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.
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.
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 .