Sojourn is a team that loves guiding you to delightful travel experiences.

Chris & Angela

This power couple duo is the mastermind behind Sojourn and their mission is to see travel dreams come true, spread smiles and enjoy the great people they work with along the way.

Sojourn Turkey is a fully licensed Travel Agency (Tursab License A-5626) operating customized private and small group trips around Turkey and Greece. Our tours maximize the opportunity to experience the beauty of culture, the depth of history, the delight of Turkish cuisine, and unique experiences of local customs and arts. With Chris and Angela living and working in Turkey for the last 20+ years, our team can offer our travelers the best of both worlds — great local guides and connections plus the benefits of insight into American and western travelers expectations and desires. We are a travel company that seeks to understand your dreams for your trip and respect your travel time and expectations. We take pride in being experts at bridging the gaps, so you have a wonderful travel experience in Turkey. We have developed a reputation among our customers for a high degree of flexibility, personal service, planning creativity, attentiveness and honesty. Sojourn exists to see people's lives and communities made better by travel, both the travelers and the locals who host them. We work toward this by guiding travelers to delightful experiences.

Meet The Team Guiding You to Your Dream Trip

Yasemin | Meetings & Events Director

We call her our “Queen of Conferences.” With great attention to detail and professionalism she serves meeting and event planners from start to finish. She specializes in taking excellent and personal care of thousands of event guests every year! Her enthusiastic spirit and highly competent mind are treasured by both our clients and our team. Having lived and studied abroad throughout her life, she brings a valuable international perspective to our office. She and her husband have two adorable kids that keep them on the move.


Elif | Tour Operations Director

Elif leads our staff and guides to ensure that your tour is beautifully designed and operated. She works closely with our travelers before and during tours to take care every detail and request. She has an amazing ability to coordinate each aspect of the experiences we design. Elif has been working in the travel companies for over 20 years and has experience working with English, Dutch, And Turkish speaking companies. With her strong support as their mom, her son is now studying in North America and her daughter is an accomplished gymnast.


Kaan | Tour Operations Assistant

Right hand to Elif in all matters with your reservations and communications, he works to be sure every detail is arranged perfectly for your tour. He has super dad status in our eyes as he partners so gracefully with his hard working wife to raise their daughter.


Umay | Accountant

Umay manages Sojourn's funds, accounting, and every other financial detail for you with great care and honesty. She is a wonderful mother to her teenage son. Umay is a loving and caring person who helps remind all those in her life that people are more important than tasks. And her smile can be read through her emails.


Ümmü | Office Services

Ümmühan is our deep Turkish culture expert. She makes sure all of our office visitors and friends are culturally greeted and provided with tea, coffee, and refreshments. She keeps the team well hydrated and healthily fed. She is the smiling face of hospitality to our office visitors. She has three kids, one of whom is studying to be a nurse. She has been part of training our interns in Turkish culture and connecting them with the local culture.

Our Team

Nazlı Başkaya

Nazlı Başkaya

Executive Assistant
I was born in Kayseri, which is near the very popular Cappadocia region. In 2012, I successfully earned degrees in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from Akdeniz University, as well as International Relations from Anadolu University. My professional journey began as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) assistant in the field of hospitality and tourism. Through dedication and growth, I have advanced to my current role as an Executive Assistant. I take great pride in being an integral part of the dynamic realm of Sojourn. My deep affection for the city I call home further fuels my enthusiasm for my work. I look forward to continuing my contributions to our travelers and my community.
Tuğba Küçükömer

Tuğba Küçükömer

Sales Assistant
I was born and raised in Antalya. I graduated from the American Studies department at Hacettepe University. Now I enthusiastically create and organize captivating tours that showcase the rich culture and historical landmarks of Turkey. I have developed a particular love for music from various countries and languages, finding inspiration and joy in its diverse melodies. My interests extend beyond the realm of travel, as I am deeply passionate about books, movies, mythology, and art. Constantly seeking new avenues for exploration and growth, I strive to create memorable experiences for those eager to discover Turkey's heritage.
Nuriye Yarar

Nuriye Yarar

Sales Assistant
I was born and spent my entire childhood in Hatay, a city that has hosted many civilizations and is considered sacred by three major religions. Relocating to Antalya for college, I studied Gerontology and graduated from Akdeniz University. It was during my time in Antalya that I realized my passion for working in tourism. I thoroughly enjoy communicating with travelers and learning about their cultures from their perspective. The Sojourn Turkey team focuses on preparing perfect fit itineraries that satisfy our guests' exact needs and desires, and I am proud to be a part of it. I enjoy organizing many details and continuously learning new things as I carefully consider every single detail to ensure each traveler’s itinerary is perfect.
Emre Can Yıldız

Emre Can Yıldız

Sales Assistant
I was born and grew up in Balikesir in the northwest of Turkey. I am a Tourism Management graduate from Akdeniz University. My passion lies in curating exceptional travel experiences and fostering meaningful cultural connections. During an enriching internship at a prestigious hotel in America, I gained valuable insights into guest services and international tourism dynamics. I enjoy indulging in movies, video games, basketball, and exploring diverse cuisines. I am deeply committed to sustainable and responsible tourism practices, aiming to leave a positive impact on both travelers and local communities.
Alize Savim

Alize Savim

MICE Assistant
I was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus, the world's only divided capital, rich in history and diverse culture. I studied Industrial Engineering in Famagusta, home to the best university on the island for my field. Early exposure to different countries during my childhood fostered a love for travel that was further enriched during my studies by the amazing people I met from around the world. Outside of work, I find solace in the great outdoors, often camping and hiking with my beloved dog. These adventures not only rejuvenate my spirit but also inspire me to bring a sense of adventure and exploration to everything I do.
Assem Ospan

Assem Ospan

MICE Assistant
I was born in Almaty and lived in various cities across Kazakhstan during my childhood. I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management in Hong Kong, which helped me discover my passion for traveling and learning about diverse cultures. Working as an Event Coordinator at Sojourn has been a delightful journey so far. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of event planning to ensure its success. My favorite part of the job is meeting people from around the globe and learning about their cultures and stories. In terms of hobbies, I enjoy reading books, hiking, swimming, and watching historical TV series.

A Few of Our Guides

Elif Güneri

Elif Güneri

Tour Guide
Having graduated from Selcuk University with a degree in Tour Guiding in the class of 2005, Elif has been actively engaged in guiding guests since 2006. Her expertise extends beyond Turkey, encompassing tours of the Greek Islands and Athens. Nonetheless, since 2010, her primary focus has been on leading tours in Istanbul. She holds a profound appreciation for her role, deriving immense satisfaction from acquainting guests with the cultural, historical, and culinary treasures of Turkey. In her invitation, she warmly welcomes others to join in exploring the enchanting city of Istanbul together.
Mehmet Kuntasal

Mehmet Kuntasal

Tour Guide
Mehmet, born in the Western Anatolian town of Eskişehir, holds a degree from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara obtained in 1979. Initially trained as a city planner, Mehmet later acquired a guiding license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 1984. Since settling in Cappadocia in 2005, Mehmet has garnered recognition for delivering high-quality classical, hiking, and faith tours within the region. As a guide, he brings forth a wealth of knowledge, a delightful sense of humor, and an easy-going demeanor, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable travel experience for all.
Gökçen Art

Gökçen Art

Tour Guide
Gökçen Art, is one of our tour guides based in Istanbul, As a member of the Sojourn team, Gökçen was born in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, but spent her formative years in Istanbul. She pursued her academic journey at Istanbul University, specializing in Arabic Language, and later attained a master's degree in the History Department at Bogazici University. With over 25 years of experience as a tour guide, she has dedicated herself to guiding people through cultural exploration. Specializing in topics like culinary arts, religious history, and social structures of Türkiye, she creates loves to create engaging experiences for her guests. Through personal conversations, she fosters connections, making friends along the way. Married with a 24-year-old daughter, she finds fulfillment in sharing her passion for cultural discovery with others.
Rabia Öznalbant

Rabia Öznalbant

Tour Guide
With a degree in Travel Agency Management and German language specialization from Mersin University, Rabia brings extensive experience from various travel agencies. Her passion for culture and history led her to study Tour Guiding at Ege University, obtaining a professional license in 2006. For 15 years, she has been a proud part of Sojourn, finding joy in sharing her knowledge with diverse tourist groups. As a dedicated parent based in Kusadasi, she enjoys the region's natural beauty and has embraced a new adventure on a small farm since the pandemic. As a pastime she engages in tours with colleagues to explore more of Turkey to provide you with the best experiences possible on your journey to Turkey.
Süleyman Tıraşoğlu

Süleyman Tıraşoğlu

Tour Guide
Hailing from a serene town near the Mediterranean city of Antalya, Süleyman embarked on his educational journey culminating in a degree in English language teaching, a field that ignited his passion for language and communication. Following a fulfilling tenure as a teacher, Süleyman transitioned into the profession of tour guiding, obtaining his guiding license in 1997. Since then, he has been wholeheartedly dedicated to showcasing the wonders of Turkey to visitors from around the globe, particularly from the United States. His tours offer a deep appreciation for Turkey's breathtaking scenery, rich culture, and historical sites, leaving an indelible mark on those who explore the country with him.Presently residing in Cappadocia with his spouse and two children, Süleyman finds happiness in this enchanting region, where he has made his home for the past six years. Cappadocia's unique landscapes and rich history provide the perfect backdrop for Süleyman to continue sharing his passion for Turkey with travelers from near and far.
Feray Kocabaş

Feray Kocabaş

Tour Guide
Fluent in both English and German, Feray pursued a profession as a certified tour guide. With a career spanning collaborations with various travel agencies and tour groups, she joined Sojourn four years ago. Having lived in Antalya for 17 years, her love for the city has grown immensely. As a parent of two children, a boy and a girl, she prioritizes quality time through activities like trekking, swimming, and exploring new places. She finds the art of communication particularly fascinating and she loves sharing stories about travel and history. Guiding others throughout Turkey brings Feray immense joy, and given another opportunity at life, she stated, “she would unquestionably choose the same profession again”.
Şennur Aslan Savaş

Şennur Aslan Savaş

Tour Guide
Originally from Sivas, a city nestled in the heart of Anatolia, Şennur has had the privilege of experiencing various regions of Turkey during her childhood, which has fostered a deep appreciation for the diverse cultures within her country. In 2006, she graduated from Selcuk University's Tourism Guiding Department, marking the beginning of her illustrious career. As a Professional National Tourist Guide affiliated with the Ministry of Tourism of Turkey, Şennur has dedicated 16 years to passionately sharing the historical and cultural treasures of her homeland with visitors from around the globe. She takes immense joy in her work and considers it a point of pride to be a part of Sojourn as a guide. She enjoys meeting people from all corners of the globe. She endeavors to leave each person she meets with fond memories of her warm smile, ensuring their journey through Turkey is as delightful as it is informative.
Ferruh Armutcuoğlu

Ferruh Armutcuoğlu

Tour Guide
Ferruh is a seasoned guide with a profound passion for travel, holds a professional tour guide license from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. His background includes academic pursuits in English Language and Literature, MA studies in the UK, and a PhD focused on Translation Theories. Formerly an academician at Istanbul's Galatasaray University, he now dedicates himself full-time to guiding, bringing a unique blend of academia and practical expertise into the mix. With a diverse background in art, archaeology, and history, Ferruh conducts workshops on interpretation and cross-cultural topics. Viewing guests as travelers, not tourists, he emphasizes a holistic cultural experience and invites others to join him for an enthusiastic exploration of Turkey.
Mehmet Tetik

Mehmet Tetik

Tour Guide
With over three decades of expertise, Mehmet has become intimately acquainted with the historical treasures nestled within Istanbul's vibrant streets but has also had the privilege of exploring various breathtaking locations throughout Turkey. Born and raised in the mesmerizing city of Istanbul, Mehmet’s passion for art set him on a fascinating path into fine arts. Eager to deepen his understanding, he ventured into studying restoration techniques, enhancing his appreciation for preserving cultural heritage. After obtaining certification as a qualified guide in 1995, it has been both an honor and pleasure for him to share his knowledge with countless visitors worldwide. Alongside his love for exploring and appreciating art, family values hold a special place in his heart, and he considers himself fortunate to be a caring husband, cherishing the joys of marriage, and a proud father of an amazing daughter.
Belgin Yurdagül

Belgin Yurdagül

Tour Guide
Studying English throughout her education, Belgin graduated from Ankara University with a degree in Dutch Language and Literature. Subsequently, she continued her studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, focusing on Dutch studies. Upon returning to Turkey, she pursued a career as a tour guide by completing a course organized by the Ministry of Tourism. Married with two children, she takes great pleasure in sharing information about famous destinations and Turkey’s rich culture with visitors. Since 2001, she have been conducting tours in both English and Dutch languages for tourists visiting Antalya.
Sakis Leonidis

Sakis Leonidis

Tour Guide
With a profound passion for history and culture, Sakis’ areas of specialty encompasses Biblical and Jewish Heritage Sites, Wine Roads in Turkey, Byzantine Studies, and Pre-Greek Cultures in Anatolia. HIs extensive travels to over 40 countries and 120 cities, both as a traveler and a guide, have enriched his understanding of diverse cultures. Fluent in Turkish, Greek, and English, he brings a multilingual dimension to your touring experience.
Sait Güney

Sait Güney

Tour Guide
Sait, has a background in Arabic Language and Literature and International Relations, obtained his guiding license in 2008, specializing in English and Arabic. He has worked in the Middle East Gulf Countries and Africa from 2007 to 2017 and has been an active Tour Guide in Istanbul since 2017. Beyond his professional life, he is an enthusiastic traveler, having explored over 25 countries. Sait actively participates in training programs, gaining specializations, and fostering connections with fellow tour guides to learn more so he can share his knowledge with his tourists. His love for photography and sea activities complements his role in the Sojourn team, where he takes pride in being a valued member.
Babür Kafadar

Babür Kafadar

Tour Guide
Embarking on a cultural exploration journey, Babür studied Synology at Ankara University, shaping a future dedicated to adventure. From a Scuba PADI dive master to a reserve officer in the Turkish Army, he returned to Kusadasi to join his family's business. However, passion led him to obtain a guiding license in 2008. Enthusiastic about ancient Anatolian culture, especially Coastal Anatolia, he enhanced his Chinese language skills in 2010-2011, paving the way for a career in Chinese guiding. In 2020, he earned a professional Yacht Master license and completed expertise courses on various historical sites. Now, as a professional skipper and guide, he navigates and shares captivating experiences with tourists that visits Turkey.
Ismail Pursun

Ismail Pursun

Tour Guide
Having initially pursued a degree in English Language and Literature, Ismail’s journey led him from the banking sector to teaching English and crafting questions for academic English exams. Fueled by a lifelong passion for guiding, he obtained his license in 2019, sparking an interest in art history and archaeology. Leading tours in Cappadocia and pursuing a master’s degree, he warmly invites you to explore this captivating region with Sojourn, promising an experience that transcends a visit into a collection of indelible memories.
Yunus Ozdemir

Yunus Ozdemir

Tour Guide
With bachelor degrees in Tourism Guiding and Classical Archaeology, Yunus brings over two decades of experience as a professional tour guide in Turkey. Holding a master’s degree in Cultural Heritage and pursuing a Ph.D. in Tourism Guiding, he is also a co-founder of the Carian Trail, contributing significantly to the preservation of Turkey's historical and natural legacy. Formerly a lecturer at Cappadocia University, he mentored guide candidates for seven enriching years, adding depth to his professional and personal growth to help bring you the most enjoyable tours possible.
Fuat Kocabaş

Fuat Kocabaş

Tour Guide
Graduating from Selcuk University with a degree in Tourism Guiding in 2004, Fuat built his career in tourism and relocated to Antalya the following year. Since then, Antalya has become his home as he passionately works as a tour guide. He is dedicated to creating joyful experiences for people. His expertise lies in cultural tours and leading hiking expeditions along the stunning Lycian Way that traces through Turkey's Mediterranean region. Assisting and witnessing the happiness of tourist groups brings him immense joy. Fuat further explained that “being part of the Sojourn team has not only brought happiness but also allowed him to make friends from all corners of the globe”. Fuat is happily married and is the proud parent of two little "monsters," a girl and a boy. It's a wonderful experience for him to contribute to people's happiness in Turkey and witness the joy reflected in our tourists eyes.
Şerife Arslan

Şerife Arslan

Tour Guide
Graduating from Balikesir University with a degree in tourism guidance in 2011, Serife worked as a guide in Antalya for four years. In 2016, she transitioned to working as a cabin crew member at Corendon Airlines, providing the opportunity to visit 12 countries which heightened her love for tourism. Since then, her passion for tourism guiding led her to Kas/Kalkan, where she has been working for the past six years. Kas/Kalkan serves as the central hub of the ancient Lycian civilization, and throughout her exploration, she has immersed herself in the remarkable architectural marvels, captivating historical tales, and geographical wonders of Lycia. One of her cherished pastimes includes embarking on invigorating hikes along the renowned Lycian Way and Carian Way trails, showcasing stunning vistas and the unique plant life and wildlife found in the region. Besides her professional pursuits as a guide, she also possess a profound passion for herbalism, aromatherapy, and astrology.
Nisa Buket Dağdelen

Nisa Buket Dağdelen

Tour Guide
Nisa, dedicated to mastering English, excelled in her studies at Ege University's Tourism Guidance department, graduating with top grades. Since then, she has proudly served as an English-speaking professional tour guide, specializing in Cappadocia region tours. Her passion lies in creating engaging and entertaining tours, while also providing in-depth cultural knowledge about Turkey's rich history and heritage. With a commitment to favorable tourist experiences, she interacts effectively with diverse groups, sharing enthusiasm, and adapting to cater to a wide array of cultures from around the world.
Aylin Atalay

Aylin Atalay

Tour Guide
Aylin holds a degree in tour guiding from Erciyes University in Cappadocia. Since beginning his career as a guide, his dedication to the profession has been unwavering. Renowned for his hospitality, flexibility, and excellent communication skills, this seasoned guide has had the privilege of interacting with diverse groups of people from around the world. In addition to his proficiency in tour guiding, he possesses a keen interest in astrology and culinary arts, and he finds solace in exploring different valleys through hiking. Beyond his professional pursuits, he harbors a profound passion for the sea, demonstrating a love for swimming and snorkeling.
Ahmet Kutlu

Ahmet Kutlu

Tour Guide
With over two decades of experience in Sales & Marketing in a multinational corporation, Ahmet has joyfully returned to the tourism industry. An Istanbul native fluent in English, French, and Turkish, he has led diverse groups through domestic and international routes for more than 10 years. From exploring the national parks of the United States to riding Tuk-Tuks in Vietnam, he is a seasoned professional crafting bespoke routes tailored to your interests. His core principles are communication and curiosity, and he currently reside in Istanbul with his family, eagerly anticipating the pleasure of accompanying you on an exploration through the enchanting streets of Istanbul.
Dicle Gündem

Dicle Gündem

Tour Guide
Dicle is a seasoned local guide proudly associated with our team here at Sojourn, she is a native of central Turkey with a degree in tourism management. With over 21 years of experience, she has had the privilege of guiding diverse groups, primarily from North America, in both English and French. Her passion for guiding goes beyond profession; it's a deep commitment to showcasing the beauty of her homeland. Certified for biblical tours, she provides a comprehensive and enriching experience for visitors. Dicle looks forward to welcoming you to Turkey in the future.

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