super good chemistry.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Olavur, yes indeed we have a super good chemistry, being your guide was so much fun, thanks for your lovely comment.

Raymond Lantz

United States
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Istanbul Private Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 14/17

Safiye is the true "Turkish Delight" what a great person and tour guide. She is warm, friendly and with more knowledge about her city then you will ever remember. She is willing to answer any question that you have. The city of Istanbul is wonderful and you could miss a lot of great things without a guide. Safiye is one of the best guide I have ever had. She had a handle on everything and was always on time and worked with you at your pace, never rushing and would take you to whatever you wanted to do.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ray, Thank you very much for your lovely comment. It was a big pleasure to be your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again. XOXO

Wendy Segall

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 13/17

Wendy Segall

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 8/17

The BEST. So knowledgeable and fun. Did two separate days with Safiye.. all was at my pace with all other fun details taken care of by her.

Harry Pascuzzi

United States
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Tour: #113322, Private Shore Excursion in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 9/17

Safiye is an excellent guide and I would recommend her to anyone.

Dali Akil

Lebanon
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Tour: #163824, 8 Days Istanbul Private Tour between 27th August to 3rd of Sep for Dali Akil, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 27/17

If there is a rating that is more than 5 stars, Safiya definitely deserves it; Safiya was a great tour guide and an excellent companion with a lot of patience and understanding of exactly what I needed making the best of my time. She knows Istanbul very well, she knows not only the historical places but also knows all the areas and the right places to visit, see and enjoy; she knows the history, details and background of all the places we visited very well. She is also is a very kind, polite and generous.

Julie Sauter

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 14/17

You absolutely must "book" Safiye, it's that simple. She is delightful - deeply knowledgeable, helpful, so good-natured... we couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Istanbul. Our visit was a great success in large part to her highly informative sharing of both old and new "gems" of insight, her patience and thoughtfulness, and our only regret was that our day had to come to an end! In Safiye, Turkey has an invaluable "ambassador" and travelers are blessed if they get to spend time w/her!

Farah Tiwari

Singapore
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Tour: #206675, Private 4 Hours Tour of Spice Market,Bosphorus Ferry and Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 3/17

Safiye is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. She shared valuable and interesting info about Istanbul and Turkey that we wouldn't have found in guide books or online! She was also very patient while we shopped for sweets and spices. We truly enjoyed our time with her!

Malek Mroueh

United Kingdom
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 9/17

Paige Christensen

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 8/17

Safiye was an excellent guide- not only was she very knowledgeable of the history and where to go, but she was also great company. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone wanting to experience this beautiful city.

Yoseif Whiteson

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 19/17

Yoseif Whiteson

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 18/17

Benedict Weaver

South Africa
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Tour: #10601, Private Street Flavours Tour of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 29/17

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 :)

Regina Ransom

United States
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Tour: Real Istanbul By Night! Private Night Tour, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Apr 16/17

Safiye is wonderful! She is a gift to a tourist visiting Istanbul! Safiye energy is amazing. She is very knowable of the history of Istanbul, also personal attractions we wanted to visited she brought us to these sites. Safiye was happy to answer questions we had about culture of Turkey people and of Istanbul. Botton Line, if you are in visiting Istanbul Safiye is a jewel and will make your visit very memorable. Thank you Safiye, for making our visit so personable!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Regina, thank you very much for your lovely comment. I am very glad to meeting you. I hope we had more time and chat more. Hope to see you in Turkey again in future.

Rene Cardenas

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Istanbul by night for layovers, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Mar 29/17

Great tour with Safiye! Highly knowledgeable, got much of the local flavor, and overall just a fantastic tour. Looking forward to coming back to Istanbul and doing it again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rene, Thanks a lot for your nice comment. It was a big pleasure to be your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again in future.

Dolores Vura

United States
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Tour: #5664, Private Istanbul New District Walking Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 24/17

I didn't want to part with Safiye so booked another full day to explore the new Europe side with her: Galata and Beyoglu, Museum of Innocence and the Galata Mawlavi House, Istiklal street and Taksim Square, and a Turkish fashion boutique crawl. Again, she tailored the itinerary to my interests adding her knowledge and suggestions as we went along. She is just SO GOOD professionally, with such impressive skills. I feel very fortunate to have met her and I hope to return.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dolores, Thanks a lot for your kind comments. It was a big pleasure for me to being your guide. I hope to see you in Istanbul again.

Dolores Vura

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 23/17

A joyful half-day with Safiye exploring the Blue Mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque and tombs, local markets of Eminoglu, and the Spice Market. I benefited so much from Safiye's vast knowledge on everything from tenets of Islam to the long queue in front of the most popular coffee place to green raw henna and dried eggplants for sale in the market. We were taking taxis on this day, and her sociability gave me added insights when she relayed her lively conversations with the drivers.

Milen Stoykov

Bulgaria
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Tour: #9942, Istanbul Airport Layover Tour with Private Guide, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 21/17

Safiye was the best guide I ever had. She worked with my odd schedule and the weird timing of my layover. I thought I had a free hotel from the Turkish Airlines, but apparently, I didn't satisfy a condition. I texted Safiye with my lodging problems and by the time I got to the city centre she found me the perfect place to stay matching my requirements(just a room for the night). Furthermore, I wanted to visit a local restaurant and she helped me find it and got my reservation sorted out. Best trip EVER.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Milen, it was a big pleasure to being your guide. It was so much fun, come again, I will take you another Steak House this time :)

Dolores Vura

United States
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Tour: #10008, Full Day Bosphorus Tour with Private Guide, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 21/17

A relaxing day cruising the Bosphorus to Anodolu Kavagi near the entrance to the Black Sea and back again to Eminoglu. Safiye's style of guiding is to weave lots of rich information about what we are seeing into the natural conversation, and it's a real pleasure. She was so skilled and organized that she was able to modify the itinerary as it was happening to accommodate any need, for example switching to taxis when my knee was strained. Also another great lunch choice on the water.

Dolores Vura

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 20/17

Safiye was a marvelous guide and companion for my first day in Istanbul after a very long flight. We explored Topkapi Palace and the Harem, the Carpet Museum, Aya Sofya and its tombs and the Grand Bazaar on foot, the way I like to do. Her explanations of the colorful history and culture were so lively that I couldn't help but fall in love with Istanbul --- perfect orientation to the city. Safiye is excellent.

Jody Reausaw

United States
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Tour: #10601, Private Street Flavours Tour of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 5/17

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.

Catherine Policella

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 24/16

I had a wonderful time touring with Safiye. She customized a private tour for me that was exactly what I had hoped for. She had a vast knowledge of the sites and was also very personable and hospitable. I'm in the food business so she accommodated this by adding in a few fun foodie experiences for me as well. I would highly recommend her services if you have a chance to experience this wonderful city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Catherine, It was a big pleasure to meet you. It was so much fun being your guide. I hope to see you in future in Turkey again. Safiye

Laura Denis

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 27/16

Safiye is a wonderful guide! She was so very friendly and easy going, she was fantastic with our daughter as well. She is very knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul and kept the tour fun and exciting. Our 4 hours went by so fast and we truly got to experience the best of Istanbul in a short time. If you are looking for the best guide in Istanbul book with Safiye!

Paola Rubino

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 20/16

Safiye is fantastic! Not only extremely knowledgeable, but smart and kind and patient. Not only an exceptional guide, but a fun person too. Thanks Safiye, you made our long layovers truly memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Laura, It was such a big pleasure to be your guide. I had so much fun with you. Thanks for your lovely comment. Come again I will be here :)

David S.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #10601, Private Street Flavours Tour of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 5/16

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.

Jeffrey Hansen

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 9/16

Our tour in Turkey was great!. Safiye was so sweet, kind and knowledgeable. She made us feel very welcome in her country. We were a bit nervous traveling into Turkey due to news reports. But meeting with Safiye and talking with her and the local people made us realize we would have missed a very lovely city, people and culture.

Gerald S Perez

Tamuning, GU, United States
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Tour: #10008, Full Day Bosphorus Tour with Private Guide, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 31/16

Outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the region in general and, in particular, the Bosphorus passage. I will use her again when I am back in Istanbul and recommend her highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerry, It was so nice to meeting you. I learned too much things from you and so much fun. I would love to see you in Istanbul again.

Eric Hultquist

United States
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Istanbul Private Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 5/16

Safiye is amazing and besides being extremely knowledgeable, she is fun. My wife, her daughter and I spent 3 days with Safiye and before the end of our time together the three of them were Facebook friends (and still are). Istanbul is such a great city, with so much to see, you really have to have a guide who is a local. Not only would we recommend Safiye if you visit Turkey, but we've offered to be her guide if she ever makes it to California.

William (Bill) Simmons

United States
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Tour: #167044, Istanbul Highlights in 2 Days, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 2/16

Split the two days between the two continents by a day of rest. She was very accommodating to do this and it worked out well. It gave us time to appreciate the city of Istanbul and all it's highlights. If we come back again we would hire her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear William, Thank you very much for your nice comment. It was my pleasure to be your guide. You are always welcome to my beautiful country.

Lynn Brooks

United Kingdom
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Tour: #113322, Private Shore Excursion in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 30/16

Excellent guide,easy to get on with,& gave us a good insight into the life of Istanbul..Flexible tour with just the right amount of history.We left her in the Bazzar & had a horrendous experience getting back to ship,with a taxi driver who said his meter was in Euros,not Turkish lire,& more or less grabbed 150 Euros from my husbands wallet,after demanding 200. Very aggressive & frightening.Use the easy public transport or Uber cabs Sadly it spoilt an otherwise excellent day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lynn, Thanks for your nice comment about me. I am shock now to hear your story about taxi driver. I am so sorry to hear this. I tried to make my best for you. You can come again without any doubt for shopping then I will help you for everything. I won't live you alone :)

Timothy Horgan

United Kingdom
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Tour: #10601, Private Street Flavours Tour of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 27/16

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!

Dean Bergen

Canada
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Tour: #5743, Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 18/16

What a great day with Safiye! She knows her history, is friendly and intelligent and so easy to talk to, A+ guide.

Kevin Gilliland

United States
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Tour: #5743, Private Historic Core Of Istanbul Walking Tour- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 28/16

Safiye is such an excellent guide it is hard to know where to start so I'll start with this. Within a few minutes of being with her my wife and I felt like we were with an old friend. She seamlessly wove us through the fantastic sites of Istanbul while conversing with us on history, architecture, culture, politics, religion, food, movies and everything in between. We learned a bunch, we laughed a bunch all in all a beautiful day in a beautiful city. Thanks Safiye

Christopher Buchcar

United States
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Tour: Private Istanbul Layover Tours, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Feb 24/16

Luke Johnstone

United States
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Tour: #163824, Istanbul in 3 days, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Feb 4/16

Safiye was an amazing guide - we had three fantastic days discovering Istanbul. Safyie is so friendly and easy going, she has a passion for her city and her enthusiasm is contagious. I would highly recommend Safyie as a guide, one of the best we have had through Tours By Locals.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Luke, thank you very much for your nice comment. I would love to see you in Istanbul again. The weather was quite rainy, please come in spring and we will have street flavour tour :) Cheers! Safiye

Ava-Lisa Macon

Catonsville, MD, United States
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Tour: #10444, Istanbul Tour by car, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 30/16

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

Michelle Reyes

United States
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Tour: #99951, Private Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jan 7/16

5 out of 5 (can you make it 10?) Safiye is awesome! She met me much earlier than her normal availability, provided detailed information about the sights, and was just fun to hang out with. This was a layover tour, so can't wait to come back for something more in-depth with her!

Rebecca Johnston

United States
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Tour: #163824, 3 Days Istanbul Private Tour, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 3/15

We had so much fun! Safiye is a very knowledgable guide but beyond that she is so warm and friendly. We feel like we made a new friend while exploring her city with her. We saw all the main attractions and were whisked by lines and big groups. We sampled all the best Turkish food including our favorite - street food. She made Istanbul a wonderful experience for us full of great food, shopping, hammam, and memories. We are already planning to come back and have her as a guide. Safiye you're the Best

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a big pleasure to being your guide, I had so much fun. I hope to see you in Istanbul again, Safiye

Jennifer A.

United States
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Tour: #5663, Private Tour of Historical Peninsula and Shopping in Istanbul by walking., Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 18/15

Safiye was charming and knowledgeable. She adjusted our bazaar tour to include the Sulieman mosque (since we missed it earlier), and her recounting of the history/stories added much to the experience. An expert guide through the maze of the bazaar, Safiye helped us find quality items we were interested in, while giving us pointers on when and how to negotiate. Very engaging personality, willing to adjust /customize the experience, and lots of fun. We highly recommend her and would use her again.

Jim Kubie

United States
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Tour: #163824, Istanbul in 3 days, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 14/15

We had the most delightful 4 days touring Istanbul with Safiye! There are not enough stars in your ratings for her! We give her 10 stars! Her knowledge of history, dates, stories, details & anticipating our needs were incredible! The selection of restaurants, arranging transfers for us last minute, always on-time, enthusiasm, shows her professionalism, passion & love of her country! Linda & Jim Kubie, Miami FL, USA

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Love you so much :) Have a wonderful time in Viking Cruise.

Robert Weinberg

United States
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Tour: Top five most visited sites of istanbul walking tour, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Nov 11/15

Safiye was great. She was personable informative and responsible to replying to my several e-mails in preparation if my trip to Istanbul. She obviously knew her way around and was able to get me into various sights without standing on long lines. She met me at the hotel promptly and individualized my tour to things I wanted to do (not exactly what was on the listed tour. I recommend her without reservation

Will E.

United States
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 30/15

We have hired numerous private guides over the years. Safiye was one of the best, if not the very best we have used. She is very knowledgeable about Istanbul history as well as the current political/social situation in Turkey. Safiye's English is excellent and she is very personable. She went out of her way to help with a couple of transfers for us and made sure all went well. We would recommend her without hesitation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Will, it was wonderful to be your guide. Thank you very much for your nice review :)

Myra Kelly

United States
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 26/15

I only had time for a short tour during my layover. Safiye fit in as much as possible while getting me back in plenty of time for my flight. So I got a look around the Old City- Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar. I had a wonderful time and would love to return. Highly recommend.

Eleanor Boultinghouse

Canada
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 23/15

Safiye Thank you for a wonderful day. We enjoyed it very much. Safiye is very knowledgeable about the history of her city . Thanks again.

Fred Berger

Gloucester Point, VA, United States
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Tour: Bazaaring In Istanbul (Full Day Shopping Tour), Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Oct 22/15

Safe is the perfect tour guide in Istanbul. She knows the town, the people in town, and the best places to shop. She took us to the Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar, two mosques, and a great rug shop. Every recommendation that she made was spot on! She took us to outstanding shops and helped us get very competitive prices. I highly recommend anyone wanting a terrific guide in Istanbul.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred, I enjoyed being your guide a lot :) you know that. I had great time with you.

Fred Berger

Gloucester Point, VA, United States
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Tour: Istanbul Old-City Walking Tour (8 Hours) - Skip the lines!, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Oct 21/15

Safiye is an absolutely outstanding tour guide. We spent two days with her and were amazed at how well she treated us. She took us to points throughout Istanbul and spent time explaining what we were seeing to people who had been to Istanbul and to people who had never been here before. We had a great time with Safiye and wish that we were able to book her for our tour in Ephesus. We will definitely go through toursbylocals.com to hire Safiye the next time we are in Turkey.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred, Thanks for your nice comment. I wish I could come with you to Ephesus. Next time we can make a big trip to some other parts of Turkey :)

Dave Hecker

United States
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 17/15

Very nice day touring around with Safiye. She speaks excellent, easy to understand english and is extremely knowledgeable, also very personable and friendly. She recommended things that nicely fit what I was looking for, and customized the tour exactly per my needs. Highly recommend!

David Marsh

United States
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Tour: #10008, Europe and Asia Sightseeing Tour with Bosphorus Ferry, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 8/15

We were very highly satisfied with Safiye who gave an outstanding tour of everything we wanted to see and more! My wife and I were with another couple and she spent three days with us. We found her so personable, knowledgable and engaging in exploring Istanbul in both Europe and Asia. We have done many tours in the past and this one was by far the best, in large part due to her passion for her job and her exuberance in showing and explaining the historic and cultural aspects of Istanbul -- so much fun!

Lesley L.

Canada
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Tour: #10008, Europe and Asia Sightseeing Tour with Bosphorus Ferry, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 4/15

We spent a wonderful day with Safiye on this Bosphorus cruise to a fishing village near the Black Sea. Wonderful experience seeing oil tankers, fishing boats , and small villages on both sides of the Bosphorous Strait. Istanbul Harbour is a fascinating place to observe all types of transportation!. Safiye is passionate about sharing her knowledge of her country's history and politics. We highly recommend spending time with Safiye. You won't be disappointed.

Lesley L.

Canada
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 3/15

Safiye is extremely knowledgeable about Istanbul's history and politics.She is prompt,professional, with a great sense of humour. She went beyond our expectations as she is flexible to your needs yet made sure we covered all items on the tour enabling us to bypass the queues. We covered a lot in a day. Well worth it! She even arranged a transfer from our hotel to the cruise port!!

Diann McMahan

United States
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 26/15

Safiye was wonderful! Professional, prompt, intelligent, friendly, and welcoming! Everything that you want a guide to be but rarely find. I had a few personal requests that she gladly helped me to fulfill and never complained that I threw her planned itinerary off. She helped me with stops on the tram system and how to get around on my own.I feel like I have found a new friend in Istanbul!

Daniel Pratt

United States
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Tour: #10444, Istanbul Tour by car, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 19/15

Daniel Pratt

United States
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Tour: #10444, Istanbul Tour by car, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 18/15

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.

Gary Morris

United Kingdom
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 17/15

Amazing guide.

Vicky X.

Singapore
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Tour: A half day and a full day walking tour for Vicky Party, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Sep 13/15

Safiye is a super friendly guide, and is cheerful and chirpy no matter the time of day. She met us punctually at port with a pre-arranged vehicle to bring us to our hotel. The day and a half-day walking tour of Istanbul was good. It was a pure introduction to the city, and Safiye pointed out places to re-visit on our own time. She brought us along fascinating alleys we otherwise would not have seen on our own. Her knowledge of food is remarkable, we enjoyed her company tremendously.

Shannon B.

Canada
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 12/15

Safiye was a delightful guide, but we would have liked more in-depth information about the sights we visited. However, in fairness to Safiye, we did not communicate this at the time. She was very courteous and a good communicator.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shannon, Thanks for your kind review, I had great time with you and it was pleasure to meeting you. I will ask in the future if customers want more in depth information, everyone prefers a different style.

Orva Schramm

Laguna Hills, CA, United States
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 8/15

Our half day with Safiye was perfect! Because we had been with her the previous day, she was able to continue to build on what we had seen the previous day. She kept the pace moving, to suit our needs. We were not into much shopping, she she provided us the feel of local shopping without belaboring it. We learned much about Istanbul's and Turkish history as well as present day life. She was pleasant and well informed. I would highly recommend her!

Orva Schramm

Laguna Hills, CA, United States
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Tour: #113322, Shore Excursion for Cruisers, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 7/15

Safiye was pleasant and well informed. She arrived early at the cruise ship terminal and provided a clean spacious vehicle. Our day was well organized and we learned about Istanbul's and Turkish history, customs, as well as present day life. We visited each of the sights described in the tour and felt all were very worthwhile. I would highly recommend Safiye!

Jolayne Turner

United States
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Tour: #5664, Istanbul New District Walk, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 5/15

Safiye was great! She is so fun and energetic. We had a great time in the sweltering Istanbul heat with this great gal. She is a real trooper- we were sweaty, she was sweaty and she still forged on, taking us to one antique store after another to find the stuff we wanted. She will shop with you and recommend things to buy. We had some really good street food and she located the restaurant that I had heard about on Anthony Bourdain. Looking for a great time in the New District? Call Safiye! She's the best!

Donald Death

United States
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Tour: #10444, Istanbul Tour by car, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 28/15

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.

Peter Jenks

United Kingdom
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 23/15

excellent in every way,intelligent,knowledgeable, punctual,very kind,and interesting and fun to be with.

Peter Jenks

United Kingdom
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 22/15

excellent in every way, intelligent,knowledgeable,interesting, punctual ,easy to listen to,very kind and fun to be with.

Usman Sajjad

United Kingdom
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 21/15

We are really feeling lucky that Safiya was our guide during short trip of Istanbul. She is very friendly even my kids enjoyed her company. She tried her level best to show and brief best best places. I will just say Safiya is the best. I will recommend her to F&F and will again contact her to see more places in Turkey during next holidays

Larry Martin

United States
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 20/15

Safiye was great. Good time, would use her again.

Usman Sajjad

United Kingdom
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Tour: #113322, Shore Excursion for Cruisers, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 19/15

We are really feeling lucky that Safiya was our guide during short trip of Istanbul. She is very friendly even my kids enjoyed her company. She tried her level best to show and brief best best places. I will just say Safiya is the best. I will recommend her to F&F and will again contact her to see more places in Turkey during next holidays

Corinne Sandberg

United States
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 14/15

The tour was excellent it went beyond our expectations. Safiye was very knowledgeable and really knew what she was doing. She showed us more than what we asked for even went above and beyond to take a great picture from the top of a hill. We would highly recommend her anytime! If Istanbul is your destination then Safiye is the person you should see tour with. She never missed a beat at all and had all of our tickets ready and waiting. We had the best time and a great day!!

Margaret Grey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 6/15

I had a wonderful day in Istanbul with Safiye. I went to places I had never visited before which was what exactly what I wanted. I traveled on a tram, ferry, funicular and a local bus, it was a wonderful way to mingle with the local people. Safiye was very knowledgeable about her city and she was able to answer all of my questions about the history and current situation in Istanbul and Turkey. Safiye is a lovely young woman who exudes enthusiasm, it was a delight to spend the day with her.

John B.

United States
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Tour: #113322, Shore Excursion for Cruisers, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 27/15

Safiye is a dynamic fun guide with a solid knowledge of her country in general and Istanbul in particular. We had a great time both days with her.

John B.

United States
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Tour: 3 hours old city tour from Cruise Terminal by minivan, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Jul 26/15

Please see rating for July 27 with Safiye.

Wayne Erdman

Canada
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Tour: #113322, Shore Excursion for Cruisers, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 20/15

We booked the Shore Excursion for Cruisers, along with another couple, with Safiye and were thrilled with the tour she provided. Our tour consisted of the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Cisterns, the Grand Bazaar and a quick stop for lunch. Safiye provided interesting and detailed information and history of the sites and Istanbul, in general. Safiye is a wonderful guide with significant knowledge of Istanbul, who is able to present the information in an interesting manner.

Michelle Turner

Australia
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 7/15

We were traveling with another family and had 5 children under the age of 9. It was important for us to have a guide that was able to explain the history and culture of Istanbul in a way that was interesting for both the children and the adults. Safiye was simply fabulous!! She is friendly and warm, very knowledgeable and a great story teller who kept the children (and adults) engaged, she was flexible and was able to tailor the itinerary to suit our group. I have no hesitation in recommending Safiye.

Michelle Turner

Australia
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Tour: #99951, Half Day Customized Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 5/15

We used Safiye for 2 tours in Istanbul and both days were filled with adventure and learning as we explored Istanbul, as well as being relaxing and enjoyable (which is not always the case in a big city). This is solely due to Safiye, her expertise and knowledge, her ability to suit the tour to the group and her friendly nature. The children loved her! I will definitely be recommending Safiye to friends visiting Istanbul.

David Russell

Australia
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 2/15

We had a wonderful day walking around Istanbul seeing the major sites. We could not have wished for a better guide than Safiye. She had a great sense of humour and great knowledge of the city and its historical aspects. She tailored the day to suit us and void us standing in line for too long. We could take our time in each place and never felt rushed or on a time limit. We highly recommend Safiye and this day sightseeing in Istanbul. It's a lot of walking but the best way to see this wonderful city.

Frank Finneran

Ireland
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Tour: #5743, Historic Core Of Istanbul Walk- Avoid the queues!, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 7/15

We spent 2 days with Safiye and enjoyed every minute. The experience exceeded our expectations. WE would definitely book with Safiye again.

Simon Cullum

United Kingdom
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Tour: #5664, Istanbul New District Walk, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 29/15

Excellent knowledge, engaging personality, & got on with my wife like a house on fire, which meant I only got a few words in! A small improvement would be if Safiye had asked in more detail what e would like to do, since we only discovered after the fact that we could have taken a tram/street car, which would have been fun. We would not hesitate to recommend Safiye.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Simon, thank you very much for your nice review. Just I wanted to remind you ' there is no tram where you were staying' The hotel that you stayed it has a quite distance to tram station. I am very flexible on my tours that you should tell me your requests when we met at the hotel.

Gerald Philson

Lakelland, FL, United States
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Tour: #113322, Shore Excursion for Cruisers, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 26/15

Safiye was absolutely fantastic, she showed us all of the points of interest and told us the history along with personal information that gave us a deeper understanding of her beloved city. Her knowing of our interest in hand made crafts took us to a market that was fantastic, and I am sure that we would have never visited if we had been on a commercial tour. We had communicated with her about buying yarn and she took us to shops that my wife claimed was "Yarn Heaven" A day we will never forget.

Samuel Mandell

United States
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Tour: #10444, Istanbul Tour by car, Istanbul, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 18/15