Alaturka Cruises

ABOUT US
Alaturka Turkey is a Fethiye based, Turkish run and owned Travel Company. It was first started in October 2003 by two friends who had worked in the travel industry for years already - Murat Danisan, otherwise known as Ned and Resit Kaya, otherwise known as Reggie. Over the years they have managed to build up their Alaturka brand to now being one of the most dominant travel agencies in Turkey. Run by young management and having a dynamic multi-cultural team working for them, Ned and Reggie have a unique way of running their tours, cruises and hotels.

Brief History
Ned and Reggie started this business back in October 2003 when they bought their first gulet called 'Alcyone'. Their aim was to use the gulet to run the popular Fethiye to Olympos blue cruises. In March 2005 they took on the new name “Alaturka” which means the Turkish way of life. They opened their first office, changed the name of their gulet to Alaturka and started to expand their business. In 2006 their business grew even more when they ventured into Turkey bus tours, tours and travel assistance in other destinations in Turkey and eventually to opening their first hotel in Fethiye at the end of March 2007. Then, in 2009 they opened their main head office of Alaturka in Fethiye. 10 years on they now own their own fleet of gulets, run regular summer long cruises, are experts in private charters and now Alaturka can assist you with any kind of travel needs all throughout Turkey. In 2013, Ned and Reggie have continued to grow Alaturka starting a new relationship with Top Deck Travel and Top Deck gulet cruises. Running their week long summer program for consecutive years now. The future ahead also looks exciting as each year business picks up and summers get busier. They are looking forward to the season with new and alternative cruising and bus routes, a group of new young team members to join the existing experienced crew and various new changes after the continued success they have had in previous years. Each year Alaturka only grows from strength to strength.

Alaturka Team
The members of Alaturka's management, office, hotel and gulet crew all come from various parts of Turkey such as Fethiye, Selcuk, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Demre. There is also a multicultural mix of staff from South Africa and Australia. Most members of Alaturka crew have been working with Alaturka for 3 to 10 years. Every one of the team members have years of experience either in yachting, travel, marketing or hospitality and they all strive to improve Alaturka's service year by year. We pride ourselves on calling us the Turkey Travel Experts.

Alaturka tours in brief
Alaturka specialise in blue cruises along Turkey's Mediterranean coast; providing private gulet charters, regular cabin cruises with guaranteed departures through summer and also organise bus tours in other areas of Turkey including Istanbul, Gallipoli, Selcuk, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Olympos, Cappadocia and many more. Alaturka also owns a guesthouse overlooking Fethiye harbour and organise any short daily tours and activities for our guesthouse guests here in Fethiye.

Alaturka Cruises
Alaturka can organise any kind of blue cruise along the Mediterranean coast. We organise several cruising routes departing from Fethiye, Olympos, Kas, Marmaris, Demre and Bodrum. Fethiye to Olympos Blue Cruises are by far the most popular cruising route. With daily departures from Fethiye and Olympos throughout the week these cruises start at the end of April and can go up until the end of October. Majority of our guests who join an Alaturka Fethiye – Olympos Blue Cruise consider it one of their highlights and one of the best things to do whilst in Turkey. We can also organise cruises from Marmaris, Bodrum, Antalya, Kemer and Kas with limited departures throughout the year. To see all cabin cruises please visit our cabin cruise section on the website.

Alaturka Private Gulet Cruises
Alaturka operate a large fleet with various options of Gulets / Yachts from 18 to 36 metres in length, from standard gulets to super luxury yachts. Anything is possible, all you need to do is select your option depending on your budget and group size. There are different types of Turkish traditional gulets and Alaturka can pretty much cruise any route along Turkey's coastline and also some of the Greek islands if requested. Our yachts are traditionally all handmade Turkish gulets and are all listed on under the fleet section of this website.

Alaturka Bus Tours
Alaturka can organise and operate regular, tailored or private tours all around Turkey. It is possible to also organise regional tours such as Istanbul tours, Gallipoli tours, Ephesus tours, Pamukkale tours, Dalyan tours, Cappadocia tours and Mt. Nemrut tours. To see our full range of products and tour offerings please visit our other website - AlaturkaTurkey.com

COMPANY PROFILE
Since-2003
Fields -Travel agency, yachting company, tour operators, accommodation management.
Ownership - owned by Resit Kaya and Murat Danisan.
Head Office Address - Karagozler Mahallesi, Fevzi Cakmak Caddesi, Tombak Apart 29B, Fethiye.

ACTIVITY
Yachting - cabin cruises and private yacht charters.
Bus Operations - Alaturka Bus door to door Pamukkale services, package tours and local buses.
Travel Agency -Turkey to Greek ferries, transfers, daily tours, sight seeing activities and packages.
Accommodation - Accommodation management and hotel bookings throughout all of Turkey.

LICENSE AND MEMBERSHIPS
TURSAB - member and holding license of Turkish Travel Agencies.
DTO - member and holding license of Turkish Chamber of Shipping.

OFFICES
Main - Fethiye, opposite the main Ece Marina right on the main road.
Branches - Olympos office DARK TRAVEL located in Sabans Treehouses. Also Selcuk office ALATURKA located behind the main museum.

WEBSITES
Alaturka Turkey www.alaturkaturkey.com
Alaturka Cruises www.alaturkacruises.com
Fethiye Guesthouse www.fethiyeguesthouse.com
**Booking Manager **booking.alaturkaturkey.com


2003 - It all begins

Very first Alaturka Gulet bought in 2003
2003 - It all begins
This is the year when Alaturka all began. The two young owners and friends of Alaturka grew up working in various tourism companies. Rasit Kaya (Reggie, then aged 26 years old) and Murat Danisan (Ned, then aged 20 years old) became owners of Alaturka and decided to start operating the popular Fethiye to Olympos gulet cruise by purchasing their very first boat aptly named - Alaturka

2004 - Alaturka Inn

Alaturka's First Accommodation in Fethiye
2004 - Alaturka Inn
In 2004 Alaturka branched out and decided to open their first guesthouse in Fethiye. Alaturka Inn was opened this year and was Alaturka's first accommodation in Fethiye.

2006 - Alaturka Bus

Alaturka's first bus tour operation
2006 - Alaturka Bus
With the experience of working in the industry, we noticed that many of our guests were having issues coming to Fethiye from Ephesus, Selcuk, Kusadasi with not very good bus connections. So we decided to start a daily bus departing from Ephesus, Selcuk and Kusadasi bound for Fethiye, however we thought we would send it via Pamukkale - one of the major attractions in Turkey. That way our clients had a direct bus route to us in Fethiye, whilst getting to see one of the major attractions in Turkey all within the same day. This was the first bus tour Alaturka started operating and has become so successful we now run these day tours throughout summer in both directions, departing from Selcuk bound for Fethiye and in the reverse direction.

2007 - Cappadocia Tours

Tour packages to the hottest destinations
2007 - Cappadocia Tours
In 2007 Alaturka released special holiday packages out to Cappadocia - one of the hottest destinations in Turkey. Starting from most major cities within Turkey these rolled up packages including transport, accommodation and day tours took the hassle out travellers organising it all themselves and gave a great value deal. They have become so popular that they are still one of our hottest sellers.

2009 - Embark Travel Agency

Alaturka's new travel agency in Fethiye
2009 - Embark Travel Agency
As we had been running cruises out of Fethiye since 2003, we thought it was time to open an actual agency. So in this year we opened our first travel agency known as Embark Travel. By opening this agency we were able to extend our business to start operating Turkey-wide tours and all kind of ticket sales throughout Turkey and across to the nearby Greek Islands.

2010 - Alaturka 81

A new gulet is purchased - Alaturka 81
2010 - Alaturka 81
For many years there was a legendary boat within the southern Mediterranean known as - Mr Hook. In 2010 Alaturka purchased Mr Hook and renamed it Alaturka 81. It was our second gulet to welcome to our fleet. Since purchasing it in 2010 we have undertaken many refitting's so that Alaturka 81 is now a very spacious and popular gulet.

2009 - Olympos Office

New Alaturka Agency opens in Olympos
2009 - Olympos Office
With the Fethiye to Olympos cruise route getting more and more popular we were running cruises in between both locations in reverse directions. We thought it would be appropriate to open an office in Olympos and successfully opened our agency called Dark Travel in the year 2009.

2010 - Fethiye Guesthouse

Alaturka open a the new Fethiye Guesthouse
2010 - Fethiye Guesthouse
In 2010 Alaturka acquired a new property to run a brand new guesthouse in Fethiye. This was the year that Fethiye Guesthouse was opened. Located a short walk from the office and also the main marina where our cruises departed and arrived, it proved to be a popular choice for our guests to stay.

2011 - Booking Manager

Alaturka open an online booking system
2011 - Booking Manager
In 2011 Alaturka became one of the first travel companies within all of Turkey to open an online booking system. The system proved to work out well, giving our guests the ability to book most of their Turkey holiday needs online, pay up front and have everything confirmed before arriving. The system continues to be enhanced and developed to be one of the only online booking systems within all of Turkey.

2011 - Turkey Boutique Tours

Alaturka offers luxury Turkey tours
2011 - Turkey Boutique Tours
In 2011 Alaturka continued to expand their marketing audience and opened up a boutique Turkey travel website with Boutique Tours - www.turkeyboutiquetours.com. This sub company of Alaturka offered something a little more upmarket with more specialised tours, luxury accommodation and more off the beaten track experiences.

2012 - Alaturka 2

Alaturka purchase their third gulet
2012 - Alaturka 2
In 2012 Alaturka welcomed our third gulet into our fleet. A beautiful 26 metre gulet bought from Bodrum, the previously named "Aganda". We renamed it to Alaturka 2 and it has been running cruises for us since being purchased. The boat is a larger style gulet with eight cabins and a very spacious layout. With recent renovations being carried out in 2014 the gulet is another very popular choice.

2013 - Alaturka sign with Topdeck

Alaturka start running Topdeck cruises
2013 - Alaturka sign with Topdeck
In 2013 Alaturka were excited to announce that they would be working with the worldwide travel company Topdeck. Running their week long cruises between Fethiye to Olympos, they proved to be so popular that they continue to expand that side of the business running more departures each summer.

2014 - Alaturka Shipping Agency

Alaturka become an office Shipping Agency
2014 - Alaturka Shipping Agency
In 2014 Alaturka officially signed up and became an authorised Shipping Agency. With our travel agency found right opposite one of the main marinas of Fethiye it made sense to be able to service the boats coming in and out of harbour more. Alaturka is now licensed to carry out official paperwork for getting yachts in and out of the harbours.

2014 - Flora Gulet

Alaturka welcome a fourth boat to the fleet
2014 - Flora Gulet
In 2014 Alaturka signed up to work with the owners of Flora gulet. Officially signed on to be one of the regular Alaturka gulets running between Olympos and Fethiye, she was welcomed into the Alaturka fleet as if she were one of our own.

2014 - Alaturka Selcuk Ephesus Office

New Alaturka Agency is opened in Selcuk
2014 - Alaturka Selcuk Ephesus Office
As our business has continued to grow, we have been lucky enough to be able to continue to expand our travel offices with opening another agency in Selcuk. Located right in the heart of town, our friendly staff there have also been working in the travel industry their whole lives.