I am a researcher in a public university close to Kars, and a PhD candidate in History of Religions.
I traveled more than 30 countries in 4 continents. I love literature, art, travelling, hiking, cooking, nature and cultures. Love to meet new people, learn about their cultures and languages and try different foods!
Kars is most frequently visited as a jumping off point for travelers going to Medieval Armenian city Ani, but it is a viable destination in its own right for its 19th century Russian imperial buildings, and, of course, its role as the setting for Nobel Literature Price owner Orhan Pamuk's famous novel Snow and as well as it was home for Russian poet Alexander Pushkin for a period of time. It was also home for exiled Russian Christian people called Molakan. Kars ruled by Urartu Kingdom, Persian, Armanians, Kurds, Georgian, Turks, Russians. Therefore, you can see or experience something from each of these nations.
I am from eastern Turkey, and living close to Kars since more than 7 years. i am professional licensed tourist guide as well as someone local. beyond English, i can speak local languages Kurdish and Turkish. I traveled more than 30 countries in 4 continents. Therefore, i know what traveller interest in or like. Also, I am doing PhD in History of Religions, So i have knowledge on history of Armenian and Orthodox churches, Zoroastrians, Islam, which were dominated the region for a period of time. As a localie, I will not only company you in the best possible spots of the city during your stay, I will also try to answer all of your questions regarding on history, culture, languages etc of the region.
This flat fee is effective for up to 4 travellers, applied for every localie and destination you choose. 5+ is twice the standard rate.
For a full day, it is about 8 hours of activities together with our locals.
Your ½ day walk with one of our local takes half a day usually takes 4-5 hours.