My husband and I signed up for the Monthly Special that introduces visitors to Turkey's rich culture and history. The price seemed too good to be true with one roundtrip international and two domestic flights, 2 nights each at 3 different hotels, breakfast included with all hotel stays, a lunch and a dinner, transportation and tour guide, and entrance fees to major attractions. We totally have no regrets choosing this package for our birthday trip. It was wonderful!!! Our tour guide, Mine Gezen, is the best tour guide one could ask for. She is very knowledgeable about Turkey's history and culture. Her smiling and bubbly personality kept the members of our tour group upbeat even though we have had a long day of walking and touring.
Troy Tours follows their clients' flights, so they are aware of delays and unplanned situations. Our flight from JFK was delayed for 2 hours which worried me. This implied missing our flight to Izmir. But when the plane took off, it looked like we will be landing on time. Hours later, the pilot announced an emergency landing in London's Heathrow airport due to a medical emergency. We were definitely missing our Izmir flight. I sent email to the local correspondent on the documents that Troy Tours emailed us previously. Can Cetin's reply assured that Turkish Airlines (an excellent airline, I will post a separate review) will have us covered. An internet search showed there is a flight to Izmir every hour. I breathed a sigh of relief.
In Izmir, Mine, met us in Izmir and the fun began! We were lucky to be with a fun group of people. There definitely were shared laughter, authentic Turkish dishes served, breathtaking views (including hotel room views), hilarious conversations with non-English speaking Turkish people, wallet-friendly and not so wallet-friendly shopping, and lots and lots of photo taking. We were snapping pictures like paparazzi's!!
The highlights of the tour for me was the visit to the Village of Sirince. This was not on the itinerary. But on our free morning before the flight to Kayseri, Mine brought us to the village that in the past preferred to be called "ugly village" because they did not want any outsiders coming. The village people were friendly and were always excited to have us taste their products. One store my tour buddies and I stayed long at is the Wine House near the stairs going to Saint John's Church up the hill. As soon as one reaches the last step, the store is at the right, Degirmenbogazi. I'm not a wine drinker, but I enjoyed sharing a bottle of blackberry wine with my tour buddies. The owner posed for pictures with us. Another thing that made an unforgettable impact was, Gamirasu Cave Hotel (will write a separate review). This place is amazing! It's my most favorite hotel. The staff and service is excellent. They would go out of their way to make their guests happy. I had a birthday cake waiting for me! They sang a birthday song in English and Turkish. How sweet is that!!! Finally, I enjoyed the independent trip my husband and I took with our tour buddies to Sultanahmet. A few members of our group signed up for the full day optional tour, but we decided not to. Our independent venture went well. We got on the ferry to Eminonu and from there we took the tram to Sultanahmet. There are many police/security officers to ask for directions. Sultanahmet is 3 tram stops from the Eminonu tram station.
I see that Troy Tours has a different Monthly Special on offer on its website. For those who signed up for the Turkey Tour, it's definitely worth every cent paid and more.
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