I cannot overstate how pleased and enthused Mary and I were with our trip—organized by Meander Travel--to Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus. We learned about Meander by using the online travel service Zicasso. This was our first time using either group and we could not be happier with our choice.
The most important trait of Meander is the quality of its employees and network of guides. Ms. Hasene Gur impressed me from the beginning by her dedication to her customers. While we were deciding which tour group identified by Zicasso to use, Ms. Gur called us twice to assure that Meander understood our desires and that we understood their proposal accurately.
From the time we arrived in Istanbul until we checked into our return flight, the Meander team took care that we moved effortlessly from place to place and that our lack of language knowledge caused no problems. They did so without impinging on our autonomy and free time.Mehmet—who accompanied us to and from the airport in Istanbul for all our flights—spoke perfect English and gave a wonderful overview of what we should expect.
Our tour guides in each locale—Kasem in Istanbul, Yunis in Cappadocia, and Hakan in Ephesus—were all expert on the sites we visited and easily bridged our Western Christian knowledge and Turkish Muslim history and culture. My praise is inadequate to express my gratitude to each of the guides.
The places chosen for us to visit were all excellent. We especially enjoyed our boat tour on the Bosporus, the ballooning in Cappadocia, and the ancient ruins of Ephesus.
Finally, our accommodations were excellent, with special gratitude for booking us at the Museum Hotel in Cappadocia.
It is a daunting task to choose a tour service in country never before visited, with a unique and less familiar culture and with a wholly unfamiliar language. We highly recommend Meander Travel to anyone traveling to Turkey. They care for their clients’ interests and desires perfectly. Meander will be my certain choice whenever I return to Turkey.
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