Pros: Ease and comfort, special events, local tour guide, historical and cultural aspects Cons: Large a group, fast pace When my husband and I first decided to go to Turkey for our vacation this past fall, we opted to go on our first organized tour, and made the decision to book with Troy Tours. I must preface this review by saying we have always traveled overseas independently using rental cars, trains, cruise ships or taxis. This had always enabled us to set our own pace and our own itinerary. But since we were going to Turkey, I felt somewhat more comfortable to book an escorted tour. Also, I must admit, my knowledge of the geography, history, and culture of this region was fairly lacking, compared with Western Europe, and hoped that by going on a tour, we would have an opportunity to learn much about this fascinating country. So with a degree of apprehension, we decided this was the trip to try out a tour. From my very first phone call, inquiring about the tours available, to the beautiful brochure they sent, to the informative and easy to navigate web page, I was impressed with the professionalism of the company. I checked out on my own the hotels used on their trips and they all appeared to be first class. I researched the destination and decided their Turkey tour seemed nicely paced and included many extras which would have been difficult for us to attain on our own. They arranged our transportation to Istanbul, Turkey from Atlanta International Airport. We had to change planes in Chicago but both legs of the trip went very smoothly . We had prearrangements through Troy Tours to have someone meet us at the airport to take us to our hotel in Istanbul. A tour representative welcomed us and she introduced us to the driver who promptly took us to our first hotel. We had also made arrangements to arrive a day earlier than when the tour started, since the welcome dinner was at 6:00 PM and our flight didn’t arrive until 4:00PM. We wanted to have some time to relax, do a bit of city exploring on our own, and adjust to the time change (7 hours ahead) before meeting up the next day with the tour group. I was very glad we had decided to give ourselves this extra day in Istanbul Tour Format: Luxury Bus RobinG
My wife, Lynn, and I recently returned form your tour of Classic Turkey (November 6 through 19, 2009) that was booked through Troy Tours in California. We had a wonderful time on our tour. Turkey is a fascinating country with beautiful and varied landscapes, interesting sights, delicious food, and warm, friendly people. While we have avoided packaged tours in the past because of the horror stories that we have heard from friends, your tour exceeded our expectations of enjoyment. The hotels were first rate, the tour bus was comfortable, and the itinerary afforded us an excellent view of the richness of the Turkish culture. Our tour was particularly enhanced by our dedicated guide, Mr. Selçuk Sebilcioglu and conscientious driver, Ergoyan. It was quite apparent to everyone on the tour that Mr. Sebilcioglu has an in-depth knowledge of Turkish history, culture, and everyday life. Our inquisitive group was constantly bombarding him with questions about Turkey and he was always able to respond in a knowledge, direct manner. He went out of his way to make this a pleasurable trip for the entire group. He arranged dinners and extra events that were not part of the tour package; he made sure that everyone know the meeting times and places; he remained pleasant, friendly, and attentive. As far as I know, everyone on our tour was totally satisfied with every aspect of the tour. Our only complaint is that we would have liked better weather when we went to Ephesus; but what can you expect when you book a tour in mid-November. We have recommended your tour to many of our friends who have viewed our many photos and 3 hour video. If any of them decide to take one of your tours, I hope they will be as fortunate as my wife and I were to have the excellent services of Mr. Sebilcioglu and our driver Ergoyan (Eddie, as we called him).
We read a review of Troy Tours on Trip Advisor and decided to book a 4 hour private Ephesus excursion with Troy Tours. We are glad we did. Our guide “Deniz” was waiting for us promptly upon disembarkation. He was very knowledgeable about the historical sites with commending English. The transportation was luxury Mercedes Van. We were one of the first parties leaving the port. This early departure allowed us to tour Ephesus before the weather got hot. On the way back the ship we stopped at the Sirince Village and had some time to shop. This tour cost us slightly more than the regular group tours but it was well worth it. We would like to thank Troy Tours for arranging this great Ephesus excursion for our family. We were on the Splendour of The Sea.