This was an excellent vacation. Turkey is a beautiful country with an amazing heritage and I am glad I had the chance to explore such a wonderful culture with the help of the travel company. The travel planner, did an amazing job with the organization of the vacation. We could definitely tell that he took into account every little detail of what my family needed and incorporated our wishes into a vacation that was both enjoyable/relaxing (excellent reset times) and filled with enough sights to make us satisfied that we saw as much as we could in our time there. Every transfer went smoothly, all the sights were lined up perfectly, our accommodations were great, and our tour guides were simply fantastic. We did not have to worry about a thing on our trip except to enjoy the sights/food/culture of Turkey and that was definitely something we were very grateful for given the more obvious language barrier we had here as compared to our previous vacations. The travel planner also made it a point to meet up with us on his own trip, which was a very pleasant and much appreciated surprise. Overall, it was one of our most memorable vacations for a myriad of reasons and we definitely could not have had such a wonderful trip without the expert assistance of the travel planner and the travel company.
There was so much to enjoy in Turkey, but I think the most memorable parts has to be the sights themselves. My family most enjoys seeing what is historically and culturally significant to that country (special emphasis on UNESCO sights) and the places that the travel planner picked out for us were exactly in line with what we were looking for. From the Blue Mosque/Topkapi Palace/Ayasofia in Istanbul to the Gerome Open Air Museum and hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, the sights and experiences were simply awe-inspiring and, in all our travels, we have have not seen much to beat the majesty of what we saw in Turkey. The tour guides we had in each area were excellent as well and we cannot say enough good things about both of them. If we could given them infinity stars, we would. When one of us got sick for a day, our tour guide in Istanbul bent over backwards to rearrange the schedule and help provide transportation so that he had a chance to see the major sights that he had always wanted to see in Istanbul. On the flip side, our tour guide in Cappadocia was simply amazing in his knowledge and history and he helped us learn a lot about a region (and a country) that we frankly knew little about aside from what we hear in the news. Finally, the food was simply excellent. There were a lot of dishes I have never seen before and trying them all was such a fun and great experience. Turkish cuisine packs a lot of flavors and spices that you don't see in other countries and it was definitely one of the highlights of the vacation for me personally.
I think this trip overall was simply outstanding and there is nothing I would have changed about the details of it (accommodations, sights, guides, etc). If there was one thing I would do differently, it would be choosing a different time to go. We went at the tail end of their autumn season and winter season was around the corner. As such, the weather was mostly cold and cloudy. We were very lucky in that, out of a projected 7 out of 8 days of rain, we only had one day of rain during the vacation (luckily when we were mostly indoors), but we probably would have enjoyed better weather if we had gone somewhat earlier, such as end of October to beginning of November. That would have given us better weather and we still would have gone during the off season (like this vacation) so that we could avoid the packed crowds at the major sights.
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