4 independent reviews for Turkey small group tour

Reviews for Turkey small group tour

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review 4 Oct 2017

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

Balloon flight

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

Dont expect too much time at historical sites

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

Marginally

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

Summary: A skim over the surface of the major Turkish site with little time for serious exploration. Too much emphasis on overpriced shopping opportunities. This tour involved lots and driving due to the distances involved and as a result time spent at the various site was quite short. The tour of Gallipoli concentred on the Australian sites and our American and Pilipino travellers had no idea what it was all about. For them a visit to the highly rated museum may have given some context to the various cemeteries and a visit to one of the British cemeteries would have given broader coverage. Troy was also difficult although we would have needed a historian to be able to make a better interpretation of the endless piles of stones. The Acropolis of Pergamum was better served as there were more visible remains. Ephesus was great although the village of Sirince was just a tourist trap. We spent an inordinate time at the leather shop which used up time which could have ben more usefully spent later at Hierapolis visiting the museum and looking at some of the tombs. To our surprise we found the Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum interesting as we had enough time to do our own explorations. The “traditional” Turkish folklore evening was much better than anticipated mainly due to most of the guests being Turkish. The early morning balloon flight (not included and 120e) was the highlight of the trip as I think we had a particularly good pilot. The long drive to Ankara and then Istanbul was rather tedious. Hotels : Great….. Sirkeci Mansion Hotel and Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel Iris Hotel appeared to be empty apart from us but food was good. Colossae Thermal Hotel was fine apart from the vast dining room which was like a bear garden Elevres Stone House, fine hotel but rather boring food.

review 28 May 2015

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

The balloon ride in Cappadocia, closely followed by the visit to Heiropolis, a fascinating site.

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

Be prepared for long coach journeys, but these were broken up by several interesting stops on the way.

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

Local people definitely benefited from the tourism both on our trip and from the many others, obviously on the same circuit as us. I didn't feel there was much emphasis on reducing environmental impact. In fact, we travelled in a full size coach even though there were only 19 of us, but I suppose that is too many for a mini-bus. And the ability to be able to spread out during the long journeys was much appreciated. As for conservation, most of the sites were carefully managed so that damage caused by the hoards of visitors was kept to a minimum.

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

We have travelled with another small group holiday company for the last 10 years, so I was a little bit nervous of using a different company. However, my fears were quickly put to rest as this is one of the most interesting holidays I have been on. I particularly appreciated the use of headsets as we would have had difficulty hearing our guide in the throngs of tourists. The mix of nationalities and age groups was also welcome. Our guide, Perihan Asan, was very informative and lively and made the holiday so enjoyable.

review 1 May 2015

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

I loved the balloon ride over Capodocchia, and found Galipoli very moving. I have probably spelled both incorrectly, but not feeling very well today, my excuse! I also found the whirling dervishes very spiritual, though it was but for tourists...the four ancient sites were all beautiful.

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

Make sure you have plenty of sleep before you leave your home!

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

I would hope all three.

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

I thought it ticked all the boxes as they say - looking at the atlas beforehand it was obvious we were covering a large mileage in 7 days on the road, and we were all tired with the long days, but that was what we had bought into. All interesting places to visit and, having only visited Istanbul before (twice) my eyes were opened to the expansion of Turkey's economy and aspirations enormously, which was most enlightening. Delightul, friendly people, good clean quiet hotels, buffets became boring but, again, that is what we had paid for, no more. A decent cappucino would have been nice, did find one in the end - made by an Aussie trained barista!

review 21 May 2013

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

Cappadocia and balloon flight.

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

Take euro's and take universal sink plug.

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

Yes we supported local businesses and co-operatives.

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

Excellent for travel but well below average for accommodation. (star ratings not reflected on services).

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