23 Years of Experience

Tutku Tours’ main office is in Izmir, ancient Smyrna, located in the heart of the Seven Churches of the Revelation.

Tutku offers numerous tour packages for Groups and Individuals in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean: Israel, Jordan, Italy, Cyprus, Greece & Egypt. Its excellent service combined with affordable prices make it the agency of choice for colleges, universities, and seminaries. Tutku team is proud to give you fast replies, the best suggestions and quotations.

Every year, at the end of May, Tutku organizes the largest Christian gathering in Ephesus, called the Ephesus Meeting.

Tutku Tours is a member of the following organization:


Levent Oral

Levent Oral, born and raised in Izmir, is a graduate of the St. Joseph French school and 9th September University, where he studied Business Administration. He is fluent in French and English, and holds a professional ‘Tour Guide License’ since 1989. He has owned his own Travel Agency since 1992. He is an expert at designing tour itineraries for groups from different areas of interests for Turkey and the Mediterranean countries. Levent is interested in Biblical Archaeology and takes part in several religious, archaeological and art related conferences in the US each year. He organizes archaeology seminars for tour guides every January, low cost Turkey Familiarization Trips for university professors and pastors every March, and the Ephesus Meeting every May. One of Levent’s pet projects for several years has been mapping the archaeological sites in Turkey which helps visitors and colleagues in the sector. Lately, he organizes Turkish-themed informational Gala Dinners in major US cities and hosts university professors and church leaders. In his free time, Levent enjoys playing tennis with his wife Natali, spending time with his children Zeynep, Kaan and Tan, and doing oil painting.

Cenk Eronat
Vice President

Cenk finished in the Tourism Management Department of the University in Izmir. After much experience working for 5-star hotels and travel companies, in 1999 he became part of Tutku Tours. Among many things, he is the vice president of Tutku Tours,  a French-English speaking tour guide and a photographer. He creates and develops tour programs, which include some of the most beautiful and significant places in Turkey as well as world famous sites.  He is a specialist in Art and Cultural Tours.

Sinan Efe Ozsahinler
Graphic Designer

Sinan has been working in the data processing sector since 1999. He has been following developing technology, and after finishing his education, he started to work with Tutku Tours. He studies graphic design now, and his talents continuously improve. He is very interested in cinema and loves oldies music and movies very much.

Fatma Akgun
Accounting Manager

Fatma finished Trade High school in 1993 and has been working in the tourism sector for 15 years.  She joined the Tutku team 5 years ago. All financial and accounting details are her responsibility. She has a daughter and likes to spend her free time with her and listening to Turkish Folk music.

Haldun Palanduz
Tour Guide

Haldun graduated from Tourism Administration in Izmir and has a masters degree from Anger University in France.  After 30 years in the tourism industry as a French speaking guide, operation manager, and travel agency owner, he joined the Tutku team in 2006.  He is a specialist in Anzac Tours and likes to join their ceremony every year.

Macit Saszade
Tour Guide

Macit studied English Language and did Teacher Training in Izmir. He attended 'The London School Of Foreign Trade' in 1989 and studied Business Administration and Management. He has been guiding for different interest groups, such as Biblical sites of Anatolia, Archeology and Art History etc. since 1989. He speaks English and Arabic . His interests are History, Theology, Archaeology, and Sports.

Zafer Bozoglu
Tour Guide

Zafer was born in Ankara, but he has lived all over Turkey because of the family business and finally has settled in Izmir. He studied economics in Anadolu University and has a degree in Computer Sciences as well as in Tourism Administration. He has received his ‘Professional Tour Guiding License in 2001. Since that time, he has been leading groups/individuals around the cultural & biblical sites of Turkey and enjoys being a Tour Guide immensely. In his spare time, he travels, motorbikes, takes photos and is interested in sea sports.

Askin D. Aydin
Tour Guide

Askin Devrim AYDIN is an academic licensed tour guide since 1993. He is a mechanical engineer by education, a graduate of the Technical University of Istanbul where he gained his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees 1997. He also studied Archeological Science and History of the Middle East at Stanford University of Stanford, CA., History and Christian Science and Middle Eastern Archeology at Loyola, Chicago, IL. He is ambitious for making esteemed travelers' trips to Turkey efficient, enjoyable, and memorable. He is fond of traveling around the world, literature, photography, oriental cultures and watching tennis.


Erin Dailey
Director of Operations for Ephesus Meeting

Erin Dailey, originally born in Edmonton, later moved to San Diego and now lives in Turkey. She studied International Marketing at university, and after many years of work experience, she now works with North American group leaders preparing biblical tour itineraries in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean. Erin is the director of the Ephesus Meeting, which is organized by Tutku Tours, each year in late May. She is also a mother to Ela, Kaya and Sean. She enjoys traveling, horseback riding, hiking, and cooking. Her travel experiences, attention to details, and the fact that she is a Canadian and American citizen living in Turkey, makes her a unique jewel in the travel business.

Esra Karsiyaka

Esra is a graduate of Bosphorus University, Tourism and Hotel Management School in Istanbul. She has been working in the Hospitality Industry since 1988, mainly in the hotel management end. She has both domestic and international work experience; she has served in areas of guest services management, convention and meeting services management, front office operations, group sales and training in hotel & cruise line industry. She possess a fierce dedication for providing outstanding customer service and developing long-term client relationships.
She has spent 15 years living and working in Florida, USA and is a US citizen as well. Esra has had the privilege to work for some leading hospitality companies of the world, such as the Disney Corporation, Hilton Hotels, and Pullman Hotels. She enjoys traveling, performing arts, music, and reading. Esra has a son who is a college student studying in Florida, USA.

Sema Ankarali

Sema is a graduate in Tourism-Hotel Administration.  She began her tourism career by working in hotels for 11 years. She has been working for travel agencies for 5 years as a tour operator. Sema joined Tutku team’s operations department in 2009. She enjoys outdoor sports, football, history and literature.

Damla Oral

Damla Oral was born in Izmir. She graduated from the Izmir Turkish College and then from 9th September University. She joined Tutku Tours operations team in October 2010 and has learned a great deal about the tourism sector. She enjoys watching movies, listening different kinds of music, swimming and sports.

Meltem Ciftci
Tour Guide

Meltem studied both Environmental Engineering and Professional Tour Guiding at Izmir at the College. She has served as a guide for many groups from many countries around the world, but especially from North America since 1989. She has led tours for many different interest groups, such as Archeology, Art History, Bird Watching and Biblical Sites of Anatolia, etc. Her interests are photography, archeology, movies, music and literature.

Ozcan Kacar
Tour Guide

Ozcan was born in Aydin, Turkey but
currently resides in Izmir. He has been guiding since 1997 and speaks Turkish, English, and some Polish. His undergraduate degree is in English Literature from Selcuk University. His hobbies include hiking and traveling.

Nazim Uzun
Tour Guide

Nazim has a Dept of Tourism degree (University of Ankara at 2000) and is a professionally qualified licensed  Turkish tour guide. He is personable, flexible, has a good sense of humor, and always stays abreast of the current affairs. He takes pride in offering a sensitive and professional service at all times.

Tulu Gokkadar
Tour Guide

Tulu Gökkadar received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Bogaziçi University of Istanbul in 1988. She became a state licensed professional tourist guide in 1989 when she completed an educational program by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Ankara. She has started teaching at Kocaeli University, Derbent School of Tourism in 2001. She continues lecturing at the same school and teaches courses, such as Historical Geography of Asia Minor, Tour Planning & Management, Tour Guiding, while training young candidates to be tour guides. She is currently working on her M.A. degree in Classical Archaeology at Kocaeli University and is writing her thesis on The Archaeological Work and Antiquities in Izmit, Ancient Nicomedia. Her special interest is in nautical archaeology and ancient seafaring in the Mediterranean. As a professional guide, she specializes in guiding Cultural and Biblical Tours in Anatolia, “the land of sunrise,” modern Turkey. She loves marine life, ecologically unspoiled areas of nature and enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and bicycling.

Cicek Hekimgil
Tour Guide

Çiçek Hekimgil is a graduate of Industrial Engineering and has an MBA degree from Bosphorus University. She has completed the program of Ministry of Culture and Tourism and received her license as an official tour guide since 1984. She completed the Archeology Course of Izmir Dokuzeylul University after 3 years, completed the study program of the association of professional tour guides of Istanbul, and received her specialization degree for İstanbul. She guides private groups and individuals across all of Turkey. Besides sharing her knowledge on archeology and history, she also likes to make sure our guests experience the local touch for our traditions, taste the world famous Turkish cuisine, and see the local way of living in different parts of our country. Her interests are traveling and discovering different cultures, archeology, oil painting, photography, Latin Dances, and cooking.

Mustafa Uzel

Yalkin Uca

They’ve been working at Tutku Tours for 15 years as drivers. We entrust our guests to them with confidence.



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