Cities where he/she works: ISTANBUL, Ephesus, ISTANBUL
Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Şerif Yenen
Serif Yenen has been leading tours in Istanbul and all over Turkey for more than 25 years. In all of his tours, Serif Yenen uses his own style treating his guests as travelers by focusing on interactions with locals, and not as tourists with pre-arranged events where locals are well-experienced in dealing with foreigners, which can eliminate the possibility of spontaneous or sincere interaction with people.
On his tours, in addition to highlights, Serif likes to wander off the beaten paths, go through the back streets of the city meeting local people with spontaneous detours, and try various street food.
“All travelers are tourists but not all tourists can be travelers. To be a traveler you need to go beyond the regular, mix with locals and immerse into the local culture.” These are Serif’s own words representing his philosophy on travel.
It is Serif’s role, as an interpretive guide to immerse his guests into the culture that they are visiting.
Best Tourist Guide of the year 2006
In addition to tens of awards that he has received for the tours that he handled, Serif was awarded as the Best Tourist Guide of the Year 2006 by Skalite.
Serif has also been asked to give private guiding services to VIPs like celebrities, statesmen, high officials and business people, among whom are Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey, Princess Michael of Kent, Dr. George Friedman (Chairman and Chief Intelligence Officer of STRATFOR-Strategic Forecasting Inc., 2009), Mojo TV, Matt Lauer and Lester Holt (Today Show-NBC, 2008), Lord John Brown (President of the BP), Consul Generals, etc.
Special Interest Tours with Specialist Associates
Serif is able to arrange special interest tours with specialist associates. Among these are Jewish Heritage Tours with Sinagogue visits, Art Tours with Art Historians, Photography Tours with Photographers, Cooking Classes with Chefs, Shopping Tours with Specialists, Gourmet Tours and lots of local interactions. He can organise home-hosted meals with authentic Turkish families.
Private Tours with Armed Guard
Serif is able to arrange for security or armed guard(s) as needed.
Serif Yenen prides himself on his ability to add a personal touch to every tour he handles. It is extremely important to him that his clients return home with an experience to remember, not just an excuse to cross a destination off their wish list.
I am a tour guide with a field experience of more than 25 years. On my tours, in addition to highlights, I like to wander off the beaten paths, go through the back streets of the city meeting local people with spontaneous detours, and try various street food.
If you are coming to my town (Istanbul), Turkey, I can provide tons of insider information. I know about Istanbul, Turkey and Turkish culture well, because I wrote quite a few guidebooks on Istanbul and Turkey including Quick Guide Istanbul, and Turkish Odyssey.
Either myself or one of my select associates will be happy to take you around.
It is our role, as interpretive guides to immerse our guests into the culture that they are visiting.
You simply write us, and we will soon come up with a suggested personalized itinerary.
I am able to arrange special interest tours with specialist associates in my team. Among these are Jewish Heritage Tours with Synagogue visits, Art Tours with Art Historians, Photography Tours with Photographers, Cooking Classes with Chefs, Walking Tours with street food and public transportation, Shopping Tours with Specialists, Gourmet Tours and lots of local interactions. I can organise home-hosted meals with authentic Turkish families.
Experience: 30 years
Minimum duration of the contract : 4 hours
Can provide transport
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