Testimonials (What our clients say about us)
"I want to commend you for planning an excellent trip for my husband and I to Istanbul. Everything was very professional with every detail covered. The tour guide Ugur was terrific and the car and driver were great. I will be looking forward to working with you for any future clients I have interested in Turkey.
Thank you again,"
R.L., Cruise Planners, Coral Springs, FL, October, 2015
"We're back in Istanbul after a fantastic tour with Hasan, our guide extraordinaire. He's knowledgeable, congenial, witty, curious and flexible. We also enjoyed our traveling companions, M.A. and J.
I'm happy that we spent an extra day relaxing in Sirince, as we really needed a slow paced day after the busy activity filled days of touring. However, I never felt rushed or overwhelmed with Hasan at the helm.
Hasan met us upon our return to Istanbul and spent a couple of hours helping us plan our few days here. He's tremendously helpful with tips and suggestions. Also, Tomtom Suites is an excellent and comfortable base for the rest of our stay.
All the best,"
V. Y., San Francisco, CA, October, 2015
"When Nazli learned that we liked original art, she took us by the home of an artist that she had recently met. We fell in love with her works and bought two. Having a guide like Nazli went well beyond our expectations. She was flexible, listened to our wants, tolerated our exhaustion, and was creative. All of that on top of her obvious depth of knowledge of the area made for a perfect trip."
B.W., Arlington, V, September, 2015
"Rudi definitely made the trip the great success that it was. We all felt that we had hit the jackpot having him as our guide for the entire trip. His command of English and his sense of humor were exceptional. We were constantly amazed by his incredible knowledge of history and religion. He was always enthusiastic and pleasurable to be with. Every day he went out of his way to make our visits to the sites more meaningful. Wherever we went, we were reminded by other guides and people he knew that we had the best guide in Turkey and we heartily agreed. He was always prompt and ready to go. We cannot say enough great things about him. He even played the "saz" for us whenever we had quiet times together. If we get to go back to Turkey, we sincerely hope that Rudi would be our guide."
B.W. & J.W., Toronto, ON, Canada, September, 2015
"Hasan was the most eager, informed, passionate for knowledge, personal, sensitive, generous guide in every way. A real superstar!"
T.L., Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder, CO, September, 2015
"We have had a wonderful 2 1/2 days with Nazli. She is a wonderful guide."
G.M., September, 2015
"Hi Sina, We are checked in at the airport. Everything went so smoothly. We were so privileged to have some extra time here in Cappadocia to see the ležse sights, mingle with the shopkeepers, just get a feel for this area of the country. Onder was perfect -- knowledgeable, fun-loving, brought us to so man wonderful places, and recommended really excellent places to eat. He had a real feel for the tempo we wanted and was totally happy to go with it. Thank you for making this trip to Turkey so unforgettable. Lenore and Peter And we can't say enough good things about Hasan too! We've never met such a scholarly guide, such a depth of knowledge and intellectual curiosity and his subject matter related to a huge city like in Istanbul! He was warm and happy to discuss opinions, but always in a give-and-take way, loved to joke around, so passionate about the art and architecture. You are lucky to have such fine people working with you. Thanks again"
P.S. & L.S., New York, NY, September, 2015
"Gulden was exceptional with us! Really tailored information based on our interests. Loved her!"
E.V., San Jose, CA, August, 2015
I am writing to thank you for the excellent tour. Everything worked right: the guide Rudy- was excellent as well as patient with our grandchildren. The hotels were very good and the highlight was the cave hotel. The gullet was very comfortable and the food on board and service was good (the only criticism is that there was too little sailing mostly was with engine power). A very successful tour. I am recommending your services to a good friend from England.
Many thanks again,"
M.E., Cambridge, UK, August, 2015
"We completely enjoyed our time in Turkey and probably would move there if we could!! (..and my Turkish was a lot better). It was also a real treat having all our hotels picked and reserved by someone else and along with that the driving and highlights to do each day. I'm usually the one that has to figure all that out and it was really nice to have it done for me and on top of it have such lovely places to stay each night. We loved the scenery, the history, the culture and the people! I went for a run almost every day and in other parts of the world this can draw a few comments or strange looks, but that didn't ever happen. Wear what you want (within reason of course), eat when you want (it was Ramadan when we were there) and buy a bottle of wine almost anywhere. I also wanted to make a special comment about Nisanyan Houses in Sirence. This place was so lovely and unique! But mostly I wanted to say my husband especially loved it. When we walked in the door he felt like he was back at his grandparents place in the north of Iran. I loved the narrow little streets, the goats on the corner and the hillside roads too. I would totally recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Turkey! Thanks again."
K.A., Calgary, B.C. Canada, June, 2015
Please forgive my delay in writing to thank you for the most amazing trip. And, to Sina, Figen, Onur and Arca for starting our trip out in such a wonderful manner. Sina, our Friday afternoon with your lovely family was truly such a great beginning to our adventure and to experiencing Turkey. And, by the way, I do believe that Turkey is the most beautiful country I have ever been to or seen.
The trip, simply put, was magnificent. And, Gokhan, was terrific. He handles the group and details so well and truly has such a vast amount of knowledge of all things Turkey. It was also fun that we were able to see the Duke Engage students and their work in Dekamer.
I truly don't have enough superlatives for you and for the excellent and above and beyond treatment that we all received.
Sina, I do hope that our paths cross again and very much hope to be able to return to Turkey in the near future.
Best and deepest gratitude"
S.L.W., Duke Alumni Association, Durham, NYC, May, 2015
"Hi Ali and Sina,
I just wanted to write and thank both of you for such a wonderful tour for our group from U.C. Berkeley. Go Bears! Sina, my husband David and I enjoyed meeting you and the lovely dinner you hosted inspired me to purchase a Turkish cookbook with all the necessary spices while I was in Istanbul. Ali, you are absolutely the best guide I've ever worked with, and I've traveled with so many others over the years. You were so thoughtful and kind to our guests and added your own special touches such as playing the saz for us. The "Go Bears" laser show from the restaurant at our farewell dinner was an event to remember! After this trip, I have told everyone I know how wonderful it is to visit Turkey, and I hope my enjoyment of your great country comes through in the slide show and book.
Thanks again for making our stay in Turkey so special.
K.M., Cal Discoveries Travel, Berkeley, CA, April, 2015
"Ali was an excellent guide and a wonderful person. He was a delight to spend time with!"
N.F., Baltimore, MD, March, 2015
“Thank you for organizing and planning a wonderful trip. It was perfect and stress-free. Each day it seemed as if we had several extraordinary experiences. Hasan is a great guide. He could answer questions about architecture, history, religion, archeology, culture, politics, etc. But beyond that, his love of people was apparent. Everywhere we went Hasan seemed to know someone, and because of this we had very special exchanges with local people. We would be happy to recommend your travel services to anyone who might be considering a trip to Turkey.”
C.S. & H.S., Boulder, CO , April, 2014
“Wonderful trip! Loved the guides, the food, the sights, the arrangements. First rate!
E.S., Boston, MA , September, 2014
“The pace was perfect. Having the free days allowed everyone to do their own thing. We were always busy but never rushed.”
C.M, Belle Mead, NJ , July, 2014
“Gulden was lovely in every way. Interesting, friendly, patient, flexible. Top notch guide!”
C.W, Ithaca, NY , September, 2014
“Ali was amazing. Such a nice guy, and really great with the kids. Super knowledgeable about Turkey!”
L.S., Atherton, CA , June, 2014
“I cannot thank you enough for the work you put into planning this perfect vacation. The guide (Nazli) was outstanding; she adjusted the tour to my client’s pace and was extremely informative and knowledgeable. Their only regret was that it was over so soon. They commented that Venice was anti-climactic after the outstanding tour and hotel in Istanbul. I will always use you for my independent travel in Turkey and Greece. Thank you for all you did for my clients. It was a joy to work with you.”
G.W., Travel Agent , Avoya Travel , Miami, FL , May, 2014
“Wow- what a fantastic time our group had in Istanbul! Hasan and Ali were superb guides - both groups could not stop singing their praises! Hotels were in perfect locations and the staff were extremely accommodating. I absolutely loved Istanbul and hope I can go back next year to explore more of the city!”
J. R. , Marathon Tours & Travel , Boston, MA , November, 2014
“Onder is a gem--we love him already! He picked us up and came with us to the dinner at Cappadocia Home Cooking. And the cooking class and dinner were so much fun--delicious meal and such a warm welcoming family. The Kayakapi Premium Caves Hotel is lovely--big rooms, gracious staff, and beautiful view.”
J.N. , Peapack, NJ , October, 2014
“Wow, we feel royal here as our guide, Gulden, helps us avoid the tremendous lines. She is an excellent guide with fluent English, incredible knowledge of history, and a keen awareness of the shorter way to arrive. I commend you for finding her. The Celal Sultan hotel is in an ideal location with easy walks to most of the big attractions.”
F.J. & P.J.,Somerville, AL, May, 2014 Australia
Thank you very much for organizing driver and Nazli to show us around Istanbul. What an amazing city with the history and all the wonderful buildings. We did enjoy our 2 days with Nazli , she was lovely and we learnt so much.
With many thanks
B. F., Australia
I finally caught up with my family last night after flying from Amsterdam via Istanbul to Tanzania. Unfortunately for me it was just an airport transit at the Ataturk airport.
I wanted to thank you very much for all the arrangement you made for my family during their 3 day sejour.
They reported to me that everything worked out perfectly and thay tremendous enjoyed Istanbul. The only negative was that they wished they had more time there. But that is all the reason to return.
They were very happy with Hassan, and the matter of fact is they adored him. He was professional, personable and charming. Or just simply great!!
I want to thank you very much for your time and effort for the excellent arrangements.
I look forward to visiting your beautiful Istanbul in the very near future and looking forward to meeting you there as well.
I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you, but I wanted to thank you very much. We had a wonderful time in Istanbul & Bihter was GREAT! She was knowledgable, professional & great to be around. I will definitely be recommending you to our friends from New York who plan to visit Turkey. We hope to come back soon.
Many thanks again & especially for the gifts too.
All the best
M & family
The rhythm of each day was delightful…totally relaxing but with swim stops, small port stops, etc. to make each day interesting and different…
S.W. & J.W., June 2013
Loved Hasan…personable, extremely knowledgeable, interesting. (Highlights): Topkapi Palace…unexpected eatery finds…views from Galata Tower at sunrise, hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, swimming in the Mediterranean…Perge…interior restoration at Ephesus…
L.M., June 2013
Amazing guide! Managed to keep interest of everyone…2 teens and a parent! Very knowledgeable, knows how to bring history alive! I was blown away by Istanbul and by the Turkish people. Can’t wait to go back next year!
J.W., July 2013
Nejat should be declared a national treasure!!! Cannot say enough good things about him…anything and everything with Tec was wonderful!
N.R., May 2013
Ali Ihsan was superb! He connected with the group (all university students) immediately and was incredibly generous and attentive throughout the trip. He often went above and beyond to ensure everyone was happy...our driver Ali was terrific! Besides the ancient sites like Aphrodisias, Perge and Ephesus, I loved stops in small places like Sirince and Kas, and the hike in Rose Valley was a big favorite among my students.
F.D., May 2013
Sezai was terrific! Besides being very knowledgeable, he was caring, professional and very funny. A wonderful person and guide…all was wonderful…you did a terrific job and I and I am sure the rest of the group will recommend…
C.A. , May 2013
Sezai was fabulous. Funny, caring, willing to answer all questions and very knowledgeable…really made the trip great.
M.C. S., May 2013
Ridvan is knowledgeable, passionate, warm, great with children and has excellent demeanour. Enthusiastic, flexible and experienced. We would use him again and recommend him to friends and family. Special mention should be given to our driver, Behcet, who had the most pleasant demeanour and was very professional. Itinerary nicely paced and yet covered quite a bit. Well put together.
F.R., January 2013
Our trip to Turkey was amazing! We especially loved Cappadocia and the “Argos Cappadocia” was one of the most amazing hotels we have stayed in. Absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to any travelers….so happy we did the Gulet boat charter for the day, it was definitely a highlight of our trip and a great way to end our vacation! Thanks for all of your help with coordinating another vacation full of great memories.
L.J., Phoenix, June 2013
Gulden (our guide) was knowledgeable, attentive to our needs, patient and a delight to be with. Drivers were very competent and we always felt safe. Vehicles were very comfortable.
L.K. & F. Z., April 2013
We had a wonderful tour and are enjoying it even more in writing my trip journal and in assembling the almost 3000 photographs. Turkey is a special country. It is rich in history, both natural and human, and its cultural history amazing. We learned, from you, how important Turkey is…we have recommended this trip to several of our friends.
H.V. & J.V., November 2013
David and I thought this was one of the best vacations we have had (and we have travelled a lot). Everything from all the flights, airports, transfers, hotel rooms, guides, lack of crowds when touring, restaurant recommendations, meals, even the weather was great, and the hot air balloon ride was a real highlight. We truly had a trip that more than met our expectations. We found Cappadocia a magical place.
J.N. & D.M., September 2013
We have 12 very happy travelers who have all arrived home safe and sound and ready to come back! Every one enjoyed the trip and all have found a very special spot in their hearts for Turkey. Thank you for arranging a wonderful trip that included exposure to history, culture, and relaxation! Cengiz did a masterful job keeping us all happy and engaged with his comments and attention to our interests.
Some highlights included the beautiful yacht for our Bosphorus cruise, the overnight in Assos, lunch at Zeytinbagi, the Marmara in Bodrum, dancing to gypsy music after visiting Pergamon and Asclepion, and a very special visit to Cengiz's house to meet his wife. (We were all very touched by the kindness of the invitation and it meant a lot to the group.)
Thank you very much for your attention to detail and for making this experience one we will all remember for a lifetime.
To summarize, we had a fabulous time, because (a) Turkey is a wonderful and interesting place, and (b) Cemil Bezmen really couldn't have been more knowledgeable, solicitous, flexible, enthusiastic, organized and pleasant.
Just a few examples - we asked if we could go see Kariye (church), which wasn’t on the schedule. He re-arranged…even though he had little advance notice or ability to prepare. We threw him another curve ball by asking if we could go swimming…at the end of the Bodrum peninsula - 10 seconds of thought and he figured out how he could re-arrange things.
Our driver, Musa, was very nice as well, always on-time and reliable.
EVERYTHING has been top-shelf. The dinner last night here in Antalya topped it all. The gulet overall was a great experience…and they all just loved that Turquoise Coast…loved the ride from Fethiye to Antalya yesterday too…
and for sure Hasan …THE BEST. AND thank him for me for sending the violin player last night, a very generous and nice addition to a full moon…
Course I don't think Fethiye will ever be the same with our Pirate Parade into town for the fish dinner…Georgette took over and the Parade into that place and while we were there…I haven't laughed that hard in a very long time.
R.K., September 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you for organizing such an amazing experience for us in Istanbul. Everything from the hotel to the tour itinerary was great. And most importantly, Gulden our guide was fantastic. She managed to satisfy everyone's needs. We are definitely planning to return next summer to experience more of Turkey.
J.U., August 2013
We want to congratulate our guide Cengiz Zorel, we went all through Turkey
with him, and we learned a lot. He is a great person and a marvelous guide.
M.F.C., June 2013
I am just back in Canada following my students' 3-week study tour course which went very well overall, even if I am now exhausted from all the travel and stresses related to looking after them while overseas! …I wanted to send you a note to thank you for your part in ensuring we had such a wonderful experience, and in particular to let you know how terrific Ali Ihsan was a guide.
When I asked Mary in the early stages of planning the trip if it would be possible to pair our group with a younger guide who might be more compatible with my students, I could not have anticipated that we
would end up with someone who was such a perfect fit. From the first day in Istanbul it was clear to me that Ali and my students would get along well and they connected right away; the fact that many of the
students were so emotional upon saying goodbye on their last day back in Istanbul shows what an impact Ali had on them, not to mention their comments and recollections in the journals I asked them to keep throughout the trip. He is a superb guide: extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled at conveying the right amount of information for the audience and the time frame available; compassionate (as I saw
firsthand due to lots of sick students needing trips to the pharmacy); more generous of heart than most people I know; funny; supremely organized; flexible and accommodating in making changes necessary for the group's needs, weather, etc.
As a scholar, I am grateful to have had someone who is so passionate about teaching and learning. He kindly -- and voluntarily -- listened to most of my students' presentations (30 in total!)…Ali also shared much with my students about Turkish history and culture (music, food, Islam) in a way that was accessible to them and easy to absorb…
I am certain that this trip would have been far more stressful without Ali who took care of so many things, resolving problems or issues as soon as they arose, and often going out of his way to make sure our trip was special whether it was adding in a hike through Rose Valley or letting us meet his family in Antalya (complete with homemade borek!). He is, I think, a unique individual in the true sense of the
word, a person who is one-of-a-kind and as a result has left my students with many beautiful memories of Turkey and I hope a willingness to travel again and embrace other cultures and new experiences.
We thank you for all you did to make us fall in love with your gorgeous city! We loved every minute in Istanbul. A magnificent place in every way: the people, the history, the culture, the arts, the sights, the geography, the cuisine... I have told several people that I would happily live there. It's my kind of place! We had a great culinary walking tour with Istanbul and at things we would have never eaten on our own, including stuffed mussels, tantuni, lahmacun, etc. Delicious!
Kate, May 2013
The trip to Turkey was great. Excellent guide in Cappadocia. Balloon trip AMAZING!!!!! We skipped the pottery in Cappadocia and added a carpet tour…we purchased carpets and they were delivered in good order last week. If Dick buys any more carpets, he will need to buy another house. Food was all great and MDC was terrific, even got a lesson in making Turkish pancakes, as did Dick, much to the amusement ofthe staff as no Turkish man would ever make a pancake.
Now we have to add Turkey to our go back to list......
Our trip was more than we had hoped it would be. Everything was so well arranged for us. All we had to do was show up! Our Izmir guide Nejat was incredibly knowledgeable and turned our visit to Ephesus into a time-travel experience. He made everything come to life for us in an extraordinary way – something we will never forget. He has the energy of a teenager and his enthusiasm was infectious. A true specialist. To sum up, we loved it and will revisit again. Kudos to you -- a great job.
J.C. & G.C
New York, NY
The highlights of my trip were impromptu stops – 1) tasting melons at a roadside stand – 2) talking with a Kurdish family doing washing in a local stream 3) eating an impromptu lunch with villagers who were preparing for an evening feast. They insisted we eat some of their food and were so friendly.
We regard Hasan as not only an outstanding guide but a very personal friend. Marvelous trip! Fascinating country!
E.E. & F.E.
Guide in Cappadocia, Antalya was by far the best. Cengiz needs to be acknowledged for his wonderful attitude, services and dedication to making our trip wonderful.
R.A. & K.A.
New York, NY
Our tour guide, Nazli was the best guide we have ever had!! We had a great day.
Have already recommended Danytur to friends/colleagues. Each guide was excellent and professional/courteous. Very knowledgeable and informative. Cappadocia was amazing. Istanbul was incredible. Bodrum was relaxing.
J.F. & E.T.
Mary Bai at U.S. office was so helpful in every way. She always responded quickly with answers and made all changes we wanted. I wish she could handle all our trips. Wonderful!! Only problem – it ended too soon.
New York, NY
Turkish Air inter-country was fantastic and on time!
I just wanted to send a thank you note for your help with this trip – all the accommodations were wonderful and the local office staff and guides were great!
I will definitely recommend your services to anyone who I meet that is planning to visit Turkey. Thanks!
Nazli (tour guide) is fantastic. She was aware of times that might be crowded and changed the order so that our time spent waiting was minimal. All our guides were wonderful (as were the drivers), but Nazli is very special! Great itinerary. Busy, but not overwhelmed. Very well paced although this might be due to the great guides we had.
Loved Turkish Air! Our guide Bahar was outstanding!!
New York, NY
I could tell from the first email Mary sent us that she really understood what we wanted and she set out to provide it. Ridvan out of Fethiye was excellent. He tailored everything to the kids, he gave us just enough information, he joined in just enough and then left us to it. He really was a great guide. The highlights of the trip were the private boat charter out of Fethiye, hot air balloon ride in Cappadoccia, trip out of Daylan to see the turtles on the beach (and the crabs we ate on the boat on the way back!)
Everything went according to the information package – a great/stressless trip.
New York, NY
Cemil (our guide) was fantastic – prompt, caring of our welfare. He even walked us into the airport on our way out of Istanbul.
Fort Washington, PA
Both of us have trouble walking fast. Tek (our guide) went at a speed we both could keep up with and he gave us options as to what we wanted to do. Greatly appreciated. I had done a lot of research Ephesus, and Nejat managed to give us new information. Danytur and Nejat did a wonderful job with our tour, and I would recommend everyone take this!
F.R. & R.R
Nejat (our guide) – excellent historian, wonderful communicator, very accommodating, most gracious gentleman.
F.Z. & R.Z.
Thanks for the great work! We highly recommend your services. Hasan (our guide) was a delight!!
N.J. & J.J
We could not have imagined a more informed, thoughtful, and gracious guide. You executed each day perfectly, optimized the schedule, and accommodated each of our needs and countless special requests with care. You treated us like your extended family, certainly not like a job. We particularly appreciate the special care and fun times you planned for our teenage daughter. You made learning history and culture fun for her (and us). Your personal touch with each hotel, restaurant, site, boat, and driver made each of them also treat us with special care. Glad to be a reference for future travelers.
A.C. & R.L.
Palos Verdes, CA
We had an absolute lovely time and were well taken care of. Everything was perfect from pick up to drop off. We plan to come back and sail the coast. Happy to recommend Danytur to anyone. Thanks for all your help along the way.
R.L. & N.L.
San Francisco, CA
We felt very spoiled on this yacht (Estinti). Impeccable boat crew worked hard to keep everything spotless, itinerary was well paced. Wish we had more days on the yacht.
R.L. & A.L.
Palos Verdes, CA
My first time on a gulet (Yuce Bey) – I was blown away with how relaxing the cruise was. Beautiful coasts and friendly folks.
Grants Pass, OR
Our guide Gulden was outstanding and our time with her was especially memorable.
B.L. & H.L
Palo Alto, CA
Our tour guide, Rudy, was very upbeat and fun to be with. His knowledge was so vast that it added extra punch to the tour.
Santa Rosa, CA
Hi Sina-- greetings from Arizona.
I must commend you on a fine trip, and a most fabulous guide - Hasan.
Hasan was smart, well-informed,and flexible. We had a very quick trip, with lots of very long drives between sites, but Hasan was always on with good introductions to sites and excellent information once we arrived at our destinations.
I'm sorry we are home now -- I could go back at the drop of a hat. Hasan and I began talking about another trip to neolithic ruins and perhaps the Black Sea coast. Who knows?
We have now had two of your tours -- spring 2010 with Odysseys, and now this one. Thank you again for your wonderful planning and coordination.
F. D. Arizona
"We had a fabulous trip. We knew from the minute we connected via email that your expertise and responsive manner would set the tone for a perfect family vacation. Our trip was everything we wanted it to be, creating lasting memories for all of us. The country was beautiful, the food was delicious and the hotels were perfect places to recharge and explore the local culture. Your meticulous planning made for a flawless trip and let us really relax and take in all the sites and enjoy all that Turkey has to offer. Cemil was a perfect guide; he was able to read the pace of the group, while at the same time pushing us ever so gently to make sure we didn’t miss anything. He was flexible and responsive to requests and engaged the children
whenever possible. His extensive knowledge of the history of Turkey made the sites relevant and deepened all of our understanding of Turkish history and culture. Turkish Airlines, comfort class worth the upgrade, similar to business class."
E.P Palo Alto, California
" I have been meaning to write to tell you what a wonderful trip our family had in Turkey. Our trip on the Yuce Bey was perfect in every way. The crew was exceptional, the coast and water was magical, the food was delicious. I am telling all my friends to go to Turkey and take a boat trip.
Thank you for your personal hospitality. We are grateful for your friendly welcome, your advice, and your honey and olive oil! We will cherish the memories of this perfect week for years to come, and we are planning to come again in the future. Also, thanks again for the help with my camera!
I wish you a wonderful summer. Turkey is a wonderful place, and we are so glad to know you.
with best regards, P. W. Brooklyn, NY
" The accommodations were great and my husband is picky because he travels so much for work. Zekiye was wonderful and made our trip even more enjoyable. She allowed us to experience local hospitality in each region in people’s homes which was really special. Honestly, everything was a highlight. My husband’s favorite days were our first night at anchor on Yuce Bay when we hiked up to the ancient Lycian tombs above us, then hiked up to the ancient city of Lydia the next morning. I just wanted to say that, as a family, we travel often overseas and we all agree that this was one of our best trips ever. Our kids wholeheartedly agree. Every region that we visited was spectacularly beautiful and historically rich. My husband and I planned this trip to celebrate our 20th anniversary with our kids and we are so glad that we did. Simply incredible.”
C. W. Wayland, Massachusetts
“The highlights of the trip were too numerous to mention! The gulet experience was fabulous. The joy and fun of relaxing on a beautiful yacht with an excellent and very attentive crew. Amazing vistas, food, and tranquility of being on the Mediterranean and exploring its secluded coves, especially at sunset.”
J. H. Clearwater, Florida
“Nejat, our guide was very professional. He had so much information and delivered it all in a manner that made the 1st century A.D. seem current and relevant. The itinerary hit all the most important sites yet allowed flexibility for mixing the visits according to whim so it still felt relaxed and leisurely. ”
J. D. Princeton, New Jersey
I apologize for the delay in writing this letter to you, but be assured that I have continued to be thankful for all the help and assistance that you gave to me during my short stay in Turkey. You both will have my eternal gratitude and thanks for your guidance and expertise in getting me through a convoluted and uncomfortable process, as well as your personal warmth and caring during a stressful time.
I have done considerable traveling about the world and have certainly never experienced a better tour agency. While every trip has unexpected challenges, I have never before experienced a personal injury requiring an early return home. To be incapacitated and in pain is distressing under the most familiar circumstances, but away from home the discomfort and anxiety are magnified exponentially. Your unfailing courtesy, kindness and knowledge of how to get things done was a great comfort to me and to Mary. Regardless of the series of unexpected complications and problems that arose, you were consistently cheerful, resourceful and efficient at resolving the issues, and removing the barriers. I was impressed by your availability, attention to detail, and impeccable follow up: all hallmarks of knowledgeable and caring professionals. From the unexpected demonstrations which closed Taksim Square, to obtaining laboratory tests and prescriptions drugs for me, phoning to check on me, and even bringing me flowers, you personally and professionally represented the very best in service and style. I suspect that many behind the scenes actions and efforts on your part, about which I will never know, smoothed the path and made my early return to the United States possible. To personally assist Mary and I to the airport at 5AM was truly exceptional. Thank you is insufficient to say how grateful I am, but my thanks are sincere and heartfelt. Please know that you and your agency now have a loyal and devoted client. I have and will sing your praises to my family, friends, professional colleagues, and travel agent. I hope to return to Turkey in the future to complete the trip I missed, and it will most assuredly be with your agency. You represent the very best of travel agency experiences and I send my very best regards.
Sincerely Dr. M. C. A. Corte Madera, CA
"Nazli was a joy - so helpful and accommodating, knowledgeable, funny, candid and personable, organized, thoughtful and friendly.Turkish Airlines were great - both internationally and internally - comfort, food and service were all superior to other airlines.Really enjoyed our hotels - some locations were magical"
C.H. Mill Valley, California
"Wow, what a holiday! Honestly everything was perfect. Wonderful locations, great guides, excellent hotels, incredible weather and everything ran like clockwork."
F.V. Aukland, NEW ZEALAND
"This was our first private tour. It is definitely the way to travel. With our guide Ali, the experience for us was over the top. His knowledge of the old and new Turkey is commendable, we learned so much about each. The timing and pace he set for each day were just right."
M.M. Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
"I couldn't imagine a better guide than Ali. He was perfect in every respect - knowledgeable, flexible, sensitive to our needs, helpful, delightful. Thank you for choosing him for us. Our teenagers really loved the trip - it was the perfect blend of ruins, swimming, shopping, etc. The weather, people, food - all wonderful!"
D.N. Winnetka, Illinois
"Zekiye was an excellent guide. She made sure we were happy and met every need! Her knowledge and communication were excellent."
B.M. New York, New York
"We really enjoyed traveling with Hasan. He has a wonderful personality, very professional, but also very friendly and personable. He accommodated all of our requests and was able to modify our itinerary on the fly when necessary. He introduced us to local people and had great recommendations for restaurants. Also, he knew how to get into places without getting stuck in long lines."
G.A. Morristown, New Jersey
"Rudi was an excellent guide. Flexible and open to any topic or request."
D.R. Columbia, Maryland
"Hasan was an exceptional guide. He not only had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of history, art, culture as well as modern events, but he was able to explain so much in an engaging yet intelligent manner. We felt as if we had completed a college course - but a riveting one!
W.D. & M.G. Portland, Oregon
"Ali is an exceptional guide who made a good tour excellent".
J.C. Trail, BC, CANADA
"We all had a wonderful family vacation shared with our guide who was unbelievably always on top of things for the day regarding special requests and working around diversities in the group. Thank you for arranging a beautiful memory!"
M. G. - Venice, Ca
"Outstanding; trip of a lifetime".
M. S. - Weston, Ct
"We enjoyed all of it! The history, architecture, food and people were all
wonderful. The gulet was a beautiful boat, the crew gracious, the chef talented,
and the blue waters of Turkey's coast beyond description! Our guides, hotels,
drivers and meals were all a pleasure. Thank you again for your services! We
hope to go back someday!"
D. A - Boulder, Colorado
"Exceeded expectations; greatest variety of activities and most learning of any outside USA trip in the past ten years."
D. N. - Winchester, Va.
"We loved the history and architecture of Turkey. Our guides were delightful and it was a pleasure to get to know them and the culture of the country."
S. G. - Owings Mills, Md
"We found Turkey beautiful, sophisticated and the people were wonderful, polite, charming and helpful. The country is unbelievably clean - every place we went. The food was delicious each meal. Thanks again - these memories will last forever."
R. K. - Plymouth, Ma.
" The people of Turkey along with amazing mix of cultures and rich history made this the best trip we've taken. The guides became like friends. They were very knowledgeable, gracious and hospitable, loved their country and wanted guests to know and love it "
" All our guides were excellent in every way. They adapted itineraries when appropriate, based on crowds, our interests, etc., which we appreciated "
" The itinerary exceeded our expectations and we couldn't be more pleased. Hasan was an outstanding Tour Guide and was loaded with information. Truthfully, the highlight of our trip was Hasan. He was our Turkish treasure "
Dr. S. G.
" Our guide Ridvan (Rudi) was astonishingly knowledgeable about history and culture, extremely bright and had superb communication and (most important) people skills. Best tour guide we have ever had in any country. "
Dr. & Mrs. R.B.
" We very much loved both tours that you set up for us. It was a real joy to be with Ooz! He seems to be quite briallant with a matching personality. His knowledge and enthusiasm of everywhere we went were more than excellent. Mary, we liked him so much that we wish he could have been at every stop our ship made so that he could have been our guide! We have already given your information out to some friends and would highly recommend you and your company to anyone that would ask!! In our experience (we have now been to 99 countries), the way you communicate with the client, the ways that you pay attention to detail, the guides that you employ, the itineraries that you use, the kindness & patience that you have when the client wants to tailor the trip, and many more attributes certainly stand you far apart from the common agencies that are in business. We just wish that you went to all of the other places that my husband and I still need to experience! Thank you, again, for everything! "
Warmly, J.M. & D.M. - Clearwater, FL