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Robyn Chalmers review 7 Oct 2008
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cappadocia - the hot air ballooning and the walk through to our new home stay Ortahisar.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Ensure the guide offers competitive prices. I think that the price of the hot air ballooning was potentially double/more than what another group offered but we were "on the spot" with the decision and there was no comparative pricing and the marketing push was that everyone including all the other groups were fully booked. It was a very expensive trip. The cheaper tour we literally "bumped into"/nudged in fun as we were up in the air and they seemed to be doing pretty much what we were doing. There again, except for a quick call in to the office to get the price the next day, too late, I didn't have the opportunity to compare availability. I was holding off doing it until I saw the landscape. I hadn't even seen a picture of the area before I went. If I had I would have signed up earlier and maybe I could have helped set a trend and others booked early. But... I am still not convinced that that organisation which was professional and fantastic was the only group with these qualities.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes. Our local bus, train and ferry rides were with the bulk of the population movement so that we didn't create any new energy loss.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Thoroughly enjoyable with a fabulous small group of really friendly people who shared all aspects of the tour in fun whilst caring for the people and their language.
Read the operator's response here:
Hi Robyn, Thank you for your detailed feedback on your trip. The Balloon flights in Turkey are a magical experience but traditionally an expensive optional extra. Over the last three years five new balloon companies have entered into the market and have been undercutting each other. Unfortunately these new companies do not have a satisfactory safety record.
The local company that our leaders recommend is one of the more established companies and while it is more expensive than some of the other options they do have a 100percent safety record over the last 10 years and only use pilots with a vast amount of experience. We believe that it is best for us to recommend a company that we trust to meet all our passengers' expectations in terms of quality and safety.