Our day with Tansel was filled with delicious food, enjoyable conversation, an exchange of knowledge and anecdotes as well as Tansel's in-depth knowledge of Istanbul. Tansel was best when he held forth on the varieties and methods of preparation of Turkish food, and a day with him on this tour provides food for thought as well as for the stomach. Antonina and I wish Tansel good luck with his ongoing diet, his self-control during our food binge was marvelous, and we congratulate him an advance on the imminent birth of his child.
Tansel was an ideal guide - in addition to introducing me to excellent local food, he is very knowledgeable about the history and current events of the city. It was a complete pleasure to spend an afternoon walking around talking and eating, and Tansel left me with excellent suggestions for my next few days in Istanbul as well. Highly recommended!!!
Tansel was an amazing tour guide! Not only did he take us on a tour during which we ate until we could eat no more, we were able to explore the sights along the way and learn great history about the area as well. He went out of his way to spend longer than he needed to with us and customized the tour to our desires. I would highly recommend spending your day with Tansel!
We spent 2 days touring Istanbul with Tansel and could not be happier about our experience!! Tansel is an amazing tour guide and will customize a tour to your interests and time frame. For our first day we requested to see many of the main tourist attractions and Tansel happily obliged and helped us navigate an efficient path through the many sights we wanted to cover while still making time to sample some Turkish desserts and coffee. Tansel is incredibly knowledgable about the city and its history and is really great at bringing the history alive and tying together the significance of many of the sights you will see. For our second day we focused much more heavily on sampling as many local specialties as possible and seeing more of the hidden side of Istanbul, and of course Tansel did not disappoint! We viewed beautiful local mosques, sampled delicious food until we were very full and ended by taking the ferry to the Asian side of the city. Tansel provided an unforgettable tour of Istanbul, much of which we could have never seen (or eaten) without his guidance. Our time spent with Tansel was one of the highlights of our trip!! You will not be disappointed with any tour you book with Tansel and will have the wonderful opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and culturally-alive parts of this special city.
This was a wonderful experience and wouldn't have been the same with any other guide. Tansel is personable and works with you to develop a plan that fits the sights you want to see as well as any foods you may want to try. We first had tea while sitting on the coast with a beautiful view. We then ate a variety of street food and ended at The Grand Bazaar. We got to see the sights that only the locals see. Tansel is also well versed in the history and development of the city. This was one of my most favorite things the entire time we were here.
My wife and I recently did this tour with Tansel. We were both really happy with our experience. Not only did the day include interesting and varied food items but it also served us as a great orientation tool for our next few days in the city when we were on our own. Tansel spent way more time with us than we had booked him for and explained the history and sights of the city in detail. We would highly recommend him for any istanbul activity.
Tansel was a fantastic city guide, he was very knowledgable about the city, history and food in town. He made it a very enjoyable evening with his tricks and his sense of humor. Tansel was very friendly, funny and speaks impeccable English. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in Turkish cuisine and culture.
We loved this tour, the food was amazing and Tansel is not only a fine connoisseur of Istanbul's food and history but also a passionate and interesting person. He had no problem to take a deviation in the tour for showing us something fascinating that we didn't saw and was really generous with his time. We totally recommend this experience!