As you make your way around delightful Turkey we are proud to introduce you to our local operators all of whom we have come to think of as our extended families. All the accomodation is owned by local families and our continued business goes along way to support their economy. Just some of the characters you will meet along the way are Mehmet and Ulmi in Pamukkale where you can enjoy a fabulous home cooked meal.
Perhaps one of the most highly regarded aspects of this trip is a visit to an authentic Whirling Dervish lodge in Bursa where our guests are able to witness the spiritual ritual of Sema and afterwards have the opportunity to share tea and chat with the Dervish. Our guests also sit down for dinner in the home of a local family in Cappdoccia giving them the opportunity to learn intimately about their lifestyles.
We take responsible tourism concepts seriously therefore the guides on this trip are all local and will be able to share a wealth of historical and cultural insight in both Ephesus and the Cappadoccian region. Our leaders take the time to inform our guests about the local customs and behaviour to minimise any negative social impact of our trips, while also encouraging local interaction with our passengers enabling the two cultures learn from each other.
On trip we travel by public bus and have the opportunity to travel amongst the locals. The only exception to this is as we make our way to Capadoccia and to minimise travel times we hire a local bus and driver. We are working closley with a local charity in Cappadoccia to help low income families living in historic cave and tradditional homes restore them in an authentic manner. Its possible to do an interesting walk around the village and region to see the results. Our Tour leaders actively encourage passengers to leave left over tolietries and unwanted clothes which we donate through the local mosques to families in need,