Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 5-Day Aegean Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale and Hierapolis. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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!
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.
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.
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...
We really enjoyed the tour. There was historical sights, natural beauty and of course shopping. Our tour guide was very personable and informative. We had a small group of companionable people which was really nice. My only small negative comment was the food was not great but then we didn't enjoy the food elsewhere in Turkey so it could be just individual taste. The hotels were all very good; friendly staff and good service.
The sites you see on this tour are really good. The Gallipoli tour should be shorter as there is no need to see 3-5 cemeteries.
However, there are a few things that should really be improved. The tour bus is small and really tight, especially if you're tall, for a trip of this length. The hotels are advertised as 4 or 5 star but in reality they are more like 3 stars by North American standards. I also think that the amount of driving that's on this tour is not really apparent. Most days consist of 6-8 hours of driving.
The tour guides and the drivers are wonderful, helpful and informative. As I've previously mentioned the visited sites are beautiful. With some improvements this tour could be really good.
A disappointing trip filled with long drives, an unenthusiastic guide and minimal commentary. This itinerary needs to be reviewed.
I should be rating this as a great tour, but the guide was a disappointment. He seems to be tired of the job. On day two of the tour at Pergamum, he gave us a 5 minute site description and retired to the cafeteria telling us to meet him at the bus at 3p.m. There were other tours by the same company at this site and I attached myself to another group who's guide was excellent and gave a great tour of the site. After arriving back at the bus at 3p.m. and sitting for a half hour I had to go and track our guide down in the cafeteria. At this point I took him aside and told him frankly that his tour was poor and he needed to step up. I also asked why we he was in the cafeteria at 3:30 when he had asked us to be at the bus at 3:00. No good explanation. There was some improvement the following two days. The last day of the trip had us on a long drive through the Turkish countryside and a stop at Bursa. Not a word during the 5 hours drive about agriculture in Turkey, what was growing, nothing. The guide slept and played with his cell phone as always. Oner seemed only interested in getting back to Istanbul and on arrival in Bursa he jogged ahead of the group to the Green Mosque. Once inside we got no descriptions of anything while he tapped his thigh impatiently. He then jogged out, again ahead of many of the group members, telling people we had one hour to go to the washroom, tour the silk bazar and have lunch. Chop, chop was the message as we seemed to be cutting into his time. This guide frankly seems bored with is work and the tour was run to his convenience rather than the groups interests. Thank you
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My wife and I both a young 58, believe this tour did not meet our expectations. We understood that all meals were included however that is not the case. The 4 and 5 star hotels were at best 3 star. The guide was a last minute substitute that lacked the knowledge and the english language skills we expected. We would not recommend this tour to anyone.