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Fairy Chimneys Blog

Turkey tours blog with threads on Turkey tours, Cappadocia, Istanbul & Gallipoli

Winter Sleep

Posted by Marcus Falay on October 6, 2016

I’ve always wanted to write. I didn’t know what, but simply write. I guess the timing was not right before. Let me start by admitting that, I am no blogger and do not intent to become one, I am fascinated by those who are talented and can put words together, like a composer’s beautiful notes to create a soothing symphony. I enjoy reading them...

Dangerously Close

Posted by Francisco Patino on August 1, 2015

As a Gringo (of Colombian descent) who was raised in Miami and who has now lived in Cappadocia, Turkey for almost 2 years , I am frequently asked-by potential clients, friends and family-the following question: “Do you feel safe in Turkey ? Aren’t you worried about the danger ?”, Typically, I pause and semi-smile, my mind trying to reconcile...

Australia's first travel coffee lounge

Posted by Jade Iannotti on August 8, 2014

Fairy Chimneys Travel agency has been apart of the Camberwellians for 13 years this year. We have grown from a small Turkish travel agency, who specialise in Turkey travel/tours and Gallipoli cruises, into a international travel agency with our very own coffee lounge. Our new concept is the first in Australia where we have combined our two favourite things-coffee...

Pamukkale & Hierapolis: an intriguing tale of two cities

Posted by Anne Macindoe on June 3, 2013

Pamukkale’s spectacular white travertine terraces gleam their greeting long before you actually alight. These intricate limestone formations have caused this unique heritage site to be dubbed the ‘cotton castle’. Indeed, Pamukkale is an incredible natural wonder of the ancient Lycian Coast. Visitors pass through this striking gateway into...

Jill Thompson's U3A Turkey Trip, a must for your Bucket List

Posted by Mimi Millar on December 19, 2012

Having just returned from this exciting and surprised filled trip, I now know why whenever I mentioned that I was going to Turkey, people who had been, would always say "you will love it!" I now know why Agatha Christie ran away and hid in Istanbul to write Murder on The Orient Express and why Jill said "You will be amazed!" Here is just a taste...

Gallipoli Ballot at Anzac Centenary

Posted by John Basarin on September 26, 2012

The Australian Government announced that Anzac centenary commemorations at Gallipoli will be open to ticket holders decided by a ballot. The Government also stipulated this afternoon that: A total of 10,000 places will be shared between Australia and New Zealand On an 80/20 split, 8,000 Australians will be allocated tickets In fairness to all those hoping...

Charting a course for Gallipoli 2015

Posted by Ipek Koysal on March 28, 2012

Fairy Chimneys Travel Turkey tours are always a popular attraction at the Sydney Holiday and Travel show. But this year was special. Following a successful launch in Melbourne, Gallipoli-2015 took pride of place at the Fairy Chimneys Travel stand. With a reputation for boutique tours and authentic Turkey travel, Fairy Chimneys Travel ANZAC centenary tours...

Gallipoli-2015 Epic Cruise makes waves

Posted by Dr John Basarin on March 21, 2012

The recent Melbourne Holiday and Travel Expo was extra special for Fairy Chimneys Travel. This year, the boutique travel agency launched an exclusive tour product. The Gallipoli-2015 Epic Cruise. 2015 marks the 100th ANZAC landing anniversary. This is a meaningful event for most Australians and many hope to commemorate the ANZAC centenary where it all began....

Cappadocia: crown jewel of Turkey

Posted by Marcus Falay on December 2, 2011

Cappadocia is a land that inspires imagination. With entrenched valleys and lunar-like rock outcrops, Cappadocia's geographic wonders are the food of fantasy. This vibrant region is amongst the most mystical of Turkey destinations and discerning travellers revel in its rich possibilities. Shrouded in spectacular gold and red hued skies, Cappadocia seems...

Istanbul Wins Hottest International City

Posted by Marcus Falay on June 3, 2011

Australia's prestige travel magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller, has just announced their 2011 Travel Awards. From a huge array of global possibilities, the captivating city of Istanbul emerged as their Hottest International City. Relating the Istanbul win over New York, Australian Gourmet Traveller reports: "The legendary metropolis that was born...

Turkey Walk Tour Travellers log

Posted by Marcus Falay on February 14, 2011

This travel log was recorded on a recent Turkey Walk Tour and documents the visitors experiences of Turkey's vibrant cities, exciting historic sites and breath-taking natural beauty.  Walking tours are led by experienced guide and recognised Gallipoli specialist V. John Basarin.  Throughout the tour your own air conditioned vehicle is provided and boutique...

Gallipoli 2011 & 2015 Updates

Posted by Marcus Falay on December 16, 2010

Dear Traveler, We have been invited for a conference on the ANZAC commemoration arrangements last Friday ( 3 Dec 2010) by the Australian ANZAC Organisation who are in charge with the arrangements in  Gallipoli together with the Turkish Authorities. Please find a report  prepared  below . It is essential  that  we all read the following...

Cappadocia's Astounding Fairy Chimneys

Posted by Marcus Falay on December 1, 2010

Cappadocia is a place of natural beauty.  Sculpted with the brilliance of a master artisan it is one of the most popular destinations in all of Turkey.  Tours by hot air balloon float silently over the astonishing Fairy Chimneys.  The soft volcanic rock formations rise up to meet you, offering staggering views.  Cappadocia has unique...

Take a Turkey tour by video!

Posted by Marcus Falay on November 3, 2010

Istanbul attractions, Topkapi Palace

Posted by Marcus Falay on November 1, 2010

Topkapi Palace is steeped in history and, when you enter, that is almost palpable.  For over 400 years this opulent fortress played home to the Ottomans, where it was often the seat of royal entertainment and state events.  Nowadays Topkapi Palace is an unmissable attraction housing the Prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword.  If the holy relics...

Gallipoli 2015, 100 year anniversary cruise & tour

Posted by Marcus Falay on October 28, 2010

As dawn loomed on 25th April 1915 the men of ANZAC prepared for a perilous journey.  Widely considered to be the foundational in the formation of a new nation, for Australians, Gallipoli is the stuff of legend.  To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landing, Fairy Chimneys Travel has designed an epic cruise tour.  Expressions...

Fairy Chimneys Travel Expos 2011

Posted by Marcus Falay on October 7, 2010

It’s hard to believe, but Travel Expo time is almost here again! Next March and April, you’ll find Fairy Chimneys Travel in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. So come along and visit our experienced travel team to hear all the authentic Turkey experience Fairy Chimneys Travel can tailor for you. We look forward to meeting Australian Turkey travellers,...

Get your Turkey travel news every 2 weeks

Posted by Marcus Falay on October 5, 2010

If you’re on the Fairy Chimneys Travel newsletter mailing list, you’ll soon be hearing from us more often. Twice a month our Turkey travel bulletin comes straight to your inbox, packed with tips, hints and ideas to help you plan a fantastic tour of Turkey. Whether you’re a first time visitor or seasoned Turkey traveller, there’s something...

Turkey Info sessions for before you travel

Posted by Marcus Falay on October 3, 2010

Thinking of travel to Turkey? Whether you’re off in search of a vibrant culture, ancient and modern treasures, exquisite cuisine or natural wonders, you’ll enjoy your Turkey tour so much more by planning ahead. That’s why Fairy Chimneys Travel started our Turkey Info seminars. Held right in the heart of Camberwell at our newly renovate premises,...

Cheap airfares to Turkey and Europe

Posted by Marcus Falay on October 1, 2010

If you’re planning a 2011 trip, listen up … the early bird season is here! Fares to Europe with Singapore Airlines start as low as $1,137 ex Taxes. Booking a cheap air fare now could save you hundreds of dollars to reinvest in some extra time in your Turkey tour. Istanbul, Cappadocia, Gallipoli … the choice is yours!

Fairy Chimneys Camberwell all new look

Posted by Marcus Falay on September 15, 2010

If you haven’t seen the new Fairy Chimneys Travel office in Camberwell, it’s time you dropped in to see us! The dust has settled on our office renovations and our Camberwell premises are now set up better than ever before. The experienced Fairy Chimneys Travel team looks forward to providing the service you need to make your Turkey tour a pleasure...

Turkey Tours or Tours to Turkey

Posted by Marcus Falay on June 27, 2010

One of things we pride ourselves on is the fact that we have been arranging top quality tailored made tours to Turkey for the past 9 years now. Our Turkey tours are carefully designed for each group. Whether you are planning a trip for your family with kids, or arranging a Turkey trip with your friends, Fairy Chimneys Travel can easily custom design a Turkey...

Back from Turkey Walk Tour

Posted by Marcus Falay on June 16, 2010

We are recently back from a 16 day walking tour of Turkey with Fairy Chimneys Travel which we can thoroughly  recommend. The walks would be graded as medium and were a great way to escape the tourist crowds.  Our leader, John Basarin, provided excellent background into the sites we travelled to and where other tour leaders were sought, they also were...

2010 ANZAC Peace Prize to Mr John (Vehici) Basarin

Posted by Marcus Falay on May 15, 2010

Our very own Tour Leader of Turkey Walk Tours, John Basarin is awarded 2010 The ANZAC Peace Prize. The ANZAC Peace Prize, announced annually, is awarded by the RSL to ‘recognise any outstanding effort by an Australian citizen who has promoted the concept of international understanding and who, in so doing, has made a contribution to world peace.’  The...

New Look, New Website

Posted by Marcus Falay on March 18, 2010

We have just launched our new website last week. Surely there is still a lot of work to do. We have not yet fully uploaded our Special Interest Tours and some of the past itineraries. We will have our new web as a live and ever-active site where there will e updates and new information will be flowing in. So, we would ask you to bear with us during this time...