Mohammad MadmoujUnited States
We really enjoyed our time with Hatice. She took us to all the important sites in Istanbul. She was really knowledgeable of history and culture She gave detail information about the sites we visited. She is very passionate about what she does. She was very knowledgeable about the city and took us wherever we wanted. We also had great conversations. I highly recommend Hatice as a tour guide. I would definitely choose her again.
Stanley HumiennyUnited States
Our 2 day tour of Istanbul with Hatice was great. She was knowledgeable and flexible so that when something came up that interrupted our plans she was able to modify the tour and take advantage of the limited time we had so that we didn't miss a thing. Her English is very good and we enjoyed our tours of the city using the public transportation system and walking.
Joe P.United States
Hatice was a wonderful guide & I enjoyed our time together immensely. Hatice made each site come alive with her knowledge & personal observations. Hatice is very personable and can talk as easily about ancient civilizations as to the challenges of modern life in Turkey. She perfectly balanced the tour to my preference for a relaxed pace to enjoy drinks & snacks with enough time to help me navigate the Grand Bazaar to quickly find perfect gifts for my family. Thanks for the best day ever, Hatice!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joe, Greetings from Istanbul. Thank you very much for taking this time to write this wonderful review. I Your support is much appreciated. Beside I am truly glad that you enjoyed your time in this beautiful city. I hope you will be able to come in the future to discover more. Kind Regards, Hatice
Joanna GabrielUnited States
Hatice was wonderful about communicating with me, flexible about meeting when my flight was delayed, and really tailored our tour to match my interests and to accommodate the abbreviated time. She has a wealth of information and a contagious enthusiasm for the city of Istanbul, its history, and culture. She is as welcoming, gracious, and cosmopolitan as Istanbul itself. I look forward to returning for another of her tours with more time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joana, I can not thank you enough for your beautiful words. It was truly an amazing experience to guide you and it makes me so happy that you enjoyed your time. I will be more than happy to host you in near future to show more of this magical city. Kind Regards, Hatice Kelek
Bill GlyUnited Kingdom
It was a great one day tour with Hati̇ce, she is welcoming, knowledgeable, and accommodated our at last minute changes, with our two young daughters Would definitely recommend !! Also skipping all the attraction queues (this is permitted only for qualified tour guides - which Hatice is) was really useful when you have kids.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill, Thank you very much for your great feedback. I really enjoyed the time I spent with your family. I hope I will see you again in our beautiful country. Many thanks. Kind Regards, Hatice
Larry L.United States
Hatice guided 4 of us for a 2-day private tour in Istanbul in early December. She showed up on time (actually earlier than scheduled) at our hotel. We discussed the itinerary for the next 2 days She is fluent in English and a few other languages. She took us to all the places she mentioned, even to a few more places that were not planned. She is flexible, fun, and easy going. She has a good knowledge of the history. We had a great time with her and would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry, Thank you very much for your great feedback. I am glad that you all enjoyed your time with me here in Istanbul. I hope we can meet again in near future to discover more in Turkey. Kind Regards, Hatice
David HarpestUnited States
Hatice provided a fun and informative tour of different types of Turkish food and drinks along with helpful history of the region that illustrated the variety of influences on Istanbul. Many places were small and could not have supported a large tour group, making it a great local experience. She was also very personable and fun to talk with and provided some great restaurant and neighborhood recommendations that we enjoyed over the remainder of our trip. I highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, I want to thank you for taking this time to write a great review. It is much appreciated. I am really glad that you had fun. I hope you will come back to explore more of this beautiful country in the future. Wish you all the best in life. Many Thanks and Regards, Hatice
Hatice was such a pleasure to have showing the sights and relaying the history of Istanbul. The 7.5 hour tour was perfect in every way and I highly recommend Hatice leading it!
Andrew M.United Kingdom
I would not need to have met all the tour guides in Istanbul to realise that Hatice is one of the very best! She is widely read and very knowledgeable (and enthusiastic!) about her subject - the history and culture of the Turkish peoples. As a solo traveller - but it would be the same, I'm sure, for a small group - she was willing to adapt and be flexible. She is also engaging and willing to contribute her own thoughts about present-day life and times in Turkey. Strongly recommended!!!
Hatice was great - very easy to get on with, very flexible and adapted to what we wanted. She has a good knowledge of the city and especially the past, and knows wonderful and colourful shops and places to sample the foods and smells of the city. Recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marianne, Thank you very much for your kind review. It is much appreciated. I wish you the very best in life. Kind Regards, Hatice
Our day with Hati ce was fabulous; we wanted to experience the real day to day food world of Istanbul and Hati ce delivered everything we had dreamt of. It was great to have a local show us the back streets and hidden gems whilst also being extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the culture, history and community. We felt like we were out with an old friend for the day enjoying the food and atmosphere and are looking forward to another tour on our next visit to lovely Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julia, Thank you so very much for your feedback. It was such a lovely day for me too. I am glad that you enjoyed. Hope to see you again to taste and experience more. Regards, Hatice
James GreenbergUnited States
I had a 24hr layover in Istanbul and wanted a quick but thorough tour of this great city. Hatice was perfect! She met me at the airport (very far from downtown) and gave me a historical overview as we drove in. Once in the old city, with Hatice's guidance and knowledge we were able to bypass most of the tourist lines and proceed quickly into the site. This time savings alone was worth it. At each site, she was an informative and interesting teacher. After the tour, she took me back to the airport. PERFECT
Edward Gordon DeMerittUnited States
Hatice (prncd Ha-tea-zha [zha as in genre] is absolutely fantastic. She's smart and she knows her country's history and culture very well. She's sensitive to interests and desires and will modify the itinerary on the fly. She knows the best places to eat local food and, unlike many hosts, she is willing and eager to eat with you. We spent a delightful two days with her and, if we ever return to Istanbul, we will seek her out.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gordon, Thank you so very much for taking time to write this wonderful feedback. It is much appreciated and i am glad that you enjoyed your time with me. I will be very happy to take you to Ephesus one day. Looking forward to meet you again in near future. Regards, Hatice
Douglas ParksUnited States
Michael DaviesUnited Kingdom
My wife and I were in Istanbul for the first time and although we had studied guide books they did not provide the insight that our wonderful guide Hatice did. Although the weather and traffic were against us on the day, Hatice organised a wide ranging tour to suit our needs and mobility issues ( the use of a comfortable vehicle made all the difference to our enjoyment). We would thoroughly recommend Hatice as a professional and friendly guide who can show Istanbul to advantage.
Edward Gordon DeMerittUnited States
Hatice is excellent. She is informed, culturally aware, and so very pleasant. We loved our conversations with her as much as the walking tour of the city. And, she knew the perfect place for dinner.
Tariq NasirUnited Kingdom
Our tour with Hatice was like spending time with a friend. I was impressed with her very fluent English, and perfect grasp of the language. Her knowledge about historical facts was superb, and we felt very enlightened by the end. She is very flexible in showing you what interests you as an individual, which we were grateful for. Her tour included places most tourists don't go, which suited us well. I always like to see what locals see in a city, and go places where ordinary people go. We recommend highly!
This 2 day tour in Istanbul has been tremendous. We had English and Portuguese speaking people. She made double effort in both languages so everybody understood. Excellent English and Portugues ! The best we ever had. We had a tremendous time seeing major touristic points, but also the very typical local life. We loved the visit to a local market, great view restaurants and many other very typical places, that do not have the confusion of multitudes of tourists. For sure I recommend Hatice for any tour !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christine, Thank you very much for your amazing feedback. It was indeed a great experience to guide you all in this beautiful city. Wish you all the best in life..
Sam HanburyUnited Kingdom
Superb guide. Highly recommended. We booked Hatice for a five hour food tour, and we had the most wonderful time. She not only has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Turkish food and eateries, but we also saw rare sites in the Old City as well as exploring the Asian side in Kadakoy. She was completely flexible in tailoring the tour to what we wanted. She was very interesting and knowledgeable about Turkish history, culture and politics. Hiring Hatice for a day will make you enjoy Istanbul a lot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sam, I can not thank you enough for your wonderful feedback. It was amazing to see your enthusiasm touring through the amazing sights. I will be very happy to host you again in this beautiful country. I wish you all the best in life. Kind Regards, Hatice
Peter T MeierDenmark
The best tour ever on the Bosphorus arranged by our tour guide Hatice to see the sunset from the Bosphorus. Hatice arranged this perfect privat yacht for all of us and the crew on board the yacht arranged nice tea, coffee and drinks etc. Again Hatice showed us about her knowledge of the old and new Istanbul and why the Bosphorus is such an important part of Istanbul from a historic and modern point of view. This tour is to be recommended big time.
Peter T MeierDenmark
We can highly recommend this fantastic 2 day tour with Hatice. This is the best way to see Istanbul walking around with Hatice K to see the local Istanbul and the hidden treasures of Istanbul. Hatice knows all about the great history of Istanbul as well as the modern Istanbul and Turkey, best places to eat, best roof-top restaurants, best clubs etc. You really feel as a non-tourist even though are one. Really a 5-star tour guide in any ways and highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter, Thank you very much for this wonderful feedback. I really appreciate your support. It was indeed a pleasure to guide you through the amazing sights of Istanbul. Hope to see you all again in near future for more amazing sights and experiences. Kind Regards, Hatice
Penny WillsUnited States
Hatice was such a joy! She did the whole tour in Portuguese and she was very informative and knowledgeable. Even though it was a rainy day in Istanbul, she altered the tour so we could see the most of it indoors. We learned a lot from her and had a great time!
Nilson Kalili JrBrazil
Debbie CaveSouth Africa
We did this tour with the delightful Hatice yesterday. She was so knowledgeable and informative and inspired me to learn more of the history of this magnificent city. She enquired about our interests and took us exactly where we needed and went over time as well as being a beautiful person inside and out. Thank you so much. Would highly recommend.
Our Istambul city tour with Hatice was a wonderful experience. Her language level and the quality of her explanations went beyond expectations. We strongly recommend her as a tour guide for any person who's willing to get to know the city, its surroundings, its culture and its history in an amusing, complete and precise way. She also provided us with excelent pieces of advice on culinary and leisure time aspects. Maribel González and Diego Moreno, Spain. Touring in sept, 2019
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria and Diego, I can not thank you enough for your wonderful feedback and support. It is much appreciated. Í promise i will work hard to improve my Spanish. I really hope to meet you again in near future. I wish you all the best in life. Kind Regards, Hatice
Malcolm CruickshanksUnited Kingdom
Hatice is a fantastic guide. We learnt huge amounts from origins of Istanbul all the way to modern day life in different parts of the city. Super friendly and flexible! Thank you for making our trip so wonderful
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Malcolm, Thank you very much for your great feedback. I wish you all the best. Kind Regards, Hatice
Charles BreslerUnited Kingdom
Andrew WittUnited States
Hatice was kind, professional, and delivered a very polished tour of the key historical sites in Istanbul. She does a great job of showcasing her deep knowledge of Turkish history and also has a keen ability to quickly understand what her tour guests will and won't find interesting, which allows tourists to cut through the complexities of traveling in a foreign country. Highly recommend her for any tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew, I can not thank you enough for this amazing feedback. I do really hope to meet you again in the future. Wish you all the best !! Kind Regards, Hatice
This was a lovely tour of some of the lesser-known, but super-interesting parts of Istanbul, like the old Caravanserai, and little book market. Hatice knows and loves her city, and her passion for it shone through on this tour. She was more than happy to alter it for me, as I'd already been in Istanbul for a few days, and had already seen a couple of the major attractions. I thoroughly recommend this tour if you're a fan of the path less travelled.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gary, Thank you very much for all the nice words. I am flattered. I will be more than happy to guide you again in this beautiful country. Thanks again for taking this time to write a review. Love from Istanbul. Regards, Hatice
I am travelling solo in Istanbul so was reluctant to explore too much. I contacted Hatice with very little notice and she put a custom itinerary together immediately that suited my needs and promised me a great tour. The tour covered every single part of what I wanted. Culture, shopping, both sides of the city and amazing food I would never have found alone. I absolutely loved her company and her knowledge of the city and it's heritage was amazing. Do yourself a favour and book a day with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, It was a pleasure for me to guide you in Istanbul. I had so much fun during the tour. I will be more than happy to host you again and show other amazing sights of Turkey. Thanks for your support. Regards, Hatice