Hasan Gülday, Licensed Professional Turkish Tour Guide in Turkey

Hasan Gülday, Licensed Professional Turkish Tour Guide in Turkey
Hasan Gülday, Licensed Professional Turkish Tour Guide in Turkey

Education and Licenses

  • National Tourist Guide License from Turkey’s Ministry of Tourism, 2008
  • Department of Tourism Guidance – Mersin University, Turkey, 2007
  • Department of Business Administration – Anadolu University, Turkey, 2014
  • Biblical Tours in Turkey Training – Izmir Chamber of Tourist Guides
  • Seven Churches of Apocalypse Training – Aydin (Ephesus) Chamber of Tourist Guides
  • PredictionX: Lost Without Longitude by Alyssa Goodman, Harvard University
  • Christianity Through Its Scriptures by Karen L. King, Harvard University
  • Introduction to Public Speaking by Matt McGarrity, University of Washington
  • Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature by David Damrosch, Harvard University
  • Judaism Through Its Scriptures by Shaye Cohen, Harvard University
Explore Turkey with licensed Turkish tour guide Hasan Gulday


I consider myself lucky since I was born in a great family living in a wonderful city called Izmir. Izmir is also known as Smyrna. I come from a working-class family. My dad was a teacher and my mom was a nurse. I also have a younger brother who is living in Toronto, Canada now.

The time came to choose my occupation after finishing my compulsory education in Izmir. I decided to seek my future in tourism. I applied for tourism and guiding faculty based in a German university in Turkey.

I was able to find part-time jobs in travel agencies while I was studying. I was barely 18 years old when I met my first tourist group for the first time in my life and I immediately knew guiding is the job that I want. Working in travel agencies before I acquired my guiding license became a great benefit for me and for my guests. Today when I serve my guests I do not serve just as a tour guide, I try to add my experiences as a travel agent to make their travel experience greater.

I got my professional tour guide license in 2008 and since then I work as a freelance tour guide. I own a national tour guide license which gives me the right to take tours all around Turkey. I also work in several Greek islands, Cyprus and Morocco as a professional tour guide.

Visit Library of Celsus with Ephesus Tour Guide Hasan Gulday

My family

I married my beautiful wife Valeriya in late 2011. She is originally from Moscow, Russia, but we have been living in Kusadasi, Turkey since we got married. She has a university degree in linguistics, and she is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. I love discussions with my wife since we speak multiple languages and our mixed language conversations sound gibberish to others. We have a daughter named Safiye (Sophie) and she was born in September 2016. And the final addition to our family is our cat Bashkan (Mr. President).

Hasan and Valeriya Gulday on the way to the Grotto of Apostle Paul in Ephesus

Things I like to do

I spend most of my free time reading. I am interested in subjects such as history, religion, politics, and archaeology. I believe I can improve my guiding skills by learning more and there is no limit in learning. I spent my leftover free time on movies and writing. I can call myself a cinephile. My all-time favorites are Indiana Jones, Good fellas, Blade Runner, and Lord of the Rings. I attended some courses on writing and I try to develop my writing skills. I publish my short stories online* and also I currently work on a novel. Tour guiding is the best job for anyone who wants to write since tour guides meet interesting people every day and explore stories, places of the past, present, and future. I hope we will meet soon and inspire each other. See you soon, Hasan Gülday.

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