Adana history & food free walking tour

Duration: 3h and 30min
Languages: English
Registered on December 15, 2022

I am a Turkish freelance architect and an instructor at the architectural faculty of Çukurova University, Adana. I also have work experience in archeology and ecological projects as well as architecture. I am a history nerd and a food enthusiast, also a classical guitarist. I lived in Russia for a year so i’m fluent in Russian. Also can speak french, hebrew, serbian, arabic (levels in descending order). Very willing to know new people and learn from their experiences. Feel free to contact me!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

I gladly offer guided walking tours in my home city Adana, which started to attract more tourists with its many festivals and food culture. As a passionate foodie and a history nerd; I can provide fun facts, insight, and stories you cannot find anywhere else on the internet.

The city is at the crossroads of historic trade routes that remained unchanged for several millennia, which kept its name for 3500+ years. The city is still a major stop on a route between several touristically marketed places. However, Adana and Cilicia overall has been overlooked and not well marketed. So tourists pass by but are not told stories about what they see.

Since the tourism infrastructure has only started to develop here, many of the city’s hidden gems still stay, well…, hidden. So that’s where I come into play. To explain how “Turkey” works, with all its differences between regions and transformation stories.

So what can I guide you for? Here’s a list:


  • Major historical buildings and landmarks.
  • Bridges, mosques, churches and hamams.
  • Food tours, hidden gems, street food, vegan food, posh food, offal culture, drinks all on the route.
  • Archeological sites within the center.
  • Castle remains, tepebağ mound.
  • Main historical streets and the modern developed area and its urban planning history.
  • Historical industrial facilities and museums.

Info about:

  1. Turkish and turkic history of cilicia
  2. History of christianity within cilicia
  3. History of islam and islamization of Turks
  4. Cinema culture of the city
  5. Natural history of the region
  6. Entertainment culture and history
  7. Culinary culture, local cuisine history
  8. Urban sociology
  9. Wars and migrations
  10. Medicinal history of the city and the region
  11. Industrial and logistic history
  12. Architectural history of anatolian civilizations, romans, byzantines, abbasids, armenian kingdom, beyliks, ottomans and modern republic

As you may guess, there are so many layers of culture, history, ethnicity, food, natural transformation, architecture, archeology and geopolitics. So I’ll gladly tell you all about them. And if you’re interested in one specific topic, the whole info can be specified on that theme too. Just ask!

I have no animosity towards any culture or religion. Regardless of your background, I’m more than happy to guide you. So feel free to ask about any sensitive topics or taboos that you’re curious about. I find no offense in them and I gladly answer all the questions you ask.

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  • Meeting point:
    Reşatbey, Atatürk Cad., 01120 Seyhan/...
    Reşatbey, Atatürk Cad., 01120 Seyhan/Adana, Turkey
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    I will be in front of the municipality building, Adana büyükşehir belediyesi, facing Atatürk Caddesi. I will be the curly guy wearing a Hittite sun necklace.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Carol 03 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
This is a great tour from a very knowledgable, pleasant and interesting local guide, book on enjoy and learn
francisco 25 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Irfan ha sido muy claro y muy profesional , el mejor Guia de GuruWalk que hemos visto . A adaptado el tour a las necesidades del grupo . El mejor sin duda .
irma 07 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Our trip with Gökçe was even better than we expected. He is well-equipped with every subject in the city, especially about historical buildings and places. The fact that he shared with us information that I had not heard or seen anywhere before, and that he explained it carefully, contributed a lot to us. We did not expect that Adana is such a beautiful and must-see place, Gökçe showed us this. Hope to see you again :)
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.