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Flo Tours | Turkey Tours 4.8/ 5 based on 1 5 ratings.

"Highly recommend"

My husband and I have just returned from a 13 day tour of Turkey with Flo Tours on November 3. Our journey started in Istanbul, took us to Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Canakkale, Troy and back to Istanbul. The original tour group was limited to 24 persons. When we arrived in Istanbul we were met by a single lady and that turned out to be our tour group, just the three of us. The rest of the persons in the group had cancelled. I am assuming the cancellations were because of the unrest in Syria. Turkey is a very large, ancient and geographically diverse county. The Turks that we encountered were warm, friendly and very hospitable. A smile and sign language would overcome the language barrier easily. Our "private tour", so to speak, was fabulous for us, but not so good for the Turkish economy which lists tourism as its second largest industry!

I would like to say to your readers who are considering a trip to Turkey, go! At no time on our journey did we feel unsafe or threatened. We saw no signs of military presence anywhere, except for honorary guards at the Mausoleum of Ataturk. When we had free time at the beaches and in Istanbul, we felt safe. The people were very helpful and friendly. We had such a great time with the Turks and saw so many marvels of ancient history and the Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadocia was awesome! My husband and I both highly recommend traveling in Turkey!


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"Excellent itinerary"

Grand Turkey tour is an excellent way to visit multiple sites significant to ancient and early medieval history, and to get an overview of contemporary Turkey and its current and historical place in world culture. The pace is quick but not unreasonable, and the logistics of travel were smoothly handled. Deniz, our tour guide, did an excellent job of planning so that we never met with huge crowds of other tourists and so were able to enjoy the sites much more fully. His lectures, both on the bus as we were driving from one destination to another and at the sites, were engaging and informative; his depth of knowledge, particularly about various ancient ruins, is excellent. In a couple of places I was disappointed that we weren't given more free time to explore on our own--perhaps sometimes because he lectured a bit too long when we could have been viewing more of the site--but I also understand that he was bound to a time schedule so as to provide the excellent logistical maneuvering I refer to above, and I did learn immensely from his comments. The accommodations generally were fine, although the Hotel Akol in Cannukale was rather grim. (I understand that this hotel has been removed from the itinerary based on our group's experience there.) The Lycos River resort in Pammukale has a lovely hot mineral bath, swimming pool, and other spa amenities that we enjoyed.Food was usually served buffet-style but was often very good, and there was plenty of it. Many of the hotels provide complimentary bottled water since they recommend that tourists not drink the tap water, but we did end up purchasing quite a bit on our own as well. A small inconvenience given the amazing sites we visited! There are several long bus rides in the course of the tour, but our driver, Selim, did an excellent job of conveying us safely and efficiently to our destinations. I'm amazed by his skill in maneuvering the gigantic tour bus through shockingly narrow spaces. We made plenty of rest stops and ate at several excellent restaurants on the road that Deniz arranged for us to visit. He frequently provided opportunities to sample local cuisine--he even stopped at a local candy shop in one town to get some particularly good halva for us to try. I most enjoyed the visits to the small villages in the areas surrounding some of the sites--Sirence especially is not to be missed--and the Aphrodisias excursion, along with the amazing sights in the Cappadocia region. (Bring some sturdy shoes for these--there is some light-to-moderate hiking required to get the most out of these sites.) Overall, this tour makes it possible to visit numerous sites in a single trip in a way that would not be easily possible on one's own. Now that we've gotten the overview, we'd like to return to specific places for more in-depth exploration. I would definitely recommend it as an introduction to a fascinating area of the world. The Turkish people are very welcoming and helpful and proved to be excellent hosts to us as we visited their country.


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"The trip was wonderful"

We just came back from the tour of 11 Days Classical Turkey tour with a group of friends. The trip was wonderful and we had a good time. Our tour guide, Mete, did a fantastic job. He is a highly knowledgeable person who provided us with extensive and valuable historical, cultural, economic, politic and religious information related to the numerous cities and archeological sites we visited. We learned so much about Turkey and enjoyed all of his interesting stories. He was quite organized, well informed, patient and with a great sense of humor. This is not an easy job to managing 18 travelers with different needs and expectations and he still made this trip to be going so smoothly. He was just exceptional. Also the bus driver for our group, Ali was very professional and his driving skills were excellent through the tour. We really enjoyed our trip in Turkey. Thanks to you all at Flo Tours for everything. We can’t wait to start planning our next trip with Flo Tours.


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"This tour was amazing!"

Just got back from the Turkish Delight tour. Can not recommend this enough. The itinerary was fabulous including Ephesus, Cappadocia , Konya, , Pamuukkale and many others including the fantastic Instanbul. From hot air ballooning over the amazing scenery of Cappadocia, a haman, swimming in thermal pool with 3000 year old columns under my feet, the spiritual whirling Dervishes, swimming in the Mediterranean and fantastical historical sites that I have only read about. This tour was amazing !
Our tour guide Ahmet was great , bringing the diverse history of this country to life . Food was great , itinerary was great , tour guide was great. No dramas AT ALL ( some people are worried about Turkey at the moment) Can not recommend this tour enough. You will be like me and fall in love with this amazing diverse colourful country . Can't wait to go back.


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"Fantastic and exotic"

Greetings to all of our Family, Friends and World Explorers, Persia along with it's Ancient History was our destination during November 2014. We traveled the historic paths of middle east camel caravans as well as parts of the Silk Road through the exotic location of Iran!!! We know many friends questioned this choice of travel area, considering the challenges in the Middle East at this time, especially since Iran is located between Iraq & Afganistan, two counties still under extensive military threat and political instability. Throughout history this region has always had major conflict, who among us has not heard the phrase "middle east peace talks" though success in that area seems elusive. Onto our journey.....Flying via Turkish Airlines, we arrived in the capital city of Tehran via Istanbul. Even with the western embargo, we were quite surprised to see a metropolis that is quite modern with many capital improvements, modern roads, plenty of new construction and our accomodations at a luxury five star hotel. Our exploration the following day included the Natonal Museum and the Carpet Museum showcasing masterpieces woven in the weaving centers of Iran. EARLY morning flight to Shiraz (the city where the wine originated) and viewed some of the majestic tile and mosaic Mosque's, one of a dozen that were on our journey. A visit to the ruins of the ancient ( yet most preserved ) city of Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia in 5th. century BC. The Necropolis basreliefs carved into huge rock clifs contained the tombs of three powerful Achaemenian Kings. Majestic and regal are just a few adjectives to describe wandering these ancient ruins. Traveling onto Yazd by motor coach, sadly not by magic flying carpet (though that may have saved on time, fuel cost, dusty desert, driver fatigue, etc.). Visited the five thousand year old villages that were home to the ancient faith community of Zoroastrian, known for their inventive water well and irrigation systems. Motoring northwest through the Iranian desert to Isfahan, this city became our favorite oasis in Iran. The famous stone bridges of this city were highlighted with golden amber lights at night and were all the more spectacular as the Zayandeh Rud River had just begun flowing in the previous week, having been dry for 4-5 years as a dam was being built for elictrical generation and irrigation needs. Back to Tehran for our final days, we were able to visit the Sa'd Museum Complex which contained the elaborate home of the last Shah of Iran, having been deposed during the 1979 revolution. His palace and grounds would rival any regal kingdom's from around the world, his family lived in the height of luxury and spendor. Returning to our homeland, the great old US of A, this journy gave us a very new insight of the country of Iran. The everyday people and families we met along the journey were very genuinly warm and welcoming, each expressing how glad we were visiting their country, inquisitive and friendly as many could fortunately speak English. Our impression of Iran was certainly much different than we expected, surprising us and also encouraging us to return with our friends to this fantastic and exotic place, Persia. Sending our Love to you all and wishing you the genuine warmth and wish of Thank's Giving, your desert camel wanderers.


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