"Our guide was very gracious, warm, knowledgeable and generous. She clearly loves sharing her cultural history with others, and her enthusiasm was contagious. She did especially well at putting everything into CONTEXT! We enjoyed her so much that we extended our tour with her into the afternoon, in order to have her guide us on a walk into the Grand Bazaar, the neighborhood with traditional hans, and the Spice Bazaar.”
Hagia Sophia Tour
An Evolving Building For An Evolving City
Yaren is a licensed guide and archaeologist. She has been working as a tour guide for almost fifteen years. Her interest in history led her to study art history and archaeology at Istanbul University. Being born and raised in Istanbul, she has a passion for making the city as accessible, interesting, and inspirational as possible.
Born in the Aegean city of Izmir, Reyan studied English Language and Literature at Istanbul’s Bosphorus University and received her master’s degree in Documentary Production at the Northern Media School in England. She has worked for various newspapers and magazines as a reporter/editor and has traveled all around Anatolia, the Turkish heartland for the travel supplement of one of the best selling Turkish newspaper, Hürriyet. Amongst some of the magazines she wrote for is National Geographic, Turkey. Reyan worked as a producer- researcher for foreign TV channels, such as BBC, Finnish TV YLE and also worked as a script writer/ researcher in various documentaries filmed in Turkey and abroad on travel and different cultures of the world. She traveled and worked as Asst. Expedition Leader with Starquest Expeditions based in Seattle, USA, for their expeditions ‘’Around The World By Private Jet’’. She also acted as an advisor for TRT (Turkish State Television) for their documentary series. She has been working as a professional tourist guide since 1989 and has a certificate of specialization on Istanbul. She herself enjoys to walk in Istanbul discovering new routes for her guiding, photography and culinary purposes. She not only sees Istanbul as a historical treasure while reflecting that on her tours but a great destination to get an insight into the lifestyle, culture and culinary traditions of the people of Turkey in depth and likes to share this as a complete experience with her guests. Her interest in the social issues in her own country and the world led her in the way of becoming an independent documentary maker. Her documentaries still continue to be screened at many film festivals in Turkey and around the world, receiving some awards. Reyan Tuvi has three guide books on Turkey, is still writing feature stories, travel articles, continuing shooting documentaries and sharing her passion for her country through guiding.
Betul was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1981. She went to university in Izmir and studied Classical Archaeology at Ege University. She participated in the archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Antandros located on Northern Aegean coast. Following graduation, Betul spent one year in the United States studying English. While there, she worked at Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History as a volunteer. Upon returning to Turkey, Betul started work as an archaeologist in one of the biggest archaeological projects of Turkey (Istanbul Marmaray Underwater Tunnel Project). While working for the Marmaray Project, she received a Master's degree in Art History from the Istanbul Technical University in 2011. Betul has been guiding tour groups all around Turkey since 2011.
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