About FEST Travel

FEST Travel is a cultural organization and a Travel agency offering a complete Travel experience. FEST Travel has operated with a full license “A group, No: 1410” of the Ministry of Tourism since 13 August 1985, is a member of the Association of Travel Agencies of Turkey (TURSAB), American Society of Travel Agencies (ASTA), International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and works under the supervision of both TURSAB and the Ministry of Tourism in Turkey.

The name FEST comes from FEST’ival and FEAST: Cultural Tour Feast.

The FEST vision all started out with Strolling Through İstanbul® / İstanbul Step By Step® tours where we aimed İstanbulites to discover their own city. With this perspective FEST Travel started operating inbound tours to all corners of Turkey. We pioneered most of the cultural routes and brought Travellers for the first time to most of the unique culturally rich locations.

With the awareness of social responsibility in 1996 FEST Travel started “History, Archaeology and Art Seminars”. This was later on consecrated to our sister organisation Cultural Awareness Foundation in 2003. With Cultural Awareness Foundation FEST Travel organised responsible tours for primary school students that was roofed under the project called “Cultural Ants”. This project was rewarded by Europa Nostra. The next joint Project was to erect the columns of Perge. The most striking outcome of the project was seen at the end of 2007. Between 1946 and 2004, the State was able to erect 76 columns in total. With the involvement of CAF in this project, 79 columns were raised in 3 years.

Our project will continue as long as the Perge antique city excavations will continue and new columns will be unearthed. Research also continues on how to expand this project to excavations of other antique cities in Turkey.

On behalf of FEST Travel, the enterprise's CEO, Mr. Faruk Pekin, signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism on the 27th of March 2013, in the context of the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe (26-27 March 2013, Çeşme, Turkey). FEST Travel is one of the five Turkish tourism enterprises and associations which signed the Commitment to the Code of Ethics.

FEST Travel has also be awarded twice by Turkey Skål  (International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals) as the best outgoing tour operator in Turkey.

FEST Travel is Turkey’s number one specialist in Cultural Tours, both inbound and outbound. As an international operator FEST Travel provides services to cultural organizations, tour operators, Travel agencies, Travel shops, trade-unions, NGO’s, group organizers and companies and to individuals. Our services vary from standard to luxury level.

We depend on FEST Travel’s 30 years of experience and unique resources in composing the best cultural, biblical, study and educational tours to Travellers from all around the world, using company-leased buses and salaried guides.

Our tours are carefully coordinated by our experienced staff to provide you with the most rewarding Travel experience of your life and all with a very convenient cost. With over 200 itineraries, there is definitely something for everyone. Join us with your ambition to learn and desire of adventure and we will turn it to something divine.

Your tour directors are chosen for their expertise and their ability to bridge cultural gaps. They will guide you for learning while enjoying yourself.

As pioneers in the market we have created over one hundred new routes in Anatolia including: Vize, Midye, Kurşunlu, Kumyaka, Zeytinbağı, Üskübü, Gölcük, Cumalıkızık, Taraklı, Göynük, Frig Vadisi, Sütçüler, Adada, Selge, Yalvaç, Ketakekaumene, Efteni Lake, Metropolis, Gelveri, Uzuncaburç, Meke Lake, Manazan Caves, Taşkale, Rumkale, Yesemek, Anavarza, Kastabula, Hasankeyf, Midyat, Black Sea Wooden Mosques, Haho etc.

As for as outbound Turkey FEST Travel operated the first ever cultural group tours for maximum 25 pax to: Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Machu Picchu, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Yucatan, All The Museums of Paris, Poland, Berlin, Potsdam, Weimar, Dresden, Erfurt, Ireland, Scotland, Trans-Siberia, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Khajuraho, Cesky Krumlov, Pecs, Zigetvar, Briksdal Glacier, The monument of Che in Santa Clara, South India, Ladakh, Daramsala, Botswana, Darjeeling, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Libya, Ubari Sand Sea, North Korea, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Karnataka, Nagaland, Sumatra, Java, Patagonia, Iran,  Yemen, Sudan, Mongolia, Alaska, Borneo, Easter Island, Antarctica, Armenia, Rwanda, Uganda etc.

On the other hand FEST Travel has invested on Cultural Tours combined with classical music and FESTivals all around the world. This unique brand called Notalı Rotalar ® (Musical Routes) has been another leader pioneer operation that has been going on for the last decade.

In 30 years of service FEST Travel;

  • Organized the best cultural, religious, archaeological, luxury, study and educational tours to Travellers from all around the world, using company-leased buses and professional salaried guides.
  • Created genuine 170 unique different itineraries in İstanbul and 200 different itineraries in Turkey.
  • Hosted very well organized meetings for 20-900 attendants. 
  • Organizes tours to more than 190 different countries around the world with at least 220 different itineraries, every year including history, archaeology, arts, music and study tours.
  • Welcomed prestigious, intellectual clients from all over the world.

In doing so FEST Travel has always respected sustainable and responsible tourism. We have always embraced the natural, cultural heritage of all the destinations.

FEST Travel has laid the foundations and developed the true meaning of Cultural Tourism. FEST Travel tours are a classic…


  • Strolling Through İstanbul® / İstanbul Step By Step® are registered brands of FEST Travel.
Adress: Barbaros Bulvarı, Barbaros Apt. No.74 K.7 D.20 PK.34349 Balmumcu, Beşiktaş-İstanbul / Türkiye
Tel: 0090 850 622 33 78   Fax: 0(212) 216 10 30
E-Mail:  fest@festtravel.com

Office Hours: 08.30-18.30