Great group of people. That makes the difference. Our tour guide, Jon, (who is Turkish) was ace.
Very comprehensive tour made all the more pleasant by having a small group and a terrific guide Cjan. Also felt very confident with our driver Izzet
The hotels were great and the areas visited were amazing The only stop that was perhaps not as good was Troy - felt it was a bit too contrived
Everything about this tour was fantastic (except for the leather factory/fashion show). Our hotels were nice; kusadasi room had a fantastic view of the harbor and ocean and our pamukkale hotel had a hot spring hot tub! Our guide "Jon" was a stellar!! We had lots of fun!
This was the first bus tour my husband and I joined. We enjoyed every minute of it. Although the travelling per bus was very exhausting we stopped every hour and a half to stretch our legs. The places are very far apart and we would not have seen it if it was not for the tour. Our tourguide, Kevanc was very knowledgeable and professional and it was a pleasure to travel with him. From our pick up to our departure to the airport was very well planned. The last day e took an early flight back to Istanbul from Phumukale as we did not want to spend another 9 hours on the bus.
It was my 1st ever bus tour and it was memorable.
Very nice tour. Our tour guid was May and she was very nice and informative.
Doing what: Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul
First the Bad: Lots of driving, lots and lots of driving. If you don't mind that then the rest is good.
The Good: The sites and the tour guide. Can ("John") was our tour guide. Knowledgeable easy going tour guide, made going to the sights fun. The places we visited were just amazing. The last hotel we stayed in was very nice, the hot springs were great.
The So-So: The other hotels were okay, just places to lay your head after a long day of touring. Though we did have a room with an amazing view in the hotel in Kusadasi.
It also helped that we had a great group of people with us on our tour, very easy going and up for anything. The group you are with can make all the difference.
Outstanding trip. Our tour guide Murat and driver Mustaffa were very nice people. lots of fun and very friendly. The tour was coordinated very well. The only only slight draw back was the quality of the over night stay (3rd night} at the Grand Onder Hotel in Kusadasi. Overall this was a GREAT and ENJOYABLE trip.
Excellent tour in all respects. Our guide, Can, was very knowledgeable. Interesting and varied. Our 12- and 10-year old children enjoyed it too. Food good throughout.
BURSA - THE OTTOMAN CAPITAL
Doing what: Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul
The travel time from one place to the next was long and the van felt really cramped because of it. But Turkey was really beautiful. Wish we could have had more time and taken the 7 day tour. Our guide John was really cool and the driver was the most patient person we have ever met.
The tour itself was great. The places were fantastic. The guide and driver were terrific. The bus was too small and too crowded. If you are going to spend that much time on a bus and with that many people, it needs to be a proper coach one, with comfortable seats and conditions.
Great trip, we saw a lot. Our guide, Zee, was great (she is freelance and this was her first trip with Fez travel). SHe was knowledgeable and gave a lot of information on Turkey as well as the sites we saw. There is a lot of driving on this trip so be prepared...that means that the time at some sites is limited as a result of the long distances. We had a great group on our trip as well. What I didn't like was the extras at the hotels (ike paying for coffee, tea at dinner or in hotel room, internet fees, and even having to pay for compulsory bathing caps at thermal spring hotel). Also, the rooms were not of 4 or 5 star quality (the bathrooms were very small and did not have separate shampoo and soap, the towels were scratchy and what you would expect in 2 star hotel). The food was uneven as well.
The tour guide was delightful and full of good information. Liked the small amount of people in the group. All of the sights were fascinating and more than I expected. The hotels were nice...
Merry Lee M
Loved this tour! We had a small group. Our guide was very knowledgable, friendly and personable and our driver did an excellent job. While Gallipoli was interesting it meant a lot more to the Turks and Australians but still worth a visit.
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