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Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen

Soganci Sok. 3/3 | Cihangir, Istanbul 34433, Turkey
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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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Reviewed 30 April 2018

As a 29-year higher ed member, I embrace and appreciate lifelong learning. Learning doesn’t just take place in classrooms and it never ends either. Learning is a forever thing. My wife and I had the opportunity to recently visit Istanbul, Turkey (our first time) and...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Dear Jonathan, you have written such a nice review from a very different aspect, thank you so much. It is my pleasure if I was able to teach you something. Hope to stay in touch. Kind regards.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Serif Yenen is a very knowledgeable and yet easygoing person. It was the best tip I got from tripadvisor! We took the Off the beaten track tour visiting rooftops, old hans and hidden underground nooks and the Culinary tour combining visits to mosques designed by...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Dear Cristina, thank you so much for your beautiful words. It was such a great joy to tour Istanbul with you and your daughter Cecilia. You are so right about your comments regarding Istanbul. I hope we can cross our paths to discover more secrets...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

This was a wonderful walking tour of the highlights of Istanbul. I loved how how he started us out with a cup of Turkish tea/coffee on a roof-top restaurant, while he gave us a bit of history with maps and brochures of the iconic places...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Lisa, thank you so much, it was a great pleasure to tour Istanbul with you. I also would like to thank Damla for bringing us all together. Hope to meet you again.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

What makes Serif's services unique is that he gives you the feeling that you have friends and family in Turkey, giving you their history, culture, and personal perspectives. First and foremost, we felt safe everywhere we went! Our guides quickly put us at ease and...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Karen, it was such a great pleasure to know you and your whole team. Togerher with my colleagues, we have been glad to show Istanbul and Turkey with a diverse perspective. We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Fondly.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Serif started our tour with a mid-morning cup of Turkish coffee on a roof-top restaurant with a sweeping view of all the important places we would visit. The orientation included maps and a brief synopsis of the city's and Turkey's history & how its location...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Dear Kathy, thank you so much for these beautiful words. If I have been able to reach the desription in your review, well, how proud I am! Thanks a lot. I hope our paths cross again.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I am from Turkey and came to Istanbul for a visit with three friends from US. Before we got to Istanbul, we were all wondering about the accent , communication etc. Serif's English is as great as a native speaker. We had no problem understanding...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Thank you so much Damla. It was a pleasure to meet you and your friends. You took care of them so well.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

My family traveled to Istanbul and used Serif's services for our mother's 82nd birthday. The disclosures were accurate, the service provided was excellent and we are very satisfied with the total experience. Highly recommend the outfit. The tour guides assigned to us are highly recommended...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Dear Claire, It was a pleasure to assist you during your travels in Turkey. It was also very nice to meet you and your family members in person. We are always looking forward to welcoming you back in Turkey.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

We were a family party of six people visiting Istanbul for three days - from the moment we were collected at the airport till we left Serif looked after us beautifully. He personally saw us onto our return shuttle making sure we all had our...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Dear Kathi, you are such a nice family. I have learned so much from you. I enjoyed every moment of or tour together. It was a pleasure. Come again. Thanks.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

I recently went on a private tour of Istanbul with Serif.The tour was fantastic and blew away my expectations. In the span of one day I saw all the main tourist sites in Istanbul, along with a few off the beaten path locations. We also...More

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SerifYenen, Owner at Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Dear Colin, it was a pleasure to travel and chat with you about Istanbul's history and culture along the way. You were very well prepared. Thanks.

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