FEST Travel is regarded by many as Turkey 's top specialist in Cultural Tours, both inbound and outbound. The Managing Director and the owner of the company Faruk Pekin is the advisor to the President of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) as well as the president of its Cultural Tourism Committee.

Mr Pekin supports the NGO movement and heads the Cultural Awareness Foundation which is a non-profit organization operating in Turkey . He is also a member of the executive board of the Initiative for Istanbul 2010 European Capital City .

As a well-known lecturer in Turkey on the “History of Religions”, Faruk Pekin frequently lectures on Buddhism. His most recent lecture was on the subject of  ' Symbols in Buddhism '. 

FEST is a full service cultural organization and travel agency, operating since 1985 with a full license 'Group A  Number 1410' of the Ministry of Tourism. The agency is a member of the Association of Travel Agencies of Turkey (TURSAB), American Society of Travel Agencies (ASTA) , International Bureau of Social Tourism (BITS) and works under the supervision of both TURSAB and the Ministry of Tourism of Turkey .

As an international operator, FEST provides services to cultural organizations, tour operators, travel agencies, travel shops, group organizers, companies and individuals.

During the 20 years of service that it has provided to its clientele, FEST has focused on quality solely and earned the trust of an overwhelming majority. More specifically it has; 

  • Organized the best cultural, religious, study and educational tours to travelers from all around the world, using company-leased buses and salaried guides.
  • Created 80 different itineraries in Istanbul .
  • Hosted very well organized meetings for 20-600 attendants. 
  • Organizes tours to more than 70 different countries around the world, every year.
  • Is the official tour operator of Istanbul foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), which organizes international festivals of Film, Theater, Music, Jazz and Istanbul Biennial and holds about 300 events and hosts 2500 artists annually.