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We would love to make your Gallipoli 2015 cruise or tour the trip of a lifetime. Our specialist team are the best in the business when it comes Gallipoli and Turkey tours. So please, allow us to introduce ourselves.
You can find information about our Epic Cruise, Gallipoli Experts Team here.
Dr John Basarin
Gallipoli 2015 Project Manager
Dr John Basarin is Australia’s pre-eminent Gallipoli expert. For six years he has led evocative ANZAC Day tours to Turkey’s long silent battlefields. A popular speaker, Dr Basarin’s extensive contributions to WWI history and Turkish-Australian culture have been acknowledged by 2010 ANZAC Peace Prize, 2005 Victorian Premier's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs and participation in the AE2 Australian submarine project.
Marcus B Falay
Founder and Managing Director
Marcus Falay enjoys sharing his vast travel expertise and passion of all things Turkish with Australian travellers. As a professional guide and inbound tour manager, he looks for creative, inspiring and unusual ways for visitors to experience Turkey. So Marcus’ tours are always popular and distinctive.
Since founding Fairy Chimneys Travel in 2001, Marcus has helped hundreds of travellers complete their Gallipoli pilgrimage. His annual Anzac Day tours are renowned as both moving and informative. In 2014, Marcus will personally guide this poignant travel experience.
Marcus lived and worked in Turkey until 1996. He is a qualified tour guide, licensed through the Ministry of Tourism in Turkey. Marcus manages both retail and wholesale operations at Fairy Chimneys Travel.
Gallipoli 2015 Expert
Ipek Koysal is an active member of the Turkish Australian community. Her involvement and mentoring were recognised in 2011 when Ipek was chosen to join the 2011 Turkey tour. So she has seen firsthand the breathtaking beauty of Turkey. Ipek is enthusiastic and motivated to help clients share in experiencing this diverse destination. Her dedication and customer care focus caters for even the most unique client needs. It is this commitment she brings to the Gallipoli-2015 project, that promises to be the most unforgettable ANZAC experience. Ipek is a graduate in International Business and Finance.
Marcus’ other half and mother of their two beautiful children, Betul also hails from Turkey. Betul has years of experience in retail and sales. With expertise in managing businesses in both the tourism and hospitality industry in Turkey, she is an invaluable addition to Fairy Chimneys Travel. Betul met Marcus when she visited Australia as a tourist in 2002 and began an exceptional partnership, encompassing her love of Turkey and travel.
Turkey Travel Expert
Originally from Iran, Anoush spent 8 years in Istanbul, working in travel operations. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Gallipoli and Anzac Day operations as well as ‘tailor made’ itineraries for independent travellers. With an eye for detail, Anoush is the expert when it comes to arranging everything from a tricky flight changeover to a two day gullet cruise. He moved to Melbourne in 2009, where he now enjoys his new role at Fairy Chimneys Travel.
Turkey Travel Consultant
Nesli has a contagious passion for all things travel. So her enthusiasm for planning your holiday is genuine. A Turkish-born Australian, she speaks both languages fluently. That means Nesli is quickly and easily able to book your preferred accommodation and day trips. In fact, having spent eight years living in Turkey, she can personally recommend a wide range of attractions. Her first-hand experience of local Turkish culture and a knack for connecting on almost any level help people feel relaxed with Nesli from the start. Her well-developed professionalism (gained partly through global travel giant American Express) means planning, ticketing and tour arrangements run like clockwork. Nesli holds a double diploma in Tourism and Business Management.
Anne is the wordsmith behind most Fairy Chimneys Travel communication. An experienced copywriter, she specialises in online marketing and coordinates Gallipoli-2015 promotional activity. Her writing has a sense of making and sharing new discoveries, whether the topic is boutique accommodation, sumptuous cuisine or a luxury travel extravaganza. From an initial web project in 2009, a great working relationship has developed and, today she is a key member of the Fairy Chimneys Travel team.
Richard is all about rich visual experiences and brining our story to life in pictures. With over 25 years corporate design experience, it’s no wonder he does that so well! Richard captures the essence of each design project with creative and innovative concepts. He has developed engaging visual communication for many Australian and international businesses. All with a strong brand focus. At Fairy Chimneys Travel, Richard continues to pursue the hallmark qualities of his work: attention to detail and excellence in design.
Travis is the perfect fit with Fairy Chimneys Travel. A highly skilled web designer and developer, he returned from 6 years living in Istanbul to become webmaster. Travis brings his extensive travel in Turkey and Greece to every project and gives each a unique personality. He blends attractive design and advanced functionality to engage visitors and simplify agent access. Travis work includes redeveloping Fairy Chimneys Travel flagship site to a database-driven presence with more than 100 tours. He has also completed the niche Anzac Centenary Tour site Gallipoli-2015 and a website devoted to tailored made travel in Turkey.
Pike is a marketer with a keen interest in travel. Pike specialises in premium products and experiences, having worked with clients such as BMW, Lamborghini and American Express. Pike has a degree in history with a concentration on German intervention in the Spanish Civil War, so the story of Gallipoli has a strong appeal to Pike.