Turkey & Greek Islands small group holiday

“Island hop from Athens to Turkey before travelling overland to Istanbul via the fairy-tale chimneys of Cappadocia and the capital city of Ankara.”

Highlights

Athens | Acropolis | Parthenon | Ephesus | Santorini | Mykonos | Samos | Kusadasi | Pamukkale and Heirapolis | Cappadocia | Ankara | Silk Road to Konya | Goreme Valley | Istanbul | Optional activities include: windsurfing, snorkelling and surfing |

Description of Turkey & Greek Islands small group holiday

This fabulous two week Turkey and Greek islands tour invites travellers to enjoy the very best of both worlds with the ancient sites of Athens and Ephesus combining effortlessly with the sun-kissed Aegean islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Samos.

Starting in Athens, your Turkey and Greek islands tour explores the Acropolis and Parthenon prior to extending into the Aegean and Greek island-hopping back to the mainland and the south coast town of Kusadasi.

The Roman ruins of Ephesus are next on the agenda with natural thermal and limestone baths in Pamukkale and Heirapolis, and the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, both above and below ground, offering unique insight into the east of Turkey before heading to Istanbul by way of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara.

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Responsible tourism: Turkey & Greek Islands small group holiday

Environment

How our company is making a difference:
We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.

We know that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.

Marine pollution is one of the biggest environmental concerns that Turkey faces. Seeing as our travelers will be sailing on gulets, we encourage them and instruct them on how to sail as conscious travelers. No waste may be thrown overboard.

For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.

Community

The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour.

We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.

We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.

We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.

We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.

Turkey is still recovering from the massive earth quake that struck in 2011. There are a number of donation organizations. We attempt to be in contact with these to establish a point of communication between the organizations and our travelers who wish to donate money.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


As always every trip and country visited one takes away different memories. On this trip for me on this trip the overall memory was the food, but that's coming from a food lover. I also have great memories of the beautiful Greek Islands with their white stonewashed buildings and blue roofs.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ferry journeys in Greece and some bus journeys in Turkey are long, have books, music etc at hand to keep you entertained.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As both countries visited primarily relay on tourist, one has to say yes, particularly in hotels that we stayed in employed locals, and all were very aware of reducing environmental impacts etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good trip, I would recommend this trip. One suggestion is that if the trip could be extended to a total of 15days allowing for one extra night on the Greek Island of Nykonos as time there was short. Also be aware that this trip is not operated by the initial holiday provider, while in Greece you will be met by a representative in Athens and on each stop, and in Turkey the tour was operated by smaller local agencies.

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