We bought the package of "7 days tours of Turkey" from Shashot Travel (http://turkeytourstravel.com) four months before our trip. We started communicating with one of the owners - Melahat - months before when we were still researching different travel agencies in Turkey. Turned out Shashot Travel has a very competitive price and Melahat was extremely helpful answering every question, changing our package the way we wanted several times and giving us the security that everything would be handled for us.
While in Istanbul (4 nights) we stayed at Saruhan Hotel and it was a very pleasant staying. The breakfast was always delicious, the staff is courteous and helpful and the location is great - short distance to Hagia Sophia. We walked in the allies many times at night and never felt unsafe.
Melahat made sure that someone was waiting for us in every terminal station and airport. Turkish people are very punctual and our drivers would always be ready to pick us up 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Our guide (name Selma) for the Istanbul tour was AMAZING! A very nice young lady that taught us the spirit of young Turkish people and their culture. We also went to Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Kusadasi. Everything was booked (tickets, hotels, tour guides) by Shashot Travel with lunch always included in the price.
There was a minor schedule conflict with one of the third party tour guide booked by Shashot, however Melahat more than enough made up for it. We are very grateful for the service provided by Shashot Travel and Saruhan Hotel. We would definitely book with them again if back in Turkey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saruhan Hotel is a yellow stone house run by a Turkish family; this is the only hotel in Istanbul decorated with stone and wood together. It is located in the heart of the open air museum Istanbul, in the historical Sultanahmet area. It is ideal for visiting by foot the oldest and the most important Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of Istanbul. It is constructed of smoothly hewn yellow, pink and beige stone from Cappadocia and unbelievable quality of wood work like an ottoman wooden house. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saruhan Hotel Istanbul