900 Reviews of Turkey Tours
The best of Turkey August 20164.0
Too many to mention but Capadoccia, Ephesus and the underground city at Derinkuyu were all highlights. Istanbul is fascinating, with plenty to see and do and the hotel in Cunda was especially nice, with dinner on a private jetty.
Fatih Develi was knowledgeable, calm and professional and went out of his way to arrange different things for us to see on the way, including a wine tasting, which everyone really enjoyed. He is passionate about his country and knows so much about its history and culture, there wasn't a question he couldn't answer - and we put him to the test!! We couldn't have asked for a better guide and our driver Mustafa was great too, always with a ready smile and there were some long drives.
Spend extra time in Istanbul at the end of the holiday if you can, as there is so much to see there - a boat trip is definitely worth doing. Pack a good mix of clothes - in early September, it was hotter than expected, so take some things to layer up. A spare battery for your camera is also a good idea, one I wish I had had when my camera died while at Ephesus!
Consider a change of hotel in Istanbul - all the hotels were good, but the Istanbul choice was probably everyone's least favourite. It would also be nice to go to more authentic Turkish restaurants in the evening, but depending on where you are, this is not always possible.
Operator Exodus Travels
A good tour with sufficient variety to satisfy all February 20164.0
Operator G Adventures
Terrific December 20154.0
I enjoyed the tour a lot,think that December 20154.0
Operator Tucan Travel
The trip was amazing, great scenery, lots October 20154.0
I would like to spent more time at the attractions than at the bus.
Operator Intrepid Travel
I really enjoyed my tour, although I would have loved to spend longer at almost every place we visited - I WILL be going back to Turkey some day and particularly to Gallipoli when there are no crowds or infrastructure June 20154.0
Esra was AWESOME and her English was great! I would love to have her as a tour guide again.
It would have been great to have some detailed notes of the history of the places we visited. Esra's knowledge was amazing but I have not remembered everything she told us. She also gave us some handy hints along the way (e.g. about the bazaar).
One let-down was not having a final meal with the group. We left Gallipoli, drove back to Istanbul and that was it.
I would also suggest having name-tags (maybe first names only) to wear for the first few days to get to know each other and, perhaps, for everyone to introduce themselves at the first meeting.
The most disappointing part is the advertised tour length. I think it stretches the friendship for tour companies (you are not the only one that does this) to advertise the tour as 8 days when the first day is only a meeting on the first evening and the last day is only the included breakfast in the accommodation. It was really a six day tour. Read more