I am the founder and the senior guide of Hike’n Sail Travel. I studied Industrial Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. I have 29 years of experience in the adventure travel industry and I see myself as a member of happy minority because this is what I love to do with passion. I love to design new itineraries. I have participated in 3 bio-diversity programs and developed a passion for wildflower photograpy and I share my photos at www.floraofturkey.com. I like to hike, kayak, photography, food, cooking, history and politics.
Ali Serkan Cömert
I am the partner and the Operations Manager of Hike‘n Sail Turkey. I studied to be a tour operator at Istanbul University. I like to be known for my precision and hassle free planning to make everyone’s vacation smooth and easy. I love nature. I have an olive grow and a walnut grove.
I like to hike, bike, cook, breed dogs and raise birds and chickens in my yard and I can read your fortune from a cup of Turkish coffee with great precision.
Özlem has graduated from Law school, completed a masters degree at Classical Archaeology and currently working on her PhD at Classical Archaeology. She participated at the excavations of ancient Ionian site Klazomenai at her home town Urla.
Her special interests include Classical Choirs (20 years of participation as an alto: Boonville MO. Methodist Church Choir, Miami Bach Choir, Izmir French Cultural Association Choir and Izmir Municipality choir, hiking, gardening, cooking and sailing. Her vast experience, educational background and charming personality makes her an exceptional guide.
I have a 4 years degree from Erciyes University as a Proffessional Tour Guide.
I think the most important thing to make a trip special for a guest is to find something I have in common with them and find out their personal interests so I can inform them accordingly and engage on a higher level. I love to talk with my guests by reading their faces, this enables me to know if I am providing appropriate and interesting information for each individual.
My favorite place is Cappadocia because everything is unique and exciting in there. I especially love hiking through the crazy valleys and showing my guests the hidden churches throughout the area.
Being a freelance guide enables me to take a variety of tours throughout Cappadocia. It is great when I get to take groups to a local house for a cooking class and share my local cuisine. I also enjoy going to the small villages and showing the groups the way the ladies weave the carpets and make the dolls for younger children.
I was born in 1966. I completed my Agriculture Engineering degree in Aegean University in Izmir and my economy masters in Istanbul Univercity, then moved to Bodrum. I ran 400 m in Turkish National Team. I am a licenced sailor/instructor, advanced scuba diver and a wine and food enthausiast. Books of Cevat Sakir Kabaagac (The Fisherman of Halicarnassus) is my inspiration to be a proffessional tour guide. I grew up admiring his way of describing the Anatolian Mythology, lives of fisherman and sponge hunters, the magic of Aegean and Mediterranean. He wrote many novels and stories which had a big influence on my generation, while he was on exile in Bodrum (Halicarnassus) in the 50s being an anti-war activist and later he became one of the first certified Turkish tour guides. I see my myself as an ambassador of Turkey and try to be accurate, update, efficient and a good host to my guests, so that when they are back home, they remember Turkey and me with a smile. I also guide Turkish people in other countries. I have been to I have to most countries in Asia.
Hülya had her degree in English Language and Literature in 1994 at Ankara University. She started working as a licencened tour guide in 1997, which was a childhood dream. She lived on the Mediterranean Cost of Turkey for long years and this gave her a great chance to do many outdoor sports such as hiking, rafting, rock climbing, diving, biking and sailing. She loves nature and she counts it the esence of life.
She received eco-tourim educational programs of Tubitak in the Kackar Mountain, Cappadocia and Mediterranean part of Turkey. She is also speacialized in archeology, history, art-history and city sightseeing tours. She worked as an English teacher at various private schools and finally at Akdeniz University from 2003-2009. She is married and has twins, a boy and a girl. She is an amateur violin and guitar player. She has been living in İstanbul since 2009.
I have a degree at Dokuz Eylul University-Faculty of Education-English Department.
It would not be wrong if I say that being a tourist guide was my childhood dream. I like being in contact with foreigners to tell them of my lovely country. I also like meeting new people and making friends with them. I follow Mustafa Kemal’s – founder of the Republic of Turkey– motto “Peace at Home, Peace in the World”. I believe that every one on earth must be good friends and make the world a nice place to live all together.
I found tour guiding programme of Ege University and all I wanted was to study archaeology, mythology, prehistory, and psychology. I was so excited about meeting different people and presenting our culture and history.
My personal goal is to keep improving myself, improving my knowledge and skills. I am planning to do this job for a very long time and I want to do it the right way. I am always open to learning. This is also one of the reasons why I wanted to work as a guide. I like the approach to see the clients as our guests, treat them as our friends.