(Note: professional guides provide their services
for a fee. Although they welcome inquiries about
scheduling and availability of their services, they
expect to be paid when they provide tourism information.
You may be asked to arrange payment before questions
are answered. Also, if you reserve a guide's time
in advance, you may be asked to arrange credit
card payment at the time of reservation,
just as for a hotel room, rental car, or flight.
Please note that guides are not travel
agents, and are not licensed to make
reservations or other travel agency services.—Tom
Hi, I'm Erkut Aldeniz. I had 2 dreams in my childhood:
To read all the books in our library, and to travel
to every single place in Turkey. I consider myself
lucky that I fulfilled both dreams.
I was born in İmroz Island (now called Gökçeada)
in the North Aegean Sea in 1971 and spent 6 years
of my childhood there. My family then moved to Çanakkale.
Spending your childhood half an hour from Troy and
just across from the Gallipoli
Peninsula where you get visitors from all over
the world motivates you to get out of your tiny corner
of the globe.
I then went to a boarding school in Izmir where
the language of teaching was English; and then to
Istanbul and came out of high school in 1990 to go
to college in Ankara where I spent 4 years, earning
a BA Degree in American Studies from Hacettepe University.
I earned my professional guiding certificate from
the Ministry of Tourism in 1995.
As a Professional National Guide,
I first started guiding for a local travel agency
which is on the South Coast of Turkey following this
I lived in Cappadocia for
5 years, and was leading tours all over Turkey.
At present I am based in Istanbul. I can (and do)
provide Professional Guiding Services all over Turkey
and I mostly specialize in historical sightseeing
itineraries. My primary concern while laying out
itineraries is your priorities.
I've also been recruited by the Union of Tourist Guides as an instructor guide for their annual Guides' Training Trips.
I have two serious hobbies which I would refer to
as passions rather than hobbies: I am a Master Scuba
Diver, currently with over 600 dives logged in the
seas of the world; and I am an amateur cook who participated
in a large number of cooking classes and workshops
all over the world.
My goal in guiding is to offer cultural sightseeing
tours in the most flexible way where I define each
itinerary according to the guest’s conditions, needs
I also like to combine the sightseeing with any
possible outdoor activities (not necessarily meaning
adventures and adrenaline) in a way that the I am
not only your guide but also your dive buddy, or
the paddler, or the rider and I keep you company
in all aspects of the tour.
I am also an Emergency First Responder, updating
my skills every 2 years. It feels safe to travel
with someone who knows what to do if need be.
You can read more about me at my
website, www.ErkutAldeniz.com, and
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for
any services you may require.