Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus 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.
This was our third trip to Turkey in ten years and we have found that each time the service and attention to detail has improved. Our pickups were well communicated and always on time. Our guide was engaging, well informed and courteous and we were happy with the facilities at our hotel in Kusadasi (The Onder).It was a bonus that the seaside shopping and nightlife strip was in easy walking distance from the hotel and gave us another option to enjoy the nightlife during Ramadan. The highlight was definitely Ephesus but the day trip to Pamukkale was also well worth the 2 hour drive. Warning, the weather in August is very hot so appropriate sun protection is a must.
Well, my impression of the promotion if the trip did not meet my expectations.
Firstly, I assumed that a four day trip would be what it says, not on the first day spending 1 and 1/2 hours driving to Kusadasi, and getting to,d I had a free day.and the fourth day spending 1-1/2 hours travelling back to Izmir from Kusadasi. No touring at all. So 2 days turned out to be a total of 3 hours being procdeed as part of the tour.
2nd day packed up. MY bag and checked out of hotel, as I thought I was having 2 nights in Pammukkale, then I hear from the tour operator that day, while I am supposedly hearing from the Tour Guide of the History of Hierapolis, which I have no idea, as they kept on phoning, as I had the paper work, but I did mother it with me saying about the accommodation.
3rd day Ephesus - fantastic,
however, I really enjoyed the tour, fantastic place, and the guides and drivers who Re FEZ staff were great and also sympathetic to my confused situation.
On the other hand,I thought the total trip of over $500Aus was expensive, considering the tours were only
selling for €49 and €69 per day, and not knowing the distances, between places, ie Kusadasii is so close to Epheses Considering, the false advertising of 4 day tour. I cld have caught a bus to and from Kusadasi and probably paid half the price. But I did enjoy it, it I thought a detailed outline of why the trip entails provided beforeI paid" might have been good to,have.....not just listing places of interest.
All service provided was excellent, BUT ...??? Thank you for asking.
While my visit to Ephesus was well organised and a real enjoyment, the Pamukkale part a real disappointment.
I was picked up (with some 45 minutes delay) to force visit an unworthy visit to a marble factory followed by an early lunch.
Then to be left alone in a commercial complex for a 4-hour swimming on our own pocket for the rest of the day! Not a single word of explanation about the site which was supposed to be a UNESCO listed site.