Would give 0 stars if I could
Kayakoy Ghost Town and Fethiye Bazaar | nov 2019
I have serious concerns about this tour, which was unsafe and offered nothing of value.
First of all, our family of 2 adults and 2 young children was picked up from our hotel by a friend of the tour guide and driven in a small, dirty car to a meeting point just outside of the market. There were 5 other people in a group that had come with the tour guide. The tour guide simply told us all to meet back at a given time and left. He did not show us around the market, nor were we taken to a Turkish delight factory or gold centre. We arrived at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time, and there were several unfamiliar coach buses and tour groups that came and went. 15 minutes past the meeting time, and the tour guide was nowhere to be found. We were in a clearly visible spot, and it would have taken someone extremely unconcerned with their job to miss us. We tried calling the tour operator but no answer for a good 30 minutes. We nearly called a taxi to take us back to our hotel when finally the tour operator answered and confirmed the tour guide would be coming back for us. We waited, and were picked up 15 minutes later by the tour guide who arrived on an unfamiliar tour bus with about 20 other people, whom we had never seen before. We had seen this bus come and go along with several other buses 30 minutes prior, and my best guess is the tour guide never bothered to get off, nor did he take a roll of the tour guests to check if anyone was missing. At this point, we did not feel completely comfortable or safe with the tour operator. The tour guide was clearly annoyed at having to pick us up, which he tried to blame us for, and told us to quickly find a seat on the crowded bus, as the driver abruptly started to drive off.
The next leg of the journey to Kayakoy, the driver of the bus nearly had an accident when driving down a very narrow lane, one tire went over the edge of the road towards a steep drop with houses down below.
Kayakoy was very hot, though interesting, and the tour guide went into more detail about it’s history. After a decent meal at a local restaurant (which we were all brought to by the tour guide but paid for separately) we were taken around the ruins by the tour guide. There were a lot of steep inclines paved with loose rocks, and not suitable for young children. We were then separated from the group again and driven back to our hotel by the tour guide’s friend.
Frankly, we deserve a refund and an apology. … Leer más