Small-Group Pamukkale Day Trip from Kusadasi: Travertines and Hierapolis - Reviews

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Carol T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We had a well presented and air conditioned mini bus. Our driver was charming and spoke excellent English. Our guide at Pamukkale was lovely and she was very knowledgeable and also spoke excellent English. It was a really hot day so we spent quite a while bathing in the warm Cleopatra pool. Sadly, I think the magical powers associated with the water have waned over the years as I didn't look any younger after my swim haha. Pamukkale is a beautiful place and I would recommend this trip as we had a great time.
We stopped off at an Onyx factory on the way back and it was interesting to see how the artists manipulated and shaped the onyx. There was a gift shop full of beautiful things and even though we did not feel pressurised into buying anything, of course we had to get a little momento of the trip. Overall, an excellent experience.

Wendy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Wonderful tour and sightseeing.

Delyan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This tour was amazing!

Bernie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

It was a lovely day and the site was worth anyone seeing. True wonder of the world.

Tyler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

This tour was great from start to finish! Our guide Mehmet was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Our tour included a buffet lunch which has really nice. Visiting Pamukkale, the white travertine rock terraces and Hierapolis is something I would recommend to travelers visiting the area. I would recommend paying the little bit extra to go into the thermal pools, we had a good time all round.

Tara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

The guıde was really ınformatıve and helpful. It was a small tour and very accomodatıng to everyones needs. It was fun to swım ın the natural waters of pummakale.

Paul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Pick up on time . Hard to fault the day. Knowledgeable guide and a spectacular place well worth seeing. Lunch was impressive all you could eat Buffett option and a stop at a onyx rock making factory for a short demo. Took you into the shop but no pressure to buy anything. Good value day out

Nasrin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Amazing, picked us up and dropped us off plus best of all we had plenty of time to see the beautiful Pamukkale!!

Ian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The bus trip there from Kusadasi was about 3 hours and quite pleasant with a food/drink/toilet stop.
We wasted some time at a linen/Manchester outlet store which we were not interested in.
So between the bus trip, the Linen shop and the lunch getting to the actual site took about 4.5 hours.
Everything else on the tour was fantastic, we had plenty of time at the site, we walked around the travertine's and did all the photos, visited the museum which is excellent and then had about 1 hour swimming in the pool before departing. If we had just a bit more time we could have also had a short walk to the roman amphitheatre but we some many more better ones later on our trip so no big issue.
The tour guide and driver were both fantastic, great English skills and informative.
Great tour just get a book to read for when they do the outlet store.

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

I definitely recommend this tour as the most painless way of seeing Pamukkale. We were collected from our hotel at 8.45 am and returned at 6.45pm. The three hour drive was broken up by a stop half-way at a cafe/shop at a petrol station, with good toilet facilities. There were five travellers in total in a very comfortable vehicle with driver and excellent guide, Gul. We enjoyed the buffet lunch at a large restaurant at the foot of Pamukkale, obviously used by all the various tour groups. There was a good selection of food. Drinks are payable in any currency and were not expensive. We had two hours free time at the top of Pamukkale to swim in the Antique Pool and paddle in the travertines. We really enjoyed the Antique Pool with its very warm water and decidedly unusual experience of swimming over ancient ruins. We were offered a stop at an onyx factory, but were able to decline easily.

Garry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

I had a great day with this tour company ,they run a very professional and informative tour ,thought it was terrific value for money ,even though we were offered a tour cheaper with another company ,I would use this company again ,I couldn't imagine the same quality tour for less money ,the guide was great .

Maria B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

The trip was great. It was only four of us and the guide was very good.

Maricris R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Pamukkale is indeed a must see! Our trip there had been really awesome. Our tour guide Rose from Fez Travel is not only very knowlegeable but really helpful as well. The price that I paid for my whole family to go on this trip is really affordable. I have been recommending Viator.com to all my friends since then and will regularly check their website for great deals on my future travels.

Eleftherios K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

It was perfect day trip to Pamukkale.. the guid was excellent .. they picked us from the hotel in time ..we had enough time to walk around and discover the magnificent Pamukkale pools ..Thank you

marinabhargava

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

Pamukkale is amazing. The only thing I'd change are the trips to the leather fashion show and gem store.

Jarich M

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2017

Tahsin was an incredibly passionate guide and was really nice to talk with. He was very informative and knowledgeable about Turkey and the environments. I wish we'd have him for Ephesus as well. His and the drivers services deserve an absolute 10!

The only reason I did not give a 5 star rating are rather because of the firms organizational details:
We were picked up had to drop breakfast right away at 7.30, whilst the day before, the company comfirmed through phone we'd be picked up at 8-8.30
The journey from Kusadasi to Pammukkale was very long. Our hotel being the furthest away in the group, we spent at least a total of 8.5-9 hours sitting in the bus, just to enjoy about 2.5 hours of Pammukkale.
For such a long journey, I personally wouldn't recommend travelling in a small group or bus. Us being tall Europeans and a little overweight, let's be honest, spending that long in rather cramped seats isn't quiet comfortable.

Nancy A

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

The tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis was wonderful. The guide was knowledgable, the lunch was delicious, and the sites were beautiful and interesting, even though there wasn't much water in all the pools. It seemed as though we spent a lot of time shuffling people around and waiting for vehicles to arrive to take people from our bus to different locations, which I hadn't experienced on a day tour before....which is why I gave this a 4 star rating, instead of a 5.

Vesa A

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Pamukkale is surely a place to visit. Travertines are really amazing and scenery in front of you magnificent. When you are experiencing travertines you forget time. There are so many photos to shoot. It's good to remember that also theatre and museum of Hierapolis is worth to see. I give the place five stars but for tour planning only two stars. What irritated me was the fact that we drove some three hours to get Pamukkale and then spent nearly one hour in textile shop. So we had only two hours to spent in Pamukkale itself. Time in textile shop was wasted ... we should have gone straight to Pamukkale....

Lynette G

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

This day trip was worth the 3 hours or so in a small but comfortable mini bus. Our tour guide was very informative and had an outgoing personality. We thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiasm. Pamukkale is worth the effort! Hieropolis was fascinating. A tour well worth doing.

Eduardo W

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2015

The tour is a good way to go from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, but doesn't add anything other than that. You should face it as an alternative to a shuttle or taxi.

The lunch included was below average, for sure. We had wonderful and cheap meals in Turkey and that was not one of them.

The tour guide was nice and helpful, but was lacking a bit in his English skills and didn't add much information.

Also, we wish we had more time there. Considering the long trip, I'd recommend the time there to be an hour longer at least, getting one hour later to the hotel.

Marilyn M

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2015

Its a fabulous place to visit however we went from Kusadasi which took 3 hours to get there and we only had 1hr 30min there which wasn't enough time to see and do everything, so its great to see but check out how long it takes to get there so you can have as much time there to take everything in.

KIMBERLEY A

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2017

Pamukkale and Heirapolis - Incredible places to see, though I wouldn't bother with this tour at all. We basically paid GBP97 for a driver.

On the 3 hour drive to Pamukkale our guide spoke to us once - To let us know we would be stopping for 20minutes. Upon arrival in Pamukkale our tour began. He walked us through the entrance to the terraces, vaguely explaining things that we could have read our selves on the signs all along the walk - gave us a few hours free time.
Afterwards was lunch - we were told to not have quote high expectations unquote, but the food was actually inedible. Cold and unidentifiable - no one from our tour finished a dish.

3 hour ride back to Kusadasi, again only being spoke to once again upon stopping for 20 minutes.

The pools at Heirapolis are absolutely amazing, well worth a visit - though this is not included in the tour but there is plenty of free time to have a swim. The terraces themselves look nothing like you see online, though after travelling so much this was expected - Still amazing to see.

If we had of just paid for a driver for the day we would have zero complains, but booking a tour you expect some form of a guide. He wasn't interested at all.

Shivani S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2015

I was dissapointed with our tour guide who didnt speak English fluently. Also, lunch was not authentic rather just a buffet restaurant. We spent more time at shopping venues such as textile store and onyx factory. I would not recommend this tour.

Louise L

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2015

There was not enough time at the Pamukkale site as we spent more time travelling on the bus to and from the location. We felt very rushed during the visit and did not have time to visit all the ruins. The guide had poor English which meant you could not understand what he was saying. His commentaries/explanations were extremely light and indicated a lack of knowledge. The driver was constantly on the phone whilst driving, putting the lives of every passenger on board at risk. The lunch was unsatisfactory and poor quality and choice. Overall I felt the tour was sub-standard for the price we paid. I believe I could have joined a cheaper local tour and had a better experience.

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