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4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY August 2016

5.0

Highlights of Turkey

Marvellous holiday, varied itinerary with spectacular architecture, guided by a very experienced and helpful guide.  You will get the feel of the real Turkey.
The Blue Mosque and the Haga Sopia, both in Istanbul were not to be missed, Cappadocia caves and the underground City of Derinkuyu, with seven levels of tunnels, made this holiday a trip, not to be missed by anyone.

The Turkish Tour Guide, Funda, made this holiday run smooth and she seemed to go that extra mile to make your holiday marvelous.

If you have been to Turkey before and just experianced a beach holiday....... you have not seen the real Turkey.

When being guided on holiday, there is nothing to compare with local knowlege.

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Highlights of Turkey August 2016

5.0

Highlights of Turkey

As the title suggests, this is tour which takes in some of the highlights of Turkey. A mix of ancient and more recent history, culture and amazing landscapes, together with friendly people and good food, its a recipe for a great holiday.
I had high expectations of Turkey and this trip far exceeded them. There were many inspirational moments from the amazing rock formations of Cappadocia and Pamukkale, to the quiet contemplation of Mevlana Rumi Mausoleum in Konya, the poignancy of Gallipoli, and the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus.

Our group leader Fatih was wonderful. Professional, flexible, and cheerful, he was always able to offer choices to the varied group of travellers. His knowledge and love of Turkey shone through. He was ably assisted by Unal the driver, who was also flexible about the itinerary and timings.

Try not to be too disappointed if you can't take the balloon flight over Cappadocia, we were not able to as it was too windy on the first day and fully booked on the second. There are some long bus journeys, but the bus was comfortable, the driver excellent and the roads good, with regular stops on the way.
There is not a huge amount of time in Istanbul so I would recommend adding at least a day at the beginning or end of the trip.

I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone interested in Turkey, I'm sure there is lots more to see but it gives a flavour of the country

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY August 2016

4.0

Highlights of Turkey

A fascinating excursion visiting some very important sites.An illuminating insight into the history, culture and topography of this important "new" nation. 
Truth to tell, the trip through Turkey was inspirational in so many ways. Rather like analysing a rich tapestry, one has to admire the colour, texture, content and skill of the artist(s).
The lavish Islamic architecture of Istanbul's Blue Mosque amongst others has to make such buildings remarkable icons of huge historic and modern importance. The Topkapi Palace evokes a sense of the huge lavish empire which was that of the Ottomans, while the phenomena of Cappadocia with its startling landscapes and the blazing white cliffs of Pammukale leave unforgettable images in the mind's eye.
Ancient monuments of World Heritage status, the poignant juxtaposition of Galipolli's natural beauty alongside memorials to the many dead on both sides in that cruel war. All was inspirational

Our group leader was a very personable and skilled young man. He was knowledgeable and at the same time keen to interact with members of the group and to show an interest in each and every one.
Clearly he was well versed in the necessary skills of diplomacy and always ready to be flexible whilst ensuring that we covered the salient items of the itinerary.
I feel that we learned a great deal about Turkey from one of its proud citizens.

Read about the country and try to learn a few words. Locals were very warm but especially to hear a few words in Turkish from visiting tourists. Be prepared to be amazed regardless of what you have read or seen in books or films. We travelled in October. Prepare for extremes of weather.
North of the Taurus Range nights were cool and required warm clothing. Once we reached the south coast we experienced weather reminiscent of an excellent British Summer. Bring your swimmies!! 

The hotels were at times disappointing: the best was in Fethiye, others were sometimes cramped or austere.
However, relatively little time was spent in our hotels and so given the value for money, it was not too much of a problem. If you're concerned about the accommodation, get a list of the hotels where you'll be staying and see if they feature on Booking.com or Tripadvisor, for example.
If you have euros take some with. Often things worked out cheaper paying in euros than in Turkish Lira and if you think on the last day that you won't be back in Istanbul before 8pm, make sure to purchase  items from the Spice Market at the start of your trip. 
 güvenli bir yolculuk!

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY August 2016

4.0

Highlights of Turkey

You do lot traveling but see so much turkey off tourist track but be prepared for some tourist bits september 2011. such variety if you into roman stuff holiday for you. only thought in danger over developing best bits
Balloon flight over Cappadocia mountanis that was amazing but not cheap whole area is great. but experince of life time event. Troy was susurprising good and istanbul Hagia sofia  is terrific  . aspensis theater intact was amazing. Ephesus is all cracked up to be. but hotel in kusadsi is so un exodus it felt I was on package holiday it was no good and hotel in istabunal could been better but hotel in old antalya was amazing owner was charecter  to

our leader was great very helpful driver was great glad i did not drive into Istabunal on peak friday night traffic it was experince . gave us bags advice which we took for most eating places and they were spot on. although want hassle can fine few resturant of your own. take boat trip when in Antalya is worth it but go on  small one and haggle as they lower price lot and do not beleive big group coming on as they never appear when he told us . when went on boat ride in istabunal do not let unknown person lead towards boat that did not exist. as i was not happy and did not go telling others not to. which in end they did not

makes sure got money for water as you drink lot there. do not leave anything valuable in your case as one bags was looked through. someone had camera stolen on tram in istabunal so keep all items hiden and tied to belt or yourself

Its amazing huge and friendly country. people nice . just be careful in cities as cities any where can be dangerous.
in danger of over developing west will exodus do east as that not as developed. we been with exodus 3 times and hoope to go on another when we can afford it

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Highlights of Turkey August 2016

5.0

Highlights of Turkey

A very busy tour with some long drives. Some of the hotel bathrooms were extremely small and inconvenient and I feel that single travellers were put into inferior rooms to couples, which is annoying when you pay a supplement to have a single room. However, overall this is a wonderful trip visiting some of the top sites in western Turkey. There is not enough time in Istanbul though.
There were many. Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul; Ephesus; Kas (a really lovely town); Phaselis ancient city; Mevlana Calaleddin Rumi (Whirling Dervish Museum); rock church frescoes in Cappadocia.

Fatih Develi was excellent. He is knowledgeable, flexible with the itinerary, moving visits if we were running short of time, gave us many options and always made sure we were happy with his suggestions. He was always helpful and patient with all our questions. He also has a sense of fun. He made this a great and memorable holiday.

Be prepared for some very long drives. If you have Unal as your driver you will have a very comfortable bus and he is an excellent driver. Traffic can be heavy getting into and out of cities. Roads are generally very good but there are a few drives over hairpin bends.

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