Arca – IT / Social Media

Figen - Pricing & Quotes

Laura - Local Operations & Client Relations

Mary - Sales & Client Relations

Sina - Overseas Operations & Vendor Relations

Shanon – Marketing / Creative

Nancy - Accounting & Business Analytics

Onur – Marketing / Analytics

Our Story

Over the last few decades, we’ve been lucky to share in the travel stories of many happy adventurers. Here is where we share our own story with you…

It all started when an American went to Istanbul in 1985. Mary Bai was working as a tour leader in Athens, introducing North American travelers to the best ancient sites and hidden corners of Greece. When she was sent to Istanbul to check out the potential for a new market in Turkey, she was greeted by Sina Danyal, a local travel coordinator. The two became friends and kept in touch over the years as Mary continued working in the travel business, and Sina started his own ground operations company for Turkey in 1990. In later years, as their respective families grew, the Bais and Danyals often vacationed as a group, exploring destinations in Europe and even taking a trip to Disney World together when their kids were young.


In 2001, Mary and Sina decided to merge their travel expertise, commitment to superior hospitality, and passion for the Mediterranean region to found CTC, focusing at first on Turkey & Greece. The ‘CTC’ (Custom Travel Company) name sent thousands of families, friends, and groups on trips throughout the region, building a reputation for reliable, high-quality services. Eventually the company began fulfilling trip requests to other Mediterranean countries and beyond, so the name was changed to CTCAdventures in 2016.

Today, CTCAdventures operates out of offices in Boston and Istanbul, with a focus on crafting custom itineraries YOUR way. We currently specialize in the following destinations: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Egypt and Morocco. We have local experts on the ground in each country, and our team members travel regularly, so we can provide our clients with the best insights and travel recommendations. Our guests include families, couples, honeymooners, retirees, and small groups – anyone who values customized, no-stress travel.

We believe that any journey can become an adventure by remaining open to new and spontaneous experiences and connecting with locals in a variety of settings. Travel is exciting, uplifting, educational, and has the power to change how we see the world and our place in it. Extraordinary vacations begin with careful planning, and that’s why we take the time to answer your questions and listen to your ideas before making recommendations specifically tailored for you. Our mission is to create itineraries that speak to your own unique needs, ensuring that you encounter unforgettable moments during your travels, and leaving you with a desire to come back for even more.

Why Let Us Plan Your Trip

Save Time

Think about all the hours of research you can save! Good travel planning takes time. Finding the best hotels for your budget and bed arrangement. Mapping an ideal route that stitches your itinerary together, while making sure not to miss anything special. And how many days is enough for Sicily anyway? We have the experience to answer your questions and save you loads of time in researching the more tedious details.

Stress Less

Your Travel Specialist is here to make sure your trip is a success. We provide support before and during your journey. Planning a trip, especially with a large group of people, can be an organizational headache if you don’t know what works best for different group sizes, ages and special requests. We all know travel can be stressful at times. During your trip, you can contact us or a local representative if problems arise.

Spend Well

With our local connections in destinations around the world, we can provide you with fair and competitive pricing on hotels, tours and more. Most importantly, we recommend only the best quality services, private drivers, guides and tours that have been chosen carefully by our team. Travel memories are once-in-a-lifetime and can’t be returned or exchanged, but you can be sure your money is well spent!