Turkey Tour Leaders

Our Special Interest Tours have dedicated tour leaders that will travel with your group for the whole tour, sharing their unique knowledge and experiences along the way. At certain historical and cultural sites specialised Turkish tour guides will also lead the group imparting their expert knowledge.

Marcus Falay - Culinary Delights of Turkey
Glenda and Peter Pekish - Pekish Silk Kilim
Engin Aksac - Sailing Specialist
Michelle Jago Turkey to Remember
Michael and Kaylene Eastern Turkey

Marcus Falay has travel in his blood. A native-born Cappadocian, his joy in all things Turkish is nothing short of contagious. Since his first tour guiding experience, Marcus has looked for creative, inspiring and unusual ways to help visitors explore his homeland. He is the driving force behind Fairy Chimneys Travel and its unique selection of engaging in-house tours.

Fairy Chimneys Travel tour leader Marcus Falay

Growing up in Urgup, a youthful Marcus was keen to become a guide for his family’s boutique accommodation business. That chance arrived in 1986 with an AIESEC student group. Since then, Marcus has planned and led travel as varied as high school trips, government delegations, entire film crews and custom-designed tours.

After completing his tourism studies in 1994, Marcus became an official tour guide. In this career, he quickly discovered guiding is what he loves most about travel. A natural instinct to find new and exciting ways for visitors to Turkey quickly has always made his tours distinctive and popular. It is this approach he has brought to Fairy Chimneys Travel since 2001.

Now that Fairy Chimneys Travel has its own land operation in Turkey, Marcus is able to share his Turkey passion once more. From 2014, he will plan and lead a small number of exclusive tours personally. Those fortunate travellers will enjoy Marcus’ special brand of hospitality, in both Australia and Turkey. Lodged in the finest luxury boutique hotels and focused on a rich cultural experience, these personally planned tours are a new and exclusive Turkey travel experience.

Glenda and Peter Pekish

Pekish Silk Kilim

Glenda and Peter Pekish, Turkey tour leaders

World travellers Peter and Glenda Pekish have a great love for all things Turkish. Having lived in Turkey and travelled to many remote historical sites, they guide visitors to savour delicious cuisine, marvel at history and embrace Turkey’s vibrant modern culture.

A native Turkish speaker, Peter was born and raised in Istanbul before migrating to Melbourne. He and Glenda, a librarian and ESL teacher, returned to live and work in Turkey during 2005. That made pursuing their interest and study of Turkish culture and historical sites possible. Several of these are among the fascinating places Peter and Glenda explore with tour members.

“We would love to show you the many interesting places and things that Turkey has to offer!”

Engin Aksac

Engin lived and worked in Turkey until 1980, before moving to Australia.

From 1983 to 2003 Engin taught Aussie kids in Melbourne Government Schools from Prep to VCE (Year12). During his teaching career, Engin was a school camp organiser and took students on educational trips to Gallipoli.

With Engin's deep understanding of Aussie and Turkish culture, he has developed a passion for showing his love of all things Turkish to Australian travellers. His enthusiasm is second to none and he will go out of his way to ensure that even clients with unique needs will leave Turkey with fond memories.

Engin specialises in sailing trips on the Marmara and Aegean Seas.

Michael and Kaylene

Eastern Turkey Tour

Michael and Kaylene, Turkey tour leaders

Kaylene Fogarty and Michael Knock, MK1 Travel, have been to more than 45 countries but they keep coming back to Turkey having been married in Kaş, Antalya Province. Kaylene is a Beauty Therapist by trade and a people person by nature whilst Michael spent many years working at senior levels in a state Justice Department.These quite different skills, together with their extensive touring experiences, provide their tour members with a high degree of personalisation and great attention to detail.

Their most recent travels have taken them to the less-travelled Eastern Turkey and Black Sea Coast and they love sharing their passion for Turkish food, culture, history, architecture and geography with others. Australia and Turkey share many values and they are very keen to foster a better understanding between the two cultures and countries.

Michelle Jago

Turkey to Remember

Michelle Jago in Cappadocia

Michelle is an Australian Tour Director who guides for various inbound operators within Australia and New Zealand. Michelle has also coordinated and traveled with Trade Missions to both China and Guam for economic development agencies as well as various incentive tours for a major Australian company. She has travelled extensively through China, Nepal and Tibet walking some of the well known treks of the Annapurna and Everest regions, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Closer to home she has also trekked Tasmania’s Overland track and New Zealand’s Milford track. More recently, with husband Colin she has visited the WW1 battlefields of France, Belgium and Turkey. They attended the Anzac Day services at Gallipoli and toured much of Turkey in 2014.

Together with Fairy Chimneys Travel, Michelle and Colin have prepared an itinerary of varied activities incorporating Turkey’s epic history, cultural depth and diverse and unique landscapes. A highlight of the tour will be visiting the Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery on the 6th of August, a moving and unforgettable experience.

As a professional guide and frequent traveler Michelle understands the needs and expectations of small group travellers and will do her best to ensure all participants have an enjoyable and truly memorable experience.