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“A Trip to Turkey without Equal”

Meander Travel Private Tours
Ranked #41 of 110 Tours in Kusadasi
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Owner description: We provide private tours of Ephesus and Istanbul.
Reviewed 10 January 2016

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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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We booked a one day tour of Ephesus, Turkey. We were on a cruise and Kusadasi was our port. Ephesus was amazing, thanks in large part to our tour guide, Kasan.
He was so knowledgeable and interesting.

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Reviewed 26 September 2015

I recently visited Turkey for 9 days with my family and had Meander arrange most of my trip. We started in Marmaris (arrived by ferry from Rhodes), visited Pamukkale, then Ephesus, flew to Istanbul and spent another 5 days there. Meander arranged travel, lodging, private tours, transfers, and events. Everything went flawlessly. The guides, first Hakan in Pammukale/Ephesus and then Funda in Istanbul were outstanding. The drivers and travel arrangements were easy and seamless. Lodging choices were really nice (particularly Cella Boutique Hotel in Selcuk). Cooking class, whirling dervish show, etc... all arranged very well and good choices all around! Will certainly recommend this company to friends.

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Reviewed 5 September 2015

The ride from Kusadasi to Samos was okay. There was plenty of room and the ferry leaves on time. Our issue was with the logistics and the lack of communication from the company. We (two couples) bought tickets from Kusadasi to Samos (Vathy Port) a few weeks in advance. Our emails and even our tickets show that we were going to the Vathy Port. We also bought tickets in advance from the Vathy Port to Mykonos for that very same day. When we get to the Meander offices to pick up our tickets we receive the news that the port has been changed since a couple of weeks before. We showed our printed emails and the communication between the Company and ourselves and noted that we were sold tickets to the Vathy Port. After very long discussions with the company, with the ferry company in Samos and the captain of the boat we decided to go ahead and head to Samos and that we would figure it out once we got there. Nobody helped us out other than the Ferry company in Samos, but we missed our connecting ferry due to the long distance between ports. As a result we spent about $800 that we had not planned on spending due to having to book a flight for the very next morning from Samos to Mykonos and a hotel for the night. We have been trying to get at the very least a refund from Meander we have been put off by them for the longest time now. It has been very frustrating as they do now own up to their negligence. I would HIGHLY recommend for you to ensure that what you have booked online is actually what you are going to get and call beforehand.

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Reviewed 26 August 2015

We bought our 40 Euros' tickets right on the spot, 30 minutes before the ferry departed to Samos, Greece. Staff speaks English, which was very helpful. The boat was clean and our same day trip was very pleasant and without incidents. The ferry departed on time and despite the rough water on our way back to Kusadasi, it all went well.

Thank Flor d
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