About Us

Parasol Tours, founded in 1994, is an independent and privately owned tour operator that excelled in providing custom-tailored luxury & cost-effective travel and MICE organizations. Since the company’s first day Parasol Tours manages its high-quality travel operations and services from its own corporate offices in Turkey and USA (Virginia).

Our main objective is to “encourage and maintain the highest ethical standards of honesty and professionalism in all of its business and tourism activities”. The professional staff is committed to providing the best possible services to international guests visiting our destinations. Thus, our company makes every effort to provide memorable journeys that differ from the mainstream “whistle stop coach tour” approach. All tours focus on a highly ‘personal approach.’ The customized services emphasize the arts, history and culture of the countries, which can be modified in order to meet the expectations of the guests. We make every effort to see that those expectations are fulfilled with personalized services in harmony with the sterling reputation of the company.

The Parasol Tours family welcomes travelers to our destinations. Parasol Tours is committed to making all your vacations memorable and unforgettable experiences.

 

Gokhan KORKMAZ, Ph. D.
Founder & Managing Director



Testimonials

July 2016 / Emily F. (USA)

We had only one day to explore Istanbul on a recent trip to Turkey, but I feel like we were able to really experience a lot, and I credit that to the tour company that we booked under, Parasol Tours, and the absolutely wonderful guide they provided for us, Berrin Yavuz. Berrin took my husband and I on a private, walking tour to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Spice Bazaar (at our request as we were less interested in the Grand Covered Bazaar). She was SO knowledgeable about each location and very passionate about sharing that knowledge with us. She had a great sense of humor and never made us feel like we were in a rush or that it was a bother if we needed to stop for a bit. In addition to the main locations mentioned above, she took us to a tile shop where we were able to see a ceramics demonstration using a manual pottery wheel and to a Turkish rug weaving shop where we visited an underground cistern to see a simulation of the Hippodrome in its glory days, watched a weaving demonstration, and had all sorts of beautiful rugs laid out to hear about the different materials and styles. Berrin even recommended local places for lunch and dinner for us, even though those were separate from the tour and dinner fell after the tour had already ended (she made sure we knew how to find the location before dropping us back off at our hotel). Both meals were absolutely delicious, and it was especially appreciated after being suckered into eating at a tourist restaurant the night before with much heftier prices and lower quality food. We were fortunate enough to travel all around Turkey through this company, and I cannot recommend them enough. The drivers and guides are ALWAYS on time, if not early, and they will make the places you visit really come alive for you. 

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October 2015 / Kalpana D. (India)

Hi mr Go Khan.  We had wonderful stay in Turkey. Thanks for excellent arrangements. Now returning to the airport. Kalpana D.

September 2015 / Pete & Cathy M. (Australia)

We are having a great time and have just handed over the car. Everything has been wonderful. Hotels, guides. Pickups etc have been first class and we appreciate the efforts made by Parasol and Ms Nil in particular. Cheers Pete and Cathy

July 2015 / Roberto F. + Maria L. C. + Roberto S. + Maria E. H. (Chile)

“Antes que pase mas tiempo, y que los recuerdos se confundan con los sueños, quisiera hacer llegar a la Agencia de Guias Turca, nuestro agradecimiento por la atencion recibida desde que pisamos el suelo en ese maravilloso País. Los mejores recuerdos del Guia en Capadocia Serkan, sumanente atento y profesional.”

May 2015 / Margot C. (Australia)

Hi Gokhan,

The trip went extremely well. All our clients were extremely pleased with the experience. The hotels were great and Serdar was wonderful once again.

The absolute highlight was the Ephesus final dinner. I am so sorry we did not have a larger group but it was SO special . I would recommend you to offer it to any special groups. It is worth every dollar!!! 

Best wishes until next we return. Margot

April 2015 / Cherre Z. (USA)

Hi Gokhan,

We have heard from the teacher in charge for the school group. They were happy with all the services. The guides/escort were terrific. Hotels are centrally located and clean.

Thank you for all your help and looking forward to another business in the future.

Cherre

October 2014 / Fernando K. (Brasil)

Hi Gokhan, I just want you to thank you for the wonderfull experience that me and my wife had today. The balloon ride was amazing and K. Balloon is a fantastic company. The tour was awsome, specially because of the fantastic guide, Burcu. She is really nice, funny, polite and has a extensive knowledge about the history of Capadoccia. Be sure I will recomend you all to my brazilian friends. Regards, Fernando

October 2014 / Barbara B. (USA)

Thanks Gokhan. You have handled all very professionally. I think you are a wonderful tour company. Barbara

October 2014 / Charron H. (Australia)

Nil thank you for taking care of all the details of our trip. Your attention to detail guaranteed a smooth and wonderful vacation. Kind regards, Charron June 2014 / Cynthia V. (USA)

Quoted From Trip Advisor: “Need a great guide for your trip to Turkey?” My husband and I have just returned from a 12 day trip to Turkey. Our journey began with three days in Istanbul, a day trip to the neolithic site of Gobekli Tepe, then on to Cappadocia, to Bodrum, Ephesus and back to Istanbul. Artisans of Leisure, the very fine firm that helped us organize our trip from New York, found us the best guide, Cemil K. His enthusiasm, knowledge and ever present smile and good humor made our trip even better than expected. He would often preface a statement with a thesis paper just read or a documentary just watched, indicating that his remarks were both thoughtful and current. He does not just give the basic facts but can easily dive into pretty deep depth on any subject related to the many and fascinating facets of Turkish culture and history. We strongly recommend him and A.O.L.

June 2014 / Cynthia V. (USA)

Quoted From Trip Advisor: “Need a great guide for your trip to Turkey?” My husband and I have just returned from a 12 day trip to Turkey. Our journey began with three days in Istanbul, a day trip to the neolithic site of Gobekli Tepe, then on to Cappadocia, to Bodrum, Ephesus and back to Istanbul. Artisans of Leisure, the very fine firm that helped us organize our trip from New York, found us the best guide, Cemil K. His enthusiasm, knowledge and ever present smile and good humor made our trip even better than expected. He would often preface a statement with a thesis paper just read or a documentary just watched, indicating that his remarks were both thoughtful and current. He does not just give the basic facts but can easily dive into pretty deep depth on any subject related to the many and fascinating facets of Turkish culture and history. We strongly recommend him and A.O.L.