My husband and I spent two awesome days touring Cappadocia with Fatih Ayas and his driver, Ahmet. Fatif runs a full service tour guide company and is a local Cappadocian. We could not have been more pleased. Fatih is incredibly knowledgeable of the history and cultures of the region. He created a personalized tour, which included showing us all the important sights and a few lesser-known yet significant ones. We saw the beginnings of Christianity’s churches and villages that have maintained their old customs next to the underground cities of the Hittite civilization. Fatih told us stories with heart, with an appreciation of the archeology and the geology and generously shared his knowledge. He took us to his uncle's personally restored and decorated restaurant for traditional Turkish cooking, to a ceramics factory where we also heard the Turkish guitar played by the owner, and to a restaurant where everything is grown and prepared from local produce.
As Fatih got to know us, and that we like to immerse ourselves in the area we are visiting, he further individualized our tour. On our drives and over lunch, Fatif answered our many questions about Turkey; it's people, cultures and religions with integrity, truth and appreciation for differences. He is extremely easy to talk with and a great listener. Throughout it all, he demonstrated warm hospitality. In addition to the tour, Fatih picked us up and returned us to the airport, connected us to a reputable hot air balloon company, and brought us to a whirling dervish performance. He went out of his way to make our trip to Cappadocia exceptionally memorable and complete. He is well educated and loves his country. He is an artist of the tour. We have done many personalized tours in different countries and this was tops.
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