Walk Description

We can design a wide variety of walks for people with special interests, lasting from 3 hours to 3 days. Drawing on our network of docents, range of other services, and a growing network in the major cultural capitals of the world, the limits of a custom-walk are circumscribed only by the bounds of our collective imagination.

This generic reservation form is primarily intended for use by people with whom we've been in communication previously and for whom we are designing a custom walk; and for you this form is a tool for using our secure server to input your payment details into our system.For clients with whom we have not corresponded previously, we ask that you spend some time perusing our lists of private and small-group walks. If you find nothing there to suit your needs, if you have a specialized request for visiting sites that lie outside the touristic norm, or if you would like to enlist the services of a specific docent in our network, then we invite you to use this form to begin your reservation request. Please keep in mind that our private walks start at 575 Turkish Lira per group for half day; 905 for a 6-hours full day.

Duration: 3 hours
Category: Orientation
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    Claire Karaz

    Claire has dual degrees in English (University of Michigan) and medieval art history (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"). She lived in Rome for a decade where she taught art history at Trinity College and study abroad programs for other American universities. She has lived in Istanbul for the last twelve years. She is presently an adjunct instructor at Yeditepe University and a freelance translator. Originally from Washington, DC, Claire is very interested in social history. She is the author of Topkapı Palace: Inside and Out, published by Citlembik in 2004.

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    Ceylan was born and raised in Istanbul and has spent much of her life wandering through its maze of busy streets and alleyways. With a background in engineering, she possesses a good knowledge of the city's built environment. She has spent many years in the United States, and although she continues traveling, her deep love is for Istanbul, its traditions, lives, characters, and the stories of the two great Empires that made the city their capital over the last two thousand years. A licensed guide for Turkey, Ceylan spends much of the year leading expeditions to archeological sites along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey. She is the co-author of "Turkey Guide: Confluence of Civilizations," written for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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    Zeynep Cetrez

    Zeynep Cetrez studied the diverse populations of Ottoman Turkey and has a special interest in the 19th century travel accounts and urban history. She has a history master's degree from Sabanci University (Istanbul) and art history master's degree from Rice University (Houston).

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    Ebru Gokteke

    Ebru has a background in journalism and was a writer for many years for a variety of Turkish magazines, including Gezi National Geographic Traveler. She has also served as an arts editor at a local publication. A native of Istanbul and a licensed guide, she has a broad range of knowledge, and is extremely interested in art and aesthetics, as well as translating the details of the Istanbul street experience for visitors. Ebru is currently attending an MA program in the history of religions at the School of Theology and working on her thesis on temple liturgy.

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    Haluk Cetinkaya

    Haluk is an archaeologist and scholar of Byzantine history. He holds a PhD in Byzantine studies from the University of Istanbul and is a member of the archaeology faculty at Mimar University. Haluk serves as an advisor for many significant digs and restoration projects in Istanbul and Kosovo, and has lectured at universities around the world. He is considered an expert on the Hagia Sofia and was involved in a major television program about that structure. Haluk has a warm and inviting teaching style coupled with a deep knowledge and passion for late Roman and Byzantine culture in Istanbul.

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    Carole Woodall

    Carole has been exploring and studying Istanbul for nearly two decades with a specific interest in cultural and sensory urban environments. As a historian of the late-Ottoman and Turkish Republican periods, her specific research interests focus on the nightlife of 1920s Istanbul. Initially moving to Istanbul in 1991 from the United States, she pursued an MA in history from Istanbul's Bogazici University focusing on Seljuk and late-Byzantine history. Later, she completed a PhD in Middle East and Islamic studies/history from New York University, and presently is a faculty member in the Department of History and Women's and Ethnic Studies program at the University of Colorado. Carole actively participates in international workshops, conferences, and has published widely. She is currently working on a forthcoming book on the decadent nightlife in 1920s Beyoglu. Her favorite activity is roaming the streets of this vibrant city at all hours of the day and night.

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    Arzu Toraman

    Having lived in both Greece and London, Arzu is a native and a true lover of Istanbul. She has completed her PhD in art history in Byzantine studies at the University of Istanbul. She is a specialist of mural painting and mosaics in Late Roman antiquity and Byzantine art.

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    Suzan Kalayci

    Suzan Kalayci's historical scholarship on Istanbul is far ranging, encompassing Ottoman and modern history and topics as diverse as book collecting, exile, and women's studies. She is a graduate student at Bogazaci University and a frequent lecturer. A docent for the Istanbul Biennale, Suzan has a particular interest and knowledge of the city's contemporary art scene. And, as a dual citizen (German-Turkish) who grew up in Istanbul, she is also an incomparable companion on Pamuk-like adventures through Beyoglu and other parts of the city.

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    Efthymios Rizos

    Efthymis Rizos studied History, Archaeology and Art History at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Oxford. A specialist in Byzantine Art and Architecture, he is particularly interested in the history of urban space in the Balkans and Anatolia from Roman to Ottoman times. The development of Constantinople and its impact upon its neighbouring regions are central aspects of his current research. After living and researching in Britain, Bulgaria, Austria and Greece over the last five years, he recently moved to Istanbul to join Koç University as a Research Fellow.

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    Melike Yazicioglu Taspinar

    Melike holds a degree in art history from Sinan University in Istanbul, where she specialized in the late antique period in Sultanahmet. Her research background also includes extensive work in Ottoman architecture, which makes her uniquely suited for our walking seminars in the historic center of Istanbul.