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Caracas, Venezuela9,652 contributions
Nov 2020
Is sad to see how little people enjoy from cappadocia when just doing tours. I walked 17km at least everyday and saw so much. All the valleys and many caves that are not commercial.
There are many caves like this where they make you pay to visit, like the Uchisar, for example, but all cappadocia is full of free caves to visit.
Written November 27, 2020
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Newcastle upon Tyne62 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
Having read many bad reviews of RSD trips we were a bit worried about what we could expect for £200 but we went with an open mind and we weren't disappointed. We were very impressed with the organisation of the trip. Considering how many people were on the trip - ten coaches of people got off our flight. Everything ran like clockwork. The hotels were better than I could have expected. Our favourites were the Avrasya Hotel in Avanos, which was lovely and the Lycus Beach Hotel on the coast. The last hotel, the Ayka Vital Park at Antalya had really nice bedrooms/suites but the heating wasn't on so we were freezing cold. Food there wasn't as good as the other hotels either. But all in all we couldn't fault the accommodation. The lunches and dinners were fine, food was plentiful. The restaurants were really nice. But having a buffet for lunch and dinner every day, where the food choices are very similar, became a bit samey. We had one waiter service lunch in Cappadocia and this was the nicest lunch we'd had and was a nice change from the buffets. A couple more set meals would be nice. Our guide (Eren) really made our holiday. He was absolutely excellent. Very knowledgeable, we learnt so much about the sites we visited and about Turkey in general. He was very friendly and made a real effort to encourage us to enjoy ourselves. He did a grand job of organising everything. Our driver (Ali) was also very good and very friendly. The itinerary was excellent. We saw all the main places in Cappadocia you would want to see. We loved all the sites but if I had to pick just a few of them as favourites it would be Ortahisar, Pigeon Valley, Monk's Valley and the Goreme Open Air Museum. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. We went on this trip to see the fairy chimneys and they didn't disappoint. Cavusin village was stunning too. The whirling dervish ceremony was interesting and quite moving. Glad we got to see that. We didn't think we would enjoy the Cappadocia night but it was excellent. Costumes were amazing. Really enjoyed the walking tour of Antalya but some of the older less mobile people struggled with all the steps. We did have a couple of grumbles: The Mevlana Museum in Konya was excellent but the headsets we were given didn't work very well so we couldn't hear our guide. I would have rather paid extra for the official audio tour. There were too many people squashed into the Saratli Underground City at the same time (2 coaches) so we didn't get the best out of that visit. We couldn't see much properly as there were so many people squashed into each room or hear the guide. Should be small groups at a time. But excellent site. We managed ok but older people should be warned about the low ceilings and confined spaces before they go in. The trips to the jewellery and leather factories were awful and this was the only part of the trip that we didn't enjoy. I presume that these companies subsidise the trip and thats why we have to go there, but the afternoon that we went to the jewellery and leather factories, which was our last afternoon in Turkey, was truly awful and could have spoilt the holiday for me had I not loved Cappadocia so much. The sales technique was very aggressive. When you made it clear that you weren't going to buy, the sales people were extremely rude. I would have liked the option of having free time in Antalya on our last afternoon rather than going to the factories. It's misleading to advertise the culture and dinner package and lunch and aspendos trip as optional. They aren't because it wouldn't be practical to try to find somewhere else to eat. They should be advertised as an integral part of the holiday. Its still amazing value to get a full board holiday with excursions for £400 each. Likewise, advertising the last day 'free to spend at your leisure' isn't realistically an option. Everyone went to Aspendos (which I wanted to see anyway and it was excellent). These minor things aside, I'd wanted to go to Cappadocia for a long time and this was a very reasonably priced stress-free way to see it. Brilliant holiday for the money. We would definitely travel with RSD again.
Written December 26, 2013
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Birmingham, UK37 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
First and foremost, good or bad, this is a 7 day visit to Turkey at a very cheap price. We regarded it entirely as an adventure. The bottom line is that for £179 each we got flights from Manchester to Antalya, bed and breakfast at actually very good quality hotels and the services of a knowledgeable guide and fantastic driver (with the most lovely personality) and we were introduced to the most wonderful scenery in Turkey on a journey with a lovely bunch of people on our coach. The other people on the coach make it special and a memorable shared experience filled with fun and camaraderie. Remember the price when judging this holiday and if you expect more from a holiday - then don't book it and pay more for your own tailor made trip of your own selection.

There are extras - the lunch package and the evening meal options - but all of the small print on the paperwork at the time of booking refers to that. It is again mentioned with the pre-departure paperwork and a quick read of trip advisor and other review websites makes it clear to any potential traveller. I think some people must make he booking with their eyes closed whilst hastily grabbing what seems like a too good to be true price (common sense therefore dictating even more to check all the small print scrupulously before going ahead).

Our 10 tips:-
1. If you like a cuppa in the mornings bring a travel kettle, tea bags etc as none are in the hotels;
2. Bring sterling - many of the options for extra trips etc are purchased in sterling;
3. Pack warm clothes and sturdy footwear - it can get very cold as you go through the mountains
4. Embrace the adventure and get to know the people on your coach - the shared experience and humour really enhances the experience;
5. As others have said, buy the water on the coach - it is a really good option
6. When at the carpet, leather and jewellery warehouses, there is safety in numbers so it you stay in groups of 4, you can resist the eager sales people. They are less inclined to 'nobble' you.
7. If you get a difficult guide, speak to your fellow coach members about it - remember there is strength in numbers; you are highly likely to get further with the support of the others on the coach;
8. Tips for the drive and guide - use an envelope from the hotel (most have them in the rooms) and put any gratuities in it on the last day to give sealed separately to the driver and/or guide (I suppose that could be written tips as opposed to financial tips if you are unfortunate to have a bad experience). They are usually far too busy to open it and many people left it on their chairs when departing the coach a the airport;
9. Keep lots of small currency lira and euros for the toilets as you will have to pay (especially females) 95% of the time - even in shops or restaurants & bring tissues with you (eg from breakfast) as not all toilets have loo paper; up to half of the ladies' toilets in each loo facility are a hole in the floor;
10. Bring spare socks, hats and gloves - almost everyone on our trip had to buy them (there were often 5 or 6 of each design on the coach by the last few days).

Hope this helps - enjoy the adventure!! We did.
Written February 25, 2015
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Rose C
Liverpool, UK3 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
We went in November 2014 and were little apprehensive as the whole trip with food and excursions, was only £400 each. Once on the (very comfortable) coach,we discovered that we were being subsidised by the Turkish Government in order to extend the holiday season and thus provide jobs and sales throughout the Winter months. It turned out to be excellent value for money, very well organised with super guide and hotels. Cappadocia was a truly magical place. The carpet factory, jewellery and leather outlets had their own(Turkish) style of selling, which is not generally liked by Brits and probably lost them a lot of custom as some of us just 'withdrew'. Some travel companions however, happily spent lots of euros in each outlet. The plane was a bit cramped for anyone with long legs, but tolerable on a 4 hr flight.The two long coach trips out to Cappadocia and back were very relaxing, had lots of stops and provided plenty of time for reading, knitting, sleeping and taking in the countryside. Turkey has never been on our travel agenda but we are about to book another trip with RSD Travel, this time to Istanbul and the City of Troy.
Written January 13, 2015
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Christine M
Aberdeen, UK8 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
This was an excellent trip - our first experience of an organised bus trip. We had never been to Turkey and had no idea what to expect and found the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable. The Cappadocian landscape was out of this world and almost impossible to describe in words. December was a lovely quiet month to go, the weather perfect and the Turkish people lovely. Others have mentioned their guides and contradictory behaviour - ours was very well- informed and dealt admirably with one awkward member of the group. However, he difficult with us and others when money was at issue. We were told at the start that we could pay by card the £110 each for dinners and museum entry. The schedule was changed ( we had been told that may happen) and an optional trip took place on the first day, not the last. It turned out that the only time we could have paid by card was on the bus on that optional trip, which we opted out of. Others should be warned to take pounds sterling or euros. He was very reluctant to take Turkish lira and would have given us a very poor rate of exchange. In the event others on the trip helped us put and we managed to gather enough sterling to pay. The other factor worth mentioning is that no provision was made for those not choosing to pay the optional lunch package. As it was we were lucky and the weather was good enough to eat our picnics outside most days, but we felt we and the other 9 members of the group were "skulking" round the back of the restaurants! Apart from these things the holiday was fantastic value for money, the hotels better than we imagined, except for the last one, and we are so pleased we went.
Written December 31, 2014
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Kathleen B
Dublin, Ireland32 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
We had a fantastic trip to this area for a song...however our guide left alot to be desired and certainly needs a course in good customer relations ! He didnt know the meaning.....!! About half our bus did not get the optional lunch deal and were subsequently sidelined by this ignorant man who was rude and unhelpful...the only good thing I can say about him was that his knowledge of the area was just be advised that the OPTIONAL deals offered are not compulsory as your man seemed to think but he obviously gets commission the more he sells...and lots of eating places for lunch in cafes where we stopped...also bazaars and shopping outlets which our Guide failed to tell us about which were great... so dont be pressurised into buying anything you dont want....tell him to take a hike !! This trip cost us €129 plus the dinner option and tours with guide for €129 also so fabulous value for €258 per person in total ! Enjoy
Written November 7, 2014
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Aine U
Thurles, Ireland7 contributions
Dec 2014
Travelled to Cappadocia with RSD Travel on 10th December for incredible price of 129 €. Sounded too good to be true but it was exactly as they promised and extras were as stated also . Every effort was made to keep us happy and the whole trip was so interesting and enlightening that I would do it all over again . Hotels were top class and the array of food for breakfast and Dinner was mouthwatering. Lunch somewhat less but what could one expect for the price. If you see the offer grab it ! You won't be disappointed. Cappadocia is spectacular . Well done RSD and Thank You .
Written January 7, 2015
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Long Sutton, UK3 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
October 6, 2014
Just completed this tour with RSD Travel, it was excellent, very well organised and very professional. The coach, Tour Guide, & Driver were the best and took very good care of us, the Hotels were all 4 & 5 star. The Balloon ride over the Fairy Chimneys was amazing, something my husband and I will never forget.
This is our first time travelling with RSD but we shall be using them again next year.
This trip was excellent value.

Gill & Ken Wright
Written October 18, 2014
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Keith H
London, UK1 contribution
Apr 2014 • Couples
We have just returned from this tour with RSD. To be honest, we were a little worried having seen some of the previous reviews. However, it turned out to be a great holiday and good value for money. Having read the reviews on trip advisor, we knew in advance that the arrival would be in the early hours of the morning. We also knew that we would be "packaged" and have to go where the tour took us, in addition to having to suffer the trips around the carpet, leather and jewellery factories. We were also expecting to have some tummy bugs ( we weren't disappointed, although avoiding the salads helped avoid anything really nasty). The positives more than made up for this - the hotels were mostly high standard, the tour guide and driver helpful and the scenery of Cappadocia fantastic. There was a good camaraderie among those on the tour and almost everyone was in good humour and enjoying the trip. I wasn't quite happy about the fact that when we turned up for our flight from Stansted we found out it was going via Birmingham, where we had to wait on the ground for an hour ( the charter company, Freebird, seem to fly Antalya > Stansted>Birmingham>Antalya, so those flying from Birmingham had a transit stop on the return). Another gripe was that we had been told before going we could pay £110 for dinners, and an extra £85 if we wanted lunches and a couple of excursions included. In fact we were all asked for £195 on the first day there and were not given the option to only pay for dinners. Everyone paid - if they hadn't, it would have been difficult to find food at the various stops. The greatest number of complaints, though, were about having to visit the jewel and leather stores on the penultimate day, when everyone wanted to make the most of their remaining time in Antalya before returning. Some were even hiding in the toilets to escape the salesmen! One couple refused to join the coach that day and had to make their own way to the next hotel. Despite all this, overall it was a chance to see Antalya (the old town is lovely) and Cappadocia ( the strange looking rock pillars make for a spectacular landscape, the underground cities are fascinating) all at a very reasonable price. RSD seem to be marketing these tours in various countries in Scandinavia and have only recently started offering them in the UK. Our tour guide kept stating how this was helping give employment to local people out of season - for this reason it seems to be subsidised although the hotel and large store owners seem to benefit more than the poorer locals. Accept the slight inconveniences and you'll have a great holiday -we did. Would we travel with RSD again? Yes, because it's well organised and excellent value, despite the lack of individual freedom.
Written April 27, 2014
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Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
Would recommend the cappadocia round trip , was Amazing trip possible the best trip I've taken , You was never bored always doing something enjoyed staying at few different hotel , had such a great trip met lots of interesting people , ate some lovely turkish food our bus driver and tour guide was very good , our guide Hakan was very informative brillant trip and we booked our next one we can't wait 😀
Written March 27, 2015
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