CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Read what Professors and Program Directors who have partnered with Tutku are saying . . .

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Prof. Heather Keaney, Jim West, and 24 happy students!

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Dear Levent,
We are writing somewhat belatedly to express our very real and sincere thanks to you, Özcan, and all your team for the fabulous tour which you organized for us. We particularly liked Tutku's work because: 1. the tour itself was very well constructed with a perfect amount of time at each location 2. the accommodation was flawless 3. the administration was extremely efficient and it has been very easy to deal with all your team 4. Özcan was knowledgeable and highly conscientious and very likable 5. The home stays were a fabulous treat and hugely appreciated by the students (although they must have put a large burden on your team) We will most certainly use Tutku again and will recommend you to others. We would be more than happy for you to quote this reference and to provide any other endorsement should you require it. With our sincere thanks, once again.

Mansoo Yu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of the PhD program Faculty Advisor, MSW/MPH dual program School of Social Work Public Health Program University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA
Dear Levent,
We have completed our last site visit this morning and are going to have the final group dinner tonight. Most of us will go back to the US tomorrow. Some students are going to travel more with their families. The students learned a lot from all sites that you arranged for us. Everyone was very welcoming and willing to share information that we would like to learn. Of course, we had ample opportunities for discussion with healthcare personnel, service providers, professors, and social workers in Greece. Likewise, I believe that this program is a huge success! The students are achieving the learning objectives of this study abroad class. In turn, this trip will help each of the students achieve their career goals. Thanks so much for working with me and Kelly. Please convey my BIG thanks to Burcu and Teti. As you know, they did an outstanding job for my group. All assistants, guides, and drivers are excellent. I hope that we keep running this program for many years.

Charles Nienkirchen, PhD, MA, BA (Honours), BTh

Professor and Director of the Down Ancient Paths Travel Study Program, Ambrose University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hello Levent...
Our travels through Greece and Albania went superbly well and the guides (and hotels) in both countries were great. I enjoyed working with them and would gladly work with each of them again if possible. I realize that our overall itinerary was quite energetic (and may have felt rushed at times) but there was a reason for this in terms of the needs and goals of our Down Ancient Paths travel study program at Ambrose University College and what we are trying to do in it. Those who signed up knew what it was all about, and that was part of the attraction (3 countries in one trip for a very reasonable price). So I really appreciate all you and Erin did to make this itinerary work on the ground...the services were excellent! Also, Mel did her best...her commentary on the sites was excellent....from all directions...the tour was a job well done!

Dr. C. Patrick Hotle

The John A. Sperry Endowed Chair of Humanities Associate Professor of History Director of Study Abroad Office Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri, USA
I would strongly recommend Tutku to professors, like myself, who plan and lead Student Study Tours. I found the staff and guides extremely knowledgeable, experienced and eager to craft the tour to the class objectives. I plan on using Tutku again for my next study trip to Turkey.

Julia Galloway

Professor - Ceramics, Foundation Drawing and Graduate Advisor, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA
Dear Cenk,
Greetings from the other side of the world. Thank you for a wonderful tour of Turkey. What a beautiful country and I appreciate your knowledgeable insight about the Turkish culture and all the places we visited. The students are having a blast with the facebook page, might want to check it out of you have a minute. Again, thank you for a wonderful tour, I hope you had a easy trip home and a restful weekend. Lets stay in touch. Best regards,

Dr. Mark Wilson

D.Litt. et Phil., Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament, Stellenbosch University, Director, Asia Minor Research Center, Antalya, Turkey
Tutku is a world leader in Biblical and Classical Tours. Its excellent service combined with affordable prices make it the agency of choice for colleges, universities, and seminaries. Its owner Levent Oral uses personable guides who are experts in the field. I would highly recommend Tutku for your next tour to Turkey or to the eastern Mediterranean.

Owen Doonan

Associate Professor of Art, California State University, Northridge, California, USA
Dear Levent,
Tutku supported the Sinop Regional Archaeological Project during our summer 2010 field season by providing us with a large van. It was just what we needed as we scaled the dizzying Pontic Mountains mapping ancient Greek and Roman roads. Two years ago Tutku arranged a tour operator and driver for our field school as well. Both experiences have been excellent. We have been impressed with how well Tutku arranged everything - getting the vehicle in place on short notice, and following up on every detail. We have Tutku to thank for ten new sites that have been found in the Sinop highlands, and look forward to working together for years to come.

Carl Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Bible, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
After ten years of leading university and adult trips to Turkey and Greece I began using Tutku as our agent. This has been a very positive experience for us, for Levent Oral and his colleagues have been very helpful in arranging all aspects of our travel including itineraries, hotels, site visits, and guides. Because Tutku has close contacts with agencies in countries other than Turkey they have been able to provide us with a "seamless" experience on our trips that combine both Turkey and Greece—thus the convenience of working with just one, rather than multiple agencies. For a very reasonable price they have provided us with quality hotels and they have even arranged special rooms for meetings and exams. I have worked with three of their guides and they are first rate and very knowledgeable on relevant subjects—modern, ancient, and biblical. They have consistently interacted well with group members—whether university students or adults. Tutku's, and their guides', extensive experience and multiple contacts have helped smooth over some unexpected events—like getting stuck in the Cilician Gates in a snow storm in January! In my experience Tutku has always actually provide more than what was expected—they consistently "go beyond the call of duty" and are a pleasure to work with.

Karen H. Jobes, Ph.D.

Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA
Dear Levent,
What a wonderful time we had visiting your beautiful country May 7-28 with Dr. Mark Wilson and Dilaver Oncu. This was our first visit to Turkey, and the trip exceeded our best expectations. Thank you and the staff at Tutku for making our travel arrangements. Everything went flawlessly. Dilaver is an excellent guide. We learned much from him, and he took good care of us throughout the trip. The drivers were very professional; Erdugan was especially patient and helpful. We couldn’t have accomplished our travel goals without Mark, Dilaver, Erdugan, and Tamer, and of course Tutku. I look forward to traveling again with Tutku.