We did a private tour in October 2021 arranged by Edip at Pupa Travel adapting their existing tours to our interests. All guides/drivers were vaccinated and masked.
In Istanbul, we explored by foot with the wonderful and knowledgeable guide Hakim and fell in love with the city.
In the Cappedocia region, we went in a private van with Guide Mustafa and driver Mehmet and enjoyed the beautiful region. The Cave hotel was marvelous and we loved the stops around the area including some Roman ruins that a local farmer found. The balloon ride through Voyager was superb (and I have a fear of heights!).
In Ephesus, Afrodisias, Hieropolis and Pamukkale, we were with the wonderful Burcu and driver M__. We loved our time with them and by the end they felt like old friends. Afrodisias was an amazing place and hope more people stop to experience it.
The lunches and stops were excellent and very traditional food. Meals were huge and filling. Everything--meetups, transportation, plane tickets, hotels--were smooth and effortless. Our hotels (with one exception) were nicer than how we usually travel and the inclusive breakfasts were also amazing.
Everything was just as promised and then some. We had some hesitancy about doing an organized tour because we are used to traveling independently. However, this provided us with the unexpected opportunity to really get to talk to and get to know more about Turkey from people who live there. Don't think twice. Book with Pupa. We will be back.