Mehmet Koc

Mehmet Koc, a native of Istanbul, graduated from the University of Bosphorus in Tourism and Travel Management and from Anadulo University in Economics. A professional guide since 1989, he has explored and traveled extensively in Turkey and western Europe. With his passion for archaeology, history, economics, and current events, Mehmet wants trip members to come away with a deep feeling not only for the historical treasures of Turkey but also for its contemporary culture. Among Mehmet’s favorite spots are the ancient sites of Termessos and Phaselis, for their dramatic settings in the mountains, and the landscape of Cappadocia, which he calls “a geological poem.” When not guiding, Mehmet enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and sailing. He speaks fluent English and understands German and Spanish.

Upcoming Trips:

The Turquoise Coast, May 21-June 3, 2015
The Turquoise Coast, September 10-23, 2015
The Turquoise Coast, September 24-October 7, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Mehmet Koc is extraordinary in every way! His charming personality and love of his work made us all fall in love with his wonderful country. Jean U., Salem OR
Turquoise Coast
Mehmet Koc’s knowledge of Turkey’s history and his pride in his country made this a very special trip. And he made sure everything ran smoothly 100% of the time. He is an exceptionally intelligent and interesting conversationalist as well as being a lot of fun. Bill S., Crystal, MN Mehmet Koc was great! Very knowledgeable, proud of his country, very experienced. Kinyon G., St. Helena, CA Mehmet was a unique combination of knowledge, responsiveness, and concern for our welfare and enjoyment of Turkey. Grover W., San Francisco CA
Turquoise Coast
Mehmet was terrific—warm and very learned. Ginger H., Mercer Island WA
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet was a consummate professional and superb guide. His knowledge was superlative. Hayley M., Honolulu HI
The Turquoise Coast
Unusually well-versed in historical, political, economic, and archaeology. I would love to take another trip with Mehmet. Justin C., Santa Fe, NM
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet is very personable, knows how to work with people. He really knows his subjects and is fun, funny, and very nice. We could not have asked for a better guide. Mary Lee C., Santa Fe NM
The Turquoise Coast
An intelligent, knowledgeable leader and a delight to travel with. Calm, patient, completely in control. A very impressive person. Cindy C., Santa Barbara CA Your Trip Leaders are outstanding! Mehmet totally made this trip. His deep knowledge of history made all the ancient sites come alive. Marjorie R., New York NY
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet's knowledge was outstanding, along with his personality, sense of humor, and people skills. I'm a history professor and think I know the real deal when I see it. He's it. Neal F., Reno, NV
Turquoise Coast
Mehmet was amazing, and so very well informed. His knowledge of the area we traveled was phenomenal! Roberta F., Reno, NV
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet was wonderful. He was helpful, friendly, funny, organised, and very knowledgeable. He made the trip a very special one and I can't thank him enough. Belinda L., Thirroul, Australia
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet is a true leader, not just a guide. He's a real professional: warm, personable, with deep knowledge, able to handle some difficult situations with aplomb. I'd follow him about anywhere! Paul G., Seattle, WA
The Turquoise Coast
I would not hesitate to travel with Mehmet again. He has a great sense of humor and is well informed about his country and the world. Jan B., Mountain View, CA
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet is a gem! He is knowledgeable about the areas we visited and its history, as well as any subject anyone asked him about. He is funny, personable, wonderfully respectful of everyone, had a great rapport with everyone we met, and seems to know everyone. He is one of the best guides I have encountered. Claire G., Seattle, WA
The Turquoise Coast
I cannot say enough about Mehmet. He is a warm, urbane man whose knowledge of history, both ancient and modern, is bottomless. Susan M., Pebble Beach, CA
The Turquoise Coast
We really enjoyed Mehmet's sense of humor, his calm attitude, his willingness to answer a wide range of questions, his dedication to getting things people in the group needed, and all sorts of other support he provided. We've awarded him sainthood! Ann S., Los Alamos, NM
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet is the ultimate trip leader: professional, super-knowledgable, kind, caring, attentive. Pam H., Denver, CO
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet is an extraordinarily knowledgeable and competent guide—a real asset for WT. We greatly benefited from his years of experience. Dennis K., Shaker Heights, OH
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet represents the best in his own country and in Wilderness Travel. He was calm, personable, knowledgeable, and watchful over every detail. To top it off, he has a delightful sense of fun. Lindsay A., Bend, OR
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet's thorough skills are understated but all-powerful. He has a quiet and respectful way about him, but his knowledge, organization, and all- encompassing leadership skills are over the top. Rachel S., Somerset, NJ
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet is probably the most knowledgeable WT guide I have had the pleasure of traveling with. His extensive knowledge of Turkish history and current events is a perfect match for this trip. A real pro and a nice guy. John H., Evergreen, CO
The Turquoise Coast
Mehmet was an extraordinary guide, outstanding in every way. Linda A., Aurora, CO
The Turquoise Coast