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I graduated in Philosophy from Kocaeli University , and I was always interested in Art music so I started to play in a band which be came quite famous for a time, but I realised I couldn't put up with big-city life so moved down to a touristic resort. I have worked in different sectors of tourism. In restaurants, hotels, beach clubs and  mostly worked in the hospitality service. Then I was introduced to Explore, after a year working in the office of Amber Travel, and after some great training, in 2013 I started as an Explore Tour Leader,  the best job ever!

Which Explore tours do you lead?

Mostly I lead hiking trips on the Lycian Way and also family multi active trips,  I love nature and working with children who appreciate my child-like sense of fun.

How long have you worked for Explore?
For 10 years!

What is your favourite local food?
My favourite local food is mujver, ( a zuchinni fritter), clay casserole dishes with rice and cheese and herb stuffed filo pastry Rolls. (Sigara Börek)

Trips led by Zeynep

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Child Ages: 7+
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Centre-based
Turkey | Family | Trip code FLL
8 Days
Was From £899
Now from
£799
Flights not included
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Turkey | Walking and Trekking | Trip code LW
8 Days
Price from
£695
Flights not included
Centre-based
Turkey | Walking and Trekking | Trip code WTC
8 Days
Price from
£635
Flights not included
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Centre-based
Turkey | Multi-Activity | Trip code MAT
8 Days
Price from
£695
Flights not included
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Turkey | Discovery | Trip code TRH
8 Days
Was From £945
Now from
£845
Flights not included

What do you most love sharing with Explore groups?

I love to share everything about my country with my travellers, and it is a big plus if they are interested in my routine life details. How we live, how we eat and drink, how we look after animals,  how lifestyles difference between different areas of Turkey. I love to take them to places that only the locals know and to  introduce them to local people. I love to share Turkish recipes too as I am a big fan of eating and drinking! I also love to share our region's rich traditions, history and nature.

I also love to listen to our guest's life stories, working with Explore giving me the chance to meet so many people from different places, share our life experiences, hopes, dreams and even disappointments sometimes. In some ways Explore brings the world to me and I hope to share my story to the world,  in little steps! And sometimes people come to these kind of holidays to share about their life so I listen them as well. 

What are you most proud of in your country?
 I would proud of our deep culture of hospitality and the wide and amazing Turkish Cuisine.

What do travellers find most surprising when they visit?
While it depends on expectations, but Turkey is a country that manages to be ultra modern and at the same time preserve traditional life, in a very harmonious way.  People are not always expecting the greenness and the mountains, and the history that you stumble upon round every corner. Also Turkish people are hugely compassionate to animals! The cats and dogs live like kings.