Turkey history tours, small group

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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Learning about the country we are travelling to is of really important on our trips and Turkey is just brimming with history and culture. One of the reasons we prefer to use local Tour Leaders is so they can give a real insight into the local culture; anything from learning about the education system, to making sure we don’t fall foul of any taboos.

Secondly it is our policy to generate business and employment opportunities in the countries we travel to by employing local people. All our Tour Leaders in Turkey are locals and we’ve personally trained them all too so they are comfortable in their work and you get great service.

As well as respecting local people, we also like to be an economic benefit to them. We do this by using locally owned hotels, spreading our business to a variety of local restaurants (which is a great way to sample delicious Turkish food) and employing local guides where we can. Add to that that all our trips work to a strict Responsible Tourism Policy and you can be sure that even we’ve considered every aspect of our operation in Turkey and are confident it is best practice.

During our visit to Iztuzu Beach, which is perhaps the best beach in all Turkey, you will have the chance to visit the Turtle Conservation Centre (DEKAMER) which helps to protect turtle nesting areas on the beach, rehabilitate injured turtles and educate the local people on how to fish responsibly and protect the native marine life such as green and loggerhead turtles. Tourism to Turkey has been hit hard in recent years due to political unrest and its proximity to Syria; obviously our priority is always the safety of our groups and that is why we always follow UK foreign Office Travel Advice and are in constant contact with our local suppliers to ensure we know what conditions are like on the ground. However we also strongly believe that is important that we continue to send groups to Turkey to help support the local businesses and our local Leaders that have been hit hard by the downturn in tourism. It’s a wonderful country, with fantastic weather, stunning coastlines, forest covered hills, tons of ancient ruins and mouth-watering food and now is a great time to visit, as it’s affordable and you can avoid the crowds.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

1 Reviews of Turkey history tours, small group

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019 by

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

It is so hard to choose just one memorable part of the holiday!
It was amazing from start to finish. Being often the only group visiting these amazing sites was definitely a real highlight. One of the best was being almost the only visitors to the Temple of Zeus at Euromos was a stunning moment with the sun starting to set over picturesque ruins and watching the site workers moving massive columns into place.

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

Be prepared for full days with lots of different site visits. Take at least one pair of long trousers and shoes for the more remote of the sites. If you can, arrive a night before to have time to acclimatise in Dalyan and stay an extra night or two at the end of the tour so you have time to see a bit more of Fethiye.

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

Staying in the smaller, often family-run hotels, felt like it was benefiting local tourism and not the big companies and resorts. Staying in hotels in the centre of towns meant that we were able to use local restaurants (often recommended by our guide) and local shops too.The trip to the Dekamer Turtle hospital was an excellent chance to support a conservation project. Visiting some of the smaller towns and archaeological sites also felt like we were supporting the conservation of the country's treasures and history.

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

Excellent holiday. Varied and fascinating itinerary, good group size, brilliant local guide, fabulous group of fellow travellers.

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