Guides

Guests will have a local archeologist guide throughout the trip from when they arrive in either Marmaris or Bodrum (depending on departure) through farewell at Izmir airport before flying to Istanbul at the end of the trip. Our guides are highly experienced and well-trained archeologists who speak fluent English, with a strong passion to share their culture and amazing history with guests. In addition, we have a local Greek guide for our Rhodes tours (along with the Turkish archaeologist guide). Below are examples of the archaeologist guides we use in Turkey and Greece.

Umit Isin

Born in Ankara, Umit lived with his family in Mississippi until he was a young man. He returned to Turkey where he graduated from the University of Ankara’s History, Geography and Languages Department as a classical archaeologist. As a specialist in ancient geography and architecture, he has worked on several excavations and survey research programs including Kaunos, Arykanda, Elazig Habibusagi Mound, Lykia and Pisidia Surveys. As a guide, Umit specializes in archaeology, ancient and modern geographical history, walking tours and gullet cruises. An avid outdoorsman, Umit even leads 4x4 adventure tours. His extensive knowledge of his country, his expertise in its fascinating archaeological heritage, and his wonderful personality make him an ideal guide. Umit Isin is the author of Turkey Guide: Confluence of Civilizations.

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Ceylan Zere

Born and raised in Istanbul, Ceylan is a true lover and observer of her native country. After one year in York, Pennsylvania as an exchange student, she came back to Turkey to study aerospace engineering, which was her childhood dream. However, her passion for her country’s history and culture took over and she made archeology and history her focus. She has lead many groups to important sites along the Aegean and Mediterranean, along with many gullet cruises along the Turquoise Coast and through the Greek Islands. Ceylan is the co-author of Turkey Guide: Confluence of Civilizations.

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Tolga Kirilen

Born in Giresun on the Black Sea, Tolga graduated from the University of Ankara’s History, Geography and Languages Department as a classical archaeologist. As a specialist in ancient geography and architecture, he has worked on several excavations and survey research programs including Kaunos, Arykanda, Aphrodisias, Magnesia on the Meander and Olympos. As a guide, Tolga specializes in archaeology, ancient and modern geographical history, Eastern Turkey, religious heritage tours and biblical tours, walking tours and gullet cruises. Tolga lives in Antalya, Turkey, and leads many gullet cruises from there.

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Belgin Kurtulus

Born in Istanbul, Belgin graduated from the University of Istanbul’s Classical Philology Faculty Ancient Greek Department. A specialist in languages, her love for Turkey compelled her to study archeology and then to become a professional guide. She specializes in archaeology, ancient and modern geographical history, religious heritage tours and biblical tours.

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Hulya Isin

Born in Ankara, Hulya lived in the U.S for two years where she learned English. She came back to Turkey and graduated from the University of Ankara’s English Literature and Languages Department. After working first as a translator for various international companies and then as an English teacher for several years, she studied archeology and history. Since then, Hulya has been leading groups with special archeological interests throughout Turkey and Greece.

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Guests on the Istanbul and Cappadocia extensions will also have a professional, dedicated local guide. The guide will not only lead tours but also assist guests with finding their way around, making sightseeing recommendations, restaurant reservations and acting as concierge for the group. Unlike the main program guide, these extension guides will not necessarily stay at the same hotel as guests, but will be available 24-hours a day by cell phone. There is no IE Expedition Leader on the extensions.