2016 Photo Explorer Tours
Founded 1981

Western Turkey Explorer
Led by Mehmet Ozbalci of Fantastic Photo Tours

Limited to 8 People.

Main Tour: April 1 - 10, 2016, from $2,900 USD

Optional Extension: Ancient Civilizations & Traditional People April 10 - 14, 2016, from $1,300 USD


Photograph the oriental skyline of exotic Istanbul from the soft morning light to sunset silhouettes, fascinating fairy chimneys and rock formations of Cappadocia, Pamukkale offering the most unusual formations of calcium deposit terraces and Ephesus, the best preserved Roman city in the world.


On the "Ancient Civilizations & Traditional People" extension, you will photograph the amazing giant statue heads of Hellenistic Gods on top of the Mt Nemrut, a photogenic village with domed houses, old bazars offering medieval scenes and people wearing their traditional clothes.


For itinerary and other details please contact Dennis Cox at DECoxPhoto@aol.com or Mehmet Ozbalci at turfantastik@tnn.net


A Photographic Exploration of the Crossroads of East and West

Turkey is a fascinating study in contrasts. Astride Asia and Europe, Turkey is a mix of East and West with ancient cultures blended with a burgeoning 21st Century economy. An Islamic country, Turkey is a secularly democratic country eager to participate in the modern world. It is most of all a country rich in historical sites, sunny sparkling seacoasts, curious geological formations, plains awash in brilliant flowers, stunning architecture, and friendly people. In short, it's a photographer's "Turkish delight."

The Explore Turkey Tour will be guided by the exceptional English-speaking photo guide and photographer Mehmet Ozbalci who is expert in Turkey's culture and history as well as an accomplished photographer and photo guide who is thoroughly knowledgeable about the best times and places to photograph. Click here for a portfolio of Mehmet's photos made on his tours.

All Photos above © Dennis Cox

International airfare is not included. Information on obtaining air tickets will be provided.

The Western Turkey Explorer Tour will be guided by the exceptional English-speaking guide Mehmet Ozbalci who is expert in Turkey's culture and history as well as a photo guide who is thoroughly knowledgeable about the best times and places to photograph.

What former tour members say about Turkey and guide Mehmet.....

RE: 2013 Western Turkey Tour ...I wanted to tell you that the tour was first class all the way. Much better than I expected. Mehmet was the best guide we could have asked for. He was very organized, personable, and extremely knowledgeable. There was not a question that we threw at him that stumped him - from the flora and fauna, the history, religion (both Islam and Christianity), local culture and photography. His photography tips were outstanding, much better than professional photographers that we have had on other tours. He always had our best interest in mind and steered us away from crowds, tour buses and bad weather. The hotels were outstanding, the food was great and Mehmet took us to local restaurants, not tourist traps, and fed us local specialties. He is a true treasure.

Bobbie Elder, Orono MN

I am delighted to tell you about OUR trip to Turkey. It was fabulous!!! Mehmet, the guide was terrific, knew all the places to go, times of day for the best light, etc. He is charming, funny and very personable--made it very easy for us to meet and photograph the locals. He is an excellent photographer himself and quite capable of giving you a great photo trip.

In one village, we noticed smoke from a chimney so he knocked on the door, spoke with the owner and we were invited in to see and photograph her baking bread which we also sampled. We spent time in the smaller markets and villages as well as Istanbul and all it has to offer. The hotel had great views, very nice accommodations, great food -- I especially recommend the dish known as Imam Biyildi with that wonderful Turkish yogurt.

This is one of our favorite trips ever.... Dennis Cox has designed this tour with Mehmet and it equals or exceeds any of the other six trips we've taken with Photo Explorer Tours.

Mary Bert Wolf, Louisville KY

 .....the trip and Mehmet were both terrific. I was amazed at the wonderful friendly people the Turks are. The concerns about being a single woman in a Muslim country were absolutely uncalled for. Even off walking on my own they could not have been more helpful. I loved the hotel in Antalya with its delightful patio dining and great location and also the one in the village of Yesilyurt. What a lovely place and what wonderful food. Mehmet took us to such interesting off the beaten path places such as Eyup on a Sunday in Istanbul. I got wonderful photos there and so many other places and villages with great color and wonderful people. One of the prettiest places I think was Aphrodesias. And of course I got one of my favorite shots there. I came to love the sound of the call to prayer and really miss it. It is so peaceful.

Carol Maillet, Laguna Niguel CA

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May all your journeys be care free,

And may all your days be filled with wonder. 

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