Alaturka Cruises
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ABOUT US
The Fethiye based Travel Company, Alaturka Turkey was originally founded in 2003 by two friends, formally known as Murat Danisan and Resit Kaya, but to their aquaintances, known as Ned and Reggie. Fortunately, Ned and Reggie already had years of travel industry experience under their belts, and from this, have always taken a hands-on approach in their business. Through their approach they have strived to become now one of the most dominant travel agencies in Turkey. The company is run by a multi-cultural, young management team who work progressively alongside Ned and Reggie, providing a unique way of running their cruises, tours and accomodation.

BRIEF HISTORY
As Ned and Reggie opened this business back in October 2003, their aim was to provide a sample of Turkish culture while using their newly-purchased gulet, with the name ‘Alcyone’, to run the popular Fethiye to Olympos blue cruises. It was March 2005 when they took on the new name “Alaturka,” which stands for ‘the Turkish way of life.’ As they opened their first office and changed the name of the gulet to ‘Alaturka,’ their business began to expand. In 2006, the business developed significantly when they undertook the new expansions of Turkey bus tours, tours and travel assistance in other popular Turkish destinations. By March 2007, business was better than ever and they seized the opportunity to open their first accomodation site in Fethiye. A short two years later in 2009, the main head office of Alaturka was unveiled in the centre of Fethiye. After more than 10 years, Ned and Reggie are the proud owners of a fleet of gulets, they run regular summer-long cruises and have gained expertise in private chartering. In 2013, Alaturka partnered with Topdeck Travel and Topdeck Gulet Cruises, building a new relationship and growing even more in the tourism industry. Each summer season brings new excitement and chances for Alaturka to spread their wings even further and welcome new team members to join the existing crew. With new destinations and alternative cruising and bus routes, Ned and Reggie look forward to the upcoming season and seeing Alaturka thrive in the midst of summer.

ALATURKA TEAM
Alaturka’s team of management, office, hotel and gulet crew come from all corners of the world. Many of the staff members are from the southern-most parts of Turkey such as Fethiye, Selcuk, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Demre, while some staff come from various other places such as Australia and South Africa. Most of the Turkish team members have worked with Alaturka from anywhere between 3 to 10 years. Each individual member has years of experience in at least of of the catergories of yachting, travel, marketing or hospitality, and with each year they spend at Alaturka, their motivation in providing the best possible service grows. With our mutlicultural crew and experience from all over the world, we pride ourselves on calling the members of Alaturka the ‘Turkey Travel Experts.

ALATURKA TOURS IN BRIEF
Alaturka specialises in running guaranteed departure blue cruises along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey; providing private gulet charters throughout the summer season and hosting bus tours in idyllic destinations such as Istanbul, Gallipoli, Selcuk, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Fethiye. Olympos and Cappadocia. Alaturka also owns and runs a guesthouse which overlooks the beautiful harbour of Fethiye and caters daily tours for the visitors of the guesthouse.

ALATURKA CRUISES
Alaturka provides a wide variety of blue cruises along the Mediterranean coast, the different depature routes being Fethiye, Olympos. Kas, Marmaris, Demre and Bodrum. The route from Fethiye to Olympos is by far the most popular of the blue cruises. With daily departures avaliable from both Fethiye and Olympos throughout the week, the cruises begin at the end of April and can continue right the way through to the end of October. We get an extraordinary amount of feedback from the guests who have joined our Fethiye – Olympos Blue Cruise, saying it was one of the best things to do while in Turkey. Cruises from Marmaris, Antalya, Kas, Bodrum and Kemer are also avaliable but with select departures throughout the year.

ALATURKA PRIVATE GULET CRUISES
With a large fleet ranging from 18 metre Gulets to 36 metre long Super Luxury Yachts, with Alaturka, anything is possible. Find what fits you best depending on your budget and group size, under the ‘Yachts’ catergory on our website. Alaturka has many traditional Turkish Gulets which can cruise virtually any route along the Turkish coastline and even some of the Greek islands on request. Our selection of Gulets under the ‘Yachts’ catergory are all traditionally handmade.

ALATURKA BUS TOURS
At Alaturka we are able to organise and operate private, tailored or regular tours around various areas of Turkey. Another possibility is to organise regional tours in Istanbul, Pamukkale, Gallipoli, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Dalyan and Mt. Nemrut. To view out full range of products and offers please visit our other website www.AlaturkaTurkey.com

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2003 - It all begins

Very first Alaturka Gulet bought in 2003
2003 - It all begins
2003 was the year when Alaturka all began. Two young friends Rasit Kaya (Reggie, then aged 26 years old) and Murat Danisan (Ned, then aged 20 years old) founded Alaturka in Fethiye after purchasing their very first boat aptly named - Alaturka. Ned and Reggie both grew up working in various tourism companies and after the purchase of their first Gulet, started operating the popular Fethiye to Olympos blue cruise.

2004 - Alaturka Inn

Alaturka's First Accommodation in Fethiye
2004 - Alaturka Inn
In the year of 2004, Alaturka branched out and opened their first accomodation site in Fethiye, the Alaturka Inn. This caused for the business to start growing more than ever. 

2006 - Alaturka Bus

Alaturka's first bus tour operation
2006 - Alaturka Bus
After a few years in the industry, Alaturka began to notice that many of their clients were having trouble with transport to Fethiye, the connections were not easy to handle. With notice of these issues Alaturka promptly started a daily bus service departing from the destinations of Ephesus, Selcuk and Kusadasi via Pamukkale, one of Turkey's main attractions, so that clients could experience a scenic route and an easy connection service to Fethiye. Due to the popularity of this bus tour, during the summer season the bus now runs in both directions daily. 

2007 - Cappadocia Tours

Tour packages to the hottest destinations
2007 - Cappadocia Tours
It was in 2007 when Alaturka released special holiday packages to one of the hottest destinations in Turkey, Cappadocia. These tours started from Turkey's main cities and included transport, accomodation and day tours/activites. They were a great hassle-free option for clients as everything was pre-organised. These Cappadocia packages are a value deal and are still one of Alaturka's best sellers.

2009 - Embark Travel Agency

Alaturka's new travel agency in Fethiye
2009 - Embark Travel Agency
After 6 years of running cruises from Fethiye, the team at Alaturka decided it was time to open an actual travel agency. Embark Travel opened in 2009 in the heart of Fethiye. Once the agency was up and running, Alaturka was able to extend their business Turkey-wide and start operating ticket sales throughout the country and in the nearby Greek Islands. 

2009 - Olympos office

New Alaturka Agency opens in Olympos
2009 - Olympos office
As the Fethiye to Olympos route got more and more popular, it was running between both locations in opposite directions. Alaturka decided it would be a wise choice to open another travel agency, this time in Olympos. Dark Travel successfully opened in Olympos in 2009 and supports the popular Olympos to Fethiye blue cruise route. 

2010 - Alaturka 81

A new gulet is purchased - Alaturka 81
2010 - Alaturka 81
For many years there was a legendary boat sailing the Mediterranean with the name Mr Hook. In 2010 Alaturka was able to purchase Mr Hook and promptly renamed the gulet Alaturka 81. Alaturka 81 was the second gulet that was welcomed into the fleet. Since the purchase of the new gulet, many re-fittings and alterations have taken place to create what is now a very spacious and popular boat.

2010 - Fethiye Guesthouse

Alaturka open a the new Fethiye Guesthouse
2010 - Fethiye Guesthouse
In 2010, Alaturka acquired a new property only a short walk from their travel agency in Fethiye, Embark Travel, and the main marina which the Alaturka cruises depart from. This property was used to open a brand new guesthouse - Fethiye Guesthouse. Fethiye Guesthouse soon became a popular choice amongst tourists in Fethiye.

2011 - Booking Manager

Alaturka open an online booking system
2011 - Booking Manager
It was 2011 when Alaturka became one of the very first travel agencies in all of Turkey to create their own online booking system. This booking system, named Booking Manager, has proven to be successful with the ability to book most turkey travel needs online. With the system Alaturka's clients are able to pay upfront and receive confirmation before arrival. The online Booking Manager system continues to be enhanced and developed on a regular basis to provide the best possible service for you.

2011 - Turkey Boutique Tours

Alaturka offers luxury Turkey tours
2011 - Turkey Boutique Tours
In the year of 2011, Alaturka began to expand even more and opened up a sub-company - Alaturka Boutique Tours with the website www.TurkeyBoutiqueTours.com. This sub-company offers more upmarket specialised tours with luxury accomodation and more 'off the beaten track' experiences.

2012 - Alaturka 2

Alaturka purchase their third gulet
2012 - Alaturka 2
During 2012 Alaturka welcomed their third beautiful gulet into their ever-growing fleet. Being 26 metres long and from Bodrum, the gulet previously named Aganda was renamed Alaturka 2. Alaturka 2 has been running cruises since being purchased. With a larger style, the gulet has 8 cabins and a spacious layout. Recent renovations in 2014 have made for this boat to be another very popular choice. 

2013 - Alaturka sign with Topdeck

Alaturka start running Topdeck cruises
2013 - Alaturka sign with Topdeck
In 2013 Alaturka excitedly announced partnership with worldwide travel company Topdeck. Alaturka now works hand in hand with Topdeck in providing week long tours along the southern coast of Turkey running from Fethiye to Olympos. These tours have become so popular that business expanded to create more departure dates during the summer season.

2014 - Alaturka Shipping Agency

Alaturka become an office Shipping Agency
2014 - Alaturka Shipping Agency
Another feat for Alaturka was in 2014 when they officially signed up to become and authoried Shipping Agency. With Alaturka's Embark Travel agency being right opposite one of the main marinas in Fethiye, it made perfect sense to be able to service more boats coming in and out of the harbour. Alaturka are now licensed to carry out official paperwork for getting yachts in and out of harbours. 

2014 - Alaturka Selcuk Ephesus Office

New Alaturka Agency is opened in Selcuk
2014 - Alaturka Selcuk Ephesus Office
As Alaturka's business continued to grow, they were lucky enough to be able to expand their offices even more, opening a new travel agency in Selcuk 2014. The new office is located in the heart of the town just as the one in Fethiye. The friendly staff working in the office have experienced their whole lives in the travel industry.