Michael W. Vavra

  • from Canada
  • 13-10-2012

Dear Carolyn, 

Don't know if you remember me , but I was the person with concerns about a walking tour in Istanbul and Ephesus. I was worried about excessive distances, heat etc. My concerns were unfounded. As you first stated, the historical Istanbul sites are so close together that walking between them is really the only way to see them. Your guide Eda was both extremely knowledgable and personable. Eda organized things enabling us to see everything and still be relaxed. She did get us a taxi from the Hippodrome to the Spice Market. We walked back to Sirkeci Konak Hotel from there... enabling us to see the local neighborhood ( interesting and fun). What made Eda such a good guide was that she shared with us a lot of her own personal insights into the current and past country of Turkey. It was refreshing to have a guide who did not just rattle off a rehearsed play list.

Your guide Selcuk and the driver in Cesme ( Ephesus ) were also very good. The van was new and super clean. Selcuk was personable and informative. 

Your handling of our tours and your quick response to my concerns (all unfounded by the way ) set your travel agency over and above others I had contacted. You are a very good person to deal with. I would not hesitate to recommend you or your services in the future. So glad I booked with you. Thank you for making our trip so memorable.