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Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen

Istanbul, Turkey
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About Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen
Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen "All travellers are tourists but not all tourists can be travellers. To be a traveler you need to go beyond the regular, mix with locals and immerse into the local culture." I am a tour guide, writer, lecturer and advisor on Turkish travel. As a guide, I have a field experience of more than 25 years. On my tours, in addition to doing the highlights, I like to wander off-the-beaten paths, add local experiences, go through the back streets of the city meeting local people with spontaneous detours, use public transportation and try various street food. I was also asked to give guiding services to VIPs like celebrities and business people, among whom are Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. George Friedman, Matt Lauer and Lester Holt (Today Show), etc. I have quite a few times delivered lectures about Turkey and Turkish culture at the Smithsonian Institute, Boston University, Penn Museum, etc. If you are coming to my town (Istanbul), Turkey, I can provide tons of insider information. I wrote many guidebooks and made films on Istanbul and Turkey including Quick Guide Istanbul, Turkish Odyssey and Istanbul Unveiled. They are available at Amazon. I can also arrange special interest tours with specialist associates. Among these tours are Jewish Heritage with Synagogue visits, Modern Art, Traditional Arts, Photography, Music, Shopping and Culinary/Gourmet (local delicacies) Tours, City Walks, Street Food, Public Transportation, Tours with Children, etc. My associates and I are looking forward to hearing from you.
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Eric B wrote a review May 2022
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Our trip with Serif as guide was truly excellent. Serif brings a wealth of knowledge to every site you visit, along with excellent coordination of the whole experience. Even more, he knows and can access places little known to anyone else. Visiting these places, free from the usual tourist throngs, leave you standing one-on-one with history, a priceless experience. I highly recommend a trip with Serif.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen
Responded May 21, 2022
Dear Eric, thank you very much for your beutiful review. Hope to meet you on another trip.
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Gary Wood wrote a review May 2022
Springville, United States2 contributions
Serif is SO knowledgeable and has some marvelous insights into the places he takes you in Istanbul. We so enjoyed his tour and to meet him again.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen
Responded May 15, 2022
Dear Gary, thank you so much. You are great.
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LPW wrote a review May 2022
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Şerif is an amazing tour guide: very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful beyond what you'd expect from a guide, and with a great sense of humor. His experience and personal touch allowed us to see some fascinating out-of-the-way sites as well as the major attractions, and we were treated to a variety of delicious Turkish cuisines. It was a great experience, and I will join one of his tours again in the future.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen
Responded May 12, 2022
Dear Lynette, thank you for your beautiful review. But I must mention your forbearance to difficult situations as well. You are bt far the best traveler ever.
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daniel argo wrote a review May 2022
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Serif is a legend in Istanbul and around Turkey for a good reason - backed by 30 years of experience, great communication skills and incredible amount of knowledge. Had such a great time with him - and I am sure that on my next trip to Istanbul we will meet again. בהצלחה
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen
Responded May 12, 2022
I really hope so Daniel, thanks a lot.
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David T wrote a review May 2022
Surrey, Canada11 contributions1 helpful vote
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I had a great trip with many surprises and bonuses that I didn't expect. Serif showed my group many sites that have been overlooked, yet would be the pride of any other country. If you are travelling to Istanbul for the first time, or have been there before, I am confident that you will find something wonderfully surprising.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen
Responded May 12, 2022
You are right David. There are so many places which are overlooked. Even after 30+ years as a guide, Istanbul continues to amaze me as well. Thanks a lot.
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