Archaeological Expeditions to Turkey – Travel Atelier knows the way

Berthold Steinhilber
I know that most of the people think of sunny beaches when they hear ‘Turkey‘ combined with ‘Holiday Destinations’, and yes of course, there are many beautiful beaches and gorgious Boutique Hotels to stay in during your visit to the Mediterranean coasts of Turkey.  But how about making your next vacation to Turkey an Archaeological Expedition to worlds wonders?
How about visiting the oldest Temple of the world, along with other interesting sites? How about diving into 10.000 BC in a heartbeat?
This oldest Temple of the World being just about 7000 years older than Stonehenge…. Göbekli Tepe

Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery.
The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it’s the site of the world’s oldest temple.
 Smithsonian Magazine

Estimated timeline world wide historical sites:

1. Göbekli Tepe, Turkey: 10,000 B.C.E.
2. Hypogeum: Malta, 3,600 B.C.E.
3. Ggantija Temples: Malta, 3,600 B.C.E.
4. Hagar Qim Temples: Malta, 3,200 B.C.E
5. Stonehenge: England: 2,500 B.C.E.
6. Knossos Palace Temple: Crete, 1,700 B.C.E.
7. Amada Temple: Egypt, 1,500 B.C.E.
8. Temple of Hatshepsut: Egypt, 1,479 B.C.E.
9. Temple of Luxor: Egypt, 1,400 B.C.E.
10. Temple of Seti I: Egypt, 1,279 B.C.E.

ILTM’s Insider Magazine made a well put point on DMC’s for Luxury Travel, and we cannot agree more on that:

Booked it, packed it – now what?
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With Travel Atelier Turkey’s Special Interest Tours we offer both many years of expertise ánd a never ending hospitality. Travel Atelier is the travel agency and land operator of Proper Travel Consulting Ltd based in Cappadocië, Turkey since 2004.

Travel Atelier books at all times the best available, and we know the ways of the ‘insider’ to make your travel experience truly special and truly memorable. In addition to your sightseeing we also arrange your accommodation, airport transfers, domestic and international flights and all necessary logistics in advance.
Being one of our guests you also benefit from our extensive network from travel professionals all around Turkey and the Greek Islands, who are available around the clock to ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment.
Travel Atelier is not only specialised in taylor made vacation itineraries but also operates incentive organizations, organizes wedding parties, gathers Special Interest groups and organizes private tours all around Turkey and the Greek Islands as well as wine and cuisine tours.

We offer private and highly personalized service for travellers who expect the highest level of luxury, service and attention to detail, from the minute you begin planning your trip to the day you return home. Our promise is to create experiential travels with what Turkey and Greece offer at its best.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for your inquiries.

Murat Özguç
Managing Partner
Travel Atelier Turkey

Courtesy Turkish Airlines Skylife Magazine, one of our favorite issue of Europe’s Best Airline. Picture is courtesy of Skylife and Mr.Berthold Steinhilber, the photographer.

Turkey 2013 and press-freedom, an extremely spicey & açı mix – Karsu Dönmez & Füsün Erdogan

First published on November 6th @ Invest in Happiness, and today, 3 days later, a little altered for the Special Destinations Turkey Weekend Blog. Please also follow us on twitter: Turkey Travel Bloggess @Special_Turkey and keep them coming, your stories! As we think Turkey deserves a brighter future and exposure of the Good as well as the To be improved, and we cannot cover and write it all ourselves.

İyi Hafta sonu!


I can’t listen to this song without tears, who ever sings it does not make much difference, although I love the Nilufer one and appreciate this one extremely. Sometimes those tears stay hidden behind my eyelids, sometimes they are easy flowing or something in between.
Normally I start my day and a post with a piece from `Vrije Geluiden`, this time I do it the other way around, as I am too touched by this version which I found yesterday, shortly after the verdict was published for Füsün Erdogan, what’s in a sur-name, a Dutch-Turkish journalist in Turkey, sentenced to life imprisonment.

I posted a tweet shortly afterwards on my personal account

Which translates something like
Fortunately the first 3,5 hours of my day were reasonably happy ones, now going to take a shower but more over, wash my mouth from that bad taste which is left behind because of the verdict #fusunerdoganshouldbefree

Bram Vermeulen, himself journo in Turkey with recent difficulties renewing his working permit, explained yesterday [Dutch] that the verdict is surprisingly high and has everything to do with Füsün being a member [and considered a leader] of a leftish group and writing about her ideas on minorities in Turkey. Therefore she is considered an Enemy of the State. Although nothing she has DONE is opposed to any known European law.
In 2013…

Now about Karsu Dönmez. She started performing years ago, in her parents restaurant in Amsterdam over the weekends. The same parents who were,many years ago when Karsu was a young girl, saving money to buy a family car, but instead they bought her a piano, because she was so much longing to learn how to play. This after hearing Bach and Beethoven.
Ever since the first time I saw her on TV I closely follow her career. She is now flying the globe, spreading her beauty and her talents all over the planet. And as I need my daily portion of beauty to be able to cope with all which is happening in the world, and more special in Turkey, I gladly share my finds for maybe some comfort or inspiration here and there. Currently I am writing my book about living in Turkey and the stories of my travels spiced with 2013 happenings. I need my daily morning start with some beauty to give me energy for the day. This includes the 70 days journey I started towards 2014, with on my personal blog each day a piece of music, some text and a photograph.
And thus I also created an extra playlist on YouTube titled Keeping my Wits. Otherwise I drown in the negative news which is there when I open my Browser in the morning, That is how my brain is wired.

The above performance broadcasted on TV is from an evening in 2012 about Press Freedom and the lacking of it, also all over the planet.
So combined with yesterdays news about Füsün this is my choice for the day.

I regret very much that CNN Türk has been taken off the cable here in my region in the Netherlands, and I decide the minute I write this that I will start looking via the Net, if poss, and start this minute with Karsu Dönmez @ Turkse talkshow ‘Burada Laf Çok’ –
I recommend you to watch it, it is witty, spiced with humour and beautiful music.


Febr 2013 Istanbul - ©Carolien Geurtsen

Dreams and Nightmares – Istanbul February 2013

Ofourse this post and the music is dedicated to Füsün, and to all others who are wrongfully imprissoned anywhere at this moment


Karsu Dönmez – Çok Uzaklarda

Press Freedom evening 2012
Published May 11th 2012

(with translation)

Caddelerde rüzgar, aklimda ask var
(There is wind at streets and love in my mind)
Gece yarisinda, eski yagmurlar
(In the midnights ,old rains)
Sarki söylüyorlar, sesiz usulca
(Singing silent, slowly)
Özledigim simdi cok uzaklarda
(The one I missed is so far away now)

Deli dolu günler, hayat güzeldi
(Crazy and funny days,life was nice)
Kahkalariyla günler gecerdi
(Days had been passed with laughs)
Ellerim uzanmaz, dokunamamki
(my hands can’t reach I can’t touch)
Özledigim simdi cok uzaklarda
(Is so far away which I’ve been missed)

Oda özlüyormus, benim birtanem
(he has been missed my only one)
Cok üsüyormus, ben olmayinca
(Feel so cold when I ‘m not there)
Öyle yaziyor, son mektubunda
(Writing like that at his last letter)

Oda özlüyormus, benim birtanem
(he has been missed my only one)
Cok üsüyormus, ben olmayinca
(Feel so cold when I ‘m not there)
Öyle yaziyor, son mektubunda
(Writing like that at his last letter)

Karsu Dönmez her website

And no, she is not performing anymore in her parents restaurant in Amsterdam unfortunately.


© Carolien Geurtsen

Explore Turkey in 22 Days and 21 Nights – The Once in a Life Time Experience

After we organised a private party for our clientèle last year as an exclusive All Inclusive, we decided to make this 22 day adventure in Turkey also available as a package.

So yes, we have made the most exquisite, once in a life time experience available in a way which most people either will never have at all or which took them years of weekly or two weekly tours and visits to Turkey, never coming close to this 3 weeks experience of what indeed for you and your company could be the first Month of the rest of your Life.

This as you will be so met in all variations of both Turkish Past and Present Delight, and both the best possible cultural and natural sense of beauty will be your share.

Underneath is only to give you an idea of what we consider the most complete expore Turkey  initiatory.
Please contact us for more information on pricing and availability.

In this scenario the arrival is at Istanbul, with a Personal Welcome at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. The second day is at leisure on your own account,  to relax and acclimatize with one more night in Istanbul. 

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