Ask Serif Yenen

Ask Serif Yenen

Renata: “Dear Serif Yenen, I have for some time wanted to bring a group of about 16 – 20 people to Istanbul to explore the Byzantine and Ottoman legacies of the city such as Santa Sophia (Hagia Sophia), St. Saviour in Chora, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and all the other wonderful sights. I have been running art tours in Europe for a number of years and have a very nice clientele who likes good centrally located hotels, good but not necessarily very expensive food, classical music and if possible the odd private palace to visit over and above the sights that one just cannot miss.

My tours usually last no longer than about 5 nights. We all like travelling as much as possible out of season say from October to March early April. Do you think you could help me arrange such a trip with you as the guide? I need roughly one year to get these trips off the ground so am thinking of autumn next year.

I look forward to hearing from you,

With kind regards.”

Serif Yenen: “Hello Renata. Thank you so much for your interest in our travel services. We would be glad to tailor a tour just as you describe. We can arrange many art and music activities in Istanbul.”


Clement: “Hi Serif, I am planning a trip to Turkey with my family of 6 pax (2 baby boomers, 4 gen Y’s) for about 8-10 days sometime around March-April and would like to know more about an itinerary you can customize for us along with its rates. Many Thanks.”


Ryan: “Hello Serif, hope all is well.  Just a reminder that I will be arriving in Istanbul on August 19.  Will you still be available during this time for a photography tour?  In case you have forgotten to tell you, I am a photographer  from America and will be in Istanbul August 19-22. Please let me know your availability. Thank you.”
Serif Yenen: “Hi Ryan, one of my greatest hobbies is also photography. I will be delighted to take you on a photography tour. Thanks.”

 Tony and Fiona: “Hi Serif, we are first time visitors to Turkey and do not know where to begin!

We will be arriving in Instanbul on 19th July and departing on 26th July.

Can you offer some advice?  I would like to see more than just Istanbul if we have time,  we are interested in history and culture as well as scenery – and beach time if at all possible.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.”

Şerif Yenen: “Dear Tony and Fiona, first of all I would like to thank you for contacting me with your travel inquiries.

It looks like you have 6 full days and another one or two depending on your arrival and departure times.

I would suggest that you visit İstanbul at least 2 full days. The other most interesting places to see in Turkey are Cappadocia and Ephesus. It can be possible to combine Ephesus with a coastal town as you would like to have some beach time. please kindly note that the domestic flights between Cappadocia (Kayseri) and Ephesus (İzmir) are not daily, therefore it’s better to define your international flight times preliminarily in order to advise you a more accurate travel plan.

At this stage, I am looking forward to getting your flight schedule. Kind regards.

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