I am a multilingual archaeologist driver.
My Attributes: I speak fluent Turkish, English, French, Italian, Japanese and I can communicate in Russian, Chinese (Mandarin) and German. I can conduct tours in every region of Turkey. I have worked as a tour guide for various tour operators and have traveled extensively with American, European, Canadian, Japanese and Chinese groups conducting tours in their own languages. I have an E-class driver’s license for driving passenger vehicles in Turkey and New Zealand with unblemished driving records. I consider safe driving is one of the most important aspects of my work.
My Education: I studied Archaeology and Philology at the University of Ankara, I also studied at Iowa State University; Iowa City, Iowa, (USA), and at Omsk State Pedagogical University; Omsk, (Russia)
My Experience: I started to conduct tours in 1983 and have performed over 500 tours, traveled over 850,000 km, I worked for more than 20 travel agencies, including, Cox & Kings, Kuoni, Marmara, I Viaggi Del Ventaglio, Deren Koray Travel etc., conducted archaeological, and cultural tours. I am also conducting tours in Europe, New Zealand, former Soviet countries and North America.
Organizations: I am active member and supporter of Greenpeace in Turkey. I am on the translation team and act as an interpreter during some of their projects in Turkey.
Personal info: I divide my time in Turkey and Estonia. I am a vegetarian but sometimes in summer while traveling I keep a fruitarian diet, consisting of eating only fruits and nuts from the trees. I was born in Istanbul and grew up in Ankara. While in Turkey I sometimes live in Cappadocia region, located in central Anatolia. In my free time I do body building, take walks in the valleys and plant fruit trees, or work on the restoration of my old 19-room Cappadocian cave house (consisting of both caves and regular rooms), transforming it into a small boutique hotel.
If you decide to travel with me, I will pay attention to every detail, and will make certain you receive the best value for your time and money.