About Sojourn : An American – Turkish Travel Partnership

About Sojourn

AMERICAN PARTNERS

  • We understand your tour expectations.
  • Your standards are like ours.
  • A commitment to quality travel and tour packages.

TURKISH PARTNERS

  • Provides access to best local pricing.
  • Saves your tour money while getting the best trip.
  • We utilize local insider travel knowledge.
Sojourn Turkey is a fully licensed Travel Agency (Tursab License A-5626) based on the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, Turkey. Our focus is operating customized tours that maximize opportunity for cultural exposure, Biblical and Classical sightseeing, and unique experiences of local customs and arts. With over 20 years of experience in Turkey, we offer our customers the best of both worlds — local operators with connections to the best tour packages plus the benefits  of American ownership,  intuitively understand your western tastes and standards. We are a travel company that seeks to understand your implicit trip needs and respect your expectations. And we take pride in being experts at bridging the gaps so you have a wonderful travel experience in Turkey. We have developed a reputation among our customers for a high degree of flexibility, personal service, planner creativity  and trustworthiness.

Proud Members of:

tursab

History

The company was originally established in 2000 in Izmir, Turkey and was subsequently sold to  four partners who established the tourism arm. It then received the Turkish government travel agency license as SOJOURN TOURISM, granting legal approval to package all aspects of tourism. In 2007, the company moved its office to Antalya, Turkey, where the owners reside.

During these years, through our many trips we have developed networks with tourism service providers throughout the country. We have relationships with researchers, professors and archeologists that oversee Biblical site excavations throughout Turkey. These contacts also extend as far as local families and farmers in original rug weaving villages who enjoy hosting our tour guests.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide our clients and our host country suppliers with tourist interactions that maximize positive experience, cultural understanding, value, profit and quality.

Our vision is to:

  • provide our customers with a high quality, close-up experience of Turkish people and culture.
  • tear down walls of misconception and build bridges of understanding between foreign tourists and Turks leading to increased mutual understanding and respect.
  • to demonstrate Turkish culture revealing the positive aspects to foreign tourists.
  • offer fairly priced custom tours that have the added value of deeper cultural exposure.
  • operate in a way that balances the desires and well being of both tourists and locals.
  • function in ways that minimize negative impact on historical, cultural and environrmental resources.
  • continually improve our performance and position by responding to the customers’s pre-trip and post-trip requirements.

Sojourn’s team is composed of travel loving cultural specialists, knowledgeable and experienced with the range of options in Turkey and skilled at guiding our clients into the most rewarding cultural interactions. Our unique advantage is that we see our clients as valued partners, and we aim to achieve the highest quality packages in custom designed tours.

Chris Vannoy

Chris Vannoy

An avid travel planner himself, he spends more than 30 days a year visiting sites, hotels, and restaurants to ensure they meet the demands of our clientele.

He is always eager for a day spent outside the office, investigating lesser known sites, with vision to develop new tours.

Having an Engineering degree from Georgia Tech (BME ’93), means that Chris is also an adept planner and problem solver. With a penchant for organization, he helps our staff think through the details and timing of your trip, planning carefully as if it was his own. He also has  the mysterious skill of turning what could have been a misadventure into an adventure. He has some great “shortcut” stories to prove it!

Fluent in Turkish, Chris is always making new friends and loves to see our customers discover the treasure of his adopted country.

Angela Vannoy

Angela Vannoy

She is known by locals as Melek Hanım. With a reputation as “Mrs. Customer Service,” she directs our staff in all matters related to customer interactions.

With the world’s greatest smile and an attitude that says, “Yes, we can do that!” Angela brings to life Sojourn’s personal planner touch in her work on your tour program, or as she assists you with your conference planning.

She exudes Southern warmth and charm and has mixed that with Turkish hospitality, creating the softer touch in this operation.

Fluent in Turkish and even more so in Turkish relationships, she is quick to capture any opportunity to connect our tour groups with local culture and people, often resulting in an unexpected trip highlight

Kemal Bey

Kemal Bey

Coining the phrase, “Turkish Rock and Roll,” to describe the adventure of Turkey Travel, Kemal Bey never fails to direct us in new aspects of  Turkish lifestyle and landscape, causing us to love His country all the more. He holds the esteemed role as our “Ağabey,” Turkish for a respected big brother.

Having grown up and studied in the U.S., he also understands the western mindset, and is brililant at connecting the dots between locals and our guests.

With over 20 years experience in Turkey’s tourism scene, he knows how to recognize authenticity and quality.

Several months of the year, he is on the road, developing and maintaining relationships with our partners, and exploring new areas with tourism potential.