“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.”
Wendeen H. Eolis, Washington DC, USA
”Reflecting on this year, one of the highlights was our trip to Turkey. Thank you Eda, for the warm and wonderful memories. Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2015! Lots of love, Maya and Bob”, Washington DC, USA
”My company took a group of approximately 15 clients to Istanbul for business meetings and sightseeing events and Eda was incredibly invaluable throughout the whole planning process. She was able to effortlessly guide us through restaurant selections and tourist activities. And she made all of the sightseeing adventures so fun and informational. She is incredibly knowledgeable and a such a joy to be around.
Perhaps most importantly, Eda was instrumental in helping us execute a very important event with a high-ranking official. She was unflappable in the face of many last-minute changes, acted as translator through several important transactions and anticipated all of our needs so we didn’t have to worry about anything.
On a personal note, she was more than happy to arrange side trips for people and secured me an appointment for a hammam. She was invested in all of us and our experience. Her hospitality is unparalleled.
Bottom line: This trip would have not been the incredible success it was had it not been for Eda and everyone at Istanbulite. If I ever make it back to Istanbul, Eda is the first person I will call to arrange anything for my trip. I would recommend her to anyone.” Allison Moody, New York
”First time bringing large family of kids to Turkey and we were at first worried about logistics. Eda was a very attentive and helpful organiser. things were smooth and the guides were great professionals. find the tours in general are of higher quality than norm and although there is some premium in costing you do get your money’s worth.
Eda is a very warm hearted and responsible operator. While my child fell sick in Cappadocia, she made sure we get all the help we need.
I will highly recommend this company to all who want to have a enriching and authentic experience in turkey.
Eda is highly resourceful and will plan according to your needs and schedule.” TK Lee, Singapore
”I had many concerns about planning a trip for our board members in Istanbul, as I knew little about the area. Eda took care of everything and made us look like superstars to our group. Airport arrivals, local transfers, high end dinners, political meetings, sightseeing and shopping – you name it and she coordinated it for us, including alternate traffic routes and much appreciated historical information, political information and responses to our endless questions about Istanbul! Thanks, Eda. I’ll be recommending you to anyone I know who is heading your way!” Nancy Montgomery, Colorado
”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 Istanbul, consider Istanbulite. We think you will be very pleased.”
Wayne Widener, San Diego CA
”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 Hartman Family, UK & Australia
”I was in Istanbul for a high profile business meeting and I had the pleasure to meet Eda and to make use of Istanbulite’s services. Eda, who has founded the firm, provides support for foreigners visiting Istanbul and she did a great job guiding our group through the city in a very interesting way, outside of the usual touristic approach. Excellent!” Stefano Rettore, USA
” ‘A perfect way to be introduced to real Istanbul’ – Eda is one of the remarkable guides I have experienced in global travels — in that not only does she find you off-the-beaten path restaurants and places to stay in advance of your trip with tremendous patience, she makes the great historic, cultural and art centers come to life. The food she finds, in a city teaming with both outstanding cuisine but also tourist gatherings, is remarkable and genuine. She is as comfortable with teens who care, as she is with first-time adults. Without being obsequious she is always there for you on your terms, and her passion and deep attachment to Istanbul and Turkey becomes infectious. I’ve worked with her twice, recommended her to many demanding friends. I will use her and Istanbulite regularly when I return to Turkey.” Christopher Schroeder, Washington DC, USA
“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.”
Susan Kiphart, San Francisco, USA
”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!!!!!”
Hobie Sheeder, Los Angeles, USA
“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.”
Ami Vitale, National Geographic Photographer, Montana, USA
“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 would heartily recommend her to others.”
His Honour Barrington Black, London, UK
”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”
Luigi and Raffaella Giamundo, Napoli, Italy
“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?”
David & Lucia Hilton, Santa Fe, USA
“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.”
Daniel Posen, Lucern, Switzerland
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 recommend you to friends and family and again, thank you for the wonderful time in Istanbul. Best regards from Vienna
Krem Bananica, Vienna, Austria
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.
”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!!”
Dr. Jim Jeng, USA