The O'Connors

  • from Australia
  • 07-09-2012

Hello Liz 

We have arrived home after a wonderful trip overseas. I would like to thank you for the outstanding time we had in Turkey.

All the tours were fantastic and the efficiency of the staff and tour guides was amazing. We had experiences we had never had before and I (Susanne) particularly loved Goreme. The quality of the hotels was exceptional. The people of Turkey are the warmest and friendliest we have ever met. 

Mehmet, who did our private Byzantine and Ottoman tour and the Black Sea tour was particularly engaging - I would love to do his gastronomical tour some day. All the guides had outstanding knowledge and took great pride in their work. The drivers were very experienced and I felt safe in their hands and knew that all would go well.

Once again, thank you very much. We will recommend your company to all our friends.

Warmest wishes

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  • from Canada
  • 07-09-2012

Dear Liz,

We are finally back home after our wonderful trip (we spent a week in France after leaving Turkey).

I want to thank you very much for the smooth and efficient working of your operation throughout our time in Istanbul and on the tour. Your people were unfailingly helpful, and the tour guides were friendly and knowledgable companions on all our trips. Our special thanks are due to you personally for your suggestions and advice, and for organizing such a memorable journey.

With all good wishes

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Ross and Ilona F.

  • from Fingal Bay NSW Australia
  • 04-09-2012

Hi Liz, 

Here we are back in Australia after our travels in Turkey and afterwards in Hungary.

Our tour of Turkey was wonderful from beginning to end and the organisation was perfect at every step of the way. We appreciated the visit from Ihsan at our hotel on our arrival in Istanbul and his assurance of being available via mobile 24/7 in case of problems. I did call him twice to confirm pick up times. He was also very supportive when Ilona and I got sick in Kusadasi - we had a to miss a full day's touring the day we were scheduled to go to Ephesus but thanks to the reorganisation, we visited Ephesus with Ali the next day when we felt much better and also visited Hierapolis and Pamakkale as scheduled - so we didn't miss anything. Please thank Ihsan for us as we don't have his personal email. 

Our treatment the day we were sick was exceptional. Our guide Ayca kindly arranged for us to be taken to a clinic in Selcuk, where we were examined most efficiently and then put onto beds and given intravenous medication - we stayed there for several hours until mid-afternoon. We left with our temperatures back to normal, with antibiotics to take and feeling much better, although it took a few days to fully recover. We cannot speak highly enough of the caring and competent treatment we received at the clinic. I think the clinic is part of the West Aegean Health Service.

Istanbul was a delight for us, as we explored Sultanamet and its small streets and the Blue Mosque and Topkapi areas and then at the end of our tour, over on the Istiklal St side. Our guide took us to a Turkish rug centre, where we bought a rug we really didn't want but it will be a lovely souvenir of Turkey. Actually we bought a second smaller rug at another rug display centre on the way to Pamukkale. 

All of our guides were very good and looked after us well. At Gallipoli we had a retired professor Kenan Celik who is a world expert on that campaign and was a mine of information on what happened and could have happened. We came away with a deeper understanding of both sides of the battles there but appalled by the waste of young lives.

Hayim showed us Sophia and Topkapi Palace - very informative and friendly but left us alone with his rug merchant mate whose persuasive powers were greater than our determination not to buy. Mustafa took us to the Spice Market and the Bosporus tour and also the Dolmabahce Palace - the PA system on the boat was unfortunately poor and the commentary therefore partly missed but overall it was a good day. Ayca was terrific and took us to from Canakkale to Troy, Pergamon and on to Kusadasi - both ancient cities fascinating. He also arranged for our treatment when we were sick. Ali was also great and took us to Mary's House, Ephesus and Hieropolis/Pamukkale - also fascinating. 

Cappadocia was wonderful including the hot air balloon ride - we're very glad we went there - it's such a fascinating place and Goreme is a lovely town. Our guide was excellent. A Japanese group on our minibus had its own guide fluent in Japanese - he said Turkish and Japanese are similar!

Back in Istanbul we liked Istiklal and the Taksim district and on our last day visited the Modern Art Museum and the wonderful Van Gogh exhibition. 

Our hotels were varied but all were good. The Canakkale hotel is historic and quaint and maybe only 2 stars but it was only for one night - our room was at the front and revellers kept us awake until 2 a.m. - I think it was 18 March celebrations. The staff at the boutique hotels were very helpful and friendly.

Our tour of Turkey exceeded our expectations and we will tell all our friends how great is was. Ihsan was keen that we leave with a good impression of Turkey so please assure him that we did and please thank him for us. 

If you would like any further specific feedback I would be glad to give it. I've already passed your details to a friend whose children are planning to visit Turkey.

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Michael Robertson

  • from USA
  • 04-09-2012

Hi Liz, 

Just finished last day tour and I want to give a huge rap to the people you used. Just fantastic in every way and nothing to complain about.

Thanks again for helping to make this trip so memorable.

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Jan and Wendie

  • from Australia
  • 04-09-2012

Dear Liz, just one last email to let you know how much we enjoyed our time in Turkey and all the work you done to help our trip a memorable one.I will recommend your company to any friends or family that want to go to Turkey. We hope to be back there one day.

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Lee & Jeff (Glenn & Jennie)

  • from Australia
  • 01-09-2012

Thanks for the most wonderful, fanstastic tailored Lycian Classic tour. We appreciate the time and effort you put in to cover all facets of the itinerary to make it effortless and well organised. All transfers, accommodation, flights, etc were ideal and timing was excellent. We cannot find fault in your choices of accommodation. Would love to have spent an extra night at the farm at Kayakoy as our hostess and food was exceptional. People everywhere were friendly, driving not too bad. One highlight was our stay at Kalekoy with our boat trip over the sunken city and, of course, swimming everywhere. Another was Cappadocia with balloon flight and walk through the valley. 

Once again, thank you for making our trip so enjoyable. A wonderful experience. After telling our friends of our venture we are sure you will be receiving enquiries from them!

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Naida P.

  • from QLD, Australia
  • 31-08-2012

"Our time in Turkey was amazing, and much of the credit for that goes to TTC for their professionalism and extraordinary organizational skills. Answers to our questions before the trip were prompt and informative The boutique hotels we stayed in were lovely and always within a short walk of the areas we wanted to visit. We were not part of a group so very much appreciated all of the wonderful people who showed up to transfer us from place to place and provide us with valuable information. Turkey is a fascinating, vibrant country and I would return in a heartbeat. For assistance in planning another trip, I would contact Turkey Travel Centre again just as quickly."

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John and Rosemary O.

  • from NSW, Australia
  • 29-08-2012

Dear Michael - Rosemary and I would like to thank you and Enver and the rest of your staff for the efficient and friendly way in which you made our travel arrangements for our recent trip to Turkey. The itinerary was interesting, and the guides knowledgeable. Any problems we had were quickly dealt with - in particular I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the correction of our travel from Kusadassi to Pamukaale - a call from a comfort stop en route resulted in a driver and guide waiting for us after lunch at Pamukaale! Thank you also for tracking down and forwarding the carpet that we left in the bus at Sanli Urfa, that was great. The staff at the Sokulla Pasa were great, we appreciated your personal visit, and when we unfortunately were unwell, the hotel staff were helpful and understanding. The doctor they summoned was professional and accurate in his diagnosis, and I think you should keep him on your books.

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Kate & Kerry

  • from Sydney Australia
  • 21-08-2012

We recently completed an amended 12 day Best of Turkey trip organised by Turkey Travel Centre and we just want to say that our experience was fantastic from start to finish! First of all we want to thank Liz, Michael, Enver and all the team at TTC for providing such a comprehensive, professional and personal experience for our first time in Turkey. We were so impressed by the fast and helpful responses to all of our enquiries and the price of the tour was very reasonable considering everything that was included - the hotels were all of a very high quality and the included meals were beyond expectation. The system of drivers, guides and transfers never ceased to amaze us as it just ran like clockwork making our trip stress free allowing us to simply enjoy these amazing destinations. The knowledge and professionalism of the guides also enhanced our experience as we loved learning about the history of this great country. We would also like to say a special thankyou to Enver for going out of his way to give us a truly memorable experience in Istanbul involving an incredible view over the city. I would recommend TTC to anyone planning a trip to Turkey - you would be in very good hands.

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Carl and Cat

  • from Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 15-08-2012

From beginning to end, Michael and the rest of the team at Turkey Travel Centre were a joy to see Turkey with. They responded to every email inquiry we had in less than a day and gave us detailed instructions before we even landed in Istanbul. We were placed in fantastic boutique hotels in the best locations, every pick up and drop off service was on time and professional, and all, but one, of the tours we were booked on were informative and of the highest quality. From the start of our nine day tour to the very end, they made sure everything was up to standard and all our needs were met. We have been telling all our friends and family that if they ever plan to visit beautiful Turkey, booking a tour with TTC Travel is the only way to do it.

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