Renee Graham

  • from Australia
  • 16-09-2010
I would be pleased to provide feedback for you in relation to our trip to Turkey. Firstly, thank you for providing a wonderful experience for both my mother and myself. I have never had the inclination to travel to Turkey but as mum wanted to go, I offered to join her. Not having been on a fully booked tour before, as I usually organise day trips, accommodation, flights etc myself for my family, I was very pleasantly surprised. The accommodation was very clean, presentable, friendly staff, good locations and of a high standard all round. The only drawback I found was that we did not find out our pick up times etc for the next day until late in the evening prior. Being a "plan ahead" person, this was my only concern. However, we were never left waiting and were always advised just before bedtime :) Having the extra day at the beginning and the end of the tour was great. We did some exploring in Istanbul ourselves and loved the city immensely. The hotel, Hotel Levni, was well located in the old town and was definitely a preference over areas like the New City. The staff were very accommodating. The tours over the next two days were amusing, the first being with a larger group, and the second with Hakan and just the two of us. Very personal. The travel to Gallipoli, Troy and Pergamon was very interesting, as was Ephesus and Pamukkale. The hotel at Canakkale was nicely located along the waterfront. The hotel in Kusadasi was amazing, overlooking the Aegean Sea. The Cotton Castle tour was interesting, but the hotel location for that night in Pamukkale was very remote. The hotel itself was very luxurious and the food amazing, but nothing around the hotel to see or do, and the pool was empty at the resort. The cave hotel in Cappadocia was very nice and the staff very friendly. What an amazing town. The balloon flight was definitely the highlight of our tour. It was the first time both of us had been in a hot air balloon and what an amazing landscape to fly over. The two tours were interesting, but by the second day some of the places started to look the same. Maybe we were just at the end of the “touring”. Thanks again. Renee Graham