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Australia - 06-04-2018

Hello Michael,

We can only give the highest praise to your company, every pick up was punctual, every hotel was located in an excellent position, the hotels had great character and the rooms and staff were excellent. The activities planned were all well organised and and covered everything that we wanted to see. The two guides, Mehmet and Muhammad were excellent. Overall 10 out of 10.

Kelly Torez

USA - 24-11-2017

Three months ago, I emailed Michael Altan requesting a quote as well as more information about his tour company. Michael replied immediately and gave me different tour options. For two months, I emailed him very frequently and asked an array of questions because I was traveling alone. His prompt responses and great professionalism were what made me book his tour company! He worked with my ideas and booked the locations I wanted to visit at an amazing price!

Upon arriving in Istanbul, Turkey, my contact travel advisor was Ihsan Dincel (co-operator of Turkey Travel Centre). Ihsan Dincel welcomed me to Turkey via telephone and provided me with his direct cell phone number to call him should anything arise. During my 13-day stay in Turkey, I did not have to worry about a single thing! All my hotel transfers, hotel stay, tour guides and accommodations were taken care of; I almost felt like family. 

While many other tour groups had to take long 10-12 hr bus rides to their next location, I enjoyed taking 3 domestic flights between cities in Turkey. Turkey Travel Centre really emphasizes their ability to make their guests comfortable during vacation and they do this every step of the way. I visited the most beautiful and breathtaking places in Turkey. On my last day in Capaddocia, the hotel required me to check out at 11:00am. My flight to Istanbul was not until 8:00pm that night. I called Ihsan Dicen and he immediately took care of it. He called the hotel and they allowed me to check-out in the evening. He is amazing!Turkish people love hospitality and take pride in making their guests feel good. 

Turkey is such a vibrant, cosmopolitan, traditional and warm country. It is safe and affordable for all tourists. You are truly in good hands with TTC.  

As a single female solo traveler, I was skeptical of visiting. I am so glad I trusted the reviews in this TripAdvisor and had the time of my life! I hope to visit again someday! Thank you so much Michael & Ihsan!! 

Bernadette B. and Sue L.

VIC, Australia - 03-10-2017

For people who are thinking of travelling to Turkey for the first time – or for return trip, we highly recommend the very professional and capable services of Turkey Travel Centre. At all times we felt safe and in good hands. The team is customer focussed and has an excellent service mentality.

We were very impressed with the way that Turkey Travel Centre tem organised our 10 day custom tour of the Black Sea and surrounds.

The pre-trip service from Australia was efficient, timely and hassle free.

Our guide in Turkey Mehmet was excellent. He was flexible with our arrangements which we appreciated greatly, tweaking our itinerary as he understood our interests. His suggestions transformed the itinerary that we had devised into a truly unforgettable insight into this area of Turkey.

He was extremely knowledgeable with regard to a huge range of subjects – history, religion, anthropology, local customs and art. His explanations and communications about what we were seeing were interesting and relevant.

Mehmet was an excellent ambassador for Turkey, and helped us appreciate the rich culture and warmth of the Turkish people and society.

His rapport with us and with the people we encountered – the man who made us a local speciality menemen, the man who proudly took us for a tour of the tea processing factory, the men who gave us roses at the autostop – warmed out hearts and spirits.

We were left with a very positive and enriching experience due to Mehmet’s exceptional experience and skills.

Bernadette B. and Sue L.

Kohei Murata

Japan - 19-09-2017

Our tour to Cappadocia was great!

Everything was well arranged, and the hotel was confortable. The reason we chose your company was, first af all, we wanted to communicate in good English, and our choice was correct. I can recommend your company to Japanese tourists, if I have a chance to do so.

Thanks a lot

Anne Alex

Australia - 15-08-2017

Hi Michael ,

Ive been home since the 1st August & l’m finding it pretty hard to adjust to the Adelaide weather & get back into the routine of everyday life !

I really loved Turkey . I met some great people, saw awesome things & l really wished l had of been able to spend more time there.

All the media hype had put a little bit of fear into me, which was unnecessary, as l felt safe there . l did feel really sorry to see how many businesses are suffering because of this.

I would really love to return one day & travel at a slower pace.

It was a pretty hectic 5 days, but awesome just the same!

L. Hartley

USA - 28-07-2017

We had a wonderful trip and I wanted to say thank you.  Hope to travel again with you!

Despite some very warm weather, we enjoyed every place you suggested.  I really appreciated your advice to stay the 3 days in Kas – it was such a great break and in fact would definitely put that on my list to stay for an extended period of time.  Also, Istanbul during Ramadan was really fun.  Anyway, thanks again for a wonderful and safe experience.

Joan Ali

Sydney - 20-06-2017

Wanted to tell you the trip was fabulous. EVERYONE was great. All bus drivers , the 2 tour guides, Turkish dinner, balloon ride. So amazing and memorable. Thank you to you and your fabulous staff. 

Yvonne B.

Australia - 25-05-2017

We would recommend that Australians should take perhaps a quarter of their money in euros as there were times when it was cheaper to pay in euros than Turkish lire. 

Guides all really good, if different. All very open with regard to Turkey and the current political situation there. 
Mehmet - very knowledgeable, friendly and an excellent driver. 
Ferit - very knowledgeable with a real passion for the Romans. Also has a great sense of humour - very dry. 
Mustafa - very knowledgeable, gave us some very thoughtful insights into Islam. Friendly and open

Felt very safe at all times. We have travelled widely in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, and interestingly we had no concerns in Turkey about muggings, pickpockets, etc. Much better than Paris in that respect. 

All connections went smoothly. 

Fabulous trip. Will definitely promote your company to friends. 
Thanks Michael. 

Yvonne and John B.

T. McCullagh

Australia - 02-05-2017

Hi Michael,

Just a short note to say how much we very much enjoyed our holiday in Turkey.  Some key things we learned about Turkey:

· Turkey is as safe as any other European city.   At no stage did we feel unsafe, uncertain or vulnerable.  In fact we felt very safe.  There was a good security presence at key points: airport and tourist attractions, which we found comforting.  Nor was the security presence overwhelming to the point that it made travel difficult.  We were in Turkey during the recent referendum and we saw no protests or demonstrations.  The day after the referendum was just another day in this wonderful country.

· The food is amazing.  We loved the food and there was lots of it!   The BBQ’ed lamb, beef and chicken was delicious.  The seafood at Kuşadashi was fresh and cooked over a hot grill Turkish style.  The vegetables were fresh and tender, and the fruit (especially the oranges) juicy and to die for.  We have never tasted Turkish delight like that which we found in the spice bazaar in Istanbul. 

· Turkey has a rich and diverse culture and history. If you are interested in Greek, Roman, Byzantium, Christian and Islamic history, go to Turkey.  Sitting astride the Silk Road, Turkey is a rich confluence of history and culture.  We could spend months in Istanbul walking the back streets absorbing the rich history of this wonderful city. The Greek and Roman ruins of Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon and PMD are breathtaking.  

· Turkey is very cheap.  Hotels, food, transport are all very cheap by Australian standards.  Daily living costs in most of Turkey was less than $AUS50 per person.

· The transport system is modern and very easy to use.  We caught a modern air-conditioned bus from Istanbul to Eceabat, and later a Turkish Airlines domestic flight from Denizli to Istanbul.   Services were prompt, clean and very professional.  The internal flight was as good as any flight between Sydney to Melbourne flying Qantas.

· Most importantly, the people are incredibly warm and likeable.  They have a natural affinity with Australians, not so much for our shared military experience, but we seem to share good nature and optimism. 

Michael and his team at TTC helped us pull together a trip to the Aegean and Istanbul which was truly memorable.  We were fortunate to be privately guided on most days.  The standard of guides in Turkey is very high. All were university educated, spoke beautiful English and were lovely people.  The guides were a key element to our wonderful holiday.  The accommodation booked by TTC was four star, modern, clean and comfortable.  We very much enjoyed the accommodation in Istanbul at the Dosso Dossi within walking distance of the historical old city sites. 

Most importantly, we are determined to return to Turkey as we believe that this was one of the best holidays we ever experienced.

Our thanks again and best wishes,

T. McCullagh

Gail G.

Australia - 07-11-2016

Dear Michael,

I know this has been a while but Nigel and I wanted to thank you for all your  patience and " encouragement to continue with our trip to Turkey.

We had THE BEST trip. It was enhanced by yourself, Mehmet and Ihsan.  Your organisation, Knowledge, prompt responses and helpfulness was fantastic.

We also loved Mehmet ( at the end of our tour.... explaining that a tip was not necessary as he loved his job.)  One of our pet hates is the tipping at the end of a tour.

Wondering how much and when etc. we tipped as we really appreciated the knowledge and passion he exhibited. He was such an integral part of us enjoying everything.

As for the trip, it was exceptional value for money, so full on and so full of amazing experiences.

We would have liked an extra day on the way down the coast, just to enjoy one of the

Towns and a wander around the real places. The gulet  cruise was delightful. We were , extremely happy and enjoyed the experience.  The experiences of Cappadocia were just awesome. We enjoyed everything.

Once again,thanks. We will definitely recommend you to others and hopefully we might be able  to return one day to enjoy the other million places and experiences that we didn't have time for.

Best wishes and thanks again.

Gail Godden and Nigel Rose.

August 2016 

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