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He was our guide in Istanbul. He is a gem and I hope
you also use his services. Because it was only my husband and
myself, and because we spent the entire day with Semih, we felt we got to  know him on a much more personal basis than if we had been in a larger group. He made Turkey come alive for us. He was a wealth of knowledge and patiently explained the religious and cultural beliefs of his country and gave us a fantastic historical overview of a country we knew very little
about until now. His English language skills were excellent. He anticipated where the crowds would be and how to alter our itinerary to avoid them. We were able to see absolutely everything (AND MUCH MORE) on our "to do/to see" list. We had an amazing, amazing day thanks to Semih. Thank you, Thank you!
Next, I will go to TripAdvisor to sing. Then on to
Cruise Critic to do the same.
Regards,
Joan and Paul M
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I booked this 2 days before the day we did the tour. Although it was for a small group tour, my brother and I ended up being the only 2 on the tour which meant it was a private tour. I was really happy with this company and their promptness. Semih arrived before the planned time and walked us to all the sites on the itinerary. He was very personable and a wealth of knowledge. I am glad we did this on our first day in Istanbul since he offered great advice about how to cope with the Grand Bazaar etc. He took us to a great restaurant for lunch too. All in all I was pleased with this tour and the company.



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Hi, Semih,
We had a wonderful time on our tour today. Thank you for all the interesting and useful information you gave us!
If any of our friends visit, we will definitely recommend that they get you as a tour guide!
Mike D
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Dear Semih,
I wanted to write you a note to say how very much I appreciated your contribution to our holiday in Istanbul, and to thank you for it. I'd be rather apprehensive - not sure if it'd be possible to explore the city with someone in a wheelchair. You showed us that it was perfectly possible - perfectly enjoyable. I really appreciated the care with which you organised our days; your readiness to find solutions to any problems (as with the Cisterns); your willingness to take over pushing the wheelchair (I'd thought I'd be doing that ...). I also saw how very much Alan liked talking to you, about Christianity and Islam: I think that make the holiday for him. We all enjoyed meeting your friends at the ceramics shop, the spice store, and the fish restaurant!
I know Janet has some photos for you which she will send you as attachments to an email - but meanwhile, we shall have very happy memories of Istanbul, and of your consideration and kindness
Yours ever,
Jane T
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Dear Semih,
This is just a note to say how very much we enjoyed our visit to Istanbul - we really appreciated all that you did to make the trip such a success. We felt extremely fortunate to have such an excellent and well informed guide – in fact we soon realised that you were not just a guide but also a most delightful companion, with so much fascinating information and so happy to engage in lively conversations. Your help with the wheelchair was a big bonus, and I really must give you an additional big ‘Thank you’ for all the effort that you put in, pushing and generally assisting Alan.
With many thanks again,
Janet and Alan W
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Just wanted to let you know what a great guide Semih was today in Istanbul. He had to do a shorter tour due to the Celebrity Cruise ship leaving early, he was able to get everything in that was asked and made sure the Norwegian group was escorted to the Spice Market before finishing the tour. He is very well informed on Istanbul and it's history and spoke with great passion about the city.
I have enclosed a picture of our group, again thanks for a great half day

Garth T.

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Hi Semih,
Gwenda and I arrived home Friday night and are in recovery mode at present. It usually takes some time to readjust to the time difference especially given Australia’s position in the globe.
We have had time to recap on our time away and without doubt the time we spent in Istanbul was at the highest end. Our tour of the old city with you was most memorable. Your Knowledge and professionalism made it a great experience.
Thanks again for the experience you gave us and we wish you and your family all the very best.
Cheers,
Neville & Gwenda C.

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DEAR SEMIH

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GUIDING US SO WONDERFULLY WELL THROUGH THE MAGIC THAT IS ISTANUL. YOU MADE OUR TRIP SO VERY INTERESTING AND FUN. YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND ENGLISH IS TERRIFIC AND WE COULDN'T HAVE WISHED FOR A BETTER GUIDE.
I HOPE YOU LIKE ONE OR TWO OF THE PICTURES FROM A VERY HAPPY 5 DAYS WITH YOU.
BEST BEST WISHES
ZANNA AND WILL

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Semih
Thank you for being such a brilliant guide. You looked after us so well and showed us all your wonderful treasures in such an enjoyable and comfortable way. We loved our holiday in Istanbul and hope we can return one day. I loved your city and you certainly show it to us in the best possible way.
Thank you VERY MUCH.
I hope all goes well for you and your wife. Please keep in touch, and let us know if ever you come here.
With best wishes and thanks.
Anna and Hugh

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Hi Semih
Just a quick note to thank you for guiding us in Istanbul so expertly last Sunday and Monday. You added enormously to our appreciation of Istanbul and we so enjoyed your company. We did go to Matbah for dinner and were served the best meal we had in Istanbul!! So thank you so much for the recommendation.
With all best wishes
Liz and Mark (George) H.

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Hi Semih,
I was just looking at the pictures we took from our trip to beautiful Istanbul. I am remembering the great time we had with you and how informative you were. We miss you……..
Regards,
Helene : )

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Another excellent private tour with Semi
h (guideistanbul@hotmail.com) through Istanbul city, blue mosque, lunch at the pudding shop which was great, and grand bazaar. Don't spend too much time in the bazaar as it can be overwhelming. Spend the most time in the mosques and walking the city. It is beautiful. Don't miss the Turkish rug demonstrations.

Provider: Independent Operator

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From: Steffanie
(excerpt from trip adviser)
My friend and I just took a long weekend in Istanbul…Our guide, Semih, was amazing. He was early each morning, a perfect gentleman, and eager to help us to better understand his culture. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our many requests; he was even able to add a few stops that were not originally planned, and made sure our drivers went the "scenic route." Without Semih, I am sure our trip would not have been the same. He was able to ensure that we used our time and money wisely while in the city. In addition, he was more than willing to help us plan our 3rd day in the city (we did not have a guided tour that day). And perhaps most importantly, he always took us to great restaurants! Semih is a wonderful guide, and when I return to Istanbul I will surely ask for him again.

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Semih, we were just reviewing our pictures from Istanbul for the 20th or more times and I happened to remember we had your email address. We wanted to thank you once again for your excellent tour of the city. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed the turkey livers dish we had during our lunch stop.
We have trouble remembering everything we saw on the tour but I guess that's reason to come back again.
Best to you,
Carl and Sandy T.

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Hi Semih  
We had such a good time in Istanbul mainly thanks to your good guiding and help. We have been traveling for almost 24 hours now and are very tired so I'll send another e- mail to you in a couple of days to let you know what we did on our own.
Bye for now,
Mary and Gary

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Good morning,
Back from vacation thank you for all your help in organizing our trip to Greece and Istanbul it was fantastic!
I would like to highly recommend our Guide in Istanbul for his knowledge, thoroughness, personality, effort and willingness to make our stay unforgettable his name is Semih
, Kindly communicate this to your office in Turkey.
Thank you.
Sandra R A.
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Hi Semih,
Had a great time during our travels and thank you for taking care of us so well. We really enjoyed spending time with you.
Istanbul is a fantastic place and we had a great time.
Be in touch soon.
Warmest Regards, Susan
Susan F.

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Hi Semih:
A quick up-date – YOUR tour was the best!!! We so enjoyed our time with you and feel fortunate for the time we spent together. What was the memorable? For me it is hard to decide, you just made our time in Istanbul so very enjoyable. It is always nice to be with people who are proud of their heritage. Thank you so much for sharing your ‘personal’ side as well. We wish you well and would love to help celebrate your happy wedding day – we will do so, right from our home here in Canada, just let us know the date.
Semih, we will stay in touch by e-mail, and again, thank you, thank you for making us feel so welcome in your beautiful country. You get our vote as “BEST” guide.
You will be welcome if you ever have the chance to travel to Canada.
Regards,
Simonne & Doug

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Hi Semih,
Thank you so much for the wonderful walking tour you provided and the insight into your culture. We've been telling all our friends about your wonderful country and gracious people. We'll recommend you to them as a guide should any decide to visit Turkey.
Take care,
Rose-Marie (Ro) and Joe S.

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From: Sue - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dear Semih,
Our private guided tour in Istanbul was a wonderful introduction to your beautiful country. We really enjoyed the day we spent together. You presented the history in such a charming and interesting way while having all the answers to our questions. We moved along at just the right pace, we learned and saw so much. Not only did we learn about history, but also more about the culture and the people of Turkey. We plan to return to Turkey in the future and will certainly contact you to show different areas. I will also recommend you to friends who plan to visit.
Best regards,
Sue - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From: M., Penny
Hi Semih,
Thank you so much for your time and knowledge. We had a lovely time in Istanbul and were all very impressed with your city and the way in which you showed it to us.
All the best
M., Penny


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From: Theresa
Hi Semih,
Semih, thank you for the great tour of Istanbul. Your attention to detail and sensitivity to the concerns of a woman traveling alone in Istanbul was much appreciated. I was completely at ease in your company. I loved Istanbul and the wonderful Turkish people. I appreciated your knowledge of the history and contemporary culture of Turkey. Thank you again—I look forward to seeing you again upon my return visit to Istanbul
Theresa, Alexandria VA, summer 2008.

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From: John Kempster
Hello again Semih,
Once again we would like to thank you for showing us the sights
of Istanbul last week. You are an extremely knowledgeable guide
with a friendly,relaxed manner and clear way of getting the information across.You are also a nice person. Feel free to quote us on any of these points.
Also it is very likely that we will be coming to Istanbul again and so you never know, we might meet again.
Best wishes and good luck,
John & Belinda K.

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From: "JULIO R.
Hi Semih,
I was recently in Turkey and you were my tour guide in a tour
of the Bosphorus. I wanted to let you know how much
I enjoyed it and that you were excellent. I don't know
if you recall me. I was also visiting with my uncle.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks,
Julio R., Jr.

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From: Amanda P.
Thanks again for the excellent tour that you gave us ... it seemed like you could answer every single question that we asked - I think you must be a walking, one-man, Turkish history machine!
So, again, thanks for helping to make our time in Turkey so fun and memorable, and be sure and let my family (I've copied my mom and step-dad on this email) and me know if you ever make it out Texas or New York way in the States.
Take care
Amanda

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From: JANET P.
Jan and I, (Mick/SFH), would like to say a big thank you to you for your excelent guidance around the sites of Istanbul.
We enjoyed our stay but not the weather, although that did not make too much difference to our enjoyment.
We found a little restaurant just up the road from the hotel Barcelo Saray where we were treated to what I can only describe
as the finest, and I suppose typical Turkish hospitality,
we could have wished for - great.
Well at the moment Jan is poorly, suffering from Flu,so I am writing this short e-mail to let you have the photogragh of the three of us at the Blue Mosque, and one of the guys in the restaurant.
Cheers for now,
JANET P




 
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