"If you remember, we had signed up for a day and we extended once we met you to our entire time in your beautiful city! We felt at home with you and we cherished your warmth and your knowledge of the city! I would call you if we came back and I would happily suggest you to anyone traveling there."
"Eda Sokmen is the quintessential guide who transports Wendeen from immersion in an evacuation planning mission based in Cyprus to the relaxing world of the Bosphorus and the energy of Istanbul."
''Istanbul is one of the most interesting cities that I have ever visited. Whether you have a day or a week to visit I would recommend a personal tour guide to get the most out of your time there. Judy and I used Eda Sokmen of Istanbulite. She attended college here in California for several years and is very familiar with both cultures. Her contacts in the travel industry allowed us to know where the big cruise ships were sending their busloads of sightseers so we could schedule around them and get the most out of our day. The drivers can take you to within steps of each attraction, reducing a lot of the frustrations of trying to deal with traffic and parking. Eda knew small beautiful restaurants near the key attractions, so mealtimes were always a pleasant interlude. If you are traveling to Istambul, consider Istanbulite. We think you will be very pleased.''
''Eda was our guide in Istanbul for 4 days in August 2010, and I think we would all say without doubt we had one of the most wonderful travel experiences in that fabulous city with Eda at our helm! Her knowledge of the city and it's history is outstanding, and her company was delightful. We often talk of returning, and when we do, we will most certainly be contacting Eda again.''
''The Four Seasons booked Eda as our private guide. She was AMAZING! We would never have enjoyed a first class experience without Eda's knowledge, expertise and good humor. She kept us on track and made the day so fun and interesting. She will be our first call when we return to Istanbul next year. thanks Eda!!!!!''
''Was at an international scientific conference in Istanbul this June. Time was limited for sightseeing, so two of my colleagues and I took a half day tour with Eda Sokmen, an official Turkish tourguide. What a difference it made to have a native take us around and allow us to enjoy ourselves as cognoscenti!! She really made the trip memorable for me!! Highly recommended!!''
“We were in Istanbul this week and needed an English Speaking Guide. We found a delightful young lady, through the Concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel Her name is Eda Sokmen and she is a qualified guide, who speaks perfect English... and, I suspect several other languages. Not only did she quietly organise our schedule ( We wanted to see about four of the best sights including museums and Mosques) at a reasonable pace, and with a relaxing lunch. She did just this. Her knowledge was comprehensive and she quickly adjusted to our requirements without it having to be explained to her. We had a terrific day, and we wopuld heartily commend hert to others.”
Dear Eda, I wish to thank you for your excellent assistance guiding me and my wife Raffaella through the marvelous palaces and mosques of Istanbul last March 21st; your exposition in English was perfect, and your knowledge of the places and the history was impressive. We will certainly look for you again in case will be in Istanbul in the future , and I highly recommend to contact you for a guided visit
"While the glories of Turkey are many and varied our experiencing them was enhanced by the careful, knowledgeable and congenial guide service provided by Eda. The month we spent a month in Istanbul and the Mediterranean provinces of Turkey was divided by two weeks alone and two weeks with Eda. Experiencing the country with a knowledgeable bi-cultural guide was a night and day experience versus exploring alone. Eda was able to help us explore the country and get to know the people without the language and cultural barriers that naturally exist when you are travelling in a world that is so very different to your own. And while we were certain we wanted to see the historic and cultural high spots - because of Eda we were able to find parts of the true Turkey were the people live not just where the tourists visit. What higher recommendation could there be?”
"We stayed in Istanbul over Easter at one of the best hotels , Ciragan Palace Kempinski, and not having pre-arranged any tours we enquired with the concierge for an interesting and young guide, good for a family with history sensitive/interested teenagers. They said they had just the person which was a reply we expected although we were somewhat skeptical. The next day Eda showed up and we spent a very fulfilling and exciting 2 days with her. Besides being a wonderful person she was very knowledgeable but with a rare ability to show enthusiasm and awe in the amazing history that surrounds Istanbul through the ages. She was able to engage my two teenage boys at every instance thereby showing an ability to work with adults and younger adults alike. We have since kept in touch with Eda and recommend her to all our friends at an instance."
I wanted to take a moment and thank you on the great experience you provided for us. Your services are truly proffesional and both your English and German are excellent. We will most certainly recommand you to fiends and family and again, thank you for the wonderful time in Istanbul. Best regards from Vienna
Vergangenen Montag kamen meine Familie und ich in den Genuss einer unglaublich individuellen und sehr eindrücklichen Tour durch Istanbul. Unser Guide Tolon Sökmen beindruckte mit seinem unglaublich profunden Wissen über die Stadt Istanbul, das Land Türkei und den einzigartigen Entwicklungen, die an dieser Schnittstelle der menschlichen Zivilsationsgeschichte und drum herum stattgefunden haben. Der Mann ist eine Bibliothek auf zwei Beinen, wirklich faszinierend! Er kennt sehr viele Leute in dieser Stadt, macht Dinge möglich, wegen seiner guten Kontakt und geht dabei auf die Wünsche und Vorstellungen seiner Kunden ein. Hinzu kommt sein äußerst angenehmes unaufdringliches Auftreten. Vielen Dank für die schöne Zeit. Wenn ich das nächste Mal in Istanbul bin, oder eine andere Stelle der Türkei bereisen möchte, werde ich Herrn Sökmen um seinen Rat bitten.
We had a wonderful time in Istanbul and we owe it all to you. The city is an amazing place with so many wonderful things to see, do and experience. Istanbul is a big place with a lot to see and do, but I suspect that the city can be a bit intimidating to some travelers. Therefore, I think there is no better way to enjoy Istanbul than with someone who knows his way around. I am so pleased that we used your company. The tours were well worth the money and I will take another one if I am ever back in Istanbul!
''Turkey's breathtaking landscape is an inspiration to photographers and artists alike. Its rich culture, architecture and warmth of people make this one of my favorite places to work. Whether you are in the incredible remote landscapes or the stunningly beautiful cities, all the sights will bring back unique images. Going with Eda and her team is the perfect way to see the country. She helped me to accomplish several high profile assignments with a depth and knowledge that gave me access to special situations and places that every photographer is searching for.''