We had been to Turkey ten years previously with an Exodus trip but wanted to explore further east and to go to Ephesus. This trip covered these parts as well as returning to parts of the country we had enjoyed before. The trip more than fulfilled our expectations.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
For my wife the eroded tufa landscape of Cappadocia.
For me the return to Hierapolis/Pammukale was inspirational to see how both sites had improved so much to now be granted World Heritage Site status. And at the end of that day the hotel was the most enjoyable of the lot!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Yunus Ozdemir, a young archaeologist was an excellent, well informed guide who was particularly attentive to the individual needs of members of the group.
Our driver, Mustafa, was also very competent.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don't be afraid to take shorts you men! I wish I had taken more.
Ignore the whirling dervishes in Cappadocia. They are slow whirlers performing a rehearsed tourist ritual and not worth the £20.
One of our party went on the balloon ride and enjoyed it very much. We didn't and in the end were glad we didn't. It is very expensive and we felt we could use our money to better effect (even perhaps as the start of our next Exodus trip).
Be confident of the local food - quality is very good and we had no problem with salads either
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Even in July the heat (up to mid 80's most days and above 100 in Antalya wasn't much of a problem
We couldn't agree about 4 stars or 5, but eventually my wife's view held. I've never given five stars in my life, though I nearly did this time!
My wife commented about how Turkey had moved forward in those ten years especially in cleanliness and hygiene. This was particularly so about Istanbul, and about the public toilets across the country.