Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 8-Day Best of Turkey Tour from Istanbul: Pamukkale, Bursa, Troy, Gallipoli, Ephesus. 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.
The tour was fantastic and it was a history buffs dream come true. Our guide Hassan was really informative and helpful and Turkey is now in our hearts and we cannot wait to return. Everyone should go to Turkey and this is a great introductory tour
This was a fabulous tour, the tour guide was great (Hasan)
We saw lots of amazing places and stayed in nice hotels
It was only a small group of people , so lots of friendships were formed
Highly recommended, as Turkey has a lot to offer
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.
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.
Great value for money, i recommend this tour to everyone who wants to see the best of Turkey, just like it promises.
Our first guide was very professional, had a great sense of humor and a lot of information about the historical sites.
Our driver was very friendly and managed to get us everywhere without problems or stress.
The hotels that were included, were very nice and adequate, thumbs up for the Colossae Thermal Hotel in Pammukkale ( excellent ) and thumbs down for the Marina Hotel in Kusadasi ( first our room was already booked, then the keycard did not work for our next room and then i had to call reception 3 times to get the ac working in the room ).
We joined a second group, traveling from Pamukkale, Bursa back to Istanbul and although we were together for only a short period, this was also a very positive experience.
Our second guide arranged a dervish show and the restaurant she showed us the next afternoon served the best turkish style kebab i ever had.
The weather was great and very high temperatures from time to time, so sunscreen and head gear are no unnecessary luxury.
When you book this tour, be prepared to get up early and to travel long distances by minivan.
The earliest we had to wake up was 5.30 am and the travel from Pamukkale to Istanbul took 10 hours.
J K S
Fine otherwise except for hotel standards of IRIS. Rooms and everything in Momento Hotel r small, tight, and just thrust in. Being asked to pay for water even during B/L/D is shattering in all the hotels.
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.
I enjoyed this tour. There is a lot of bus riding time because of the amount of territory covered but if you are a adventurer and not a prima dona it is worth it. I would have liked more free time at the various stops. I would have preferred less time spent at the battlefield spots but it is worth seeing and hearing about the history. I would have liked to have had a list of the fellow tour participants and their emails so that I could have contacted them later. I didn't like the leather factory stop because it was just a hustle to buy their products and you were hounded by salesman. The Turkish rug factory was both informative and a chance to buy their products without being overly pressured. I would have also liked to have had the detailed pre tour information before I left home and not when I got to the Isatanbul hotel.
I was really looking forward to the tour but our guide who i will not name had rather poor english skills which made it very difficult to concentrate and get involved at the sites . There is a lot of time spent on the bus over 3,000 kms in 6 days which made it very tiring and only 2 of the hotels ( the one in Istanbul and the one in Pammukale ) were of an acceptable standard . Having made those criticisms i did love the Turkish countryside the sites and the hospitality of the Turkish people .