Chris & Angela
Founders & Owners
Chris & Angela moved abroad from the United States with their two children in 2001. Their time in the Mediterranean region surrounded by the beauty, history, and culture inspired them to start a travel company that helps others experience that too.
Though born and raised in Georgia, Turkey has become a second home. Above all, they are passionate about bringing freedom, confidence, and delight to their staff, suppliers, and customers.
MICE Sales Director
We call her our “Queen of Conferences.” With great attention to detail and professionalism she serves meeting and event planners from start to finish. She specializes in taking excellent and personal care of thousands of event guests every year! Her enthusiastic spirit and highly competent mind are treasured by both our clients and our team.
Having lived and studied abroad throughout her life, she brings a valuable international perspective to our office. She and her husband have two adorable kids that keep them on the move.
Tour Operations Director
Elif is the lead tour operations designer for Sojourn.
She has been working in the travel industry for over 20 years and has experience working with English, Dutch, and Turkish speaking companies.
With her strong support as their mom, her son is now studying in North America and her daughter is an accomplished gymnast.
Umay manages Sojourn's funds, accounting, and every other financial detail for you with great care and honesty.
She is a wonderful mother to her teenage son. Umay is a loving and caring person who helps remind all those in her life that people are more important than tasks. And her smile can be read through her emails.
I was born in Shiraz, and lived in multiple cities in Iran throughout my childhood. I studied Architecture for my Bachelor’s degree, which made me realize my love for traveling, learning about diverse cultures, and extending my knowledge of them. For that reason, working as a MICE Assistant in Sojourn has been a great journey so far; Helping individuals plan their events flawlessly and insuring everything is in order and set. My favorite part of the job would be seeing all the planning come together and meeting all the amazing people from around the world.
As for my hobbies, I have a great passion for photography, reading books, and listening to various genres of music.
I was born in Antalya and have been residing here ever since. I pursued my passion for history by studying at Akdeniz University for my undergraduate degree. Following that, I completed a master's program at the Institute of Turkish World Studies at Ege University, focusing on the history of the Crimean Khanate for my thesis. Additionally, I have devoted my studies to fields such as Turkic mythology, the history of religion, military and social history. My love for intellectual discussions extends beyond history to include subjects like anthropology, ethnography, philology, paleography, sociology, philosophy, and literature.
I was born and grew up in Balikesir in the northwest of Turkey. I am a Tourism Management graduate from Akdeniz University. My passion lies in curating exceptional travel experiences and fostering meaningful cultural connections. During an enriching internship at a prestigious hotel in America, I gained valuable insights into guest services and international tourism dynamics. I enjoy indulging in movies, video games, basketball, and exploring diverse cuisines. I am deeply committed to sustainable and responsible tourism practices, aiming to leave a positive impact on both travelers and local communities.
Ümmühan is our deep Turkish culture expert. She makes sure all of our visitors are greeted and provided with tea and coffee. She also keeps our team well hydrated and healthily fed. She is the smiling face of hospitality in our office. She has three kids, one of whom is now a nurse. She has been part of training our interns in Turkish culture and connecting them with local life.
I was born and raised in Famagusta, on the east coast of Cyprus. Famagusta is very popular amongst students, as it holds one of the best universities on the island. As a result, I grew up in a bi-cultural atmosphere, which made me interested in traveling and trying various cuisines worldwide. I studied for my bachelor’s in Cyprus and went to England for my master's. Passionate about helping others and getting to know different cultures, I pursued tourism. Currently, I am working as a MICE Assistant with an amazing team, helping our clients find their perfect venues and help organize their events.
My hobbies beyond traveling extend to the gaming world, music, and movies/series.
I was born and raised in Antalya. I graduated from the American Studies department at Hacettepe University. Now I enthusiastically create and organize captivating tours that showcase the rich culture and historical landmarks of Turkey. I have developed a particular love for music from various countries and languages, finding inspiration and joy in its diverse melodies. My interests extend beyond the realm of travel, as I am deeply passionate about books, movies, mythology, and art. Constantly seeking new avenues for exploration and growth, I strive to create memorable experiences for those eager to discover Turkey's heritage.
Tour Operations Assistant
Right hand to Elif in all matters with your reservations and communications, he works to be sure every detail is arranged perfectly for your tour.
He has super dad status in our eyes as he partners so gracefully with his hard working wife to raise their daughter.
I was born in Kayseri, which is near the very popular Cappadocia region. In 2012, I successfully earned degrees in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from Akdeniz University, as well as International Relations from Anadolu University. My professional journey began as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) assistant in the field of hospitality and tourism. Through dedication and growth, I have advanced to my current role as an Executive Assistant. I take great pride in being an integral part of the dynamic realm of Sojourn. My deep affection for the city I call home further fuels my enthusiasm for my work. I look forward to continuing my contributions to our travelers and my community.
I was born and spent my entire childhood in Hatay, a city that has hosted many civilizations and is considered sacred by three major religions. Relocating to Antalya for college, I studied Gerontology and graduated from Akdeniz University. It was during my time in Antalya that I realized my passion for working in tourism. I thoroughly enjoy communicating with travelers and learning about their cultures from their perspective. The Sojourn Turkey team focuses on preparing perfect fit itineraries that satisfy our guests' exact needs and desires, and I am proud to be a part of it. I enjoy organizing many details and continuously learning new things as I carefully consider every single detail to ensure each traveler’s itinerary is perfect.
We are deeply familiar with how labor intensive and complex planning conferences abroad can be for the organizing team. Let us alleviate your task list and provide you with the custom event experience you want, using the networks and connections we've been forming since 2000.