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About Us

Introducing our Team at Turkey Travel Guide
Our aim is to treat all our guests as individuals and Our Mission is to make your time in Turkey a truly memorable experience.

Turkey Travel Guide has been running tours through it’s TURSAB accredited company, Istanbul Stopover Tours for over 5 years.
Since that time we have  hundreds of tours individually organised for guests from Australia and all over the world.   

Our tours are designed personally for you, your family your group of friends.   We plan around your specific interests whether it be ancient history sites, adventures such as hiking, paragliding, gulet trip,  or just relaxing in a seaside village.    Our village home stay is unique, and can be included in your program for a night or two.     

Tell us your time frame, your interests and we will come up with a plan just right for you.

Gaye Reeves

Gaye is originally from Melbourne but has lived in Istanbul for 7 years now. She first travelled to Turkey in 1995 to the village of Gokova in the Mugla district. Since that time she has travelled through most of Turkey and in 2007 she decided to make Turkey her home.

In 2009 Gaye took over an old Ottoman Hotel, Ayasofya Hotel, in Sultanahmet assisting people from all over the world to enjoy their time in Istanbul. Her company obtained  a TURSAB tour licence in 2009. Gaye enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for Turkey with both her hotel and tour guests.

Ceyhun Guner

Ceyhun was born in Gokkaya, a small village in the grape growing region of Manisa in Western Turkey. He left his village at the age of 11 and came alone to Istanbul to study. After his studies Ceyhun entered the hotel and tourism sector where he has worked ever since. He became a partner in the business in 2010.

Our Village Tour Experience grew out of Ceyhun’s love for his village and the desire to share it with other people and bring tourism and economic benefits to his people.   Ceyhun hosts our village stays and will introduce you to village life and true Turkish Hospitality. His dream is to one day return home to live in Gokkaya and live the life of a farmer.

Erdal Serbest

Erdal comes from Edirne near the Greek Border. He has a degree in Tourism and has worked in the sector for over 20 years. Erdal is our General Manager and a born organizer. He is responsible for putting your travel plans into action and is the link between our providers, guides, and hotels.

Erdal has visited Australia on two occasions and has gained valuable experience through his international travel and his dealings with guests from all over the world.

Huseyin Aydin

Huseyin has been our specialist guide for Istanbul and our group tours for the past four  years. He is an accredited lawyer, but also enjoys guiding our Tour and Hotel Guests.   Huseyin’s knowledge of Turkey is  quite increditable his and calm personality is attested to by all of our earlier guests.

Kenan Celik OA - Specialist Gallipoli Guide

Kenan Celik, one of Turkey’s leading experts on the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One, has been a guide on the battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula for more than 25 years.  In that time, Kenan has shared his knowledge of the events of 1915 with literally thousands of people from all walks of life.

He has had the privilege of showing Gallipoli battlefields to Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, President Ziya of Pakistan, Dame Silvia Cartwright; the New Zealand Governor General, William Dean; the Australian Governor General and many other dignitaries as well as visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, India, Turkey, Ireland, and Canada.

In 2000, Kenan was awarded the Order of Australia, the country’s highest civil honour, by the Australian government in recognition of his services to Australian history, becoming the first Turkish citizen to receive this award.

Since retiring as a lecturer in English language and literature at the Onsekiz Mart University in Çanakkale, Kenan has concentrated on leading tours over the battlefields and writing accounts of various aspects of the campaign. He has also appeared in a number of documentaries, including “Disaster at Gallipoli” and “Canakkale Son Kale”, detailing the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915.

Kenan studied at the Oregon State University under a Fulbright scholarship and has his MA in literature for his study of the works of the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke. Kenan holds the Turkish state’s certificate qualifying him as a guide for all sites in Turkey, though he concentrates on introducing visitors to the history of the Gallipoli Battlefields and the ancient cities of Troy and Assos.  

In March 2015 Kenan will attend The Gallipoli 100th Commemorative celebrations as a guest of the Australian Government  to take part in a 3 day symposium at Memorial in Canberra.

Necdet Kabakli

Necdet (our guests call him Nejo) has been driving our guests for 3 years. In his fifties, Nejo is an experienced driver having driven all over Turkey over the past 30 years. He is friendly, smiling, and our guests comment that he is a most caring and happy driver. When Nejo is in the driving seat we know our guests are in safe hands!

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