Considering this was my 4th visit to Turkey, in this trip alone I saw so much more & learned such a lot about the ancient history & culture of this extremely diverse country! Not one belly dancer in sight, this trip enabled us to explore the 'real' Turkey. There were so many highlights, from the Balloon Ride over Cappadocia to the Whirling Dervishes ceremony. I personally loved Istanbul & Kas and found the massoleum fascinating! Every single day brought a new adventure and learning experience. The group dynamics were incredible with a mix of ages from 17-74yrs including singles, couples and family combinations. We all got on famously & are planning 2 reunions!
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Zaf was absolutely fantastic, he really brought this tour alive. His passion and enthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge of the sights and historical dates was incredible. Zaf's archaelogical qualification and expertise was a huge bonus as there was nothing he didn't know. He would tell us so many interesting facts and paid close attention to detail (we saw a couple of tour groups wander by, obviously missing the crucial explanations of how these ancients sites came to be), He ensured the group were happy at all times and involved everybody throughout the trip. He has a fantastic personality and is an excellent people person and maintains leadership qualities throughout. He really made this trip special for everybody.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Don't overpack, you only really need cool clothing so keep to the basics as you'll move on pretty much every other day. Ensure you have a hat as the sun is intense and temperatures often exceeded 35celsius. If you're interested in learning about the ancient history, take a notepad as there's so much to take in! An alarm clock is a good item to take as there are a few early mornings but on the flip side if you're a light sleeper - pack earplugs to avoid the early wake up call to prayer! (Amazing sound and it was a highlight for me, even the drummer sounded great at 2.30am!)
Stay for longer in Istanbul post tour as there was so much in the city to see and do."
Do you have anything else to add?
My first Explore Tour and I was blown away. The group was fantastic, the Tour Leader was excellent and the itinerary was perfect blending cities with ancient sites and culture. A classic, must do tour!