CLIENT REVIEWS

Ellen S – USA

June 6. 2016 – Itinerary: Private Istanbul and Ephesus Cruise ship excursions 

Hello,

I still not sure what day it is yet, we just got home last night from Athens!

Both tours (Istanbul and Kusadasi) went really well!

Both guides were on time and well versed in the locales and were able to answer all our questions and be candid about the climate in Turkey. We felt very safe in both of the guides hands.I would recommend them each again and for sure recommend doing private tours in many areas verses the massive ship tours ! We learned a lot and the flexibility to make quick changes when necessary.

Thank you again!

Take care.

Ellen S

Scott T – Thailand

April 18, 2016 – Itinerary: Group and Private Mediterranean and Aegean Turkey

Hi Rina

back in Bangkok now

It was great to meet you.  You have chosen a cute place to live in, however you ended up there. 

I can honestly say not one thing went wrong of all the arrangements you made for us.  Every place had the room ready, there was no issue about the payments, all guides and drivers showed up, and on time too.  I have no complaints at all.  

Since you asked about hotels and guides...

I liked all the hotels we stayed in and the rooms we selected.  I think the nicest room was IlaydaAvantgarde.  The best breakfast in my opinion was El Vino in Bodrum (big buffet spread even though there were few guests).  However, overall the nicest room plus breakfast experience plus great staff was hotel Unique in Fethiye.  My least favourite room was the Hotel Hideaway in Kas but still very nice (bathroom was really tight space).  Breakfast was nice and staff were very friendly so it is still a good place to stay.   

For guides, (I have forgotten their names), best was the one who we had for two days and who brought us to see you.  He is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I was interested to hear all that he had to say.  I bet some tourists just want to take pictures but I actually wanted to hear what he had to say.  Second best was the guide we had in Antalya, also quite knowledgeable and helpful about getting around in Turkey.  Least favourite guide (but still OK) was the one that picked us up in Bodrum.  He was relatively inexperienced (I caught some errors in his information) and talked about things of interest to someone his age (20s?).  Still interesting to hear his perspective on modern Turkey and the Middle East. 

Not sure when our next trip would be to Turkey.  I still want to see Nemrut and see what there is about King Midas and the Gordians.  And I have never seen the Black Sea area either.  I would definitely get back to you for those. 

Thanks again for everything

Scott

Carl G – USA

March 3, 2016 – Itinerary: Seven Churches 

Hi Rina, Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time with our tour in Turkey.  We did not expect it to be just us with our own personal guide and driver!  They were great, really very happy with the results----Carl

Timothy M – Australia

January 10, 2016 – Itinerary: Istanbul – Cappadocia – Ephesus - Antalya 

Hi Rina 

Thanks once again for your assistance and work. 

Just a few I hope constructive comments. 

Muhammad as guide in the Istanbul walking trip and Faruk on the Ephesus trip were very, very good - thoughtful, engaged and hospitable. 

As a purely personal opinion I would not recommend Side - ugly commercial excess full of bored German tourists. In a history based itinerary it was truly a low point (yes I know people have to make a living and the site has a significant temple ). 

A suggested alternative to Side for consideration would be the Antalya Museum - exceptional. 

TIM

Linda W – USA

January 4, 2016 – Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour 

Hi Rina, 

We had a wonderful time. 

We had excellent guides and drivers and liked all the hotels except perhaps for Hierapolis thermal Hotel, but I understand there's not many options in Pamukale. 

It would have been nice to have more free time in Pamukale. 

It was a pleasure working with you and your company. 

Thank you,

Linda

Vaidehi K.

January 2, 2016 – Itinerary: Private Istanbul and Aegean Tour 

Hi Rina 

The trip was great and the arrangements everywhere went like clockwork and guides in all 3 stops were very knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks a lot for all the effort and planning you put into our programme.

Regards, Vaidehi

Muhammad U – Pakistan

November 28, 2015 – Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour 

Hello Rina our tour finished yesterday and it went really well. Everything was perfect and on time. Thanks for the trip. Had a really good time. Just wanted to tell u this before I leave the country today. Hope to come back soon - loved it here!

Lily T

November 10, 2015 – Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour 

Dear Rina, 

Sorry for such a belated reply. 

We had a wonderful holiday.   

Thanks so much for arranging everything for us and for your advice re Istanbul (scheduling the tour so that we can explore the Bazaar and other markets to avoid closures because of Eid).   

We enjoyed the Cappadoccia leg best.  The accommodation was wonderful and we had a good guide. 

We enjoyed Istanbul on our own. The tour guide for our day tour was good but our favourite guide is still our Cappadoccia guide. 

Thanks Rina.  Take care. 

Lily

Darrel D – Canada

November 6, 2015 – Itinerary: Seven Churches and Cappadocia 

Hi Rina,

Well our trip is done and we've settled in at home.  To start I want to thank you for your work in getting our tour set up.  Your itinerary was excellent and worked out mostly as planned.  All the pickups and connections were on time.  We had no trouble of any kind in the airports.  

Here are some comments specific to the two sections of our trip:

Seven Churches - Our tour guide, Bulent, was excellent, he said he knew you.  His command of English was superb and he really knew his history and the sights well.  We really enjoyed interacting with him and getting to know him.  I would definitely recommend him to others. 

Cappadocia - Our guide was a lady by the name of Ferde.  She was an excellent guide and knew her local history.Our guide in Cappadocia reversed the itinerary for the two days but it didn't matter. 

Overall we enjoyed the trip and would love to come again some time.

In Christ, Darrell D.

Soumitro K – India

November 3, 2015 – Itinerary: Istanbul – Cappadocia – Pamukkale - Ephesus 

Dear Rina:

Thank you for your mail. Yes, we arrived back safely after a very enjoyable vacation.

By and large, everything was as planned. thank you very much indeed!! We were quite satisfied with all the arrangements. I am glad that i chose insight for my first visit to turkey. I found you personally to be very prompt,reliable and responsive.it was a pleasure dealing with you. Thank you once again!!

Best wishes

SK

Viviane V – Switzerland

October 31, 2015 – Itinerary: Seven Churches Tour 

Hi Rina, 

Please forgive my slow reply. I had to hit the ground running once returning from Turkey and it has been hard to find a quiet moment to reflect and respond to you.I am sorry you had to wait! 

Everything about the tour was wonderful. I felt really cared for at every step of the way. I was impressed how it worked like clockwork- that is down to your planning, I saw that clearly throughout! 

My guide and driver for the first three days were so kind. My guide always let me have enough free time and always was kind to answer my questions. Our driver was lovely too. When he picked me up from the hotel near Kusadasi, he was shocked I hadn’t gone to the centre of town in Kusadsi, so he detoured and drove through slowly so I could see it! I had no idea that the location of the churches were so far from each other, but they carried on with me without complaint. At Pamukkale, I tripped slightly and my mobile phone, got a bit wet. They helped me get some rice to dry it out and a few days later, it was ok- thank goodness! They were both so kind and helpful;I had a few tears after they dropped me off at Izmir airport when I headed to Cappadocia. 

In Cappadocia, Farok from the Kismet hotel met me as I got off the bus and I was never so glad to see someone. I could not believe my eyes that I was in a cave hotel.The next evening, after the tour, I walked around by myself in the town and I ended up seeing 3 cows on the road running by. I followed them and found out they were Farok’s cows...I was so surprised! He then laughed at my surprise and he invited me to meet his family and I had dinner with them. He is so kind!  He made every effort to make me feel like part of his family.Later, I met his friends, one is ‘Mustafa’? a driver and he said he knows you and wanted me to say a special hello to you as Farok does as well! 

My guide was very nice for the 2 days. He pointed out many things about the environment as Cappadocia has become overrun with tourists- I was quite shocked. This inspired me to go back to my students and teach them about the situation in Cappadocia. I presented them with some of the amazing photos I took. Of course, then they all wanted to visit Cappadocia too. Next, I showed them photos of how many tourists there are and the effects on trees, farms, animals, pigeons and the very fairy chimneys themselves. Every student chose a role to play such as a farmer, an ATV tour operator, a hotel owner, a tourist etc. they had to research Cappadocia and prepare a speech to give in a pretend town hall meeting with the mayor of Cappadocia. We had a debate and then voted on this resolution: should we limit the amount of tourists in Cappadocia? The vote was split in the end and all my students learned about perspectives. I contacted Farok and he would even be willing to Skype with the kids! 

I hope this is a good summary of the trip and I really thank you for organizing an amazing trip. I am deeply concerned about the result of the vote this Sunday and how it will affect everyone. I especially think Europe and the world needs to thank Turkey for caring for 3 million refugees for the last 4 years!

Kindest regards and a million thanks,

Viviane V.

Kathleen K – USA

October 18, 2015 – Itinerary: Private Ephesus and Cappadocia Tour

Hello Rina

Communication with Insight from the beginning of our planning process was excellent. Rina responded promptly and thoroughly to all of our queries and tailored a plan to meet our needs. When we had one minor hitch (delayed arrival of our driver at Izmir airport), Rina was immediately available to us and stayed in cellphone contact with an agent at the airport until the problem was solved.

Hotel arrangements were as agreed and worked seamlessly.

Our touring vehicles were comfortable, spacious, and reliable and our drivers on tour in both Ephesus and Cappadocia were professional and pleasant.

All in all, we felt we received very good value from Insight and would recommend your services to anyone looking for a custom-designed tour in Turkey.

Thank you again,
Kathleen

Darrell D – Canada

October 10, 2015 – Itinerary: 7 Churches and Cappadocia

Hi Rina, it's going very well. We really enjoyed our 7 churches tour. Our guide was excellent and the weather has been fantastic. We arrived yesterday in Goreme. This morning we did the balloon tour. It was a fantastic experience. I'll tell you more once our time tour is done.

Darrell

Ginger W – USA

October 6, 2015 – Itinerary: Private Shore Excursions in Istanbul and Ephesus

Thank you! The two tours were highlights of the cruise. Mustafa was so knowledgeable!!! The lunch experience was wonderful. Really enjoyed being back in Istanbul even though it was only for a few hours.

Ephesus was also wonderful. We had cool weather which made it more pleasant. Our guide was good but didn't have the vast knowledge base that Mustafa does. She knew the info about Ephesus fine. We also enjoyed our lunch experience at the rug place. We had no intention of buying a rug but we bought 3!

I would certainly recommend your services! I hope that I have another opportunity to visit Turkey!
Thank you for helping to make our Turkey experience so good.

Ginger

Javier R – Peru

September 29, 2015 – Itinerary: Istanbul Cappadocia and the Aegean

Dear Rina:

The trip was wonderful. We loved Istanbul and the experience of this trip was something remarkable. All services were good and on time and prompt from the hotels to the transfers and pick-ups. All personnel in the hotels, drivers and guides were very courteous and helpful. The balloon ride was just amazing as well as the Bosphorus boat cruise. We were so happy we tipped everybody.

My wife said that we need to come back to see more of Istanbul. During the trip she send pictures by Facebook to our family and friends in Peru and USA. Some already want to go to Turkey. We will give them your email address for contact.

If I may say something that may require to be cautious about is the fact that some guides tend to be a little too chatty, especially when people are in the underground caves and the extreme heat as in Pergamon. Some tourists may be claustrophobic or become bored with so much talk. The guide at Troy was just amazing and full of knowledge but not so verbose.

Thank you for putting this trip in place for us and for the wonderful experience. I wish you health and success in your business.

Javier

Aoife R – Ireland

September 28, 2015 – Itinerary: Bodrum Ephesus and Pamukkale Package

Hi Rina

Thank you for your email and apologies for the delay in replying. We had a really lovely time in Turkey and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday there. It was unfortunate about the flight delay as the knock on effect was a bad start to the trip but we got over that quite quickly!

After that there was really nothing that hindered our enjoyment other than the storm at the end of our stay... Nothing anyone could've done about that, it was just a pity.

I should say that the staff in Salmakis were extremely nice and the place was really lovely. It was clean, the facilities were very good and the food was excellent for a buffet style restaurant. The hotel in Kusadasi was lovely too although with the sea view room, the view from which was beautiful. Finally, the tours we took to Pamukkale and Ephesus were very enjoyable. Pamukkale was a bit far but enjoyable all the same. The tour guides we had were both excellent, very knowledgeable and really nice people.

All in all we had a really lovely time. Thank you very much for putting together the itinerary for us and for all your help leading up to our departure. It was a pleasure dealing with you and your assistance in putting the trip together at short notice was very much appreciated. I will have absolutely no hesitation recommending you going forward.

Kindest regards
Aoife

Renaisha J – S. Africa

September 14, 2015 – Itinerary: Istanbul and Cappadocia

Hi Rina

We are back home after an amazing holiday. Thank you for everything. I must add that Kayakapi was stunning. We will definitely recommend it. The tours in Cappadocia were exceptional. Ahmed the driver and Esin were amazing. Their patience and time was highly appreciated. Cappadocia was extraordinary. The Levni hotel was great but the breakfast was really average. Had an amazing Turkish Hamam there. The Istanbul tour was a tiring tour especially with the little one. Other than that we love Turkey...especially the food

Thank you once again.
Kind regards
Renaisha

Judy J – Australia

September 1, 2015 – Itinerary: Istanbul Gallipoli Ephesus Pamukkale and Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina, I want to thank you for organizing our trip.  Everything went to plan and we were looked after very well.

I appreciate the care you took

All the best

Judy

Christy P – USA

August 31, 2015- Itinerary: Istanbul Cappadocia Ephesus and Pamukkale 

Hi Rina - I agree with all of Patty's thoughts.  And a BIG thank you from my end for setting up such a nice tour of Turkey.  We had a really great time and are already talking about needing to return in the future! 

Cheers,
Christy

Patty D – USA

August 31, 2015– Itinerary: Istanbul Cappadocia Ephesus and Pamukkale

Hi Rina,

Sorry for the delay in responding! We've both been incredibly busy since returning. Thank you for reaching out to us for our thoughts - we really appreciate it. From my perspective, overall it was a wonderful trip! All of the hotels were very nice! I especially like the Villa Konak and Assiana Cave Hotel. The owners at Assiana were incredibly kind and offered to change us to the cave room after the first night. The previous occupants had checked out and they just thought we'd like to spend the other two nights there. We really appreciated the gesture.

In regards to the Istanbul tour, you certainly couldn't control the lines! We think there was a cruise ship in that day, so it was especially crowded. My main concern with that tour was that the tour guide (I think her name was Tuba), while a very pleasant young woman, was too soft-spoken and accommodating to handle such a large group (we had 15).

The tour in Ephesus was very nice. The tour guide (who's name I can't remember), was very professional and easy to hear. The hotel was in a wonderful location, clean, welcoming, with a very nice breakfast.

Everything about Cappadocia was wonderful! As I mentioned, the hotel was lovely. And the tour guide (Turan), was great! He was informative, easy to hear, very pleasant to be around, and set up a great itinerary for the two days. And the driver was very prompt and professional. And both the local handicraft stops (rugs and pottery) felt very genuine and comfortable. And the hot air balloon ride was just amazing! I think that was my favorite part of the trip :)

Christy might have more to add, or a different opinion, but I hope you found this helpful. THANK YOU again for setting up such a great trip for us!! I can't wait to go back!

Best,
Patty

Morgan B – Canada

July 27, 2015 – Itinerary: Gulet Cruise from Bodrum to North Dodecanese Islands

Thank you Rina,

The trip was excellent and well organized. I have only good memories of the hotel and gulet cruise.

Thanks again

Morgan

Betty L – China

Juyl 23, 2015 – Itinerary: Cappadocia Package

Dear Rina,
I had a wonderful time and everything worked perfectly. I am sorry I have not written to you to thank you for your help. I am still travelling and is in the USA right now. I wish more people will travel to Turkey because it's a wonderful country and really friendly people. I will definitely recommend you to all my friends if they are travelling to Turkey in the future.
Many thanks.
Betty

Rajiv P – India

July 22, 2015 – Itinerary: Tailored Tour similar to CA12

Rina

Just a short note to say thank you for all the arrangements and the efforts behind the scene to ensure everything goes seamlessly!

Everything went per spec and often I had to rush my ladies to be as punctual! ;)) The only blip, which you may already be aware of, was on the tour in Antalya where the air condioning in the bus was not working on what was a really hot day!

Turkey is a lovely country with warm and friendly people and I now regret not having visited earlier! I do hope I can visit again and when I do, you will be the first whose guidance and help I will seek.

Thanks again
Rajiv

Joyce and Seng Chan N – NZ

July 1, 2015 - Itinerary: Seven Churches of Asia Minor 

Hi again Rina,
Here is the feedback:
1. The tour itself was fantastic - we enjoyed visiting the Seven Churches - major sites visited.

2. Tour guide, Mutlu, was very experienced and knowledgeable and we have taken away a lot with us. In fact, it was like a private tour - just the 2 of us! The places he took us for lunch were also really delicious and reasonable local Turkish restaurants.

3. I think hotels like SC Inn Boutique Hotel in Izmir and Suhan Seaport Hotel in Kusadasi should be taken out of the list. On the other hand,Lycus River Hotel is great and Arcadia Blue fantastic!

Thanks again for your help and God bless.
Joyce

Paul and Edna F – WA, USA

July 10 , 2015 – Itinerary: Customize Tour Itinerary (CA10)

Hi Rina,
We have nothing but high praise of you for our tour through Turkey. Everything worked flawlessly, from the pick-ups/deliveries at airports, hotels, etc. We didn’t know how the tour would actually work but I must say they were all professional (the guides in Gallipoli and Pergamon must have been historians), and when they “handed us off” they made certain we were in the right place, etc. In Cappadocia we were the only 2 with our guide, so we had a private tour! We’ve already shared your contact info with people on our cruise who want to return to Turkey and do what you have to offer.

We loved Turkey!!! At this point in our lives we may never be back, but won’t hesitate if the opportunity arises, and will tell anyone who will listen they should go. The people are so friendly, and will do anything for you. Even the vendors aren’t obnoxious…just a friendly no, and they “go away”. On two separate Sunday’s (during Ramadan) we walked from our wonderful Sultans Royal Hotel (can’t say enough about their caring staff) through the hippodrome about 7:00PM, and to see the families gathered together to celebrate, and await the 8:45 or so time when they could break the fast was a sight to see. And then returning later to see them enjoying their meal. This we will share as an example of life in a Muslim country.

The only thing we would do differently are: 1) choose a different hotel in Canakkale (glad we had only 1 night at the Artur), and rather than do a round trip to Pamukkale from Kusadasi, continue on from Pamukkale to somewhere else.

The last minute hotel change in Kusadasi was funny. We were just approaching Selcuk, and the bus driver calls my name (no guide on the bus at that point) and hands me his phone. I talk to someone from the agency, then check my emails (yours had arrived moments before). So, we wonder, what’s the Charisma going to be like. We’re the first drop off, and all the others on the bus are saying “can we stay here too!!!”. What I meant about the Charisma being quirky is: it was a very nice hotel (like a Courtyard, or upscale Hilton) but the restaurant was all buffet and no “regular” restaurant. Seemed to be a tourist hotel, so maybe that’s how they do it. Just different.

Thanks again Rina. We will certainly recommend you to anyone visiting Turkey. Let me know if you have any questions of us.

Paul
PS: like your new website!!!

Hi Rina, I just wanted to add my comments to Paul’s.  It was a great trip and everything went like clockwork.  The Charisma Hotel I would call a 5 star.  The physical building

Is beautiful, as are the rooms/bathrooms etc.  It did seem a little odd to us that they would not have a restaurant offering fine dining for this quality of hotel.  That

Being said Kusadasi is a big tourist area and maybe the buffet restaurant is what they like.

We both enjoyed Turkey immensely and I certainly will be talking about it to clients so I’m hoping I can work with you in the future booking client trips.Again, that you for a wonderful trip and experience.

Edna

Stephanie C. – CA, USA

July 9 , 2015 – Itinerary: Hotel and Private AC Gulet from Kas to Kekova

Hi Rina,

Thanks so much for all your help. We loved the hotel in Kas — the staff are so welcoming and wonderful and the rooms were clean and nice and perfect (although I do think we could have all easily fit in the one larger room). The breakfast was delicious. We would absolutely stay there again.

We also loved the gulet. Fethie (not sure how you spell) was great and we had so much fun. It was wonderful and the food was great as well. Would do that again too! And the car service worked out and was also good!

Thanks so much! We had a fabulous few days!

Best,
Stephanie

Alida P. – Canada

July 5 , 2015 – Itinerary: Istanbul Cappadocia Ephesus Tailor Made Tour

Hi Rina,Everything went really good – all planned out well.

1)Transfers were basically on time with little or no issues – just the initial one was late but that had a lot to do with our delay

2)Hotels – great. The one in Cappadocia was a little out of the way but the hospitality and rooms were awesome – definitely recommend. Carina a walk from the city and was on a hill. The Orient well that was right on! Central with great food all around. Actually a wise move as it was a bit far from the bazaar so I did not shop a lot! People there were great and very helpful.

3)Flights – super except as international travelers we had 20 kg each and Pegasus only allows 15 – so that was a bit of a surprise. Turkish Air is a better carrier.

4)Balloon ride – incredible and highly recommended – should let future customers know to tip the crew as they made it quite clear a tip was expected.

5)Tours – overall very good with great guides. Glad we did them all!

Finally the Insight Tours and you. Rina thank you so much for making sure our trip was a memorable one. You were meticulous in the planning and relieved a lot of my stress not having to do anything but decide where to eat. Thank you again for everything and I will definitely recommend you to anyone going to Istanbul!

Will send photos soon but I now need to get to work – its Sunday here and I am sure my office is a mess!

Thank you again! Alida

Tracy M – UK

July 4 , 2015 – Itinerary: Private Marmaris Fethiye Marmaris Blue Cruise for family

Hi Rina

So sorry for this very tardy response, but we have had a busy travel schedule since we left the boat and are now back in the UK!

Re our trip...Everyone arrived in Marmaris without any problems (thanks again for the transfer!) and we were met by Sandra.. Sandra is the most lovely person and beyond professional! She was a complete star with all of us and upgraded our boat because of the 5th cabin. Our boat was called Cinarim A and it was absolutely wonderful. The staff were excellent and we had a fabulous time. We had all last visited Turkey many years ago and were so impressed at how it has developed. The towns, countryside and people were so impressive, especially in comparison to Greece.

So, thanks for helping us organize a very memorable family trip.

All the best,
Tracy.

Joyce N

June 27 , 2015 – Itinerary: Seven Churches and Istanbul

Yes Rina Thank you. 7 churches Tour was fantastic. Yes we love Istanbul too! Will be back on 3 July. Thanks again!!

Joyce

Greg A. – USA

June 26 , 2015 – Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours for family

Erol was very nice, well informed and good! More details later.
I just wanted to say he was a good choice

Thanks, Greg

Erin W. – USA

June 25 , 2015 – Itinerary: Cruise ship Excursions in Istanbul and Ephesus

Rina, Thank you for asking. Both tours were wonderful and the guides were great.

We really enjoyed our short time in Turkey and hope to return in the future. I am already trying to talk Cindy into going with me as I know she loves Turkey too.Thanks again for getting everything together for us on short notice!

Best regards,Erin W.

Shi K.

June 14 , 2015 – Itinerary: Perge Aspendos and Side Tour

Dear Rina
Hello! Yes, Everything ran very well, it's a wonderful trip.
Thanks for your work. :D
Shi

Mark H. – USA

June 8 , 2015 – Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Airport Transfers

Rina,
I just wanted to let you know that thanks to you and your team in Istanbul we all had a *wonderful* time. The hotel was excellent itself, had a great dining room (both in terms of food and the view from the rooftop) and was located *perfectly* to be convenient to everything in the old city. The transfers to and from the airport worked flawlessly. The only problem was that our time was too short!! Hopefully some or all of us will be able to return someday for a longer stay.

Thanks again.
-Mark

Heidi L. – MA, USA

June 2 , 2015 – Itinerary: Private Cappadocia Package

Hi,
Thanks for checking in. Our time in Cappadocia was really spectacular! We loved the two Umits who were our guide and driver! They could not have been nicer and more helpful. We learned and saw so much! The only thing we wished was, if we had more time, we could have done more hiking. The driver in Istanbul was also helpful in getting us to the place we were staying.

Thank you for your help
Heidi

Irfan C. – USA

May 11 , 2015 – Itinerary: Private Istanbul Cappadocia Ephesus and Pamukkale for families

Hi Rina,
I thought I had sent a follow up email to you as well, but I guess I did not. We absolutely LOVED everything about the trip. My family talks about it all the time. The service was top notch (everything from transfers, guides, etc). We were so very very happy with everything. It was perfect. Thank you so much for making such perfect arrangements.

We will surely be using your services if we travel to Turkey again, and will definitely recommend you to anyone who is planning to travel to Turkey!

Regards,
Irfan

Mindy L. – Singapore

April 14 , 2015 – Itinerary: Perge Aspendos Side Tour

Dear Rina, the tour and transportation was good overall. The driver was an affable person and arrived at our hotel right on time at 8.20am. The guide Ferit was knowledgeable and could relate the history and backgrounds of the Perge and Aspendos sites in detail. We appreciated the lunch, the place was not swarming with other tourists and our main course was cooked upon ordering. This was unlike other tours in Turkey that we had joined. I would like to thank you again for attending to my email queries earlier, and by the way, you were spot on the taxi fare from the airport to our hotel.

Warm regards,
Mindy

Helena H. – USA

April 13 , 2015 – Itinerary: Cappadocia Package

Hi Rina,

Our trip was AMAZING! We loved Istanbul and we loved Cappadochia. The Esbelli Evi room was gorgeous, and the balloon ride was like a dream!

Thank you for your help in organizing. Everything was very smooth. Such a beautiful trip!

Sincerely, Helena H.

Andre V. – Australia

April 12, 2015 - Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Hi Rina,
Today I have just arrived back in Australia having also spent some time in Azerbaijan.
The walking tour that we undertook with Kamal, was an absolute highlight of our travels.

The sights and history that are there to enjoy in Istanbul is a treasure and I hope that time will not lessen the experience for future generations, but all of this pales beside the informative and exciting way that Kamal, as an informative guide brought it all to life..

Would we recommend the Insight Travel for a Walking Day Tour? Absolutely
Would we recommend Kamal to guide this tour? Again, Absolutely

Rina, in closing, can I thank you and Kamal for such a wonderful experience in such a wonderful place.

Best regards
André V.

Jenny F. – Australia

March 28, 2015 – Itinerary: Pergamon – Troy – Gallipoli – Istanbul from Cruise Ship

Hi Rina,
The tour guides were very good and the Parion Hotel was very nice too.Thank you for your help in organising this tour for us.
Regards
Jenny F.

Maurizio P. – Colombia

March 10, 2015 – Itinerary: Private Cappadocia Package

Hi Rina everything went fine great guide and driver. Very knowledgable good english and very committed. Have to go back again for the balloon tour eith the kids
Regards

Maurizio

Conrad C and Evellyn A. – Brazil

February 6, 2015 - Itinerary: Tailor Made Tour

Hi Rina, from my side, the service was perfect. The guides were very gentle and knew a lot about the places we visited. Very deep information, we loved it.
Punctuality was also perfect, nothing to complain about. I'll certainly recommend you in the future if any of my family or friends visit Turkey.
Evellyn, do you have something to add?
Best regards,
Konrad
Hi Rina,

I also had a great time and found the experience amazing. The guides were really knowledgeable and kind.

Regards,
Evellyn

Michael G – Australia

January 20, 2015 Itinerary: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Troy – Pergamon – Pamukkale - Ephesus

Hi Rina, The trip was fantastic! Especially the Troy/Pergamon day tour from cannakale to Seljuk. I cannot recommend that one highly enough - absolutely fantastic guides!!!! That was one of the highlight days of my entire 3 months in Europe - and the other couple on that day tour with me agreed as to its quality - I would definitely suggest it for future clients! Heirapolis was a tad disappointing only because there wasn't enough time to see all of the city and pamukkale - but otherwise everything was fantastic.

Thanks once again, Michael

Stephen W – Hongkong

January 5, 2015 Itinerary: Customized Turkey tour

Hi Rina
Happy New Year to you!
Apologies for not replying sooner, but it's been very hectic since returning from Turkey and Europe after the year end. We were very well looked after during our trip- the arrangements all worked fine and the trips were as described. The guides varied from 'good' to 'great' - the best were the ones we had for Troy and Pergamon. The hotel in Kusadasi was very good, the one in Cannakale was more basic, but just ok for one night. The people were all helpful and charming, guides, hotel staff etc. Thanks again for all your help
Kind regards
Stephen

Chhaya M

January 4, 2015 Itinerary: Customized Turkey tour
Hello Rina, Happy New Year! All went well while we were in Turkey. We really enjoyed your country.  The hotels were great. Our guide in Cappedocia (I think her name was Faria) was fantastic. Also special thanks to the driver (who was driving us from Cappadocia back to the airport) because there was some problem with the vehicle. He immediately contacted someone and another car was waiting for us in the middle of the highway on the way to the airport to pick us up. Otherwise we would have missed our flight and would have impacted our trip to Greece. Thank you again for making our stay in Turkey enjoyable.
Chhaya

 

Regina FC

Mar 18 2001

Dear Rina and Suleyman,
I simply love the way you organise your individual tours and I always recommend your agency, when people here ask me about Turkey. After all Insight Travel did a fantastic job for me twice. What would I have done without your expertise?! And on top of it all, it was great fun to travel and work with you.

All the best,
Regina

Cathie & David F.

April 22, 2002

Dear Suleyman (x2) and Rina,

Just wanted to say thanks again for a wonderful time in your beautiful (adopted, Rina) country. Even after the grueling trip home (24 hrs!!), we're still excited about the events and experiences of the last week. Each activity in it's own way was very special, but the hikes through Cappadocia were pretty fantastic! Ultimately the best part of the trip was meeting such warm and friendly people, especially you three, "Tom" and the staff at Gamirasu! We hope that we can reciprocate if you are ever in our part of the world.

Again thanks for your efforts. That everything went so smoothly was due to your skills. We are happy to serve as references whenever you need that. Best wishes for continued success in your ventures.

Fondly,
Cathie and David F.

Victoria S. – San Francisco

May 31, 2002

Hello Rina,
Thanks so much for your email. I have been meaning to contact you too to say thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. I think it exceeded our expectations and we were all sad to leave Turkey and say good-bye to Ayhan (I actually think I had tears in my eyes when I said good-bye).

Suleyman was so wonderful to shepherd us around the first few days and it really did ground us and give us a good sense of Istanbul. By the end, I really felt like I had a reasonably good grasp of the old town.

Highlights on the road: Assos was divine. We all wished we had spent another night there. Elkep Evi in Urgup was superb. The owner Hidir was absolutely charming and made our stay. Again, we wished we had more time there.

I can't say enough about Ayhan....he really went above and beyond the call of duty and was much more than just a driver.

Again, Rina thanks for everything. I am trying to convince my sister and her family to take a trip to Turkey. I would be happy to pass your name on to anybody I know that wants to go to Turkey...your service was excellent and I know we were a demanding group.

My best to you and Suleyman and I wish you much happiness, good health and continued success!

Victoria

Mark A. – Ottowa, Ontario

July 29, 2002

Hi Rina,
We are both glad you liked the pictures. Please feel free to send them out, or use them any way you see fit. Linda is quite proud of her work. This is our first real trip with the digital camera, and we both love it.

We hope both of you are well, and would like to thank you again for the gracious hospitality and wonderful time we had. We have circulated all of your business cards, and given rave reviews to those of our friends who've expressed an interest. We expect to see you again in 2005 when we will do central Turkey and the Med. We may even do some of the Greek Islands.

Please feel free to use us as references.

All the best,
Mark A.

Amir S. – Maryland, USA

August 07, 2002

Dear Rina and Suleyman:
I wanted to thank you for the fantastic and first class service you provided us during our family reunion in Turkey. We all had a great time and we will definitely visit Turkey again and again. I have plenty of your business cards and I have already told my friends and family about Insight Travel. I hope to bring you much deserved business in the future. Once again, Thank you and best wishes.

Best Regards:
Amir S.

Sandee L. – Honolulu, Hawaii

22 September 2002

Hi Rina!
I am back in Hawaii. I loved the places you sent me to and can say Turkey is my favorite place to visit. Thank you so much for all your help.

Much aloha-Sandee

Vivian and Miranda T. – San Francisco

27 Sept 2002

Hi Rina and Suleyman,

Thanks again for organizing such a wonderful and memorable tour! Right now, it feels as if it was all a big dream -- that we were transported to another colorful world of adventure and excitement. We truly enjoyed every minute and are looking forward to a second gulet trip hopefully soon. We very much enjoyed meeting and dining with you, and would like to thank Suleyman for the inspirational tour in Istanbul! Please keep in touch and be sure to send us any updates on Turkey travels.

Take care,

Vivian and Miranda

Herve R. – France

October 08, 2002

Dear Rina,
Thanks for Gamirasu Hotel reservation, place and people were really delighful. We have enjoyed our trip a lot. Thanks again.

With best regards.
Hervé

Wayne S.-California USA

October 13, 2002

Dear Rina and Suleyman,

It's been a long time. Hope everything is going well.

My uncle and aunt are planning a trip that will put them in Istanbul for 3 days next year. They're interested in a private city tour and whatever else you'd suggest. Of course I told them all about the two of you and that they could not do better in making arrangements to see any part of Turkey . Budget is less a factor for them than the quality of the experience, so beyond saying that I leave the rest up to you and them. I'm sure that they'll contact you directly. I told them about your house and I'm sure that's something they'd love to see. Is my picture still up in your book case?

Anyway warmest thoughts from Nancy and I,

Wayne

Elizabeth K. – Illinois USA

October 08, 2002

Rina - I did not get the chance to see you on our last afternoon in Turkey, but I did want to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip and how much your efforts contributed to a great trip. Please feel free to refer future clients to me for a reference - I will definitely recommend you to people I know who express an interest in travel to Turkey and Greece.

Our last night, we went back to that restaurant we went to the first night with you and Suleyman. We had another great meal, this time all mezes - yum! The fried mussels were a real highlight, as was the restaurant's version of the tomato and pepper paste appetizer. If they will part with the recipes, we would love to have them (since its hard to pop over for a quick weekend...).

Anyway - thanks again, and we hope to see you and Suleyman again.

Elizabeth K.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Cliff R. – Boston

October 22, 2002

Hi Rina and Süleyman,

Although it is long overdue, I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you what a wonderful time I had in Turkey. I spent the first several weeks back getting caught up on my missed work and sharing my pictures and stories of my travels. Turkey was definitely much better than Greece and Gerry (who traveled with me and is very hard to impress) told everyone it was the "trip of a lifetime." For that alone, thank you for making the impossible possible!

Through my bragging and enlarged photos on my office walls, I found out that one of my employer's vice presidents was just about to leave for Turkey and that another coworker was also going. As you know, she got swept up in my tales/pictures and followed my footsteps (somewhat) with your help. I saw her today and she just loved everything. Thank you so much for making her trip as memorable (or more) as mine. She even had the same guides I did for Cappadocia (Mehmet) and Mt. Nemrut (Pinar).

There's an article in the current edition of National Geographic on Istanbul. In case you haven't seen it, I've scanned text portion in the attached Word document for your reading pleasure.

Again, thank you for a perfect vacation.

Take care,
Cliff

Andre G. – Arkansas

24 Oct 2002
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,

We made it back just fine, arriving yesterday, with memories of our wonderful "whirlwind" visit to Istanbul intact and cherished. Meeting you and Suleyman, and visiting with you was a highlight of our stay; what a wonderful, beautiful time in your lives this is--building a life together that is rewarding, and doing it in one of the great cities of the world.

I forgot to leave my copy of the Blue Guide to Istanbul with Suleyman before I left; I'd like him to have a copy, it might be of use in your work.

The photos of John taken at the Galata Tower restaurant, alone, were worth the trip!

Our very best to you both, and please extend our deepest gratitude to Suleyman for a first-class introduction to your incredible city and its people (I've been fantasizing about returning, and spending a lazy afternoon at that incredibly beautiful area, on the Asian side, where Suleyman took us to enjoy the spectacular view, high above the city--sipping tea and visiting with whomever happens to be there).

Andre G.

Clare G. – BC, Canada

10 Nov 2002

Dear Rina and Suleyman:

Arrived home last night feeling a little sad that it all had to end but brimming with wonderful stories to tell our friends and family.

We loved our time in Turkey - the tour plan was perfect for us and we can't thank you enough for all your care and concern in ensuring that we had a memorable trip. It's conscientious and dedicated people such as yourselves who make the difference and you sure made a difference with us. I guess what has happened is we consider ourselves to have made two new and dear friends and that is definitely one of the highlights of our trip. As I mentioned earlier, I will be passing along your name to anyone else we know who wants to explore Turkey as we have. Next time, a gulet cruise and the Mediterranean coast sounds just right!

After leaving you we toured the Peloponneses area of Greece and had a wonderful time. I had found a little stone bungalow in a small fishing village on the Mani peninsula for us to rent and it was perfect. Quiet time of the year so we had the beaches and little villages all to ourselves with lots of yard so the boys could work on their soccer skills. So much history and such nice people!

So, in closing the tours of Istanbul and Cappadocia were fantastic - you put together a plan that allowed us to really experience the culture and history of these areas and we plan on recommending you to everyone. We found the Hali Hotel to be great and in a perfect location to allow us to explore the city. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts very nice. The Gamirasu Cave Hotel was like a dream come true and again we have only praise for the staff's friendliness and kindness during our stay. Suleyman was wonderful - is it something to do with the name? He thought the family room might be a little crowded for us so gave us two rooms instead which was nice. The food was fantastic and the location perfect for giving you a true sense of the lifestyle of the people of this area. I would highly recommend both places to anyone heading your way (as I would highly recommend Insight Travel). If you want us to write something that you can include on your web site, just let me know. Will do it gladly.

Best of luck with the business and we would be honored if you would visit us the next time you are in the Pacific northwest (and the boys would be doubly thrilled to see you again.) Thanks again for everything and take good care of yourselves.

Love, Clare Francis Teresa and boys

Tatyana S., Yakov L., Liana and Vladimir Z.

June 23, 2003

Dear Rina and Suleyman!
We would like to thank you both for the wonderful time we had in Istanbul and for the excellent service provided. Thanks to you we fell in love with your magic country. We will definitely recommend your service to all our friends and will post a recommendation on Frommers website.

Hope to see you again soon. Thank you again.

Tatyana, Yakov,Liana,Vladimir

Paul S. – San Francisco

June 23, 2003

Hello Rina,

Thanks for the email. I had been meaning to write you a quick note too after returning home, but got caught up in all the details of coming home and taking care of things that happened while we were away. At least I got to the unpacking and the laundry!

We had an excellent visit to Istanbul and are so happy to have chosen your agency for a couple of tours. Your husband is so knowledgeable and easygoing, and that made us feel very comfortable. If we weren't so jetlagged on that first all-day tour we might have learned much more, but Peter and I got a little sleepy wandering through Topkapi Palace.

You can be sure that I will recommend Insight Travel to any future clients I have going to Turkey. Thanks for all your help.

Paul Svedersky
Now, Voyager Travel

Dave B. – Livermore, CA

9 July 2003
Itinerary: Aegean, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia

(A letter to Frommer's Guide)

My wife and I have just returned from a three week vacation in Turkey. We started out with some degree of anxiety, what with the international climate in that part of the world and the fact that our original plans were to be sailing the northern Greek Islands. The cruise was canceled, so we had 17 days to fill and no idea how. We decided to keep the flight to and from Istanbul and figure the rest out when we got there.

As we later found out, we crossed paths with several entities that you had covered in your book, and I want to say that each was well worth your recommendation. To start with, we decided to get some planning help in Istanbul so a person in my office sent us the name of Rina and Suleyman Tirosoglu at Insight Travel. They listened to our dilemma and objectives and helped us put together an absolutely fabulous experience. The only thing we knew going in was that we wanted to spend some time in Selcuk because a good friend's husband owned a carpet store there and wanted his staff to show us around that area.

After a couple of delightful hours, we had a car, ferry tickets, hotels, and an itinerary all set. Our route had stops in Assos, Ayvalik, Selcuk (3 nights), Pamukkale, Egirdir, Konya and Ayvali Village ... to stay in a cave for a couple of nights. We are interested in the ancient cultures, so we obviously saw all the sites, as well as some white pools and some lakes along the way. I won't bore you with the details because that's not my purpose. So often, people in your work only hear the negative concerning your references, so I'd like to provide some positive feedback.

I believe you talked about Insight Travel, and they are the best! We didn't know what we really wanted, nor anything about Turkey other than it had ancient Greek ruins. They took real interest in helping us see where we were and what our options were, then made a series of wonderful suggestions, leaving the three days in Selcuk for us to work out.

As it turned out, my friend from Selcuk also is in your book ... Authentic Art Carpet and Kilims. Arlson was (and is) in California but his partners were very warm and hospitable. Separately, we met with a Sandra Isaacs to get an Ephesus guide, and it turned out that she used to be a partner in the carpet operation, as well. Small world. Needless to say, we were wonderfully cared for.

During our time in Selcuk we stayed at the Kismet Hotel in Kusadasi. The staff there (Ebu in particular) was exceedingly friendly and the accommodations were outstanding. I will also add that they have the absolute best hotel bar for a warm summer evening that I have ever seen ... it's the front lawn under the pines overlooking the marina at sunset. The sea breezes wash over you while an Efes quenches you. Utopia!

We headed east after that and targeted the Gamirasu Hotel in Ayvali Village. What a place! From the time we set foot there, we were treated as good friends, not just paying customers. Suleyman Cakir (part owner), Birsen (manager) and the rest of the staff were just great. And Didem Kutur, our guide for two days in Cappadocia was (in deference to your article ... and Suleyman's ego :-) the best guide in the area and one of the two best guides we've ever had ... and that includes 15+/- guides from Greece, Italy and the Mayan Peninsula of Mexico. It was funny watching the good natured ribbing Suleyman and Didem exchanged when your book was brought out. That really is a fabulous operation.

I think those are the entities from your book that we experienced and we have nothing but good things to say about each of them. We went to Turkey in the middle of June knowing very little about the country or its people. We left on July 1 knowing that Turkey is a wonderful, warm and hospitable country full of people who want nothing more than for you to enjoy their world. The encounters (above) were all contributors to that new found perspective. And I would also say that you chose your references well.

Sincerely,
Dave B.
Livermore, CA

Ilya Z. – Florida

October 02, 2003

Dear Rina,
Emma and I just came back home from our trip to Turkey and I'd like to express my gratitude for your job well done. Our trip was well organized, at every point we were met and assisted by kind and knowledgeable people, all transfers and services were on time, hotel rooms were clean and well equipped. Thanks again for your assistance with this trip.

Regards,
Ilya Z.

John and Maria C. – Sydney, Australia

October 4, 2003

Dear Rina and Suleyman

Just about "resettled" back into my working routine. I was seriously tempted by Buzz and Sue to extend the trip and hear all about the joys of retirement.

The trip was fantastic - really loved Suleyman's relaxed approach - as I said to him on departure that he not only performed as a Guide but also shared himself with us all. This has given us a very personalised and real
experience of Turkey and the local culture. We have many memories which will last for years to come.

Our enthusiasm is "rubbing off" a number of people who have expressed a desire to visit Turkey. We have no hesitation in recommending Insight to these people.

Great to have met you both thanks again for your attention. If you ever are thinking of coming over to Sydney we would be more than happy to show you around.

Regards
John and Maria

John H. & Donald P. – New York

October 9, 2003

Dear Rina,

We had such a wonderful trip. Thanks so much for helping us at every step along the way.

Looking back, I would say your idea to have Ayhan drive us was the biggest key to making the tour a success. He looked after us very well. Almost like having a guardian angel. In retrospect, driving it ourselves would have led to divorce or, at the very least, tension filled days of trying to find the hotels, not to mention the sites.

We were very pleased with all of the hotels. The Elkep Evi in Cappadocia was especially memorable. They gave us a large, gorgeous cave room.

As for the sites, we should have allowed a full day for Pergamon. It was the place that most captured our imaginations. Less touristy and roped off than Efes. And of course it's huge. Note for future ruin buffs: None of the guidebooks emphasize how long it takes to see Pergamon. They all say to give a full day to Efes. We found just the opposite. Efes is easy to see in half a day being just one street with almost everything else blocked off. Pergamon, however, is sprawling and requires much time to wander and ponder. But this is a minor regret. And maybe a reason to return!

The Angora House hotel in Ankara was also very special. Fantastic old Turkey atmosphere. Like stepping briefly into another century.

As for Istanbul, we were captivated by the contrasts and textures of the city. The walk we did with Suleyman (looking for obscure mosques and churches) gave us a good feel for a part of town we would have missed otherwise. And we took his advice and spent the evening across the Horn, ending up in Taksim. So we experienced the crumbling conservative quarter and the ultra modern European town in the same day.

As for restaurants, we loved Magnaura. For our last evening I asked the Four Seasons to serve us a private dinner on one of their roof terraces. They were happy to comply, for no extra charge, and we were able to watch the moon sparkle over the sea. A sublime ending to a superb trip.

Once again, many thanks for all of your services. Best wishes to you and Suleyman and Emre.

John (+Don)

Rachel B. – UK

October 31, 2003
Itinerary: Istanbul

Dear Rina and Suleyman,

Thanks for your e-mail. We had a really great time in Istanbul. The two tours we did with you were the best days of our holiday. What was really good about them was that they took us to some fascinating places we would not normally have been able to get to easily. We thought the restaurants chosen to eat in were excellent too. Suleyman was a very well informed, patient and friendly guide! His real enthusiasm for Turkish history shone through.

I shall use your services again when I am next in Istanbul and I will certainly be recommending Insight Travel to my friends!.

Hope your winter won't be too cold and wet. It's like that here already........

Regards.

Rachel

Francine B. – San Francisco

October 30, 2003

Hi Rina and Suleyman,

I was getting ready to write you when I opened your e-mail.

My thanks to you both for making my second trip to Turkey a trip to remember. I can't stop talking about it and telling people that I recommend your agency most highly and would never use anyone else when I plan my next trip. You care about each individual client and it shows. Please do keep me informed as you plan trips to other areas of Turkey. A trip to the Mediterranean area sounds perfect. I climbed steps I never would have climbed, I walked paths I never would have walked and saw things I never would have seen. Suleyman, you proved that my short legs can get me anywhere people with long legs can go - as long as someone gives me some leverage and a helping hand. Thanks again for going the extra mile.

All my black and blue marks are fading (they were proof of all I did). I'm now back on California time but wish I was still in Turkey. There is so much more to see and the people are so nice (at least the ones I met).

Linda was an excellent guide on my tour of Jewish Istanbul. The museum was the highlight. It is beautifully laid out and tells a wonderful story. We also got to the Spice Market - a small version of the Grand Bazaar with not as much pressure to buy. I bought bookmarks for the people in my office and two pashminas (one to use under my new leather jacket and one for a gift).

Thanks again for dinner on Sunday. What a perfect farewell. The food was wonderful as was the company.

I'm glad you found my comments helpful. Of course I look at hotels in cities from the standpoint of a single person traveling alone and wanting to explore the area and be able to get back to the hotel easily. I know that there isn't much of a choice when exploring small villages and meeting the people (that was the most fun of all). As long as I have a clean bed and bathroom (one I can get into!) I'm happy.

Have a wonderful trip as you look for more places to take your clients. Please do keep in touch, I feel as if I've made two new friends. Let me know if you will be in San Francisco when you come back to the US in January. I'd love to see you both.

Sincerely,

Francine B

Merrie S. – USA

November 20, 2003

Rina,

I am still smiling about my trip to Turkey. I really had the trip of a lifetime and enjoyed everything so much! I do look forward to another visit in the future going to central and east Turkey and will continue to spread the word about how terrific my trip was. In addition, I will recommend you to anyone who asks and yes, you can give my name as a reference if you'd like.

Thanks again for helping me plan my trip. And, please tell Suleyman that all the presents were a big hit - but, I do wish I had bought more leather bags and fish bowls. ;-)

Take care,
Merrie

Augustine F. – Bahrain

December 1, 2003

Dear Rina,
Thanks for the message. We did have one of our best tours in Turkey. It was great to meet your husband Suleyman who was a great guy. We appreciate the very personalized way he guided us during the tour. Our kind regards to him. Hope we get a chance to meet you again.

Kind regards,
Augustine

Judy A. – New York

May 16, 2004

Hi Rina and Suleyman....

So, this was definitely a calmer week....nonetheless infused intermittently with ongoing memories of our time with you both, and especially with Suleyman. I was wondering if Suleyman was available for "group management" on behalf of our contingent. We are equally unruly in the U.S. as we were in Turkey. As a matter of fact, it appears that we are grossly unmanageable in the world as reports would have it, although our family seems somewhat more benign.

The first thing that comes to mind is that I am almost out of Ibraham's apricots. My co-workers think I'm crazy (which is not always debatable) as I manage my stressful moments by reaching into my black backpack for a dried apricot or two. It works better than valium and only has a few more calories. Please tell him at your convenience that our time with him was very special.... really not ever to be forgotten and his graciousness made us feel so welcome. We wish him well. While we have a few pictures that developed well at his hotel....we have a great picture of Suleyman managing a smile about ten minutes after balloon lift off.....and simply adorable pictures of our sweet time with Mustafa and his dear family. Mustafa was a hard act to follow but Nihat was so warm and considerate managing always to be at the right place at the right time. Rina, you and Janie look as great on the pictures as you behaved in person....loose, balmed and American style Turks.

So what shall I say....from the little sweet hotel in Izmir where we fell in after 24 hours of flying, dinner in Kusadasi where we had to learn about how to be more of a group and less of our individual selves in order to fit in to our "new culture". ....ruins, caravansaries, camels, sheep and their shepherds, foods, whirling dervishes, shopping, pit stops, skies, disappearing lakes, palaces, mosques, people....such lovely people, hot potatoes on a rainy day, Janie on a donkey, caves, tunnels, food, more food, perfect hotels, drinking before dinner, fabulous Cappadocia and all it has to share with us, ballooning, exhaustion, exhilaration, wonders three times a day, mountains, my wonderful piece of pottery which did not disappoint me when I got home, that cheese and pastry thing that I even went running around the airport for the day we left...and found it!, meze, I'm now hooked on yogurt...(every day), your office and and sweet home, the tiles (great pictures coming for your friend), unbelievable space and beauty in the mosques for me and God, unique time with our children that we have been lucky to find once in our lifetime which could never happen in the same way again, coupons, white cliffs and hot springs, a lady and her family with whistles and a colorful spring, lunch way up somewhere in a school, the people who had lunch with us, the school kids on Childrens' Day, Konya, the WEDDING!, those lovely synagogues which preserve our history and of course, getting lost in the taxi in Istanbul, the bazaar, spice market, cistern, Topkapi palace, tea and Turkish coffee behind the palace, great lunch in that interesting school building where we filled up on great food and bought the local wine so that there was no chance of our ever having of a sober evening, always running into someone who loves either one of you or both of you, David's sword, the Bosphorous/ferry/museum, understanding more about the sultans' history and a million others things that we learned (sometimes despite ourselves), having all of the Bible stuff fall into a meaningful coming together of history, a perfect vase in that museum on the Bosphorous that was thousands of years old, and then.....there is Suleyman.....how you managed us with patience, just enough rope, not too much or too little, gentleness, perseverance, sharing of so much knowledge....fun, flexibility.....we feel much affection for you both....Rina ...asking the right questions....and planning this wonderful experience.....and finally spending time with us making us feel like family.....the words "thank you" don't do it ....but I guess it will have to suffice... please stay in touch...keep us posted....take good care of each other... and know that we all keep you close in our hearts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,
Judy

Noel M. – Australia

May 24, 2004

Hi Rina,
Thanks you for your email. We leave Istanbul tomorrow for Australia. Had a great time, but wish we had booked through your company for the total tour. Next time. We have been recommending you to all we come across and will continue to do so in Australia. Thank you once again and kindest regards to Suleyman.

Noel Milner and the group

Laura S. – New York

May 29, 2004

Rina and Suleyman,
We have really enjoyed our trip. Rest assured we will be your propaganda machine in the US. The guides were excellent and so was our driver, Neco.
Again, we leave with a great impression of Turkey. Thank you for creating such memorable moments for our family.

Laura, Bob, Alfredo and Claudia

Carol C. – Maryland

July 13, 2004

Dear Rina,
I have been meaning to write you. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the trip you arranged. Our favorite was perhaps Pergamon and the lovely little hotel where we stayed. It was very quaint, even if a bit outdated. Thank you for providing us with a rich learning experience and a fantastic introduction to coastal Turkey. We will be back!

Best regards,
Carol

Dara B. – Chicago

July 20, 2004

Dear Rina,

I just wanted to thank you for all of your help in coordinating this tour for me. I really enjoyed myself today. In addition to the cultural/religious aspect, the tour provided a nice overall introduction to Istanbul and its history and culture as I begin my brief stay in the city. Bulent was a wonderful guide-he made the day very informative and interesting, as well as enjoyable and entertaining. He was very responsive to my questions and interests, and his knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor made the busy day pass by quickly.

I will definitely pass on my positive experience to Lynn and anyone else I know traveling to Turkey in the future. Thank you again for everything!

Dara

Jennifer S. – Washington DC

July 30, 2004

Rina,
I'm glad you emailed, because I had wanted to tell you how smoothly everything went on my travel. Your help was invaluable! Everything was just as you said, both hotels were perfect, in convenient locations, and had everything I needed. The plane ticket was ready and waiting for me at the Bodrum Airport. Thank you again for all of your help. I am already hoping that I can make the trip to Turkey again next year, I will be sure to ask you for help again. Thanks again Rina.

Sincerely,
Jenny

Tokyo Unity Church

July 30, 2004
Itinerary: 16-Day Biblical Turkey Tour

Some comments from a church group from Tokyo who did a Biblical Tour with Insight Travel in July 2004.

tokyo-church-3"Sulyeman the Magnificent": Thanks for all your great info and fun-you really made Turkey come alive. Best Wishes, Wendy

Thank you Suleyman. You have a wonderful country with so much history, friendly people and beautiful sights. Now I want to continue to learn about ancient history thanks to your inspiration! Sally

Suleyman the Great! Thanks for all the lecturing, the hikes, the cultural "B.C." immersion! It's been a great experience. You've been great and the best guide ever. Best Wishes. Sagulun. Jean

Suleyman-san: We appreciate your excellent introduction of your great country to us. Thank you very much. Jui & Keiko H.

Extremely happy and satisfied with our first trip to Turkey! Appreciate the coordination you and Rina had with the Thomas family get-together! The guide makes the difference- and Suleyman-san, you were great in encouraging and coaxing us into valleys, caves, ruins and sacred places! Thank you for the eye-opening adventures. Best Regards, Preman, Sajeeve, Anish, Preethi & Sarah Thomas.

Thank you for everything. You're the greatest guide. I really got to know Turkey and I appreciate your help. I'll never forget you. Kauru

Suleyman the Magnificent Guide! Thank you so much for making my first trip to Turkey so wonderfully memorable. Thanks for representing your country so beautifully. May

Dear Suleyman, I would like to say thank you very much for your help. We would not be able to enjoy this much without your help. I am still looking for the Iznik tiles! Nabuko

To Suleyman: Tesekkur ederim. Sayenizde iyi zaman gecirdim. Masako

Dear Suleyman, You are just great. May God bless you. See you in Tokyo. Suresh

Suleyman-Thank you for the wonderful introduction to Turkey. Wish you and Rina the very best in your future business. Best Wishes, Anna

Thanks for your patience, your generosity, and especially your sense of humor. It has really been a pleasure, and who knows, maybe we'll do this again when I'm at another church. And thanks as well to Rina for all her help in preparation. Craig H.

Murry & Carmen A. – Athens

August 17, 2004

Thanks Rina

We had a wonderful time in Istanbul. The tours were excellent, exactly what we wanted. Carmen went to the Turkish bath you recommended as well, and she had a great experience there. We walked Istiklal on both days and marveled at the pulsating energy of that pedestrian boulevard. What a marvelous city, we know we will be back and stay much longer next time. The And Hotel was fine, not the largest room but with a sublime view of St. Sofia. The staff was cordial and eager to please.

We had a blast! Thanks for all your help, you were great. Next time we will get together.

Murray & Carmen

Margy P. – Washington DC

September 01, 2004

Dear Rina,

We had a most interesting and enjoyable time in Turkey. The arrangements that you made for us were excellent. Car transfers went extremely well and were timely, guides were very well informed and anxious to make sure that we received as much exposure to sights and information as possible.

The Seven Hills Hotel and Esbelli Evi worked very well for us. We found them interesting places to stay with accommodating management. The Kismet was an excellent hotel, and the service was excellent including dining and room service.

We had a fascinating time in Istanbul and a friend drove us all over the city after we had walked for three days to most of the Sultanahmet sights. We also went out to Koc University where we have friends in the administration; they drove us along the Bosphorous, which was beautiful, and we had an excellent dinner over looking the sea. We loved the Turkish cuisine and enjoyed excellent and interesting restaurants at each of our stops.

All of our day at Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary and Artemis temple was fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the museum at Selcuk, it is a jewel. We loved Cappadoccia. Our guide there was excellent, we had him for two days. Our walk/hike through the Red and Rose Valleys was a highlight. The fairy chimneys, Devrent Valley were also very interesting. Ihlara was beautiful, but I should have gone with your recommendation for the Soganli valley. The sites south of Urgup sounded very interesting. We really loved our trip and you did a great job. I should have begun corresponding with you directly much earlier in the planning. We traveled fast and hard, so our three days on the Mediterranean coast were relaxing. By the way, our two nights at the International Hotel at the Istanbul Airport were outstanding. The hotel is beautiful and all of the service excellent. It really worked well for us with the early flights to Dalyaman and back to London and the States.

Thank you for all of your insight. We will recommend you to any friends interested in traveling in Turkey. It is truly an amazing country and we hope it will be asked to join the EU. I enjoyed reading Stephen Kinzer's book The Star and the Cresent and I plan to continue reading more Turkish history, novels and poetry.

Margy P.

Biraj & Suruchi M. – Foster City, California

September 04, 2004

Dear Rina,
Had a great time, really enjoyed our stay at Istanbul, I am still craving for all the good food we had in Istanbul, all credit goes to you and of course our handsome guide Suleyman. Will be looking forward to do another trip to Turkey sooner than later.

Thanks a lot,
Biraj & Suruchi

Diana M. – Hungary

September 7, 2004

Dear Rina,

We just came back from the vacation and would like to give you feed-back. Thanks to you, it was a success.

Letoonia was a very pretty place, the service was great, the peninsula was absolutely beautiful. The sports were well organized and plenty. Kismet-the very best in Kusadasi. The peninsula is very pretty, the hotel facilities exceptional. Overall a very high mark. Arena was very, very good and had very, very good service. We loved it. If I had to reschedule, I would have stayed one less day in Kusadasi and one more in Istanbul.

Again, many many thanks, it was great and everything you organized in good shape! We are all grateful.

Diana and family

Nina K. – Chicago

September 28, 2004

Dear Rina,
I want to thank you for choosing a very lovely hotel for me and my sister. The young team who work in the hotel were so friendly and dynamic. Even the misunderstanding about my last day was solved by your agency for my benefit, I found another beautiful hotel "Apricot" to stay at next time. Shortly, our trip was a sheer pleasure. We shall return.
Thank you again, for the beautiful hotel and tour package to Cappadoccia.

Sincerely,
NINA

Stuart A. – Upland, California

September 28, 2004

Rina,
Thanks for the nice note. We enjoyed our trip very much and appreciate your efforts in arranging things. We would certainly consider visiting Turkey again (ah, those wonderful tomatoes! those glorious cheeses!), and would use your services again without hesitation. Our best to Kunt and Mustafa. They are very fine fellows, and really made our trip. Again, thanks for everything. If Anne should decide someday that she wants to go birding in Turkey, do you know of any guides who have expertise in this area?

Stuart

Pierre and Fran – US Consulate in Ankara

September 29, 2004

We loved it!! The cave hotel was wonderful and definitely the highlight of Turkey! It was different than anything I've ever seen. We had a great time - thank you again for arranging everything for us, it all went smoothly, and we are very happy.
Pierre and Fran

Kathy F. – Maryland, USA

September 29, 2004

Rina,
Hi! Have just a moment - but wanted you to know that Georgen and I certainly enjoyed Serkan and our tours. You put together a great, great package for us. When I have a moment, I'm going to send a memo to ITN (International Travel News) re your company. I will copy you.

Take care, Kathy

Beginning Sept 17, 2004, my sister and I spent five days in Istanbul, Turkey. We scheduled private tours of the city with Insight Travel, Akbiyik Cad. No. 104, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Our time limited, we toured only Istanbul, but Insight has a most interesting and informative website of their many available tour packages of Turkey.

Rina Svensson Tirasoglu, an American, and Suleyman Tirasoglu, Turkish, own the travel agency. We have nothing but praise for the very professional services that Rina provided us, from airport transfers, guide, drivers, to superlative, comprehensive tour itineraries. Our guide Serkan was excellent. He was a font of information on Turkish history and culture. Via emails, Rina answered all of my questions promptly and completely. I am not easily impressed, but I was with Insight Travel and Rina.

We had a wonderful time in Istanbul. We found the Turkish people to be friendly and kind. We never felt there were any security problems in the city.

Katherine F.

Carol H. – New York

29 September 2004

Dear Rina,

Sorry for the delay in replying to your kind email. It was fabulous, fabulous, ALL THE PICTURES CAME OUT!!!. I will send you some. You should see me atop Mt. Nemrut, frozen but happy. The mule experience was one I will have to describe in a separate email , I had the best trip I ever had despite the difficulties. All the hotels were good, the Palan was wonderful, I would hope that in future it will be a two night stop as they have such wonderful amenities. I loved the Gaziantep hotel as it has a lovely spa and pool and I had a great swim and sauna and the pool attendant was wonderful. But naturally the Daphne remains my favorite hotel of all. I have not known such loving attention and kindness anywhere at anytime, even at Kempinski. I will recommend them highly and hope they get lots of business. Did you know they stood outside when I left for airport and waved me off?

Food was great through out but I love Turkish food anyway as you know. We had some exceptional meals though, one in Erzerum in the restored house was the best in my opinion. Great grilled chicken. Also a great meal in I can't remember where, near a Mosque in a garden. I'll look it up in my trip notes and let you know. That was sumptuous, we all enjoyed it. Yashar the driver was superb, I have promised to find him an American wife and will start looking soon. We are very busy here and it's easy to see that being away three weeks sends everyone into a panic but I am already thinking about next year. Will write more later as I have detailed comments. All the best to you, it was great meeting you and I hope to see you again next year unless you come to NYC before then. Best wishes to Suleyman, he was tops.

Regards,
Carol H.

Hi Rina,

Hope all is well with you. I am trying to get back into the swim of things but it's difficult. Here are the rest of my trip notes I hope they are useful: Lake Van was wonderful, I loved Akdemar Island and boat ride but every fly in Turkey seemed to be there. Next time I will bring some fly repellent. But it was a lovely, spot flies notwithstanding. Lunch was good too, very good chicken and salad was I think the best I ever ate. I loved the Buyuk Urutu Hotel, I loved the decor - very Ottoman and working refrigerator which was good.

Dogubayazit - what a great place. I loved the waterfall with it's little bridge. It reminded me of the rope bridges in Nepal, just a little more sturdy. The countryside around it was wonderful and beautiful. Lunch was boiled beef just like Mama used to make! What a good meal in a neat upstairs restaurant with grocery store downstairs where I was able to buy film and other stuff. What can I say about Ishak Pasha? Breathtaking is one word. My pictures from here are spectacular. The Sim Er hotel reminds me of mountaineering hotels in Switzerland. The atmosphere and friendly staff make it a great place to stay. The rooms are basic but it has a lot of charm. The dinner buffet was very good, a lot of variety. I got great pictures of Mt. Ararat - no clouds at all. We were very lucky and saw lots of large hawks which I thought were golden eagles, alas they weren't.

Kars reminded me somehow of Haifa Israel - maybe the steep streets. I liked it very much. The lunch restaurant was super duper, lots of variety and great food. If I weren't embarrassed I would've eaten more.

Erzurum is a great place. I enjoyed the place, the people were friendly and interested and inside the Medrese there was a market going on with lovely things. For some reason the women I talked to kept patting me, this happened in Urfa too, I can't understand it. The local stone from which jewelry was made was very lovely. Palan Hotel was first rate, I loved it, it had a wonderful breakfast buffet and I wish we could have stayed there a second night to use all the amenities.

Sumela was great but taxing, I didn't think I could make it all the way up but I did with Suleyman's help and Gene's help and Coleen's help. I did however do those steps all alone and I have a picture to prove it. Frescos in great shape as my pictures will attest, it is truly a very worthwhile site and I would love to go back there.

Then back to Istanbul, all flights in Turkey were perfect but my bag was the very last one. Back at lovely Daphne to a warm welcome and tea and rest and bath they very kindly put me back in my same wonderful room with the view of a minaret with a tree growing out of it. Next day spent at Arasta market finishing up shopping, as Grand Bazaar was closed. Good flight back to US with no problems.

Rina it was a wonderful trip. I had the best time I ever had on this kind of trip; you did a splendid job as did Suleyman and Eastern Turkey is truly wonderful, more Americans should go there and see. I can tell by the reaction to my pictures that people never saw such beautiful sights. The ones that made the biggest impression were of course Mt. Nemrut, also Ishak Pasha and Mt. Ararat and the Goreme Open Air Museum which is truly a jewel in its newly restored state. Yashar was the perfect driver even in difficult places, I hope he was satisfied with what we collected for him. He was funny and personable. Well Rina, that's about all I have to say. See you in Istanbul next time unless you come to NYC before next June.
All the best to you and Suleyman,

Regards,
Carol

Frank R. – UK

1 October, 2004

Rina/Suleyman,

Thank you very much for the email. I really enjoyed both tours. My favorite was the Byzantine tour on Sunday. As I told Suleyman, Byzantine history is one of my favorite areas of historical interest. During the tour, I mentioned two books to Suleyman on Byzantium that he might be interested in. Both books are by Steven Runciman, a Medieval historian at Oxford University. The first book is titled The Fall of Constantinople: 1453, discusses the great siege and its consequences. The second book is titled The Great Church Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Greek War of Independence. Hope you find these references useful.

Best Regards,
Frank

Larisa R. – New York

4 October, 2004

Rina,
I had very good and interesting time in Istanbul. Hazim was very polite, patient and quite knowledgeable. I like him. Say hello to him from me. You have assigned a good driver for me. Thank you. I will recommend your company to my friends when they will go to Turkey.

Thanks again,
Larisa

Athena and Nils – Washington D.C.

5 October, 2004

Dear Rina,
My apologies for my late response. We had the naming ceremony of my first granddaughter after we arrived in DC, followed by the Annual Meetings of the World Bank (just finished on yesterday, Tuesday).

Thanks for recommending to us the Arena Hotel and arranging our reservation, it was exactly what we were looking for and we had a most wonderful stay there. First, it's location is within walking distance to Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Cisterns, Arrasta, Egyptian, Grand Bazaars, restaurants, etc. The staff showered us with attention and very professional service. We were given corner rooms where we enjoyed a view of the Bosphorus and a mosque. Overall, it was a great choice. Turkey's magic has remained with us until now that we cannot wait for a return trip. We hope we could make it soon.

Thanks once more and best regards,
Athena and Nils

Helge N. – Munster University Archaeology Dept.

5 October, 2004

Dear Rina,
My chef Prof. Salzmann and I are really very happy to have taken your travel agency. Everything was prepared carefully and well. The hotels, you have chosen, were agreeable. The chauffeur was a carefully driving person. Finally - you will expect - I was really happy to have my friend Ali with us, he was working like a lion all days (and half the nights). Altogether your arrangements have been perfect and I will give your address to all my colleagues who want to travel with a group to Turkey. Thanks a lot also to your husband and I hope we keep in contact

Helge

Marion R. – Australia

9 October, 2004

Dear Rina -

I seem to spend my days thanking you for one thing or another . . . . and again today. Have printed it out and it looks like just the thing I need.

Because we went to such a variety of countries on our trip - don't know if you were aware of this, but we went to Hawaii, Canadian Rockies (organised tour), Alaska (cruise) and then inland to Denali National Park in Alaska (organised tour), England (staying with friends), Ireland (touring with friends and we did all the driving and planning ourselves), Turkey, Thailand (only 2 days) - people are asking us which was our favourite country.

Because of, not only the variety of where we went but how we went, it's difficult to compare one with another . . but as an answer has to be given, Geoff and I both end up saying "TURKEY".

Coming from a country where our written history only goes back 200 years, we were overwhelmed with the history of Turkey; our first day tour of Istanbul with Ilhan was exceptional; staying in the old part of Istanbul was good for us; the affinity of Gallipoli for us as Australians was special, of course; Ephesus was something we hadn't researched, so it was mind-boggling to be walking through that kind of place; glad you were able to include Pamukale for us; and staying in Kusadasi was a balance for all the rest. Just the way Insight Travel synchronised all the pieces of our trip without a fault impressed us . . . . . and Hazim's lovely smile made us feel welcome from the time we stepped off the plane . . . . .

Rina, we've been singing your praises to all our friends here, so maybe the whole thing will have a flow-on effect.

In the meantime, it's been our privilege to have "met" you along the way.

Warmest regards
Marion R.

Yvonne G – SAS Airlines, USA

15 October, 2004

Dear Rina and Suleyman

Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful trip you put together for my husband and I. We absolutely fell in love with Turkey. The people, sights, sounds, food, culture, history, religion....everything was amazing!

The hotels you picked out for us were perfect for our needs! The Daphne was in a good location and very clean. Gamirasu Hotel is one that we will probably never forget in our life time! Arriving at night into a cave hotel was a bit scary, but it soon turned into a warm and amazing experience. The help was fantastic and warm. The food was delicious as well! The Kayhanbey hotel was in an excellent location!

As for our tour guides and drivers... Let's start off in Istanbul. How could we go wrong with Suleyman and Hazim? Suleyman was informative and led us to each sight with good timing. Hazim was the nicest and most professional driver. He was very hospitable from the beginning to the end! He is an asset to your company. In Cappadoccia, the transfers were seamless. Our driver and tour guide there were fantastic as well! We were very pleased with them. Our tour in Pamukkale was perfected when they brought us to the Pam Hotel for lunch and time to swim and soak in the mud bath. That was a wonderful treat!

I don't know if it was because of the time of the year or if you really booked us for a private tour in Istanbul and Cappadocia, but it was wonderful just being by ourselves. Again, great choice in hotels and tours. It covered everything I wanted to see. I only wish we had just a bit more time to do some shopping in Kusadasi. I guess we are not done with Turkey and need to come back again! Isn't that wonderful? I'll get to deal with you again then. Thanks for all your help Rina. You can be rest assured that I will always recommend you and your company to anyone who wants to visit Turkey!

Sincerely,
Yvonne

John H. – Spokane, WA

21 October, 2004

Dear Rina --
I share your hope that we might meet sometime. My wife and son and daughter-in-law had a very enjoyable time with Suleyman, who is a veritable fountain of information and a model of patience. I'm very impressed with your operation, and hope you grow and prosper. If you two ever get to Spokane, I'll give you a tour for free.

John H.

Murray H. – Canada

30 October, 2004

Dear Rina,

Thanks for the inquiry. Yes, we liked the Cekirge hotel in Bursa as it was right next the Murat I mosque and tomb and the bricked courtyard and wind in the trees were great However the modern Kent Hotel which we'd discussed was just fine despite being on the main street (the windows kept out most noise) because the Ulu Cami, the Koza Han and bazaars and the Orhangazi Cami were right across the street! Very central and much appreciated by us both.

Alia will no doubt have further useful comments but there were so many wonderful things and the ability to buy front seats on the buses beforehand was a real blessing, making the trips relatively OK for
Alia.

We had a great time in in Cappadocia. Konya was great because of the Mevlana and a special night (Bayrat?) 15 days before Ramazan, Antalya was great too and the tours very good, including the trip to Kekova to swim (a high point for moi). The big thermal hotel Lycos River in Pamukkale was clean and the ruins were splendid. Canakkale was fun because we were right in the middle of things and yet not noisy and Troy with Mustafa Askin as guide was wonderful.

Bought his booklet on Gallipoli too and it supplemented the guide the next day. It was a memorable trip, every day a success, and thank you for the arrangements.

Murray

Cathryn K. – New Jersey, USA

1 November, 2004

Hi Rina,

I wanted to write to thank you and Suleyman for a wonderful time in Istanbul. It was something I will always remember. Suleyman is so knowledgeable and it was a real treat to have him for 2 days to tell me all about your beautiful city. I have been highly recommending your company to my friends and colleagues that have asked me about my trip.

Hope this is finding you well. Cathryn

Jenny S. – Melbourne, Australia

22 November, 2004

Hi Rina,

It was really nice to meet you!

Mum and I had a wonderful time in Antalya; Alp Pasa was a nice cosy haven. The tour to Myra was facinating, although it was a long drive. Lucky we were not in a hurry to move on the next day.

We had a wonderful time in Turkey. I wished I were able to spend another week in Istanbul just bumming around. I was forever amazed at how people were friendly but not sleezy (after Egypt ...) and it was so easy to strike up a conversation about all sorts of topics.

On the second leg of our tour, we joined up with a group of 24 people, half from Australia and half from the US. A retired philosophy professor on the tour asked a bunch of us what was our highlight. All the guys were coming up with this and that site and when it came to me, I said: "The people, no doubt".

Once again, thanks for your help. I'll keep in touch as I'm determined to drag Rob, my husband, over within the next couple of years.

If you are ever in Melbourne, contact me as I'll be happy to meet up for a drink or dinner.

Take care and all the best,
Jenny

Cara H. – Alberta, Canada

22 November, 2004

Dear Rina,
Thank you very much for the amazing itinerary and tour. Everything was excellent! The trip was busy and packed, and the weather was beautiful! Mustafa was a great driver and guide. We all had a spectacular time.

The hotel in Kas was OK and it had a great view. The hotel in Istanbul was far above expectations, and of course also, the resort in Fethiye, I could have stayed there for a week. Thank you again, as all the transfers, guide and services provided were absolutely superb! I have already recommended you to two friends.

Thanks for everything,

Cara

Steve W. – Austin, TX

24 November, 2004

Rina,
Thank you for all your help. Ilhan was a terrific guide. I enjoyed myself very much. I look forward to returning to Turkey with friends!

Thank you again,
Steve W.

Katie F. -Washington D.C.

30 November, 2004

Rina and Suleyman.
I wanted to send my sincere thank you to both of you. Our trip was perfect. Suleyman was a superb guide and we really enjoyed each day with him. My mom is telling everyone they must visit Turkey and they must contact you if they do. We were so impressed with everyone and everything. Ankara worked out well although it was a little colder. My mom's tour guide was quite ok, but not Suleyman (in her words).

Anyway, thank you again for all of your hard work and please know that I will be back.

Katie

Robert W. -Indiana

4 January 2005

Dear Rina and Suleyman,
Thank you so much for all your help in planning and making our trip to Istanbul pleasurable. Rina, Thanks for all your help in planning the hotel, pick ups etc.--it made the trip free of worry. Suleyman, Thanks for all your insights and tidbits on our tour on Tues. We will recommend you to anyone going to Turkey and will probably be back so will have you help us again in the future.

Thank you again!
Bob

Fern S.- Florida

6 January 2005

Hello Rina,

Greetings from the USA. I hope you remember me for I purchased 2 of your tours last year in October. I haven't had a chance to to write to you saying I enjoyed both tours until now. I must say that your tours are different...case in point, the Blachernae Palace and dungeon. I'm almost positive that no tourists on other packages go to the dungeon.

I would like you to keep me on your mailing list. I am definitely going back to Turkey again and when I do, I am going to Bodrum and Antalya next. I would love to go back this year but I have already booked Italy and the Cayman Islands. So, in 2006 for sure!! Would you recommend going to Bodrum and Antalya in May or September?

Thank you for your time and let's keep in touch. From sunny Florida, bye for now.

Fern S

W. Dubreuil -France

14 January 2005

Gretings from France!
Thank you very much.. we enjoyed our evening and would recommend this Turkish night to others.... (Istanbulin)

Best regards, W. Dureuil

Mark N. – Bilgi University, Istanbul

25 January, 2005

Thanks Rina,
The trip was very nice and we have loads of great pictures. This is the third trip we've taken while here in Istanbul and you are the first to send a follow-up note. Nice touch!I hope you enjoyed your Bayram as well.

Mark

Jay J. – US Embassy, Ankara

25 January 2005

Dear Rina and Suleyman,

I want to thank you for the wonderfully planned trip. It was the most fun I have had in some time. We looked at some of our pics and they look great (thanks to Suleyman for all the great scenic areas). I will be sure to send some to you as soon as I get them organized.

I will let you know what my plans are as soon as my friends confirm their arrival here in February. Even though I've seen some of Istanbul already, I wouldn't mind doing it again. When I have the plans confirmed as far as the dates and number of people, could you please help me coordinate a weekend trip there? I do have the information from the e-mails you previously sent me but I wanted to make sure you knew that we would probably see if we could get at least one or two days of guided touring.

Thank you again for everything. I will be sure to recommend you to all my friends and colleagues.

Best regards, Jay

Lawrence L. – Ontario, Canada

28 February, 2005

Hi Rina,
Many thanks to both you and Suleyman for arranging it, I truly appreciated. I
did not have to take a taxi when I got here, the hotel sent pick-up. I'll look forward to returning to Istanbul one day, and if I have any friends on my way over I'll be sure to refer them on to you.

Best wishes,
Lawrence L.

Mark Ratay

4 March, 2005

Vice President
Travel 'N' Tours, Inc.
5160 Tchulahoma Road -Southaven, MS

Reference:
Last year when planning an inspection trip of Istanbul, I came across Rina's web site on the Internet. My business partner and I wanted a private tour of Istanbul and its environs, and the Insight Travel web site seemed to offer what we were looking for in the way of a tour. I contacted Rina and explained what we wanted, and she replied promptly with a tour proposal and quote that we found very acceptable.

As it turned out, the private tour was conducted by her husband, Suleyman, who was extremely excellent as both a guide and a person. The tour was conducted in a late model car with a wonderful, safe, and courteous driver. We were very pleased and impressed with the tour, and as previously arranged we ended the tour at the offices of Insight Travel where we held a meeting with Rina and Suleyman to discuss how we might work together in promoting tourism to Turkey.

Since that meeting many months ago, Rina and Suleyman have developed a unique Christian itinerary through western Turkey that we are promoting to our data base of more than 700 churches and clubs. We are a small, custom tour operator, and we enjoy working with other smaller operators who provide us with personal attention. Based on this new itinerary, we created a multi-page color brochure, which is being mailed to our data base, and our web designer is incorporating the tour into our web site. Throughout this entire process, Rina and Suleyman have demonstrated to us that they are prompt, professional, and very competent at what they do. And since Rina is an expatriate American, there does not seem to be the language or cultural "confusion" that sometimes occurs when dealing with foreign operators.

Personally, I have no concern about making deposits with Insight Travel. We will do so whenever we have a group tour to Turkey, and while there are no "guarantees," I feel confident that Rina and Suleyman and their staff will deliver as they have promised. Their offices are located in a Sultan's mansion that they restored in the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood just a short distance from The Blue Mosque.

Should you have the opportunity to use the services of Insight Travel, I don't think you will be disappointed. If there is any other information I can share with you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mark Ratay

Teona K. – Almaty, Kazakhstan

15 March, 2005

Dear Rina,
So glad to hear from you.
Thanks a lot for your concern, of course, I have enjoyed my trip very much.
Hope, we meet again.

Best
Teona

Bill A.-New York

March 23, 2005

Jerry-
We've done considerable traveling in our lives and our trip to Turkey was the best of all!

Rina was extraordinary in her dealings with us. When we first thought about a trip, we e-mailed several travel agencies in Turkey inquiring about itineraries. Most responded with suggestions and pricing but Insight (Rina) wrote that before she could consider making recommendations, she wanted to know more about our family and our interests. That sold us, and from then until the day we returned to the U.S., both the communications and all the arrangements could not have been more perfect. The guide, the driver, the hotels and guest houses, the selection of places to eat, the things we saw, the options we were offered, the flexibility of the guide made this a trip of a lifetime. We got to see places and do things, several on the spur of the moment, that were truly unique and our every desire or suggestion was
accommodated. I can't say enough about Insight Travel and if you book with them, I think you will have a marvelous time.

By the way, you might want to consider using Insight for more than one day in Istanbul. We used them for our whole trip including two days in Istanbul and one on our own there.

Bill A.

Jerzy and Lidia G.

March 31, 2005

Hi
I am still in Europe but the trip in Turkey was excellent. All hotels were very good. It took me longer to drive than I thought but quicker than you thought. Overall we were very happy, Thank you

Jerzy and Lidia

Rachel P. and Ricardo R.

March 31, 2005

Dear Rina and Suleyman,
Thank you for your message. We were just about to write to you to let you know what a fabulous time we had in Turkey. Overall, the trip was among the best holidays that we have had. Our time in Istanbul was fascinating and we were very happy with our accommodations. Your recommendations of places to visit in the city and Suleyman's tour were excellent and we learned a great deal. We both loved Cappadocia and all of the places that we were able to visit there. It was unlike anywhere either of us have ever been before. Exploring all of the cave settlements was astounding! The hotel there was also a unique experience and fabulous. We also thoroughly enjoyed our time in Antalya and the surrounding regions. The environment provided a very nice contrast from Cappadocia and gave us a real feel of the diversity of Turkey. The hotel there was gorgeous. We were glad to be traveling during the low tourist season while in Antalya as some of the sites were already filling up with crowds! All of the days trips from Antalya were great!

We were very happy with both Kunt and Yasar. They were both incredibly accommodating, professional and friendly and we enjoyed their company very much. Kunt was very informative about the local environment, culture and history and we learned a great deal from him. He made terrific suggestions about places to visit, eat and rest and through him we felt that we saw a great deal of the history and local culture of Turkey. We would recommend both Kunt and Yasar highly to anyone seeking a guide and driver.

Overall, our experience in Turkey and with Insight Travel was wonderful. We definitely hope to visit Turkey again one day.

All the Best!

Sincerely,
Rachel P. and Ricardo R.

Allyson & Tim V.

April 3, 2005

Hello Rina,
We were thrilled with the level of service and organization of our tour. Everything worked perfectly. We were especially happy with the tour's flexibility that allowed us to make the last minute changes to our itinerary. Both our our guides, Mehmet in Istanbul, then Mete from Ankara on, were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and fun to be with. They really made the tour enjoyable.

We have recommended your tour agency to several of our friends and we will definitely contact you again if and when we decide to travel back to Turkey. Thank you for all of your help with our tour.

Sincerely,
Allyson & Tim V.

Nick F.

April 4, 2005

Rina
Thanks for the e-mail. I enjoyed the tour you arranged for me, it certainly met my expectations. I also enjoyed the rest of my stay in Istanbul. Should I visit again I will be in touch, and I would also be happy to pass on details of your company should I hear of others visiting looking for similar services.

Regards,
Nick F.

Robert G.

April 4, 2005

Both Suleyman and the driver were great and very nice to be with on tour. Please give our regards to Suleyman. We of course will recommend your company to anyone we think would be interested in your services. Thank you once again for your help.

Robert G.

Mike and Debbie B.

April 5, 2005

Rina,
We had a wonderful time in both places. We will definitely contact you when we arrange our next trip to Turkey and will certainly recommend you to our friends here in Doha. Thanks again for setting up a wonderful visit.

Kind regards
Mike and Debbie B.
American School of Doha

John T. – Doha, Qatar

April 5, 2005

I was planning to write you even before I returned to Doha and found this message. The trip to Cappadocia and our guide and hotel were wonderful. Mike and I both commented that we wished we had a travel agent as thorough as you here in Qatar (but, alas, no). Thanks so much for a wonderful vacation!

Sincerely,
jt

Vikki J.

April 5, 2005

Rina,
Cok tesekkur ederim. We did enjoy the show (Whirling Dervishes) and also our stay in Turkey. A brilliant experience in a fabulous country. We shall return I am sure, so until another day, thank you.

Best Wishes,
Vikki J.

Sally M.

April 6, 2005

We enjoyed meeting you, Rina. Thanks for arranging our dinner at Fener--it was a superb meal.

The Gamarisu hotel is wonderful--both accommodation and food. Antalya hotel had a nice sea view and a lovely little courtyard, and the views from Arcadia were, as you know, sensational--our room was 6th floor and we looked out on Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque. All in all, we had a splendid time and appreciated very much your arrangements. We have very wonderful memories--meeting interesting people on the buses, exploring on our own in Konya and Antalya, seeing the sights of Cappadocia and of Ephesus and Pergamon. And, of course, Istanbul, in which we had too little time but which we enjoyed enormously. Our thanks to you and to Suleyman for his great introductory tour.

Best, Sally M.
Cornell University

Rose I.

April 18, 2005

Thank you very much for all your help which was most generous with time and information. We liked the Metropol.

Matt H. – Kabul

April 29, 2005

Hi Rina,
Sorry for the slow response-have been catching up since back in Kabul. The tour was perfect. The guide very good and she went out of her way to
teach us about Turkish culture and history. Thanks once again for the
prompt and efficient organizing. I hated to leave Turkey - what a beautiful
place.

Thanks again - am recommending the same tour to all of my friends.

Matt

Sylvia W. – Germany

May 4, 2005

Dear Rina,
We are back from Turkey and I would like to thank you very much once again for the good organization of our trip. It was a wonderful journey and we remember with pleasure the nice days. Next year we will return with a greater group and it would be nice to cooperate once again.

So far all the best for you and your husband.

Sincerely yours
Sylvia W.

Tami S. – Israel

May 6, 2005
Itinerary: Eastern Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I want to thank you for the wonderful trip we had in Eastern Turkey.
Everything (almost) went smoothly, the guide was very good and survive bravely all my questions (and there were many), the car was very comfortable, the driver a real jewel (send him our love) and Evan became a very good friend.

We will be glad to call you again before our next visit to Turkey, and to recommend your agency to our friends. Bottom Line-We had a great time.

Thanks again
Tami

Gabriel O.

May 9, 2005

Hello Rina,
I was going to thank you as well for the kind and thorough service that worked without a hitch - but you beat me to it. Antalya/Kemer is a beautiful part of the world. I'll look forward to exploring other parts of Turkey in the future.
Best regards,
Gabriel

Evan B.

May 11, 2005

Hi Rina,

I have really been enjoying my trip. Such contrasts between the East and this area. The pace at the beginning was busy but interesting - am appreciating a bit slower pace now (as you knew I would!)

Ömer and Mustafa were excellent. Ömer handled us very well and Mustafa was an excellent driver in addition to speaking some English. Also, I loved the Garamisu Hotel and the people there were so nice.

Thanks again,
Evan

Christine & Barbara Z. – Calgary, Alberta

May 16, 2005

HI Rina,
We just got home late Friday night. What a fantastic trip. We very much enjoyed Turkey, and will be recommending it to our friends. Thank you for arranging such a great tour for us. Please stay in touch and let us know if you are ever in Canada. It is our pleasure to recommend to our friends and family.

Thanks Rina,
Christine and Barbara :)

Larry Z.

May 17, 2005

Rina,
Both tours went very well, and we enjoyed both Suleyman, and Tunc. They both did a great job. You also did a great job of responding promptly to our needs. I will certainly recommend your services to any of my friends who may be interested.
Thanks!

Larry Z.

Gail S. – Doha

May 18, 2005

Rina
Thank you so much for the wonderful trip you arranged for us in Cappadocia. It was fantastic...everything from the hotel, the tours the guide and the food. Thank you so much. I have just recommended you to our friends who will be coming to Turkey this summer. I'm sure they will be in contact with you.

Gail S.

Babette R.

May 26, 2005

Hi Rina,
Just wanted to say thanks again for *all* your help with Brian and Ben's trip. We really, really couldn't have done it without you and we do appreciate it so much. A month after being home, Ben is still talking about it and still referring to it. It was a marvelous experience and such a great way for him and Dad to be together.

I hope it will be OK for me to pass on info about your tours to others, especially other homeschoolers. I think folks would be very interested to know what a great place Turkey is and that they could have a terrific team like yours to help them plan a wonderful trip.

Take care,
Babette R

Stuart C.

June 2, 2005

Dear Rina,
Just to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Turkey. The Hillside Su was very funky and the service was very good and the suites were ideal for us. The pick up's from the airport and the hotel were on time. Many thanks for your help and if we come back to Turkey I will get in touch to book through you.

Kind regards
Stuart C.

Steve B. & Pam F.

June 3, 2005
Itinerary: Best of the Aegean & Mediterranean

Dear Rina and Suleyman,
Thank you for all the effort it took to plan and organize our just-completed tour. We very much enjoyed Turkey. We visited, ate at and stayed in many places which would not have been thought of by any other company. It was a fascinating trip, we got a great deal out of it, and our travel companions were the best. You and Suleyman do an excellent job.

Best wishes for a successful summer.
Steve and Pam

Bruce B.

June 6, 2005

Hi Rina,
We just want to say thanks again for you help while we were in Turkiye. Staying at the Angora House was probably the highlight of the trip (re hotels). Hope that you are having a good tourist year and we hope to visit with you again.

Thanks
Bruce B.

Mark W.

June 6, 2005

Rina,
I just wanted to write and say how good the hotels were that you arranged for us. The group was exceptionally pleased. In fact, one of the people traveling with me also brings larger tour groups and I have given him your information. He was so impressed that he wants to contact you also. Thank you again. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Sincerely,
Mark W.

Sue & Jim S.

June 7, 2005

We are home today and want to thank you for a job very well done. Tunc did a great job and even had a van and driver and Bilge was equally wonderful. We loved Turkey and the people, even the carpet salesmen. We would recommend you and the country to anyone. Please use us as a reference and keep using the Daphne. Great choice!

Thanks again.
Sue & Jim S.

Dixiana & Steven B. – New York

June 9, 2005

Hi Rina,
I just wanted to say thank you. We had a wonderful trip to Turkey. Thank you for all the assistance.

Dixiana and Steven B.

Elize P. – South Africa

June 10, 2005

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful time. I have kept your details in my file, so that when I start planning my trip to Anatolia next year I can contact you.

Thank you
Elize

Glenda B. – UK

June 13, 2005

Rina,
Thank you for organising this. Everything went smoothly and I had a lovely time there.

Kind regards,
Glenda

Shabnam K.

June 17, 2005

Hi Rina,
My parents has an amazing time in Istanbul. The hotel was perfect and they really enjoyed the tours with Suleyman. I will certainly recommend your company to others who are thinking of doing something similar.

All the best,
Shabnam

Jack & Heather T.

June 21, 2005

Hello Rina,
We had a fab time...the Turkish Bath was great and our stay in Turkey exceptional...we saw so much. I would love to come back again sometime...thank-you for everything.

Jack and Heather

John & Jenny R.

June 21, 2005

Dear Rina
We are home now and back to the real world. Thank you for the great tour, we will let our friends know about your wonderful service and the spectacular country you live in. The only change I would make is to see some of the natural beauty of your country, maybe next time!!!

Let me know if you need an endorsement of your service and product.

Thanks again.
John & Jenny R. (On behalf of the group)

Beatrice C. – Hong Kong

June 21, 2005

Hi Rina,
Just writing to say that we had a fantastic time in Turkey and Yasar our driver was fantastic! Thank you for the arrangements and for arranging for Yasar to drive us. He was great, and on many occasions did much more for us than what a tour guide would even have done. We have already recommended your agency to some people (we met them in Gamirasu Hotel and they liked the arrangements you made for our group), and will recommend to others who are planning a trip to that part of the world. The hotels you put us up in were good and we especially liked Gamirasu.

Once again, thank you, and best wishes to both yourself and Suleyman. Do send him our regards and tell him we said "thank you" for meeting us at the airport, and for re-arranging Moy's and my flight back to Istanbul last Saturday.

Kind regards and best wishes for the future,
Beatrice

Susan B.

June 22, 2005

Rina;
I wanted to thank you for the great job you did for Cristina and I . The arrangements were great, the pickups were are time , hotels were ok. We shall tell and gave your information out to whoever we know that is going to Turkey.

Thank you again
Susan

Jerry O.

June 23, 2005

Dear Rina:
Thanks for the email, our trip was just great and your staff did a wonderful job and we had a great time in Istanbul. The whole trip was wonderful, cruise and Athens. When we think of Turkey we will think of you.

Warm Regards,
Jerry O.

Nika & Boris K.

June 26, 2005

Hi Rina and Suleyman,
My wife and I would like to thank you for 2 great day tours of Istanbul. We were lucky to have Suleyman as our guide. It is highly unlikely that we would have seen and learned so much without your help. Best of luck to both of you. Please, if you ever need a recommendation, we would love to provide one.

Thank you very much,
Nika and Boris

Lauren R.

June 28, 2005

We had a wonderful time. We will definitely recommend you to friends in the future. Thank you so much for a great experience.

Lauren R.

Karina G.

July 3, 2005

Hi,
I traveled with you guys last month, and I just wanted to say thanks. I really loved everything and everybody. You guys rock!

Cheers
Karina G.

Roya B.

July 11, 2005

Dear Rina,
Pasha and I would like to thank you for suggesting Marina Vista Hotel to us and taking care of our reservations. We had a wonderful time and will never forget our great memories of Bodrum. Look forward to visiting Turkey again and working with you for our future traveling needs.

Take care,
Roya and Pasha

Taryn S.

July 15, 2005

Hi Rina,
Thank you for all your help. All the reservations went smoothly. We will certainly recommend your services if any of our friends plan a trip to Turkey.

Best,
Taryn

Jill K.

July 15, 2005

Dear Rina,
We did have a very good trip. Our time in Turkey was much too short, but we hope another time we'll be able to see more of the country. Thank you so much for your help - everything went very smoothly.
Sincerely,
Jill

Ellen B. (Travel Agent) – Albany, CA

July 15, 2005

Dear Rina,
Yes, indeed, the K.s very much enjoyed their time in Turkey. They thought the accommodations were marvelous, the Turkish people very hospitable, the driving was not the nightmare they were warned about.

I am very glad I found you, and I would like to call on you to help me the next time I need to arrange travel in Turkey. Thank you so much for your excellent service.

Best regards,
Ellen B.

Stuart K. – Colorado

July 17, 2005

Hi Rina-

I wanted to thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip. Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you in Istanbul - but I guess even travel agents get to go on holiday sometimes..

The gulet was outstanding, although we could have used a couple of more days (weeks?). We had no idea we would be eating so well! The captain and crew were great and the experience very memorable. We had some language barrier, but I think that added some to the trip.

We had an equally great experience touring across Turkey with Mr. Mustafa and Aret. I thought both of them did an exceptional job making our trip fun and giving us the opportunity to explore the culture and history of this part of Turkey. Our tour companions were good to travel with.

I thought Aret was a perfect guide for what we wanted, mixing the historical and cultural parts in a way that was fun and awe inspiring. He also worked very hard on the details to make sure that what was planned actually happened.

All in all, a great experience. Thanks again for all of your help.

Stuart

Melissa P.

July 17, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina,
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour you organized for us. Aret and Mustafa were fabulous, as were our traveling companions. We will certainly recommend your company, and Aret and Mustafa, to any friends we know who are interested in traveling to Turkey. Perhaps we may have an opportunity to return to Turkey ourselves... if so, we'll certainly ask you to help with the arrangements.

Mr Mustafa is an excellent and friendly driver, whose company we enjoyed. We appreciate him taking time away from his family to accompany us. At the Underground City, my mother decided she would rather not go through those narrow tunnels, so she stayed with Mustafa. He was very sweet to her, buying her tea and introducing her to the other drivers. She really felt welcome.

Aret is very knowledgeable about Turkish history and culture, but, even more important, he has a knack for sensing when the group is tired, and ready for a rest, or ready to move on. He was very solicitous of my mother, who, though very active, does move a little slower than the rest of us from time to time. He also helped me to get in touch with my husband at various points on the trip, so that Mike and I could chat. We all really enjoyed Aret's company, and his stories! Having arranged tours in the US and Europe, I know how many little details need to be seen to... Aret made it all happen without us even being aware. It went like clockwork.

We were quite happy with the itinerary, food, and accommodations, although as a group we decided to skip the folkloric night in Cappadocia, so we could take a breather and enjoy the Gamirasu Cave Hotel. The hot air balloon ride the next morning was definitely a highlight!

One note on the Daphne. The rooms were very nice, and I really liked the location. We found a couple of nice restaurants in walking distance.

Rina, I enjoyed meeting you and your friends on the day you accompanied us. Hope your beach vacation was terrific.

When we have worked our way through the hundreds of photos we took, I'll be sending you a couple for Mr Mustafa. He said that would be the best way to get them to him.

Again, thank you for a fabulous trip and some wonderful memories. I fell in love with Turkey all over again.

Melissa

Norma C. – New Jersey

July 18, 2005

Dear Rina,
The Kismet Hotel was outstanding. Service excellent. Spacious room, lovely breakfast. Private tours-tour guide excellent, drivers excellent. Travel arrangements went well. As they dropped us off earlier we were able to arrange an earlier flight on THY. Thank you for making the trip memorable. It is a beautiful country. I will recommend you to my friend who is planning to visit next year.

Best
Norma C.

John S. – UK

July 19, 2005

Hi Rina
Thank you for making all the arrangements for the Turkish tour - it all went to plan and we saw all we hoped to see and a bit more with the guides who were excellent. We will have no doubts about recommending your company to anyone who wants to do a tour of Turkey. Thanks again.

Best regards,
John S.

Romney D. – UK

July 21, 2005

Rina,
I want to second all of John's remarks. You did a fine job for us ,and I would not hesitate to recommend you and Insight to anyone! Your advice and recommendations on timing, travel , guides and hotels was impeccable.

The Karavansary in Cannakale was a great boutique hotel, and the staff fantastic. The hotel in Bodrum was a true delight, a real oasis with great staff, great views and a very nice atmosphere. Timing this as our final resting place after several days of hard driving and touring was perfect.

The ideas on the site tours worked VERY well: doing the walking in the morning, then traveling on in the afternoon heat. The guides were highly professional, knew their history, tailored the tours and timing to our needs and interests, and were both helpful and patient.

Truly an unforgettable experience. I want to come back again !!

Thank you once more.
Romney

Dan & Janet S.

Bill & Lisa H. - Nigeria
July 24, 2005

Dear Rina,
Just a note to say "THANKS!!!" We had a great time and almost everything went very smoothly. Thanks so much for all that you did for us--we'll probably never know all of it.

Sincerely,
Dan & Janet S.
Bill & Lisa H

Uday W.

July 24, 2005
Itinerary: Private Ephesus Tour

Dear Lisa
Just a short e-mail to thank you for all the arrangements that you made. They all worked out very well. We had a good tour of Ephesus, the home of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis, though I am told it was one of the hottest days of the year. Mr Taner was very knowledgeable. He also took us to a carpet weaving place; if it had been less hot we would probably had spent more time at Ephesus and not much time at the carpet place. Mr Musa the driver was also very good and considerate.

Again, thanks from the family for making our holiday in Turkey memorable.

BRgds
Uday W.

Jean-François L. – Quebec

July 25, 2005

Dear Rina
We truly enjoyed our trip to Turkey (Marmaris, Fethyie, Antalya, Konya, Urgup, Istanbul). We will not hesitate to refer you to our friends should they decide to visit Turkey (once they see our pictures, they might just do that!) Thanks again and who knows we might just turn around and around like the 'Dervish Tourneurs"' and return ourselves!

Many thanks again
Jean-François L.

Lorelle & David H. – France

August 1, 2005

Hello Rina,
We really enjoyed your tour and one day we may come back and take another tour of Turkey. We really loved the country.

Best wishes
Lorelle and David

Susan & Kingsley H. – Virginia

August 2, 2005

Rina --
We are now home. Thank you for your help is organizing our travels. We had a wonderful trip. Your selections of hotels was exactly what we needed!

Susan -- and Kingsley

Martin E. – Maryland

August 3, 2005

Rina,
We had a very good experience with you and your agency. Our trip was a memorable experience. Assos was beautiful and the hotel was perfect. The overall trip and particularly the parts you assisted with were excellent.

Marty

Nigel O. – London

August 7, 2005

Hi Rina,
We have just returned from holiday-but I just wanted to respond by email. Your help was very much appreciated and Erol, our tour guide was excellent. Many thanks for your help-if we have friends visiting Turkey we will recommend that they contact you.

Best wishes,
Nigel

Kevin & Heather W.

August 15, 2005

Hello Rina,
Our experience in Turkey was wonderful, thank you for all of your help.

Kevin and Heather

Barbara I. & Rob B.

August 15, 2005

Hi Rina,
Sorry we did not get to see you and say hello. We had a nice chat with your husband, seems like a great guy and he helped us with a future itinerary. Anyhow, we had a wonderful time and all your arrangements worked out perfectly. The crazy day of travel from Cappadoccia, the planes, the bus to Marmaris, the Green River Hotel (the guy stayed up and met us at the door at 3:30,gave us breakfast at 7:30 and drove us to the port), it went well and we thank you once again for all your help. You should be hearing from my friend soon. Hope you are having a good summer.
Best to you and your husband,
Barbara and Rob

Aaron S. – London

August 15, 2005

Rina,

ABSOLUTELY enjoyed ourselves! Wish we had more time at Gallipoli - the guide we had was one of the lecturers from the Ministry of Culture and tourism - he really brought the battlefield alive with the stories. The tours in general were great and well organised.

Thanks for the tips on the nightlife in Istanbul. I really liked the cosmopolitan feel to the place and the fact that every one we spoke to spoke English too.

In short, we had a blast. We will be looking at going back in the future to visit places like Ararat and Pergamon and a few other places. Will contact you when that time comes around.

Thanks for your help.

Aaron

Ramez K. – Australia

August 16, 2005

Hi Rina
The trip was fantastic and we both enjoyed ourselves in Istanbul.

Appreciate your help with all our arrangements and I have also recommended
Insight to friends and colleagues here who might consider Turkey as their next holiday destination.

All the best,
Ramez

Larysa & David E. – Florida

August 21, 2005
Itinerary: Marmaris-Fethiye-Marmaris Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina -
It was a wonderful holiday. We enjoyed Marmaris very much, and plan to return (perhaps when it is not so crowded). The cruise was delightful. Today I am downloading all of our photographs. I hope to return to Istanbul next month.

Kind Regards -
Larysa and David E.

Frances D. – Florida

August 21, 2005

Dear Rina,

Thank you for everything you did to make our trip to Turkey so wonderful. Sorry to have taken so long to send you this much deserved thank you. Everything went very smoothly and the itinerary was perfect!

When we saw you in Istanbul we told you how much we had enjoyed our visit to Cappadocia, our day trip by car to Hattusas and Yazilikaya, and our memorable our 10th anniversary dinner at the Old Greek House.

We loved Istanbul and hope to return for a longer visit. The Daphne was definitely worth changing our itinerary for. Bulent gave a good tour of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and surrounding areas and we were glad to have him for a guide. We also enjoyed our free time in Istanbul, especially the Bosphorus cruise (we did find a boat per your suggestion) and the Egyptian Spice Market.

The big question mark on our trip had been the visit to Troy. I wasn't sure that it was going to be worth two days of our trip to visit, but Keith definitely wanted it to be a part of our itinerary. To begin with, the bus tour package that you booked for us was perfect.. We were especially happy that the transfer to the bus station was included, as the traffic leaving the city was horrible and the bus station was quite a way out of town. We enjoyed the bus trips from Istanbul to Canakkale and from Canakkale to Kusadasi. The buses were clean, the rides were very relaxing and enjoyable and the time went by
quickly. We still can't get over the fact that they each had an attendant to serve refreshments -- much different from bus travel in the U.S.! The connections were very easy and everyone was very helpful. Upon arriving in Canakkale, we were greeted by name as we walked into our hotel (Helen), and were made to feel very welcome. We had enough time to walk around town, see the Trojan horse used in the movie "Troy" and have dinner. Our group tour of Troy the next morning was very interesting and well worth the visit. Keith and I were very pleased with the tour and with our guide. Special thanks for arranging this part of our trip.

We were with a great group for our Ephesus tour. Our guide was very nice, and he even added a side trip to Sirince when our tour should have been over.

We enjoyed our stay at the Kismet. Our room was very large, with 2 balconies. Contrary to Frommer's description, we did not think it was
"showing its age" and everyone was helpful. We are glad we did not book a tour for our last day in Turkey. Instead, we spent a nice, leisurely day in Kusadasi, already thinking about where we would want to visit on our next trip to Turkey! I know that long after the historical facts and dates heard on our tours fade from my memory, I will remember the kind and friendly people we met.

Thanks again, Rina, for making our trip so easy! We will let you know when we are planning our next trip to Turkey, hopefully within the next few years.

Sincerely,

Frances D.

P.S. I recently returned from visiting my mom. Of course I took our photograph album (complete with itinerary, pictures and brochures). The album brought back memories of her 6 week trip to Turkey with my dad. It was very special looking at our pictures and then seeing pictures my Dad had taken in Turkey 15 years ago!

Kristin M.

August 22, 2005

Hi Rina!
We had a fabulous time. Personally, Kas was top of my list. I could go
back there and stay forever! And Hotel Linda Beach was PERFECT. Dalyan was great - but a little touristy to stay for too long. Mina was very accommodating - and we were able to travel around from there easily. I can't wait to come back!!!!

Kristin

Mickey R. – Washington

August 22, 2005

Hi Rina,
We had a great trip. Both of the accommodations you selected for us were excellent. We enjoyed Istanbul very much. Thanks again for all your help. Surprisingly, with all the different arrangements, things went very smoothly. The Turkish people were a joy. I look forward to going back. I will recommend you to anyone we know is traveling there.

Thanks again,
Mickey

Norma & Eduardo D.G. – Mexico

August 23, 2005
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours from Cruise Ship

Dear Rina:
We want to thank you for all your services. And yes, we enjoyed the tour-we do not hesitate to recommend your services.

Thank you again.
Norma y Eduardo

Lucy B. – Cyprus

August 25, 2005

Hi Rina
We came back from our holiday this weekend, and it has taken a few days to get back into a routine and out of that loved relaxed feeling from holiday.

We had a superb few weeks around Turkey, and I would like to thank you and Insight Travel for arranging Zeus Hotel in Kahta and Bera in Konya for us. We were driving our own car and it made our holiday plans so much easier. Both hotels were wonderful and the staff made us feel very welcome.

The Gamirasu in Cappadocia, it's staff and environs, comes very highly recommended. We had a brilliant stay there, including going on the long balloon trip (which compares so much better value for money than the short trip) and the Whirling Dervishes at Sarihan, which were both wonderful. The hotel is really well located to see all the sites around Cappadocia,

It is very difficult to arrange things directly with Turkey from here in southern Cyprus, and I would like to thank Insight Travel again for helping to make our trip an easier and enjoyable one. The booking process was very simple.

We have been to Turkey many times, and hope to return soon. We would be delighted to recommend Insight Travel to our friends who plan to travel to Turkey from southern Cyprus.

Kind regards,
Lucy

Elisabetta M. – Rome

August 30, 2005

Our journey in Turkey was very nice and we enjoyed the hotel in Selcuk. It was very comfortable. Thank you again and we hope to come again in Turkey.

Elisabetta M.

Pradip B. – UK

September 1, 2005

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful time in Turkey. Thanks for arranging a flawless trip.
Hope to go back to Turkey (eastern parts) someday. Thanks for everything.

Holly and PK

Bob S.

September 5, 2005
Itinerary: Private Istanbul, Pamukkale & Cappadocia Tours

Hi Rina.
Sorry it has taken so long to send a THANK YOU Note for the wonderful tour your company had provided me. I have to say the 2 high-lites of the tour were Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and Cappadocia!!!

The tour guides were well versed in their presentations. Your guide Ms. Pinar Sahan, was especially entertaining as well as the Driver Hussein. They work well together as a team! Ms. Sahan did a wonderful job in providing me w/ the history, which was very entertaining and informative. She tested me the next day on things as well. I have to say the whole Cappadocia region, the people were wonderful, and the rock formations were beautiful. I really felt immersed in the "Culture" of Turkey being there in Cappadocia. It was simply wonderful.

Allan G. – California

September 16, 2005

Rina,
The trip was nothing less than fabulous .... not only because of the things we saw but also the people .... and in particular by the way we were treated by your firm.

Best,
Allan

Jimmy T. – Cyprus

September 18, 2005

We enjoyed our stay in Kas and everything worked out very well thank you. Would like to go back to Turkey some time.

Yours
Jimmy T

Dennis C. – UK

September 20, 2005

Hi Rina,
I must tell you how pleased we all were with our holiday in Fethiye, the Villa Daffodil and staff were a delight and a days' sailing on the gulet Daffodil was especially good, we saw flying fish and turtles and swam in hidden coves. Thank you for all of your advice and help, I will recommend you to my friends.

Regards Dennis.

Leon & Angela P. – California

September 21, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina and Suleyman
I have finally got started getting my photos together. I have over 750 photos and 5 rolls of video so I have a big job. Can't tell you how much we have enjoyed our stay with you. I have told two people about your work so far.
Leon and Angela

Nina C. – Alberta

September 21, 2005

Hi Rina.

I am glad you wrote. I had it in my "to do" list to write you sometime.
Aret was great and we loved the tours in Istanbul. The F1 was awesome, and all my F1 friends were very jealous of me! The driver for the F1 was kind of upset for all the traffic on the way back, but I told him this is the same all over the world with all races - Silverstone in England holds the reputation of being the worst traffic- so he should not be worried about it.

I am sending around an email for my colleagues recommending your services should we have to send any clients to Istanbul. I don't know if I told you, but I work for American Express Travel here in Calgary, and this kind of info is always very valuable to us.

Once again, congrats on the service. You guys are great!

Cheers
Nina

Mai N. – Vietnam

September 22, 2005

Hi Rina,
Thank you for you message and for organizing the trip for us - we really enjoy it in Turkey and will try to organize our friends to come visit with us again next year. Maybe a cruise. Please keep us posted on the interesting news and trips or event. Thanks again and wishing you and your company all the very best!

Mai

Fannie D. – USA

September 23, 2005

Dear Rina,
Thank you so much for everything. We really did have a wonderful visit to Turkey. I certainly will recommend your services to my friends.

Sincerely,
Fannie D.

Barb D. – Prague International School

September 24, 2005
Itinerary: Istanbul Student Trip

Dear Rina,
Sorry I haven't written sooner but I have been doing surveys of the students and teachers that were on the trip and I wanted to get the results before writing you.

Let me say firstly that we were very much impressed with the service that you gave us. Rina you were very accommodating and flexible and gave us the trip we were looking for, for the right price.

The students loved the trip. It was packed with great sites and gave them some insight and perspective of Turkish culture and history. They found the museums a bit boring but really enjoyed the other sites. Overall they rated the program very highly and thought the trip was fun. They thought hotel was good and the transportation excellent. Most of them said they would do a similar trip again.

The teachers thought you and your guides (I understand one of them is your husband!) did an outstanding job and the program gave them great coverage of the sites in Istanbul.

Rina, thanks again for a job well done and I would recommend you highly to anyone that is interested in touring your fascinating city.

All the best and I hope we can work together again.

Barb

Tanya & Shannon N. – USA

September 26, 2005

Hi Rina!
Actually - I also meant to write to you right when I got back - but my new job has been crazy busy. I wanted to let you know that Shannon and I had a fabulous time in Turkey! The whole trip was amazing - what an incredible country. & you did such a wonderful job planning it for us - I can't thank you enough. (& you saved us from any arguments that could have happened had we been left to planning the days ourselves - thank you thank you!! :)
I have told so many people about our trip - & if anyone I know travels to Turkey I will definitely recommend Insight Travel! Thank Suleyman for us as well (& our driver too!) - we really appreciate the personalized tours & fun tips about Istanbul.

Take Care,
Tanya

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Gloria S. - California
September 24, 2005

Hi Rina,
It was wonderful. Thank you for all...I had a marvelous time. Gamirasu is extraordinary.

Gloria S.

Terry G. – Vancouver, Canada

September 28, 2005

Rina & Lisa,
We had an awesome trip and totally enjoyed Istanbul.
Thank You very much.

Best Regards, Terry.

Melissa T. – Vienna

September 30, 2005

Dear Rina,
Not only did I have a fantastic (much too short) stay in Istanbul, but I hope to come again soon and when I do I will be sure to contact you and your colleagues!!

Melissa

Nathan and Kristin W. – Chicago

October 1, 2005

Hi Rina-

We had an absolutely wonderful trip! Thank you so much for the help in arranging our visit, and in planning the tour at the last minute. The car rentals in Cappadoccia and Antalya were great for us, since we like to get around a bit on our own. Hotel Gamirasu was a real highlight of the trip in Cappadoccia. Kristin ended up getting a little ill while we were there and Ibrahim and Gumus and their staff were very helpful. Their food is also great.

In Antalya, we loved the Ottoman house/hotel that we stayed in, La Paloma, and visited Termessos, which was unbelievable (I highly recommend it for people who like the outdoors and hiking, but have their own transportation to get there).

Our visit along the coast was very relaxing. Suleyman in Demre was helpful in pointing us to a great place to eat, and in getting us a place to buy some carpet. It was good to get to know him over dinner as well. We visited a couple beaches, took a lovely Kekova boat cruise, and generally relaxed.

And of course, the best part of Istanbul was our private tour with Suleyman. He was great and we learned an awful lot in a short amount of time. Topkapi Palace was great.

In the spirit of providing you with some useful feedback for future visitors, there were three things that I thought we would mention:

Overall, our stay in Turkey was wonderful, and we will be sure to recommend Insight Travel to anyone else who is thinking about going!

Thank you, Lisa and Suleyman again for all your help and assistance and for an unforgettable adventure.

Best Regards,
Nate and Kristin W.

Kepa T. – Spain

October 5, 2005
Itinerary: Gallipoli Tour

Dear Rina,
After the successful trip in your country as well as your offer of the trip to Gallipoli, I would like to thank for this tour. The tour was very interesting and well performed. Also the guide had a really good English, and the explanations were detailed. The time was as expected, and the return to Istanbul was also on time. We really enjoyed the tour, even my wife which was disappointed not to find Mel Gibson there!!!!, (just kidding).

Thanks again and best regards,
Kepa T.

Karen C. – New Zealand

October 5, 2005
Itinerary: Insight Small Group Istanbul Tours

We had a wonderful time with our guide in Istanbul, Suleyman. He was well organised-we did not have to queue for tickets and things went smoothly. He shared lots of personal info about his culture we thought ending our trip with this tour made this trip special because we would have been completely lost with the short amount of time and would have only seen half of what we did. I don't feel finished with Turkey and would love to see more.
Take care,
Karen C.

Stacy R. – California

October 5, 2005

Rina,
Please forgive me for taking so long to tell you what a wonderful time we had on our tours in Turkey. Our guide was amazing and so patient with our children. He was very knowledgeable and knew people wherever we went. Thank you for making our trip more enjoyable than it already was.

Sincerely,
Stacey R.

Oliver K. – Skopje, Macedonia

October 7, 2005

Hi Rina.
We had a wonderful time in Istanbul, last week. The meeting went fine.
I extended my compliments to the personnel of Hotel Aygun in Sisli on departing. It is a very fine hotel, and I just need to compliment you on the choice and thank you for the professional attitude and effectuation of our arrangements. We all really enjoyed the stay.

I'll keep in touch with you, probably regarding next summer, although it looks to me that Turkey is becoming somewhat expensive lately.

Regards and thanks,
Oliver K

Jeff L. – Texas

October 8, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
First of all, our guide is just a fabulous person to be with and we all almost broke into tears when we had to say good-bye on the last day. He was always early to pick us up and tended to all of our needs in every way. He made the trip. Mustafa the driver was very nice as well. I will miss him and now think of him every day when I make my Turkish tea, which I'm hooked on. Perhaps on our next tour, which I think would be in the northern Black Sea area, we could request that he be our guide.

The Assos hotel was a wonderful place to be. The Gamirasu was unique and just great.

The highest quality of food at pretty much every place. The meals were about the same products, but all good and fresh. Our guide was quick to point out local specialties that were great. All of the restaurants and refreshment units were just fine.

We found the people to be friendly and clean. Just about like being at home, but not much English was spoken, only enough to get by with tourists. Every one was polite. In the cities, one would think that one was in a US big city. It is a safe place to be.

We got just about the same response before the trip as we do after. With the "where are you going?" and "where did you go?" the answer Turkey drew the same strange expression on friend's faces. "Why" or "won't you get blown up by a car bomb" and all of that. For just about every American, Turkey is not a destination even thought of. We knew nothing about the place or the people when we left. So, what a fine trip it was and an education about your people and the places. We have traveled to many places and find that Turkey is surely one of the best kept travel secrets in America.

My biggest educational surprise is how much similarity there is between the US and the Turkish people. I was keen to note the news shows and advertisements on the television. We have big cities and a lot of farmers in between them, too. I was also surprised at the enormity of the tourism business. Another feature that now many people notice is the existence of trash on the streets. In the US, I would have to say that we are pigs when it comes to tossing things out of a car window. In Turkey, I did not see this. This says a lot for the culture and national pride of the average person.

Until the next time, and kindest regards.
Jeff L.

Jenny & Matthew D. – Australia

October 15, 2005
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Thank you for your help in arranging our recent trip to Turkey. We had the most fabulous time. All of the hotels exceeded our expectations. Our guide in Istanbul (Suleyman) was delightful and informative and our driver Mustafa was a pleasure to be with. The photo in Cappadocia is my favourite from the entire trip.

Many thanks,
Jenny D.

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Joyce Z. – Connecticut

October 17, 2005

Dear Rina,
We made all our connections returning home (and there were many). We loved Turkey, the people are the friendliest we have ever encountered. We hope to return-- a stop in Istanbul and maybe Izmir and Bursa next time. Thank you for your help. We will try to send you some business.

Regards, Joyce Z.

Bill D. – Texas

October 24, 2005
Itinerary: Insight Istanbul Small Group Tours

Rina,
We had a great time in Istanbul. Your company did a wonderful job in taking care of us. Bilge was an excellent guide and we certainly saw everything we could possibly have seen in the two days that we had in your great city. We did give the name of your company to our travel agent so you may get some inquires from them in the future.

Thanks.
Bill D.

Keith J.

October 24, 2005
Itinerary: Istanbul + Med and Aegean Self-Drive

Dear Rina,
The high point of our time in Istanbul, of course, was being able to spend a day in Suleyman's care. That was an excellent, and right sized, excursion, and Suleyman was a delight.

Although we had a day's rain in Istanbul, it really didn't matter as we had done the city tour the day before in magnificent weather. The weather during the rest of our stay in Turkey could not have been nicer, and warm enough that we swam twice in the Aegean: Dalyan and Kusadasi.

Your recommendation for a rental car was right on. The car and service were both excellent.

And so, we were very much pleased with your arrangements, particularly the two hotels you arranged in the south. Both were exquisite. We both would very much like to return to Turkey to see some of the same places again, and to explore others, further south and east. If we do, we certainly will plan to make arrangements through Insight, and we also will recommend your company to anybody we know who will be traveling to Turkey.

Sincerely,
Keith

Wayne M. – Australia

October 25, 2005
Itinerary: Gallipoli Tour

Thank you very much Rina. I enjoyed my visit to Gallipoli.

Cheers and regards
Wayne

Maria Teresita T. – Philippines

October 26, 2005
Itinerary: Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had a good time in Turkey. Our guide was very good and accommodating and even the drivers was very accommodating too. If given a chance to visit Turkey again, we'll surely choose Insight Travel again.

Have a good day.
Maria Teresita

Joel S.

October 26, 2005

Hi Rina,
Thanks VERY much for all your help. I have definitely kept your name and number for any future trip to beautiful Turkey.

Best,
Joel

Rimma Z. – California

October 26, 2005
Itinerary: Istanbul and Aegean Tailored Tour

Thank you, Rina.
We had a fantastic time in Turkey and hopefully will return for more sightseeing soon.

Rimma Z

Gloria G. – New Mexico

October 26, 2005
Itinerary: Best of the Aegean and Mediterranean Tour

Hi Rina,
We have not yet returned home -- in Mykonos now. We loved the tour -- the places we visited were wonderful and we really loved the two days on the gulet. Kunt was an excellent tour guide, as was Erol in Istanbul. We'd do it again and would recommend your small group tours. Thanks for the booking at the Nena Hotel. And thanks for your referral -- the Greece part of our trip is going just fine.

Thanks. Gloria

Tina S. – UK

October 26, 2005
Itinerary: Ece Saray Hotel, Fethiye

Dear Rina,
We had a lovely stay in Fethiye, thank you! When we next visit Turkey I will be sure to contact you again.

Regards,
Tina

George & Jean S. – New York

October 28, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We are catching our breath after our wonderful time in Turkey. We did want to thank you for such a wonderful tour and for all your help in putting things together. We had a great time! Kunt was a terrific guide. We will be pleased to serve as favorable references for Insight Travel, and if you would like to have a more formal testimonial, let us know.

Best regards,
George & Jean S

Linda L. – Texas

November 2, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina-
Below is a copy of an email that I just sent to Aret, which will give you a good idea about what we thought of him as a guide.... Our driver, Mr. Mustafa was excellent!! ....could not have been better! They both went out of their way, again and again, to make our trip memorable and pleasant. You can be very proud of these members of your staff.

We all loved the trip, and think that you did a wonderful job planning it. Although, we spent many hours driving, it did not seem like it, because of the timing of the stops along the way. The hotels were all very interesting, and gave us a real view of the different regions that we traveled through.

In short, I would not hesitate to book a tour with Insight again, and we have already recommended you to friends who are planning to go to Turkey. If you would like to use me as a reference, you have my permission....I will be happy to correspond with anyone who may have questions.

Thanks again, Linda L.

Good Morning Aret !
I want you to know that we enjoyed our tour of Turkey with you very, very much. Our friends, Jeff and I all thought that you were an excellent guide for us, and we would all enthusiastically step forward as a reference, if that is ever needed.

The trip was one of the best we have ever taken, and I apologize for not letting you know that sooner. I got sick the day we returned (the flu I think), and that, along with being 3 weeks behind on all of my work, kept me from being more prompt with a response.

I'm sure that by now you have received your cell phone bill, and I would like to know how much I owe you for the calls that you made in my behalf. The trouble that you went to in order to handle my ATM card loss, and the forgotten coat, was above and beyond the call of duty.

Just to let you know......I was very lucky to find the exact tiles that I had been looking for all over Turkey, back in Istanbul at the Grand Bazaar!!!! I was able to buy 8 of them, in very good condition, and I got them at a better price than I had found any place else!! Also....and this is funny....the turquoise turkish towels that I bought... well Cleba phoned by from a local discount store a few days ago, and it is only 2 miles from my house. She had found the exact same towels (made in Turkey) at that store!!! I went there and bought the wash cloths to match the towels that I bought in Turkey!! It is getting to be a very small world.

I would also like to remind you that our offer to be your guide and host if you are ever in Houston, was a valid offer. Ken and Cleba will even throw in a fishing trip!

A friend of Jeff's (a local Judge), has been given your name and Insight Travel's contact information, so you may be hearing from him in the next 6 months or so. He and his wife are planning a trip to Turkey and they were interested in our "travel tales".

We wish you good luck and a happy holiday season, and a wonderful new year. I will send some of our pictures, if I ever get that organized!!! ....there are 1000's of them I think!

Sincerely, Linda L.

Bosiljka R.

November 3, 2005

It was fun to meet you...we loved Angora House, it is beautiful, comfortable. The breakfast was the best! The owner is very nice and accommodating... perfect. It was also so great to be near the museum and to see the old town...market, etc. Goreme- Paradise Pension was good...the terrace has a good view....and everyone was very nice....

We loved Turkey...My favorite place was Aphrodisias and the Aphrodisias Hotel is simple but good -- and a great way to see the site....

I hope to come back next year. By the way I feel both places treated us really well because of the respect they have for you....we appreciated that...

Thanks for everything...I have given your name to my Italian cousins...so I hope you hear from them. I'll be in touch soon

Bosiljka R. (friend of Barbara I.)

Cleba L. – Texas

November 9, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Ken and I enjoyed our trip immensely. The itinerary was very well planned and every thing ran smoothly. Our guide was personable and knowledgeable. Our main driver was skilled and friendly. We liked staying in the small quaint hotels as well as some that were larger establishments. We always felt safe and welcome. The food was great with ample variety. I would certainly recommend your tour to my friends. The hotels in Istanbul were well located so that we could easily get to shopping and restaurants. Thanks for taking care of every detail.

Sincerely, Cleba L

Roger & Patty W. – Wisconsin

November 9, 2005
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina;
Words can not express how much we learned on the culture and history of Turkey on our trip. A small group is the only way to travel. Kunt was very helpful with all of our extra needs. The hotels and restaurants were fantastic. It was great not to be in with the crowds.

We could not have been more pleased with your company from the moment we were picked up at the airport to the moment we were dropped off. Your advice on clothing to bring was also very helpful. We are telling all of our friends about your trips.

Roger and Patti W.

Liz and Margaret H. – Arizona

December 09, 2005
Itinerary: Best of the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean Tour

Dear Rina and Suleyman,
We truly had a fabulous trip with you and have not, will not, decline from mentioning our trip to friends and acquaintances. So far, everyone loves the small, personal tour option to the Big Bus Bang. This was the part that appealed to us as well.

Hope you are both healthy and happy and we wish you a joyous new year.

Take care-
Liz and Margaret

Marilyn and John R. – Iowa

December 17, 2005
Itinerary: Safran Hotel, Bursa and Yunak Evleri, Urgup

Dear Rina,
You were a blessing to make contact with and help me with our travel plans when we visited Turkey this past September and October. Believe me, I'll pass along your name and agency any time I have a chance. The Safran Hotel in Bursa (described as a "boutique" hotel) was a delight. We thought we contracted for a double room, but we were put in a top floor apartment, complete with bedroom, living room, bath, and small kitchen. What a delightful surprise. Also, the cave hotel, Yunak Evleri, in Urgup, was another great experience. Our return trip to Turkey more than exceeded our expectations.

Best wishes for a successful, healthy and happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Marilyn and John R.

Myra E. – Singapore

January 06, 2006

Dear Rina,

This is to say a big thank you to you and your company for organizing our tour and how beautifully everything went. Suleyman and Nihat were great! and we all enjoyed their company a great deal. It was so nice to meet Lisa also. One of the highlight of the trip was seeing your Ottoman house. It was delightful and made us completely envious.

With regards,
Myra E.

Kun Y. – Chicago, USA

January 18, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thank you very much. We had a great time in Turkey. Lisa was a great help. We really appreciate it. Our tour guide in Istanbul was very knowledgeable. The service and food are very good. People are friendly and eager to help.
There are a lot to see and learn. Overall, we had an excellent experience and I have been telling my co-workers and friends about it.

Thanks a lot. Have a wonderful year.
Kun

Helen P. – Taiwan

February 05, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Dear Lisa,
We had a wonderful stay in Istanbul and we enjoyed the tour very much. The tour guides especially Mr. Aret were very nice and professional.

It is really a different kind of experience in Istanbul.

Best Regards,
Helen

Peter S. – Seattle, USA

March 04, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Lisa,
Thanks for your message and thanks again for all you did to make my trip such a success, especially re-arranging things at short notice when the snows struck! I really appreciated the phone calls and messages to keep me up to date during my trip, and it was nice to meet you in person in Istanbul.

Take care and thanks again,
Peter

Phyllis S. and Lynn O. – Alberta, Canada

March 04, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Hi Lisa,

We do want to thank you for the work that you did on our behalf.

We will be happy to recommend your agency to our friends and on the net - I frequently visit the frommer's website message boards and will add our opinion there.

Our guide and driver were excellent and since there were only four of us for the last few days of the tour, we had a private tour, which made it very nice for hearing all the information. Generally our weather was good and the accommodations as well.

Thanks again, Lisa. We feel that you looked after us well.

Phyllis S. and Lynn O.

David S. – Ohio, USA

April 06, 2006
Itinerary: Ephesus Tour

Hello Lisa,

All of my fellow travelers were extremely jealous that I had arranged for a separate tour of Ephesus, and were even more so when I told them that my tour guide was both an archeologist and a botanist and there were only 3 people in my group instead of almost 30.

Not only did we discuss the architecture, but also the local flora which made it even more interesting. I was the "authority" for a short period after rejoining my group and telling all of them what I had learned from my guide, including the camps of the nomads with their angora tents.

In addition, they were envious that we toured a carpet cooperative and a ceramic store during my tour. I enjoyed the exposure to how the local cooperative produces carpeting. The ceramic store was much
less expensive than the store we visited later as a group, and allowed me to purchase all of my souvenirs for friends and family and ship them directly home.

Overall, the tour was handled most professionally, the driver was excellent and our guide was exceptional. I do not usually use superlatives this freely, so you know I had a great time. I will definitely recommend your tour company to others in the future and hope to use your services again myself. Thank you for a wonderful day during my fourteen day adventure!

David S.

David and Ann C. – Marmaris

April 07, 2006
Itinerary: Hera Hotel and Eclipse Tour

Dear Lisa,
Many thanks for your help in booking us in to the Hera at Kas, we enjoyed watching the eclipse, we drove to Olympos and climbed to the top of the Citadel a great viewing platform. Kas was as pleasant as ever and Hera is a comfortable hotel with friendly helpful staff.
Yes we would definitely use Insight Travel Services again.

Regards,
David and Ann C.

Barry and Louise D. – Pennsylvania, USA

April 11, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We enjoyed our tour of the city with Suleyman (Please thank Nihat for his services also). Yes, we had a wonderful time in your fantastic country! I recommend our guide, Cagla. She was multilingual, very informative, full of stories and details, and certainly kept us amused and on a schedule (over3000 km! in one week)

I took about 700 pictures (!)...and have not taken the time to cull them.. Have attached two for you to see. The first Suleyman will remember me taking and the second was from the top of the Arcadia Hotel, which we highly recommend.

We had a great time and have encouraged many to take the trip. Thank you
for your help.

Barry and Louise D.

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Richard S. – California, USA

April 16, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Greetings:
We had a great time. I would definitely recommend the overnight train from Istanbul to Ankara for all your clients. It's a great experience.

Our guide, Daria, fluent in Spanish and English, was outstanding. She is a wheeler-dealer on the first order. She got us front row seats at the Whirling Dervishes and also at the folk dance.

Cappadocia was great and the total eclipse of the sun, with people coming from all over the world to see it, was spectacular.

We really enjoyed the caravanserais, used by merchants traveling the Silk Road. I liked to joke that they were places where Marco Polo had slept, though that is dubious at best.

All of the other places along the way were outstanding. Aphrodesias, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, all have incredible Roman ruins, far surpassing everything in Italy that I had seen with the exception of the Coliseum. People interested in Roman ruins would be better served going to Turkey.

All in all a great trip. It far exceeded our expectations.

Richard S.

Cheryl B. – Cairo, Egypt

April 27, 2006

Hello Rina,
Our trip to Istanbul was LOVELY, and the tours were wonderful. Our guide was knowledgeable, personable, and had a good sense of humor.
Nice staff at the Tash Konak - enjoyed being in Sultanahmet, and having breakfast each morning on the rooftop terrace. The highlight for me was the 3 million tulips all blooming in Istanbul...what a great surprise. I will definitely contact you again for my next trip to Turkey. I look forward to exploring areas other than Istanbul.

Cheryl

Linda J. – Oregon, USA

May 01, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
I thought I would follow up since we returned last night from our adventure!
Thank you for your promptness in answering questions, making suggestions, etc. Your website and email proficiency were the reasons we booked the tour with Insight.

We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour with Suleyman in Istanbul, and of course he was professional and a very well-informed guide. We also were very impressed by Mehmet who picked us up and guided us for a day. (He took us to some small but fascinating places which weren't on the big tour schedules and gave us some insight into current Turkish life, religion and government.)

We all loved Turkey. It is such a fascinating place for so many reasons and we all felt that the Turkish people were so friendly and helpful. We had two wonderful lunches at Turquoise Cafe near your office and a couple of us had a wonderful Turkish bath at the place Suleyman recommended. Istanbul is such a great city and quite a contrast to Athens, which besides the ruins and Olympic sites, hasn't got much charm.

Regards, Linda

Anna H. – Australia

May 02, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul and Aegean Tour

Dear Lisa,
I'm home now, after a wonderful trip in Turkey - thanks to you. Everything went perfectly, down to the pick up at the cross road to go to Ephesus. What a wonder - I could have spent a whole day there, or more.

All the hotels were fine and the Aya Sofia pension hotel in Istanbul was outstanding. I looked of my window straight on to Aya Sofia.

Will definitely be in touch if I am coming back to Turkey and will be recommending Turkey as a great destination for all my traveling friends.

Thanks again.
Anna

Joanne S. – Maryland, USA

May 03, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya Accommodation and Tours

Rina,
Everything went very well. We highly recommend the Daphne Hotel. The accommodations were lovely, our hosts incredibly nice. Lunch on the roof top restaurant was quite special. The Sacred House Hotel is perfectly named. Please encourage your travelers to stay there. It is a very, veryyyyyyyyyyyy special place. The owner and staff could not be nicer. We fell in love with the setting and the people. The tours were great - particularly those in Cappadocia. We avoided tours in Istanbul and saw myriad sites. The shopping was outstanding.

Many, many thanks for all you did to make the trip so special. We will most certainly return to the country that is now in the top five of our travel destinations.

Joanne

Bea T. – Nevada, USA

May 3, 2006
Itinerary: Ephesus and Istanbul Shore Excursions

Lisa, Rina and Suleyman. We finally got home after a wonderful trip and I am now rested enough to reflect back on the wonderful tours you provided for Marilyn, Kay and me in Turkey. All three of us are mentally ready to head back to Turkey and experience more -- alas, our bodies demand rest.

Volkan Oltu and a driver met us at the dock in Kusadasi. He is a wonderful Ephesus guide. He is an archeologist and obviously loves Ephesus. Marilyn and Kay were smiling all the way through that visit and I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about the site and history of the surrounding area compared to my 40+ person group trip eight years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit to The Virgin Mary's Home and the Ephesus Museum. We chose a drive-by visit to St. John's Basilica -- too tired.

We had lunch at a rug cooperative. The chicken and vegetables served for lunch were fresh, well prepared and excellent. None of us were in the market for rugs, but we did enjoy the demonstration of rug making and learned a lot about the different types of rugs and dyes.

Our day with you, Suleyman, was "the icing on the cake"! We had such a wonderful time! We especially appreciated your openness in talking with us about almost everything we could think of concerning archeology, history, culture and religion in Turkey.

I made a big, big mistake. We were planning on coming back down to Sultanhamet Square to visit Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar the next day. I thought your time would be wasted in the museum at Hagia Sophia and that we could better roam around on our own. So unfortunately I passed up your offer to take us to Hagia Sophia and did not remember that it would be closed on Monday. So Kay and Marilyn missed it. Perhaps on a future visit.

Through an agent's message board, I have been asked for your company information and will be posting it. Hopefully I can send some more business your way and you can get that house finished. Please keep my name and e-mail and feel free to contact me if I can be of any help to you.
Hopefully, we will do business again in the future.

Bea

Jennifer F. – London, UK

May 04, 2006
Itinerary: Independent Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had a fantastic time, we were constantly titillated by ever changing scenery, people and things to do. The fresh food available everywhere was a pleasure, the people were always helpful and only occasionally too much so and the shopping never disappointed. If we ever make it back to Turkey we will certainly travel by coach as it was so easy.

Thank you for your excellent itinerary, even though we were getting our own way around a lot you gave us very clear instructions which made it easy to move as much as we did. My 3 highlights were picnicking in the Grand Theatre in Efes, Ballooning at sunrise over Cappadocia and staying in Kadir's Treehouse from where we went to see the Chimera at night. That said, every day offered something memorable.

Thanks for all your help and spot-on advice - I will definitely recommend you to anyone who asks about Turkey travel.

Regards,
Jennifer

Merrily C. – Doha, Qatar

May 07, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
You and Dundar did such a wonderful job! We all really enjoyed ourselves. Poor Dundar having to put up with all of us and some of the high maintenance ones too. Linda and I had such a wonderful time and I know it got to the point Dundar wanted to club us but thank him again for putting up with our antics! We are like small children when we get away from our husbands and children...okay, we are like that with each other even with our families. I guess I never knew how wonderful Turkey was and it was all thanks to you guys! Kudos and all the best in the future for you and yours!! I know I will be one of the ones coming back.

Sending much adoration,
Merrily C.

David and Susan C. – Victoria, BC, Canada

May 13, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina, we enjoyed our tours very much and will recommend your company to others. Murat was a great guide very friendly and professional and he certainly new the area. We also especially enjoyed meeting Suleyman and appreciated his vast knowledge and easy going approach.

If you plan on visiting Victoria, please look us up and we would be happy to show you our city.

David and Susan C.

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John C. – Lagos, Portugal

May 22, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
I am writing to thank you again for your help in arranging my tours. I found all of them to be very good. In particular the guide's talk at the Suleymaniye Mosque on 10 May, and the one by another guide on 13 May on the Bosphorus cruise were excellent.

However, the highlight of the week and of my trip was the private tour with Selahattin Erman on 11 May to see some of the mosques designed by Sinan. To say that Mr. Erman is a walking encyclopedia on the subject is probably just to repeat something you already are aware of. The extent of his knowledge on the subject was astounding, and his enthusiasm and love of these places made this tour absolutely wonderful. His tour was the highlight of my visit, and even if I had had only this one day, my trip would still have been well worth it. His
tour exceeded all my expectations.

I certainly want to be able to return to Istanbul in the near future, and I hope that Mr. Erman would again be available for a private tour.

I feel I should also compliment the driver, whose name I do not remember. What a difficult job he has!

Thank you again, and please give my sincere regards to Mr. Erman.

Sincerely,
John C

Cindy M. – Doha, Qatar

May 24, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
I cannot thank you enough for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. We could not have asked for a more enjoyable trip. The flowers were gorgeous, the food was great, and of course we all loved Dundar! I know many of us are planning on returning next year; hopefully around the same time.(Dundar had mentioned planning a trip for us, and several of us were interested in that). I know I will be back with my family. I will definitely be getting in touch with you to make our arrangements.

Thank you so much for everything,

Cindy

Pauline W. – California, USA

May 24, 2006
Itinerary: Mysteries of Eastern Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I had a wonderful trip; the accommodations en route and in Istanbul were very good. I loved seeing Ararat the bald ibis, the "Garden of Eden" and every single ruin, fresco, cave and mosque and I don't think we passed anything older than yesterday that Suleyman was not able to discuss.

There was a congenial atmosphere in the bus attributed in no small part to Nihat's and Suleyman's easygoing way. I had a lovely time and have passed your brochure on to some friends.

Take care, Pauline

David & Ellen F. – Pennsylvania, USA

May 24, 2006
Itinerary: Northeastern Turkey Tour

Rina, here is a belated "Thank you" to you and Kunt Mehmet Kuntasal, our guide to NE Turkey three weeks ago.

Ellen and I were fully satisfied with your plan and its fulfillment by Mehmet. We saw remarkable churches, mosques, monasteries, tea plantations, waterfalls, and the fabulous newly-opened Karaca Cave. (We arrived so punctually at the latter that we had to track down the custodian!)

The accommodations were as promised, as were the meals; we enjoyed many unfamiliar regional specialties.

The Kingdom of Trabzon (Comnene dynasty) is well worth the travel -- the refuge of Byzantine leaders after the sacking of Constantinople by the Crusaders. The 10th-Century Georgian churches were fascinating, especially for their scale and pre-Cyrillic inscriptions on walls at Ishan and other sites.

Again, many thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Susan S. – Ohio, USA

May 26, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
We just fell in love with Istanbul. Since I've been home, I've dreamed about it every night. And I'm already planning (in my head) my next trip - through Rina at Insight Travel of course! The day we spent with Murat very knowledgeable - we learned so very much from him and walked the city which we really enjoyed.
I want to thank you for all your help during our short trip to Istanbul. You helped make it unforgettable. When I'm ready to come back, you will be the first person I contact. Thank You again - Susan S.

Linda R. – New Jersey, USA

June 13, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Just a quick note to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Western Turkey which you helped us plan. Everything worked out great including our spur of the moment car rental. ( which gave us more flexibility). Thanks again for all your help & it was a pleasure meeting you ( I miss Turkey already and we've been home only a week).

Best Regards,
Linda R.

Pamela H. – Hawaii, USA

June 14, 2006
Itinerary: Mysteries of Eastern Turkey Tour + Hattusas + Safranbolu

Hi Rina,

We very much enjoyed our experience in Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea. We both feel the trip was a truly wonderful event and don't want to lose track of what are still at this point very clear memories. If I had to pick out a single day as the peak, I would probably choose the experience at Hattusas, which you had told me was a singular place when advising us about the extension. Every day was a good one, however, even the sleet and lightning at Mt. Nemrut. What I had not been prepared for was the truly majestic landscape throughout Eastern Turkey. The inevitable long drives were made fascinating by the panoramas. One day Suleyman pointed out to us "the garden of Eden", and we instantly understood that perception.

I will send pictures of Suleyman and Nihat, who were both responsible for our great pleasure in this trip, as soon as I figure out how to get them in a separate file. (We did not fail to notice that every aspect of the tour was singularly well organized and concluded that you must have had a great deal to do with that.)

Best wishes and many thanks,
Pamela H.

Ann I. – Istanbul

June 21, 2006
Itinerary: Assos Hotel

We loved our time there, and can't wait for the next opportunity to get out
and explore Turkey! Thanks again for your help.
Cheers,
Ann

Anita L. – Singapore

June 24, 2006
Itinerary: Tailored Tour featuring Istanbul, Safranbolu, Cappadocia, Antalya, Aegean and Bursa

Dear Rina,

We had a wonderful holiday in Turkey!! Everything went very well, and there wasn't a single hitch with the inter-city bus connections.

Hotel quality was good in Safranbolu, Cappadocia, Antalya, Ephesus and Bursa.
The buses were also generally good.

The guides were really nice. Most of them very knowledgeable. One of them was a bit less organized and lost 3 persons on the Ephesus tour - but she was quite charming, so no one was angry including those who got lost!

All said, we had a fantastic time. And we hope to come back to visit those parts we haven't seen. And yes, I WILL recommend Insight Travel . Again, we are very happy with the arrangements that you were able to put together for us. A real big THANK YOU!

Sincerely,
Anita

Vickie O. – Texas, USA

June 28, 2006
Itinerary: Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahce (CODE:AB01)

I would like to say that I am so glad that I happened to read about you on the web because the staff (and service I received) was so nice and helpful. The tour was really nice and I enjoyed it so much. If I may say so (without stepping on any toes), if all Turkish businesses operated as well as yours, the economy would skyrocket !!!
Thanks again for all your assistance. I don't know what I would have done stuck down in Side (without being able to walk). I will certainly blog travel sites about your services.
I will look forward to hearing from you and tell all hello from Texas !

Have a great day,
Vickie

Robert C.

July 01, 2006
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
We had a wonderful time in Istanbul. Mr. Aslan was an outstanding tour guide. Everything about the tours exceeded all expectations. We were extremely happy with all aspects of the services. Thank you again so much for this terrific experience!

Sincerely,
Robert C.

Pauline C. – South Africa

July 17, 2006
Itinerary: Mediterranean Hotel Bookings

Hi Lisa,
Thank you so much for the bookings of the Hotels. Great Hotels - Mine at the Blue Pearl was the nicest person - so helpful and kind - great place and Oludeniz was beautiful - The Maki in Kas is unreal - what a view -Istanbul is a wonderful city.
Thanks for helping to make our holiday wonderful - will recommend you and Turkey to our friends in South Africa.
Regards Pauline C.

The Sisters of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen

July 21, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul and Aegean Christian Heritage Tour

testimonials-sisters-nihat Dear Rina,

Without a doubt our trip to Turkey was the highlight of our trip. The arrangements were perfect...Erol was the best tour guide any of us have had ever. The driver Nihat was fabulous. Hotel Daphne and the dinner on the roof was spectacular and I can email you a picture of that evening if you wish. The trip to Ephesus was excellent. Anyway, as you can tell the trip was very special to us and you all made it possible. I have referred your agency to quite a few people and you should be hearing from them shortly. I have been asked a couple of times if the Turks are as upset at the Pope's remarks as some of the militant groups around the world. I said I doubted it but if you could let me know if there is any tension that would be helpful.

Please tell Lisa that we said hello and thanks for everything. If any of you are ever in the Northwest USA please come by and visit us so that we may return your gracious hospitality.

Please feel free to use us as a reference and I would be happy to talk to any potential travelers but I would only want to be contacted through you. Again, thanks for everything and God bless you,
Sister Marie Janae

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Sister Marie and the singing nuns gave this kind note to our driver Nihat during
their brief Christian heritage tour in Turkey.

Mike R.

July 24, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Lisa,

All of our tours went fine. They were interesting, organized and fun. Both guides that we had were knowledgeable and experienced.

Thanks for your assistance. Should we make it back to Turkey and need tour assistance, we'll certainly call you.
Thanks,
Mike

Mary B. – Wisconsin, USA

July 25, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul and Trabzon Package

Rina,
I wanted to write to say thank you for your help with our reservations in Turkey and also to Egypt. The Tash Konak Hotel was wonderful. Staff were always very gracious and helpful. Hotel Omesa in Trabzon was also fine.

We had a wonderful trip and thank you so much for your help. If you ever need a reference, please feel free to give my name and email address.

Sincerely,
Mary Ellen

Aida K. – Switzerland

July 25, 2006
Itinerary: Aegean, Central and Eastern Turkey Tailored Tours

Dear Rina and Lisa:

Thank you for putting together a fabulous tour of Turkey for me. I am very satisfied with the itinerary arrangement, the bookings of transport and tours, and your impeccable selection of boutique hotels in Ephesus, Ankara, and Cappadocia.

I had a great time and looking forward to coming back to Turkey.

Best regards,
Aida

Lynette A. – Prague

July 25, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul, Gallipoli and Troy Tour (CODE: CA05)

Hi Lisa,

I had a great time in Turkey and was very impressed with all the guides on my tours of Gallipoli, Troy and Istanbul.

Thank you for your help and organization of my trip. I enjoyed it very much.
Regards,
Lynette

Linda A. – Doha, Qatar

July 27, 2006
Itinerary: Cappadocia and Antalya with private driver

Dearest Rina, we made it home. Thank you for a wonderful trip. we really enjoyed ourselves. The kids moaned and complained about coming because we left a summer program but at the end of the trip they all thanked me for dragging them and said it was so much fun which it was. I especially want to thank you for introducing us to Mustafa we sure enjoyed him. He really went out of his way to make us happy. He had us for lunch and dinner with his family and we really got into the Turkish culture it was great. We have met a life long friend in Mustafa we have all kinds of future plans Inshallah.

I will highly recommend you over and over again you are great at what you do Mashallah! We hope to go again in the future. Thank You, Linda A.

Allen & Terry P. – California, USA

July 28, 2006
Itinerary: Ephesus and Istanbul Shore Excursions

We had a wonderful time. Our guide was very helpful. As I said it was great.
I recently gave your name and contact info to two couples who will be to Kusadasi on a cruise this fall.

Thanks again
Allen & Terry P.

Fay H. – New Jersey, USA

August 04, 2006
Itinerary: Gallipoli and Troy Tours
Hi Rina,
We had a very good visit. The guides for Gallipoli and Troy were both excellent and I would certainly recommend our hotel in Canakkale to others - great location and excellent rooms. The tour representative who traveled on the bus with us to and from Canakkale looked like Colin Farrell and was extremely nice.
Thank you very much for making the arrangements for the tour. We had a lovely time.
Fay

Felice M. – Hong Kong

August 05, 2006
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
It was a wonderful trip to the extent that we might go back next year to visit the Mediterranean side and also Istanbul and Cappadocia.
The hotels in Cappadocia and Ephesus were great. We had a fantastic time at the hotel in Cappadocia not only because of the surroundings but also the people
who ran it and the guests. The arrangements for the tour and the transport were efficient and everyone was professional.

Warm regards,
Felice

Fawn H. – Virginia, USA

August 07, 2006
Itinerary: Ephesus and Istanbul Shore Excursions

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful time in Turkey. Your guides were great! They were right there waiting for us and were wonderful. We, of course, loved the restaurant in Istanbul.
Erol was especially good. He showed us so many insider things in Istanbul. We really felt special. Bekir was also very good. He really knew Ephesus!
I will be using your company whenever I send people to Turkey either on land tours or by ship. Your tours are such a much better way to go!
Thank you!

Fawn H.
Travel Consultant

Margaret R. – Canada

August 08, 2006
Itinerary: Melaike Hotel, Foca

My stay in Foca was WONDERFUL. What a great little "secret". I fully enjoyed the Melaike hotel and service was wonderful. Traveling as a single woman I was very comfortable and safe there.
Thank you for your help.

Margaret R.

Chris F. – Doha, Qatar

August 13, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul, Gallipoli and Troy Tour (CODE: CA05)

Hello Rina,
Thank you for your work in organizing our accommodation and tours in Istanbul/Canakkale, we had no problems and were very satisfied with everything. The Orsep Royal Hotel was a great location, walking distance to all the sights in the area and very close to the ferry boat terminals. The Maydos Hotel in Canakkale was very good as well, excellent location right on the water front, very nice to have breakfast outside with the view across the Dardanelles. I must add that the Hotel's staff were very friendly and helpful. Also the people at "Hassle Free" where excellent, both tours where very well run, with interesting guides who knew their subjects very well. I think if we had known how nice it was in Canakkale we would have had more nights down there and less in Istanbul. All in all an excellent holiday, so thank you again and we will definitely recommend you to our friends.

Regards,

Chris

Barbara G. – Massachusetts, USA

August 18, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Rina - We had a fantastic trip! Our two days of tour with Suleyman were wonderful... what luck to have only two others with us for the morning of the first day, and only ourselves on the second! Not only was he has a font of knowledge with a great sense of humor, he consistently checked with us to see if there was anything else we would like to see or learn about.

I would love to visit Istanbul again, and also see more of Turkey. In the meantime, if I hear of anyone planning a trip, I will enthusiastically recommend Insight Travel.

Barbara

Charu C.

August 21, 2006
Itinerary: Edirne Tour

Rina - We really enjoyed the trip to Edirne. Our guide was excellent and quite informed. He accommodated my request to visit the Rustem Pasha Caravanserai even though that was not on the original tour program. Edirne was a great trip that I would recommend. Thanks for all of your help organizing the program. We'll definitely be in touch about using your services if we return to Turkey. Feel free to use my name as a reference. Best, Charu C.

Elaine K. – California, USA

August 22, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul, Cappadocia and Mediterranean with private driver

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful trip and I would highly recommend your services. I feel you did a great job given the time constrictions.

When I have time I will e-mail hopefully helpful constructive critique, but by and large, everything was wonderful and we do not have any real complaints about anything.

Mustafa rates a perfect 10 (on a scale of 1-10). We were grateful for his help, his even temperament, his eagerness to always be helpful, and his skillful and careful driving. Our guide in Istanbul, Erol, was also wonderful--he was knowledgeable, pleasant, easy to work with, and considerate of our physical shortcomings. Thank you so much for planning this memorable trip for us.
Elaine K.

Barbara I. & Rob B.

August 28, 2006
Itinerary: Hotel Reservations in Aegean & Mediterranean, Turkey

Hi Rina, Just got back last night and wanted to thank you once again for another terrific trip. It all worked out perfectly. As always, you did a great job. Wanted to let you know that The Villa Daffodil gave us a very quiet room with a sea view which was very pleasant. I also wanted to tell you that the little pension in Birgi (Cinaralti Pension) was so adorable but more importantly, the owner has to be the sweetest, most hospitable person on the planet. Since the town has very limited restaurants for dinner, he offered to cook for us. We did not want to impose upon him so we bought some eggs, tomatoes and bread to cook for ourselves. He offered us vegetables from his garden. Since his garden has a number of tables, local people as well as other guests congregated in the garden in the evening and everyone ended up talking and sharing fruit, etc. There was something very special about the whole experience and he made it very special in his eagerness to treat you like guests in his home.
On a more practical note, it was helpful to have vouchers. Given the language barrier, it just was a quick way to identify us and it seemed to make things easy.
On my travels, I gave your name to some other people. I enjoyed our talk about the East, maybe in 2 years since next year we may go to Greece. I like talking about potential itineraries with you because I find it interesting and helpful. It was our last talk that we came up with this itinerary and it really was a special trip, a good combination of sights. Finally, we loved the Villa Mahal. We loved the hotel, sea was superb as you know and the clientele was friendly. Kas was far prettier than Kalkan as you said so best of luck with your move. Have a good winter, we'll be in touch, and if you can let the nice man in Birgi know how much we appreciated his kindness, I would be most grateful. Enough of my rambling, be well, thanks again, Barbara and Rob

Judy S. – Massachusetts, USA

September 10, 2006
Itinerary: Cappadocia Tours & Hot Air Balloon Flight

Hi Rina,
Everything went great. We loved Turkey. All of our flights were perfect. Now we just have to work off our weight gain from the wonderful meals we had.

Thanks so much for your help and contribution to making our trip as memorable as it was.

All the best,
Judy

Maisa A. – Dubai

September 10, 2006
Itinerary: Group Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
I'd like to thank you very much for all your arrangements to my trip, I enjoyed wondering around Istanbul very much, specially Dolmabahce Palace and Princes Island..

Thank you again and best luck in all your work and life..
Maisa A.

Rob and Bronwyn G. – Canberra, Australia

September 14, 2006
Itinerary: Private Gallipoli & Troy Tour

Hi Rina,
Both Rob and I would like to extend a very warm thank you to yourself, Suleyman and our driver for the tour down to Gallipoli. When we were making our travel arrangements we were almost going to cancel Gallipoli altogether as we didn't have any responses to the many emails we sent out requesting the tailored itinerary and we simply didn't have enough time to do the two full day overnight trip (including Troy) that was on offer by other tour companies. When you came back with the tailored quote, although a lot to spend for two days, as Australians we just couldn't miss the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to this very special place. I have tears in my eyes now just thinking how special it was for us both. The moments when we took our first steps in the same place our ANZACs did so many years ago is a memory that will stay with us forever - I know we will re-live those same emotions each year as we celebrate ANZAC Day back ! in Australia for the rest of our lives. We don't know if we will visit Turkey again as there are so many other places to experience in the world - thankfully your tailored itinerary and your willingness and ability to provide a truly quality service allowed us to see this very special place held in the heart of Australians.

Thank you again for this wonderful experience.

Regards,
Rob and Bronwyn G

Margot C. – Canada

September 18, 2006
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina and Lisa,
Just wanted to extend our thanks for a fabulous trip in your country!

We had an amazing time and were welcomed with open arms. We nearly need a vacation after all the tours we fit in such a short time!

The Gamirasu cave hotel was spectacular! The staff was so attentive and they even gave us the honeymoon suite!

Our hotels were all quite nice and better than we had hoped!

Just wanted to thank you for your help and excellent organizational skills! We did have a great time and will be back. Should anyone ask, we will recommend your agency for any travel in Turkey.

Thanks again,
Margot

PJ and George W. – Texas, USA

September 19, 2006
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Package

Thank you SO MUCH for making our trip to Istanbul so very fabulous! The Sultanhan hotel was outstanding, our guide, "HOW COME" (Hakan) was so wonderful, our driver as well. The Mazals kept telling me what a fantastic job I did, but although I would have liked to take the credit, I assured them that it was Insight who made this vacation so memorable.
I appreciate what you did for us- Thank you again for everything.
PJ and George

Scott M. – California, USA

September 25, 2006
Itinerary: Private Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus Tours and Self-Drive

Hi Rina,
Barb and I had a great time, loved turkey, especially Istanbul, and wish to thank you for all your support, and guidance.

I hope we'll have a chance to use you again, and will definitely refer anyone to you who is planning a trip to Turkey.

Cheers, and thanks for everything!
Scott

Dave and Undere D. – South Africa

September 25, 2006
Itinerary: Aegean and Rhodes

Dear Rina,
The trip went excellently and your organization was faultless. The only issue we had was with the odd taxi driver 'getting lost' by mistaking the name of a hotel (in the favor of their meters). Other than this the tours, accommodation and transfers were perfect.

Best Regards
Dave D.

Sylvia S. and Sue Anne L. – New Jersey, USA

September 26, 2006
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina,
The trip was what I hoped it would be, which was a close-to-the-ground experience of Turkey. Hakan was an excellent guide, as I’m sure is no surprise to you. Very knowledgeable and personable. I appreciated being in a very small group very much.

I would not hesitate to recommend Insight Travel to others.

Thanks for making it work so well. Sue Anne, who has never left the states before, had a wonderful expanding time as well.

Sylvia

John and Julie L. – Australia

September 28, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul, Aegean and Cappadocia Tours

Hello Rina,
We had a wonderful tour especially in Turkey where Erol looked after us like best friends. He really is a great tour guide especially for Australians as he has a wonderful sense of humour. He was very professional in all respects. He also found us some wonderful places to eat lunches especially the one near Ephesus and Gallipoli. The hotels were all comfortable and the meals were good and the coaches were great.

Altun Carpets excelled with our carpet which we bought on the last day in Istanbul almost beating us home. I can recommend him to everyone for excellent service.

Regards John

PS. The highlight for most of us was our hot air balloon over Cappadocia. Well worth the special flight out there. Thanks for organising that for us. We twisted a few arms of nervous people to go up and they thanked us for this afterwards.
The belly dancing at the Galata Tower on the last night was also a highlight even through i got teased for having a quiet nap towards the end of the night.

We thoroughly enjoyed the ruins etc and I'm now glad Erol made a special attempt to get us into Troy even though it was late in the afternoon. This actually made it better as we had it to ourselves and despite somewhere reading the that the wooden horse was a bit fake. The history of seeing 9 civilisations at the one site was most spectacular. As farmers we also were most taken back by the silting of the harbour over the centuries.

Vincent M. and Emma S. – Australia

October 04, 2006
Itinerary: Patara Prince Hotel Booking

Hi Rina,
We enjoyed our holiday and found your service very good. Kalkan is a very nice place and we intend to visit again. Found the Patara Prince to be a relaxing place. Their service wasn’t fantastic but would return back to the Patara Prince.

Best Regards,

Vincent

Lenora B. and Catherine W. – Ontario, Canada

October 05, 2006
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
The trip was beyond my expectations. A beautiful country & beautiful people. Nihat & Hakan were exceptional folks & felt like family after a few days. The trip to Antalya was also awesome. Thanks so much for all your organizing. We had the best of the best.

more later
Lenora

Cathy and John L. – California, USA

October 09, 2006
Itinerary: 5-Day Istanbul Package

Hi Rina,
We could not be happier with Insight. Our guide, Erol, was friendly, knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. You are lucky to have him! We enjoyed ourselves so much that we hope to return to Turkey in the future. This time, we'd like to see more of the country and not limit ourselves to Istanbul.
Thanks for all of your help, Rina. We wouldn't hesitate to call on you again and will tell all of our friends the same.

Regards,
Cathy L.

Maureen and Doug B. – California, USA

October 16, 2006
Itinerary: Sultanahmet Tour and Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahce Tour

Hi Rina,
You beat me to it! I was going to e mail you when we got home (this a.m. actually) to tell you how much we enjoyed the tours. Both guides were punctual and helpful. We were fortunate to have very small groups so we got all the attention in the world. We were especially impressed with Bilge. What a powerhouse! She gave us 150% of her attention, knowledge and assistance. Talk about focused ......she made sure that we got everywhere and imparted a huge amount of knowledge in a short time. She was also willing to be flexible as I wanted to spend more time at Topkapi Palace seeing the Harem section....she adjusted and we were able to do so. You have a gem there. Thank you for your ongoing communication and assistance. We found Istanbul to be hospitable and fascinating. Our best to you. Maureen and Doug B.

Adam C. and Ezra C. – Ontario, Canada

October 18, 2006
Itinerary: Ephesus Tour

Hi Rina,
It's been a week since we've returned from Turkey, and I wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed the trip you arranged for us to Kusadasi and Ephesus. The Korumar Hotel was a great choice. It looks as if it's been recently renovated so everything looks very fresh. Beautiful pool area. The food was decent. The weather during the trip was really good too (not sure if you had anything to do with that). Most important, all of the arrangements you made for pick up and drop off worked well, as you promised (a couple of times they were a little late, but it didn't cause any major delays).

I would certainly recommend your company to anyone traveling to Turkey.

Thanks again,
Adam C.

Carla H. and Peter C. – Idaho, USA

October 25, 2006
Itinerary: Rent a Car, Hotel Bookings in Istanbul, Aegean and Med

Dear Rina,

We had a wonderful holiday in Turkey!! Everything went very well, and there wasn't a single hitch with the inter-city bus connections.

Hotel quality was good in Safranbolu, Cappadocia, Antalya, Ephesus and Bursa.
The buses were also generally good.

The guides were really nice. Most of them very knowledgeable. One of them was a bit less organized and lost 3 persons on the Ephesus tour - but she was quite charming, so no one was angry including those who got lost!

All said, we had a fantastic time. And we hope to come back to visit those parts we haven't seen. And yes, I WILL recommend Insight Travel . Again, we are very happy with the arrangements that you were able to put together for us. A real big THANK YOU!

Sincerely,
Anita

Suellen K.

November 21, 2006
Itinerary: Bozcaada Hotel Booking

Rina,
We had a wonderful time on Bozcaada thank you. It was very quiet on the island at the time but very relaxing which was the main reason for our stay there. Thanks for your help in organising this accommodation, we'll definitely use Insight Travel again.

Kind regards,
Suellen K.

Mary Ann S. – New York, USA

November 21, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Hi Rina,
We truly enjoyed Istanbul. There is so much beauty and history there. It was a wonderful experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. All the arrangements you made went perfectly. The hotel was wonderfully located and the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful to us. Having the tours (we learned so much about Turkey) and airport transfers pre-arranged by you also went very well and helped make it easy for us to just concentrate on enjoying our time there. I felt very secure knowing I could phone you if any problems arose.

Our friends and family are enjoying our photos and stories. If I learn of anyone here planning to visit Turkey, I will gladly recommend your services.

Thanks again, and best regards
Mary Ann S.

John C. – Alberta, CANADA

November 21, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Hi Rina,
We had a fantastic time in Istanbul. Our two days with Suleyman were wonderful. He was an excellent guide and we learned so much from him. Please pass on our thanks to him. We enjoyed being able to experience the celebration at the end of Ramazan. The Hippodrome was really rocking! We also enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Daphne. The staff was very good to us and the room was great.

Our stay was too short, so we'll have to come back again in the future.

Thanks for everything,
John C.

Dianne L. – California, USA

November 21, 2006
Itinerary: Gallipoli and Troy Tour

Rina, it was a wonderful trip. We definitely enjoyed seeing Gallipoli and the tour guides on both Troy and Gallipoli were excellent and quite knowledgeable.

Thanks for organizing such a wonderful trip, on the days we wanted.

Dianne

Carol & Colin N. – UK

November 25, 2006
Itinerary: Nilya Hotel (Selcuk) Booking

Dear Rina,
Thank you for your enquiry. We found the staff at the Nilya very friendly, the rooms very atmospheric and comfortable and the location great - its just a pity we didn't have longer to spend there as we really enjoyed the area.

Thank you for the recommendation.
Regards
Carol & Colin

Sandy and Marshall S. – Texas, USA

November 28, 2006
Itinerary: Private Jewish Heritage Tour

Dear Rina,
Thanks for setting up our day with Linda to guide us through sights of Jewish interest in Istanbul. She was excellent, and we had a wonderful day with her. She had made advanced arrangements for us to visit several places, yet gave us additional choices, like the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar, which we enjoyed. Ironically, we learned while we were with her that she had been the guide of our dear friends, the Cassorlas, when they toured with Insight Travel three years ago. That was an unexpected surprise for us all.

We really appreciate your setting up our private tour, and we'll recommend Insight Travel to others planning trips to Istanbul. Thank you.

Sandy and Marshall S.

Lisa & Michael – California, USA

December 07, 2006
Itinerary: 8 Day Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had such a wonderful time in Turkey! We loved all of the sights, it's such a beautiful place and the people are incredible. We especially loved our time in Istanbul and felt so spoiled having a private tour and guide with Suleyman, he's the best! Anyway, we did really love the trip.
Thanks again for all your help.
Lisa & Michael

Sandy and Chris V.C. – Massachusetts, USA

December 19, 2006
Itinerary: The Central Palace Hotel (Istanbul) Booking

Dear Rina,
We had a GREAT time in Istanbul. A short but fun trip. We liked the hotel very much..very centrally located...and the street is very quiet. We met up with our friends sister one day and went over to the Asia side. A great time!!!! We will start doing some planning for May after all the Christmas and New Years holidays...so will be in touch with you later.

Happy New Year to you!!!!!
Sandy and Chris V.C.

Cynthia H. – South Africa

December 23, 2006
Itinerary: Istanbul and Aegean Tour with Gallipoli and Troy

Dear Rina,
I had a fantastic time in Turkey and really want to thank you for all your assistance. I am just sorry that I did not know what to expect. Could have stayed much longer had I known. I will most definitely be back sometime and will do business through your agency again.
To you and all those near and dear to you a Happy, blessed Christmas as well and everything you wish for yourself in the New Year.
Regards Cindy

Eve S. – New York, USA

January 03, 2007
Itinerary: Private Western Anatolia Tour

Rina, Thanks for a fabulous tour. I hope your move goes well and if we come in April I will email you. Thanks again, you did a great job. Everything was wonderful from Erol to hotels, sights, food, etc. Eve

Ruth B. – Georgia, USA

January 03, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored and Private Western Anatolia Tour

Hello Rina,
It was so good meeting you in Istanbul. We all really had a wonderful time on the trip. Thanks for your help.
Ruth B.

Kathy W. & Lenora B. – Ontario, Canada

January 08, 2007
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thank you you so much for the wonderful vacation arrangements. I've been travelling for a good thirty years and my trip to Turkey was the best holiday that I've ever had!
So much of our western history and culture and yes even religion is founded in the history of Turkey What makes it so exciting is that besides that historical, cultural link there is another culture and religion superimposed upon the former.
We would like to take another holiday to Turkey in 2008 maybe early in the year but definitely planning same. Are you resettled yet at the Mediterranean? If so and you have your itineraries planned we would love to have the info. My sister will coming next time too as I have her quite wound up about all aspects about the trip.
Happy New Year and look forward to hearing from you!
Kathy W.

Jim & Andree C. – UK

January 15, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

Dear Rina,
On behalf of my wife Andree and myself I would like to thank you, Bulent Aslan and his driver, and your company, Insight Travel, for the great time we had recently in Istanbul. Everything was great; the airport/hotel pickups; the Accura Hotel; and the two days of tours with Bulent were all faultless.
We only have one problem.......it was all so good we want to come back some time! If and when we do return we will certainly use your services.

Thanks again for your very courteous and professional tour delivery. (we are telling all our friends how good you all are)

Happy new year.

Jim and Andree C.

Linda M. & Deena C. – Atlanta, USA

February 09, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

Rina, Our trip was truly wonderful and we will never forget the people or the country. We both suffered a form of home sickness when the Pope’s visit was on the evening news here. We both want to come back and see more of Turkey.

We have told our friends that love to travel that Turkey is a must….and, that our trip was such a success because we had the care of Suleyman in Istanbul and that our trip to Ephesus went very smoothly with the arrangements that you made for us.

We both felt that we got to see a little more of everyday Istanbul than other tourists saw because of Suleyman. Each day was an adventure and we especially enjoyed those times when we felt that we were a little off the beaten path. We will truly remember this trip forever…but hope that it is not our last trip to Turkey.

Again, thank you for your help to us.

Jennifer C. – Germany

March 24, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
I had a great vacation here in Turkey! Thank you for a lovely time. I really like your company and the people you associate with. Everyone treated me wonderfully...especially the man who picked me up in Denizli and took me to Pamukkale -- he was as nice as my grandpa! I hope to actually send him a thank you...would that be possible through your office?

I am just at the Istanbul bus station waiting for my bus to Sofia at 9am.
Thanks again - I hope to come back to Turkey next year!

Jennifer

Donna and John L. – Republic of Hungary

May 01, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

Dear Rina,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you sooooooo much for setting up such a wonderful trip for us. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our time in Istanbul. It turned out to be beyond our wildest expectations. Our guide (Murat) and driver (Nihat) went way beyond their duties. We hope to return to Turkey sometime in the future and you can be assured you will hear from us then!

Again, many thanks!
Donna L.

Rina, with only four of us one day, and two the next, it was not like a tour. It was more like having our best friends take us around Istanbul. Except my friends would not be that knowledgeable, nor drive so well! Murat was an outstanding guide. He saw to our needs, even before we knew we had any! Nihat is probably the most professional driver I have ridden with. We were not friends when the tour started, but we certainly we were after only two days. Tours have been anathema to me, but not anymore, if they can be like this one.
With this kind of service the hotel is anticlimactic. Well located, a view to the Sea of Marmara, and excellent staff made it a very good choice.
Our thanks to you, Murat and Nihat for making this trip one of our most memorable.
John L.

Jeane & Gerhard B. – Doha, Qatar

May 06, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Tour

Morning Rina,
We have enjoyed the trip tremendously and for the bigger part as a direct result of your good organization. Everything went so smooth and we were picked up on time and everything was just perfect. You have a beautiful country and as I said we've enjoyed it very much.

Thanking you a million times for a good experience, regards.
Jeane B.

Linda M. – Virginia, USA

May 07, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Anatolia Tour

Dear Rina,
All over Turkey we met really nice people who were willing to help us whenever we had any problems.

I do have a few comments:

Very very good:
Suleyman, our guide in Istanbul, was outstanding.
Pinar, our guide in Cappadocia, equally was outstanding.
We liked the guide in Ankara also but I can't say enough good about Suleyman and Pinar.

Gamirasu is, as I am sure you are aware, a wonderful place to stay.

The Rumi in Konya turned out to be quite a nice place to stay, even though for only one night, and we would recommend it to anyone going there. Also the people in reception were great.

We also liked the Sultanhan in Istanbul very much. The location is great and the decor in the hotel wonderful. I found the people there very nice and when I complained about how hot the room was, the owner of the hotel went out and bought a fan for us. Very very nice.

If there is anything you could do to provide either city maps, or directions to the hotels, on your site, for clients who are driving, it would be an invaluable help. Otherwise driving in Turkey turned out to be quite easy, and we able to find help when we needed it.

I thought the trip was wonderful overall, and the arrangements you made for us very good. I would be happy to recommend your services to friends, and would also be very happy to return to Turkey for another visit.
Thanks again,
Linda M.

Amy S. – Wisconsin, USA

May 15, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,
The trip to Istanbul was fabulous. The Byzantine and Ottoman Relics tour was very nice. The tour guides and drivers were very professional.

The Dolmabahce Palace and Two Continents tour was a lot of fun. I can't remember their names but the driver and the tour guide were awesome. It happened to be Labor Day in Istanbul the day of that tour and we couldn't get through some streets due to the expected protests. The tour guide adjusted our schedule a bit so we could fit everything in after being stuck in traffic for such a long time.

The whole experience was great. I would recommend Insight Travel to anyone who is considering visiting Turkey. The guides are very knowledgeable and are fun to be with.

Thank you for all of your help... I really appreciate it.
Amy

Rikki B. – Tennessee, USA

May 15, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Anatolia Tour with Blue Cruise

The trip was amazing. There were some tense moments just because we weren't sure how things 'worked" in Turkey. I'll give you a rundown of the best and the not so great...

The hotel is Cappadoccia was absolutely fantastic in every way. What a great place! What a cool location! What a terrific staff! and the food was top notch -- nothing like a five course meal with live music. We can't say enough positive about that place. Everything in Cappadocia ran like clockwork, too. Our escort was at the airport. Our guide was terrific. We didn't think too much of Ihlara Valley -- it was a long walk and not special. Everything else was amazing in Cappadoccia.

We were very nervous about our bus trip to Demre, especially the transition to the smaller bus. In retrospect, this is funny. Making the transfer was no problem. However, we didn't understand the fact that these little buses pick up folks all along, so when he started driving very, very slow, and honking his horn at everyone; and then pulled over and stopped and talked with a bunch of other drivers, we were concerned. Needlessly, of course; we just didn't know the drill.

We loved Selcuk and Ephesus. The staff at the hotel was very nice and the air conditioning worked. There as a huge street market while we were there which was a great bonus.

In retrospect, I think it would have been better to stay in Aydin one night before going to Selcuk in order to go to Aphrodisias (which we loved) and Hieropolis (which was brutal). That would eliminate the long car ride from Selcuk. Our guide for the private tour said that you used to be able to take a bus through Hieropolis but now you had to walk the whole way. And it was a long and brutal walk in the heat.

We were starting to drag at this point and the very late arrival at the IIion Hotel didn't help. After Hieropolis, I was dreading the Troy tour, but we had the most delightful guide of all and it was very enjoyable.

We were very impressed with the bus service in Turkey. The buses were all so clean as were their stopping places for breaks. Plus, the bus stewards! There's nothing like that in America. Except for the rough roads, it was better than flying.

Keep in mind that I am just telling you everything straight up. We loved our trip. It was quite a leap of faith for me to put it all in someone else's hands; especially with so many little bits and pieces to arrange. So many things could have gone wrong, and nothing did (unless you count that late pick up in Demre). I'm only giving you the little complaints so you know. The Turkish people were so nice. We had many wonderful interactions and no bad ones. The country was beautiful. The ruins impressive. We loved it.

I would recommend your services to anyone thinking about going to Turkey.

Thanks for everything.

Rikki

Kim M.

May 18, 2007
Itinerary: Private and Group Tours in Antalya

Hi Rina,
I was very satisfied with everything you arranged for me, actually this was a best birthday gift I bought to myself, thanks to your help I had a perfect vacation.

Best Regards,
Kim Meng

Annette, George and Evan W. – Canada

May 22, 2007
Itinerary: Self-Drive Turkey Tour

Hi Rina!

My apologies. It's taken me a while to get back to you. I became deeply entrenched back into work on our return. It's not fair is it? Thankfully, every once in a while I get a flash memory of an incident or experience on our trip and the crisis of the moment melts away for a moment or two.

We totally loved our trip! Our hopes and expectations were more than surpassed. Turkey was an odd combination of familiar and exotic at the same time. Cappadocia had a sense of the prairie expanses; Traveling through the Tauraus mountains felt much the same as the Rockies. The Mediterranean reminded us of being at the lake. We came to the conclusion that there is no place like Istanbul! We loved being right in the middle of things at the Triada!

The things that evoked the exotic to us were the caves, the underground city, the ruins of Caunos, the mosques, palaces, the lemons, olives, fish (well, the food in general), the palm trees, the architecture, the historic sites and of course the people. Our province, Manitoba has the slogan 'Friendly Manitoba" and it's true. People here are generally very friendly and helpful. However, we've
come to describe Turkish people as 'Friendly Manitobans to the hundredth power!!".

A big reason we have such fond memories of Turkey is the advice and suggestions you provided to us. The itinerary was perfect. It gave us an opportunity to see and get a feel for a variety of regions without feeling rushed. This was important to us as we are not the hurrying type. We were happy with all of the cities/towns/villages we stayed in and would recommend them to others. The same goes for the accommodation you lined up for us. A couple were a bit difficult to find, but they were always worth the search and that's part of the adventure and a great catalyst for meeting people!

We gave you our impressions of the accommodations in Ayvali, Konya, Antalya and Kas when we met you. You know we loved the Gamirasu and that we have no hesitation recommending the others we stayed in. The hotel in Fethiye was great. We loved the balcony overlooking the harbour. Actually we had two of them. The hotel was very quiet. We may have been the only residents. There was some construction going on for improvements to the pool area which looks like they will be very nice. It was a nice walk to the town centre. My Fethiye highlight is that I could go for a run there. There was an excellent nd long path along the harbour which led to a wide road that has a sidewalk along both sides of the road. Flat and safe are the 2 criteria I look for and Fetiye was the only place that met them. George's Fetiye highlight is that he got caught up on his journal (because I was out running for once), and Evan's highlight is the trip we took on what we call "the road of terror". It was a classic! It's a 15 k loop road that took us repeatedly to great heights before quickly descending to a beach more beautiful than the last. The road was barely bigger than single lane, no guardrails and it was crumbling away on the side in a couple of spots. We stopped at a beach or two to catch our breath and gather strength for the next stretch and returned to the hotel as great heros!We did eventually find our destination which had been Kayakoy.

Our next stop was Dalyan and a stay at the Konak Melsa. The owner, Canser and her manager went beyond the call of duty. Canser spent the day with us showing us Caunos, where she grew up, taking us on a river boat ride to the hot springs. It was a beautiful sunny day. We had the hot springs to ourselves and I even jumped in the lake. It was cold. Once again we were the only guests in the hotel so we got a lot of attention. Caunos was amazing and the turtle beach was also impressive. We liked the river walk along the river in town. Dalyan met my running criteria, but I didn't go.

Then it was off to Istanbul and the Triada. As I mentioned, we loved the location and the hotel was very comfortable. We loved the stairway but took advantage of the elevator option too. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast got a bit repetitive after several days. There was one morning we were surprised with croissant-type buns! This made a big impression on George who was convinced each morning after that the new buns would make another appearance. They didn't, but he remained hopeful! I learned in Turkey that the way to get George out of bed in the morning is to offer a buffet breakfast which
expires at 10!

There was renovation going on in the building next door which was bothersome during the day, but stopped by 5 or 6 p.m. We decided that something was being sculpted out of marble since it couldn't possibly take someone an average of 15 hits per nail! We plan to come back whenit is done so we can see what all the hammering resulted in!! It was nice having the kitchen facilities so we could make tea and store some yogurt and cheese etc. There is a new grocery store quite handy to the hotel. Evan practiced brewing Turkish coffee according to the
directions your friend with the restaurant along the road outside of Kas gave us. It was so easy to get around Istanbul from the Triada. I was glad we were on that end of Istiklal Caddesi and close to Taksim and the funicular. I also loved that we could go out of the hotel any time of the day or night and experience that steady stream of people! It was unbelievable! Evan and I had a hammam experience at Cemberlitas which was a unique experience that I'm glad I participated in.

We hope to return to Turkey again. We left many sights unseen to motivate us to return. I hope you have settled in to your new offices. I have been talking up Turkey as a destination and I hope to convince others to visit. Those that do, I will direct with great confidence to you. Thanks again for all your help in making this a memorable trip for us! We are very grateful!

Annette George & Evan!

Todd C. – Washington, USA

May 28, 2007
Itinerary: Private itinerary

Hi Rina,
Thank you again for your work in arranging an excellent trip to Turkey, especially with so little warning. We were especially happy with the driver you arranged, Mustafa Keles. He was very professional, and he has a great sense of humor. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asks about who they can get to help with Turkey.
Todd C.

Steven and Fraida L. – New York, USA

May 31, 2007
Itinerary: Self-Drive Turkey tour

The entire trip was great. The Tan hotel in Istanbul was great location/upscale and a great way to end the trip.

We were watching the show "1000 places to see before you die" sort of by accident--flipping channels and they had a show on Konya and Cappadocia....they actually showed the hotel we stayed at and the actual room we were in (we were upgraded to bigger room) as well as some of the folks we met at the hotel. Amazing.

Overall, we want to thank you for your help on a master itinerary and setting up hotels, it really took a lot of the work out of the planning for me..........but there was still enough to keep me busy.

Turkey is a wonderful vacation spot, and we will work on our friends to visit there.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Tom and Erna J. – Vermont, USA

May 31, 2007
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

It was a wonderful trip. Both our driver and guide were excellent. We wish every trip could be as relaxed and enjoyable. One reason we frequently travel on our own is the pacing. We do not need to see everything. It is nice to remember what you have seen.

Thank you again,
Cheers, Tom & Erna

Eileen P.

June 11, 2007
Itinerary: Private Ephesus Shore Excursion

Rina, the tour guide for Kusadasi was wonderful. Sevim was knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone appreciated her professionalism.

Eileen P.

Richard A.

June 11, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Rina,
We just got home yesterday and the trip was absolutely perfect! Thank you very much for everything. Erol was an incredible guide. We enjoyed him very much. If you need a reference let us know
Thank you very much.
Richard

Jeff M. – Iowa, USA

June 11, 2007
Itinerary: Private Gulet Cruise

Rina,
We had a terrific time on the whole trip and especially with Capt. Mustafa. All the arrangements from pickup at the airport to the quality of the hotels worked perfectly. The hotel locations were wonderful and let us explore both Istanbul and around Antalya very easily. The boat trip was also perfect from easily meeting up with the Capt., to the places we visited, the great lunch (the best we had on the trip) and the swimming. Overall we had a wonderful time and are very grateful to you for the arrangements. We would absolutely tour with you again, recommend your group to anyone and encourage them to spend a day on the boat. Turkey is a great country, with many beautiful sites both in the cities and outside and kind, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable people. We are telling all of our friends to go. Thank you again for your efforts on our behalf.
Jeff

 

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Marina B. – IL, USA

June 11, 2007
Itinerary: Small Group Tours in Istanbul

Dear Rina, we just got back yesterday. We cannot thank you enough for helping us experience Istanbul. Suleyman was beyond expectations; knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and all-around a delight. We enjoyed very much the time we spent with him and only wished we could have spend more. He made our trip a real treat. Thank you again. We will recommend your agency to all our friends. Best regards, Marina and friends

Wendy and Rod D. – New Zeland

June 12, 2007
Itinerary: Gallipoli and Troy Tour

Greetings Rina,
We appreciated the professionalism of your team and everything went very well for us in Turkey. We will want to return and will be contacting you to organise hotels, transfers, tours etc as it made our life so much easier.

Thanks again.
Wendy and Rod D.
Rotorua, NZ

Irene and Steven N. – Sydney, Australia

June 13, 2007
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
I just wanted to write and say a big thank you for the way you organised our recent trip to Turkey. We loved every moment of it.

Both the guide and driver were excellent. We had heard from friends that Turkish drivers were a bit scary, but our driver (Necdet) was the nicest, most considerate man, who also happened to be one of the safest drivers we have ever experienced. He was the ultimate professional. Pinar was a very professional and mature young woman who handled every situation with ease.

I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone, and have already told our friends about your company.

I wish you continuing success with your business. Maybe one day you will travel to Australia. If you so, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Irene

John and Barbara T. – Virginia, USA

June 14, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Tour

Dear Rina,
We are back home after a very stimulating and happy trip. We will definitely recommend Insight Travel to others traveling to Turkey. All arrangements were flawless and all services prompt and friendly. All guides were good. Erol in Istanbul added an exceptional capacity to compare with other cultures and to adapt his presentation to such knowledge and interests as we brought. Emek in Ephesus and Pinar in Cappadocia were also wonderful.

In all, our tour was a delight. Thank you for your own efforts and involvement.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Mark D. – England

June 14, 2007
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
I can honestly say from all of our party that we had a thoroughly enjoyable time and felt we saw all we wanted or could! Your organisation and services provided were excellent and we would certainly recommend you. Kutay was an excellent guide and certainly knows his stuff. I hope that he found us an attentive and interested group.

Best regards, Mark

Sunil S. – India

June 15, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Tour

Dear Rina
Had a great tour.
Good weather , fine guides, Triada in Taksim , just right for me.
Regards,
Sunil

Caroline J. – London, UK

June 27, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Hi Rina,
Just got back from our holidays - thanks to you and your lovely staff - Kutay and Hazim - both were lovely and myself and my parents really enjoyed our tour and time in Turkey thanks to them! Won't hesitate to recommend your company to others!
Kind regards,
Caroline

Dawn H. – San Francisco, USA

June 28, 2007
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

We had a fabulous time. We were well paired with Tom and Erna. The guides and driver were wonderful. Turkey was fun. Istanbul is cleaner than any American city.

Cindy M. – USA

June 30, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Rina,
We just got to our destination in to the states yesterday. Our trip was really nice, we enjoyed the cruise. All was nice and smooth until we hit the states. We got stuck in Boston for 2 days due to really nasty weather all over.

Thank you once again for arranging such a nice time for us in Istanbul. The people at the hotel were very nice and helpful, we loved our Turkish evening (one of the highlights of the trip for Tyler), and Suleyman was a wonderful guide.

I always know when you arrange something it will be great. It is so nice to have someone you can rely on to make a trip extra special. I look forward to my next visit with you in Turkey.

Thank you so much for everything! We'll keep sending you business!

Sincerely,
Cindy

Bonnie F.

July 01, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

The visit to Istanbul was truly wonderful. Thank you so much for your help. All of my party has been raving about how great our tours through Insight travel were. Suleyman was excellent. Bonnie

James C. – Miami, USA

July 01, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Tour

Everything handled directly by your company was first rate (transfers, small group tours, etc.). Suleyman and your drivers are the best! Suleyman is especially knowledgeable and informative in a low-key manner. Istanbul has taken over first place in my personal must-see list from Kyoto, Japan.
Thanks for putting together our arrangements in Turkey.
James C.

Karen T. and family – Tokyo, Japan

July 06, 2007
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,karen-t-2
Thanks for organizing one of our best trips ever. Turkey is a wonderfully rich country in terms of the culture, traditions and history and I felt like you planned the perfect itinerary for our family (and on incredibly short notice to boot).

Every detail was well orchestrated and we never had to think about what we were doing next or where we were going. Suleyman was a fantastic guide and host in Istanbul. Pinar and Mustafa, our guide and driver became trusted friends and companions during our ten days in western Turkey – they were simply phenomenal.

We had favorites everyday and everywhere – The Gamirasu Cave Hotel; Mustafa, our gullet captain and assistant who spoiled us with a lazy day of swimming and one of the best meals ever; Pinar and Mustafa’s incredible flexibility in adapting the itinerary to deal with the heat-wave and take us to the gorge, river rafting and an exceptional meal cantilevered on a platform over the freezing cold river; I could go on and on…I guess the best I can do in a small amount of space is say that we couldn’t have been happier and we will certainly recommend you to anyone who wants to visit Turkey.

Again many thanks. Karen and Jack

Renee S.

July 07, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Just wanted to let you know I completed my most excellent holiday in Turkey. What a fabulous country! And the Turkish people compliment the beautiful country so nicely. Everyone was so gracious, kind, and forgiving.

Thanks so much for all the work you did for me. The trip execution and tours were amazing! Everything went off without a hitch. The tour guides (on the whole) were most knowledgeable and helpful.

Turkey is definitely on my "must do again" list. There's so much more to see!

Again, thanks for all your help.
Best regards, Renee

Merle S. – Sacramento, CA

July 16, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul, Antalya Hotels and Demre - Fethiye Blue Cruise

Rina-
We could not have been happier with our trip. Unless of course – we could have stayed longer……

All of the vouchers – for hotel and flights – worked like a charm. There was not one problem and we thank you!

The Hotel Paloma was one of our favorite places. They gave us a great corner room with lots of windows – overlooking the courtyard. And we loved that courtyard! We sat out there at night (in our wet swimsuits) and played backgammon. It was beautiful.

We were very lucky on the gulet. We got the best room – the one that spans the entire boat and has portholes on both sides. So we had lots of space and air! Also – we had a fun group of people on the boat with us, so it was a great time.

I’m hoping that in the next year or two we can go back to Turkey and see some of the sights we missed this time.
Thanks for helping organize our trip!
Merle

Susan O. – California, USA

July 24, 2007
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,

We had a wonderful tour and really didn't want it to end. we've all exchanged numbers and I have a feeling we'll keep in touch. Meeting you was one of the highlights for sure. Everyday was an adventure and Erol was great fun! I'll definitely be referring all my friends to your agency.

We've taken over 2k pictures and I'll forward you the link once I put them up on my web site when I get back to the states.

Thanks again for everything!
S.

Barbara and John G. – Switzerland

July 24, 2007
Itinerary: Self-Drive

Dear Rina,
Indeed, we were very pleased with our trip and the ‘insightful’ arrangements you made for us. We were most happy to be in the small boutique hotels you recommended, since each had a certain charm (the roof restaurant and view from our top floor bay-window room in the Megara in Istanbul, the roof restaurant and pool at the Akay and the lovely pool/breakfast area at the Paloma). Most particularly, we came to realize that the old cities were lovely places to stay, whereas the beach towns are overdeveloped for our taste. We chose a more leisurely schedule and thus had to eliminate Hierapolis to allow enough time for Aphrodisias where we found the site and museum fascinating. We also probably mistakenly went out to Side and thus missed Perge, but spent a long time appreciating the statues from that site and school in the excellent Antalya museum. The boat tour you suggested next to Myra was lovely. I only wish we could have repeated the plunge into the beautiful azure sea on other days. We did spend a lot of money on food and wine (highly taxed!) since we sought restaurants with the best food and views. Yet, we had wonderful meals and beautiful experiences in those costly places, chosen with the help of my guide book and the hotel clerks. We had a rich marvelous time all around.
Thank you for your help.

With my best regards,
Barbara

Tami and Jeff R. – California, USA

July 24, 2007
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
Jeff and I also enjoyed meeting you. We all had such a fantastic time on our trip to Turkey. We felt very fortunate and lucky to have such a great group of people to travel with. If it wasn't for Ryan and Susan and their youthful look at life, I doubt that Michelle and Jenny would have had such a good time. We also enjoyed Erol as our guide. He is such a knowledgeably person and so much fun to hang out with. Even the girls enjoyed Erol and his great sense of humor. I would definitely recommend Insight Travel to anyone of my friends who are interested in traveling to Turkey.

If we decide to travel back to Turkey on the future, you can count on us contacting you.

Tami and Jeff R.

Jack B. – New Mexico, USA

July 24, 2007
Itinerary: Small Group Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina —We can report that we were very pleased with our tours, guide, and driver. The guide and driver were very friendly and we enjoyed our time together as well as the sights of Istanbul. You have two satisfied customers!

With best wishes, Jack B.

Robert G. – Canada

July 26, 2007
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings

Hi Rina,

We did have a wonderful month in Turkey! The accommodations all worked out well. Cesmeli Konak in Safranbolu was very nice, Turkili in Amasra was so-so (basic, like you say on your website's description) and Angora House in Ankara was really excellent.

Thanks for your help.
Rob

Wendy L. – Tennessee, USA

July 31, 2007
Itinerary: Cappadocia Package in Gamirasu Hotel

Hi Rina,
We had a fantastic time and thought the tour was well organised and very interesting. Our guide was excellent – very knowledgeable and very friendly. The accommodation was also great.

Thanks very much
Wendy

Flaurie I. – USA

July 31, 2007
Itinerary: Private Jewish Heritage Tour

Hi Rina,
Our guide was fabulous. We loved every minute with him. His knowledge and passion for Turkey in general and Jewish Heritage in particular were impressive. We learned a lot and will recommend him and your tour company to anyone we meet going to Turkey.
Thanks, Flaurie

Johan & Mavornene von R. – South Africa

August 01, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,

We want to thank you for a great 7 days we experienced on the Turkey leg of our holiday. The travel and tour arrangements went like clockwork without any problems. We really enjoyed our stay in Turkey and can highly recommend not only you and Insight Travel but also Turkey as a holiday destination. We did not expect the people to be so friendly and accommodating. Another great aspect I have to mention is the excellent customer service we experienced during our stay. Everybody went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.

In closing, once again we would like to thank you personally for a memorable experience.

Best Regards,
Johan & Mavornene

Ann M. – Canada

August 01, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul and Ephesus Cruise Excursions

Dear Rina,
We all had a great time in Ephesus and Istanbul. The Tour Guides and the Services were excellent. Thank you very much for your help.

We will definitely come back to Turkey and we want to do a short term stay 4 to 5 days. I hope that I will be in contact with you again when the time do come up for us to do another tour in Turkey.

Best Regards,
Ann

Ann H. – USA

August 04, 2007
Itinerary: Private Istanbul tours

Hi Rina,
Thank you very much for everything. We had a wonderful time in Istanbul. The tour guides you sent us were very informative and interesting and we really enjoyed our time with them. Thanks also for accommodating my husband when he requested the bigger car. I hope to return to Istanbul in the future and would definitely use your services again.
Ann

Ameenah A. – Bangladesh

August 04, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I must profusely thank you for the great trip you arranged for us. We have enjoyed every bit of it. The hotels were fantastic and the area you put us up. Old cities etc. Particularly Angora House, Gamirasu, La Paloma, Hotel Rumi the boys in Hotel Rumi were very friendly and warm.

We are still basking in the glorious days of Turkey tour. Thank you for making it so memorable.

Sincerely,
Ameenah A.

Michael R. – New Zeland

August 07, 2007
Itinerary: Classic Western Turkey Tour

Kim, Erica and I had a great time. I don't think any of us thought it could have been a good as it was. I did not realize what I was going to see before we arrived in Turkey- too busy tidying up and finalising our lives in Ireland. Turkey amazed us with its diverse history and culture, both old and modern.

The tour group was good in that the bus was not completely full and there was space to move around. Having people of different nationalities and languages was also interesting and good for Erica - our 8 year old. The Spanish travellers made a big fuss of her and we made some lovely friends.

The 2 guides on the bus were very friendly and informative, and I believe they kept us informed and organised very effectively and efficiently. Both were very funny ladies- lot of fun and they really took Erica under their wing and made her feel so special.

The day trip around Istanbul was very informative and our guide was great. We had never done a bus tour trip like this before so were a little apprehensive- but it was great Rina.

We would not have missed the trip for the world- it will be one of the highlights of my life. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip.

Kind regards,
Mike R.

Jeff O. – California, USA

August 09, 2007
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings and Transfers

Rina,
Turkey is a wonderful country and I am really glad I choose to visit. We had a fantastic time. All your reservations, arrangements and services you made for us were great and everything went flawlessly. The shuttles from the airports to lodging made all the traveling much more relaxing, knowing a ride was waiting. The bus trip from Secluk to Bodrum was easy to get and fun....Thank you so much for not only your services, but also your suggestions. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I come across going to Turkey.
Regards,
Jeff

Nancy M. – USA

August 15, 2007
Itinerary: Ephesus Shore Excursion

Hi Rina,
Everything went well. I would highly recommend using the Akay hotel for lunch after Ephesus anytime you are looking for a lunch spot. They served us a great Mediterranean lunch and let the kids use their pool for a few hours in the afternoon while the adults rug shopped. The House of the Virgin Mary and the Terrace houses were the highlight for most people! Thanks again.
My kids are now excited for Istanbul so I hope we will contact you again in the future!
Nancy

Maria C. – Venezuela

August 15, 2007
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
Thanks a lot for everything for our trip to Turkey, it was wonderful. Mustapha, the driver, was superb, and we all had a great time.
Kind Regards,
Maria C.

Linda C. – Australia

August 16, 2007
Itinerary: Hotel Booking and Lesvos Ferry Ticket

Hi Rina,
Everything has gone just great - we had no problem with the ferry/bus
and onto Lesvos - we loved Ayvalik and the Tashkonak and Istanbul - we
will definitely return there and will contact you then!
Thanks for your help
Linda

David and Laura B. – New York, USA

August 17, 2007
Itinerary: Self-Drive and Hotel Bookings

Rina,
Everything was really great. The itinerary was very well organized and paced just right. All three guides were excellent, very knowledgeable, professional and gracious. The hotels were very good and everyone treated us quite well, especially at the Canada. We loved the trip, definitely one of our best vacations ever. We were treated so warmly everywhere we went.
Thanks again for all of your excellent help. I will strongly recommend Insight to anyone I know who plans on going to Turkey.
David and Laura B.

Tanya H.

August 18, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Things went really well. The people were really nice and I was impressed that all of the tours, pick-ups and drop-offs went without a problem. I expected some missed connections but there weren't any at all.
The hotels were very nice and the people were so helpful.
Such a beautiful country. Thank you so much for all the time and planning that went into the trip. Absolutely wonderful!!!
Tanya

Larry K.

August 20, 2007
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Thank you Rina,
We really enjoyed Istanbul. It was most interesting and memorable. Highly professional and well organized tour all around and we would recommend Insight to our friends. Thank you.
Larry

Rona R. – Philadelphia, USA

August 21, 2007
Itinerary: Hotel Booking in Kas

Our trip to Turkey was great and sending you an email was one of the things on my "To Do" list.

The Aqua Princess was great! I think we had the best room in the place, it was one the first floor of rooms. We had a sea view room and sitting on the balcony watching the boats pull in and out the harbor was indeed relaxing, spent a great deal of time reading, etc., on the balcony when there was shade.

Thank you for all your help. I will be sure to contact you again if we need any accommodations in Turkey.
Rona

Matt B. – UK

August 21, 2007
Itinerary: Gallipoli and Troy Tour

Hi Rina,
We all had an amazing time during the tour and found the guides to be excellent, especially the Gallipoli one. Will definitely be recommending yourself to any of our friends that are heading to Gallipoli.

Many thanks,
Matt

Elli F. – UK

August 21, 2007
Itinerary: Aegean and Med Hotel Booking, Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina,
Our trip to Greece and Turkey was amazing. It was such a great mix of culture, history, art, food, brilliant weather and the people are so beautiful. The highlight was definitely the Gulet cruise and I would recommend this to any person - the water was so clear and having the opportunity to anchor in deserted bays was breathtaking. We loved all the hotels that you arranged and our transfers went smoothly.

We would recommend anyone to travel to Greece and Turkey and will recommend Insight Travel to friends and family.
Thank you again
Elli F.

John and Penny S. – Abu Dhabi

August 24, 2007
Itinerary: Hotel Booking in Samos

Hi Rina,
Just saying a quick THANK YOU to you and all the others involved in the itinerary you set up for us going from Antalya to Athens.

Must admit the direct return from Izmir emphasized how much better it was to go direct rather than via Istanbul which we had to do on the outward flight.

Both hotels on Samos were good, although both Pen and I preferred Ino Village.

Also appreciated the turbo prop flight from Samos to Athens in that it allowed for a more scenic flight than the high flying jet option.

Once again thanks for all your work and everyone else's effort on our behalf. Look forward to using your services again.

John and Penny.

George L. – New Jersey, USA

September 15, 2007
Itinerary: Private Istanbul and Ephesus Tours

Rina - We had a wonderful time. Your guides in Istanbul and Ephesus were
both personable, knowledgeable, informative and very flexible. Thank you
very much for making our vacation so delightful! - George

Rika A. – UK

September 17, 2007
Itinerary: Assos Kervansaray Hotel

Hi we had an excellent stay in Assos, thank you very much for suggesting it. The hotel was lovely and I can recommend them to anyone who wants to have a nice relaxing holiday.
Thanks again
Rika

Amy M. – Missouri, USA

September 17, 2007
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Dear Rina,
We had an absolutely fantastic time! Our tour guide was the best. The tour was definitely the highlight of our stay in Istanbul! We had such a great time and I know that we are intending to post to TripAdvisor about how great it was.
Amy

Galina and Vladimir L. – New York, USA

September 23, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Rina, our vacation was excellent and our first 3 days with your tours were absolutely memorable and unforgettable.
Your tour guides exceed my expectations. I even can't make comparison between Erol and Suleyman.

Thank you very much for fairy tale 3 days in Istanbul.
Sincerely Galina and Vladimir

Penny W. – USA

October 02, 2007
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings in Dalyan and Fethiye

Dear Rina,
We had a wonderful time in Turkey. All your arrangements worked perfectly. Please thank all your team for doing the re-arrangements because our flight was so late. It was wonderful to be picked up so smoothly and taken to Dalyan where we were really spoilt. I do hope we come back again. There is a lot more exploring that I would like to do. The sailing part of the holiday was also very successful. I'm not a great sailor and there was just enough wind to keep the men happy and plenty of sunshine for us to sunbathe! We found Turkey really welcoming, and loved everything about it.
Hope to be back very soon. Especially as we were assured that it can be equally warm in February and March and very beautiful with the spring flowers.
best wishes
Penny

Michael O. – Tennessee, USA

October 05, 2007
Itinerary: Shore Excursions in Athens and Ephesus

Rina, we had a nice tour of Athens and Corinth. We were able to escape some of the crowds. However, because of the slow-moving traffic, we didn't get to see everything. That was o.k. with the people on the tour. They thought they had seen what they needed to see. The process of cruising and getting off the ship for excursions can be very tiring. We were happy to get back to the ship. The lunch in Athens was very nice. The restaurant was a real jewel.

As for the excursion to Ephesus, it was the favorite excursion of everyone I took on the trip--and that includes all of the other excursions we took. We avoided all the crowds by going to St. John's first, then the museum, the carpet place and lunch, and then Ephesus. Again, lunch was a treat. Everyone really enjoyed eating outside. Both tour guides were a real hit. From every aspect, it was a perfect excursion.

Thank you so much for arranging the excursions. I hope we get to work together again in the future. Best wishes, Michael O.

Roger R. – New York, USA

October 14, 2007
Itinerary: Small Group Byzantine City Walls and Chora Tour

Rina - just a note to tell you how great our tour was- Suleyman was fantastic - kind, considerate, and very knowledgeable. And what a full day - I think it was almost 9 hours! The lunch we had in Eyup was among the best of the whole trip. We also really enjoyed spending the day with your other clients, Will & John - they were perfect travel companions.

Thanks again and best regards,
Roger and Joan

Robert C. – Northern Virginia, USA

October 15, 2007
Itinerary: Shore Excursion in Ephesus

Rina,
The tour was amazing. Inan was such a wonderful guide. He was more than knowledgeable about the history, culture, etc. It was a very full, long day but we all agreed was the highlight of the trip.

Thank you so much for arranging this.
Robert C.

Ruth P. – Washington, USA

October 19, 2007
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina, I wanted to add, to my evaluation comments, that Pinar was very, very helpful to me. She took my hand and arm on most of the steep walks, and made it possible for me to go along. Also, the organization of the tour (your part, I think) was superb. Everything came off with out a single problem--the hotels were ready for us, the meals were all coordinated, arrivals and departures and folks to take us to the airport--superb. Thanks again for all that you and Pinar did to make our trip really good. Take Care, Ruth

John and Wil – Canada

October 19, 2007
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hello Rina:

Rina, the trip was absolutely fantastic, and quite frankly exceeded our expectations. Part of this of course had to do with the fact that Turkey is such a wonderful place to visit with famous sites, wonderful food, lovely friendly people and great weather. This trip was great because it gave us such a wide variety of experiences - beaches, ruins, mosques, museums, cities - so keep the agenda. I know that we were also lucky to travel with such great companions.

Here is some particular feedback. We both liked that everything ran so smoothly on this trip. Check in at the hotels, for example, was almost instantaneous which was sheer pleasure. Our driver Necdet was excellent, and we always felt confident with him behind the wheel. He was safe and comfortable to travel with. The places that we went to eat were awesome. I don't know who gets credit for that, but Pinar always handled the eating part of this trip with terrific skill and an ability to please. We greatly appreciated that in most restaurants we could order whatever we liked, that there was no skimping on food. And having a water cooler on the bus with chilled water readily available - and included in the trip - was a huge bonus.

Wil and I particularly enjoyed ourselves in Istanbul at the end of the trip. Hotel Sultan Zeynep was excellent. The day with Suleyman, on the other hand, exceeded our expectations once again. He was absolutely fantastic as a knowledgeable guide. He added items to the itinerary to take advantage of what was happening, and the restaurant he took us to was excellent. He is truly an outstanding guide.

I do want to mention that Pinar did add on a visit to her family is Izmir. This was truly wonderful of her, and a unique experience we couldn't of had without her. It was typical of her warm and generous personality.

Rina, our fabulous Turkey experience would not have been possible without you and Insight Travel and Pinar and Necdet, so a huge thank you to you all. Wil and I are definitely interested in visiting Turkey again some time in the future, probably eastern Turkey, or maybe in combo with Greece. Feel free to keep me up to date on what is happening with Insight Travel.

Regards from Canada
John and Wil

Wolgang F. – Vienna, Austria

October 19, 2007
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I already wanted to write to you and tell you how satisfied we were with this tour! In fact, everything worked very well. The hotels you chose were exactly what we were looking for (and I should add that especially Hotel Daphne in Istanbul is really recommended, perfect location, nice rooms, very friendly staff!, good value). The whole tour, however, would not have functioned so well without Mustafa who is not only an excellent and careful driver but really very experienced; he was also very helpful with my mother who cannot walk long distances and needs more time. I have been to Turkey several times but for my mother this was the first time, and she was really thrilled and very content due to the excellent organisation!
Thank you again!
Best regards
Wolfgang

Margaret and Alfred T. – Malta

October 20, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Just to let you know that we had a great time in Turkey. The guides, tours and transport were superb. The hotels too were a good choice. We loved Akay hotel and the owner welcomed us warmly. Ayvalik was less personal but a great summer resort. Pity we were a bit off season. Canak hotel is a typical city hotel and a great location. Pity we had no time to enjoy Canakkale more. Golden Horn was beyond our expectation, superb location and stylish.

Overall, I was complemented for choosing your services. A week was too short. We hope to pay another visit soon and visit other parts of Turkey.
Many thanks,
Margaret& Alfred T. & friends

Nanette C. – Virginia, USA

October 20, 2007
Itinerary: Istanbul and Ephesus Shore Excursions

Hi Rina,
We thoroughly enjoyed the sites of Turkey and the tours. They both started off well greeting us as we got off the ship. The guides and drivers were pleasant, the vehicles were clean. Both got us back to the ship in time!

Billy was delightful and charming. I like how we sat on the floor of the mosque as he explained the customs. We had adequate time at the sites. I especially loved the Dolmabahce Palace and running into the President!

Our tour to Ephesus concentrated 100% on the sites and culture - not one shop - and we appreciated that. He was very knowledgeable and the sites were incredible. Ephesus was a highlight of our trip.

Thank you, Rina,
Nanette

Gabriella C. – New York, USA

November 07, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I can't find words to express the wonder and fascination of Turkey. I loved every single minute, and, as I recount our experience I'm amazed at how much we did and how very real and visceral the entire experience was. I haven't stopped reading and re-reading my guidebooks on Ephesus, Cappadocia, Istanbul, etc., etc. and I can't wait to return.

Thank you for arranging such an inspiring and dazzling experience!

Gabriella

Alison Y. – Ohio, USA

November 08, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina! Finally settled back into home and work after a wonderful time in Turkey! Everything smooth - guides great - sites spectacular (natch) - food delicious - hotels (esp. Charisma) were just right. There aren't enough superlatives! Thanks for all your planning and help - will definitely keep Insight in mind for my next Turkish adventure...;-) Regards, Alison

Deborah B. – Canada

November 10, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

The young man who toured with us in Istanbul - Suleyman - was very informative, answered our endless questions, and took us to a madrasah for lunch. Madrasahs don't always have a good reputation so it was interesting to see that this one was used for re-introducing some of the old art forms.
Birsen in Goreme-Urgup was also very good. The underground city was amazing. All the caves - the history - we even had a balloon ride. was so enjoyable.
The young woman in Ephesus was extremely good as well. Very knowledgeable and readily answered questions.
I had been looking forward to Greece for such a long time, but I must admit that Turkey was more enjoyable. The history, the vegetation, the archaeology, the weather, the people - all added up to a memorable time. thank you very much for your help in sorting us out and making recommendations as to where we should go and how and where to stay once we got there. The Nilya hotel in Selcuk was lovely - breakfast in the garden - such a joy to have warm weather for an extended period of time. thanks once again . take care. Deb

Barry L. – Tennessee, USA

November 19, 2007
Itinerary: Private Amasra, Safranbolu and Hattusas Tour

Dear Rina, We had a wonderful time. Thank you and Suleyman and Mustafa. Bernice, Barry and I all enjoyed the entire trip and really liked our three days with Insight Travel. It afforded us time to experience local people and small towns. With the larger group we did not have the same kind of experiences. Suleyman gave us one take on Turkish society and our other guide a slightly different view. They did ,though, agree on allot. It also was good too run into Suleyman in Istanbul. I only knew one person in 17 Million and we were having lunch at the same restaurant. I really liked the Hotel in Safranbolu and enjoyed having dinner with the Hotel owner and the Mayor in Hattusas. I made it home with the soup I bought in Yorukkoy and look forward to making it on a cold night. All in all it was a special trip. Thank you very much. Barry L.

Dianne and Neil I. – Australia

November 25, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had an amazing time in Turkey and all your plans ran perfectly. The Garden House Hotel was wonderful and the staff extremely helpful and went out of their way to assist us in any way possible.
The entire trip ran like clockwork and it is a credit to you, your organisation and staff. I'll be doing a glowing report on TripAdvisor about every aspect of our Turkey adventure. Many thanks again for all your assistance, patience and good humour along the way. Kindest regards to you, your family and all your staff and best wishes for the upcoming holiday period.
Di and Neil

Linda T. – California, USA

Dcember 03, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had a very good time in Turkey. It is a very interesting country in history and culture. Really enjoyed the food as well.
Thank you for organizing this tour for us. I will recommend your services to others.
Linda

Dr. Yong – Singapore

Dcember 15, 2007
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
My family was impressed with Turkey and your arrangements had helped to make the trip memorable.
We enjoyed Sultanahmet but was told by local friends that we should also spend sometime in Taksim as my young adult children would have enjoyed that area too. The other places we toured had interesting history, terrain and unusual sights to offer.
We had friendly and knowledgeable guides and met interesting fellow travellers in Cappadocia but in other tours we also had opportunity to enjoy the tour coach exclusively to ourselves.
We will certainly return a few more times to Turkey as we realise how much more there is to see and enjoy. Thank you and you and your family and staff have a peaceful and happy holiday.
Dr Yong

Liana A. – Canada

January 03, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina - just a quick thank you and to say how much we enjoyed our time in Turkey, and how pleased we were with the way things all worked together - we were always picked up, guided, and arrived as expected! We particularly enjoyed Biersen (our guide in Cappadocia), as well as the guide (Mustafa) who did the Troy tour and the guide on the Gallipoli tour. Our stay in the Cave hotel was also pretty spectacular.

We really appreciated your help with sorting out Rick's airline ticket issue as well.

Thanks so much,
Liana (and Bruce, Shelley, Rick)

Jo J. – Cyprus

January 04, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Many thanks, and Happy New Year to you too.
I enjoyed the tour very much, though was a little unprepared for how cold it was - it snowed on the way to Troy. I will definitely recommend your services to all my friends and colleagues planning trips to Turkey.
Thanks again, and all the best.
Jo

Mia, Francisque S. – CA, USA

January 29, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
All of you guides were FANTASTIC! We were truly impressed and really enjoyed all of our tours. We would like to come back to Turkey and will definitely book more tours with you.
Thank you for bringing Istanbul even more to life for us.
Sincerely,
Mia, Francisque, and baby Javier

Lyndon B. – Tasmania , Australia

February 13, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I had a great time in Turkey and don't think that it could have been improved upon in any way. My tours went very smoothly and all the guides and drivers were both professional and polite.

Thank you for organizing my trip Rina, you did a great job and I will recommend Insight to others that are visiting Turkey.

Kind Regards,
Lyndon

Wilma R. – Dubai, UAE

April 05, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thanks for a wonderful time in Turkey. The people were friendly, the food good and the tour well organised!!
Thanks
Wilma

Michael and Jennifer P. – IL, USA

April 07, 2008
Itinerary: Classic 10 Day Western Turkey Tour

Thanks, Rina. We really enjoyed our trip!

Guides: Mustafa (Istanbul) and Omer (elsewhere) did an excellent job of guiding us around Turkey.
Hotels: Clean and comfortable; some pleasant surprises (views, amenities, etc.)
Destinations: Outstanding; we saw everything we hoped to see.
Meals: On the whole, the lunch meals ranged from good to outstanding; most of the hotel meals were average. (In Kusadasi, we skipped dinner on the second night and ate at a lokanta and it was excellent.)
Transfers: On time and professional

Linda B. – TX, USA

April 15, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,

I have lots of feedback for you! We had a great trip and with only one exception, we found everything to be superb--David and I were thrilled with our Turkey tour.

I'm going to tell you in detail our highlights and disappointment. In summary, we found the value of our trip was directly related to the quality of the guides we encountered. The hotels were fine, the food was great, and the transportation worked.

Highlights

Istanbul
• Kutay was a superb guide, and we were his only tourists on 1 April. We went first to the Chora church, and that was a highlight. David got so excited, he started telling Kutay (who listened patiently) about how the Greeks built square, and how they turned their columns, and I could tell from his volubility that he was enjoying himself hugely. When people ask what was the best thing in Turkey, he responds the (deesis) mosaic with a grieving Mary petitioning Jesus for forgiveness for the world's sinners, from the Chora church. (He'd just finished telling me en route that he had no feeling for mosaics because they lacked fine shading...and he was blown away by what he saw.)
• Kutay (and his driver) took us to the Spice Market, Hagia Sofia, and Blue Mosque, as well as to a great lunch. I looked at carpets from a shop near the Blue Mosque; Kutai knows the owner who is a neighbour but made no effort whatsoever to encourage the sale. He then took me to the Sokullu Mosque near our hotel, while David went back for a rest. We had visited the Grand Bazaar on our own the day before, so we didn't feel the need to do that again. Later than evening I did buy a carpet!
• On our way to the Grand Bazaar, we had a wonderful experience with a shop owner who wanted to sell us something. Really! We were walking past, and he came out of his shop with a napkin under his chin and food in his hand, and said warmly to David, "There you are! I've been waiting for you! You're a little bit late, but it doesn't matter!" We just burst into laughter. We thought that was just fabulous! (We didn't go in, and I can't even remember what his shop sold.)
• We went to Topkapi the next morning, and David did quite well with the walking involved. Of course, the Harem was the standout. Then we took a too-expensive taxi to the harbour to do a 90-minute boat ride up the Bosphorus before we went to the airport. I wish we'd had time to visit the Cistern and the archaeological museum, and that the Suleyman the Magnificent mosque hadn't been closed, but we just didn't have enough time!
Cappadocia
• Birsen was simply wonderful as a guide. The first morning, I asked if she could cut down a bit on the walking, since David wasn't going to be able to do a lot. She immediately made a new plan (she'd been going to take us to the Ilhara Valley) and checked it with two others you were providing services to: Tom and Alice. They were fine with the change. I was very, very grateful to Birsen. David was able to keep up, with just one "I'll wait here" episodes each day, and he felt he got a full tour.
• We thoroughly enjoyed EVERYTHING we did in Cappadocia, from the monasteries and churches in rocks, to the Caravanserai, to the pottery factory and the carpet factory (yes, we bought a porcelain platter and a second rug), to the Roman dig site not yet open to the public. It was all wonderful! Birsen also took us to little restaurants for lunches that were excellent.
• The undoubted highlight in Cappadocia was the visit to the home of our driver, Mutlu, for tea. His mother and father look after his 9-month-old daughter Naz while he and his wife are at work (she works in a bank), and they offered the four of us TEN plates of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds along with cai. That was really a treat.
• The Gamirasu hotel was great. Our room was cozy yet adequately spacious. Weather was pretty cool (we had a hailstorm the second day), but we were very comfortable. The food was probably the best we had on our holiday!
Ephesus
• As you know, we didn't join a regular tour in Selcuk. I'd asked Birsen, who is from Izmir, to recommend a tour guide for Ephesus, and she put us in touch with Bekir, who has a (family) travel agency. His young wife Arzu was our guide for the afternoon, and she was lovely. Again, I asked if we could moderate the distance we walked for David's sake, and she did that. David actually was pretty spry. We were blown away by the Terraced Houses, probably our favourite thing at Ephesus, but the whole site, its scale and amazing marble, were great. We also swooned over the Temple of Artemis site, and were blown away by the sheer size of the Basilica of St. John. (I was glad I'd scratched the House of the Virgin Mary from the beginning.)
• The Ephesus museum in Selcuk was even more wonderful than I'd expected. We saw it in the morning, before we actually went to Ephesus, and that worked out quite well--especially when we were visiting the Terraced Houses.
Pergamon
• Our guide, Murat, was perhaps the most like a walking encyclopedia of all our guides, and we loved that. He gave us such good information about the Acropolis and the society around it, that the ruins came alive. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit there, and to the Asclepion. Murat made the visits. As I look at my photos and re-read my guidebook, I realize how much richer our experience was because of the volume of information Murat gave us to view the sites with. Without such a guide, we'd have said, "Yeah, big buildings...too bad we can't figure out what they were." The facts about the library at the Acropolis just thrilled us.
Canakkale, Troy, Gallipoli
• We appreciated the Hotel Canak and its location right near the ferry, and we enjoyed the trip to Troy. The guide, Mustafa Askin, focused almost entirely on Troy VI and the story according to Homer, and I'd have liked to know more about the other Troys, but in all fairness I recognize the reason we were visiting Troy at all was Homer's Iliad. He used details from the Iliad to make the site comprehensible. He would have liked us to buy his book, but we didn't.
• Our guide to Gallipoli, Gurai was thoroughly knowledgeable about the battle sites, the strategies and tactics, objectives and failures, on both sides of the campaign. We really appreciated his attention to detail in his narratives, which made Gallipoli a real highlight. As you know, we are Kiwis only by residence, but we found the battle sites and cemeteries very moving. We're very glad we had the chance to go there, especially with Anzac Day coming up!
Back to Istanbul and the Hotel Daphne, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our trip was just too short!

And our holiday's brevity was why we really regretted the wasted we spent in an uncomfortable minivan to Pamukkale.

I'll be happy to recommend you to anyone, Rina. You have been so responsive and have such good associates in Turkey.

Thank you again and again,

Linda

VANA K. – INDIA

April 29, 2008
Itinerary: Group and private tours in Istanbul, Pergamon and Ephesus with assistance for handicapped

Rina,
Just a note to thank you for all arrangements. We all arrived back safely and have enjoyed our trip tremendously. Your team had been very professional and helpful.
We will certainly return to Turkey and will definitely be in touch with you again.
Thank you.
Vanasobhin

Tami S. – Israel

May 04, 2008
Itinerary: Self-Drive and hotel bookings

Hi Rina,

Generally, everything went well, and we enjoyed our tour very much.

The hotels were OK, some better than the other (Bodrum was the best, Bergama was not as good as the other), Birgi was great (after we overcome the problem that our host didn't know a word in English, and didn't understand what is a Voucher). but all answer our basic requirements (Clean, Hot shower Etc)

As for the guides, the lady in Ephesus was very good, she tried very hard to give us a very interesting day

The guide at Pergamon was knowledgeable, but didn't try very hard.

Bottom line, we had a great time, you have a beautiful country, nice people, good road, and even a clean toilet

Thanks for your help to make this vacation so pleasant

We sincerely hope to come again, and we will recommend your services to our friend

Best Regards,
Tami

Yousra G.

May 05, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,

I really enjoyed the tours lot and it was interesting. I would like to thank you for you keen and support in preparing these tours for me.

Best Regards,
Yousra G.

Yuval Y. – Israel

May 15, 2008
Itinerary: BGU University Group - Archaeological Tour of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Classical sites east of Antalya, Turkey

Dear Rina,
Thank you so much for organizing our wonderful trip.
The group and I enjoyed it tremendously, and it will take us some time to digest all the marvels we've seen.
Immediately upon return I am carried into a new and chaotic semester that began this Sunday with loads of duties...
So, sometime next week I'll have more time and write in more detail and send some photographs.

Best regards to Emre
Yuval

Krystyna P. – NJ, USA

May 21, 2008
Itinerary: Western Turkey Tour for Student Group

Dear Rina,
Last Monday the students had a post-tour seminar and their shared their experience and impressions with the school community. Everybody really enjoyed the tour and the teachers said it was the best ever. Congratulations and thank you again for the great job!

Best regards,
Krystyna

Peter C. – Australia

May 21, 2008
Itinerary: Aegean Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
The tour was fine thank you, I had a great time.
Pinar, the guide, was excellent and her outgoing and friendly nature was a big plus.
Cheers
Peter

Kay K. – WA, USA

May 24, 2008
Itinerary: 7 Churches Tour

Dear Rina,
We enjoyed our tours very much and learned a great deal about the sites of those first century Christian communities. I guess one of our major “take aways” is that the first Christians were the church – the communities of people. There weren’t buildings as such and when we go to visit the sites of those “churches” we are really looking at the remains of the cities and towns where they lived. We learned a lot about the travels of Paul, John and the other apostles. We certainly can sympathize with the terrain they had to cross, the mountains, dry lands and rough territory.

Our tour guide for all 4 days was a very knowledgeable, friendly, thoughtful man – however I still can’t tell you his name. His English is heavily accented and we had difficulty understanding him. When he talked more slowly and distinctly it was easier to understand. We asked him to repeat things very often, but in hindsight, should have asked him to slow down his speech. He readily asked us for correct pronunciation or some references to Christian figures.

The Akay Otel in Selcuk was very nice. We enjoyed the rooms, the terrace restaurant, the staff – especially the young man who helped us – and the town of Selcuk.

I hope these are helpful suggestions and thank you again for arranging the tour for us. By the way we saw several groups with Insight Travel name tags, is this your group too?

Take care and blessings on you and your work,

Kay and Don
Gene and Marilee

Scot K. – WA, USA

May 24, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul and Cappadocia Package

The trip was great. I loved both the hotels, especially the Kismet.

I did ride around the Bosphorus and signed up for a tour of the last Ottoman palace (forget the name) so all my time there was well spent.

Thanks for your help and I'll recommend you to friends who may come here and use you if I come back.

Scot

Robert C. – Arizona, USA

May 30, 2008
Itinerary: Self-Drive and hotel bookings

Dear Rina,

We have returned from Turkey and I want to thank you for your assistance in making the trip the most delightful and hassle free excursion of my life. All of us had a wonderful time. Everything went as planned with no problems or any negative experiences of any kind. The rental car was a tremendous plus to the vacation and I would recommend anyone to rent a car in Turkey if they wish to have easy access to places on their own schedule. Driving out of Izmir was a bit tricky but worked out fine and the rest of the driving was great.

The Gallipoli and Troy tours were really quite good. We visited Efes on our own as my son is a bit of an expert on the history of Efes. We loved the town of Selcuk and the Akay Hotel was as you described. Mr. Diamond is a bit of a character at the Akay but he was charming as well.

The trip to Samos and back was lengthy. Your initial recommendation to visit Chios was probably a better option but things worked out well and we were able to rent bicycles and ride to the other side of the Island (Pythagorio) and back to Samos, which was a lot of fun. Were were still able to work in a half of day at the beach in Cesme on our way out of Izmir and that was well worth the extra trip.

Gumusluk was a bit sleepy for us but we were able to go to Bitez and the beaches and entertainment there met our needs. The people at the Liman Hotel were very nice--actually everyone was very nice and helpful wherever we went. I love the way the Turkish people take their jobs seriously and take customer service seriously. If this could only be so in the U.S.

The Atinc Hotel in Kusadasi was very nice and we enjoyed the hotel in Izmir as well (the inner court yard was very nice).

Anyway, we loved the people--we were able to spend time with my son's Turkish host family and friends while in Izmir and we loved the historical sights and we loved the beauty of the Aegean coast.

I thought you might be interested in how things turned out---it was funny because as we went to a new hotel we would wonder what "Rina found for us here"!

Many thanks--Robert

Donna H. – Canada

June 02, 2008
Itinerary: Self-Drive and hotel bookings

Hi Rina,
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Turkey - thanks to you everything went extremely well. the car rental was perfect, the domestic flights - ditto, and the Hideaway Hotel was more than what we had hoped for. what a quaint and charming place - thank you for recommending it to us. as we wanted to be close to the Dalaman airport on our last night in that area, we ended up staying in Dalyan at another charming place called Mehtap Hotel. it was extremely clean, tastefully decorated and the host and hostess went our of their way to make us feel comfortable. even though it only had approximately 15 rooms, it had a large pool - at least twice the size of Hideaway's. I would highly recommend it for those wishing to stay in that area.

Thanks again for all of your help. we really appreciated it and will not hesitate to contact you for future assistance with our next trip to Turkey.

cheers.
Donna H.

David and Joanne H. – Australia

June 04, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Pinar,
We have made it back to Sydney and have quickly returned to the 'rat race'', however, our memories of our holiday in Turkey and our wonderful friend 'Pinar' are still fresh in our mind. I am currently sorting through the 825 photos and trying to get them down to a number that allows us to show our friends and family what a great place Turkey is to visit.

I guess you are also back into the day to day work load providing your new groups with the same enthusiasm and knowledge that made our trip so exciting. As we said we would be pleased to see you if you ever come to Australia so keep our details on your files, you never know.

Once again, thank you for making our holiday in Turkey a wonderful experience which will long live in our memories.

lot of love

David and Joanne H.

may-08-highlights-group

Sue and Clive B. – Australia

June 05, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,

You did just an amazing job with your organisation of our trip, it went flawlessly, and although rushed as we were trying to pack in a lot in little time, we thoroughly enjoyed it, we both loved Turkey and will be back for a return visit.

The 5th May Hidrellez celebration was just fantastic. So many people and families having a great time, the entertainment was wonderful, the crowds.......well.......we don't get that in Australia and the "soccer crowd push". That was interesting to say the least. We loved dancing with the children, the openness and friendliness of everyone there, and the fact that with all those people there were no brawls, not that we saw anyway........that would NOT happen in Australia as there would be too many drunk teenagers!!! This should be made public (not that they need bigger crowds), and many people that we met there were amazed that we'd even heard of it...........what a wonderful night.

We agree with you that our time was too limited and appreciate what you fitted in our limited itinerary - Turkey has so much to offer that we didn't see. Regarding the guides in each of the five countries we travelled on our trip we found the best ones were ones with excellent local knowledge and the ability to impart that, speaking good (at least understandable) English and a tour that is not just history and ruins - as much association with the people that live in the country as possible gives you a true feel of what that country is about. The things that you remember and treasure about any trip are the things that you want more of. Examples of this on our tour were the talk with two young men in the bazaar in Aleppo in Syria talking about Muslims and their upbringing, talking to a young local boy on a camel ride in Egypt about his life, A Nubian village visit in Egypt where we walked the streets and saw their village and lifestyle (in 50 degree heat) and met a couple of young families. Sitting in street cafes in all the countries and watching and talking to the locals, in Turkey meeting a young man on his way to the 5th May Hidrellez celebration. He invited us to join him and his friends at the celebration. We met them all and spent a wonderful night with some young (30ish) Turkish people.

The guide in Istanbul was great (Kutay) as was the one off guide at Troy - he was so interesting and enthusiastic (can't remember his name but he lives there and has written books on it an is still researching). The Ephesus guide was OK.. Loved the Aesclepion, could have spent more time there, same guide for Permagon, he was good but not as good as some of the others.

Overall we loved Turkey and want to go back one day and spend more time seeing the rest of it and the people.

When we have saved up enough to go back to Turkey and Syria, we will be in touch again. We will certainly recommend you (and already have) to people we know and have met on our travels.

Once again Rina, thank you so much for your time and effort, we just loved your country. If you ever think of coming to Australia, please let us know, you will be more than welcome in our home and hopefully we can suggest places to go to in our country!

Regards
Sue and Clive B

Joanne H. – Australia

June 06, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour and Private Tours

Hi Rina, It was great to see a photo of you! Thank you so much for all your help and organisation. We had a fabulous time and really appreciate your effort.

It was wonderful to see Pinar's smiling face when we got off the bus from Fethiye. She really is a gem. Nothing was a problem and we all felt spoilt.

In fact all our guides were 'top class' in their field of expertise. Thank you for that.

Feedback on hotels, just for your interest!

Our hotel in Pamukkale was good, especially the hot springs, but we found their drinks over the top (expensive). In fact whenever the hotels priced in Euros they were very expensive.

Konya was just a hotel

We loved our 'cave' hotel in Cappadoccia - it was a great experience and the staff were excellent.(and prices in YTL)

Daphne hotel was excellent in position and rooms but a couple of the staff had attitude problems (rude!) and we did not eat or drink there as very expensive (again in Euro). We prefer to eat at local eateries anyway.

The Maydos hotel we had to fight for our seaview rooms! It was OK but the food included was not good (lunch and dinner were the same virtually) The tour organisation was excellent just the meals not.

Akay hotel was great. Lovely to have the pool in the heat and the staff went out of their way to help.

Lastly a note on the meals during our small group tour. There was too much food especially for lunch. Pinar took us to some great places for lunch in Cappadocia but we were so full we got sleepy in the afternoons and could not do our dinner justice! Probably not a complaint you get often!

All in all - a great holiday we will all remember forever. We found the Turkish people very friendly and helpful. I was surprised at the amount of English spoken and really enjoyed learning some Turkish. Jan and I visited a hamam in Istanbul and had a very positive experience (we had heard all sorts of stories before we left)

I would like to compliment all the drivers too as we all felt very safe on the roads.

Coming from Greece to Turkey, we really noticed that you are way ahead on the smoking reforms! Even Pinar has quit (again).

A last note on Greece - the tour of Athens we booked was terrible. It was supposed to be for 4 hours, started late (we were transferred in and out of buses), a large group with a guide who could not care that half of the group could not hear her or keep up. And finished after 2 hours! Just for your information.

Thanks again, it has been a pleasure organising the trip with you. I was really looked after by the powers above when I found your website. I wish you all the best for the rest of your life and I have no hesitation in referring anyone to you in the future.

Love from all of us
Joanne

Andrea A. – USA

June 06, 2008
Itinerary: Private Tour

Thank you for setting everything up for Bob and I. We saw a great number of historical sites in a short period of time without becoming exhausted or feeling rushed. Faruk was a very knowledgeable guide and his love of history was clear. The Swissotel in Izmir and Kismet hotel in Kusadasi were also outstanding. I recommended your services to some people we met on our Regent cruise, I hope they followed through and contacted you. Thank you again.

Andrea A.

Mariana T. – Brasil

June 09, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina!!!!
Almost 1 month after coming back I'm being able to sit and send you the BIGGEST thank you I could say to someone! When people told me in Trip Advisor: Talk to her, she's a really nice person, she will help you. I COULD NEVER IMAGINE YOU COULD BE SUCH MUCH!

You are more than a nice person! MUCH MUCH MUCH more! People working with tourism are full everywhere, but I've never seen someone like you. I like to travel, I read a lot, I talk a lot to people and you are someone unique in this world. Trust me.

The way you adopted me.... oh my! It was so cute. Like I told you, you became my turkish mom! Even not being turkish! :o)
I HAD THE BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE (well, I always come back from a trip saying the same! But that's nice!)! All trips are wonderful, but I was such afraid about traveling to Turkey alone that this trip was special! It was the best period of the whole trip! Me there, alone, doing whatever I wanted, at the time I wanted, I didn't felt lonely for not even 1 SINGLE SECOND during the whole period! It was PERFECT!!!!

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!
Lots of people, friends and relatives, got crazy about going to Turkey after listening to my stories and seeing my pics. I already told them all about you. When they decide to go, they'll contact you and I'll tell them to say that they are my friends! But you don't need to adopt them like you did with me, otherwise I get jealous!

Some pics for you to meet me!

THANK YOU AGAIN!
Maybe someday we meet and I pay that big hug I promised!

mariana-t

Joyce and Joe L. – Singapore

June 09, 2008
Itinerary: Private and Group Aegean Tours

Dear Rina,
We are now back in Singapore after an extremely enjoyable trip to Turkey. Thank you for your efficient arrangements and planning and thanks to Faruk, Sevim and Zeynep for being wonderful guides throughout our stay!

Regards,
Joyce and Joe L.

Dana D. – UK

June 09, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Istanbul and Aegean Tour CB06

Hello Rina,
My mom and I had a wonderful time on our trip. Everything was very well organized and the directions and schedule you provided were perfect. There was never a time when I felt like I wasn't sure where we were supposed to be. The guides were EXCELLENT!!! Very professional and accommodating. We really feel like we had a fantastic experience, and the price was just right.
I would like to thank you for all your hard work making our trip such a success. If I ever know of anyone who is planning a trip to Turkey, I'll be recommending you and your agency to them.
Dana

Pat and Victor F. – WA, USA

June 17, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
Our trip was fabulous! I have recommended Insight to many people since then. The itinerary was terrific - we felt that we saw lots of ruins, but a also great variety of geographic terrain as well as many types of people. Pinar was wonderful. She is knowledgeable and very generous. Of course, just having five of us for the first week was a real treat. The hotels were fine and it was impressive that we could often order our meals off a menu! It was also reassuring to know that when someone was picking us up (for flight or other reason) they were there, and on time! This isn't always the case.

All in all, you planned a very satisfying trip and it went like clockwork. I have no suggestions for improvement. I was disappointed that we didn't meet YOU, I thought you lived in Istanbul! I should have looked at your address below.

Thanks, Rina. We'll long remember our discovery of the magical country called Turkey.
Kindest regards,
Pat

Jan and Phil C. – Australia

June 17, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Turkey and thank you very much for the organisation you put into getting it all to run so smoothly. I had coffee with Joanne today and know that she sent a very comprehensive fax to you detailing the good and bad things but we were very pleased the whole trip. Yes the food was very plentiful but we didn't have to eat every course!. Thanks again for your help in organising everything
Kind regards,
Jan and Phil

Ruth S. – USA

June 21, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul Private Jewish Heritage Tour

Rina:
I want to thank you for helping us out while in Istanbul.
Thanks to you and your staff we were able to salvage some of the plans my travel agent/co-traveler made for us.

Linda and driver were splendid, taking us to all the sights possible. They were helpful and full of information.

I’ve spoken to my son, Ralph and I hope he will visit Istanbul in the winter (Xmas).

Thanks again and wishing you a pleasant summer,
Ruth S.

Julie and Mike J. – Canada

June 22, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Istanbul and Aegean Tour

Hi Rina,
We very much enjoyed our trip to Turkey and the arrangements all dove-tailed fairly smoothly. Our Istanbul guide, Bulent Aslan, was excellent, good with the kids and very knowledgeable, as were the other guides. The tour of Troy and Gallipoli were excellent. Thank you for all your time and efforts in planning our trip. I would not hesitate to recommend Insight Travel to friends.
Sincerely,
Julie J.

Sharon G. – USA

June 25, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Before I get too totally absorbed by normal life, I wanted to write and say thanks again for arranging such a great trip. I only wish it had been longer -- I loved the Gamirasu, La Paloma, and Akay and hated to leave each one. We saw a lot of Turkey highlights, but I feel I only scratched the surface and could use each of those hotels as a base for many more days.

You were right about spending the last night in Istanbul. I got there as the sun was going down and got to ride into the city when it was as beautiful as it could be -- it was like a final sightseeing trip, well worth the price of the taxi. Thanks again.
Sharon

Leslie Z. – USA

June 25, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
It really was a wonderful trip. Of course I loved the hotels you choose and the amazing natural beauty and cultural history of Turkey. An unexpected bonus for me was to discover how much I liked the people we met. Not only were the guides and hotel keepers very helpful, but even perfect strangers were incredibly kind to us, helping us to find our way in strange cities. Like Sharon, I enjoyed the sunset in Istanbul my last night there, which I could see from the rooftop restaurant of my hotel as a backdrop for the planes taking off from the
nearby airport!
Best,
Leslie

Eng L. – Canada

June 26, 2008
Itinerary: 10 Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
As we looked at our beautiful pictures of Turkey, we just smiled and recalled all the memorable moments we spent there.

On behalf of my group, I thank you very much for organizing our trip for us and making our time in Turkey most wonderful.
Thank you.
Eng L.

Gerhard E. – USA

June 28, 2008
Itinerary: Pergamon Tour

Dear Rina,gerhard-e
Yes, I was planning to write you to provide some feedback. Overall, it was a good tour, and the drop off at Izmir's airport worked out perfectly. I can and will recommend it to others. The guide was fine, and the driver drove securely and safely. Lunch was ample and tasty. The location of the acropolis and theater is stupendous, together with the wild flowers and blooming thistles, it was a photographic paradise of views and colors, but not enough time to savor it. Even with the other tour the viewing time available was for me often a bit short, not enough time to read some of the informational signs, revisit some spots, look at my notes,

or take more detailed pictures rather than just quick, general snapshots. I suppose, if I wanted to do that I would need to plan my own personalized tour, though at this time I still would prefer to leave the transportation and hotel arrangements to others. I would like to look into that though. Still, for my first introduction to western Turkey I had a wonderful time with lots of "Wow" moments that I am writing down. Many of these also involved enjoying the hospitality and friendliness of the Turkish people.

Thank you for your excellent help organizing this part of my trip!

Best regards,
Gerhard

Sherry and Asim B. – Utah, USA

July 04, 2008
Itinerary: Small Group Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Hi Rina,

We enjoyed our day-tour of the Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Palace very much. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. Since the Egyptian Market is closed on Sunday, he took us to a local bazaar which was a great shopping opportunity and fun too. As it turned out, no one else joined our group of 6 people, so it really became our private tour. We chose that tour as my husband and I have been to many of the “must see” places in Istanbul and this tour took us to places new to us as well as to our friends. The park at Camlica Hill is a treasure. We were able to observe “real” Turks enjoying their Sunday picnic and a wedding couple. Riding the ferry was an inexpensive and fun way to see the palaces and shoreline of the Bosphorus. Our guests were fascinated by the Whirling Dervishes too. A word of advice there is to arrive early as seats fill up quickly.

We’ll contact you when we bring our friends who couldn’t make it this trip.

Best regards,
Sherry and Asim B.

Louise and Michael C. – Sydney, Australia

July 04, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour and Self-Drive

Dear Rina
We are finally home and slowly recovering from jetlag. I wanted to tell you how amazing our time in Turkey was - totally thanks to you. Every little detail of your organisation worked so well. Every hotel, every transfer, bus trip, group tour, private guide, connections - absolutely wonderful. So thank you very much for making Turkey such a fantastic, surprising, amazing adventure for us. We loved learning about the ancient as well as more modern history. The ruins and the stories behind them were incredible. The people everywhere were friendly, hospitable and helpful. We loved the coast, particularly Kas. Our very long day tour of Gallipoli was wonderful - we had a great guide who made it a very moving experience. And of course Istanbul is an amazingly vibrant city.
We hope to return someday. Again thank you so very much for your fantastic help.
kind regards,
Louise and Michael C.

(I must tell you that I read a fantastic novel while I was there which was set in the area around Fethiye called "Birds without wings" by Louis de Bernieres. It is a great story as well as giving lots of the history of WW1 and the war of Independence and the biography of Ataturk. It was amazing to learn the facts during the day and then reading the fiction at night. Both complemented each other and really added to my enjoyment of the country.)

Kae Anne M. – Canada

July 10, 2008
Itinerary: 10-Days Classical Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Barry and I had a wonderful time in Turkey. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and loved Turkey and its people. We saw lots and did lots and loved it all. It would have been great for us if there could have been a little more down time so that we could have just had time to really take in some of the culture around us. I think that a couple of extra days might have allowed for this. We loved our little hotel in both Ankara and Istanbul. Our guide there was super and we enjoyed meandering there as well. All in all it was very well done.
Thank you for all your effort.
Sincerely,
Kae Anne M.

Tim K. – Canada

July 12, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul and Ephesus Shore Excursions

Rina, I wanted to let you know our guide for Istanbul, Erol, was wonderful. He made extremely efficient use of our time and gave us good pointers for great photo vantage points. We were extremely happy with his services.
Everything was fine with Ephesus and Priene and others. I went on the Priene and 2 others sites tour. The guide and bus were waiting for us when our ship arrived, our guide was young but worked hard and was enthusiastic.
The driver for the Priene and other sites tour that I was on deserve praise for his excellent service.
It was recommendations from that website that referred us to you and we were most happy that we followed those recommendations in asking you to arrange our shore excursions for Turkey. It was a pleasure working with you.
Tim K.

Bill H. – USA

July 21, 2008
Itinerary: Hotel, flight bookings and transfers

Rina, just wanted to let you know that we have returned home from Turkey and had an absolutely wonderful trip. Everything went incredibly well from the ease of the transfers to the great hotels you booked us at. We also wanted to let you know that the Titanic was fantastic. The food there was delicious and even exceeded the expectations of my Turkish Uncle and cousin.
Bill

Dianne L. – Australia

July 24, 2008
Itinerary: Hotel bookings

Thank you, Rina. We had a wonderful time and that was due to the ease of travel and accommodation which was facilitated by you. We really appreciate your help and wish you the best in your endeavors. We will recommend you to anyone we know who is thinking of travelling to Turkey. Thanks again
Di L.

Andy H. – UK

July 24, 2008
Itinerary: Assos Park Hotel booking

Rina,
We had a lovely time at Assos thank you. The hotel was clean and everyone was very friendly and helpful. The pool was fantastic and the food was tasty. We enjoyed the beach and the proximity to the lovely village and harbour at Assos.
Thank you for your help in booking this,
Andy

Sue H. – UK

July 25, 2008
Itinerary: Cappadocia Package with Kismet Cave Hotel

Dear Rina
I had a terrific time, everything went like clockwork. The hotel was just what I ordered. The owner - Farouk - even gave me a lift to the bus station to catch the bus to Fethiye on his scooter - suitcase, me and backpack hanging on for dear life! Sadly no photograph.

The guides were very good, particularly Farouk who had a terrific depth of knowledge not just about Cappadocia but also Turkey's history. Birsen was great and as there were only a few of us on the two days she was my guide, the group was able to get to know each other.

Met quite a few people during my stay in Goreme and hope to keep in touch with some of them.

Many, many thanks for all your arrangements.
Regards
Sue

John and Piera C. – Australia

July 29, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

All went very well and no problems whatsoever. The tours were excellent and the accommodation was great especially in Selcuk at Akay Hotel. We had a fabulous time in our short stay in Turkey and only wish we could have spent longer.
Thank you for your efficiency in arranging our tour package.
John and Piera

Judy D. – Japan

Aug. 19, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours and Kas-Antalya Gulet Cruise

Rina -
On behalf of the entire group of families, I want to thank you for such a tremendous trip to Turkey. Every detail was handled perfectly and we were thrilled with our guides and accommodations. But I must say the gulet 'Grand Acar' was far beyond our expectations. The captain was charming and flexible, the crew attentive but not intrusive and the cook was outstanding! Thirteen people were pleasantly surprised by the delicious meals served 3 times a day. We couldn't have been happier.
We were also fortunate that the weather was so mild that our dear friends the Millers did not need to leave the boat early. The boat was gorgeous and the ride incredibly smooth.

Thank you again for making our trip so memorable. I will happily refer you to our friends.
Fondly,
Judy

Davis J.

Aug. 19, 2008
Itinerary: Private Cappadocia Tour

Rina, Thanks so much for checking in. We had a great time in Cappadocia and were extremely happy with our tour guide. She is very knowledgeable and congenial. We'll definitely recommend your services to friends thinking about visiting Turkey. Best regards, Davis

Kateri C. – VT, USA

Aug. 24, 2008
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings

Dear Rina,
I just wanted to thank you once again: we loved the Berksoy and Hotel Metropol in Istanbul. We will definitely return to Turkey and make use of your agency once more.
All my very best,
Kateri C.

Rob B. – South Africa

Aug. 25, 2008
Itinerary: Cappadocia Package with Lalezar Hotel

We had a really good trip. Thank you for all of your arrangements. The hotel was great. I see what you mean about the steps! It is quite a climb - but really very nice. We got some really good photos. I will let you know when I put them up on my web site.
I am doing a talk on Turkey at our camera club next week - I have entered a few of my previous Cappadocia photos at the club, and the people were so interested in the photos, that they asked me to do a talk. Hope you get more clients!
Hopefully I will be able to do another trip to Turkey so time. It is one of my favorite travel destinations!
Kind regards,
Rob B.

Tony H. – UK

Sept. 01, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
I was very impressed with the way everything went, I have been to a lot of countries and been on lots of excursions but don't think I have ever been so impressed with the way the trips were all run for us during our stay in Turkey .. it was the military like precision in which everything was carried out that I found impressive no waiting around , no I'm sorry we don't have you down on our list ..( all things that I have encountered in previous countries )

The guide in Troy really enjoyed his work and it showed in the way he conducted his tour , but all the guides were very good.
If you want a negative then possibly the hotel on the first night was a bit noisy as we were on the first floor right above the air con generators but on our return visit to the hotel we had a different room and it was much quieter.

so , very happy all in all and thanks for arranging the trips for us

Regards
Tony

Don S. – MI, USA

Sept. 11, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
First off, thanks so much for doing a really great job of arranging our trip. Because I normally prefer to book all of my own travel, I have only used a travel agent once in the last 10 years (and it turned out horribly). My experience with you and your partners was outstanding. I will have no problem recommending Insight Travel to anyone booking a trip to Turkey. Pretty much everything went smoothly – or at least everything that you could have anticipated.

All of the hotels were great. We particularly liked the Su Hotel in Bodrum, followed closely by the Megara in Istanbul. All of the guides were top notch.

Thanks again for all of the help,
Don

Wendy D. – Canada

Sept. 21, 2008
Itinerary: Ancient Kingdoms Tour

Hello Rina
We are now back from our holidays and Turkey was definitely a highlight. Our tour guide Suleyman was excellent. He certainly new his history and made it come alive.

The travel arrangements were well executed and the driver was very good. We covered a lot of territory, I believe something like 2100 km. so by the end we were glad to relax for a couple of days. We enjoyed the variety of accommodations that we had stayed at thru out the trip. Nothing was too much trouble for our guide or driver and with only 3 of us we got undivided attention. It was an excellent tour and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Once again, Thank you
Wendy D.

Vithesh R. – South Africa

Sept. 23, 2008
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina
Thank you very much for the note. We really enjoyed Istanbul and plan to come back in the near future.

Thank you for organizing the tours for us. It was very professional and well run. I have mentioned your company to friends of ours who are intending to visit Turkey and they are very interested in using your services. I have given them your contact details.

Kind Regards
Vithesh

Marie B. – South Africa

Sept. 29, 2008
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Remzi
I am so sorry for taking so long to write to you. I hope that you have not forgotten us! We were in Cappadocia the week of the 7th of August 2008 and stayed in the Lalezar Hotel, Goreme, with my son Hardy.

I just want to thank you for making our visit to Cappadocia so wonderful. Without you it would not have been the same! You made it so interesting and your amazing knowledge of the history of the area and also the ancient history connected to that area was really wonderful.

Once again thank you for all the effort you put in to making a trip wonderful for your visitors. We will surely never forget it!

Many kind regards
Marie Bragg.

Laura and Jason W. – Toronto, Canada

Sept. 30, 2008
Itinerary: 8 Day Classic Western Turkey Tour + Blue Cruise

Dear Rina,
My husband and I would like to thank you very much for helping us organize such a wonderful trip to Turkey!

I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon Insight Travel while looking for a Turkish tour company online. I was immediately impressed with your professional, prompt and informative responses to my many questions about Turkey and the tour you ultimately planned for us.

We saw some amazing places (e.g. Cappadocia, Istanbul, Ephesus, the Mediterranean while on a Turkish boat,) and were impressed by the history, diversity, culture, beauty and friendliness of the people in Turkey. The hotels we stayed in, the food, transportation to and from various locations and the tour guides who informed us of and lead us through various places were excellent. We were very happy with the overall service, value and experience we had while on our vacation as provided by Insight Travel and recommend it highly to others.

Jason and I will never forget our trip to Turkey! We are so glad you helped plan our adventure abroad. It was incredible!

Sincerely,
Laura and Jason W. Toronto, Canada

Christine M. – Istanbul

Oct. 06, 2008
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Rina
Kutay was very good and informative. I didn't go on the tour on Monday but my friends were really impressed w/ his knowledge of the mosaics at Chora Church. We'll certainly recommend your services to others.

Christine M.

Silvia W. – Australia

Oct. 08, 2008
Itinerary: Ancient Kingdoms Tour

Dear Rina,
The "Ancient Kingdoms" tour was fascinating.
Suleyman and the driver were both first-rate (the latter also very important when covering so much territory!)

I'm very happy to have chosen Insight Travel.

Best regards,
Sylvia W.

Maria M. – Australia

Oct. 08, 2008
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
This is the third that Erol has done for me and I have known him for about 6 years now. I am happy with his work. If I see any problems arising then I run interference for both the people in my group and for Erol. It works well as I can usually see it coming.

I will be happy to work with you again in 2 years time. I bring a tour over every 2 years, although Erol would like it to be every year. Personally I would too, but I just get too busy.

Mustapha, the driver was a real treasure. He looked after us as well.

Thank you for all of your hard work in making the tour a memorable trip. The ladies are still talking about it.

Regards
Maria

Paul S. – Ontario, Canada

Oct. 09, 2008
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
We also had a great day on the cruise. Thank you again for all your unstinting hospitality in Kas. Everything was beautifully organized even the crazy 2.30am transfer to Ataturk Airport last Saturday morning. Ismet was a very knowledgeable and personable guide and 'Nedo' was a wonderfully resourceful driver who organized lots of little treats that we wouldn't otherwise have experienced. We loved his comfortable new Mercedes van. The sights and sites were fantastic. Turkey is a stunningly beautiful country and Istanbul is truly one of the world's great cities. The tour was fabulous and the whole experience was unforgettable! Please rest assured that we have already started telling friends, family, neighbors and colleagues at work that if they ever wish to visit Turkey that they should first and foremost check out Insight Travel. We would thoroughly recommend Insight. Thanks again for your patience answering all our e-mail questions leading up to the trip. Mary sends her best wishes.
Best regards,
Paul S.

Anthea B. – UK

Oct. 14, 2008
Itinerary: Bodrum and Fethiye Hotel Bookings

Dear Rina
We had a really lovely holiday in Turkey and I will definitely book with you again next time we go. the hotel in Bodrum (Su) was really very nice, clean, comfortable and friendly. The Mountain Lodge was FABULOUS and I wish we could have spent more time there - we would definitely want to stay there again on any future trip to Turkey. I would not hesitate to recommend either hotel but the Mountain Lodge was perhaps exceptional.
With very best wishes
Anthea

Doris and Tony L. – Sydney, Australia

Oct. 17, 2008
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings from Antalya to Selcuk

Hi Rina,
Your excellent services ensured that we had a really great holiday and I have been raving about your excellent help to one and all. Our guide in Istanbul was also excellent...

Everything worked very well and the hotels were fine. And the itinerary you suggested was excellent. Also your advice on going to Selcuk instead of Sirince was spot on!

You obviously work extremely hard and very long hours, so I hope you get a real holiday soon. If you ever come to Sydney we would love to meet you and show you around.

Kindest Regards.
Doris and Tony L.

H.D. and Shirley – Vancouver, Canada

Oct. 20, 2008
Itinerary: 8 Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina:
Sorry, I had meant to write to you soon as we got back to tell you that we were pleasantly surprised at how the trip turned out to be beyond our expectations! Much of the thanks go to you for making such smooth arrangements. The tour guide, hotels and meals were very good. The pace of the tour and the people on our tour were excellent.
We have never taken bus tours and were not really keen to be on a bus tour, but this one definitely made us change our views on bus tours and was a most enjoyable experience. Thanks again, and we will certainly be recommending your services to any of our friends who decide to go to Turkey for a vacation.

Best regards,
H.D. and Shirley

Cheryl P. – North Parramatta, Australia

Oct. 20, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
The tour was excellent. We were lucky to have a small group of very nice people. The van was comfortable, we had a very good driver who made us feel at ease during the trip and Erol was a great tour guide. He was very attentive to our needs and certainly knows his history. We also enjoyed his sense of humour. The hotels most of the time were reasonable, particularly as were were only there overnight most nights.

I thought the highlight was Cappadocia. It was such an interesting and beautiful place and the Gamirasu Cave Hotel where we stayed was exceptional. It was so beautiful with beautiful surroundings and the dinner was the best.

It was a busy tour but had to be to cover all the places we visited. All in all I thought it was a great tour and it helped having such nice people, including Erol and the driver with us all the way.

Thanks for organising it.
Regards
Cheryl

Deborah and Colin H. – Australia

Oct. 24, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had a wonderful time on our tour. Both Erol and Mustafa were very good and made our trip so enjoyable. Erol's extensive knowledge was greatly appreciated by all. I would not hesitate to recommend Insight Travel to anyone. Thank you for all the organising, we really appreciated every moment.
Deborah and Colin H.

Cari S. – USA

Nov. 06, 2008
Itinerary: Self-Drive and hotel bookings

Hi Rina
Our trip to Turkey was wonderful. thank you for your help. we enjoyed everything very much. the car worked out very well and we enjoyed the drive. We found it to be very easy, the roads were good and well marked. Driving in Antalya was not so nice but we loved the old town. turkey is very beautiful and everyone was nice to us wherever we went.

Thanks so much.
I will certainly recommend you to a friend who wants to travel to Turkey
Cari

Edwin N. – Singapore

Nov. 19, 2008
Itinerary: Driver services in Cappadocia

Hi Rina,
We've lots of fun in Turkey, especially Cappadocia.
Mustafa was a great host, bringing us to beautiful places and great Turkish foods. He was like a brother to all of us. We surely enjoyed stay and hope to come back again someday.

Really appreciate your help and service provided for us. We surely recommend your agency to my friends in Singapore.

Thanks lots.

Edwin
(Yusof) *Mustafa give us all a turkish name. lol

David and Catherine B. – Australia

Dec 06, 2008
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We would like to thank you for all the organisation for our trip through Turkey and say how pleased we were with the accommodation and structure of the daily sightseeing. Our guide Erol was knowledgeable, entertaining and very helpful with any personal issues during our trip and driver Mustafa was very friendly and a safe driver. The size of the tour group was perfect for us and added to the overall enjoyment. Istanbul is a magnificent city and on our shortlist to revisit. We found the Turkish people friendly and helpful and as an added bonus the weather was great for the whole trip.
Again, thanks for everything.
Kind regards,
David and Catherine B.

Jaco N. – South Africa

Jan. 08, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored group and private Western Turkey tour

Dear Rina,
Thank you for your wonderful organisation with our tour from 9 to 22 December.

Touring Turkey in December was unbelievably nice, also because of the lack of tourists. Even the hotels were almost empty.

The Daphne Hotel in Istanbul was very good with a 100% location. Canak in Canakkale is well situated but not as good. Goreme House was very nice.

Turkish Tour guides really know their story. By far the best guide was Mehmet who picked us up in Canakkale, accompanied us to Bergama, helped us at the hotel there although it was not part of your tour and did much more than was expected of him. His knowledge of the archeological sites amazed us and his English is very good.

We will recommend Insigh Travel to everyone who wishes to travel in Turkey.
Jaco.

Rachael and Andrew H. – New Zealand

Jan. 20, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I just wanted to email you and say thank you for arranging our trip to Turkey. We had an amazing time, and for me it was the highlight of our six week trip. Having everything 'done' for us really took a load off our minds - by the time we reached Athens we had been travelling for 4 weeks, so it made a huge difference being picked up from the airports, etc, without having to worry about public transport for a change!

The tours you arranged for us were fantastic - the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable about the sites. We learnt so much from them! Everyone we met was so welcoming and helpful, including all the staff at the hotels.

I would not hesitate to recommend you to fellow travellers, and will definitely be in contact with you again for our next trip (I still want to make it to Cappodocia!)

Thank you again - we really appreciate your help.

Kindest regards,
Rachael and Andrew H.

Monique S. – UK

Feb. 02, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hey,
The weather was unfortunate but what can you do. The tours were great, I really really enjoyed them. The hotels were amazing, I am recommending the Historia and Kismet Hotel to everyone. The service was incredible.

Thanks for everything,
Monique S.

Julie C. – UK

Mar. 02, 2009
Itinerary: Masal Apart Booking in Istanbul

Hi Rina, had wonderful time in Istanbul, all went to plan and Masal Apart was very nice, very clean, well serviced when required, safe and secure, good heating and hot water, comfortable beds, nice furniture and good kitchen. We chose apart No 3 on 2nd floor, very nice and spacious lovely view from window, there is a mosque very very close so the muezzin is loud. Great location, down little side street so nice and quiet at night and close to everything. My brother and his wife may visit Istanbul in May, I have recommended they contact you for their accommodation.

Thanks again
Julie

Kazuya T. – Japan

Mar. 09, 2009
Itinerary: Cesmeli Konak Booking in Safranbolu and Amasra Tour

Merhaba Rina
The travel in Istanbul, Safranbolu and Amasra was wonderful. I and my girlfriend enjoyed a lot and it is our priceless memory for long. In Safranbolu and Amasra, actually weather was better than Istanbul. Thanks for your arrangement for our nice experience and memory.

I and my girlfriend promised to visit Istanbul again and we will contact you when I do so.

Gule gule,
Kazuya

Jen U. – NY, USA

Mar. 23, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Thanks for organising this trip, speaking for myself and I'm sure the group would agree, we had a fantastic time in beautiful Turkey, the trips and hotels were perfect and the people were charming and very accommodating.

The only thing I didn't like was the weather :) lol. Off course the sun came out the day I left!!
Thank you and continued success to you and your business.
Jen U.

Gorden H. – WI, USA

Apr. 04, 2009
Itinerary: Classic 8-Day Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I'd tell you how much we enjoyed and appreciated our tour around Turkey and all of your arrangements. We would never have been able to navigate the country or see nearly as much in the time we had. The tour guide, Pinar Sahin, was really personable and helpful, and the accommodations were very fine. Thanks so much for your time and effort to make everything work so smoothly.

We will be happy to provide references and will encourage others to contact you for travels in Turkey. We found you based on the very positive comments of friends, and I expect that we will do the same for others we talk to.

Sincere Thanks and Best Wishes,
Gorden H.

Greg H. – WI, USA

Apr. 09, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
We very much enjoyed the trip Turkey. Your staff took all the worries out of our trip. We were met at the airport and all transfers with out a hitch. The trip on the public bus system was very pleasant. I was concerned at first about how we would make our transfer at Izmir not being able to speak any Turkish but Mehmet took care of everything. The people with the bus company were very helpful getting us our tickets and on the correct bus at Izmir. It was very interesting having different tour guides and even different people on the various tours. The staff at our hotel, the Grand Onder in Kusadasi, was great. They went out of their way to welcome us and make us feel at home. We found the people of Turkey to be very friendly and welcoming. We saw Pamukkale and Ephesus areas with Mehmet. He is an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. The tour around Istanbul, the Dolmabahce Palace and Grand Bazaar were great. I can not say enough good things about all of your associates.

I am very impressed with the way you could create an itinerary that worked for us to see so many sites with the time we had. I really appreciate the way you could accommodate our schedules and travel plans to get us to all the places that were important to us, thank you very much. This was a trip we will always remember.

Turkey is a wonderful place to visit and Insight Travel is the way to see it :)

Greg H. & Family

Priti D. – India

Apr. 14, 2009
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Dear Rina,
We had an absolutely wonderful visit to Istanbul and will definitely be back.

We saw a lot with Erol on that one day and then visited other places on our own as its easy to get about Istanbul by Taxi and on foot...so we had a very good visit. many thanks for your help with the pick-up and for putting us in touch with Erol.

Best wishes,
Priti

Michael S. – MI, USA

Apr. 19, 2009
Itinerary: Private Aegean Tour

Hi Rina
We had a great time. Suleyman and Ali were very good. The couple days of bad weather did not detract at all. We loved the hotel in Istanbul (the Sultanhan). We also loved the Kismet Hotel in Kusadasi. The Safran in Bursa and the Ikbal in Aydin were very nice too (although the food at the Ikbal was not as good as the hotel itself). Perhaps our favorite place to stay was Assos--it is a gorgeous little village/place. We had too short of a time there though. The Colassae in Pammukale was average--the food was really good for a place that large though. The room was just too small and dark--but I suppose that it is about the best one can do in that area. All in all we wish we had had more time to spend in Turkey. We will certainly visit again--and probably try to visit some more remote areas in the east part of the country. Thanks for all your help in creating a great trip.
Mike

Robyn and Damon S. – Australia

May 12, 2009
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Hi Rina,
Erol was the perfect tour guide. He arrived early, was very knowledgeable and a delightful person. We would recommend him highly to our friends.
Thanks again for your help

Robyn and Damon

Jan W.

May 12, 2009
Itinerary: Hotel Booking in Iznik

Dear Rina
We had a *wonderful* holiday in Turkey and enjoyed every minute of it. Iznik was particularly interesting, and in such a beautiful location - I wish we had been able to spend longer there.

Thank you very much again for all your help and support in making the arrangements.

Jan

Ruth, David, Cynthia and Richard – UK

May 13, 2009
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Thank you for your email enquiring about our recent holiday in Turkey.

We very much enjoyed the trip, the plan was excellent and we would recommend you to anyone wanting a travel plan to visit these west coast sites. The pacing was perfect and with our second guide Sevim we were introduced to several additional very interesting sites not listed on our official itinerary, such as the aquaducts in Izmir. We were very pleased with the hotels in Selcuk, Candarli and Bursa.

The beach hotel at Samyeli, which was probably the most expensive, was a beautiful spot and would be ideal for a beach holiday but was a bit isolated for us. We like to be able to explore the local town in the evening and pick a little restaurant used by local people.

The local agent gave us an excellent guide, Sevim, for Izmir, Pergamon, and Troy and we were very pleased with both her and the driver.

The second half of our holiday in Bursa, Iznik and Istanbul also went very well. Altogether the holiday was most enjoyable and we really appreciate all the help and advice you provided in setting it up.

With many thanks from Ruth, David, Cynthia and Richard

Patricia S. – VA, USA

June 4, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I really enjoyed my time in Turkey you really do have a wonderful country, thank you for the tour I so enjoyed the places I went to what a great history you have , New Zealand is two young to have much history . I went up to Cappadocia as well that was so off the planet really worth the visit.

I hope to come back at some time I would love to see more of Turkey , I will tell anyone I know to use your travel agent if they are going where you do tours you do a great service .

Thanks again
Karen

Patricia S. – VA, USA

June 4, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
This was a very enjoyable trip and overall very good.

The Daphne Hotel and the Angora House Hotel were very well situated to the sights that I wanted to see. Consequently, we spent very little time on transportation, which in an unfamiliar city can take a lot of time and effort.

Personally, I thought that the Assiana Cave House was a bit out of the way, but
was otherwise ok. By the way, there are only three rooms that are caves, the others are on the second floor and were built when the hotel was renovated. The couple who run the hotel were very nice and accommodating.

The other hotels were fine, but as we just stayed one night and did not do much sightseeing on our own, I cannot give an opinion as to the convenience to sightseeing.

The guides were very good and very knowledgeable. The ones in Istanbul and on the Mt. Nemrud segments were especially good.

Turkey is so interesting that I would like to return in a year or two. Some of the places I would like to go to are Ephesus and Izmir as well as Troy and other places of historic interest.

Thank you very much for making such fine arrangements.

Patricia

Deborah S. – IL, USA

June 8, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We loved our trip to Turkey and hopefully will be back again soon -- there is so
much we still want to see and experience. We appreciated you help and all went very smoothly. I think that the pace of the trip was perfect for us given all we wanted to see in such a short time. The accommodations good (especially enjoyed the Gamirasu Cave hotel -- owners and managers exceptional) and guides were great.

Thanks again,
Deborah S.

Cheryl and Steve T. – MD, USA

June 8, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina -
I just wanted to write and say Thank You. We had an amazing trip! The tours and transfers all went very smoothly. We were amazed at how efficient everything was. I can't even imagine how you coordinate all the transportation. For example, we got dropped off at this huge bus station in Denizli, and had no idea how we were going to find our transfer. But within just a few minutes of getting off the bus - they came right up to us with our name on a piece of paper and whisked us to the next place. It was like that every time. The one time that a transfer was running late - they at least let us know the situation.
I was very impressed with everything that you did for us, from the itinerary to the hotels to the transportation, it was all great! I only wish we could have had one more week...there is so much to see in Turkey! We'd love to come back again someday.

Thanks again,
Cheryl and Steve T.

Keith G.

June 16, 2009
Itinerary: Cruise Excursion in Istanbul

Dear Rina
We all enjoyed our tour very much, and considered our guide to be exceptionally good. His command of English was excellent, and his knowledge of Istanbul superb.

Many thanks for your kind help. We would have no hesitation in recommending your Agency to anyone who intends to travel to Turkey.

Best wishes.
Keith

Sarah Y. – USA

June 16, 2009
Itinerary: Olimpos-Fethiye Gulet Cabin Charter

Rina,
I wanted to let you know that it was a fantastic vacation. All of the arrangements you made for us were great and the gulet was superb. I would highly recommend the crew and boat we were on. I think I will try to plan another gulet cruise at the end of the summer and will definitely get in touch with you in about two months. Thanks again for everything-- that was the first relaxing vacation I have had in a long time-- it was great.

Sarah

Vickie O. – USA

June 16, 2009
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings (Izmir Konak Saray Hotel)

...A few more things about Konak Saray. They had a big screen TV up in the dining area so those who enjoy football could gather to watch together. The dining and bar area was very large, and the food I ordered at dinner was very good. They will fix anything you want. Everything was nicely decorated and the room I had was two beds, one big one and a twin. The bathroom was larger than most, and had a cabinet to put things inside. The bedroom had a dresser, and wardrobe to hang clothes. They were most accommodating with my custom to have an American type breakfast, although I usually just ate what was at the buffet. They went overboard offering to make me eggs or anything I wanted different. Sometimes hospitality outweighs all the other things….. ;)
Take care !
Vickie

Gerard M. – New Zealand

June 18, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul and Gallipoli Tours

Dear Rina,
I was very satisfied with everything - thank you. No complaints. It was quite a lot to pack into 3 days so even now, I am still feeling a little fatigued.

I have been very impressed by your friendly manner, your efficiency, your patience and your responsiveness. If ever you need a New Zealand testimonial, please do not hesitate to ask me - I would gladly recommend your services to anyone who might ask.

At the end of my Istanbul city tour, I felt a little bad that I did not get a chance to personally thank my guide (Shakir) - are you able to pass my thanks on to him?

Even if only briefly, it was nice to have been able to speak with you by phone.

Once again, thank you.
Kind regards
Gerard.

Nigel W. – Australia

June 18, 2009
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,

The tours were excellent- we negotiated with Suleyman two days, rather than three, but were able to take in a great deal in that time. Suleyman was a great guide, as last time.

Thanks for making the arrangements, and best wishes.
Nigel

Michelle M. – UK

June 18, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
My trip to Turkey was wonderful. I thought the guide that took us around Gallipoli was very knowledgeable.
Thank you for arranging this for me.
Michelle

Norm F. – VA, USA

June 18, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had a great time in Turkey and almost all went like clockwork. A few minor problems are always expected in a 2 1/2 week trip. Due to a mechanical problem, our flight from New York to Istanbul was delayed by three hours. We were delighted to see our transfer contact still waiting for us when we arrived.

We thoroughly enjoyed Turkey; the people are very, very friendly and helpful, the food is great and the various places we visited were wonderful. The various tour guides and drivers were great and very helpful although some did alter the itineraries a little. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to spend in Turkey. I guess the solution is to plan another trip in the future. I would especially like to spend perhaps a week or more in Cappadocia since it was my favorite destination and there are many sites in the area that we didn't have time to visit. My wife and I enjoy hiking and it seems like the perfect place. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the Ihlara Valley and we would have no problem spending the whole day hiking the entire trail. My wife also liked Cappodocia but would also like to spend more time in the Antalya area. However I'm now 66 and will most likely retire in three years. After retirement we will have more time to travel and Turkey is certain on our priority list.

We owe a great many thanks to you for planning an itinerary and making the many reservations. We will certainly recommend your agency to friends and others interested in visiting Turkey.

Sincerely and with best wishes and many thanks,
Norm

Doug L. and Pamela B. – Canada

June 18, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

We very much enjoyed our visit to Istanbul. Hotel was good and tour pick ups were all right on time. Thank you for your great attention to detail which made for a very enjoyable and stress free trip. Would recommend Insight Travel and especially Rina for anyone thinking about a trip to Turkey..

Thanks again
Doug L. and Pamela B.

Glenn K. – USA

June 27, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
All has gone as planned - very nice !

The tour guide in Izmir was excellent. The tour company is well organized... it is amazing how much they can handle and keep it all together...The dates were changed on two trips because they did not have a large group for Pergamon on the scheduled date but it was all good.. there were only 3 of us to go to Acropolis (Pergamon) and it was delayed one day and then the same guide from the previous 2 days was our "personal" tour guide to Pergamon. It was an excellent opportunity to talk with him about your marvelous country...

Regards,
Glenn K.

Suh Ting S. – Singapore

June 29, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Emre,
You have a wonderful country and your people are friendly, hospitable and really welcoming. Everywhere we went, people were very gracious. We were made to feel welcomed. Not many countries do and I know because we travel a fair bit so comparing Turkey with other countries is easy. You must be proud!

I can only say that Turkey left a very lasting impression on my family and we certainly have told friends and family that it is definitely a place not to be missed. We did the usual touristy thing and bought Turkish lamps, carpets and spice and of course Turkish delight! What I love is Kunefe. It is so rich but so wonderful.

Yes, we will certainly return one day and this time go further south!

Thank you Emre for helping make our trip memorable!

Marlene S. – USA

June 29, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul and Cappadocia Tours

Our trip was a big success. The event in Cappadocia with the whirling dervishes, however, was outstanding, and the location was amazing. We are huge fans of Turkey!

Thanks for all your help....I will certainly refer people to you in the future.
Best,
Marlene

Camille R -WA, USA

June 29, 2009
Itinerary: Cruise Excursions in Istanbul and Kusadasi

Rina, All went smoothly in Turkey and our whole trip as a matter of fact. The guides in Istanbul (Mustafa) and Kusadasi/Ephesus (Faruk) were both great, as were the drivers. We were impressed with their kindness and generosity as well as their knowledge of history. We had a great time.

I’ll definitely recommend your agency to anyone going to Turkey, in fact, I’m sending your contact info to someone right now.

Camille R.

Brian and Kara F. – MA, USA

July 07, 2009
Itinerary: Private Tours

Hi Rina,
Everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the private tours greatly. We learned so much and felt that we were allowed to be free to take pictures and stuff as well. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable of each place we went. We were well taking care of that's for sure. The bus ride to Bodrum was also very pleasant. We enjoyed the rest of our stay as well in Istanbul. Turkey is an amazing place and thank you so very much for helping to make our honeymoon a positive one.

Cheers,
Brian and Kara F.

Vivian and Rafael L. – FL, USA

July 12, 2009
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

We'll certainly keep you in our file...for any further trip,ideas,etc.
Our experience with your arrangements and organization is 5*****. Hope we can communicate soon.
Many THANKS, Vivian &Rafael L.

Keith and Nancy D. – TX, USA

July 17, 2009
Itinerary: Private Tours

RINA........JUST GOT BACK ON WED.......EXCELLENT TRIP.....ALL PLANS WERE PERFECTLY EXECUTED AND EVERYONE WAS FABULOUS.....WE HAD A GREAT TRIP......WE HAVE BEEN NOW IN 56 COUNTRIES AND RANK TURKEY IN OUR TOP 3 EXPERIENCES....THANK YOU FOR YOU TERRIFIC PLANNING......WE ENJOYED EACH DAY.....THE FOOD, PEOPLE AND SIGHTS WERE TERRIFIC....

THANKS AGAIN.....WILL CONTACT YOU FOR OUR NEXT TRIP TO TURKEY WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE BLACK SEA COAST AND PERHAPS SOME OF EASTERN TURKEY....WE WILL BE RECOMMENDING YOU AND INSIGHT TO OUR FRIENDS...

THANKS AGAIN AND WARM REGARDS
KEITH AND NANCY D.

Anne M. – UK

July 28, 2009
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We all had a really wonderful time, and it was so relaxing not to have to do the driving! Taner and Ismael were both delightful, and so helpful and above all patient with us when we wanted to spend longer at sites than was really convenient. Having in effect our own private tour was wonderful. The Akay Hotel was also a great recommendation; the boys loved the pool, and everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the roof terrace with the superb view. We also much liked Selcuk. The only real problem was the ferry not running on the Monday afternoon – but that of course was in no way Insight’s fault! Very strange though that they don’t run every day in summer!

I’d say the highlights of the trip for me (impossible to mention just one!) were Ephesus, despite the fact that I’d been before –walking back down through the site nearer to lunchtime, when the crowds had gone, Priene (magnificent site and view), Didyma (astonishingly powerful ruins), and Aphrodisias (so unspoiled by tourism); least favourite was Pamukkale, which, in contrast to Aphrodisias had crowds everywhere, poor restaurants, and we felt we would have preferred it 200 years ago! But the necropolis there was magical – crowds had not walked that far, and a road of tombs on both sides stretching into infinity....very moving.

With very best wishes and many thanks; if we return to Turkey, which we hope to do sometime soon, we will certainly come back to you to ask you to arrange another trip for us!

Anne

Jason T. – CA, USA

Aug. 21, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We were very happy with how our trip turned out. I was very impressed with all the arrangements and how smoothly we were handed off between local companies and guides. All the hotels were nice, the transportation comfortable and the guides were great. We especially enjoyed Erol, the guide we had for our private Istanbul city tour.

I will feel very comfortable recommending your services to my friends who love to travel.
Thanks again for all your help!
Jason T.

Maggie M. – USA

Aug. 27, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise

Hi Rina,
We thoroughly enjoyed the Emine Sultan hotel. The owner and staff were very helpful. It was a lovely small size with a great breakfast and splendid view. The location was perfect.

The transfer from the boat in Demre to the airport at Antalya was smooth and a beautiful ride. There was no delay, just took us til close to midnight to land, get our luggage and get a taxi to the hotel. We really appreciated the time in Istanbul after the wonderful boat trip.

We're home now. Washington looks so green! Thanks for all your help!
Maggie

David and Ellen F. – PA, USA

Aug. 28, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise

Excellent itinerary. The gullet was well crewed, especially Mustafa the cook, who served wonderfully fresh salads and imaginative aubergine dishes.

We hope we can travel again in Turkey some future year -- not currently on horizon.
David and Ellen F

Carol C. – Canada

Aug. 30, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise

Dear Rina,
The package you have put together for me was perfect! I had so much fun in Turkey and you made traveling there for me very easy and enjoyable. All your traveling contact were very friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. The private tour in Istanbul and Cappadocia were great.

Turkey was an amazing country and Insight Travel had definitely, definitely far exceeded my expectation in terms of the service you have provided me.

Thank you so much again! Good luck and I wish you all the best.
Carol

Kristy S. – USA

Aug. 31, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful holiday thank you very much!! We were especially taken with Istanbul - what an incredible city! We were extremely happy with all the arrangements you made, all of the guides were very knowledgeble and helpful - especially our guide in Goreme.

The accommodation was fine for what we asked for - if we did it again we would probably stay in the higher level accommodation - especially in Istanbul. The Daphne was an excellent hotel with extremely helpful staff, as was the Kismet Cave hotel.

Thank you again for organising a wonderful holiday!

Many thanks
Kristy

Cristina C. – USA

Sept. 6, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise

Hello Rina!!
My mom and I wanted to thank you for everything! It was wonderful! Everything worked just fine: the tours, the buses, the gullet. Turkey is an amazing country!!!! We didn't want to leave and we already have plans to go back next year, so we'll keep in touch! :D

Thanks again!!

Cristina (and Gina)

Linda H. – CA, USA

Sept. 9, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina:
We are home from our big adventure in Turkey and wanted to write and let you know that all of our advance planning paid off well and we had a fantastic time!

Fatih in particular deserves nothing but high praise! His vast knowledge, easy going demeanor and professionalism make him the best guide we have ever used on any trip. Our two days with him were fun and educational and overall made our two days in Cappadocia wonderful. We only wish we had two more days there with him.

Chris H. – UK

Sept. 16, 2009
Itinerary: Per Se Hotel Booking, Kas

Hi Rina,
We had a lovely holiday and everything went according to plan. The transfers ran smoothly without any problems. The Hotel was excellent. It's a beautiful hotel, only 4 years old so everything is still in top condition. Our room was very spacious with a seating area and lots of space for your stuff. Good air con and shower. Very quiet, never heard any noise from either inside or outside. The owner was very attentive and courteous without being overbearing. Breakfast was served individually at the table and was delicious, and finally joy of joys it has a lift.
Thanks for your efficient organization, I think the voucher system you use makes everything very clear and avoids any misunderstandings.
Best Wishes, Chris

Jackie M. – France

Sept. 18, 2009
Itinerary: Emine Sultan Hotel Booking

bonjour rina
notre séjour s'est très bien passe l'hotel est charmant la propriétaire très sympathique ainsi que le personnel
istanbul est une ville magnifique nous comptons bien y retourner mais avant pour l'année prochaine le capadocce avec un sejour balnéaire je vous contacterez
merci pour votre attention

Emilie H. – Norway

Sept. 28, 2009
Itinerary: Marmaris-Fethiye-Marmaris Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina, Thank you for all of your help planning our Turkish gulet cruise.

We had the most amazing time and will definitely come back to Turkey again next year. The weather was beautiful and sunny everyday, the people and crew were great and the scenery, food, boat and trip was one that we will never forget.

Thanks again,
Emilie :)

Julie C. – USA

Sept. 18, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I really enjoyed all my tours. The tour guides and drivers were great especially in Pergamon and Ephesus.

thanks again for arranging such a memorable trip,
Julie

Bevan S. and Janet G. – Australia

Sept. 30, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Just arrived back in Australia after a wonderful tour of Turkey. Your arrangements for us worked extremely well. After arriving in Bodrum from Nysiros we checked in at the Su Hotel. It is a great hotel. The facilities were clean with great service. The setting, surroundings and position were outstanding. Our bus to Kusadasi went well. The Tatlises Hotel whilst clean and very comfortable it was a hotel that had many tour busses use it as an overnight stop so the breakfast arrangements were somewhat "interesting'". The tour to Ephesus turned up roughly on time, it was outstanding, the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The transfer to Kayseri worked well, a little late but understandable. The flight to Cappadocia was on time and connecting transfer to the wonderful hotel Selcuklu Evi was prompt and pleasant. Both tours in Cappadocia were fantastic. Lunches of all tours were great. The guide was very knowledgeable. The transfer to the airport was on time and the driver very helpful. Our flight to Istanbul was on time and very pleasant. We arrived at our hotel in Istanbul with great memories of wonderful times in Turkey that were arranged by you. So thank you very much. We will recommend your service to our Australian travel agent who works for Flight Centre (she is a family friend).

If you ever travel to Australia maybe we can provide some advice to you. Once again thank you for your professional assistance with our trip.

Bevan S. and Janet G.

Jean and Tony I. – Australia

Sept. 30, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

Hi Rina
We had a great time - our guide was lovely! First guided day only 7 of us, all nice people. Second day just us!! Lovely! Istanbul has some wonderful places to see.
Many thanks
Kind regards
Jean and Tony

Stuart L. – London, UK

Oct. 2, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise

I am delighted to repeat that we both had a fantastic holiday. We loved Turkey, and the Turks - it was one of the best holidays we've had (and we have had quite a few!). We were simply blown away by the sights we saw and the amazing landscapes. We thought that you had done a fantastic job in putting it all together for us. Almost every hotel exceeded our expectations. It may be useful for you to have some feedback on these, so.....

Daphne Hotel (Istanbul) - We had a lovely room at the top of the hotel with a view of the Bosphorus. If we go to Istanbul again (which we might) we would try to stay there. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Canak Hotel (Canakkale) - this was the least impressive hotel, but they did give us a suite with a sea view! The hotel was very much a business hotel and was very quiet. The breakfast was poor - but we really didn't mind since it was just an overnight stop.

Nilya Hotel (Selcuk) - We adored this little hotel - we had a view of the old mosque and the temple of Artemis from our balcony. The breakfasts were excellent and we also had a nice meal at the Nilya restaurant which is very small and in a different building close by. The staff were lovely.

Marina Residence (Antalya) - We loved old Antalya and this hotel is beautiful. We had a lovely room which was on 2 levels.

Rumi Hotel (Konya) - This hotel was fine but again a bit more "business" than "leisure" and we were only there for 1 night. Of all the places we went Konya was the least impressive, but we were very happy with it and it was a necessary step in our journey to Cappadocia.

Museum Hotel (Uchisar). Wow!!!!! We were astonished at the quality of this hotel and its amazing location. What a fantastic end to our holiday! We were surprised to be told that an evening meal was included with our accommodation - this wasn't in your notes and I did query it with the desk. The restaurant is fabulous.

Excursions - these were all excellent. There is so much to see in Turkey! The guides were all first class and we enjoyed being in the groups we were in. We think it was great being in different groups for each visit but not being in the same group for the whole holiday.

Gulet: This was a great contrast and I loved it. I loved the sunshine and the swimming and the food. We were also in a group of really nice people who were generally the same sort of age group as ourselves. This was either lucky or reflected good planning on someone's part. The Kerkova region was beautiful and breathtaking. We did both the optional excursions and really enjoyed them - although the Canyon at Saklikent was really quite a challenge for Karen!!! (apparently the water levels were higher than usual) But it was truly impressive and she did very well. We liked Kas too.

So - it was a wonderful holiday and we think this was in many respects down to the amount of work you did and your excellent judgement in putting it all together. We met one or two other travellers who were with Insight Travel and they all said that you were great too! You obviously have a great reputation - but if there is anything I can do to help you, please just let me know.

Stuart

Liz P. – London, UK

Oct. 5, 2009
Itinerary: Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
We had a great holiday and loved Turkey. Istanbul was amazing and so was the touring part of the holiday. The Megara hotel gave us outstanding service and even gave us a room when we arrived at 5am after the overnight bus. Thanks for your excellent organisation of all the details. If I come back to Turkey I will arrange it with you.

Liz P.

Cornell S. – London, UK

Oct. 5, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Biblical Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
My wife and I are still talking about the great time that we had in Turkey. I was very overwhelmed with what I saw and the quality of the tours. Each tour guide did an excellent job in giving us a lot of information about each site that we visited.

Our guide in Istanbul Ebru was excellent and she took great care of us. Other friends who were in Istanbul at the time were unable to see the Blue Mosque, but she modified our schedule and made sure that we made it in.

Our guide for Ephesus and the other churches also did an outstanding job. We unfortunately not able to visit the church in Izmir but the rest of the trip made up for that.

Finally the location of the Megara Hotel was, for me, the best part. My wife and I spent several hours just walking and looking and buying and browsing. The staff there is wonderful.

Our plans next are to go to Cappadocia when we return.

Thanks very much for everything,
Cornell

Heather H. – MA, USA

Oct. 7, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Rina, everything went well. The guide was great and related well to everyone, and we saw lots. The dervishes were interesting and everyone wondered what I had got them into!!! But very interesting and mystical. The bazaar was excellent and daughter and son in law's eyes were wide open. The driver and coach were great.

Everyone did a great job, was on time, and flexible which is what we wanted.

Thanks,
Heather H.

Julia Y. – USA

Oct. 9, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had a blast on our trip to Turkey! All the drivers were there to pick us up when we arrived at each destination (even with the 7-hour delay arriving in Istanbul airport). Our tour guides, Erol, Guray, and Fatma were all fantastic - funny and very knowledgeable. Attached is a photo of us with Erol, who was absolutely great in showing us the Sultanahmet and Grand Bazaar areas.
Thank you for helping to make our trip to Turkey unforgettable. We saw and did so much in 9 days that there was something of interest for everyone in the group.

We absolutely loved the country and all the people we encountered. We hope to return again in the future and will recommend Insight Travel to others planning to visit Turkey. Thank you again.

Regards,
Julia

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David R. – PA, USA

Oct. 10, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Rina;
We just finished our two days touring with Kemal and we enjoyed it very much. He was an excellent guide and source of information. We saw all of the sites we had planned and enjoyed the typical Turkish meals as well.
Thank you for doing such a good job in arranging the tours and selecting Kemal for our guide.
David R.

Liz H. – Canada

Oct. 27, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored tour with self-drive

Hi Rina - Just to let you know, we had a great time and everything worked out really well. Thank you, so much we will certainly be recommending you to others who want to travel to Turkey. All the hotels were really good, and we particularly liked the ones in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya and Antalya. The tours were also good and well organized. Rental car was great - thanks for the last minute arrangements to get automatic made the driving much less stressful. Your suggestions for places to see as we drove the coast were very helpful too in terms of planning where and what we would do on route.
Thanks Liz

Dominica C.

Oct. 29, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina, I meant to write earlier, with thanks for all the arrangements made and the good recommendations. Everything worked out very well and smoothly.
Took many gorgeous pictures around turkey, here's a momento of one of my fav @ Ephesus library.
cheers and I'll definitely be sending any interested friends your way.
best rdgs, dominica

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Carolyn V. – USA

Nov. 2, 2009
Itinerary: Aegean Turkey Private and Group Tours

Dear Rina,
Wayne and I had a wonderful time on our excursion that you coordinated. Our flights were on on-time and enjoyable. Our driver was awaiting our arrival. We enjoyed our stay at the Nilya Hotel. That was an excellent recommendation. The Nilya host was very welcoming. We had nice rooms and large, fresh breakfasts. I am glad that we stayed in Selcuk. It had a small town friendly vibe. We went to dinner one night at the nearby Hotel Bella, where we were warmly welcomed, for some delicious fish. We had good tours.

Thank you very much for your assistance in coordinating our travel needs.
With appreciation.
Carolyn

Sally and George M. – USA

Nov. 3, 2009
Itinerary: Cruise Excursions in Istanbul and Kusadasi

Dear Rina,
The tours we took through Insight Travel went very well. The Istanbul tour was excellent. Our guide was everything one would want in a guide, knowledgeable, great personality and very accommodating. The tour to Ephesus was also very good. Again the guide was knowledgeable and helpful.

We would choose Insight Travel again and would recommend your company to others. After our Istanbul experience, many of our fellow travelers envied our account of the day and wanted to know what company we had used.

Hope to be able to travel with Insight again. Thank you for your help.
Sally & George

Kim R. – Australia

Nov. 11, 2009
Itinerary: 3-Day Ankara and Cappadocia Tour

Hi Rina,
The trip was great. Our main tour guide, Murat, was very good. A very insightful, knowledgeable and informative young man. It was very good that the guide on the last day accompanied us into the airport and helped us with our flight.

All in all a very good tour we enjoyed it.
Thanks
Kim R.

Sharon L. – New Zealand

Nov. 12, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
Everything in Turkey, in fact everywhere, was splendid. We did enjoy our look at the Middle East. All your planning went wonderfully well. Our personal guide on day one was excellent as he spent all day with a couple of 'old girls' on our walking tour. He suggested that we visited the Cistern complex, we did and were very amazed. Day two was the boat trip and again very informative. We had no idea how far we needed to travel when we left Istanbul. It was long coach rides to Izmir and Gallipoli All our transfers were there for us, one even at 1.45 am!! The hotels you put us in we all good, thank you.
Only the weather good have been better, but in Istanbul the hotel lend us both umbrellas. Our Gallipoli guide was very nice and took the group over on the ferry and to a super place for lunch b4 the long bus ride. We froze in Gallipoli, it must have been one of their coldest days. Good intro into what it must have been like for the soldiers way back then.

Top marks to you and thank you very, very much. Well Done. We enjoyed ourselves.
Sharon

Anne W. – CA, USA

Nov. 19, 2009
Itinerary: Istanbul Tour

The tour was GREAT. The group was small (four people) and our guide (sorry - have forgotten her name) was knowledgeable & friendly. It was a great day - felt like I saw and experienced many of the "highlights" of Istanbul. We even got to visit the Underground Cisterns - which weren't a part of the tour - but we had time & our tour guide was flexible. I enjoyed the tour so much that I took a half day tour the next day (trip to the Asian side) and that was good, as well. Thank you so much.
Anne

Lorill V. – Canada

Dec. 14, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thank you for this newsletter... it is so nice to see the pictures of Turkey again! We just recommended you to our friends who are thinking of visiting Turkey, and after they spent the evening with us and heard our stories and looked at our photos, I'd be surprised if they don't visit your beautiful country very soon! We think fondly of our trip to Turkey, and recommend it as a country one must see in their lifetime...

Best wishes,
:)lorill

Kareena F. – Singapore

Dec. 17, 2009
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had a terrific trip. It was certainly more enjoyable and educational compared to our 1st big group tour in 2002. Our was certainly well-planned with on-time picks up.

Mehmet is an excellent guide. He is patient throughout the journey and drove safely and carefully. We enjoyed our leisurely walks through scenic and charming villages in Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Antalya which he brought us too. I found him to be very knowledgeable in terms of history and archeology (both a passion of mine) - he was able to provide dates and a detailed history of the various places.

We love the cave houses - we walked along empty ones and drank apple tea in several. The cave hotel we stayed in, Elkep Evi is a gem. My children have fallen in love with their pet parrot, Fatish? and asked if they could return to the cave hotel soon. Breakfast is excellent - hot food on a cold, cold morning. Excellent fresh juice - my children absolutely love their kitchen and the staff there. They also love feeding the beautiful and very clean ducks, geese at the pond enroute to the hot spring in Pamukkale. Antalya's old town has a charm of its own. Medittera Art is a beautiful hotel and we love the decor. We love walking through the old town too. We were not able to go on the cable car, quite unfortunately, due to bad weather.

Overall, it is an excellent trip. We are telling our friends to go direct to a Turkish tour agent as the travel experience is more authentic. We also think that staying in "history" is a priceless experience as opposed to staying big, modern hotels - something we can get every else.

Thank you for the excellent arrangements. We look forward to coming to Turkey again hopefully in the future.

Tesekkurler.

Regards,
Kareena

Paul T.

Dec. 17, 2009
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
I wish to thank your for all your efforts. I was very impressed that every connection and reservation you set up was exactly as scheduled, nothing went wrong. All the hotels were good and exactly as pictured on their websites and as described on yours. Everyone picking us up was there waiting for us, even when we were a hour late due to one of the Turkish air flights being delayed. Turkey is a great country to visit and we would like to come back to see some of the other places we did not get to this time. I have already recommended your firm to someone else who is interested in seeing Turkey.
Thanks again,
Paul

Jake F. – USA

Jan. 18, 2010
Itinerary: Private Tour with Homestay

Regarding Ali and Hatice. I asked Rina to see if she could make arrangements for me to spend some time in the home of locals, which obviously she did. I must admit that it was a little uncomfortable because neither Ali nor Hatice spoke much English and I obviously don't speak Turkish. I will also tell you that spending three days with them was one of the highlights of the trip. The fact that they did not change their lifestyle to accommodate me, the fact that Ali included me in his day to day life, including spending the day with him and his friends, playing backgammon, some other game like dominoes and later that evening playing cards with the mayor's armed guard, drinking wine, in the guardhouse was the best.

Would you believe that in the mornings, when we would all take our walk together, Ali would pick wild flowers for his wife and I?

We ate most of our meals on the patio, surrounded by chickens, roosters and cats. We ate food that was obviously prepared from scratch, with tender loving care by Hatice, that was absolutely picture perfect, and we ate on a table in the shape of a heart that Ali had made by hand for his wife. I honestly feel honored that they would share their life with me in the way that they did.

I think all too often people visit different places and just see the sights. I think the way to visit is to see the sights and experience the lifestyle, like I did with Ali and Hatice. As you probably recall, Ali is what I would call a character. He has a great sense of humor, and in spite of the fact that he doesn't speak English, I got his sense of humor and really appreciated it, even though I was sometimes the victim and especially the way he teased his friends, as the victorious player in all the games that he played.

I'm reminded of what I tell myself and others all the time. "It doesn't matter what we do, what matters is who we do it with". and "It's the experiences in life that we remember not what we see or buy".

Rina did an outstanding job putting together my tour! If you look at the schedule, you can see that I saw a lot, probably more than I really needed, to get a real sense of the historical Turkey. Now that the tour is over, I could make some very minor changes to the itinerary, but only in the sense of seeing a few less things and having more experiences.

The absolute best part of the trip was the time spent with the tour guides and locals, including dinner with Rina and the lady who introduced us on-line with her husband who is a LCDR in the Turkish Navy. Even the brief time we spent with your friend the caligrapher was "special". The questions he asked as well as his response to my answers, was especially interesting and I'm glad we did it.

Rina's choices of tour guides was very well throughout and much appreciated.

Life is good!
Jake

Di K. – Australia

Feb. 8, 2010
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
Graeme and I very much enjoyed Turkey, so much so that I have recommended you to our friends. They are planning a trip in September 2010 and I believe they have already made contact with you. They are very independent people and like traveling alone and really do not like group things. I said I was sure you could help them and feel confident they would be well taken care of.

We found the small group tour we did with you was perfect. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed getting to know Turkey, its people and history. Thank you for making it real to us.

Your help and support was appreciated.
Di

Samuel J. – USA

Feb. 04, 2010
Itinerary: Whirling Dervishes

It was amazing. Thank you very much. I will refer you to any of my friends or relatives who comes to Turkey.
Best,
Sam

Nattavut S. – Thailand

Mar. 04, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
The trip went smoothly. I would like to thank you to recommend us the Agora Life hotel. It was a great hotel with nice view and the staff were very efficient and helpful. I would recommend the hotel to other of your clients.

Thank you again for the tour arrangement. We wish to be back there soon.

Best regards,
Nattavut

Barry L. – OR, USA

Mar. 04, 2010
Itinerary: Emine Sultan Hotel Booking

Hi Rina,
All went very well and was very informative. Thanks for your help.

BTW, the hotel staff was incredible and made the accommodation.

Sally S. – USA

Mar. 08, 2010
Itinerary: Emine Sultan Hotel Booking

Hi Rina
Everything was perfect, many thanks! The hotel was lovely and the staff were great. I will certainly stay there next time I come to Istanbul
Best regards
Sal

Brian B. – MN, USA

Apr. 05, 2010
Itinerary: Private Ephesus Tour and Kismet Hotel

Rina – everything on our trip worked out very well. We had a good time on our own in Istanbul (other than a few annoying taxi cab drivers) and the section you arranged was perfect. The Kismet was excellent and we had the water view rooms you requested. The weather was beautiful and there were very few tourists at the hotel – making it very relaxing. The tour was very good and we enjoyed our guide. All transportation was excellent. Thanks for setting up an “unusual” tour for us. It was just what I wanted.

Brian

Arabian National History Association Group (ANHA)

Apr. 19, 2010
Itinerary: Cappadocia Tour with balloon flight and Gamirasu Hotel

David T – Saudia Arabia
President

ANHA-GROUPSomething went wrong this trip – I can’t scrounge up a single complaint from anyone. They loved the food, they adored the hotel, they orgasmed over the balloon. The people who had seen cultural shows before were bored, but the rest loved it – make sure you check out the video of Mike’s Performance.

Erol was fabulous by the way!

Here’s an indicator of what they thought of the hotel – everyone insisted they had the best room!

There is a possibility that I may now be forced to add another Turkey trip in April 2011 as well as September due to popular demand…
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
It was a great joy and privilege to be a part of our tour in Cappadocia; and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together! Who knew that Mike could dance like that?

Bruce
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Thanks for a great trip! The food and drink was delicious, scenery spectacular, hot air balloon ride amazing and coordination and commentary the best! And to top it all was the comradery among the group!

Thanks again to you, Karen, Erol and everyone else who helped for an unforgettable trip.

Earl and Olivia
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ANHA-GROUP-2Yes, Dave it sure was "a terrific trip" and was worth my flying out from Jeddah to London for ONE night to rejoin the group in Bahrain.

Thanks everyone.
Mike

Ditto from me too!
Regards
Suzanna
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Hey Dave,

I agree with Tess and Larry. Great Trip! Great group!

Rebecca and I had a wonderful time. This was her first trip to this region of the world and I have to say it was a good first impression for her. Moreover, I’ve always enjoyed your trips. So why would this one be any different. Thanks again for putting together another fabulous trip.

Sincerely,
Caffery
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Thank you Dave!

I love the picture of our whole group. It was such a fantastic trip—Great group of people, great sites to see, a wonderful guide, and a super tour leader. You really did a great job of organizing everything. Although we’re a bit “hazy-eyed” this morning, I am glad you were able to maximize our time while there.

Thank you again, for organizing this trip. We look forward to more ANHA trips in the future and especially to staying in touch with new friends.

ANHA-GROUP-3Lisa
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Thanks Dave!
This was such a great trip and an inspiration too. Great people, awesome new friends and incredible memories that will last a life time.

David
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I would like to second Tess’s heartfelt commentary. Excellent trip with great locations and guide. Generating good feelings all round! Hope we can all stay in touch and meet again on new adventures with ANHA. Thanks to you all!

Larry
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Hi David,

Thanks again for organizing a really great trip. I enjoyed it so much…..it’s a destination that has been on my “list” for a very long time.

Connie
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Thanks Dave – and thanks for organizing such a terrific trip. Didn’t get chance to see you last night to say goodbye. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for such a great trip. You were all really good company and made the trip a lot of fun. Thanks again for your excellent company. A Seriously Sleep Deprived
Tess
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Sonny K. - MN, USA
Apr. 05, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Mum and Dad went home today but have been meaning to tell you how brilliant the tours were. so thank you so much, they we looked after so well and the accommodation was also fantastic.

My husband's parents arrive from New Zealand tomorrow for 3 weeks and they also want to do a tour of Gallipoli/Troy. So we will be in contact once we sort out times/dates to book something for them with you also.

Your service has been top class. I am also sending your details to another Australian friend who has her parents visiting so she can book through you also.

Kind regards,
Sonny K.

Jim H. – CA, USA

Apr. 23, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We're headed home tomorrow. Had a great time last week with the tours and this week in Istanbul on our own. Great tours, beautiful country, the bus rides were great. Here are the photos:http://www.jimhayes.com/Turkey2010/index.html
Actually, I only posted about 15% of them - I think I shot about 2300!
Regards,
Jim

Alison H. – USA

Apr. 25, 2010
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
Everything went smoothly, even the flights. It's great to be home no matter how much we love Turkey. Thank you again for all your good work! I'll send a longer email after I get a few things under control. Meanwhile, the next time you talk to Kemal please say again how much we enjoyed getting to know him and Ali. They were both superb in every way.

all the best, Alison

Kathryn and Stan M. – NM, USA

Apr. 29, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
It was great to meet you in your beautiful town of Kas. Wish we could have spent more time along the Mediterranean in Dalyan, Fethiye and Kas since we are land locked in New Mexico.

We had a wonderful time on our trip and Erkut was a fabulous guide; very knowledgeable and easy going. He arranged for the hotel in Fethiye to present me with a birthday cake on April 15th, the day after my birthday. He had good timing about when to leave to see sites before the tour buses arrived, arranged a balloon flight in Cappadoccia with a very safe company and left us to explore on our own when it was appropriate. He made adjustments based on our preferences that well suited our desires.

I loved the archeology a bit more than Stan. He is more into the current cultural rather than the past, however, he did learn a great deal. At one point, the sites began running together in our minds and we couldn't distinguish one from the other, but that was our problem. We chose to see so much in the 2 weeks we had, that it became a blur. Next time I think we would like to stay in the more scenic places 2 to 3 nights rather than moving to a new hotel almost every day and slowing down the tour a bit and seeing less ruins - only the best preserved and most historical.

The hotels turned out to be fine even though there were one or two quirky things about each one. The Agora Life Hotel turned out to be very nice. The first room was small with a poor view but when we returned to Istanbul, they had upgraded us to a larger room with a view of the Bosphorous which was lovely. The staff there was most gracious and helpful.

We greatly enjoyed our day in Istanbul spent with Kathy who Tara paired us with. She knew her way around the shops and introduced us to a wonderful Sufi instrument maker. His store was in the process of moving so he took us to a friends shop and helped Stan select a couple of high quality instruments which we carried with us on the plane back home. He burned a CD for Stan showing him how to tune the instruments. Kathy also took us to the best jewelry shops that had unique items and assisted us in finding some fabulous drawings on antique paper at a very reasonable price that I had admired prior to meeting up with her. With her assistance, we were able to locate some cloth we wanted, again at a good price.

All in all, our trip was fabulous and we had a wonderful time. Both of us are very impressed with Turkish history, the culture and the warmth of the people. We also were grateful that Turkey was so clean! Our China experience was just the opposite with regard to cleanliness.

Thanks for all your efforts and pairing us with such knowledgeable guides.

All the best,
Kathryn & Stan

Margaret and Jim G. – Canada

May 3, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We are now back in Australia after a lovely holiday.
The Turkey leg of our trip was completely trouble free with the guides, accommodation and transfers all exceeding our expectations.
We would like to make special mention of Erol, our guide for the day in Istanbul. His knowledge, friendliness and professionalism were all excellent. We would recommend his services to anyone travelling in Turkey. So, in summary, our trip was brilliant, largely due to your service and attention to detail. Please accept our gratitude for all your help and rest assured that we will pass our positive recommendation to anyone we meet who is planning to travel to Turkey in the future.

All the very best,
Margaret Lynch and Jim G.

Rob G. – South Africa

May 3, 2010
Itinerary: Angora House (Ankara) Booking

Hi Rina
Thank you for checking back..

We enjoyed our stay at Angora House immensely. One of our highlights in fact. Our whole Turkey experience has been wonderful. Most hospitable and friendly people we have ever experienced in our travels.

Thank you so much for your assistance.

Best regards
ROB

Marlene A. – PA, USA

May 7, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina, After visiting Turkey we went to Greece and arrived home Friday evening. Thank you so much for all your help. Everything went very well. The guides were wonderful and the drivers were always there to meet us.
We were very pleased with all the hotels and the friendly people that ran and owned them. We were also very pleased with Turkish airlines and the flight attendants that worked hard and the staff that made it very easy to check-in.
Again thanks for all the preparation work you did.
Marlene A.

Val R. – MI, USA

May 9, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina---Everything worked out very well on our trip. The itinerary was perfect. Initially, our guide, Mehmet, was a little resistant to the Assos/Behramkale plan. In the end of that first long day, after seeing how much we enjoyed the small hilly town of Behramkale, he understood what our interests were better. We ate in a small restaurant there, which for him was a first. He said he usually took people to a fish restaurant in Assos. In Pergamum he found us a very pleasant restaurant in an old historic building somewhat off the beaten track. Most importantly, though, he was efficiently organized and he did a fine job showing us Pergamum and Sardis and the town mosque in Birgi as well as the very unique old, wooden historical house. The Antik Han hotel in Izmir was pleasant and unique. We want to thank you for helping us put together a plan for these very memorable three days. The coach from Istanbul to Canakkale was definitely the way to go. We were especially appreciative of your frequent communications during the upheaval of plans resulting from the volcano.

Best regards,
Val R.

Colin J. – Australia

May 10, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
I arrived back this morning after spending a few days in Singapore.

I had a wonderful time looking at your fascinating country. I briefly met Ibrahim, who was very friendly and his young guide Eygan (?) was great. We were taken to the most interesting places and the lunches were excellent. I loved the balloon ride and enjoyed the hotel and the helpfulness of the owners.

I thought that the folk at ANZAC House were terrific. Very helpful and friendly and put up with me requesting several assurances that the bus would definitely get me to Istanbul in time for my flight, which it did. The tour guide for Gallipoli was outstanding, as was the guide for Troy. Being a bit picky, I did think that they could have taken us to better places for lunch. Overall, I was impressed with the organisation, the friendliness of the people and by the fabulous places of interest. Thank you for providing me with a wonderful few days.

Kind regards
Colin J

Lynne and Jim S. – USA

May 11, 2010
Itinerary: Private and Small Group Western Turkey Tours

Hi Rina,
Now that we are back from our trip and adjusted to US time again, we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to Turkey. The guides we had in Ephesus and Cappadocia areas were very good and we really enjoyed the experience. Thanks for your efforts that made this trip a great one for us.

Our only regret is that our good friends Janet and Murray did not get the opportunity to enjoy it with us.

Thanks again,
Lynne and Jim S

William C. – VA, USA

May 22, 2010
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Dear Rina:
We returned from Turkey on the 20th.. We had a wonderful time. Turkey was a lot more different than we expected. The country is beautiful, and the ancient ruins were far more than we anticipated.

Our best time in Istanbul was with Suleyman. He was extremely nice and knowledgeable of the area. We visited every place on our wish list with him, except the ones that were closed. He is a very fine guide. Please give him our regards.

Thank you for your help.
William C.

Julie B. – MO, USA

May 25, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

There was the late pick up on the first day, but all was well. Tours were wonderful!! Turkey was so beautiful.

Thank you for arranging such a wonderful holiday for me.

Julie

Fred and Eleanor F. – NY, USA

May 26, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tours

It really was a wonderful time, thanks to your careful planning. The
guides were great, well informed, personable. We hope to be back some
day and see more of wonderful Turkey!
Eleanor

Margaret and Geoff B. – Australia

May 30, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Here are Margaret and Geoffrey back in Australia and on-line again. We had a wonderful time on our Turkey holiday and wish to commend Insight on an excellent package. For Australians, the visit to Gallipoli was very moving and our tour partners had to be patient as we experienced the memorials and pictured the conflict of 1915. Kemal did a splendid job with background information to all the archaeological sites we visited and managed our wide-ranging questions on everything from wild flowers and birds to the possible reasons ancient events, both geological and historical, occurred. He and Ali were excellent company throughout the trip and very accommodating of our requests for more/less time, side trips for provisions, adding or removing possible activities according to our desires. Kemal's local knowledge allowed him to adapt the route or timing, lunch venue or direction of flow when confronted with crowds at a venue so that we avoided the frustrations which can face tour groups. His obvious pride in his country was most endearing. Our accommodations were always good, the Emine Sultan a lovely beginning and the Gamirasu an absolutely splendid finale. I am happy to recommend your company to friends and family.
Regards, Margaret.

Mark D. – Canada

June 1, 2010
Itinerary: Daphne Hotel and Gamirasu Hotel Booking and Car Rental

Dear Rina,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance in making this one of the best trips we have ever taken. The suggestions you made, the hotels you booked, the car rental and the flights all were perfect. The accommodation was exactly what we were looking for and the service received was first class. We were very pleased with the wonderful hospitality showed by all of the people we met in Turkey. It is indeed a terrific country.

We will contact you again if we (when) we travel back to Turkey. I will also recommend your services to any friend who is planning a trip to that region of the world. Please feel free to use me as a reference.

All the best,
Mark

Heidi G. – VA, USA

June 1, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Howdy Rina,
We are back home and after being away for almost 2 months things were a bit tumultuous at the beginning, but now all is settling down. there is not a day that we don't talk about our adventures in turkey. you were right when you said that we would be in good hands. Ali's driving was professional and smooth and made for a very pleasant trip. Kemal's enthusiasm for his home country was contagious and we enjoyed hearing all he had to tell. he was very competent and supportive of our wishes and we enjoyed his company very much. The accomodations were excellent, perhaps with exception of the hotel Arthur, the food was delicious and varied, smaller restaurants without the crowds perhaps would be preferable for our small group and the amount of food was a bit excessive for our age. it seems that Kemal enjoyed our company too and i hope we made up in tips for him having a smaller group. we will definitely recommend your tours to our friends and we hope to perhaps take another one in the future when things are a bit more settled politically. thank you again for all your efforts.
Sincerely Heidi

Rosemary S. – UK

June 2, 2010
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours and hotel booking

Many thanks for your mail.
The group well full of praise for the tour.
The guide was exceptional - they loved him and everything went well - thank-you very much.
They were pleased with the hotel - especially its location and proximity to other restaurants

All in all - a great success - so thank-you!

Best regards, Rosemary

Willie W. – USA

June 2, 2010
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

Hi Rina,
We had a great time in Turkey. Thank you for all your arrangements. The Kumkapi experience and the Galata Tower had to be at the top of the list.
Thanks. Willy

Eric R. – USA

June 5, 2010
Itinerary: Bursa Tour and Perge, Aspendos & Waterfalls Tour

Dear Rina,
We are in transit right now and got this email. Thank you very much for arranging the tours for us! They were great and very well managed!! We will definitely let others know of your agency and fantastic service.

Regards,
Erich & Nancy R.

Iris T. – Hong Kong

June 6, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, Everything went well during the trip and thanks for your clarification over the phone. I really appreciate your prompt and reliable arrangement of my trip despite my last minute confirmation.
Thanks, Iris

Ann A. – CA, USA

June 7, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina, yes all went well ….the trip was fabulous!!!!! Our guide, Kemal, was so funny (well, his dry humor and knowledge of the nuances of the English language was spot on) and I learned sooo much history. and the places were amazing and I ate soo much that i thought I would have gained a few pounds and actually restrained myself from eating to much the last days which i now regret as I didn’t gain an ounce and the food was delish. Our group size was perfect. and we all got along so well and funny, half were Berkeley alums or currently enrolled so that was funny. to go to Istanbul and see Hagia Sophia was something i dreamed of half my life so to be able to do that with my girls was incredible… it was a trip my girls and I will hold in our hearts for the rest of out lives. Thank you. Ann

Judith W. – CA, USA

June 8, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina, I have lots to report to you but am pretty overwhelmed with catch up at the moment. In capsule, we had a great time , loved Kemal and thought Turkey was fascinating, friendly and beautiful. I will be more specific as soon as I catch up on sleep and have a fully operational brain.
Thanks, Judith

Betsy W. – VA, USA

June 9, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour and Tailored Group Tours

Rina,
Everything went extremely well. I really enjoyed my entire trip, but the first part with your group was exceptional! The guides were knowledgeable, polite and entertaining. Kemal in particular was a joy to travel with.

Thank you and I will recommend you to my friends and colleagues.
Betsy

Wayne and Julianne H. – New Zealand

June 9, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, We enjoyed our Turkey tour very much and can see that you provide a high quality tour. All of our connections were on time and worked 100%. There is obviously a lot of work for you behind the scenes to make this all work so thank you. The boat tour guide to Kekova was good but the guide talked too much in not very good English but still pleased we went. The guide in Cappadocia was excellent, what a great place to visit, enjoyed that the best I think. Great experience and would recommend Insight tours and Turkey to others any time.
Regards, Wayne & Julianne

Professor Lin H. – GA, USA

June 13, 2010
Itinerary: Art Student Group

Rina,
Everything went well. Your second guide was the best. The sleeper train, dervishes and sights were great.

Thanks,
Lin

Sally W. – TX, USA

June 16, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We loved our trip. I will share some negative and some positives, but the positives greatly outweighed the negatives. Some negatives would include: 1) the buffets – with a group as small as ours perhaps we could have dinner (and lunch) at a local restaurant instead of at the massive buffets, 2) sometimes Kemal would forget that he has seen the sites hundreds of times before, but for us it was the first time. We would have to trade-off seeing the site, taking a picture, or hearing the information, since Kemal would start before the group was entirely ready 1) the trip was extremely well organized and everything happened as expected, 2) some of the hotels were quite wonderful, in particular we enjoyed our time at the Cave Hotel, 3) the team of Ali and Kemal were great; they were both wonderful individually as well. Ali was a great driver and took good care of us. Kemal was a fabulous tour guide. I would highly recommend him. No matter the subject, he provided us with information. He was a wealth of knowledge on the area (economy, culture, religious matters, history, etc) and had a great sense of humor! I would definitely take another tour with Insight Tours and specifically with Kemal. I also loved the size of our group. I would definitely not have wanted our group to be any larger.

In sum, I would highly recommend Ali, Kemal, yourself, and Insight Travel. In fact I have already recommended you (and this trip) to a colleague of mine at another university.

Thanks for a great, worry-free vacation.
Sally

Paulisa De V. – South Africa

June 17, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Thoroughly enjoyed every moment in Turkey. - Insight Tour as well as last week sailing with husband and son.

Kemal, our tour guide was wonderful - so much knowledge, helpful, caring, friendly, a fabulous sense of humour and always attentive to everybody's needs.
Ali, our driver was just fantastic. He was always smiling & kind and so in control of the vehicle - not for 1 second did I feel unsafe in the vehicle. He is a wonderful driver and polite gentleman.
Both these gentlemen are an asset to Insight Travel.

The tour was awesome - absolutely wonderful!

You are a super star to get everything so wonderfully organised.

Hoping to be back in Turkey June 2011

Take care & cheers
Paulisa

Betsy H. – NY, USA

June 17, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful time and it was good to be met everywhere with someone who knew where we were going.

The guides: Were excellent - enjoyed the young one in Istanbul - the first day was not a problem at all.
The guide in Cappadocia was terrific - he wisely decided our legs were not in good enough condition to descend into the underground city on the itinerary. We enjoyed the alternative caves and also going to his home town and seeing a little of a spot not so used to tourists (although it seems every place is).
The last guide for Ephesus was very well versed in history. Passionate about the seven cities visited by Paul. The visit to the place where Mary stayed with John near Ephesus was very beautiful and fascinating.

Hotels:
You may have heard complaints from the Willners about the Assos in Istanbul. I did not think it was so bad. These things could have been better: lots of the bulbs were out, forgot to tell room cleaner, they never tested for replacements. The bathtub sides were high - and it was necessary to get in and out for shower - the shower door did not leave room for sitting on side and swinging feet over.
Frankly I liked the ambiance - we could see lots of neighborhood activity of the workers for the shops around us. The walk up to the bazaar was a little steep.
We used the dining room a lot - liked the view and became fond of the waiters.

The hotel in Kusadasi was OK - a little depressing, and for some noisy at night. But we enjoyed sitting out front. Kusadasi was honkytonk but we found a nice restaurant on the water.

We loved the hotel in Urgup - I love the idea of living in a cave, never thought we would be in such a luxurious one.
and the Hotel Su was our favorite! After the long bus ride we expected the worst and were amazed at the wonderfully decorated and sunny space. It was a great rest from all of our touring.

We are going to be eating dinner now so I will continue this tomorrow.

Yours, Betsy

Helen L. – Australia

June 17, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina, Thanks for all your input and help. The Gallipoli trip went very well and we especially enjoyed the tours we went on there. Both the Hotels were very good - Anzac Hotel particularly excellent manager who actually greeted warmly and instantly knew that one needed maps, info etc and gave it to you. Of course speaking English well was also a big help!!
The Bursa Hotel was very stylish and nice too and we enjoyed pottering around Bursa. Probably not THE most exciting of our visits!, but interesting.
We are off to Antakya, Harran Urfa etc with the Church group on Sat and then home to Australia the following Sat - Sob! Has been a great trip.
Thank you, Helen L

Frank and Monica M. – Puerto Rico

June 21, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Now, that we are back at home, after an extended stay in Vienna and London, I want to again thank you for the great job you did showing us a part of Turkey.

The hotels were all very good, especially the Yunak Evleri, the guides were informative and knowledgeable, the food good and varied. The only hitch was the change of itinerary around Kusadasi, and we are grateful for the way you handled the corrective adaptation.

Again, thanks for a wonderful experience.

Best regards Frank and Monica

Flora D. – Brazil

June 21, 2010
Itinerary: Gallipoli, Troy and Pergamon Tour from Istanbul

Hi Rina,
Everything was fine with our tour. We like it very much. The guides are very good. The explanation about Gallipoli, Troy and Pergamon were excellent.

Thanks a lot for all your care with you. We loved Turkey.

Best regards,
Flora

Siew Y. – Australia

July 2, 2010
Itinerary: Cappadocia tour and hotel package

Dear Rina,
Thank you for helping with all the arrangements for the tour for us. Everything went according to plan and we had a really lovely time there.

The pick up and drop off was good and the tour guide was patient and most helpful.

Thank you again and I definitely will recommend your tours to my friends.
Best regards,
Siew Y.

Margaret and Tony J. – Scotland

July 3, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Home safely and everything went to plan – our pick-ups etc were all on schedule. Thank you.

Half day in Istanbul – good short trip but due to traffic did not get to do it all

Gallipoli trip was excellent, with a very knowledgeable guide – a great trip. We enjoyed the town of Canakkale and the Artur Hotel was good.

Troy trip was enjoyable but it is a difficult site to understand. Lunch at 1130 was a bit early but one of the better lunches! Pergamon was an excellent trip with a very good guide.

We loved Selcuk and the Hotel Akay was excellent and we were glad to have two nights here – we would have no hesitation in recommending it. Ephesus was busy but enjoyable.

Pamukkale was spectacular but a long drive to get there. Not a great guide for this one. Lunch at the Spa was good and our transfer to Denizli worked well.

Overall our trip was thoroughly enjoy and we would not hesitate to recommend your services and hope to use you again next year – we are planning possibly Istanbul/Cappadocia/Kas or Kalkan.

Sorry we did not manage to see you – we visited Kas but could not find your office (we forgot to take the address).

Thanks once again.
Margaret and Tony J.

Dale S. – UK

July 3, 2010
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had a fantastic time. Our tour guide, Cagla was great - professional, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. She also went out of her way to arrange for us and another Australian couple to have some extra time at Gallipoli which we were all very grateful for.
The content of the tour was extensive, with a good variety of sights and activities. The accommodation was generally ok, some hotels a little dated. Probably the only complaint would be the lack of variety of breakfasts / evening meals. But all in all, it was a great tour and we would definitely recommend the tour and your services to our friends and family.

Cheers
Dale S.

Sandra W. – Australia

July 5, 2010
Itinerary: Cappadocia and Gallipoli Tours

Hi Rina,
Sorry I haven't got back to you but it has been pretty full on with work as soon as we got back to Australia. I am planning to write on trip advisor a recommendation for you. All the trip was great and every detail was spot on. Thank you very much for all your help. We loved Turkey especially Cappadocia.
Thank you again
Sandra

Ann Marie Da S. – Hong Kong

July 7, 2010
Itinerary: Private Bosphorus Tour and Turkish Night

Hi Rina,
We had a great stay in Istanbul and had an amazing time! Both Mustafa's, our guide and driver were great. We love having the smaller boat for the Bosphorus cruise and the little detour to a local place for lunch! Our transportation to the airport was punctual and everything worked out great!

All in all, we love Istanbul and Turkey, and can't wait to be back again!

Please send everyone a big thanks. We will definitely get in touch when we come again, and hopefully, soon!

And last but not the least, thanks to you too!
Best,
Ann

Mariam A. – Canada

July 7, 2010
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Hello Rina,
We had a good visit to Istanbul. Your tour package was well-organized and we had good tour guides through out. I would certainly recommend the tour company to others.

Regards,
Mariam

Rick and Lynne B. – Australia

July 12, 2010
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
Overall we were both delighted with our tour of Turkey. Although a couple of days were long and taxing, we understand they were necessary to complete the itinerary in the time we had available. We just loved Turkey – its scenery, its history, and especially its people.

We couldn’t have been happier with our guide and driver. Kemal has such incredible knowledge and passion for Turkish history. I’m sure at times he thought he might as well have been talking to a marble statue, as our eyes would often glaze over with the sheer volume of information he would sometimes pass on. His sense of humour and willingness to discuss the wide range of social, religious, political and economic issues we often raised made him an absolute pleasure to be with.

Ali was a real treasure. Apart from being an excellent driver, he went out of his way to look after us. During the last few days when Lynne was so sick, Ali’s concern for her comfort was very special.

Overall we would give our tour a 10 out of 10. We have no hesitation in recommending Insight Travel as a tour service provider, and we are sure you will be contacted by our friends who one day hope to visit Turkey.

Thanks once again for all your expert organisation.

Regards, Rick and Lynne

Vikram S. – CA, USA

July 16, 2010
Itinerary: Private guide and driver services

Hi Rina,
We had a wonderful time in Turkey. Thanks for your help in arranging so much of the trip.

Some quick feedback:

The staff in Cappadocia was wonderful. Mustafa, Ramazan, Murad were all very welcoming and treated us as guests. Ramazan and Murad tried hard to understand our expectations and to some extent customize the experiences for us. They made things interesting for the kids, which was very helpful. I would rate these guys 8 or 9 out of 10. Hot Air Balloon was great, except maybe for the 7-year-old.

Kalehan is a nice property, nice staff, but has a huge road/traffic noise problem. The family suite's walls have no insulation at all. It is impossible to sleep without earplugs. Would not stay there again.

In Istanbul, both Dersaadet and Daphne worked out very well. Daphne's location is better, and is more updated, thanks for the recommendation. We had a problem with the A/C in one of the rooms, and after some back-and-forth they changed the room.

Bernadette G. – Japan

July 19, 2010
Itinerary: Private tour with gulet cruise

Hi Rina, We had a fantastic trip. All the transfers went with out a hitch which of course had me nervous the last week when we were no longer on the private tour. But we had no problems. We loved the sailing trip and the captain and crew.

Vasantha A. – NJ, USA

July 26, 2010
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Rina
Just wanted to thank you for the arrangements made by you for our
Istanbul/Turkey trip…
Everything worked out real well for us..
Thanks again
-Vasantha

Paula B. – TX, USA

July 28, 2010
Itinerary: Ephesus Cruise Excursion

It was wonderful! Mehmed was wonderful, agreeable and knowledgeable. The van and driver were perfect (and nicely air-conditioned). We know it is difficult to navigate this tour in high season through terrible heat, but he was mindful of all this and helped us make the very most of our day. Thank you for our memorable day in Ephesus. Paula B.

Raj V. – LA, USA

July 29, 2010
Itinerary: Private Istanbul tour and 8-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
Thx so much for arranging a wonderful trip. All the guides were very good and caring and knowledgable. We had a wonderful and memorable time. Will come back again in future.
Regards
Raj

Lynn P. – Canada

August 5, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
You beat me to it! I am just starting to feel at home again after our wonderful trip!! Kate and I have spoken many times and we both agree it was perfect. We fell in love with Turkey and have been raving to friends and family about the country.

Our accommodations were great and the various tours and guides were so informative. You gave us so many opportunities to see different parts of the country. We were both amazed at the changing landscapes. Even though the long bus rides were tiring, they really helped to maximize our trip time. Plus we were able to see towns, villages and scenery and experience Turkish bus drivers. Some highlights were Cappadocia, a Turkish bath in Istanbul, Ephesus, Fethiye and a boat cruise, the people and the food! Oh...and the shopping! : )

There was one awkward moment when we found ourselves arriving in Goreme at @ 4:30 a.m. The 4 pm bus from Fethiye did not go to Urgup. So we ended up in Goreme and found a shuttle at 4:30 a.m. to take us to Urgup. But that driver just left us in the road and said someone would come along shortly?! Well, a lovely dog showed up to welcome us but no one else. I found a hotel nearby and the cheerful night clerk called Hotel Dedeli Konak and we were met @ 5 am. Fortunately there was one empty room (the honeymoon suite!) and he let us go in to nap before our tour began. It all worked out and gave a us a funny story to tell.

Rina, we loved Turkey. It is a cacophony of sights, sounds and people. Kate and I are both more than a little sad that the trip is over. We will never forget it.

Thanks for your great advice and selections!!
Lynn

Kate M. – Canada

August 5, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
It was a perfectly wonderful journey through Turkey and I thank you and Lynn for making it happen. Everyday was a new experience that flowed seamlessly into the next. The bus rides gave us an opportunity to see the fabulous Turkish countryside and meet the local people (and not just other tourists). The daily tours gave us an opportunity to experience the rich historical, cultural, and geographical offerings of Turkey. Most of the people we encountered were friendly, cordial and helpful. And I never once felt unsafe. A couple events (like being deposited at 4 am in Goreme) are seen as adventures rather than misadventures and add to our inventory of Turkish stories. Our breakfasts and lunches were hardy and healthy and kept us sustained throughout the day. My only complaint was that I would have liked more time to explore our various destinations - we'll leave that for another trip.

thanks again for organizing a memorable experience,
Kate

Click to watch the slide show of photos of my trip to Turkey with Lynn.

Carolyn D. – Qatar

August 9, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Rina
Thank you for organising the trip and tours in Istanbul. We all had a fabulous time and everything went smoothly. Erol was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable, easy- going, with a great sense of humor. Necdet was a very safe driver and good company as well.
I'll definitely recommend your company to friends here in Qatar and if we come to Turkey again, I'll be in touch.

Carolyn

Gabriella C. – NY, USA

August 11, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,

It was such a delight to finally meet you and I so hope we can stay in contact.

I loved our trip from beginning to end with the highlights being, hands down, Kas, Cappadocia, the personal service at the Tulip Hotel, and the fabulous boutique hotel (Yacht) in Fethiye. We loved Kas and wish we'd spent more time there. Cappadocia was just the right number of days and I much preferred the Assiana hotel to the Gamirasu. Mostly because you could go out on the terraces and there was a wonderful restaurant one could walk to. We spent our first night there over the finest meze I've ever tasted and the softest sunset I've ever scene. We had a great guide and met three young people from NYC. The transfer and transport guy was so helpful as well. I appreciate his giving us three bottles of cold water when we arrived. We were hot an exhausted and it was just the right touch. It's often the small things clients remember.

Although I loved that Antalya felt very local and non-touristy in parts I could have skipped it and done more days in Kas. Without staying in La Paloma in Kaleici it lost some of its charm. The food, compared to Cappadocia where it was the best of the entire trip, was hit and miss.

Kas was a dream. We loved the hotel, especially the gracious service of the woman who brings watermelon to everyone at midday and the bartender who was all so welcoming and had my Campari and orange ready for me one evening. I loved that everyone in the hotel from staff to guest was warm and welcoming and that at night they show soccer on a big screen by the pool. I felt like I was coming home. The breakfasts here and everywhere we went were outstanding. I remember a time when breakfasts were included in the price of hotels/pensiones in Italy and France. No longer. And even when they were they did not contain the sheer variety of fruits and vegetables and delicious jams. The boat ride was the absolute jewel of the trip. I LOVED being on the water, swimming in the crystal blue-green of the water, and looking out at ruins with so much history about them. The best meal was the one we had with you at the restaurant. My bass was fresh and well prepared and there is just something about the lemons in Turkey. They taste better there than anywhere else.

By the way Limanagzi was a wonderful beach too. Water as clear as in Sardegna with none of the pretense or sticker shock and free lounges and umbrellas to boot! We has some crispy fried calamari that I keep dreaming about!

After Kas I was underwhelmed by Fethye (Did I mention I adored the rustic seaside beauty of Kas??). It was nowhere near as pretty and the beach was just too big and noticeably tourist ridden. Oludeniz, I believe. I prefer Limanagzi That said I adored the hotel from it's decor, imaginative design, service and graciousness of its staff. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived but they were able to accommodate us with a tasty lunch at the bar and some engaging conversation with the young staff, all of whom are well-mannered, knowledgeable and caring.

In Istanbul we were at first not so impressed with the Tulip House Hotel, especially since we were in the worst room -a result of our booking late- on the top floor, many stairs up with only a skylight. In retrospect I should have asked them to move us as other rooms became available. That said, I loved the experience. It's such a quirky and fun place. The young people who work there are fun and kind and well informed, and we got to interact with so many guests in the lounge of the hotel proper. I also loved breakfast on the sunny vine covered terrace overlooking the rooftops of Istanbul. I would stay here again.

Istanbul was rough because of the heat. That said, the art and the history always enchant me, and I would go back after I've mastered the metro system and when the temperatures are more friendly. The restaurant you recommended Kathisma, was so remarkable we went back twice. I loved the decor, the food, the humble manner of the manager who was not out hawking the menu. And he even took us down into the tunnels that were discovered only several years ago, tunnels which lead from the prison that is now the Four Seasons Hotel. Otherwise the food in Istanbul is hit or miss. Again, Cappadocia reigns supreme in that regard.

I hope this is helpful. I'm already thinking of a future trip. In the spring or the fall. Seven days in Kas with lots of boat rides to see ruins and Greek islands. Three days in Istanbul, to see what I didn't have the time or the energy to see this time around. Perhaps two days in Cappadocia in the same hotel and so I could have the delicious food.

I forgot the biggest highlight, getting to know you better!
Big hug,
Gabriella

Carolyn D. – Canada

August 12, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
Matthew and I are home and had a great trip. We really enjoyed the day trips and all of the hotels were EXCELLENT! We appreciated how smoothly the trip went. As far as feedback, you were really amazing at answering all of my questions promptly. All of the hotels were great and the owners made sure to call the travel company if the pick ups were late.
We would certainly recommend booking through insight to any of our friends should they be inspired to go to Turkey.

Thank you very much for all of your time; it was very much appreciated.
Best,
Carolyn

Margaret U. – USA

August 12, 2010
Itinerary: Istanbul Cruise Excursion

Dear Rina,
Thank you for checking up on us, and thanks again for your time and dedication in helping me plan our stay in Istanbul.

Upon our arrival in Istanbul we were met by Erol. He was very nice, kwowledgable and professional, always making sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. On both days we were able to keep up with the itinerary without it feeling like we were on a marathon.

We truly enjoyed our visit to Istanbul. It is a spectacular city, full of contrasts, rich in history and very clean. It is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited.

The show at the orient House was also very nice. Erol brought back a beautiful cake for my daughter Andrea and her birthday was announced... the whole place sang Happy Birthday to her! She was not expecting that at all! Thank you for making this a memorable day for her and for us as well.

It was a short stay, but we came back with lifelong memories and the wish to go back again someday.

I would most definitely use your services in the future and also with no doubt recommend you to our friends!

Take care and keep up the good work Rina!

With warm regards,
Margaret U.

Mandy and Jess M. – Australia

August 13, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
Jess and I are now (sadly) back at home, trying to shake the jet lag. That sure was a whirlwind trip! I learnt so much about your country, what an amazing place. The Turkish people are rightly proud of being a citizen of a great country. I am not sure which part we enjoyed the most, and the only thing that was difficult was coping with the heat. I am telling my friends that they must visit Turkey, but in spring time!
Of course Cappadocia was incredible, as was Pamukkale. Selcuk and Canakkale are lovely towns to stay in - it was nice to spend 3 nights at the Akay. Lovely hotels, though I should have thought of the air-condition (or lack of) in Goreme, as it was hard to sleep. The tour guides Remzi in Cappadocia and Izzet from Gallipoli were especially interesting, so passionate about their area and keen to share their knowledge. We managed to have a Turkish bath and boat trip on the Marmara sea on our spare days in Istanbul. We were quite tired by the time we reached Canakkale, thus we didn't go on the Troy tour so we could make the most of our Gallipoli tour. I was able to have a walk along the waterfront in the morning, so that was a bonus. Tourism is so well organized, so despite my very basic attempts at learning simple Turkish words, it was easy to get around and explore independently.
thank you for arranging our trip so well,
Mandy and Jess M.

Jared B. – NY, USA

August 14, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour with Private Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina,
We're back and we had a wonderful time. Thank you for all your assistance, including dealing with our last-minute passport issue rescheduling. Everything went very smoothly, all the hotels were great and the tours and guides were all excellent. We loved the gulet cruise; the crew were fantastic and the food was really good.

If there is anywhere you would like me to post a review of your services, let me know. I will also recommend you to anyone I know who may be visiting Turkey in the future.

Best regards,
Jared

Seth E. – MD, USA

August 24, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Merhaba! Merhaba!! Thank You! We loved meeting you and having dinner with you and exploring underground passages with you and seeing your most beautiful home!

We've arrived back from our AMAZING trip to Turkiye on Saturday night (Washington, DC time) and have been working through jet lag and the mountains of work that piled up in our absences.

We had a great time and it is hard to believe we walked in the footsteps of Paul and Alexander the Great and Cleopatra and Justinian and Marco Polo and perhaps Richard the Lion Heart... and the places were ancient even when they walked there! Our trip on the beautiful old gulet was delightful: our days: wake up, swim, lounge, eat, sleep, swim, tea, swim, lounge, swim, motor a bit to the next beautiful cove, swim, eat, swim, lounge, and sleep. The water warm and crystal clear and phosphorescent at night. millions of stars. It's a rough life! Cappadocia was truly incredible: like the Grand Canyon in parts, but with the countless conical sandstone and basalt formations that have been carved into cave dwellings that made it appear like a strange and fabulous Flintstones cartoon -- only this one has beautiful Byzantine churches. It was interesting to see that many of these "caves" are still used by local folks as their houses and hotels. Its was sort if odd to see a few of these "caves" with computer or TV satellite dishes on them and laundry hanging on the lines outside...

The Turks are great people! The people we met were funny and friendly and hugely generous -- even though we don't speak Turkish, they were so kind to us. The food was great, the raki was strong, the sights were in credible. We love Turkey! We got to see only a very, very small part of the country, and, inshallah, we hope to go back there one day.

Thank you, again, for your generosity and for make our trip to Turkey so memorable and so very enjoyable!
Cheers
Seth

Sujal P. – USA

August 26, 2010
Itinerary: Salmakis Resort, Bodrum

Hey Rina,
The hotel is very nice. The room was modern and big and had a balcony. The beach was good too. The food that is included in breakfast and dinner package is very good and there is a good selection to choose from.

The hotel is quiet. The pool is really nice. The hotel is a 11 lira taxi or 5 lira ferry from the main nightlife area. It is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. I would not recommend walking back to the hotel as it is uphill.

I really liked the hotel and would recommend it.

Thanks,
Sujal

Ilona P. – Germany

August 26, 2010
Itinerary: Zeus Hotel, Kahta

Dear Rina,
we had a wonderful trip and a pleasant stay in Zeus Hotel! Thank you for
your assistant!
Greetings from grey and raining berlin!
ilona

Fidel C. – Spain

August 30, 2010
Itinerary: Kas-Kekova-Kas Private Gulet Cruise

Dear Rina
The cruise was superb, everything went fine. Just the weather, too hot, but it was August so nothing to do about this. Mustafa took us to so many fantastic bays and places.
Thanks a lot for everything.
Best regards

Nick J. – UK

August 31, 2010
Itinerary: Kas-Kekova-Kas Private Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina,
Yes, we had a fantastic time and enjoyed the Gullet cruise very much. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to Mustafa, who I think was a very nice and courteous captain and who I also shared some most interesting and conversations – he is quite an intellectual sea captain!
Regards
Nick J.

Ann M. – AZ, USA

September 2, 2010
Itinerary: Group Istanbul Tours

We enjoyed all three tours. It was great to spend the day in a more neighborhood areas, Eyup. The Golden Horn ride was okay, but the Bosphorus ride was great. We enjoyed Seckin a lot and it was great to have him for two days. We are not sure about the name of the other female tour guide the last day, but she was enthusiastic and professional.

Thanks for all your help.

Di M. – Australia

September 14, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Mediterranean and Cappadocia Tours

Hi Rina,
You are wonderful! It all worked out the way it should, pickups arrived when you said and all bookings made as you said.

I do have a few comments for you though.
1. The young man you chose to drive us for the 2 full days was excellent…very safe and considerate. I’d use him again.
And those in Kayseri and Pamukkale also good.
2. Accommodation was mostly perfect for us…not too up market but not too drab either.
We really liked Sandybrown Hotel in Dalyan and they were very welcoming and friendly.
Kemal Hotel in Fethiye was in a perfect position for us…I could have stayed for 2 nights here in hindsight.
Hideaway Hotel in Kas – we liked the location, the terrace, the veranda off our room.
Antalya – loved the Kaleici Lodge and they were also very accommodating. Loved the wide corridors and they way it was decorated.
Goreme House was in a good position and was quite comfortable – initially we were put in a ground floor room which was noisy , so they happily moved us up stairs for the last 2 nights – we liked that as we had our own verandah. There is a new hotel up the hill further called Spelunga Hotel and it looks very nice.

3. On hindsight I think we spent 1 day too long in Cappadocia, and 1 day too long in Kas – my fault entirely.
4. The Perge Aspendos Group tour was interesting, but I’m sure we did not go to Manavgat Falls but went instead to Duden Falls.
5. Balloon flight a highlight!
6. Guide in Cappadocia very good, as was the driver.

Have I left anything out…let me know if you would like more feedback, happy to help.
Once again thank you and I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to any friends who will be visiting Turkey.
Cheers,
Di M.

Susan and David H. – Australia

September 16, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
The whole trip was simply fabulous, we loved Turkey & were really happy with the tour. The guides in the Ephesus & Canakkale areas were suburb…they had so much knowledge & were very friendly. Your organization in & out of places for us was great. I have given your contact details to our friends in Kastellorizo as next year they would like to tour some of Turkey as well!

Thanks again Rina.
Cheers
Susan & David

Victoria B. – Canada

September 19, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Our trip was great thank you. We had great tours and had a lovely time. The accommodations were fantastic and everything we saw we loved. Turkey is definitely a place to return to. Thank you so much for all of your help and suggestions. It was a very memorable trip for us.

Kind regards,
Victoria

Carol H. – Canada

September 19, 2010
Itinerary: 8-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
I spoke to Lucinda earlier this week to let her know how very pleased we were with the tour booked with your company. Everything was extremely well organized with airport and train reception, bus driver and tour leader all informed and punctual. I would certainly recommend your tour to others. Thanks Carol

Sandra E. – TX, USA

September 23, 2010
Itinerary: 8-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
I was incredibly impressed with the tour(s) in turkey. All very professionally done and I always felt very safe and watched over. As I told you Cagla is exceptional-both talented in her abilities as a guide, but also very knowledgeable and competent, with real people skills. I know in her line of work and since she sees all types, she must get frustrated, but she doesn't ever let it show. She is a real professional.
Seda was my guide for both tours in Istanbul. While she is young and not as confident as Cagla, she has great people skills, true empathy, exceptional energy and drive, interest, knowledge and flexibility. She was always going beyond the expected.

As you can see, all in all, I am extremely pleased with my Turkey experience with Insights! I will contact you in a flash if I am looking for a tour in the future.

Hope you are well down there in Antalya....all the best.

Sandra E.

Rose T. – New Zealand

September 27, 2010
Itinerary: 8-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We have just got home after a wonderful 6 weeks away with the final 2 weeks in Turkey and on your tour you organised for us. I cannot speak more highly of the organisation you put into our tour, it was just perfect and all went without any problems at all, you made it so easy for us, we didn't have to think or worry about anything. Thanks you so much for making our holiday so special, it was such a treat and especially as there was only 6 english speaking people in our minivan at any one time was a very special bonus. Thank you so much,
Regards, Rose

Ann R. – Canada

September 30, 2010
Itinerary: Car Rental, Cappadocia and Cruise Excursion in Kusadasi

Hi Rina!
We are back safe and sound after a very interesting trip. All the arrangements you made on our behalf worked out well. The Turkish Airline flights were comfortable and on time. The car rental agent met us at the airport as planned and there were no complications.

Our guide met us at Kusadasi and we had a great day at Ephesus. His knowledge was excellent, his English very good, but he spoke very quickly so it was necessary to ask him to repeat the information a lot of the time.

We rented a car based on the advice from my friend Annette. But in retrospect we could have just as easily seen everything through the guided tours for the same price. After the fact, I realized that Annette and her family were in Capp off season so the tours were probably not as widely available.

Thank you again for your help. I will certainly be happy to recommend you to one and all.
Take care.
Ann

Raoul L. – Belgium

October 4, 2010
Itinerary: Hotel Booking - Bera Hotel, Konya

Dear Rina,
We returned yesterday from our roundtrip ( 17 days) in Turkey.

Our Group of ten friends was very happy in Hotel Bera in Konya. The personal was very helpful and friendly, the rooms very comfortable, the restaurant excellent.
Thank you for this nice solution for my problem as organiser. The results was an interesting visit to the Mevlana museum, the Alaeddin Camii, the Büyük Karatay Medresse.
With kind regards,

Raoul L.

Christine and Gary H. – Australia

October 5, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had such a fabulous trip -I've been waxing lyrical about the joys of Turkey but it was really due to the efficiency of your service. I am recommending you to all I speak to back in Melbourne. Our stay in Kas was particularly memorable!
Grateful thanks to you and your team.
Regards,
Christine and Gary

Howard and Rosemary R. – Australia

October 7, 2010
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Many thanks Rina for your note - we did enjoy meeting you in the restaurant in Kas.

We certainly had a great time in Turkey - a truly fascinating place with its complex history, natural beauty and friendly people

The tour went like clockwork and we are indebted to Insight for your thoughtful planning and the professional execution by Kemal and Ali

Kemal was a very interesting and helpful guide (never stumped by a question) and always a lot of fun. Ali was a very dependable and careful driver

Overall the accomodation was excellent (loved the cave in Cappadocia!).

Thanks again for a trip we will always remember

Regards
Howard and Rosemary R.

Theresa and Donald L. – USA

October 11, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We just returned from our wonderful vacation last night. We thoroughly enjoyed all three areas that we visited. Each area was unique and we are so happy that we had the opportunity to make this trip.

I am writing to give you feedback on our vacation. On the whole, we are very pleased with our trip and your services.

Transfers from the airport: We were met promptly at each transfer point. The drivers were very courteous.

Hotels: Tulip House in Istanbul, Goreme House and Nilya Hotel in Selcuk were all wonderful. Our hosts were very helpful and each of the hotels were very clean, comfortable and convenient. We loved being in small hotels and the very personal service each one offered. We enjoyed the little neighborhoods that each hotel was in. Breakfasts were wonderful and each hotel had lovely terraces or gardens to enjoy our meal. We received your fax regarding our flight change promptly from Goreme House.

Tours: We enjoyed not being in large group tours. The lunches on the tour were very good.

The balloon tour was fabulous. It was a very special experience.

In Selcuk, we had a very good guide to Pamukkale. The bus unfortunately broke down on the way back. We were delayed 1.5 hours on top of the long 3 hour bus trip home.

We had a personal guide as well as a personal driver to Pergamon. The guide was excellent and we enjoyed his expertise as we toured Pergamon and the Aesclepion.

We do appreciate all that you have done to make our trip so memorable.

Sincerely,
Theresa and Donald L.

Deb C. – Australia

October 11, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thank you very much for organising our trip – we had a great time, and look forward to returning to Turkey soon.

Thank you so much for arranging the transfers so well – there was a lot of co-ordination involved and everything worked well. I was most grateful to those fetching us from the bus stations – we would have been very lost. I would not recommend the Marina Beach hotel though – the food was absolutely terrible – however our room was very spacious and I would sacrifice food for space.

The cave hotel was lovely, and especially the manager running it – she was great. Our whole Cappadocia experience was magical. And all our tour guides were really nice. The Masal apartment in Istanbul could have been better stocked, and it was a bit of a problem with the caretaker not speaking English, but he was such a nice person, and the location of the apartment was perfect so we were very happy there, and would probably stay there again if we came back and would definitely recommend it to friends.

Regards,
Deb

Bev S. – UK

October 13, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I am safely home after a wonderful trip in Turkey. You did a wonderful job organising everything and it all went very well. Thanks so much for all your work and setting everything up. You did a brilliant job. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who wants to go to Turkey.

Thanks
Bev

Steve L. – Australia

October 16, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Thank you for checking in on us, sorry I haven't replied sooner. We all had a wonderful time in Turkey, loved the people and the countryside so much to see wish we had more time. All the tour guides you arranged were great, all very knowledgeable thank you. We enjoyed our stay at Art City Hotel in Istanbul great staff and very convenient location for exploring the Sultanahmet, would definitely stay there again.
The highlights : Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Pergamon, Troy and Gallipoli all great !

Thank you so much for organising our tour on relatively short notice and with little fuss. We will definitely recommend you to our friends.

Kind regards,
Steve, Helen, Casey and Ben.

Claire and Allan G. – New Zealand

October 17, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Many thanks for helping us to arrange such a great holiday, everything went according to plan, we were well looked after and learnt such a lot about your incredible country and it's people.
We must thank you especially for helping to arrange the balloon flight, the original flight postponed due to bad weather, with The Royal Balloon Company. We were given a long flight upgrade which included a fantastic breakfast and champagne to follow. We would highly recommend The Royal Balloon Company, please send them our personal thanks.
Our charming driver in Cappadocia, Mustafa, also sends you his regards.

Now, after a long flight, back home safe and sound.
Many thanks for all your help
Claire and Allan G.

Mona M. – Canada

October 19, 2010
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, We are back from our trip, and had a fabulous time in Turkey, everything was great! We had no problems anywhere, and enjoyed every moment of it and would recommend it to everyone. thank you for everything, Mona M.

Joyce B. – Canada

October 23, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina:
Just to let you know, we had a great time. Turkey is wonderful. The weather co-operated fairly well and Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, so many things, were beyond expectations. Erkut was full of knowledge and experience, Necdet (our driver) was great and so pleasant. The food was wonderful...almost too good and too much..but those are things that I seldom complain about!! The accommodations were all good or great.

I would recommend the trip and Turkey to anyone without any problem. My sisters enjoyed the trip very much also. We had way too much fun! Thanks for all of your planning and help.
Joyce B.

Ken and Faith B. – USA

October 23, 2010
Itinerary: Cappadocia and Mt. Nemrut

Dear Rina,
Just want to let you know how much we enjoyed our time in Turkey -- it was wonderful. Everything went perfectly. We loved the cave hotel and all of Cappadoccia, as well as our trip to Mt. Nemrut. There were only 2 or 3 other people when we were there, which made it extra special. We also enjoyed the Art City Hotel so much and wished we were staying longer. The area was perfect for walking around and the hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful and cordial.

Thank you so much for your help!
Ken and Faith B.

Shari M. – USA

October 27, 2010
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I Just wanted to tell you how much Brett and I enjoyed the trip! It was an absolutely fantastic tour of a very beautiful country, we had a great time and everything you organized for us was perfect. We recommended you throughout our travels and met many people who were envious of our itinerary.
Thanks so much for planning out a fantastic trip for us, and for making the last minute changes!

Shari M.

Kate B. – Australia

October 27, 2010
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
Both Ray and I would like to say that we had a fabulous time in Turkey. We enjoyed the Grand Tour immensely and would like to again say a big thank you to both Kemal and Ali for a very easy, safe and informative trip. The bus was comfortable to travel in and hotel accomodation was clean, comfortable and of a mostly high standard. Kemal is a very accomodating and genial guide who suceeded in keeping the tour interesting and fun.

All our connections were met with no problems.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Insight Travel to our friends.

Kate B.

Enjar M. – Denmark

October 27, 2010
Itinerary: Hotel bookings and car rental

Hello Rina

Everything went well. The Lord blessed our trip in every way. Especially the hotel Atinc in Kusadasi was wonderful, with perfect service in everything. Also rent of car went without problems. So thank You for helping us and should we go to Turkey again I would not hesitate to require Your offer.

Sincerely Ejnar

Anita L. – UK

October 27, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thanks for your email. I did indeed had a really good time in Turkey, and enjoy every minute of it. Erkut is very knowlegable with the History and culture, I am very satisfied with everything that you have organised, you have made it really smooth and easy for this tour. Many Thanks for that.

Mt. Nemrut and Urfa is a totally different experience very unusual. All in all the 3days is well worth it.
Many thanks again for your effort and organisation.

Patricia W. – CA, USA

October 29, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Our trip was wonderful, and my mind is still reeling from all the sights, sounds and tastes I experienced in Turkey. Erkut was a knowledgeable and capable guide.

I would not hesitate to recommend Insight Travel to anyone organizing a trip to Turkey. I love your country!

Best,
Patricia

Wing P. – UK

November 1, 2010
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,

Thank you for your reviewing to my feedback.

In addition to my feedback, please accept my appreciation and thanks of your work from my bottom of my heart. Without your backup, especially your prompt reply to our e-mails, our journey could not be true, seamless and successful. You are the person that we can trust and rely on. I will recommend to my friend to you if they want to travel in Turkey.

Yours sincerely,
Wing P.

Miki T. – Japan

November 5, 2010
Itinerary: Cappadocia hotel and tour package

Dear Rina,
We had an amazing time visiting your country, especially Cappadocia. It had the most magnificent landscape I have ever seen. Thank you so much for arranging us a wonderful and most memorable trip in a short time frame.

We would like to extend an extra thanks to Attul and Shari our tour guide and driver. They were both very kind and flexible and Attul's commentaries were impeccable. We had two couples in our group including us which was an ideal size. The tour was conducted both in English and Spanish, which amazed me of his language skills. The tour was a good mix of cultural sites and nature walks. We both loved hiking in the Ihlara Valley and walking by the Melendez River. I also loved the Selime Church/Monastery as it had a special feeling to the place and had a beautiful view from the top. We loved all the restaurants we had lunches in and the pace of the tour was just right as I felt very relaxed throughout the tour.

We thank you again for organizing our journey to Cappadocia. The Flight, the transportation, the tour, the cave hotel with spacious rooms were all in order and was more than I expected.

It was a pleasure to receive your service and knowing you. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends visiting your country.

Take care.
Sincerely,
Miki & Ryo

Helen R. – Australia

November 6, 2010
Itinerary: Hotel bookings at Southeastern Turkey

Dear Rina
This is just a quick email to let you know that everything went well with the bookings you made for me in SE Turkey. The hotels were all great. Very helpful friendly staff at the Liwan who organised a day trip for me. The hotel in Sanlifurfa was very central to everything with a very nice restaurant, also friendly staff. I came a bit unstuck with English in Mardin - couldn't explain that the staff had cleared away the food in the dining room before I had eaten, also there was so little English there that it wasn't clear at all when the dining room was open. However that was all minor, and could easily be fixed by something translated in maybe a couple of languages that gives basic hotel information to guests. This would not be a problem for groups and they probably have a number of those. The Kervansaray is a beautiful place to stay and Mardin delightful. Then Diyarbakir was as you had said with the children quite excitable but everyone so friendly and the place interesting. Again the hotel was charming and the staff very good.

So thank you. Your tip on having a few words of Turkish was very wise. The hotels were great.

With thanks
Helen

Gordon & Lois B. – MN, USA

November 10, 2010
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Rina, we had a wonderful trip to Turkey. Kemal was a very informative, knowledgeable and helpful guide, and we all enjoyed him and Ali, the driver. The scenery was beautiful, and we learned so much about ancient civilization and church history. We also enjoyed our companions from New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Gordon and I would highly recommend this tour to others. We did have a few glitches but it was altogether a fantastic trip! Gordon and Lois B.

Jacinth and Robert B. – MI, USA

November 11, 2010
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour 

Hi Rina,
We did have a wonderful time on our Highlights of Turkey tour. Your arrangements were VERY well done. We arrived, participated in the sites or hotel opportunities, then departed seamlessly. We experienced a wide variety of Turkish hospitality, from small local eateries and hotels to fine restaurants and lavish resorts. We enjoyed a much better combined sense of your country’s history and culture than we have in any other country we have visited.

Our driver was the best we have ever seen. Although he spoke little English, he conveyed a warm, patient, and amiable personality. We quite liked him.

Our guide was unquestionably able and knowledgeable. There was not a question he could not answer. He guided us smoothly from locale to locale and we never felt hurried although he himself must have been acutely aware of the schedule.

We thank you for an informative and beautifully planned tour.

Jacinth and Robert B.

Ed M. – FL, USA

November 14, 2010
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Hello Rina
Mustafa is a real gem. He is knowledgeable, informative and fun ~~~ He really took the time and made an extra effort to make sure our visit was memorable. Everyone had a great day as we walked our legs off. What a fantastic city Istanbul is. I will pass on my comments to Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor when we get unpacked, finish up the laundry and sort through a month's worth of mail.

Thank you for all your efforts and BRAVO Mustafa !!!!

Ed (and the rest of the group)

Anna M. – FL, Russia

November 16, 2010
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Dear Rina,
Thanks a lot for arranging our trip.
Mustafa was knowledgable and great fun as well!
Please give him our greetings!
Our tour was pleasant and enjoyable!!!

Regards,
Anna

Vanessa B. – UK

November 16, 2010
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
The trip to Turkey was just perfect!!!. I will be back and certainly I will recommend your agency to other people. First of all allow me to thank you for the organisation of the tour. We were always picked up on time etc as per our programme. The programme was as intensive as much as it was interesting. The guide, Chala was great!!! She is so knowledgable and friendly and took great care to make our trip a memorable one. The driver was always careful and very quiet. As for the choice of hotels, most were very good. Certainly very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable... Well Done and Keep up the Good Work,

Vanessa

Katrina R. – Singapore

November 24, 2010
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We really enjoyed the trip and the tour you set up for us. I really enjoyed Turkey, I learned a lot and was quite pleasantly surprised it exceeded my expectations overall. We were very happy with the smooth transfers, always prompt and not difficult to find. The vehicles we traveled in were in good condition, all the drivers courteous.

We were especially happy with our guide from Cappodocia (Ramazan). Ramazan was professional and informative, and, in addition, clearly passionate about teaching us about Turkey. He was flexible and very considerate of the tourists (us). He gave us an overview of our entire tour, gave us options about time and various other places. He set up our balloon ride for us without issues. He took our group pictures, he was always there with us. Our places to eat were also quite satisfying experiences of Turkish dining (Cappodocia restaurant was in the middle of a lovely valley; Sedat in the middle of Goreme). He was always on top of making sure our driver was ready for us etc. Our driver was also pleasant, fun and courteous. We had pleasant lunches and conversations with them. Overall, a very fun, satisfying trip!

Elizabeth R. – Australia

November 30, 2010
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I would like to thank you and all those concerned for the wonderful holiday we had in Turkey. I wish we had had more time as we had to rush. This was our problem as we were limited in time. Turkey is an amazing country and you must be very proud. The people are so kind, polite, and I was so impressed by your religious tolerance. Turkey is a wonderful example that we could all learn from. Our guide, Cagla and our driver Jamal were wonderful and I can not thank them enough.

Thank you again, Kind regards

Betty (Elizabeth )R.

David N.

Jan. 02, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We are very satisfied with the trip in Turkey and everything went very well. The weather was also great, especially when we travelled outside Istanbul.

Thanks again for all your help!

Best,
David

Denise C.

Jan. 03, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
The trip was great. Thanks for organizing everything. The hike was fantastic. We were lucky to have good weather when we were hiking.
Denise

Susan I. – USA

Jan. 08, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
My family and I enjoyed our trip to Turkey very much and thank you for putting such a wonderful itinerary together. We were astonished by Kemal's encyclopedic knowledge of all that is "Turkey" and are convinced that if it weren't for him being such a credible and caring guide, our experience would not have been the same in quality and service.

We greatly enjoyed our daily tours and how each adventure led to the next. We enjoyed the time spent outdoors trekking in the cold, open air. Our lunches were fabulous. Yes, there were two or three times we had to go to plan B or sometimes C because the intented restaurant was occupied or closed or whatnot. But each day we were fed with delicious local food in authentic settings -- these lunches were the best meals of the day, and we are now huge fans of Turkish food. I bought two cookbooks before I returned.

I would love to visit Turkey again! It is such a magnificent country and I look forward to seeing it play a unique and vital role in the world that reflects its unique culture and history. What I liked most were
1. our guide and driver and their expertise of the place, professional experience and thoughtfulness (i.e., great service)
2. our itinerary -- good balance of different experiences
3. the fact that most little costs were taken care of in the tour (entrance fees, water at meals, etc.)
4. YOU. Thank you for being so patient and kind, Rina!

I will be recommending your tours to my friends, Rina. Thank you for putting together such a fabulous experience for my family.
Sincerely yours,
Susan

John P. – TX, USA

Jan. 09, 2011
Itinerary: Self-Drive and Hotel Bookings

Rina
We had a great time in Turkey. All of the transfers and reservation you had setup for us were on time and they took good care of us. The Otel Akay in Selcuk would be a great place to stay on a summer time trip. We did all of our site seeing in Istanbul by foot. We calculated that we walked 58km in Istanbul and a trip total of 70km. Aaron really liked the fact that there was no down time during the trip we were always on the go. Since Aaron Studies languages he was like a kid in a candy store in Istanbul listening to and talking to all the different tourists.

Thank you for setting up a great trip.

John

Nirajah M. – Australia

Jan. 31, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
...Well what can I say……we had a wonderful time in Turkey…..the tour that you organised and the guides and drivers were very professional and very courteous. Travel was comfortable at all times and hotels were all safe and clean. We thank you very much for organising the tour for us. It was great. I guess we enjoyed Turkey very much because our tours were all great and there were no mishaps. Don’t worry about the lateness of the driver….we got to the airport with time to spare…..so all good!!!

I will definitely be forwarding your details to friends and family.

Thanks again!
Nirajah

Hui Yi – Singapore

Apr. 08, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I'n back in Singapore. Thanks for the arrangement. Eugene and I had a great time in Turkey. We are looking forward to visit other parts of Turkey!

Thanks,
Hui Yi

Stephen L. – Singapore

May 01, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
Just to give some feedback. We have to 2 very good guides. Briefly, Remzi at Cappadocia. The highlight was the lunch at a village home. Murat at Canakkale was most knowledgeable and focus. Please send them our compliments.

cheers
Stephen

Dan C. – OH, USA

May 06, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina
I just wanted to let you know that everything was great. Everything that you arranged went off without a hitch. Thanks again, it was a pleasure working with you.

Trish G. – Australia

May 11, 2011
Itinerary: Anzac Day and Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, we have been back from our trip a week now and are still trying to settle back into everyday life. We had a wonderful time and we both loved Turkey, as everyone told us we would. Our trip went like clockwork, from airport transfers through the Anzac tour, Selcuk and the day trips.

The Bella Hotel in Selcuk was lovely and the food the best we had in Turkey. The Turkish people we came into contact with were lovely and helpful, even when there was a language barrier.

Thanks for your help in organising this Rina, we will definitely be telling people about your great service and maybe one day we will be able to organise another trip.
Trish G.

Eduardo P. – Brasil

May 24, 2011
Itinerary: Gallipoli, Troy and Pergamon Tour

Hello Rina,
We had no problems and we could do all the tours very well. Thanks you for the the attention and thank the guides.

best regards
Eduardo

David P. – OR, USA

May 26, 2011
Itinerary: Kekova Blue Cruise

Hi Rina -
We are back in Istanbul (actually Yesilkoy) so we are close to the airport for our flights to the US tomorrow morning. Our four days with Eser were terrific. We enjoyed ourselves very much. He was a most congenial host and was sensitive to our every need/request. We particularly liked the placed he showed us and appreciated that he got us there before the crowds. And his meals were really relished by one and all. We plan to write him once we get home. In addition, we will write our friends in Ankara and recommend that they sail with Eser when they cruise the coast. Many thanks to you for referring us to him.

Yes, the water was cool but that did not deter us from taking several plunges each day. It was fun to explore the underwater formations, try to work off some of the calories consumed and just relax in the water. You should try it, which I'm sure you will as the weather warms up. Sorry we didn't have a chance to meet you. I hope you have a great summer. Very best regards - David

Wai Fun. – Malaysia

May 27, 2011
Itinerary: Self-Drive and Hotel Bookings

Dear Rina,
We had a good time in Turkey and enjoyed the trip very much.

Generally the hotels are fine. Please find my comments below:

1. Pamukkale Hotel- Room was ok, but food was not very good. Spa at hotel was a plus point. We had breakfast and dinner there.

2. Cappadocia - Local Cave House - Hospitality was really good and we did get our late check out for one room. We felt very at home at the hotel and the location is convenient too.

Thanks and best regards,
Wai Fun

May & Norman B. – UK

May 31, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our Grand Tour of Turkey. The organisation was impeccable. Of the 70 countries we have now visited we enjoyed this as much as any. We are only disappointed that you only do trips in Turkey.

It was a real pleasure to meet you in Kas and have that warm feeling of meeting a friend.

Kindest regards
May & Norman

Mark M. – Canada

June 01, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
It was nice to hear from you.

As far as comments on the tour – overall it exceeded my expectations. Arif was an exceptional guide, he told us a great amount of historical information and answered every question thoughtfully and with good humor. Our driver was very efficient and friendly although he had limited English. The small tour group was good since we all got along very well. If there had been friction it might have been a problem. The meals were great, Arif was very helpful in suggesting what to order and explaining what the various dishes contained. The highlight of this was our meal with the farm family on May 22. One exception was the meal we had in the Mediterra Art Hotel in Antalya as it was not up to the usual standard.

One suggestion – I would have liked two days initially in Istanbul since one day only allowed us to see a few major sites, leaving many more unseen. Perhaps one or more of the following days could be altered to allow this change. All the hotels were good with a good mix of higher and lower class. I think most of us enjoyed the smaller more unusual hotels over the 5 star type ones, although they were a nice change. The Gamirasu Hotel in Cappadocia was terrific and a great surprise ending to the trip. I’m also glad I took the balloon ride in Cappadocia as it was a highlight as well.

I would be happy to give your tour a very good recommendation if you ever need one for a prospective client.

Best regards,
Mark

Vickie O. – USA

June 02, 2011
Itinerary: Konya and Cappadocia Tour

Dear Rina,
The itinerary that you put together for me this year was fantastic. As in the previous 5 years of your helping me with my travel in Turkey, I always know everything is taken care of, and in good order. The accommodations in Konya and Cappadocia were excellent. The scheduled stops were well planned and I was so thrilled with the awesome historical sites. Thanks to your staff for a pleasurable trip, and give everyone my best regards.
Until next year,
Vickie O.

Glenda W. – Australia

June 02, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi
We had a great time and everything was so well organized and fantastic hotels guides and no problems. Mehmet, Erol and Murat were all great guides.

Thanks for all your help.... I will recommend you to all. Please make sure the guides get the feedback about how much we appreciated their knowledge and help getting round a fantastic country. I think all of us plan to come back sometime soon
Cheers Glenda

Jennifer & Dan H. – CA, USA

June 03, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Turkey was AMAZING, and we are so glad we went with Insight for our tour organizer. Our Cappadocia tour guide, Fatih K., was especially wonderful, but all the guides were great throughout the tour. Everything was so well organized and we felt very comfortable and taken care of wherever we went. We definitely will return to Turkey in the near future, and we thank you and your company for showing us what a great country it is.

Best wishes,
Jennifer & Dan H.

Rita S. – MT, USA

June 06, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

My Insight Travel Tour of Western Turkey was my first experience with a formal tour group and traveling with people I didn't know. Since I was traveling with such a small group and without a friend of my own I was concerned about how I would get along with my fellow travelers. By the time the trip was over we were all friends. Our guide was brilliant. He really knew his history and there wasn't a question he couldn't answer. His English was flawless. The driver was friendly and helpful and always right where you needed him to be when you needed him. Arif was patient and took care to see that all of us could do the things that were important to us. He let us shop when we wanted and arranged the extra things we wanted to do and made sure they happened for us. The little boutique hotels were clean and interesting with each one being an experience in itself. You made such careful, well researched choices, and everything went off like clockwork. I know from speaking to other travelers that that is not the norm when traveling with many of the travel agencies in Turkey.
Thanks for making my first experience a good one. I will definitely send my friends to you when they are ready for their Turkey adventure.
Rita

Guido L. – Berlin

June 06, 2011
Itinerary: Turkish night at Galata Tower

Delicious food, lot of drinking, spectacular view and wonderful atmosphere. All of my friends were delighted - I wasn't blamed for booking.
Thank you very much tessekür ederim
Guido

Wayne and Julie – Australia

June 06, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina
grand-tour-may-11We arrived home late Friday afternoon after a wonderful trip. It was so nice to meet you and put a face to the many emails between us. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and found our companions a diverse and compatible group. Kemal and Ali are both thoroughly professional. We felt quite at ease with Ali's driving skills and still wonder how he manages to stay so calm in Istanbul traffic. Kemal's knowledge of both the history and culture of his country is amazing. He was willing to discuss any topics that were brought up by the group and managed to get us to most sites before the crowds arrived. Even the weather was great. Our only suggestion would be perhaps cutting down on the time spent at lunch (or leaving earlier in the mornings) to enable the group to get to their accommodation a little earlier to relax a while before dinner. Most of the meals were fine but we did have trouble finding a variety of vegetarian main course food rather than just being offered more of the starter.

As for the hotels, we particularly enjoyed the hotels at Assos, Antalya and the cave hotel. All fabulous accommodation. The staff at the hotel in Dalyan were unhelpful - you might want to look at changing this hotel. The room at the hotel in Kas was fine but there was no lift past the 2nd floor which made it difficult with luggage and for the older people in the group. Both the hotels we chose in Istanbul were excellent and very centrally located.

The itinerary was very full and enabled us to see so much of western Turkey but has now left us with an appetite for more so hopefully we will be able to do the Eastern Turkey tour in 2013.

Please keep us on your mailing list and we look forward to booking again with you. We have attached a group photo, unfortunately minus Ali, taken at the pottery factory near the end of our trip.

Kind regards
Wayne and Julie

Gary D. – CA, USA

June 06, 2011
Itinerary: Istanbul package

Rina, it was a perfect trip. We enjoyed living in the heart of town and experiencing the flavor of the people.
Thank you,
Gary D.

Karen G. – OR, USA

June 01, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
The trip was fabulous and your service was wonderful. It was great to meet you along the way! Our tour guide, Kemal, was very knowledgeable, patient, helpful with all problems, humorous, and fun to be with. Our driver, Ali, was absolutely top notch: I've never felt so safe. I am a bit acrophobic, and I never even thought about it when we were driving around coastal or mountain curves with steep cliffs to one side. And the roads in Turkey are so excellent!

We certainly lucked out with the 6 other people who shared our van--they were great: intelligent, fun, delightful. For me, it was a bonus that they were Australian and Scottish, and not "fellow" Americans.

The hotels and restaurants along the way were almost all really special--it showed a lot of thought had been put into the arrangements, and we would never have been able to find all those places on our own. A highlight was the lunch with the family at their farm, but there were so many delightful restaurants along streams or in the mountains! It made the trip full of pleasant little surprises at every lunch time. The little hotels were great--especially in Assos, Pamukkale, and our "cave room" in Yusuf Yigitoglu Hotel was spectacular. There was one large hotel, I think it was in Kusadasi, (Marina Hotel?), that was a bit too full of large buses of tourists and food that looked good but didn't have much taste, but the room was nice, with a balcony over the harbor. The hotel in Konya was also large, though it had great food and big rooms, but the center of Konya isn't particularly attractive. In general, there were so many wonderful accommodations, we got quite spoiled!

Our hotel for the extra eight days in Istanbul (Erboy) was right in the center of the old town and in perfect walking and tram distance to almost everything. It was modern and clean and well run, and the concierge was extremely helpful. (He walked over with me to the pharmacy and talked to the pharmacist about getting an appropriate medication for my back problems.) The rooftop restaurant was excellent and affordable, with a nice view. It would have been nice to have a more atmospheric hotel with a "room with a view," but, for the price, the Erboy was excellent. I'm glad we took the two-week tour, first, and then, at the end, took our 8 days alone in Istanbul, because we were feeling more at home in Turkey and more confident of our own ability to find our way around.

If I had any one critique, it would be that the pace of the tour was a bit pushed on some days. The first day of our tour crammed too much in: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, and another mosque (Sokullu Pasa)It was interesting, in itself, but that is just too much in one day. Days when we could slow down, for instance, the boat trip at Dalyan, or the optional day cruise to Kekova (a really great choice and very reasonable, cost-wise), gave us a chance to relax and really experience the environment. Pergamon was spectacular, on its hilltop, with a dazzling array of wildflowers after an unusually wet spring. I compare that to Ephesus, which was a zoo: packed with thousands of tourists. Of course Ephesus was well worth seeing, but the experience wasn't magical, the way Pergamon was, because of the relative density of tourists. We had Pergamon more to ourselves.

Finally, I'd like to emphasize, again, how helpful Kemal was. The zipper on my suitcase broke, and he negotiated with a street vendor for me, so I didn't have to pay an exhorbitant tourist's price for a replacement. He was responsive to everyone's needs, and with eight different personalities, that takes some tact.

Rina, please feel free to use any portion of this e-mail in your "remarks from clients" section, and don't feel you have to use every last word! Julia and I had a wonderful time, and would highly recommend your services to anyone who asks!

Best wishes,
Karen G.

Joanna S. – Canada

June 13, 2011
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,
Everything was great. The guide made very at ease and it was a pleasure to explore the city in her company.
Thank you for the memories,
Joanna

Russell and Simone M. – England

June 14, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
Thank you for all you effort and your patience with all our niggling questions. Thoroughly enjoyed Kemal's company as well - he answered questions on a far wider range of subjects than merely the sights we saw in Istanbul, so if you would pass our thanks on to him I would be grateful.

Russell and Simone

Julia H. – CA, USA

June 14, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina, well, Karen beat me to it! I was about to write The Most Glowing Report Ever, and then she forwarded to me the one she had already sent you! I agree with everything she said. It was the most wonderful experience in every way. So, I will just add a little more from my personal perspective.

I am someone for whom the taking part in interesting and rewarding work/trips/explorations/activism with people that I am in tune with is the most enjoyable part of living - and this Turkish holiday was so much that. The organization of the whole thing was so smooth, faultless really, that we, our little group of eight, were free to just enjoy and relish every little adventure without having any worries about where to go or how to do it.. Each busy day was so full of fascinating things to learn see and do that I woke up each morning with a big sense of joy and anticipation; it is of course too much to take in - everything from 3,000 B.C. to the future! - but it was a great start to try and understand that wonderful country. I am very taken by it and its people; it is so beautiful apart from anything else. We, Karen and I, were lucky of course: to find such simpatico people in the van with us, we bonded like anything and the sharing of our experiences and the fun and laughter were great; and then, the best bit of all was having Kemal as our guide. He was just the guide for us. He was so informed and informative, patient, tolerant of our vagaries, and just so much fun also. I particularly liked his witty way of imparting knowledge, always adding "his 10% from his imagination" about the myths and legends. Again, we were lucky to have such a good fit; Please give him an affectionate message from me when you next see him, and say that I hope his lovely little twins are blooming. I will write to him separately to thank him.

The food was terrific, the hotels that were chosen almost all lovely, Of course there were a couple of little snags, but none were because of your arrangements. One for me was my luggage not arriving with me in Istanbul; I had fears of having to wear the same clothes for two weeks! And here too, the hotel people at the desk (particularly a man called "John") were so helpful and tolerant with my fussing and bothering them about that. The hotel was perfect for us. I would recommend it because of its perfect location. I doubt that I will return to Turkey, much as I would like to. I have a daughter in New York with my grandchildren, and my far-flung brothers in Scotland and a need to go back to Britain now and then. But it was truly a marvelous and memorable time and I thank you so much for everything. So many of my friends are asking me about it, and of course I will be your informal "travel agent in California"! A tiny suggestion: one thing that is difficult for we Foreigners to know how to manage is TIPS - how much and to whom/what. We do not want to be either stingy or crass.........Enough. Very Best wishes. Julia

TB Lim – Singapore

June 15, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I had a fantastic time in Turkey! Thanks for planning all these for me, it has been a wonderful experience.

On hindsight, I should have devoted more time to Cappadocia. The various towns/cities along the Aegean Coast are almost the same after a while.

I am certainly looking forward to my next trip to Turkey.

Cheers!
TB

Rebecca J. – TX, USA

June 15, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
We had a fantastic time and this has been our best trip yet. We have fallen in love with Turkey and hope to come back again. We were very happy with the itinerary and the hotels we stayed at. One of the things we loved most about Turkey was that it was a perfect blend of culture, history, sun, and sand.

Thanks again for all you and your staff did to make this possible. Hopefully we'll be in touch in the future to help plan a trip to see Cappadocia.

Take Care!
Paul and Rebecca J.

Suki P. – LA, USA

June 16, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina!!!!!!!!!! Merhaba!

Everything was perfect! I want to go back to Turkey! I am going to actively promote your agency to my circle of friends here in New Orleans.
Everything worked like clockwork, right from the first airport pick-up when we saw faithful Fehmi standing there with the sign. We explored the Grand Bazaar on day one and saw the Whirling Dervishes in the Hodjapaca Center. All the remaining conducted tours were good. I was especially impressed with the tour guide in Cappadocia, his name is Fatih and he was excellent! The whole experience in Cappadocia was outstanding! The balloon tour, the visit to the Goreme Open air museum, Soganli valley with a simple but tasteful farmer's lunch, the Kaymakli underground city, it was just fantastic. We dined at Somine's and at Ziggy's, both are excellent restaurants. The hotel staff at Esbelli Evi gave us a ride on both nights and the restaurant staff dropped us back in their personal vehicles! I loved the people in Turkey! Back in Istanbul, the staff at Emine Sultan were very good, warm, friendly, helpful. We also met the owner. My favorite monument was the Rustem Pasa mosque! The tiles are exquisite! We also visited Topkapi Palace, the Galata tower, the Yerebatan cistern, and of course the other things on our itinerary. The Turkish night at Sultana's was a lot of fun! My best meal was at Haci Abdullah Restaurant on Istiklal Avenue near Taksim. A passerby overheard us talking, and told us about the place, took us there, and introduced us to the waiters. What a meal! I am still drooling at the memory of it!
Everything was on time, Fehmi went beyond the call of duty on our last airport drop-off. We forgot a walking cane in the car, Fehmi drove back to the airport and managed to find us while we were checking in to return it to us. I was really impressed with all the arrangements.

All in all, a great trip and one that I was sad to see end. I will be back and will bring more friends next time. Thank you for all your help in the initial planning stages, and for the flawless execution of every detail of the trip. It was a real pleasure to be able to get a customized tour and to work with you. I wish I could have met you while we were there.
Thanks again! Tayshaykurederim!
Suki

Diane W. – NC, USA

June 16, 2011
Itinerary: Daphne Hotel and Flight Booking

Rina,
Your arrangements worked out well. The flights and hotel were good. We enjoyed walking everywhere from the Daphne, and the staff were very nice.
We had a wonderful trip. Thank you for your help. I would not hesitate to contact you again for future travel to Turkey.
Diane

Alice W. -UK

June 20, 2011
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I have just returned from holidays and wanted to say thank you for organising such a great tour around Turkey.

In particular, I wanted to say that our tour guide (Cagla Cegil) for the journey from Ankara was fantastic and his passion and knowledge about Cappodocia in particular made that the most memorable experience of our trip.

It was a great experience and I would recommend the tour for others who wanted to see the highlights of Turkey in a small amount of time.

Thanks,
Alice

Rona B. – Australia

June 21, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
Everything you organised was amazing and perfect. We love Turkey so much and the people and our tour guides, they are so informative, polite and hospitable. The hotels were lovely also. You live in a wonderful country which seems to have everything just right compared to other countries and so much history. We will definitely be back.

Will email you again soon.

Thank you so much.

Regards
Rona

Ginger W. – GA, USA

June 21, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Thank you so much! The trip was great and all went smoothly. It seemed that when people knew we were with Insight Travel, we got extra special treatment. Sezin and Mustafa were the BEST! They both always had ready smiles and went out of their way to give us that extra memorable time. Going to Mustafa's house for lunch was a real treat. Our Turkish night was wonderful, memorable and fun. Everyone there obviously knew and liked Mustafa. Sezin was knowledgeable, fun and professional. Hasan also really knew his history and we enjoyed talking with him about all kinds of topics. Mehmet was okay and did his job but we felt like it was a job for him rather than a joy like it was for the other guides.

Thank you for helping us to have such an extraordinary time in Turkey! The hospitality, friendliness, and general sense of humor of all we met leaves us with a warm place in our hearts for Turkey (Anatollia). I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know who is going to Turkey.

Ginger

Connie K. – Australia

June 21, 2011
Itinerary: Cappadocia Tour and Hotel Package

Dear Rina
the 3 of us had a most wonderful time! All arrangements were efficient and correct; our driver Mehment must be the best driver in Turkey! and that was very important to me especially as I get very anxious with reckless drivers - he was superb. Our guide Irsen was also wonderful - he was pleasant, sensitive and very knowledgeable the hotel was special - all in all a most memorable experience and I will recommend it to my family & friends
Connie

Jay and Joyce L. – TX, USA

June 22, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
I apologize for taking so long to let you know how fabulous our tour was. It has been busy since we got back.

First of all you were wonderful to work with while planning the trip and our tour was fabulous. Every time I had a question I would shoot off an email to you and within hours had the answer back. Throughout the whole trip all of the logistics worked perfectly. This started with the first day when we missed our change of planes in New York due to bad weather, and had to get on a flight many hours later than planned. All I had to do was send you a quick email from Kennedy airport and there was no problem with getting picked up on arrival to Istanbul for the transfer to our hotel. You had the driver in Istanbul waiting for us right there at the airport at our new arrival time without missing a beat. Thank you for that!

The level of service remained well above all my expectations throughout the entire trip. The van we traveled in was large and comfortable. The driver was excellent and extremely safe, no matter how steep or precarious the roads. Every one of the boutique hotels we stayed at was comfortable and pleasant. Often, such as the "cave hotel" in Cappadocia or the one overlooking the Mediterranean in Kas, they were simply breathtaking. We would have never been able to arrange them on our own, at least not without an incredible amount of both work and luck. The food was great and the little restaurants our guide took us to were perfect. There were only one or two extremely minor glitches of the type you always expect when traveling in the entire tour. Neither of these was Insight's problem and both were fixed quickly and responsibly by the hotels. The managers and staff at the hotels were very courteous and responsive. Your patient, methodical attention to every single little detail in the planning and travel phases of our tour all paid off, and are so much appreciated.

Of course I must complement and thank Arif, our guide. He was the most perfect guide we could have wished to have the pleasure of touring Turkey with. He clearly loves and knows his country. The breadth and depth of his knowledge in ancient and modern history ranges from before Alexander the Great and the Greeks and Romans through the Ottoman Empire to modern Turkey, the middle East and Europe. And in addition he has obviously studied and is fluent in architecture, archeology, mythology, literature, and the Muslim and Christian religions. It was wonderful how he explained everything we saw and did from multiple perspectives. There was literally not a single question that we asked that he could not answer in as much detail as we wanted. And though I am sure I peppered him with questions he was patient and always enjoyed answering them. With each answer I was glad I asked the question I did, because it made so much of a difference in understanding the history that was unfolding before us as we traveled and visited all the wonderful sites you had arranged. Any one with an interest in the culture and history of Turkey will be very lucky if they can be guided by Arif.

Finally to anyone traveling in Turkey, I would say do not miss the balloon ride in Cappadocia! Thank you for including it. It was beautiful and we will remember the joy that it brought us for a lifetime.

To sum up, my wife and I have been on lots of other tours by other companies over the years, all organized by highly rated travel companies that have very slick brochures, good reputations, and are much more widely known than Insight. So, I admit that I was a bit reluctant when I started planning the trip with such a small company in Turkey. But after returning from our Turkey Tour, I do not hesitate one bit to say that your service is far more than a cut above all of the rest. It was wonderful to meet you for dinner in Kas and have the opportunity to tell you that in person. Please feel free to use us as a reference any time.
Jay and Joyce L.

Robert S. – CT, USA

June 24, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
Just want to tell you about our trip. It was really great, and much more than we had expected. Arif was absolutely great. He knew everything and we were very well taken care of. All connections worked well and most of the hotels were good. Loved the Cave hotel, very beautiful and well designed. All the people could not do enough to satisfy our needs and responded immediately. The food was Turkish, very different from US but good. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of variety. I met a woman and her son at The Cave Hotel at dinner, she was from UAR and she was traveling with her 12 year old son and she had booked her trip with you. Lovely woman and very bright boy. Made me very aware of other people from unusual distant lands. But she probably said the same thing about me. The Turkish people are very warm, helpful and very welcoming. The people at the first hotel were especially great. The ruins were incredible as were the Mosques and museums. Did a lot of walking and climbing which at the time took a lot of effort, but was very rewarding.
Loved the trip, thanks
Bobby

Phillipa and Richard H. – New Zealand

June 27, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
We had a most remarkable time and tour in Turkey. The tour surpassed every expectation and was faultless :-)
Our guide Arif Yasa taught us so much history, culture and art. We could not have asked for a better guide, Arif is outstanding; so knowledgeable and amiable. We all thought so highly of him.
Also Nejdet the driver, was a confident, skillful driver and very friendly.
The food was always wonderful and two hotels were outstanding - the Nilya in Selcuk and The Gamirasu in Ayvali - (we were all like excited little children when we arrived there!!)
We absolutely loved the balloon trip too.
Thank you so much for organising and providing such an awe inspiring tour of Turkey, we loved every moment of it.
We will certainly be recommending this to our family and friends.
Many thanks again to you also Arif - you are amazing :-)

Best Regards
Phillipa and Richard

Glenn J. – Australia

June 29, 2011
Itinerary: Private 3 day Gallipoli Tour

Dear Rina,
The tour was everything and more than we had hoped for. Kemal was excellent and he and my father got along very well together as did Kemal and us. The Gallipoli Houses was a fantastic place to stay and I believe Kemal when he said it was by far the best place to stay in the whole area.

We are very pleased that the whole organisation went without a hitch. The hotel in Istanbul was in an excellent location, the staff were great as were all of the Turks we met in the hotel and on the streets. I believe the whole experience has changed my father's opinion of Turkey and its people completely. He had a wonderful time and can't stop talking about it. The Gallipoli experience moved him deeply.

For all of these reasons we want to thank you profoundly. For a small little tour like ours you put in a great deal of work and I am we are very grateful for your efforts and very pleased with the result.

Thank you again,
Glenn and Corry.

Aditi K. – Singapore

July 4, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We returned yesterday from our Tour of Istanbul and Turkey. It is a beautiful country! We wanted to say "Thank You" for organising for us. It was very well arranged..the guides, drivers, hotels, all turned out to be pleasant. All was done as promised and punctually. We particularly enjoyed the Nilya. And the Kolin was also very comfortable. We would not hesitate to recommend your tour to our friends!

Best Regards,
Aditi

Amal N. – UAE

July 7, 2011
IItinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,

It was a pleasure communicating with you. Cant thank you enough for the support and the quick response you were able to give as well as the support during our trip. Not to hide, that I was scared anything comes up or something fail me from doing this trip.

At Sultanahmet hotel they received us in a very nice way and were very helpful. The room was amazingly decorated though it was small. We had the view of Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque from our room so as it was a great start and preparing us for the coming days.

The next day to Canakkale was a bit warm and we were exhausted by the long day tour but not bored at all. Quite new adventure, going on a boat was cool, the guide Murat was a very good one. However, Akol hotel was at the most 3stars, thanks god it was only 1night!

My son was fascinated by the Troy thing, he thought that it was the real one…. My son had a very good knowledge about it. We had another tour guide he is very knowledgeable. Also we were so worn out by the time we reached Tusan hotel it was midnight. I did not expect to be that late. On the other hand, Tusan was better than Akol.

It was extremely hot sun the day we went to Ephesus, but the whether changed and the rest of the day was good.

What I was waiting for at last got the chance to see Pamukkale and was as expected, spectacular. We had enjoyed that day very much although it started with a long walk in the terrible hot sun. (what I mention to you is not only my private opinion, we were wishing to have tours late in the afternoon when the sun cools down). Swimming in the roman pool experiencing the ancient history of this place is more than words to tell. We were imagining how Cleopatra was lucky!

Marina Vista hotel was very nice and we experienced touring in that place and an amazing boat trip we took in the crystal clear water was a day will never forget. Definitely, I will be visiting Bodrum again.

The hotel was a little bit far from station for my son to walk. But I loved it because I was able to see a lot of places and restaurants that my son like!!!!

At Rixos – Antalya - we waited more than 5 hours till room was ready. We took our lunch and were waiting endlessly. I was surprised. Some people came after us were able to be leaded to their rooms before us. Alternatively, this hotel was more than expected. We had the most wonderful time. Acrobat theater, beach parties, activities and more.

The most wonderful days we experienced were at Cappadocia.

Gamirasu hotel has a special touch with an unforgettable friendly atmosphere.

The first day we had horse ride around. We met Turkish people who it seems that they have a quite old history with tourists. No one speaks English but one. Who were able to do the translation. We had tea the first visit, dinner the second day, the third day we were able to taste the sweets. My son fell for this family, as well as that they seemed to love him too. The weather was very cold and unexpected. But this did not stop us.

We were enchanted by the stunning views and fascinating places we visited. Faith (the guide) we spent with him great and magnificent time. He was knowledgeable and patient. Moreover, enthusiastic with great ideas. The only thing was annoying what I share with you on phone. You were so understanding and helpful.

In Istanbul we went around in the tour bus, used the public bus. Visited historical places.

Last but not least, we enjoyed and met a lot of kind people during our trip. I’m thankful to god then to you for giving me the chance to see the beauty and mystery places in Turkey.

Stay in touch as I will.

Thank you and kind regards,

Amal

Monica S. – OH, USA

July 13, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
EVERYTHING worked out perfectly. I'm going to write positive reviews on Trip Advisor because that's how I found you. I'm sorry i was so nervous - maybe traveling by myself while 5.5 months pregnant (and tired and emotional) wasn't the best idea. But everyone at every hotel and tour agency really made it a point to take care of me.
Thank you.
-Monica

Atishi P. – India

July 15, 2011
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We had a wonderful trip -- Turkiye is a great country, that has so much to offer. I loved that our tour had history, culture, nature, outdoor activities, etc etc -- a little bit of everything, for everyone. It was a very well planned itinerary.

My special thanks to Captain Zafer and his family for the lovely gulet cruise -- we were fortunate to get the gulet to ourselves, as also to get a family-run one. And of course thanks to Mehmet -- a guide who was informative as well as entertaining, and who adapted very nicely seeing the interests of the group, especially the kids.

And of course the whole trip went of very smoothly, with all the details having been worked out very nicely by you despite all our changes. All our transfers and bookings were like clockwork.

I'm not sure when we would visit Turkey again, though many of us would love to, especially my kids! But I do know that many of my friends and colleagues are very enthused after hearing about my holiday. So you can be expecting more emails from India for next summer!

With warm regards,
Atishi

Frank C. – New Zealand

July 21, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Good evening Rina

We would like to provide you some feedback on our Insight tour of Turkey.
Overall we had a very good time. The weather was perfect and we had very good travelling companions.

Tour Guide - Kemal
• Very passionate about his country and its history.
• Friendly, helpful and considerate.
• Tried to vary meals as much as possible.
• Tried to accommodate our group's requirements.
• Appeared to have a very impressive knowledge of Turkey's history and archaeology.
Driver - Ali
• Very good driver
• Friendly, courteous and helpful.
Transport
The VW was a very good small coach
• Appreciated having a 14 seater for 8 travellers and guide.
• Comfortable, quiet and ideal for our trip
Content
• Overall we thought the content of the tour was very good.
• Frank compared to content with a tour of Turkey he did with Insight Vacations. Your tour was far more comprehensive and Kemal took us to places which the large tour companies just do not cover. This was most appreciated.
• We very much enjoyed the smaller places - Assos, Selcurk, Kas Dalyan and Antalya.

Sulabha P. – India

July 21, 2011
Itinerary: Self-Drive

Dear Rina,
We had a wonderful trip. Everything went off very well. We have fallen in love with your country and are planning to return in a couple of years. I have already suggested your Agency to a couple of friends, so don't be surprised if you receive an increased volume of enquiries from India.

The hotels more than met our expectations. I had originally expressed some reservations about Nilya hotel to you, but you were right. With the new management, it turned out to be perhaps the best place. The new owners were very helpful and gave us excellent service.

I have a couple of suggestions for you, if you don't mind. I thought it might help to make an already great service even better :)

1. It would be useful to give details of the meals being served on the airlines. It is easier to plan for the travellers. We got excellent meals on Turkish airlines, but the Sun Express did not serve any food. If we had known that, I would have packed some fruits for our breakfast. It is not a big deal, just makes life more convenient :)

2. It would be good to have the information regarding OGS/KGS cards so we know what to expect in terms of toll on the highways. Once again, not a big deal, just makes life a tad easy.

But for these very minor issues, it was a well organized, excellent trip.

Thank you very much for all your help.

With luck, I might ask for your help at some point in the future!

Sulabha

Matt R. – New Zealand

July 25, 2011
Itinerary: Perge and Aspendos Tours

Dear Rina
Many thanks for helping us out at the last minute with today's tour to Perge, Aspendos, and Side.

It was great!

Excellent guide and a very good internationally-diverse small group of co-travellers.

Also thanks again for your help and advice re my initial enquiries a couple of months ago.

Regards & best wishes
Matt

Alex C. – Australia

July 27, 2011
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
We’re now back in Australia after our holiday in Turkey. Many thanks for organising our stages with Insight, it all walked perfectly. We were able to use the showers in the sauna area at Mina on the day we left for Ankara and this was much appreciated. It’s a nice hotel with very helpful and friendly staff.
Kind regards
Alex

Monica B. – South Africa

July 27, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
Greetings from South Africa and thanks for organising a lovely tour for us!!! There were days that the program was very hectic, (Those days we arrived close on midnight at hotels) Luckily we had some extra days at places.

I can't even say which part was the best. I enjoyed them all and the variety. I was most amazed and personally challenged by the consideration and caring of the Turkish people. Travelling with 3 generations in one group does pose problems, it is as if the people just sense it and respond without any requests from our side!!! Wow!!!

Yes I would encourage friends to travel Turkey and make use of Insight Tours!!!! Would love to go again, but will probably end up somewhere else. There is still so much of the world to see!

Thanks for your organisational skills, all our pick ups went well or with little minor glitches only.

Regards
Monika

Katy G. – USA

July 27, 2011
Itinerary: Erboy Hotel Booking

Hi Rina,
Thanks for checking! Everything was fine. We really loved Istanbul, and Hotel Erboy was great. The staff were very helpful, the food was good and the location was perfect.

Thanks again for all your help.

Katy G.

Rosamin O. – GA, USA

Aug. 01, 2011
Itinerary: Private tailored tour

Hi Rina,
Thanks so much for a very well organized vacation. Everyone was so helpful every step of the way. We are definitely going to recommend Insight Travel to whoever wants to travel to Turkey.
Regards,
Rosemin

Janine P. – UAE

Aug. 04, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Good morning Rina,
Sorry for only responding now. I actually wanted to phone you from the airport at Istanbul to thank you, but then I got distracted.

WE LOVED TURKEY!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW, what an amazing beautiful country!!

We are very impressed with Insight Tours and have already recommended Insight Tours to our friends and family.

We are definitely looking at returning to Turkey in the future! Wow, what an amazing country!

Thank you again for your excellent service!!! You were a star!!!!

Kind regards,
Janine

Bill D. – USA

Aug. 10, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina!
I thought the tour was excellent. If I had complete reins to change anything, I would wish for an easier journey to Cappadocia. I didn’t think the stop in Konya provided all that much.
Arif was a rock star. Very informative, insightful and always willing to answer questions. I was also impressed by our driver. I have no idea how he navigated the narrow streets without a scratch. You have a good team.
Bill

Susan M. – OH, USA

Aug. 11, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Tour Itinerary

We had a wonderful time...and were all singing your praises! All transfers and hotels accommodation's were handled smoothly and were just what we were hoping for. I think Kas was a great place to spend our last days in Turkey...you truly live in a lovely part of the world. The proprietors there and at the Historia were extremely welcoming and informative.

Erol in Istanbul was outstanding. He was able to communicate well in English and kept us on our toes for the entire day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We will refer any friends your way who may be interested in visiting Turkey....but promise to weed out the real stinkers.
Sincerely, Susan

Melanie S. – USA

Aug. 15, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Everything went very well, we appreciate all your help. If we were to do it again, we would probably spring for a flight to replace one of our overnight buses since the schedule got to be very grueling. Of course, that was a personal choice and had nothing to do with your plans!

We had an incredible time overall and really feel like we got to see and do as much as humanly possible over the course of our ten days. Thanks again for all you did to help make it such a memorable trip!!

Best,
Melanie

Francois H. – France

Aug. 23, 2011
Itinerary: Hotel bookings

Dear Rina, We are now back in France.

I take the opportunity to thank you for the organisation of our Trip. We all did enjoy the trip and the hotel were different and particular.

Our best souvenir will of course be Hotel Bella in Selcuk that We really recommend. Others have swimming pools which was also a great pleasure mainly for our children.

So we really thank you for your choice and for the organisation. I will recommend you to our friends whenever they go to Turkey.

Best regards
Francois

Leni W. – USA

Aug. 26, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Tour Itinerary

We had a Great Trip. thanks to your arrangements, and the wonderful ( for us) location of the hotels you chose, and your support and availability. It was an added bonus to get a chance to say hello in person.

Everything worked out smoothly, and we even got to have an adventure in a Turkish ER!
Makes for a great story. I will be glad to recommend you to friends who want to have their own Turkish adventure.

Leni

Mary Ellen H. – NY, USA

Sept. 06, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi, Rina:
We had an absolutely amazing vacation – Turkey is so diverse and simply magical on so many levels. Logistically, everything went like clockwork – you couldn’t have planned a better itinerary or schedule for us. We had just the right amount of free time to explore on our own.

Now – here are a few great finds. Errol introduced us to a blacksmith in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul who made us custom, silver jewelry at a fraction of the cost at stores/booths. We also located a tailor (Terzi) in Selcuk who could turn around the manufacturing of pillow cases and dresses in a day. The weekend bazaar (I forget if it was Sat or Sunday) in Selcuk is a do not miss! The Ramadan (Ramazan) festivals are also must see events – especially the one by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul; also loved the Galata Tower and dining under the bridge at sunset.

One additional thought – we almost did not bring sneakers thinking that sandals would do – you should let your guests know that sneakers are a must!

Overall – we loved the location of our hotels; if the Akay had wireless in the rooms and softer sheets they could be upgraded to a 4 star plus! The Orka was hopping – and perfectly situated. The cave hotel was a bit off of the beaten path but a nice retreat with free shuttle service into town.

Both my daughter and I travel a lot to less developed countries and we agreed that Istanbul is our favorite foreign city and that Turkey has all of the charm of Greece 30 years ago – and much more history than we expected! Fabulous!

Thanks for your time and thought in planning the trip for us. On a side note, everyone from the drivers, to hotel owners, to guides has the most respect for you – so kudos for hosting such a well run and respected business! Without hesitation I would refer others to you and hope to be in touch with you again for future trips…

Best,
Mary Ellen

Janet M. – Australia

Sept. 07, 2011
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
Yes, thank you Rina, the tour was great! Mete was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, polite and an excellent driver. We learnt so much about Turkey, both formally and informally as we were driving around.

We thought the Tatlises was a bit tired and also just a bit too large to feel comfortable in. Although, one thing we did like was having a swim at the end of a long day! The two hotels that we changed in the itinerary (Sirkeci Konak and the Yunak Evleri) were really beautiful. I would recommend both of them to anybody who wanted something special. The "surprise" hotel of the trip was the last one in Cannakale, I can't remember it's name, was terrific - great location and a really "old fashioned" hotel in a nice way. I thought the food on the trip was also really good - good quality and authentic Turkish cuisine, my diet started the day after we left!

We are currently in Florence Italy. It is such a contrast - amazingly crowded with queues a mile long for all the attractions. Although there were plenty of people around in Turkey it didn't seem to interfere with anything we wanted to do. We are in the apartment now, having a siesta before venturing back into the crowded streets.

Thanks again Rina. We have given your name to a friend planning to come to Turkey next year and if anyone else asks me I will certainly pass your name on.

A great trip!
Regards
Janet

Doris R. – Dominican Republic

Sept. 19, 2011
Itinerary: Ephesus Cruise Excursion

Hi Rina, I’ve got home today.
Salomon (as we named him) is a great tour guide, very friendly, great sense of humor and gave us answer for everything we asked, his explanations were very easy to understand and for real he made our tour memorable. I’ll highly recommend he and your company… thank you so much
Doris

Edward G. – NC, USA

Sept. 27, 2011
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina, I think that you and I must be on the same wavelength or something. One of the things that was on my To-Do List for today was to email you and thank you for making our stay in Istanbul so very wonderful. Both Mustapha and Erol were just unbelievable Guides, thoroughly professional, pleasant, and welcoming. Both of them were just tops as far as we were concerned, we could not have asked for better. When we come back to Istanbul again, I want to tour with both of them again.

Mike and Judy got home fine. He thinks that the whole episode resulted from him taking one of his medications incorrectly, so that this was essentially a medication reaction. I have talked to him by phone as well as email since we got home and he says that he's fine. I want you to know that both Phil, who is also a Doctor, and I are very grateful to Mustapha for all of his efforts and the way he handled the situation with Mike. Short of building a wheelchair himself (which he would have done if he had had a chair and some wheels) I don't know what else he could have done. Mike could not have continued the tour; at the same time, he did not need to go to the hospital and start all of that stuff either. The situation was handled in the best possible way and the end result was as good as it could have been. Please thank Mustapha again for all of us.

Finally, a Very Big Thank You goes to you. You were just perfect to deal with the whole time: quick responses, everything stayed on track, and I always knew that if I had a question or a problem, that you were going to be right there and that you would have the right solution to any problem. I will be writing a review on Trip Advisor about your agency; let me just say that you won't have to worry about my recommendations. The next time we come to Istanbul, I want you back also, and if you ever come to Charlotte, dinner will be my pleasure.

Again, thank you and your Staff so very much for everything. Gail and I are looking forward to touring with Insight again.

Best Regards,
Edward G.

Sonia M. – MI, USA

Sept. 27, 2011
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Rina -- We loved the tour, the hotel and the entire city of Istanbul. It was a great vacation.

Erol, the tour guide, was very thorough -- yet not boring. He gave us just enough detail. Also, the lunch was very good.

The Hotel Amira was definitely my favorite part. It was clean and the service was exceptional.

Thanks so much for your help and we hope to all be back again one day!

Randall Y. – Singapore

Sept. 28, 2011
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Dear Rina,
The trip to Istanbul was wonderful. My friends and I really enjoyed ourselves. The guides for our day tours were wonderful too.

I'll be sure to recommend your company to any friend I know going to Turkey.

Regards,
Randall Y

John A. – London, UK

Oct. 05, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Our trip to Turkey went off perfectly and we were delighted with every aspect. The change suggested by Eser at the end of the cruise was a good idea. By the way, the drive from the coast to Antalya was very scenic and an unexpected bonus part of our itinerary. Our guide in Istanbul Mustafa was excellent. He helped us find good restaurants and even invited us to meet his friend the Imam of the Mustafa Pasha mosque. That was another unexpected highlight.

It was a pleasure meeting you and we will certainly recommend Insight Travel to our friends.

John

Irfan C. – NJ, USA

Oct. 05, 2011
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
You are welcome for the recommendation; you did an excellent job planning my trip and had a wonderful time, so I will def recommend you to anyone I know that will be coming to Turkey. I expect a lot of people to come eventually after how much I raved about the trip to my family and friends. Though I do understand why the price was high being a private tour. I wanted to give you some feedback on the tour and maybe you can forward it to the respective agencies so the owners are aware of how excellent their guides are

1) Mustafa in Istanbul- Best guide of our tour. Very professional, and the most knowledgeable of all of them. He was very keen and was able to pick up what we wanted to do, where we wanted to spend more time, and he tailored everything to our liking and what we wanted. We never felt rushed with him. He was not lazy at all, he spent extra time even though some days got late he had no problems taking us around to places we wanted to go to. On the last day, he went out of his way to drop us off at the grand bazaar and show us the gates we needed to go to and taught us the tramway system and how to get back to our place. When i saw him at night in the hotel lobby, he spent time discussing things with us in regards to where we can go to eat and whatever other questions we had. Definitely the best guide we have ever had! Please pass on our regards.

2) Melaika and driver in Cappadocia. Such wonderful people. Melaika treated us like friends. After she found out that my wife is pregnant she took such care of her like a friend. She would always recommend foods to eat, and her and the driver would be concerned for her well being wherever we went. She got small gifts as a token for my wife and our expected baby. We even took her contact info to stay in touch. She was also very knowledgeable. She also tailored our tour according to our preference. Did not feel rushed with her either. I can't say enough about the driver. What a nice man. He took us to his house on the second day for lunch and his wife prepared an elaborate fresh lunch from their garden. Amazing hospitality, wonderful family. He constantly observed our preferences and would jump on it right away (when we were hot in the car he noticed without us saying anything and adjusted temp; would constantly ask if we were thirsty etc; its these little things that go a long way). The lunch at their house was one of the highlights of their trip as we truly got to meet a Turkish family and see their way of life. His wife so so kind; she gave my wife a gift and also a gift for our expected baby. We enjoyed Cappadocia even more because of the tour guide, the driver, and his family.

3) Farook was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, answered all our questions; gave us plenty of time wherever we wanted, very punctual. When I spoke to him about the private transfer he called the tour company right away and tried to sort it out. Farook also showed much concern for my pregnant wife; he would stop and buy fresh fruits for my wife because it was healthy for the baby. He didn't act like a tour guide in that we felt very comfortable with him because he spoke to us like a friend rather than a tour guide. He was also very funny.

All in all, the tours you arranged for us were excellent. All the guides/drivers were always so punctual and wonderful. I can't speak enough about them all. We loved our trip to Turkey. We travel all over, and this was def our best trip, and like I said the trip was so much more enhanced because of the tour services.

Thank you for a wonderful trip.

I hope my best friend’s trip works out with you. I spoke to him at length about our trip, and he wants to make his trip pretty identical to mine and basically wants the same services you provided me, and he wants to take care of hotels and likely the airport transfers that I took care of.

Regards,

Bron and Izabela S. – Australia

Oct. 11, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We are back in Australia. The holiday in Turkey was great. Thanks for good organization. Arif is a very good and knowledgeable guide, please say Hi to him from us. We were very happy with the whole trip and will recommend your office to all our friends. We may also come again to see the eastern part of Turkey, and if we do I will contact you again.
Thanks
Bron and Izabela S

Laurie & Andrew L. – Canada

Oct. 12, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We are back after 30 hours in transit - a long trip home! We had a wonderful time in Turkey, and can't say enough good things about our travel there: the people most certainly - warm and friendly. And the amazingly diverse countryside. And the food! We already miss the Turkish breakfast.

The Assiana was perfect. We loved the room. The guide there was also excellent, and the sunrise balloon trip was the icing on the cake. Just amazing.

Sorry we missed meeting you in Kas. We had a very relaxing time there, and got in lots of swimming, walking, and sunshine after a lot of road travel seeing the country.

Thanks again for your assistance in making our trip a memorable one.

Warm regards,
Laurie & Andrew

Ann W. – Australia

Oct. 13, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina
I loved Turkey! I’ve been encouraging all my family, friends and work colleagues to put this destination at the top of their list of places to visit.

Istanbul was very interesting. Loved the food – and quickly developed a liking for apple tea.
The Daphne hotel was very comfortable and spotlessly clean, and the chap on the reception desk was very helpful. I left my luggage with him on my last day and went for a tram ride to Taksim Square. I gave him my iPad to lock away. When I came back to the hotel at the end of the day, he had cellotaped a large sign to my suitcase that said “Don’t forget your iPad”. How’s that for customer service!

Cappadocia.
What an amazing place!
The Assiana Hotel was lovely, spacious and clean, and the room was beautiful. I just loved having breakfast on the balcony. I had the best coffee of my whole Turkey trip here. And the Rose jam was to die for. Cappadocia Tours were absolutely fantastic. I was with a small group of 3 for the two days I was there and we travelled in a spotlessly new luxury small people mover. Our guide – Zeynep – spoke English perfectly. Understanding every word of what she said allowed us to ask many questions – to which she knew the answers. A very knowledgeable and likeable young lady.
Zeynep took us to local restaurants on both days and ordered some absolutely delicious local food from the menu. It was to all intents and purposes a luxury private tour. The three Canadians I met on this tour were wonderful and we got on like a house on fire. We now correspond by email.
Highlight for me was the balloon flight over Cappadocia.

Thank you Rina for organising the tour. I have many wonderful memories – and perhaps one day I shall persuade my husband to visit Turkey. I’d love to go again.

Cheers
Ann

Lucy S. – VA, USA

Oct. 16, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Turkey tour. Everything was so well planned and went smoothly and most of all interesting and fascinating. I appreciate that. Arif was a great guide. He was so knowledgeable and his love of Turkey certainly showed.
Again thanks for everything. I will recommend Turkey and your company to all I know!
Lucy S.

Rosie E. – New Zealand

Oct. 18, 2011
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and thanks for your patience and all the last minute organising. It all went smoothly and there were lots of highlights. Any disappointments we had fall on our shoulders because we were so late in committing to the trip.

We are back in New Zealand now but will definitely recommend your services. We certainly hope we have a further opportunity to enjoy your beautiful country in the future.

Kindest regards

Bruce and Jane M. – LA, USA

Oct. 18, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkb.millerey Tour

Rina:

Here are Jane and my comments to our trip.

First, the guide - Arif - was excellent. He has a vast working knowledge of history and explains it in an interesting manner. He has a very good and dry wit as well. Moreover, when we found we had extra time on the last day in Cappadocia, he found places for us to go. Improvisation was Arif's very strong point and we all really appreciated his helpfulness.

Second, the bus was comfortable for 10. Even last row wasn't bad although for a trip of 5 hours at a time, the end seats which have no place for the outside foot to rest other than on a wheel covering can be more difficult.

Third, it was good to have the rest stops although it would also be nice to have fewer hours in the bus on the two long days. I don't know how to do that given the territory that we covered other than to drive faster!

Fourth, and this comment is from my wife, specific shopping recommendations would be appreciated. To set us loose in the grand bazaar for an hour gives the sense of bewilderment. Granted, Arif is not a shopper but again my wife would like to have had shopping recommendations. Visits to carpet and jewelry factories are fine, and if you recommend purchase there, then let us know before we consider buying rugs at the beginning of the trip. We did not purchase a carpet, although Jane may very well order one.

On the whole, and given the chance, I'd go back to Istanbul and Turkey in a heartbeat. We really enjoyed our trip.

Bruce and Jane M.

Leslie H. – VA, USA

Oct. 20, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, The trip was fantastic. In fact, Lucy and I have even talked about going back to spend a few days in Istanbul as we didn't see enough of what is there. Thanks for assigning us such a wonderful guide as well although I don't think he understood that some of us have a need to shop. He was so knowledgeable and kept us all comfortable and on schedule. The itinerary was great but we did see that it would really take more time to do Turkey justice.

Best wishes
Leslie

Denise C.

Oct. 21, 2011
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tour

Hi Rina,
We really enjoyed our day with Mustafa. He has a great depth of knowledge and is a lot of fun. He really knew how to avoid the crowds, too. All in all, it was a great day for us.

Thanks again for your help.

Best wishes,
Denise

Oct. 24, 2011

Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
When we were planning our holiday trip we carefully listed the places that we wished to visit, how long we had to spend in doing so and we did background reading to be somewhat informed before we arrived to do our touring.
The itinerary that you provided seemed very attractive and we anticipated a great time. The chance to have a balloon trip was an added treat, and the few days for personal exploration of Istanbul appealed to all of us.
What we did not anticipate was the character of our guide and driver. Kemal’s credentials were sent to us but there was no mention of his friendly manner, his sense of humour and his daily efforts to ensure that we were well accommodated. We were all delighted to have him guide us and we are very grateful to Insight for assigning him to our tour. We could not communicate with Ali very much in words but his smile spoke plenty. We were very impressed with his skill in negotiating switchback turns on mountainous roads and winding narrow streets in little towns. We were able to enjoy the scenery knowing that our safety was assured. Again we are very grateful that he was part of our entourage.
All of us wish to thank you for arranging a great tour. We shall keep many happy memories of our visits to the many interesting parts of your pleasant country.

Ardith & Gerry D.
Mary Ann & Lynn L.
Martha & John P.
Carol & John S.

Cathy C. – Australia

Oct. 31, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
have finally arrived home and just wanted to email you to tell you how impressed I was with the tour and with Arif and Necdet. It was an interesting, professionally run and informative tour. I found Arif to be an excellent tour guide and a fount of knowledge! I had not been too enthusiastic about going to Gallipoli but Arif made it come alive and I ended up being very moved by what we saw. Necdet was just a gorgeous human being and his quiet charm and warmth was delightful.

I loved Turkey and had lots of good times thanks to Arif and Necdet and your great organisational skills
best wishes
Cathy

Chris K. – CA, USA

Nov. 04, 2011
Itinerary: Cappadocia Tour

Rina,
I was finally able to meet up with our client Carolyn Hill. All of the arrangements you made were well received and completely met her expectations.

Thank you so much for making these arrangements for us.

Sincerely,
Chris

Henry T. – Australia

Nov. 10, 2011
Itinerary: Private Tailored Seven Churches Tour

Dear Rina,
Thanks for all of your help with organising our tour. Your attention to detail in the planning stages was exceptional, and you were able to answer all questions very efficiently! Furthermore, when we were travelling, you were available even in odd hours of the day to answer our questions! Mum mentioned that you are the best tour agent she has come across, which is really saying something as she has booked many tours with many companies over the years!

As for the tour itself, everything ran seamlessly, and we were all very happy with the tour guides, transport and services. We got to everywhere we wanted to and had enough time to enjoy the sights. All of our tour guides were friendly and very informative.

We loved Cappadocia, and really enjoyed the historical sights at Ephesus and the Midros Valley. Although it was plenty of driving to visit all the places we wanted, the driver and guide made extra sure we were looked after!

Thanks once again and we’d definitely recommend your services to others who are travelling in Turkey - the best way to see the best of the country!

Regards,
Henry, Kiri and YY.

Frances R. – Australia

Nov. 13, 2011
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,
The tour was terrific and as a person who has never taken a tour before, always preferring independent travel, it was the perfect introduction. It was great to be in such a small group and not on a big tour bus. Kemal was a wonderful guide- so full of knowledge and a really funny guy. He really looked out for us. As for Ali (or is it Dursan?), he was the safest driver I could have wished for and a really delightful person, whose lack of English didn't prevent him communicating. I also have only good things to say of the drivers in Istanbul, especially the one on the day I was leaving, who managed to get through the
barricades for the Istanbul Marathon and pick me up then get me to the airport on time despite having to do a large detour.

I absolutely loved the Gamirasu Cave Hotel. It is probably the most gorgeous place I have ever stayed and I would happily have paid quite a bit more to stay another night so I could have really enjoyed it. It would have been nice to have a farewell dinner and take a flight the next day to Istanbul.

Other places I really loved were the Assos Kervanseray Hotel and the Hotel Nilya in Selcuk. The Orient Express in Istanbul was very nice with lovely staff and a fabulous roof restaurant.

I can't believe how much I saw and did on this trip. I would never have managed anywhere near as much if I had been travelling independently. It was truly comprehensive and I'm so glad that I got to do the Grand Tour rather than one of the shorter ones. Thanks for all your patience in dealing with me to ensure I got the trip I really wanted. It was really nice to meet you in Kas. Insight is a such a nice, personal company and I will be recommending it to anyone heading to Turkey
regards
Frances.

Rebecca C.

Nov. 14, 2011
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina,
Nice to hear from you. The tour was fantastic, I really enjoyed it! Chala was great, informative and fun! The driver was also very helpful and his driving was very careful.

That's all. I hope that I will have to visit Turkey another time and I will definitely recommend your services to my family and friends.

Regards
Rebecca

Jerry & Jane S. – Canada

Nov. 20, 2011
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We enjoyed Turkey and have so many memories and pictures to sort through when we get home. Our tour guide and bus driver were both excellent.
Our days were long with much to see, Turkey has much history.
Thank you for being so helpful with all of our reservations.
Jerry & Jane Stacey

Vera B. – Brazil

Dec. 02, 2011
Itinerary: Private Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
I am back to Brazil and I would like you to know that everything was great.
The tour guides and drivers were excellent as well as hotels , etc
I strongly recommend your agency to future travelers.
Turkey is a beautiful country, with very nice and helpful people. The food is the best in the world!
Thank you to organize this great trip!
Vera

Larissa D. – Australia

Apr. 02, 2012
Itinerary: Private Tailored Western Turkey Tour

The two half day and one full day tours we took in Istanbul were all excellent and well organized and informative. As for Kemal, we were very happy with the time we spent together. He had a lovely personality and a great sense of humour, and is absolutely full of information on history etc and we learned so much from him. We could never have covered so many miles or learned so much had we been on our own or taken a coach tour. In summation I would have to say we were thrilled with everything you arranged and that it went like clockwork. I feel that the itinerary that we came to decide on was just perfect and that we really saw the best we could in the time allocated. I would heartily recommend your agency to anyone I know who requires travel arrangements in Turkey.
Larissa D.

Melinda A. – NC, USA

Apr. 16, 2012
Itinerary: Bosphorus Tour and Whirling Dervish

Loved all of it. The Dervishes were great and Bosphorus trip was also wonderful Thank you for all your help..

Nicky P. - South Africa
Apr. 13, 2012
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina
Well we are back and the memory of the holiday rapidly fading as reality and work take over!

Thanks for everything. It all worked out so well and nothing went wrong - thanks to you. An added bonus was having the Crystals from America with their children. Lauren is always the only child having to put up with just adults (not that she minds) but it was such a treat for her to have company and they got along very well. They were such nice children.
I also liked it that it was a small tour.

Thanks again for all the arrangements.

Regards
Nicky

Joanna S. – Inner Wheel – Singapore

Apr. 17, 2012
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We all enjoyed the Turkish Night very much last night and will certainly encourage our friends to attend if they come here.

We sadly bade farewell to Arif today. Thank you very much for this extra day of touring on the Bosphorous! The ferry ride was very enjoyable and we had a wonderful seafood lunch at the restaurant Arif brought us to. Arif is a very good guide, very knowledgeable, speaks very good English and he's just a good person. All the group felt he did a very good job with us.

Finally I really love my room at Golden Horn! I only expected a standard room here and now I am very happy with the beautiful room I have! Thank you for everything!

Regards,
Joanna

Michael R. – Australia

Apr. 24, 2012
Itinerary: Private Gallipoli Tour

Hi Rina
Thanks for a great trip. Mustafa and the driver were fantastic.
The Imperial Ottoman hotel was a superb location!

Kind regards
Michael R

Joanna S. – Inner Wheel – Singapore

Apr. 25, 2012
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
You are very welcome! You are the best travel agent I have ever come a across!

Everyone kept saying how much they enjoyed the tour and how well balanced the itinerary was.

I will recommend Insight Travel strongly to anyone who mentions they are going to Turkey!

Regards,
Joanna

Lucia G. – Inner Wheel – Singapore

Apr. 25, 2012
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

We had a great time Rina, thanks to your meticulous planning.

Glad you like the shawl Joanna bought. Hope it'll bring back memories of our group whenever you put it on.

I brought back the Turkish Delights but most said it is too sweet, just like the Turkish who are so warm, so sweet and hospitable.We had pictures taken with the waiters, students as well as the shopkeepers.

Arif was a great guide. He brought us back to history class and we enjoyed it. My husband said he's going to the library to borrow books on that.Please convey out gratitude to him.

The stay at the cave-converted hotel was a new experience.
Warmest regards

Lucia

Terry W. – PA, USA

Apr. 29, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,

Just want you to know how much I enjoyed our trip to Turkey. The hotels you selected were convenient, clean, comfortable. I especially liked the Rast hotel in Istanbul, for it was centrally located and the staff was cheerful, helpful and considerate. The Gamirasu was far beyond our expectations.

Our guide, Kemal, was cheerful, knowledgeable and considerate. He seemed to know exactly when we needed a bathroom break and a stop for a photo shoot. I felt the pride he had in his country and began to admire the culture of
Turkey. He was absolutely exceptional.

Our driver, Ali, was very professional, an expert driver. I don't know how he maneuvered through those tight, narrow streets.

Thank you for accommodating me and my luggage problem. I am very grateful that the van was able to pick me up at the customs cargo building instead of at the Rast on the way to Troy. It gave me the time I needed to retrieve my luggage.

Thank you for arranging a trip I will remember and talk about for years to come.

Terry W.

Agnes A. – PA, USA

Apr. 30, 2012 Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour It was wonderful, Rina. Thanks. I thought Kemal was an excellent guide and your driver Ali was great. We did not have to worry about being picked up to or from the airport. Everything was well organized. The size of the group was perfect. Would recommend you to anyone who wants to hear from your clients. Agnes

Paul M. – WI, USA

May 02, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Thanks for asking. Great trip! We had a great time. Lovely country, lovely people, learned a lot by taking this trip.

I was thinking about sending you a more detailed note about pluses and minuses (not many!). When I get a chance.

Paul M.

Dede K. – CA, USA

May 06, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We are back in California and had a fantastic trip.......many thanks for taking care of every single detail...I have never had a trip go so smoothly with the exception of my luggage being lost on the way home. But, that had nothing to do with you.

We enjoyed all the hotels, had great service, the guides were wonderful and it was amazing how there was always someone at all stops to pick us up or deliver us....The bus rides were long, but you had prepared us for that which we appreciated....I told Kraig that on those buses where no one spoke Eng., the attendants just knew what to do with us. I felt like we were children whose parents arranged for the flight attendants to watch over us. Thank you so much.

We fell in love with Turkey and will definitely recommend the trip and Insight Travel to our friends.

Much thanks and appreciation for helping the make this one of the most memorable trips of my life.

Dede K.

Maarten and Hilary M. – South Africa

May 12, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We got back to South Africa yesterday and are still settling in and catching up on e-mails.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip - everything went smoothly, the company was good and the guide (Kemal) excellent. All the places we toured were fascinating. Only- the 2 Turkish airlines flights, in and out of the country, were delayed by about an hour each, and we found the food, though most plentiful, rather monotonous (e.g.Lentil soup, kebab and aubergine).
Congratulations on a very well-run organisation.

Best wishes,
Maarten and Hilary

Janet R. and Jennie M. – Australia

May 21, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,

Yes, we are back in London and had a wonderful time on the tour. Kemal and Ali were wonderful hosts and really added to our enjoyment.

Thanks for everything

Janet and Jennie

Nina C. – Australia

May 25, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina, I had a wonderful time on the group tour, thoroughly enjoyed the programme. I found Kemal the best guide I could have have hoped for, knowledgeable & enthusiastic as well as humorous & thoughtful. We all felt very safe with Ali, our friendly driver. Altogether the holiday was for me a great success, even though Mollie was unable to go.

Best wishes, Nina

Brian D. – Australia

May 31, 2012
Itinerary: Golden Horn Tour - Istanbul

Dear Rina
We got home last Monday morning from our seven weeks overseas adventure to find your email among many others. I was intending to get back to you to report how much we enjoyed the Golden Horn Tour you organised for us.

Our guide, Gamze, was a delight. She was very knowledgeable and took a personal interest in each member of our small group. We enjoyed every aspect of the tour especially the Panorama 1453 Museum. This, and the subsequent drive along the ancient walls, addressed my special interest in this aspect of Turkish history. We would not hesitate to recommend this tour to other travellers.

Thanks again for all your help.

Regards,
Brian

Ritu J. – USA

June 01, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Itinerary

Thank you for doing such a great job in arranging all the hotels, flights, transfers and tours. All the transfers were prompt, efficient and courteous. Will definitely use your services again if we return to Turkey. You are as good as all the reviews on TripAdvisor! Will post a review.
Thank you again for making our trip to Turkey stress free.

Ritu

Fiona B. – South Africa

June 05, 2012
Itinerary: Perula Hotel Booking and Group Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,
Thanks again for everything.
Hotel was wonderful and in an awesome position.
Txs again for everything.
Fiona

Lloyd and Susan R

June 05, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina, The trip worked out just as we had hoped, so thank you for getting things organized. Best regards, Lloyd

Brent & Donna G. – Canada

June 10, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Arrived home yesterday after a great vacation. Thought we would share some feedback with you.

Turkey was the favourite part of our trip for both Donna and I (we also visited Vienna, Paris, Switzerland and Amsterdam)- we found that people were very friendly, we were a bit surprised at the degree to which English is widely spoken (I know that unilingual North Americans are very spoiled in this regard!), we loved the food, the hotels you booked for us were excellent (although the Kismet, which is in many ways the most beautiful and atmospheric of the places we stayed, struggles a bit with hot water in the mornings), Turkish Airlines was outstanding, Pegasus were fine as well, the local bus from Bergama to Canakkale was excellent and in general we simply had a good time wherever we went.

You did a great job in organizing an agenda that met all of our requests and exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you! Please feel free to use this comment, we would recommend your company to anyone who is interested in travelling to Turkey, and we are going to be telling a lot of people how much we loved your country.

Tesekkur ederim.

Brent & Donna

Margaret and Denis W. – Australia

June 10, 2012
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
Thanks for your email. As you may have gathered, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour around Turkey. It was a lovely group of people and as I am sure you have gathered, Arif was a great guide. He did seem a bit taken aback by the poem. On reflection, it should have ended " and so from the group we say, thanks for a great Turkish holiday", rather than from just Den and I. Everyone seemed to have as enjoyable time as we did.
When we get home and gather our thoughts, we shall contact you again, with any further comments.

Regards Margaret and Denis W.

poem-to-arif kas-dinner

Howard F. – VA, USA

June 13, 2012
Itinerary: Istanbul Hotel and Tour Package

Everything went perfectly, your arrangements could not have been any better. The planning and the execution of what you setup was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend you to everyone and would book my travel through you again very soon. Aside from everything going according to schedule, the most impressive aspect was the individual treatment that you and your company treated me to. Thank you very much for making my time in Turkey so pleasant of an experience.

Your recommendation of hiring the services of Ugur could not have been better. He is an outstanding guide, extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and he did a great job of helping us to see and go where we wanted. He really made the trip special for my father who wanted to visit the Navy bases where he was stationed so many years ago. He was able to facilitate my father speaking with many of the Turkish sailors who had a knowledge of the history of the bases and had spoken to other U.S. sailors who were there in the past as well. If there is any way that you can reward him with more business or any kind of recognition, it would be very deserving and well placed.

Thank you for taking the time to ask for feedback on the trip.

Howard

Frederick E. – Canada

June 13, 2012
Itinerary: Istanbul and Kusadasi Hotel - Tour Package

Rina,
Yes, everything went well. We had a wonderful time. I am really glad I bought all of the transfers--it saved a lot of headaches.

The Golden Horn Sultanahmet was satisfactory.
Thanks for all your help.

Ananthakrishnan A. – MA, USA

June 16, 2012
Itinerary: Istanbul and Kusadasi Hotel - Tour Package

Rina, We left Istanbul on Thursday after a weeks holiday and I hasten to write this to thank you for the excellent program me you designed for us tailor made. In all the places your tour guides arrived in time and were extremely knowledgeable. The hotels were all excellent value and provided us with outstanding comfort. More than anything else I want to thank you for the personal interest you took in designing our tour programs keeping our interest in mind. It was first class. You may use this letter for any purpose you may need.

Ananthakrishnan A.

Valerie H. – Australia

June 18, 2012
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

I am finally back in Canberra after time in Prague and the UK. We both greatly enjoyed the tour. The organisation was superb as was the itinerary. Mostly the food was great – especially the evening in Kas. The family hosted lunch is a great concept but needs to be shortened – maybe just demonstrate a few dishes? Lovely people and great food. Arif and Ali were both great. A minor point re the last night. It was such a shame not to be able to enjoy such a lovely hotel – especially when getting up early for a balloon flight!

We are both happy to recommend you’re agency to others.

Best wishes
Val H.

Keith H. and Ruth G. – Australia

June 18, 2012
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina
Great pleasure to meet you and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour - Arif and Ali were great and we'd happily go with both of them again.

We are certainly keeping an active interest in the possibility of doing an Eastern Turkey tour - probably in 2014. While we won't be looking at starting to plan anything until at least March 2013, if you have someone who is also looking to organise an English speaking group tour in 2014 we would appreciate being kept informed.

Re feedback, I appreciate the considerable difficulties of accommodating potentially diverse interests and getting the balance right when putting an itinerary together when there is a lot to see.

For example, the time at Gallipoli (~ 1.5 hours) was fine for me as Australians receive yearly exposure to it at home (and of course a holiday), although I can imagine some Australians or New Zealanders may wish to spend longer there.

We are keen on museums and pleased that Arif managed to accommodate us to visit the archeological museum in Antalya. We believe it should be an optional extra on the tour.

We thought that the home cooked meal was great.

We'll certainly be recommending your company to any potential travellers we know.

Cheers
Keith and Ruth

Diane and Ken J. – Australia

June 21, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

We did have a fantastic time in Istanbul and on the Highlights of Turkey tour (and in Uzbekistan). Turkey was as wonderful as we had been told and Kemal really helped us to understand the country better and learn so much history that we have come home eager to read more. We loved the Turkish food - and the Turkish coffee and apple tea. The hotels were fine and we especially enjoyed the beautiful courtyard in the Nilya Hotel in Selcuk.

We found the Historia Hotel excellent although they did forget to prepare us a breakfast box the morning we flew out to Tashkent.

Kemal was a patient and friendly guide; Ali was pleasant at all times as were the drivers who took us to and from the airport.
You were excellent to deal with, Rina. Thank you for giving us the opportunity of a very enriching holiday.

All good wishes
Diane and Ken J.

Frank B. – USA

June 22, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,

It was a wonderful trip and thanks to you for making it so. Also a big thanks to Dick for working with you on the arrangements. Everything was truly unbelievable: the food, the transportation, the guides, the hotels.

Thanks again and if the need comes up, I will certainly recommend you to other potential travelers as well as using you again if we decide to return to Turkey.

Frank B.

Richard K. – USA

June 23, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina, my comments on the trip echo Frank's. All the connections were so well coordinated and the site recommendations and hotels were great.

The Pasha Han hotel in Goreme with the rooms in a cave was fun.

All other hoteliers were very helpful and professional. The Ibis in Istanbul, not far from the airport, is a good recommendation for folks who are leaving early the next day.

Again, thanks Rina for your service. We will recommend you and Insight to friends bound for Turkey.

All the best, Dick K.

Sue and Emma F. – Australia

June 25, 2012
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
We arrived home this week from our travels. We had an absolutely fantastic time in Turkey, and hope to return to see more of the eastern half of the country.
I have never been a fan of organised group tours and have always travelled independently, but I found the small group scenario great. Our travel companions were a great bunch of people. The tour was so well organised, I know we would not have seen or learnt nearly as much, not to mention being as relaxed, if we had attempted to travel alone.

Ali did a great job of driving us around. He was always friendly and very obliging, and kept our bus perfectly clean. Arif was a fantastic guide, very personable, and he kept us all in order!! He has so much knowledge and was so willing to impart it to us. I also enjoyed his wit. I would not hesitate to recommend Insight Travel and your Grand Tour of Turkey to anyone.

We really enjoyed the traditional Turkish lunch we had cooked for us while we were in Kas. I think it was the standout meal of our entire trip, and I appreciate the hosts opening up their home to us. I know this was the first time you had offered this treat, and I think it would be good to continue such an opportunity. If I could make one suggestion though, Maybe more preparation could be done beforehand on future visits, and only one or two dishes demonstrated/cooked/with group participation. Not a big issue though. Any possibility of getting some recipes???????

Thank you for providing such a wonderful holiday experience.
Sue and Emma F.

Mariam H. – Pakistan

June 25, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina, I have been travelling myself so was unable to write earlier. I want to thank you for a very well planned holiday. The hotel selections were excellent and the guides were all very good. I think you will be hearing from a lot of my friends who wish to travel to Turkey!

Regards, Mariam H.

Mary F. – USA

June 27, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
Thank you so much for arranging such an amazing tour. Everything was wonderful. And I really appreciate that you could arrange another room for me.

Thanks

Mary F.

Barb and D’Arcy W. – Canada

June 30, 2012
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hello Rina – we are just home a few days from Greece and finally getting rested up from the long flight back!
Yes, thank you very much for checking with us – the tours were excellent! We enjoyed the half-day tour with the cruise of the Bosphorus so much that we extended for the afternoon. I just wish I could remember even half of what the guides told us. Both guides were very knowledgeable and personable – we enjoyed them as much as what we saw. We definitely want to come back to Istanbul and Turkey for a longer time period.
Again, thank you so very much for your assistance in making our time in Istanbul a very wonderful experience!

Sincerely,
Barb and D’Arcy W.

Tina S. – USA

July 02, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina,
The trip was wonderful. Just a couple of thoughts re. further information to share with future "insiders" as Kamal called us!

Please, tell future travelers to secure the entrance visa to Turkey before, before, before standing in line at Passport Control. This was not clear to me and I waited in the Passport Control line only to be told that I had to purchase the visa first. I was not the only one who missed the visa section. So, long lines at Passport Control, only to be told to wait in the long lines at the Visa section to then again wait in the long lines at Passport Control. By the time I got to the luggage carousels, my flight was not posted and other flights had taken the carousels over and then I had one heck of a time finding my suitcase.

Also, please tell travelers that some of the hikes through the ruins are fairly strenuous and also that they should bring a swim suit - such a lovely pool at the cave hotel!

The accommodations were super and the food was terrific. Great job!

Tina S.

Christine & Bob F. – Australia

July 05, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina
Sorry we haven’t been in contact earlier as we were still travelling up until 3 July and now recovering from jetlag!

We had the most wonderful time in Turkey – everything went smoothly thanks to all your arrangements – from pick-up at the airport on our arrival to transfer back to the airport on our last day. Kemal was inspirational with all his knowledge and the most delightful man as was our driver Necdet.

My only comment that may be construed to be a bit negative would be that Turks like very firm beds! (Not in all cases, but some).

We will certainly be recommending this tour to friends and family should they be travelling to Turkey.

Thanks again and very best regards
Christine & Bob F.

Becky B. and Randall S. – UT, USA

July 07, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
Thanks for a great tour. Everything went very smoothly and the organisation was flawless. We particularly enjoyed the Bella and our Ephesus tour guide!
We will recommend Insight to our friends.
Once again thanks

Alan L.

Mila, Gloria and Maria N. – Canada

July 10, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Just want to say thank you for all your help with our recent trip. We loved Turkey – the country is beautiful, the people are warm and friendly, and the food is excellent (especially loved the grilled river trout). I had heard this from friends who had been to Turkey, and it so true.

The tour itself was a great success. Kemal is wonderful guide, knowledgable and engaging with a great sense of humour. Ali is an excellent driver and quite delightful – although we could not communicate very well, he was always smiling and ready to help. We are very grateful for both of them.

I have to say that two highlights for us were the Hotel Nilya in Selcuk and the Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Cappadoccia. Both were exceptional and we hope to be able to stay there again one day!

Finally, you are one of the best travel agents I have ever dealt with. You were on top of everything and although you were half a world away, I always received a prompt response no matter what I asked of you. You made everything so easy – thank you so much! We have already recommended you to a number of people and will continue to do so.

Mila, Gloria and Maria N.

Steven and Rocky – USA

July 12, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Private Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Funny that you just sent this to me. My body is on Turkey time and I couldn't sleep so I got up to write you a note..
We had a wonderful, magical vacation. Here are some of my thoughts, I'm sure Rocky will add some of her own as well.

Istanbul: Loved the Neorion Hotel. Really a wonderful boutique hotel with a great staff. Location couldn't be beat. Erol was a fantastic guide (my favorite). I saw on your web site that he was a teacher before he was a guide. He was intellectual with a very engaging manner and yet incredibly witty. He taught us a tremendous amount about the history and geography of your country. We hope to see him again if he travels to New York.

Cappadocia: Gamirasu was a magical hotel. The setting was out of a dream and the staff couldn't have been any more warm and helpful. They gave us the "Eagle's Nest room" which was huge and luxurious. Yunus was Rocky's favorite guide. He was also very knowledgeable about the region we were in but didn't teach in the same manner as Erol. He was incredibly warm and personal, often sharing details about his life and family. Occasionally I had trouble understanding his accent.

Kusadasi: Charisma was a very mixed experience. We loved the location right on the Aegean and the hotel was very luxurious but we found the beds very uncomfortable with very rough sheets. Sezgin was our least favorite guide. Although I'm sure he was knowledgeable he often would explain things to us in advance and have us walk around on our own. It didn't take away from our experience at Ephesus or Pamukkale which we loved. The last driver (Ismael?) was very warm and very, very helpful.

We cannot thank you enough. We loved your country and are telling all of our friends and family to go to Turkey (and to contact Rina)!
With warm regards,
Steven and Rocky

Ken J. – Australia

July 16, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Private and Group Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina, Well we are back home after a wonderful trip through Turkey. Thank you so much for putting this trip together for us, I know that it was far from a 'standard' trip, and it is a great credit to your organising skills that everything worked absolutely seamlessly.
All the hotels you chose for us where very good, with special praise going to The Erboy in Istanbul - outstanding value in excellent location. Spotless, great staff and very good reasonably priced food on the roof terrace. The hidden little pearl however was the Nilya Hotel in Selcuk. Lovely rooms built around a private courtyard, just lovely!
All of our guides where excellent, very knowledgeable and nothing too much trouble. The star has to be Arif in Istanbul, what a wonderful couple of days he gave us. A special mention also to Ismail our driver for the private part of our tour, what a lovely kind man.

Rina, I would have no hesitation in using your services again, and, indeed I have already passed your contact details to friends. If you feel that there are any forums that I can post a message on that would benefit you please let me know, I would be happy to.

Kind regards and again many thanks,

Ken J.

Irina L. – USA

July 18, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina, thank you very much for arranging this all. The trip was great! All guides were amazing. We loved Rana – the girl in Cappadocia that was out guide for 2 days.
In general Turkey absolutely exceeded our expectations, it is sad that Turkey is not viewed as a top vacation destination in the US.

Thank you again, Rina, I will highly recommend you to any of our friends that may be going to Turkey after hearing our stories!

Irina and Vlad L.

Ranjit M. – India

July 24, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,

Thank you for arranging an absolutely fabulous Honeymoon. All arrangements were spot on, with absolutely no problem.

The 2 days in Cappadocia was wonderful, as it was a personalised tour.
During the Ephesus tour, they very sweetly arranged for return transport post lunch, as we were in no state to visit the remaining places.

Overall, a good trip, and Turkey's definitely a place we want to visit again. Have put my pics on facebook, and a lot of friends are asking about the trip. Shall definitely send your contact to anyone who's interested in travelling.

Ranjit

Tom L. – IN, USA

Aug. 02, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Istanbul and Cappadocia Tour

We had a great time. Everything ran on time and the connections and arrangements all worked well without any problems.

We particularly enjoyed Cappadocia and spending time with Turan. He is very knowledgeable and we enjoyed his company. We also liked the two tour guides in Istanbul. Everyone was extremely warm and friendly. We never had any bad or problematic interactions with anyone. We were impressed by how friendly people were. Much more than what we are used to at home.

The only drawback was the heat. It made it slightly difficult to fully enjoy the tours during the hottest part of the day. The balloon ride was fabulous and worth getting up at 4am. While not part of the package you arranged, we fully enjoyed the cooking class we had at cooking Alaturka. We highly recommend that.

The hotel in Istanbul was great even though the room was relatively small. The staff was very nice and the breakfast more than ample. We were very happy to have been able to control the AC in our room. Interestingly, the local cab drivers could not find the hotel-even with GPS, we had to give them directions to get us back. This happened both times we took a cab home at night. We also took a cab north of Galata Tower to visit some of the local shops. We were looking for a specific street featured in our local newspaper. That cab driver also could not find where we wanted to go. We got out near where we thought we needed to be and Heather was able to use her map to get us there. The tour guides in Istanbul were very knowledgeable and both had very engaging personalities.

In Cappadocia, staying at the Hezen Cave hotel was a unique experience for us. It's a beautiful place and we were the only guests on the first day. The staff there was extremely friendly. The room was a bit warm for our taste since it lacked AC. We would have probably enjoyed the ability to have made the room cooler if possible. Nonetheless, the staff's friendliness made up for it. Wished they had a restaurant at the hotel itself. We were too tired to go out after the long days of touring and arrival. We went to see the Whirling Dervishes there upon recommendation-too pricey for the show we saw. We later saw them for free near the Hippodrome during Ramadan celebration.

When we travel, we prefer to immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the places we visit much more than things like shopping and sitting on a beach. We felt we accomplished this very well on our trip. Being there during Ramadan was actually quite exciting as we spent one late night at the Hippodrome which was a great experience. We never had a bad meal-some were better than others-particularly the ones we had in Cappadocia with Turin. The Galata tower show was good but not great-average food and an average type of show. Great scenery though.

Thanks very much for helping put our trip together. Definitely will recommend you to our friends and on Travel Advisor whenever I have time to do that.

Tom

Natasha M.

Aug. 03, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Istanbul and Aegean Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,

The tour was great! We like how the guides explained the history of the places so in detail. Drivers were so kind too. Food was great, especially the last one. We are very satisfied with your services and will definitely recommend Insight Tours to our friends and family when they visit Turkey. Thank you very much for arranging our tour! Hope you have a great evening!

Best regards,
Natasha M. and Family

Robert C. – USA

Aug. 05, 2012
Itinerary: Self-Drive with Hotel Bookings

Dear Rina,
We just got back to the U.S. early this morning, We had the time of our lives! Our best trip to Turkey yet!!

Thank you for all your help---the accommodations were wonderful. No complaints at all. It was great staying our last two nights at the Mediterra Art Hotel. There were no problems with the car rental and it proved again to be a great way to be spontaneous.

My girlfriend and I want to plan another trip for June---just the two of us this time! We will be working on our Turkish.

We all send our thanks. Oh, we did get to Buyukada and it was nice but now the Asian side of Istanbul goes all the way down the coast taking away some of the charm. Being in Turkey during Ramadan was also very nice.

Warm regards,
Robert C.

Robert A. – Australia

Aug. 22, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Many thanks for your email Rina.
We had a wonderful time. All contacts, connections, transfers went like clockwork. Very good feedback for you and very impressive. We rather enjoyed the various groups, tour guides and the connections. I think we enjoyed the eclectic nature of the trip rather than one where one is sitting on a same bus for nine days or so. The hotels worked well right through. The only advice we would add regards the last part of the trip when we travelled to Canakkale. Now knowing and appreciating the length of that bus journey, I would decide in future to take a second night at Kusadasi, and spend the extra day traveling to Canakkale, arriving sometime in the afternoon. The tour would then take pace the following day, thus adding an extra day to the whole tour. As it turned out, I was also able to join a tour of Troy in the morning before the Gallipoli tour commenced. That was a real bonus. This may be helpful if someone asks for a similar tour. Even if one were to fly from Kusadasi to Canakkale, I would still give an extra day for the travel. An extra night at the Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi would be a delight. I must also say the bus trip in itself was an experience worth doing.

Best wishes,
Robert A

Annemarie B.

Aug. 26, 2012
Itinerary: Ephesus and Pamukkale Tours

Dear Rina:
Rachel and I are just back from our private tour, so I just wanted to write to thank you for arranging a marvellous few days in Selcuk. We are delighted with the Nilya; and had a delicious dinner at the Bella hotel last night. Today's tour was a lot of fun, and we very much enjoyed meeting Tamer. I will be delighted to recommend you to anyone I know who is going to Turkey in the future.

Thanks again, and all the best,
Annemarie B.

Adam Z. – UK

Aug. 26, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Thanks for writing, I have just got back home.
I had a truly lovely holiday thank you, the tour guides were all truly excellent with good knowledge and good English, and the hotels all made me really feel at home.

In particular, the hotel in Canakkale was superb and they have done a really good job in making it a nice hotel with good service and good staff, I was only sorry I could only stay for one night.

Thank you very much for organising everything at such short notice, thank you also for your prompt replies to my emails and for sorting a brilliant holiday for me.

Kind regards
Adam Z.

Joanna B.

Sept. 01, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I am sorry it has been so long since the trip, but moving, planning a wedding, and the beginning of residency has been hectic! I just wanted to let you know that everything was wonderful during the trip.

Everyone was one time, friendly, helpful and the guides were great. A few highlights -- Our first guide in Cappadocia (the girl...can't recall her name off hand but can get it for you when I'm home if you don't have it recorded) was amazing. She went way way out of her way to make us comfortable and clearly cared above and beyond about us having the best experience possible. I also loved our hotel in Cappadocia. Sergio, the hotel owner, definitely made our stay.

Thank you so much for all your efforts. You truly created a perfect trip for us. Let me know if you have any specific questions. I will definitely recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Turkey!!!

Joanna B.

Giuseppe G. – Italy

Sept. 03, 2012
Itinerary: Hotel Bookings

Dear Rina,
The days in Turkey were very nice. The archaeological sites we visited very interesting (Troy, Assos, Pergamon, Sardis,..). And we liked also the towns where we have been. Concerning the hotels booked by you, everything worked perfectly. The hotel in Canakkale was nice and comfortable. The rooms of the hotel in Assos was a bit small, but altogether it was ok. The Mackerel Club in Foca was in a wonderful position with a nice beach, the room very comfortable and the stay there has been pleasant. Thank you. We will contact you the next time we will go to Turkey.

Best regards,
Giuseppe G.

Susan & David R. – Australia

Sept. 13, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina, As you know, Kemal delivered us safely back to Istanbul yesterday.
We had a great trip & especially appreciated Kemal's exceptional knowledge of Turkey & the ancient world. We were also impressed by Ali's careful driving & his patience. Kemal was a real professional & everything went smoothly...
Thank you again for a terrific experience.

Regards
Susan & David R.

Geri S.

Sept. 19, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina - back safe and sound. Our time in Turkey was indeed a magical experience. The tour that you and Tracy planned for us was absolutely marvelous. Every step of the way was perfectly planned and exactly as laid out in the itinerary that you sent us. Each day was an incredible experience that I will NEVER forget. We felt so welcomed by everyone that we met. The hospitality at every hotel, the wonderful, knowledgeable guides, the drivers who came to pick us up and return us to our destinations - I just cannot say enough. I came home with a warm heart and many, many memories. We have made so many wonderful friends.

Thank you so very much.

Best Regards
Geri S.

Tracy B.

Sept. 20, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Good Morning Rina
I can't thank you enough for all the perfect planning you did for us - it made this the best vacation I have taken so far and probably I will ever take.
Turkey is such a beautiful country - everything from the people, food, landscape, and more - so much to offer. Every day we were so lucky to experience so much and so many memories to keep and share with others.
Thank you again for all of the work you did for us!! You are so very lucky to live in such a beautiful country.
Tracy B.

Cheryl C.

Sept. 20, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Thank you for making our trip such a memorable one. We had just the right amount of tour and free time to feel informed, get our bearings, and then we were comfortable to set out on our own. All the tour guides we had were outstanding--they made learning about your country interesting and fun. We had no delays. Our pickups were by friendly and helpful drivers. I would highly recommend Insight to anyone planning a trip to Turkey. Thank you again, Rina for all the work you put into our special time. It was awesome!!!!

Cheryl C.

Shachi A. – India

Sept. 21, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Istanbul and Cappadocia Tours

Hi Rina,
shachi-aWanted to thank you for the lovely tour you gave us. Everything worked out so smoothly from the time I got off at the airport. Frankly, I was very apprehensive, coming to a new country alone, I was scared what if your person is not waiting at the airport, but there he was all smiling and welcoming.

The hotel 'Asur' was fabulously located and we had a very comfortable stay there. The staff was very friendly and helped us all along. Every thing was walking distance from there, so we could roam around the city till late at night.

The Cappadocia tour turned out very well and our tour guide 'Medina' was very friendly and very well informed about the geography, culture and history of the region. The cave hotel 'Pashahan' was also very comfortable and well located. That night we went and saw the whirling dervish show which was absolutely mesmerizing. My only regret is that I did not do the balloon ride as it was coming out very expensive for us.

I have attached a photo of me and Smita in Cappadocia for you. I am the one in white.

I would like to thank you again, for the well organized and very professionally handled trip and am definitely going to recommend you to my friends.

Thanks,
Shachi A.

John Z. – USA

Sept. 24, 2012
Itinerary: Private Istanbul and Agean Turkey Tour

Good morning Rina. We are all safely home and pleased with the trip. All of your arrangements--and mine--came off as planned. Kemal was great and so were your drivers. The slowed-down itinerary with free days in Istanbul and Kusadasi was just right. Hotel Nilya and Villa Konak were excellent.

We will recommend Turkey and your agency to our friends.

Thanks,
John Z.

Bob and Sue M. – CO, USA

Sept. 24, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Rina,
Bob and I were very impressed with the tour -- not just the places we visited, but with the organization, excellent guides, and drivers that made it easy to relax and enjoy the scenery. Hamide and Neca (Cappadocia - Pamukkale) were outstanding, as was Ashir in Ephesus. our organization was especially impressive given the flexibility people had to arrange their itinerary. We will certainly recommend you all to our friends thinking of visiting Turkey!

Bob and Sue M.

Arnold L. – USA

Sept. 28, 2012
Itinerary: Self-Drive

Dear Rina
Turkey trip was big success.
All your arrangements worked perfectly.
We found that just getting to Pamukkale was enough for the first day --no sites --the Pamuksu Hotel was very nice --a huge swimming pool was an unexpected pleasure. The staff there was fairly taciturn. The dinner was ok. Hieropolis of course.

The next day --to Fethiye ---with lengthy detour to Aphrodisias (we took the Tavas route to Fethiye which was most scenic and went to Aphrodisias from the west --the road was all torn up and under construction so the trip was difficult_ --then to Fethiye and the Kemal --which is certainly central and in the midst of the action --we liked the nearby market with the fish restaurants and found that short boat trips suited us fine --like to the beach at Calis--we also drove to Geremal beach.

Dalyan was very nice, river trip, turtle beach --Tezcan Hotel was a classy place with a good breakfast. We had the set menu dinner there (25 TL) --it was ok --much much better at the Hotel Bella in Selcuk. We could have happily spent another day there -the beach was really nice.

Selcuk and Ephesus-- hard work but good --Bella very nice friendly place---and no trouble getting to Izmir airport.

In retrospect, perhaps too much driving. I wonder if the $80 or so for dropping car at Dalaman and making the trip more or a one way drive would have been worth doing. By the way, we were so impressed by the roads --laid out so well, in such good condition, the with the cuts in the land done so artfully.

We saw a lot of Turkey we felt including, because we had a car, out of the way places, markets, little restaurants --had a very nice meal at a truck stop, met and talked to Turks, non-Turks, etc. We can well imagine, if we have the chance, further travel there.

We thank you very much for your services.
Arnold

Elna F. – South Africa

Sept. 28, 2012
Itinerary: Full Day Bosphorus Tour with Dolmabahce

Hello Rina

I am in love.............with Istanbul!!! had the most fantastic time of my life and so did my friends. Günes is a vibrant, energetic tour guide and we are so pleased that we took the day trip on our very first day in Istanbul. By the time we got to the museums and mosques we had learnt so much already. We stayed at the Romantic Mansion Apartments and could not have been treated better had we stayed in a 5-star hotel.

So, needless to say, Istanbul will definitely be seeing me again. I need to see the Prince's Islands, for one, and feel the vibe on the streets once more. We were fed constantly and drank apple tea to our hearts' content. i shall never tire of that :-)

Thank you for quality service. I shall definitely recommend you to whomever should ask.

Keep well!

Fond regards

Elna

Jeannette and John O. – UK

Oct. 03, 2012
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Dear Rina,

Jeannette & I had a great time in Turkey and thought Istanbul was a magnificent city. The organisation of the trip, the food and the places we stayed were spot on. The short ‘cooking course’ was a fantastic idea and an ideal break from more ruins. We will write a fuller feedback on our trip in the coming weeks.

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Hi Rina,

Could you please pass our thanks to Hatice Cetinkaya for the fantastic food she prepared for us on our recent Grand Tour with Arif and Dursun. She must have worked so hard preparing everything and I know that we all enjoyed being in her home.

The food was all delicious and I can't wait to try her recipes, especially the courgette fritters. We did offer to help with the washing up but she would have none of it and I hope she was able to share the leftovers.

We really enjoyed the tour and also please pass our thanks to Arif and Dursun who made it so fantastic. Thanks to you too!

Best wishes,
Jeannette and John O.

Carolyn S. – NJ, USA

Oct. 04, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
I would like to thank you for our wonderful vacation in Turkey. The hotels, tours, transfers, guides were excellent. I would highly recommend you, Rina, and would like to leave feedback on your website. Perhaps you could instruct me as to how to do this. I can read the feedback left my others, but I can't find a way to add feedback.

Again, thanks so much for your excellent planning and expertise.

Carolyn S.

Sarath W. – Australia

Oct. 05, 2012
Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina
Thank you very much for your excellent arrangements. We had a wonderful time in Turkey. Hopefully, we will be planning to come to Istanbul next year. My friends at Istanbul University going to invite me to Istanbul. If it happens, I´ll contact you to arrange another tour to see some other interesting places of your country.

Kind Regards
Sarath W

Peter and Fran H. – UK

Oct. 08, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Just a brief note to thank you for a most enjoyable tour. It was extremely well organised and everything worked according to plan. We felt that Kemal was an excellent guide with an excellent knowledge of Turkish history and culture and, of course, his English is very fluent Please pass on our thanks to any of your colleagues at Insight who were involved in organising this most successful tour.

Kind regards,
Peter and Fran H.

Vincente T. – UK

Oct. 08, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina
Thank you for arranging a superb trip- just as I had envisioned/ hoped!
Turkey is indeed fascinating, fantastic, fabulous! The history and the legacy it left behind is indeed remarkable! Kemal was excellent, professional in all aspects and his knowledge of Turkish history is superb. Thank you for arranging such a knowledgeable , professional, and mature guide for us! The hotels, food, and transport were all superb. I will definitely recommend you to whoever wants to visit Turkey!
Vincente

Jay N. – TX, USA

Oct. 08, 2012
Itinerary: 10-Day Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We have returned to US after a nice trip to Turkey. We enjoyed seeing historic places, and meeting some wonderful persons on the tour. Our hotels, food (very good), and tours (guides) (very good) were good. Historia's location is good, but room (bathroom in particular) was not good.

You have done a fantastic job in arranging the tour at short notice and responding to all our emails and queries very promptly.

I can not thank you enough.

Jay N.

Janet S. – UK

Oct. 15, 2012
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina

I am delighted I chose INSIGHT for my first visit to Turkey as arrangements were very professionally delivered and our small group had a simply wonderful adventure. Kemal is outstanding as a guide, delivering his in-depth knowledge with passion and humour and keeping us on track. His time management on our trip was superb and we benefited enormously from his experience and expertise. The whole group (from USA, UK and Asia) got on well and all agree Kemal was exceptional.

I have spoken highly of INSIGHT to my travel contacts in Hong Kong and hope that you will enjoy some future business - I too, would like to return and discover more of Turkey which is a wonderful travel destination.

Every good wish,
Janet

Debra M. – UK

Oct. 16, 2012
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,
Loving Istanbul very much!! Finding people to be very hospitable and friendly!

The tour was great, especially enjoyed the guide (goes by the name of Sunshine). She was our fav so far ever I think!!

I will definitely tell my friends at home to book tours through you when they come to Turkey. Do you manage tours to other places as well?

Thanks for everything, Debra M.

Satya T.

Jan. 01, 2013
Itinerary: Classic Western Tour

Rina

The tour was great, I am hoping that even if I enjoy 50% of the sites I will be ok, turned out that I liked most of the sites.

Tour was well planned and guide was good and we enjoyed overall, can provide you some more feedback if you are interested.

Satya T.

Andrew and Tricia M.

Jan. 18, 2013
Itinerary: Istanbul Tour

Thanks Rina - Robbie really enjoyed the day tour and we really appreciate your going to the trouble of recommending it.

I think Istanbul was initially a bit daunting for a single, inexperienced traveller who is also prone to anxiety but after the first day he got a lot out of the visit.

Thanks again.

Andrew and Tricia M.

Tajul H.

Dear Rina,

It was a wonderful trip, thoroughly enjoyed by all three of us.

Firstly, the airport pickup, which was there waiting for us after a flight delay of 6 hours, gave us the confidence that you had made arrangements for us with reliable parties. In fact, all the airport transfers were good. The only small problem we had was when the driver who took us from Kayseri airport to Goreme didn't quite know the exact location of Pashahan Hotel and had to stop and ask for directions once we arrived in Goreme.

The choice of hotels were good. The staff at Hotel Tulip House were all pleasant, very friendly and helpful. The hotel building, location and environment gave us a good feel of the old Istanbul, which we might not experience in a 4 or 5 star hotel. We appreciated that the radiator and hot water heater were working, as it was cold in Istanbul that week even though it was supposed to be the first week of spring. The 24-hour access to the kitchen to make our own tea/coffee was very well utilized by my wife and I. My wife also loved the good selections we had for breakfast.

Tuba, our guide for the old city private walking tour was excellent. Despite the cold and the occasional rain, we enjoyed the tour very much. Lunch at the Baran Ottoman Kitchen was great. By the end of the tour, Tuba was like a long-time family friend. In fact, she and my daughter have since become facebook friends and will continue to be in touch.

tajulUfuk, our guide for the Golden Horn and Bosporus group tours was also very friendly and professional. It was almost a private tour in the morning as there was only one other person in the group, while the bigger group in the afternoon was not too big - so we didn't miss any of the guide's informative briefings or his jokes. We had lunch at the same restaurant again, but we didn't mind as they had more than enough inviting selections to choose from.

We stored most of our luggage at Hotel Tulip House as we flew to Cappadocia with just one check-in bag. Sergio, the proprietor of Pashahan Hotel, was a very gracious host. As he had low occupancy at the time, he showed us his two cave rooms and let us choose the one we preferred. Again, the rooftop terrace pantry was accessible to us to make tea/coffee in the middle of the night and we utilized it well, even when it was cold outside as he had a pot belly stove heater running during the night. Breakfast was adequate, but made a lot more 'entertaining' by Sergio who would tell us stories from his well-traveled and eventful life as well as jokes like a professional stand-up comedian.

Sergio helped us make arrangements to take a 1-hour hot air balloon flight on our second morning in Goreme, it was well worth it - watching the balloons being blown up, getting into the basket, rising up into the cool morning air, looking at the breathtaking views, not least breathtaking of which was the view of dozens of other balloons in the several square miles of space around us, gently landing onto the trailer which had followed us to the landing spot, and the celebration drinks after. We arrived back at Pashahan Hotel just as breakfast was being served, and more than ample time for us to refresh ourselves for the group tour.

The group tours in Cappadocia were also excellent. Our guide, my memory fails me now - his name has slipped my mind for now, was very friendly, personable, yet professional and very informative. As a hobbyist photographer, I could rely on him to take nice family photos of us using my camera, and I didn't need to tell him what adjustments to make in the dim light inside caves and in the underground city. The second day tour was really a private tour from lunchtime onwards. The same guide took us to lunch at a restaurant in a nice old building in his hometown, where everything was homemade, including the baklava. He claimed it was the best restaurant in the region, and after the meal we had no reason to dispute that claim. He took us for a walk around his hometown and even dropped by his Grandma's house to say hello. The old lady was very welcoming, not just to her favorite grandson, but also to us three aliens who couldn't speak her language. The five minutes we spent standing with her in her courtyard, listening to Grandma and grandson have that very brief chat, I would regard as one of the highlights of our tour!

At my request, our guide also took us to where he and his wife usually buy their household supplies. I bought some Turkish coffee beans for my espresso machine back home, and my wife bought some spices and some Turkish delights, packed in ordinary plastic bags and paper boxes, without the fancy, pricey packaging that you find at the touristy places. This was another experience I appreciated - shopping like a local.

It was good that we had a full day at leisure to shop for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul. But one advice I'd give my friends is, if the taxi driver is not absolutely certain where your hotel is even after you show him the hotel business card and he can't speak English, take another taxi. We took one such taxi and he dropped us at a location that was unfamiliar to us, and I suspect unfamiliar to him as well, gesturing that our hotel was just a walk away around the corner. We took another taxi that had just dropped off passengers at a hotel, whose driver spoke English - he telephoned our hotel to clarify directions and got us there safely, quite a distance away from where the first taxi had dropped us! I guess you can't expect every taxi driver to know every little hotel in such an enormous city like Istanbul.

Anyway, the little problems are spices of life experience. Overall, as I said in my first sentence, the trip was thoroughly enjoyable. It was also a good reunion with our daughter whom we had not seen for 6 months since she began studying at Sheffield University. She's also not disappointed that we postponed her trip home to Malaysia till summer and decided to meet up in Turkey instead during her Easter break. Thank you for making the arrangements for us with reliable, professional, friendly and helpful people.

Best regards,
Tajul H.

Madeleine and Steve L.

Apr. 19, 2013
Itinerary: Private Turkey Tour and Gulet Cabin Cruise

Hello Rinamadeleine

So sorry I haven’t written before to tell you how absolutely FANTASTIC our trip was!!! We still talk about it and endlessly praise your communication, organisation, cooperation, attention to detail, knowledge – the list goes on and on!

From the moment we arrived in Istanbul and the name LINTON appeared on the card at the airport the holiday went off without a hitch. All the accommodation was first class and your tour guides were amazing! The personal approach was exactly what we wanted and the first time any of us had had a holiday in this manner – we would most certainly do it again.

We loved Istanbul and Cappadocia was quite amazing– I must say the balloon trip was the highlight for us all – what a diverse country you live in and we only scratched the surface! Our cave house was fabulous and we only wished we could have stayed there longer.

And then the boat trip – well what a great adventure that was! We were surrounded by delightful people of all ages and nationalities and the crew were first rate. There were 18 passengers in all and we all got on famously – Italian, Spanish, Turkish, German, American, Australian – what a great smorgasbord of new friends to travel with to discover the amazing coastline. The crew went out of their way to make us all comfortable and joined in with card games and lots of Backgammon - they were exceptionally good at that! One of them even came with us off the boat at the end of the trip at 3am to wait for our driver to pick us up to go the airport for the 6am flight. We were standing in the middle of Bodrum whilst people were still going home from bars and clubs and then along came the driver– what organisation – it never missed a beat!

And then our Turkish holiday was over and off we flew to Marseilles to our next adventure – no sign with our name at their airport – we felt quite unloved!

To think I organised this with you whilst sitting up in bed with my iPad at night whilst you were in the office in Turkey ! You always got back to me so quickly and were so accommodating to all our thoughts and ideas.

We have recommended you to all our friends and I hope that we will do another holiday through you.
With best wishes from us both
Madeleine and Steve L.

Peter O.

May 01, 2013
Itinerary: Self-Drive and private guide

Again, I too am sorry to have missed you in Kas... but we will definitely return to Turkey... and are passing your name along to several of our friends who are interested in your part of the world. It's certainly easy for us ( Prue and me ) to visit more in Marmarus with our friend there.... but we loved it so much that we would consider coming for a longer stretch.
Kemal was superb ; everyone liked him... for his personality as well as his professionalism !!

Thnk for everything Rina. We'll stay in touch.

Warmly
Peter O.

Robert M.

May 03, 2013
Itinerary: Self-Drive and private guide

Hi Rina- just logged onto internet. The guided tour was great. Kemal was excellent and very informative. no problems at all. I actually like tours like this more than my wife because I could listen to a history lesson all day long while walking. Saved me waiting time in lines. In my travels I hate waiting in lines so Imiss a lot of things. I would pay money not to wait in line. Istanbul was terrific. Spent the other days walking , Bosphorus cruise, Princess islands. Thank u so much for arranging things.

Robert M.

Patricia D.


May 14, 2013

Itinerary: Small group Cappadocia Tour

Hi Rina,

Everything went great, thank you. We really enjoyed the tour with Medine. She was very sweet and very informative.

Best,
Patricia D.

Marie T.

May 18, 2013
Itinerary: Istanbul accomodation

Hi Rina:
Istanbul was fantastic, what a wonderful city! The hotel was very comfortable and the staff were wonderful! The hotel was perfectly located for everything we wanted to do. Thank you so much for setting us up with such wonderful accommodations!
Maire T.

HYu Ming K. – Malaysia

May 30, 2013
Itinerary: Tailored Turkey Tour

Hi Rina!

I finally find some time to write you a feedback. Have been thrown right back into work since Monday!

My parents and I had a good trip. The tours and transfers were right on time, the people very friendly. Tour guides were very informative too. Breakfast at all the hotels were good with a wide variety of food. On most tours, we had a small group of 6-10 only which was fantastic! Ephesus and Gallipoli tours were the largest with around 25.

If I were to do it again or recommend family members and friends, I'd leave out Gallipoli (maybe even Troy) and the Soganli Valley tour in Cappadocia (if time is short) though the Kaymakli underground city was very interesting.

Our best part of the tour had to be Cappadocia. The hotel was great (except for the first night the extra bed was extremely soft and uncomfortable). Breakfast was the best here! Cappadocia is beautiful and the tour of the fairy chimneys and Open Air Museum was very enjoyable. The lunches provided in the 2 days were both delicious and generous in small, quaint restaurants.

On the first day we arrived in Istanbul, they allowed us to check into our rooms right after they told us to go down for breakfast! We are truly grateful for such hospitality. Historia Hotel is a quaint little place, close to the sights too. The walking tour of Istanbul was truly exhausting! Hahaha. I think we could have done without the Topkapi Palace.

Thank you again for organising such a beautiful holiday for my parents and I. It is much appreciated and my friends and family have heard from me about how reliable you are. I will not hesitate to recommend Insight Tours to them in the future. My dad may have thought the whole tour to be a little too tiring for him as he is not used to being out the whole day and walking so much! But my mum and I had a blast :) We are also very much darker now than when we first got into Turkey. Haha!

On our free days, we visited the Fatih Market (the morning we arrived in Istanbul) and took the Bosphorus Cruise. At the end of the tour, we went over to Kardikoy and visited the open market too. Then the Spice Market.

Thanks again, Rina!

Regards,
YuMing.

Sally and Bruce W. – New Zealand

May 31, 2013
Itinerary: Tailored Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
Thank you for the lovely tour we have enjoyed it immensely. We had a long day yesterday but although sad, it was very important for us ANZACs.

Cheers Sally W.

Don and Ilissa K. – MO, USA

June 1, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina,
As first time visitors to Turkey we had a outstanding time. Kemal and the driver were both at the top of their game. The small group got along well which made for a very enjoyable tour. All I can say is once we return to the States (we are in Rome presently) we will recommend this tour to our friends and post a strong review on TripAdvisor. The only recommendation ... I'm observing that a number of tour companies are using a listening device and the guide has a microphone. It might help in certain situations and helps focus on the details. You offer great value, small groups, an outstanding guide and driver. Thanks so much ... and will be looking at some of your other offering next year.
All the best and thanks for a memorable tour!
Don and Ilissa

David K. – OH, USA

June 3, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina
Jeannie will respond later with more detail. We were delighted with the tour. Our guide was excellent who was full of information which he shared. Our driver was always a delight to be around. As you might know I had some trouble with my ankle and the guide helped me in little ways that did not the bother the others on the tour which I was grateful . Everything was done from our initial contacts with you , picking us up at the airport, the tour itself, and getting us back to the airport to leave in a very professional way. Thanks for a great experience. Dave

PS You should consider getting a job at Delta Airlines. They need you.

Michele D. – MA, USA

June 3, 2013-07-03
Itinerary: Tailored Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
The tours were excellent thank you & I loved our cave hotel, I had a wonderful time in Turkey.
The only thing I would suggest to tell tourists about Istanbul is to be careful of the cobblestone streets and not to wear flip flops like I did, sneakers or real shoes are a must in Turkey.

Thank you again for a amazing trip, I love Turkey and will probably return one day but until then I will recommend your company for tours to all my friends.

Best Regards,
Michele

Julia T. – TX, USA

June 4, 2013
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,

The tours were excellent. We loved our tour guide...thanks for arranging everything!

Julia

Keith and Elizabeth C. – New Zealand

June 5, 2013
Itinerary: Tailored Turkey Tour

Hello Rina. We are now in Singapore. I was not able to access my e-mail during our time in Turkey so have not replied to your e-mails. We had a great time, everything was well organised and went smoothly, thanks for setting it all up.
Regards - Keith and Elizabeth.

Robert M and Vivienne L. – Australia

June 5, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina
Vivienne and I have only just arrived back in Australia yesterday but wanted to say how much we enjoyed our Turkey tour. Our guide (and driver) was excellent and very informative and our 8 American travelling companions were pleasant company. We expect to return to Turkey in the future.

Regards
Robert M & Vivienne L

Tom H. – CA, USA

June 10, 2013
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

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I have committed the modern people’s most serious crime by taking off for 3 wonderful weeks. Now is the payback time. I am buried by works.

I found Turkey a lovely country, with friendly people, nice food, abound of history and many sites to visit. The big cities are vibrant and the country side are beautiful.

With your good planning and arrangement, we can fully enjoy this lovely country. I won’t tell you everything was perfect, but I would say that the trip was above and beyond my expectation. We cannot thank you more.

I do have a little request. The day we arrived Kas, we went the end of the harbor (pass Smiley’s) and has tea and juice at this little water-side place. We took a picture of the owner and her granddaughter. She gave us a flyer fro she store and want us to send her the picture. When we came back, we found that there is no street address. We are wondering if you can do us a favor by sending her the attached picture. We appreciate you help.

Best, Tom

PS: The only regret of the trip was that we don’t get a chance to thank you in person.

See Tom’s photo album on Facebook

Jan O – WA, USA

June 11, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Yes, i did enjoy the trip very much; all the sights we saw gave a very good impression of the country, and I was thankful for the nice weather. I would like to see more of the rest of Turkey! The pace of the tour was just right & well balanced for free time.
I would have enjoyed more unscheduled brief stops for photo ops.
The group got along very well, and I was very happy with my roommate, we had a lot in common, both nurses, etc. Thank you for your excellent help in organizing,
and in facilitating my payments through your mother.
It was a pleasure working with your company.
Jan

Glenda and Andy S – NSW, Australia

June 11, 2013
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina

Arrived home last night after an absolutely fabulous trip. Due to your meticulous organisation, everything came together like clockwork, with not one hitch in our whole holiday. Our little group bonded well right from the start and, in fact, we clicked so well with Cathy and Dan, that they ended up coming on the Black Sea cruise with us.

We cannot speak highly enough of Erkan and Dursun. Erkon was a treasure chest of information and we were privileged for him to share his love of his country and its history with us. He guided us with light-hearted respect and we saw places that I know we wouldn't have otherwise seen. We had great fun, with lots of laughter and all of us felt we came away much fitter after exploring your fabulous ancient ruins. This despite the fact that we were so well fed! All our hotels were great - clean and comfortable and in good locations to see all the sights. Especially liked the Daphne Hotel in Istanbul where we spent a lot of time on the roof enjoying the fabulous seascape and listening to the sounds of Istanbul all around us - will miss the daily prayers, but maybe not so much the dawn ones. Dursun was an extremely safe and reliable driver and a thorough gentleman, and took great pride in our trusty bus.

We would have no hesitation in recommending you to all our friends.

With kind regards
Glenda and Andy

Cathy and Dan S. – Ontario, Canada

June 12, 2013
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
We are not home from our travels yet. The short answer is that we really enjoyed the Grand Tour. We'll give more detailed feedback when we get back home at the end of June.
Thanks, Rina.
Cathy & Da

Jean and David K. – OH, USA

June 14, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Oh, Rina,

We have been singing our praises of your Insight Travel Turkey company. We are recalling our wonderful visit to Turkey May 12-23 daily as we sift through our photos and scan the Internet to fill in our understanding of what we saw and experienced. (Thanks, Kemal for sharing all the historical background information everywhere we went. It set the stage for helping us as visitors to understand how the changing cultures over the centuries have shape the modern culture!) We truly appreciated the attention to detail your tour and our friendly, experienced guide and driver delivered as promised to make the whole experience from start to finish a five star experience. You all made travel appear effortless, allowing us immerse ourselves in the culture, historical sites, natural beauty of the countryside, warmth of the people and the delicious cuisine we found everywhere. I can tell you we are now active ambassadors to our for a part of the world that we did not know much about before deciding to visit. Turkey becomes more than a location on the globe when you know someone who has been there and brings back stories and pictures.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with you.

Jean and Dave K
Clinton, Ohio

Robert and Karen G. – NSW, Australia

June 17, 2013
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkeykaren-g

Hello Rina.

Thank you for organising such a wonderful, happy, adventurous tour. We had so much fun due in large part to the wonderful guiding of Erkan.

There were so many highlights but if I can mention a few. Eating in family homes in the countryside, Anzac, Cappadocia, walking to Erkans secret spots in Istanbul, Kas, swimming in Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Underground City, and fresh squeezed orange juice at so many sights. The list goes on with so many highlights every day. We enjoyed all the delights of Turkish food at so many different and surpising places.

We met so many lovely locals and Erkans love of the country shone through. We felt so safe with him and our driver, Durson. We loved the VW van for it's comfort and space.

We will never forget our trip.

Again, thank you for all your expertice and patience when organising the trip including transfers which were all flawless.

We will highly recommend you to all our friends.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

Best wishes from Robert and Karen

*See more of Robert and Karen’s photos on Facebook

Lena C. – IL, USA

June 18, 2013
Itinerary: Land Tour with Gulet Cruise

Hi Rina,

I left Turkey yesterday but I just wanted to let you know it was a really great trip and I enjoyed myself. Thanks again for helping with my arrangements. Everything went very smoothly and all my transfers were right on time. Definitely need more time to explore other parts of the country :).

If there's somewhere (e.g., trip advisor) that I can write a review or provide feedback, let me know.

Thanks,
Lena

Shashi and Bosco C. – Ontario, Canada

June 18, 2013
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hello Rina:
We enjoyed our trip through western Turkey immensely. Kemal our guide did a very good job of answering all our queries and sharing with us his views about Turkey and Islam. For us some key factors in choosing your trip were: 1) small group size, 2) the longest itinerary covering all the historic/archeological sites that we wished to see, and 3) during the trip there were 2 day stays three times with the possibility to get a feel for the country. Moreover, the driving distances on most days were quite reasonable with no brutal long drives.
The short cooking demonstration and home cooked meal were a real treat! Bosco was a little ambivalent about this when he first read about it but after the meal/Turkish hospitality … convert for sure. Overall, an excellent trip and we will surely recommend it to our friends.
Cheers
Shashi & Bosco

Mujeeb S. – Singapore

June 23, 2013
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,
We really our stay in Istanbul, so much to see. The trip to Princess Island was very enjoyable & quite relaxing. Topkapi Palace very impressive.
Thanks for your help. Will recommend to friends if they are planning a trip to Istanbul
Regards
Mujeeb

Marcie W. – MN, USA

June 26, 2013
Itinerary: Private Turkey Tour

YOU DID A SPLENDID JOB PUTTING OUR TURKEY TRIP TOGETHER. I LOVED ALL OF THE HOTELS - THEY MET ALL OF MY EXPECTATIONS. DURSUN WAS A WONDERFUL DRIVER. NEVER DID I FEEL ILL AT EASE WITH HIM AT THE WHEEL IN OUTRAGEOUS TRAFFIC. FOR MY FIRST TRIP TO TURKEY I LOVED IT. IF I RETURN I WILL TURN TO YOUR AGENCY FOR SERVICE.

THE ONLY UNPLEASANTNESS WAS THE CROWDS IN EPHESUS. I REALLY COULDN'T SEE ALL THAT I WANTED FOR NEEDING TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR COBBLESTONES AND PEOPLE! THE TOWN OF ASSOS HAD TO BE ANOTHER HIGH LIGHT. IT WAS LESS DEVELOPED, MORE ETHNIC AND VERY QUAINT. I WOULD WANT TO RETURN THERE JUST FOR THE ATMOSPHERE.

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE ON MAKING THIS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ME. MARCIE W.

Linda R. – MN, USA

June 27, 2013
Itinerary: Private Turkey Tour

Hi Rina!linda-r

Wanted to thank you for a great visit to Turkey! I was with Laney S and Marci H et.al.. It was a delight to meet you and enjoy all you arranged. Your assisting Mary and I with a little more activity and the swim in Kas was greatly appreciated. Also your timely sending of the Turkish recipes was great--------since my return home I've been preparing more Mediterranean meals---------I loved the food!

I will definitely be returning to Turkey again and have a number of friends and acquaintances interested in doing so as well and you can bet I will give them you as a contact for arrangements. I'm also going to give your name and info to my archaeologist/ professor who will be leading a tour to Turkey I believe next year.

Thanks so much. Have a relaxing summer with many swims.

Warmest Wishes,
Linda R

Aviva G. – MD, USA

July 03, 2013
Itinerary: Self Drive and Private Cappadocia Tours

Feedback during their trip..

We had such a fantastic boat ride today in a small boat from Fethiye with
lots of swimming and jumping off rocks and ropes in coves.The Yacht Boutique Hotel is just perfect for us, thank you again for recommending it.
Also loved the restaurant Cin Bal which is a little ways out of Fethiye.  

We are in love with Kas, never want to leave here or the Hideaway hotel!

Cappadocia: Another outstanding leg of our trip! The hotel is perfect for us, local, interesting, not too posh, very comfortable, the area is just incredible, and our tour guide today, Gonca, was utterly fantastic, she had all the kids and adults completely engaged and entertained so there wasn't a dull moment. She also suggested a great local dinner place, Sofra, and we ran into her there with her mother. Everything has just been so smooth and exactly what we had wanted, we will be glad to refer all our friends who travel to Turkey to you--we tend to have a lot of friends who ask us for trip advice, so hopefully some more clients will come your way. Thanks so much for all your help.

Aviva

Martin S – Istanbul,Turkey

July 12, 2013
Itinerary: Private Gulet Cruise from Kas

Hi Rina,

We had a great trip. Eser was a fabulous captain, good locations to stop at, great food, friendly and accomodating. The boat was in great condition. Kayak on board and snorkling equipment was great to have. Thx for all of your help.

Martin

Betsy K. NY, USA

July 14, 2013
Itinerary: Private Cappadocia Package

Thanks for everything Rina. Everything went without a hitch. Our guide in Cappadocia (Umit) was great and we really enjoyed his knowledge and easy going personality. Good guide!  Hotel was also lovely!  
Thanks Again
Betsy

Kathy and Dan S. Ontario, Canada

July 23, 2013
Itinerary: Grand Tour of Western Turkey

Hi Rina,
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. After our Black Sea cruise, and our stints in Italy and the Alps, we came back to quite a lot of business we had to attend to. But we want you to know that we were very pleased with the service you provided, and we have already recommended Insight Travel to several of our friends. Specifically:

Erkan was a wonderful guide! He was knowledgeable, patient, casual but professional, and he had a great sense of humour. He shared a lot of himself, and we got to see the country through his eyes. He was sensitive to the feelings of the Aussies in Gallipoli, and he was most helpful to Cathy when she injured her wrist.

Speaking, of professional, we found you. rina, to be perfectly on top of things, from our initial contact through the final transfer. We learned that you were honest and trustworthy, two attributes that are most appreciated in a tour agent. You were also very flexible and helpful when it came to our changes in plans. And all ten of us commented on how thoughtful it was to phone us when you couldn't be in Kas to greet us personally.

The itinerary was excellent. I was worried that I'd be "ruined out" along the way, but there was good variety and pacing to our days, and Erkan kept things interesting. We're very happy you recommended the balloon ride -- it was a highlight. (Short ride was just fine.) Other highlights for us included the two meals (and even a cooking demonstration) with two families. Gave us a better sense of the lifestyles of some non-urban people.

Food arrangements were excellent. We were glad that virtually all meals were included. Erkan was helpful in explaining the different foods, and our choices..

Our driver was excellent. Cathy says he was a kind, sweet man.

Thank you for arranging a wonderful tour for us, Rina. It's clear that it was well planned, and with attention to detail. If you'd like any specific details that we've missed, please let us know.

Thanks,
Cathy and Dan S.

PS: Emre was very personable and helpful, although Cathy believes he's an impostor, with his ginger hair and freckles. She insists he must have some Celtic or Viking blood in him!

Sherry C. Victoria, Australia

July 29, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
Just a short email to thank you very much for the tour you arranged for my husband and myself.  Both the driver Ali and Kemal the guide have been fantastic in every way.  The Hotels (both big and small) have been very comfortable and accommodating - all I can say is that we have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the tour - thank you very much!!!
Kind regards,  Sherry

Harold H. NJ, USA

July 30, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Kemal was a wonderful guide.  His English was very good.  His breadth of knowledge: history, religion, culture, social mores, geography, geology, botany, cuisine - remarkable.  Good thing, too, because all of us were fairly sophisticated travelers who wanted in-depth information.  He found a good balance of telling us and showing us.  His attitude was always upbeat and his demeanor friendly and calm, even when things occasionally got strained.  He was punctual and very helpful in all hotel, market, and meal transactions and offered good suggestions for free time activities.  Both Martha and I gained a lot of insight into Turkish social life from Kemal. I would certainly want to travel with him as our guide again.

Our driver, Ahmed, was always punctual, friendly, and calm.  We had confidence in his driving and his focus on safety.  He maintained the bus in good condition throughout our travels.  

All of the hotels were acceptable.  Top stay was at Pasapark in Konya, it was the the only hotel I would have rated 4-star. Hal-Tur in Pamukkale was charming with a great view and an excellent dinner outside. Yusuf Yigitolu was very romantic.  All of the lodging was clean and the bathrooms were also good to very good.  Hotel Carina had a beautiful setting and view in Kusadasi with a fine pool to cool off in after a long day, but the bedroom furnishings were threadbare (although the bathroom was just fine) and the breakfast and dinner were uninspiring and indifferently prepared.

The food on the trip ranged from acceptable to outstanding.  The breakfast at Pasapark and Yusuf Yogitolu were very good, and Hotel Carina was only passable.  Both restaurant dinners in Urgup were excellent, as was dinner in Canakkale.  Lunches were also generally good, with the lunch after Aphrodisias an excellent one.  Daphne breakfast was also good.

Highlights of the tour:

Topkapi Palace: would definitely go back to spend more time to explore exhibits we missed.
Assos: beautiful setting
Asclepion - very impressive in its expanse and completeness
Ephesus (although relatively crowded from cruise ships), especially the Terrace Houses
Visit to the carpet-weaving school near Kusadasi - educational and amazing
Aphrodisias - the ruins and the museum were astonishing
Pamukkale – breathtakingly beautiful and weird, with a relaxing spring to swim in
Konya Local Market - Martha and I explored this by ourselves for a couple of hours and met some  wonderful people selling produce and other wares.
First night dinner in Urgup - a delicious special veal stew
Extraordinary balloon ride at dawn in Cappadocia amongst the towers and cliffs
Goreme Village - mysterious churches and housing.
Kaleidoscope of the countryside: agriculture, geology, towns

Nothing I would recommend skipping: Troy is important, but unimpressive; Gallipoli was beautiful and learning the history was worthwhile, but it did not pack the emotional punch for us as Americans as it did for our Australian companions. And some of the ruins blended in to each other after a while.

Our travel "bucket list" is so long that Martha and I can only hope we get another chance to visit Turkey.  We would "go off the beaten path" in Istanbul and explore some of the neighborhoods there.  We would like to explore Bursa, Black Sea sites, and Izmir and - if it were safe - go further east from Cappodocia to explore ancient historical and religious sites. Maybe in a couple of years.

Rina - we deeply appreciate the work you did to insure our visit was memorable.  You were patient with my questions and always available to clarify issues and assuage my concerns.  Please feel free to use us as a reference and - if you need a testimonial - I would be happy to provide one.

Best regards - perhaps we will work together again.  Now I have to finish editing the 3200 photos I took.

Martha and Harold

Ingrid H. Australia

August 8, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina, I'm back in Australia now..oh how I miss Turkey. You have a beautiful country and beautiful people. I will highly recommend your agency to any of my friends. Kemal was a very positive professional guide and Ali was wonderful as well. Thank you. Some of the group tell me you are originally from Norway. My mother is Norwegian. Thankyou again, everything was fantastic.

Ingrid

Mara R. NZ

August 9, 2013
Itinerary: Tailor-made Turkey tour

Hi Rina we are now in Australia on the last leg of our trip. We had a lovely visit to Turkey and thank you for your great organisation everything went very smoothly. Our accommodation in Istanbul was great and the staff at the Basileus were top notch and of course great location. Similarly our trip to Cappadocia the hotel was great and the family treated us as one of them nothing was too much trouble. We really enjoyed ourselves and lapped up the historical aspect with good guides especially at Ephesus and Gallipoli.

We would certainly recommend your company to visitors from New Zealand.

Mara

Maggie R. Christchurch, NZ

August 21, 2013
Itinerary: Tailor-made Turkey tour

Hi Rina, Thank you. reviewing my 1000s of photos I am very mindful of the great journey you designed for us.
I loved Turkey & am now saving up to return.

I would love to share some of your visit in Christchurch so please let me know of your plans & dates
when you have them organised.

Keep in touch,

In gratitude & fabulous memories, Maggie

Roland and Cindy L, OH, USA

August 27, 2013
Itinerary: Tailor-made Turkey tourRoland (1)

Rina, our trip was perfect in everyway and a good deal of that was due to your efforts, we appreciate that greatly.

We enjoyed your company in Turkey and would be great to meet up without you having to work.  Will look at Lonely planet and see if I can give you a great rating when I get a bit of time to think,   Thanks again for all your work in making our trip the greatest.  

Roland  L.

Bruce G. MA, USA

Sept. 2, 2013
Itinerary: Tailor-made Turkey tour

Hi Rina

We got home last night and i will write a lot more when we catch up on sleep. I did want you to know that your service was nothing less than spectacular. We had an incredible journey thanks to you. I'll have more to say later and I know yulia will be writing as well.

Very best from your Boston gang
Bruce

Karen B. Australia

Sept. 3, 2013
Itinerary: Cappadocia Package

Hi Rina
Now we're back in Australia I thought I would report back on the trip you organised for us.  Everything went exactly to plan from the time of pick up from our hotel,  the flights, transport out to the Cappadocia tours and the tours themselves. We enjoyed the trip very much. The Goreme Inn was an excellent hotel, accommodation of a high standard and the staff were friendly and very helpful and were pleased that it was in a position convenient to restaurants,etc. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly and the driver.

We really enjoyed the hot air balloon trip with Goreme Balloons and will never forget the experience!

Thank you so much, Rina, the trip was everything we hoped for.
Karen

Mary Jo T. Canada

Sept. 5, 2013mary-jo-t
Itinerary: Self-drive and private Cappadocia Tours

We are a couple in our 40's, fairly adventurous, not the type to get on a tour bus. We decided to contact a local agent for a 12 day trip toTurkey in August because we were short on time and wanted to cover 3 different areas. I started by sending a prior itinerary that another Greek agent had done for us on a trip to Greece. I wanted the agents to be able to assess what kind of places we liked to stay in and our budget. Rina was the only one that responded with a personal, thoughtful response rather than a standard listing of the tours they offered. We ended up with an itinerary that included 2 nights in Cappadoccia, 2 nights in Antalya, 3 in Kas and 4 in Istanbul with accomodation, private driver and guide in Cappadoccia, car rental for Antalya/Kas portion. She was invaluable in providing information so that we could narrow down our choices, all arrangements were excellent and everything went off without a hitch. She was able to respond to all our needs and work within our budget. She responded to us daily when we were in the Antalya/Kas area and peppering her with questions re. restaurant and beach suggestions, our personal concierge almost. Would highly recommend booking with this agency!

What was outstanding:

The itinerary suggestions you made while we were in the Kas area.  We really appreciated your personal knowledge of the area.  The stop at Suluklu beach was great, we felt that we had found something a bit undiscovered except by the locals.  

The promptness and professionalism with which you dealt with all our queries.  By the end of the trip, we knew we were in great hands and I had stopped worrying about whether we were going to make the transfer, whether the driver would be there, etc.  

Guide in Urgup Ramazan.  

Olea Nova hotel, a little gem, our upgraded room was beautiful.

Basileus Hotel – reasonable 3 star, very clean.  What made it stand out from other 3 stars was the exceptional, caring service provided by the front desk.    

Thanks for a lovely trip.  Sending you a lovely souvenir photo from Suluklu Beach.  

Mary Jo and Richar

Sunny H.

September 9, 2013
Itinerary: Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina, the tours were really good.  thank you!

Sunny

John and Michelle G. USA

September 14, 2013
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

We really enjoyed everything.  The guides were excellent. It was a good idea to have one day in Istanbul to ourselves. Overall we highly recommend you and your team for future travel.  

Thanks.  John and Michelle

Annemarie S. Capetown, South Africa

September 15, 2013
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rinaaphrodisias-1
We are back in Cape Town and want to just say thank you for an amazing tour and an even more amazing guide in Kemal.
What a lovely man and his knowledge had us gasping for breath.  We loved listening to all he had to tell us but it was impossible to take it all in.  Somehow when you are our age our brains don’t seem to function too well !!  But it was all fabulous.  We also loved all the various foods and traditions that Kemal introduced us to.

Chet and I feel very determined to make another trip to Turkey – perhaps to do a tour of the Seven Churches – but not for a couple of years. After two wonderful weeks in your incredibly interesting country with lovely blue skies and sunshine we are back in rainy cold Cape Town.

Nej was also a quiet constant presence and drove us around very safely.  We managed to get him to laugh a bit with us by the end of the tour so we hope he also enjoyed his time with us.

Very kind regards and many thanks again.
Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Kemal.

Chet and Annemarie

Robert F. USA

September 16, 2013
Itinerary: Private Western Turkey Tour

Rina, The trip was fantastic! Thanks for handling the logistics for us.

Robert

Charles B. VA, USA

September 16, 2013
Itinerary: Private Classic Western Turkey Tour

Rina,

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.  All of the transfers from and to the airport and ship worked like a charm.  Our trip around Anatolia was wonderful.  Our guide Kenan did a a great job (he is probably the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had) and Dursin, our driver, kept us safe and sound throughout the trip.  In retrospect, we probably tried to pack too much in to the trip given the long distances between sights, but Joan and I knew that going in; trying to coordinate our calendar and those of all of our fellow travelers made a longer trip impossible. We thoroughly enjoyed Turkey.  

Charlie

James L.

September 16, 2013
Itinerary: Classic Western Turkey Tour

Hi Rina

Thanks to your insightful itininery, our trip was blast.
No major issues, My next year's FDI convention will be in New Delhi around the same time and I am also planning to visit a couple of Eastern European countries in spring.
Does Insight operate in these countries?

Regards n Thanks
James Loh

Joan and Nick S. MD, USA

September 16, 2013
Itinerary: Private Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
 
The tour of Turkey was a wonderful extension of our Black Sea vacation.  Our guide, Kenan, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.  We learned a lot!!!  He has a very good English vocabulary, and used words with nuances of meaning that made clear our understanding of the Turkish landscape, history, and antiquities.  He was very thoughtful and considerate and attentive to our needs.  When I was under the weather on one of our excursions, he made arrangements for me to go back to the hotel for the afternoon without inconveniencing the rest of the group. This was at no additional charge for the transportation!  He also modified some of the walking/climbing parts of the trip to accommodate the needs of some folks in our group.  Kenan anticipated and took care of all of our needs, leaving us to enjoy the trip.
 
Our bus driver, Durson, was one of the best!  He drove carefully, competently, and cheerfully.  He paid attention to the road, paced the driving without speeding or taking chances and never gave us a reason to worry about our transportation safety.
 
Our hotels were clean, comfortable, and conveniently located.  The meals were delicious and the buffet set-up gave us all an opportunity to choose what we wanted to eat. The restaurant at Cappadocia is a wonderful example of this type of restaurant.  Even though it also accommodated tour groups, it had a feeling of a more intimate space, rather than a highway rest area.    
 
Thank you for personalizing our trip to make it possible to accomplish in 9 days as we requested.  That said, I think we all agree that it would have been a much less rigorous, more enjoyable trip if we could have spread out our travels over your recommended 13 days.  There was a lot of driving, early mornings, and single night stays.  The compressed trip also made it somewhat difficult to digest and retain all the historical and background information and to differentiate the impact of the ancient ruins.
 
Thank you for all your attention to detail.  We had a memorable trip and love Turkey!
 
Joan and Nick S

Sydney C. South Africa

September 25, 2013
Itinerary: Private Highlights of Turkey TourAesclepion-Sydney-C

Thanks Rina. We are happy for you to use the photos - and I have attached two others which you might find interesting, one of Kemal telling us about how the "healers" at the Asclepion used to use "psychotherapy" on their patients and the other of the Team after our balloon trip with our pilot.- I have reduced the size for email transmission but could send the original if you wanted to use them.

We particularly liked the way Kemal arranged the itinerary so we avoided the crowds (off the cruise ships),his excellent explanations in English, his obvious passion for his country, the local foods, and all the hotels were good, particularly the last one in Mustafapasa, Gul Konaklari - as we say in Afrikaans "kanieklanie" -which means "you cannot complain at all".

Often on guided tours you feel pressured to buy things when you are taken to carpet, jewelry or pottery shops - but both the carpet and pottery factories we visited were very interesting and we were not put under pressure - especially seeing the dexterity of the women making the carpets and how the silk is made from the silkworms. We will certainly recommend Insight Travel to any of our friends visiting Turkey
Kind regards
Sydney

Gina H. MO, USA

September 27, 2013
Itinerary:  Highlights of Aegean Turkey Tour

Good Morning Rina,
Words can not express how amazing this trip was for me. Each area we visited was so fascinating and full of history, I can’t pick a favorite. It was the first vacation that I have taken where I wasn’t ready to go home.

I loved our guide and driver, they were always helpful, insightful and truly looked out for our best interest. Please fill free to use any picture of me to promote this amazing tour.
Gina

Christina and Scott E.

Hi Rina, Hope you are well. Christina-and-Kemal
We are coming to the end of a fantastic holiday. Our first two weeks in Turkey contained many highlights. Our tour of Istanbul with Kemal was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and made the day special for us. In Cappadocia our balloon ride was one of the best tourist events we have ever had.  It was magical, memorable and when we are asked, what was the best thing we did on our holiday, the ballon ride will be the answer. Toran also looked after us. While we have different politics to Toran, he is a very competent tour guide and took us to some great places.

The rest of our holiday left us with many great memories. Peter and Christina had a paraglide in Pammakale, Gallipoli was fantastic and moving, Troy was fascinating.

Best wishes
Scott and Christina

Andrew S. NC, USA

October 2, 2013
Itinerary: Private Highlights of Turkey Tour

Rina,
First, it's been a wonderful tour - great group, great guide Arif, great country - I'll write more later. But, I did want to say that Sveta and I are safely back in Istanbul .

No worries at all.

Anyway, we both thank you very much for all your help. I bought a very stylish leather jacket in Cappdocia - we even got a fashion show before - this group just loved it! I actually need the jacket back here in Istanbul and I'll be in Ukraine for 2 days - it's chilly there.

Wish we could have met you!
Andrew

Tanj B. WA, USA

October 9, 2013
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
We had a great time.  An interesting group of travelers.Arif was a patient and interesting guide with a pace that seemed ok for the group, and Ali seemed a safe driver.  Arif was impressively accurate with his history, we had fun since a few of us had some scraps of knowledge and no-one seemed to be in contradiction.

Hotels were mostly good.  The ones in Konya and Kappadokia were outstanding, although none of them had food as good as was found outside.  The two lunches near Ephesis, one with Nektar and the other at the hilltop near the philosophers’ outpost, were just perfect.  And the riverside at Kappadokia was great even if the wasps were pests.

WiFi was good in Istanbul (Aprilis) and Konya, ranged from sporadic to non-existent in other hotels.  Mostly the beds were ok and bathrooms ranged from luxurious to adequate.  Staff everywhere were helpful.  Aprilisstaff were quite friendly and helpful.

I’ve already recommended Insight to someone.

Thanks!
Tanj

Nigel and Shirly M. South Africa

October 10, 2013
Itinerary: Private Highlights of Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,
We are slowly getting back to routine after our wonderful 5 weeks away, including a most memorable tour with Insight Travel of Turkey. The other members of our group are away cycling somewhere and so we have not seen them since our return home on Saturday but I know they have been in contact withyou. Shirley and I will certainly be recommending this tour to our friends: it was compact but so informative of the history of the country, its culture and its talents. It was most comfortable both accommodation and activity-wise - the Mina Hotel in particular was very good. Kemal wasexcellent.Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to himtoo.

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful tour for us. Love to returnone day.

Best wishes.
Nigel & Shirley

Laura T. TX, USA

October 17, 2013
Itinerary:  Private Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina,
Erol was an excellent guide!  He was informative, open, and flexible with the schedule.  We also felt Erol was especially respectful of our safety and cautioned us when necessary.  Erol provided us with exceptional tours and good reputable stores for the items we specifically were interested in purchasing.  Overall, we were all very pleased with the quality of service Erol provided and we enjoyed getting to know him.  

Thanks so much to you and Erol for making our first trip to Istanbul so enjoyable!

Best regards,
Laura

Lorraine H. Australia

October 19, 2013
Itinerary:
Tailored Western Turkey Tour

Hello Rina
Finally replying to your earlier email since our return.

We really enjoyed our time in Turkey and particularly want to say thanks for the well put together sectors. Everything went extremely well, and drivers were particularly punctual with pick-ups from hotels and drop offs at hotels or airports. We found it easy and enjoyable knowing that we could rely on this aspect of our holiday and we found the Turkish people so nice and hospitable. We loved the 8.30am pick-ups knowing that some tours can be very early starters, but this timing gave us sufficient time to enjoy breakfast without the rush and be waiting for the drivers. The bus drivers also were safety conscious on the roads for which we were thankful.

We will look forward to returning one day and many thanks again for your professional service.

Kind regards
Lorraine & Rob H.

Titus M. Calgary, Canada

October 23, 2013
Itinerary: BA08 Classic Western Turkey Tour with connection to Greeece

Dear Rina:
We have just returned to Calgary after our visit to Turkey and Greece.  

All the arrangements you made worked well and we enjoyed our trip.  Overall, we were quite happy with our visit.  Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Titus M.

Yvonne H

October 23, 2013
Itinerary:  Group Istanbul Tours

Hi Rina, Thank you for checking in. Istanbul was lovely. Free (I can't say his name in turkish bit he told us it means freedom) was awesome. Despite the rainy weather he was patient and extremely professional. He gave very detailed information on all the sites we visited.

The second tour with Tuba wasn't as great. She was nice but I think Free is twice the guide she is.
The tours were well organized and had a nice pace. Driver was punctual and safe.
Yvonne

Lynette and John K, New Zealand

October 28, 2013
Itinerary: Turkey Hotel Reservations

Lynette-and-John

Jana D, Greecec

November 8, 2013
Itinerary: Istanbul Package

Dear Rina,
Thank you so much for everything, I still haven't had a chance to write a proper email as I immediately continued my holidays in Crete...

Everything was perfectly arranged and we enjoyed our stay in Istanbul; the hotel had upgraded us to a sea view room and the staff was very helpful. Great breakfast buffet!

The tours and guides were also interesting and we got to see the most important sites, although the walking tour was quite exhausting, given the fact we went everywhere on foot - perhaps the tour could be improved if there was a bus between the sites (eg. Grand Bazaar and the rest) or if the tour was half day instead of full day .

Also, crossing over to the Asian side of Istanbul (during Bosphorus Tour) was amazing!!! Loved this side of the city!

We will definitely be returning to Istanbul and Turkey in the future!

Thank you again for all your assistance,
Have a great day!!!

Best Regards,
Jana D.

Toby S.PA, USA

November 12, 2013
Itinerary: 
Highlights of Turkey Tour

We all had such an incredible journey thru Turkey.

Arif was an incredible tour guide he was so knowledgeable and patient. My only regret is that we didn't book a longer tour with you.   So looking forward to returning and exploring more of turkeys coast and Anatolia.   Thanks again for all your help and making it a memory filled vacation.   

Regards Toby

Craig and Colleen T.

November 27, 2013
Itinerary: Private Cappadocia Tours and Self-drive in Aegean area

Hello Rina,
We just got back from our Turkey and Israel trip.  Things went without a hitch.  Thanks so much!!  The driving was fine, the car trunk was big enough, the hotels worked out, and we got to see all the sites we wanted to.  Thank you so very, very much.  Our Cappadocia experience was awesome.  We ended up doing the balloon ride and it was amazing.  Indiscribable.  We went with Royal Balloon and we were impressed with all they did -- the breakfast, the expert piloting, the small group in the balloon.  We had a wonderful guide in Cappadocia (set up by you) --Medina--we highly recommend her.  She was personable and knowledgeable.  We're so glad we booked the private tour.  It was perfect for us.  Thanks for all your help.
Colleen T.

David, W Jersey

December 4, 2013
Itinerary: Private Istanbul Tours

Dear Rina,
Yes, we were very satisfied. Erol was an excellent guide, full of information. I was impressed with your personal efficiency and that of the driver who always appeared on time. We had an excellent time in Istanbul.

Best regards
David

Betty L. and Family – CA, NJ

January 13, 2014
Itinerary:  Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,

We had a wonderful time on the tour. So many highlights. I would say the best thing about the tour was Arif. He was funny, open, tolerant, knowledgeable, understanding and gets 5 stars from all of us. His understanding of social, cultural, political, and historical facets of Turkish life and surrounding area was encyclopedic and voluminous. He was more than we had expected and quite delightful. We came to appreciate him very much, especially with the many interesting personalities we had on our trip

Things that stood out for me were the simple quiet moments, like the memorial at Gallipoli, watching a Catholic Church group from Australia prepare for honoring their fallen WWI heroes, the ferry ride to Cannakale, the fish lunch cooked near our table in Assos, the tram ride up to the ruins, the swim in the Aegean, the country side as we headed into the interior, the call to prayer at Rumi's tomb, watching girls adjust their head covering in the bathroom there, having lunch at Arif's friends home and learning about the organic farming cooperative there, visiting Chez Gulip's  pottery factory and watch Jim throw a pot, the first hospital, Ephesus, the amphitheater, Cappadochia, and so much more.

What I would have liked more of was time to wonder at Hagia Sophia and various towns along the way in the journey. Cannakale looked fun and had a university there, but only 1 night. Same with Konya. Just time to be with more Turkish people and understand their life, learn about their day to day experience. There is so much in Turkey, the history, the sites of historical significance, but I would prefer less major tourist sites, keeping some of the most significant ones.  We dream of returning to Turkey and especially to Antalya area, where you are Rina. What a delightful place from photos and a few books I've read lately.

Thank-you Rina for all your help securing the tour and making it happen,

Tesekkur ederim, Betty, Jim, Toby, and Samy

Jacob F. – NY, USA
January 19, 2014 Itinerary: Special Tailor-made Tour Dear Rina, I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users. Details of the Recommendation: "A few years ago when I decided to spend a month in Turkey, like most people today, I went on-line to try to find the right person who could assist me with my arrangements. Following various leads, in different directions, eventually I connected with Rina, an expat, now living in Turkey. Admittedly I was apprehensive about make the arrangements from such a distance, and even more reluctant to send the money to solidify the deal because of the distance but when it was all said and done, it was one of the best vacations I've ever taken. Rina helped me decide what to see, where to go and in what sequence. There were times when I spent time quietly and on my own and there were times when I spent times with some of her fantastic associates, who were my guides and companions, sometimes for a day and in one instance for about 10 days. Her associate Kemal, and I spent Christmas and my birthday together and even though we had just met, it seemed so natural and memorable. Rina was even able to make arrangements for me to spend three days and nights with Turkish family, who lived on the Mediterranean coast just outside the town of Demre. If you're thinking about traveling to Turkey or if you've already made the decision to do so, talk to Rina. Give her your ideas and input and then let her do all the planning and make the arrangements. I promise you, it will be one of the best vacations you will ever have." Service Category: Travel Agent Top Qualities: Great Results, Good Value, Creative
Rachelle, S – USA
February 27, 2014 Itinerary: Private tours of Turkey Hi Rina – Just returned to the USA last night and it was SUCH a great trip!!  Thank you so much for your assistance in making our trip so wonderful! Ozge was amazing and we enjoyed her so much.  We wished she could have joined in for the rest of our trip as our new friend. I want to comment that the schedule for the day when we drove to Aphrodisias & Pammukkale was really not a feasible schedule.  We arrived in Pammukkale so late in the afternoon that it wouldn’t have been worthwhile to visit the park and the Sacred Pools were already closing. We did leave Izmir a little late (due to my lost credit card) but were only 30 minutes behind schedule so this wasn’t a big factor.  Since we had nothing scheduled for the next day, Ozge suggested that we might prefer to go to Pammukkale the next day, so that we could take our time exploring the park.  I have to say, this was the best suggestion she could have possibly made because the next day, exploring Hieropolis, the Sacred Pools and Pammukkale was THE BEST DAY of our entire trip!!  We felt so relaxed and spent the entire day enjoying the park, swimming in the pools, and wading in the Pammukkale waters.  Please let Ozge know how much we appreciate her guidance and while we wished we could have had her with us, it was definitely the right decision. Our driver (I’m so sorry that I don’t recall his name) also went out of his way to accommodate us.  We wanted to be dropped at a lamp shop when we came back from Ephesus and he called ahead to get directions and make sure the shop would stay open for us since it was getting kind of late.  He even arranged with the shop owner to come out and meet us on the corner so that we wouldn’t get lost finding the shop.  We so appreciate his help! Thank you again, Rina, for helping us coordinate all the flights and tours.  We absolutely love your country!!  The people were kind, the food was delicious, the history is fascinating, and the weather was beautiful.  It really couldn’t have been any better! Rachelle
Hamed A. – Bahrain

April 11, 2014
Itineray: BA08 Classic Western Turkey Tour

Dear Rina,

I am slowly getting back to the old routine here sadly.

Yes, I have to say that I already miss Turkey because I have had a wonderful time! Even everyone here kept on asking me on my Instagram if it was really Turkey because most people are only used to seeing pictures of Sultanahmet area and Taksim Square and that's about it. Thanks to you, I got to see almost all of Turkey's beauty!

Our guide Aykut did an amazing job and hope to visit soon in the near future.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Best Regards, Hamed

Marti M – CO, USA
May 9, 2014 Itinerary: Cappadocia Package Hi Rina, I loved the trip to Cappadocia with the exception of the very late night flight and over an hour's transfer bus ride in the middle of the night getting to the hotel. I would recommend you have that be during daylight hours. I'm thinking you may not have a choice in flight times to that small a location. Our guide Turan was timely, knowledgeable and accommodating to our groups needs. He kept us out of the tourist spots during high visitation times. Much better to be in a small group, getting into out of the way places the big buses don't usually go. I haven't even started looking at my photos yet but if I have some I think you would like to see I'll forward them. Thanks so much for helping me. I will contact you first for my next trip to Turkey. When I landed in JFK New York and saw a departing flight back to Istanbul I felt regret that I wasn't on it.  :o( Regards Marti
Myra W. – NJ, USA
May 17, 2014 Itinerary: Tailored Turkey Tour with Gulet Cruise Dear Rina, Thank you so much for planning a wonderful trip for us.  Everything went smoothly and so well.  I was very impressed that the transfers, tours and hotels all worked out so great!  We particularly loved the Historia Hotel and the Local Cave House Hotel!  The tours in Cappadocia were excellent. Again, thanks for your efforts.  We were totally happy with our trip. Best, Myra
Amy T. – USA
May 21, 2014 Itinerary: Marmaris – Fethiye – Marmaris (Mini gulet cruise) Hi Rina, I had a wonderful trip!  The Blue Cruise was the highlight.  Thank you so much for putting it together at the last minute. Amy
Eugenie H. – Australia
May 26, 2014 Itinerary: Special Tailored Turkey Tour Hi Rina I wanted to thank you for a wonderful holiday in Turkey. It is a truly amazing country and gave us many wonderful experiences. I would really love to return and Khim and I hope one day to be able to do that. Your planning really made our holiday smooth and memorable. The hotels and tours you arranged were terrific. Thank you. Eugenie
Jerry L. – Philippines
May 28, 2014 Itinerary: Private Tailored Family Tour Hi Rina, Nice to hear from you. I am all well. Thank you very much for the wonderful arrangement for the turkey trip. My family enjoyed every moment Of the trip. Hotels were awesome, especially Yunak Evlerii, an experience of a lifetime staying in a cave hotel. Avangarde is a nice hotel except the day when we check in 1 am. The reception guy is not as friendly. Our booking was for triple person, the room is not ready. After few minutes of discussion he finally decided to put an extra bed. Again thanks indeed. Best regards Jerry
Victoria S. – WI, USA

June 5, 2014
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hello Rina

We are in Antalya, heading to Cirali today.

The tour was most enjoyable! It was an interesting group of travelers, Kemal is a very knowledgable guide, patient, and has a sense of humor. Ali is also a nice fellow and a good driver. We saw quite a variety of sites and learned so much. I especially enjoyed Cappadocia, although the weather did not cooperate for our balloon ride. Thank you for providing a great experience.

Thank you

Vicki S.

Annette S. – Canada

June 10, 2014
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Thank you so much... We had a lovely time on our tour and especially liked Kemal and Ali...the history and sights were wonderful..

With kind regards,

Annette

Susan B.- NY, USA
June 9, 2014 Itinerary:  Self Drive, Tour and Hotel Bookings Your hotel selections were exactly what we were looking for.  The people in each of these places were so hospitable.  Or guides were great choices for us - not too polished, home grown, very knowledgeable and flexible giving us good information and moving on when we were ready to.
Larry L. – USA
June 10, 2014 Itinerary: Antalya tours Hi Rina, The first day trip to Termessos was fabulous.  Hakan is a really great guide.  It was VERY strenuous but well worth the effort. In any event, we appreciate your good service.  Thanks.  Larry
Melissa J. – ID, USA

June 13, 2014
Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,melissa-1
Having never done a group tour before, I was a little uncertain about committing time and money to an unknown. Happily, my experience with you has made a convert of me. It was one 'Wow!' moment after another.

Kemal is an outstanding guide. Having him with us was like carrying an encyclopedia of the history, art, flora and fauna of the areas we visited. He prepared us well for everything we saw and if he wasn't certain of the answer to a question, he took the time to find it and get back to us. I learned far more from him than I would've had the time or patience to research on my own. While he was a charming and friendly host and leader, he was also very professional and dealt with the few glitches we encountered expertly. Ali's driving never gave the group a moment's concern. We felt comfortable and well looked after at all times. Hotels and food were great too. They ranged from interesting to outstanding, but all were very pleasant.

When we'd been out about a day, I mentioned how pleased I was after initial doubts about tours and the response of the entire group  (all of whom had done group tours before) was," It doesn't get any better than this," so in a sense, while I have positive feeling about group tours now, I've been spoiled for any other tour agency. I hope I'll be able to do another one with you.  Thanks for a fabulous experience.

Just a very quick note to say thanks, again, for a fabulous experience. As I look for a trip for next year, I realize how very much bang for the buck you provide. Other tour operators, large or small, in any part of the world just don't seem to be able to put together the combination of,transportation, guides, meals, sites and accommodations you offer. I'm afraid you've spoiled me for other group tours!

Steve B. – Canada
June 13, 2014 Itinerary: Hotel Bookings and Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia Hi Rina. We got home late Monday night, still in somewhat of a lag mode...the 10 days in Paris with family were more exhausting than the 3 and half weeks in Turkey. Some Comments: *Really liked the Saint John Hotel and the family which runs it.  Very pleasant, and more than helpful in marshalling their friends to locate a lost Sharon in Ephesus.  Enjoyed Selcuk, could live without Ephesus, Sirince was too Sirince for us (we got off the bus and our first question was when would the bus return to Selcuk, and got on it), enjoyed the Turkish parts of Selcuk, enjoyed Pamukkale after we got past the top pools which for some reason contained the entire populations of Moscow and possibly St. Petersburg. *Aravan Evi, the room and location and the FOOD, was fantastic.  Thoroughly enjoyed the family and pieced together enough sight-seeing to accommodate our rest times...  Did not want to leave.  AND they had a puppy.  Did it for us.  Such nice people both at the hotel as well as in the village.  The food was incredible, usually there would be small tour groups in for lunch/dinner.  Amazing food.  Did I mention the food and Panda, the puppy?  Went to the hotel in Urgup we were going to stay in, met friends there for a drink before we returned to Ayvali for dinner.  Thought the Urgup place was quite stunning, we could understand why our friends had such a pleasant stay there.  Truth is I'm pretty koylu. *Liked the Beyoglu Hotel in Ankara alot:  Great location on the quiet part of Karanfil Sokak in more of an old style of the city, very pleasant and helpful staff, nice room, etc.  Recommend it!  They excelled in recommending a good iskender place for dinner.  Enjoyed the museum and exploring the backstreets of Olus. *The staff at the Seven Hills could not have been more accommodating.  Getting that upgrade was a huge surprise:  Upon arrival we did not like the room that we had booked and returned to the desk and asked them if we could see another room.  They immediately just asked if we would accept staying in one of the suites. *Had alot of fun in Istanbul, alot.  Strongly recommend dining at Asitane, a new experience for us. As you know the Istanbul/Ankara high speed train was not open so we took a bus back to Istanbul from Safranbolu.  Made good time until we got closer to the bridge (went to Bayrampasa station.  don't say it.).  Lovely ride, enjoyed the scenery alot.   The rest stops are sure a heck of alot better than when I lived there!  But thankfully the lemon cologne was as fragrant as ever.  On all of our bus rides we were the only tourists, bus staff could not have been kinder. We appreciated your assistance in piecing this journey together.   For us it was a superb journey with exploration and surprises, interest and healthy challenges.  We simply had such a good time.  Would not have been without your patient help.  Thanks Rina, best to you. Steve
Shelly H. – USA
June 18, 2014 Itinerary: Private Ephesus and Istanbul Shore Excursions This is Shelly. We LOVED our trip!!!! Everything you helped with was fabulous. Thank you Our guide in Istanbul was Kenan. Russ really bonded with him. We were able to do so much because Kenan was such a great guide. He arranged for transportation to the airport through his company because it was cheaper than what the hotel could get for us. I also really liked our guide, Selcuk, ironically from Selcuk, who was with us on Monday. Both guides were very knowledgable!
Olivia L. – USA
June 29, 2014 Itinerary: Istanbul tour and hotel package I did have a wonderful trip, and I absolutely love Istanbul. Thank you for all of you help, Olivia
Brian and Laurie G. – Canada
June 30, 2014 Itinerary: Istanbul tour and hotel package Rina: This note is far too long in coming.  We apologize for being so tardy in responding.  Things have been a whirlwind since arriving home. We cannot thank you enough for all your assistance in planning and arranging our visit to Istanbul.  We had an absolutely wonderful time.  Istanbul is such a beautiful city – historic and cosmopolitan all rolled into one. All our arrangements were excellent – the transport from the airport, the accommodations at the Aprilis Hotel and the Bosphorus cruise. We cannot say enough about the Aprilis Hotel.  The staff were so helpful in providing directions, recommending places to eat and giving advice about places and shops to visit.  The location was very central and made traveling around Istanbul quite straightforward.  The Haghia Spohia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar were all within easy walking distance.  The nearby tram stop provided easy access to the Spice Market, Galata Bridge and Karakoy.  We even took the tram to Kabatas, the funicular to Taksim Square, wandered along Istiklal Caddesi, took the Tunel funicular back to Kardakoy and the tram back to the hotel. The Bosphorus cruise was also a highlight, allowing us to visit the “mini” Blue Mosque and Spice Market and to learn the history of Istanbul and see just how expansive the city really is. We had no trouble filling our four days in Istanbul.  We did many things and visited many places, but have come to realize we only scratched the surface of what the city has to offer. We would certainly recommend traveling to Istanbul and would definitely recommend the use of your services and that of Insight Travel. Thank you again for all your work on our behalf.  Your assistance made our visit to Istanbul a memorable one. Warmest regards, Brian and Laurie G.
Solange M. – USA

July 07, 2014
Itinerary: BA10 Classic Western Turkey Tour

Rina,

We just got back home after a short stop in Los Angeles but wanted to thank you for a very well organized trip. The tour was exactly as described in your itinerary; guides were courteous, on time and very knowledgeable.
I was particularly impressed when we decided to add one more tour and sent you an email in the morning and by noon not only you had arraigned everything but you had the kindness to contact the guide we were touring at that time and let us know that everything was already taken care of.
Thank you Rina, you did a great job and we enjoyed very much visiting Turkey. It’s certainly a beautiful and amazing country. I would be happy to recommend your services to my friends.
Wishing you the best,
Solange

Jianing H. – USA
July 10, 2014 Itinerary: Private Ephesus and Istanbul Shore Excursions Hi Rina, Sorry for a late reply as we just came back from Europe last week. Yes, we had a wonderful trip with your tour guides in Ephesus and Istanbul.  Everyone in the group was very happy.  There is so much history and culture to learn, really amazing.  We enjoyed seeing Istanbul from the Bosphorus cruise.  Your tour guides were very informative, patient, and helpful.  We even did some nice shopping in both places. Thank you so much for organizing the trip for us.  It is great! Best Regards, Jianing
Cathy S. – Australia
July 22, 2014 Itinerary: Tailored Western Turkey Tour Hi Rina You beat me to it - I was going to write to you. We arrived back in Sydney yesterday - we had a few days in Singapore on the way home. We had a fabulous trip. Your organisation of it was exceptional. Everything worked like clock work. From the first pick up at Istanbul airport until the last drop off, everyone was where you said they would be the. The guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant and, fortunately for us, with a number of the even the group tours it was only us so we could swap things round to suit ourselves. This came in handy as we wanted to spend a bit more time mooching round the hotels and towns. We loved your choice of hotels. Villa Konak, Minyon and Elkep Evi were exactly what we wanted. Small and individual - each had its own character and charms. Vila Konak had a great feel right down to the afternoon tea put on each day by the hosts - they were so keen for everyone to come that they arranged for  the laundry we had used to deliver our washing back to the  hotel so we wouldn't miss out on afternoon tea. Elkep Evi was also lovely. The cave room was fantastic and the veranda and terraces with big swing seats were perfect for sitting watching the sun go down with a wine or two. One evening when we were so tired (day of the a balloon ride) they organised dinner to be delivered to our balcony by taxi. My personal favourite was Minyon - it was been so beautifully restored and with so few rooms it felt like a villa - we were the only people in the pool and at breakfast and while there were other people staying there we never saw them. I could have stayed here a week. Antalya and the coast are beautiful. The Orient Express in Istanbul was a great choice. Perfectly located, and the with the roof top restaurant with views over the Bosphorus, a marvellous introduction to Istanbul. We went to the restaurant upstairs the first night just because it was there and we had got in late but when I checked later on trip advisor it is number 3  out of 10,940 restaurants in Istanbul (2138 reviews). The doorman was very helpful. The next night when we had picked somewhere else to go to  for dinner, (despite it being tempting to just go upstairs again) and he could see us looking at the map to work out which way to go, he walked us to the restaurant so we wouldn't get lost. The Hal -Tur Hotel was also a good choice. Whilst from the outside it looked pretty ordinary the rooms were spacious and ours had a balcony overlooking the terraces and pool. It was a short walk to the terraces which suited us as we left our guide so we could paddle around the terraces and walk slowly down in our own time. At dinner they set up tables round the pool - and we had a very nice dinner by candle light with the sun setting over the terraces. The only hotel you might want to not use again was the Akol at Canakkale. It was centrally located to the waterfront which was good for dinner but it is very run down. Having said that it was so not so bad it bothered us. We were only there one night and it was adequate. I seem to remember there was not a lot of choice in Canakkale. Some others on the group tour stayed at a new 5 star place which I assume was more expensive. It was also several kilometres out of town so you had to eat the buffet in the hotel, which I find limiting. Others stayed at a backpackers which I suspect we wouldn't have liked either. Anyway it was only a minor thing but thought you might want to know. The ballon ride was exceptional and we were lucky as there had been days before us when they were a all cancelled due to wind. We got a ballon to ourselves. Just the three of us and the pilot. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Urgup was also a good choice in terms of towns in Cappadocia. There are lots of very nice restaurants including several more upmarket ones- this was good for me as it was my birthday while we were there so we treated ourselves to a restaurant called Dimrit which was very near out hotel and had views over the town and valleys. I think Urgup was a better choice for us than Goreme which had a more backpacker feel to it. Just in case you think all we did was go to hotels and eat I can say that in terms of the tours the walking tour of Istanbul, the underground city in Kaymakli, the terraces of Pamukale and the tour of Troy were our favourites but they were all interesting and informative. We have loads of photos but it will take some time to go through. Is there anything in particular that you would be interested in seeing from a business perspective - if so I will email you some? Thank you so much for organising this for us. It exceeded our expectations and we would recommend you and Turkey to anyone that will listen (in fact we already have). Cathy
Noelene O – NZ
August 13, 2014 Itinerary: Greece and Turkey Hi Jana and Rina We had the most amazing holiday and loved everything in Greece. I am dreaming of being back there.  We loved Paros, good choice, it was perfect and relaxing.  We did a day trip to Delos and Mykonos which was a perfect day to fit in the four days we were at Paros.  I would recommend this to anyone.  While in Santorini we took a boat to the volcano and walked to the top of the island and then onto Thirius island to swim and then onto EO for the sunset.  Amazing day and evening. I may have some of the spelling incorrect as haven't got my diary on hand at work. We also enjoyed Crete very much and as we had hired a car we visited Rethyman on route to Chania.  Our accommodation in Chania was the best and this little port town is one of our favorites. We would recommend that visitors stayed in Chania and took a day / 2 day trip to Hiraklion.  We did it the other way around. I will recommend you both to anyone I know who is thinking of travelling to Greece and Turkey. I must also congratulate Rina on your organization for Turkey as that was superb and as we had guides throughout, your attention to detail for us was perfect.   I did lose my prescription glasses in a tour car during our time at Pumakkale and Mary's house but otherwise it was perfect. Turkey was very special and every experience was  a good one and we have some fantastic memories. We both thoroughly enjoyed Turkey and Greece.  We found the Turkish folk very accommodating and friendly and felt we would love to return one day.  The history was quite a surprise to us from NZ and places like Cappadocia were unique and spectacular.  We are so privileged to have been and seen. Our guides were brilliant and Torun in Cappadocia was a wealth of knowledge and a very pleasant man. My nephew joined us from London at Hotel Irene in Paros and we all went onto Athens.  I have to tell you that our pedometer recorded 38,000 steps on the one full day we got around Athens.  It was mammoth.  As my nephew knows the city well we were fortunate to see all the significant sites. Thank you both so much for suggesting the itinerary and organizing same for us to suit our needs. We would have enjoyed meeting you both but that wasn't to be. Kind regards Noelene
Reza K – Dayton, OH
August 18, 2014 Itinerary: Acra Hotel Istanbul Hi Rina, Thanks for checking with us to see if things are OK.  Yes, they are.  The hotel is very good.  The location is very nice.  And of course, Istanbul is a lovely city to be at; at lot to see and explore. Regards, Reza
Olivier L – France

August 25, 2014
Itinerary: Fethiye to Olimpos Gulet Cruise

Hi,
Thanks for all.
The Cruise was great and the crew very competent and friendly.
Transfers well organized without problems.
Regards

Olivier

Gloria and Mimi N – BC, Canada

August 28, 2014
Itinerary: Small Group Mysteries of Eastern Turkey Tour

Hi Rina,
I am sorry that it has taken so long to write and say thank you. When we came home from our Mysteries of Eastern Turkey tour, things got very busy and suddenly the summer was over -- it flew by so quickly!

This was our second tour of Turkey with Insight Travel and we have really enjoyed both experiences. Being a small group and having Kemal & Ali to guide us made the trip easy & relaxing (even with walking up & down mountain fortresses). We were lucky to have Kemal & Ali for both of our trips to Turkey -- they are awesome!
For ancient history buffs, Eastern Turkey is a place not to be missed!  It was fascinating to see the Tigris & Euphrates, the Silk Road, Mt. Ararat (to name just a few) and to learn about the civilizations that lived, conquered & re-conquered this very ancient land. It almost seems that history began here...

Looking at our photos (1000+) and trying to pick a highlight is impossible, but I think that Mount Nemrut, Gobekli Tepe, the Bald Ibis and the Archaeology Museum (Gaziantep) are memorable...there was so much to see and experience!

Having visited Western and Eastern Turkey, but knowing there is so much left to explore, we hope to visit Turkey yet again. And it will definitely be another Insight Travel trip!

Thank you for all of your assistance and for giving us another wonderful tour.
Until next time...cheers!
Gloria & Mimi

Leslye T – USA
October 2, 2014 Itinerary: Private Turkey Tour for family Dear Rina, Thank you very much for serving as our tour operator for our recent trip to Turkey.  We had great guides and drivers every where we went and the coaches they used were comfortable, lovely vehicles.  The flexibility of these gentlemen to accommodate our interests was notable and appreciated by all of us.  They were extremely helpful with my mother, thoughtful of me, connective with my sister and interactive with her daughters.  They knew their history and were well versed in stories; we found them to be like family and were so glad we chose a private tour of this manner. The hotel in Istanbul was very nice and we enjoyed the city setting where we were - an intimate European property with very good service.  The property in Cappadocia was superb, like a fine country lodge.  The rooms were large bi-level suites, very spacious, and the restaurant was exemplary with a local guitarist over dinner, indoor and outdoor dining, exquisite plate service beautifully arrayed, and a very fine buffet breakfast with the addition of two ladies who were sitting on the floor making fresh Turkish tortillas to order.  The service was at its finest and the setting and spaces created for being together and with others, was plentiful.  The hotel in Kusadasi left much to be desired from the onset of our arrival.  The manager was overwhelmed and thus not able to welcome us warmly upon arrival. I thought you would like this report to keep up on your hotels.  I know only too well how things can change at properties for an array of reasons.  Did I ever mention that my profession was hospitality?  Two of my primary roles were as an international tour operator, and a concierge at a French hotel. I also have friends that are interested in visiting Turkey and are interested to hear of our experiences with our mode of travel, as they decide how they will travel through the country. We were pleased with the three areas you sent us to, a varied expression of the bit of Turkey we saw.  Thank you for all you put into creating this itinerary for us.  As always, the pleasures of our experiences were tied to where the service was the finest.  If there is any other feedback you would like, that would be helpful in your service. I would be more than happy to address any aspect of the tour with you. In Appreciation, Leslye T
Stephanie V – Travel Agent USA
October 3, 2014 Itinerary: Customized Western Turkey Tour We had a great trip! Thank you for organizing everything! The Biz Cevahir hotel had the most comfortable beds and bedding of all of the hotels. We also liked the location. The Istanbul Old City walking tour was awesome! We got to cut the lines at the Palace. We got to go to the Blue Mosque during prayer time. Our guide was great! We also liked the hotel in Cappadocia, Goreme Inn. We spent way to much time doing tours there. We should have scheduled some free time there. I would have liked to have rented a motorcycle or ATV to explore the terrain. The tours were really long every day. We did enjoy going to Mustafapasa and we loved were they took us for lunch there. The balloon ride was amazing and worth every penny and worth getting up so early. See attached picture. If I had to do Cappadocia over I would have done only one day of tours or 2 short days and not 10am-6pm each day. That was way too much. Kusadasi- We loved having a view of the water. If I had to do the trip over I would have schedule some down time on The Aegean Sea or the Mediterranean. Just to relax and enjoy the views and the people. By the time we got to Kusadasi I was so over doing tours and being around so many tourist. We had dinner at a great seafood restaurant that night. The next day we went to Ephesus and we really enjoyed seeing everything there. We were so tired though. But that place is amazing! The walking tour of old Istanbul and Esphesus were the best tours that we did. Istanbul- We enjoyed our day of leisure. We took a ferry over to the Asian side and had lunch then we took a ferry to the area were the busiest pedestrian street is. We found some great little bars over in that area and really enjoyed that area. They had a lot of places with live music which we loved. Overall, I loved Turkey! I love the Turkish people! I loved the food! I loved the wine! We all four did! Everyone there was so nice and so accommodating and would go out of their way to make sure we were happy and enjoying ourselves. We loved the trip and saw so many amazing things! If I could do it over I would just have schedule some more down time for relaxing or doing anything besides being around a bunch of tourist. We just should have not tried to do and see so much. I am still trying to recover. Thanks again for organizing everything. Overall, it was a wonderful trip! Stephanie
Kate M – Australia

October 3, 2014
Itinerary: Mysteries of Eastern Turkey Tour

Thanks, Rina. It has been really wonderful. Every consideration for our comfort, amusement and edification has been taken. You have put a lot of thought and effort into it, and it has paid off.
Many thanks indeed,
Kate

Daniela R – UK

October 4, 2014
Itinerary: Mysteries of Eastern Turkey Tour

Can I take this opportunity to thank you once again for organising our fascinating road trip.  I have enjoyed it hugely.
Daniela

Aliah L – Canada
October  5, 2014 Itinerary: Customized Turkey Tour Hi Rina, Thank you so much. We had a wonderful time! I think one of the best countries I have ever been to! And thank you for everything that you did. It was a wonderful experience. Everything ran so smoothly. The tour guides were wonderful as well. I will highly recommend insight travel to everyone as well as Turkey!!! Thanks again! Aliah
Kirsty S – UK

Oct 8, 2014
Itinerary: Mysteries of Eastern Turkey Tour

Dear Rina

Thank you for organising a really fascinating, cultural and comfortable tour of Eastern Turkey, Erkan and Dursan made the whole trip an enormous pleasure with laughs, good food and extraordinary local knowledge.

Best wishes
Kirsty S

Adrea M – USA
Oct 8, 2014 Itinerary: Private family tour of Turkey – Mothers and Daughters Hi Rina, I think Leslye covered most of our sentiments, but I just wanted to say that it was a beautiful trip and we loved every minute. The personal guides and mini buses made it especially easy for my mother. She was able to enjoy herself and experience Turkey very comfortably. My daughters and I spent the first week exploring more of Istanbul for a couple days, and then trekking on the Evliya Celebi Way just south of the Marmara Sea for a few days. We loved Turkey and plan to return! Thank you for helping us with all the arrangements. We couldn't have asked for a better trip!! Best regards, Adrea
Nancy T – Vancouver, CA

Oct 14, 2014
Itinerary: Small group Grand Tour of Turkey

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Hi Rina,

Thanks for such a memorable trip to Turkey! Our guide and driver were very good, and the vehicle was extremely comfortable. A highlight for me was spending time with the lovely Turkish couple watching them prepare (and learn) how to make a Turkish meal. And then sitting outside with everyone to enjoy. The sites we saw were awesome and there is so much history to learn.

We did feel some of the days were a little to long, which may have been caused by our interest in the sites! It is nice to get back to the hotel around 5:30 to freshen up and relax a bit before dinner..

We would recommend your tour company to our friends, and felt that we got a wonderful introduction to Turkey.
Thanks Rina,

Nancy

Krys L – NZ

Oct 17, 2014
Itinerary: Special Customized Semi private Tour of Turkey

Dear Rina, We had the most amazing trip  to your beautiful country.LANIGAN-1
First of all it was a pleasure to deal with you and have you answer our many questions and for your cooperation in handling the ever increasing numbers on our tour.  Also it was reassuring to have had the security of being able to ring/text your  cell phone so we could clarify things in a timely way.

All transfers and pickups went smoothly.  Istanbul is a vibrant and interesting city and off course we only saw a fraction of what it has to offer. However the walking tour was a great introduction and our guide (sorry I can’t remember his name—as with the others!) was so good  with his information, negotiating queues and not overloading us too much. David’s sisters and Tony’s sister and husband are all in mid 70’s but they did very well all through Turkey. On our free day Helen, our niece had organized a tasting tour to Karakoy which we thoroughly enjoyed and we were introduced to Turkish foods and cuisine.

We were especially moved by our trip to Gallipoli . Tony and David in particular (because they had been before) found the guide to be outstanding. He had a big map and gave us a very good insight into the history of what lead up to Turkey becoming involved in the war as well as information about the landings and battles and of course we visited all the important sites. Troy was interesting but Pergamum was better. We got caught in a massive thunderstorm on the hill, scary but exciting!. We were delighted with the Ephesus Suites at Selcuk. Lovely hosts and comfortable. It was a good choice to stay in Selcuk. Loved the town, great atmosphere. The visit to Ephesus was a highlight. It was quite overwhelming. So much history and I think better than Pompeii overall. Aphrodisias and Hieropolis were interesting too although I wasn’t feeling too good that day. Pamukkale was worth seeing especially since NZ had similar terraces which were destroyed by a volcanic eruption in late 1800’s. Had a really good look at the country side on our private transfer to Marmaris. Turkey has a great motorway system. Our drivers were all good but we did have a couple of hair raising taxi rides in a couple of places.

It was great to have a week on the gulet relaxing after a hectic couple of weeks travelling beforehand. We went to little bays on the Datca peninsula, not touristy, not too many other boats but just enjoyed the peace, the natural beauty, relaxed, swam, kayaked and ate wonderful Turkish food. Three big meals a day! Stopped at a couple of villages,  The weather was fabulous, not too hot but the water was warm.

Cappadocia was  another highlight. We loved every bit of it and were totally fascinated.  Loved Assiana cave hotel. Lovely hosts. We didn’t realize the extent of the cave houses, fairy chimneys , pigeon houses etc. It covers a huge area. Our guide was excellent and very helpful. Took us to great restaurants for lunches and made good recommendations for dinners.

Only disappointment for some was the cancellation of the balloon trip. But that’s life..

There is still so much of Turkey to see and we do want to see around Fethiye, Kas and Antalya and eastern Anatolia.

Hopefully we can and we will certainly be contacting you and using Insight Travel.

Thank you once again. We have such great memories.

Krys and Tony L

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See photos of Davids sister Erica, david T,Tony and his sister erin keeping warm in Capadoccia

Erika H
Oct 17, 2014 Itinerary: Small group Highlights of Turkey Tour Dear Rina Thank you for your email. Our trip was all we hoped for and more. I had every intention of writing to you in detail but we have been so busy since our return from Turkey to England I have barely had the chance to catch breath. I promise to write in further detail and we can certainly send a photo or two - we took hundreds - when we return to Sydney in a week or so. Kind regards Erika
Ben H

Oct 20, 2014
Itinerary: Antalya tours and driver service

Hello Rina, Thanks for following up on our trip. I meant to thank you when I finished setting in at home. We had an amazing trip in Turkey.

Everything was perfect. The drivers, our guide Fenir in Antalya, and the roomy vans were all great. The drivers were always early and never minded when we took longer at a stop or wanted to adjust our schedule. Our bus tickets that you arranged for us all worked well and also our transfer in Istanbul.  All your hard work arranging everything was a big help in making it happen for us.

Please let me know how I can help you with any reviews or testimonials for your services. I'd be happy to give feedback on Trip Advisor or on any site that you recommend.

Thanks again Rina, here's picture of all of us having tea with the fire warden at the top of Termessos.

Yours kindly,

Ben H

Rick and Karen B – Canada
Oct 20, 2014 Itinerary: Private Turkey Tour Merhaba Rina. All  arrangements in Turkey – hotels, transfers, tours guides, drivers, vehicles, flights and yes, even the weather-were, in our opinion, excellent. Everything worked as planned and on time. All your intermediaries were polite, informative and caring. Some further comments: Please forgive spelling—Onur (Cappadocia) and Kenan (Istanbul) were both superb. They were polite, caring, joined us at lunch (at our request) and seemed to anticipate our needs. Kevanche (Izmir), though completely competent, has yet to gain their maturity. This is not a complaint, simply an observation. Your Mercedes busses, Sprinters I think, were almost overkill for our group of four, though we did feel like Royalty at times. The smaller VW? busses  used for some transfers were in fact more comfortable, I think because they don’t require high pressure truck tires. FYI. The Assiana Cave House was a delight, as were the owners and staff. Please thank them for us. The Pam Hotel was fine though of course less intimate. Efe Boutique had a nice balcony overlooking harbour at Kusadesi and was close to restaurants. Our balloon ride was fabulous as was weather at sunrise. Insight should almost insist that everyone on your tour must enjoy it because to miss out would be a huge mistake. It’s expensive but you only live once (we think). We can’t think of any other comments just now. Should any come to mind, we’ll be in touch. You live in a beautiful diverse country, rich with history, that everyone should visit. Rina, thank you so much for enduring our many e-mails and indecision while planning our trip. It was a complete success and delight and we most certainly would recommend Insight to any among our friends considering Turkey. Thank you too to your staff. Best regards, Karen & Rick.
Kathy C – MN, USA

Oct 24, 2014
Itinerary: Eastern Turkey Tour

WOW!  Where do I start with praises -- I traveled with the very best folks throughout a magnificent country with the best scenery, food, people, shopping, and truly a chance to see all the Ottoman, Greek, Roman, Turkish and ? empires coming together thanks to an amazing itinerary.  I know that you and Laney worked liked amazing crazy so newbies like me could really experience so much.  I definitely left part of my heart and soul in Turkey and have part of Turkey tucked in those spots.  Being on the go for 9 days was hectic but WORTH every minute.  Sure we could have made another stop in the South but those last days in Istanbul were peaceful for me and I needed that. You are very competent, sincere, honest, passionate, and dedicated in your job and as a person and I truly love and respect me for that.  So, I know you have lots of "Moms" so please consider me your Bigfoot Aunt!!!!  I'm having dinner with some folks tonite who I know would love Turkey so I'll be the "braggin' Aunt!"
Take special care and keep doing something magnificent for yourself each day because Awesome Hittites/Turkish/American/daughters/nieces deserve magnificent things.

Kathy C.

Taz R – Canada
Oct 25, 2014 Itinerary: Customized Turkey Tour Hi Rina! So nice to hear from you. I had a wonderful time in Turkey. It really is a spectacular place; so rich in history, very charming people and great cuisine! I see why you moved there. I will speak with Aliah and see about any feedback. We will get back to you if there is anything to add on our end. Thank you for your services and your availability. We had decided during our time in Turkey that this is a destination worth visiting again and we will definitely keep you in mind for further visits. Hope all is well with you. Take care, Taz
Keri M – Travel Agent in Canada
Oct 27, 2014 Itinerary: Classic Western Turkey Tour Hi Rina, I just wanted to say that my parents really enjoyed the trip! They were thrilled with everything. Thanks so much! I look forward to working with you again. Cheers, Keri
Connie and Tom L – Chicago, IL, USA

Oct 28, 2014

Lord-Family-1-300x200Itinerary:Highlights of Turkey

Hi Rina,

I can't thank you enough for making our trip to Turkey so fantastic!  What anamazing and beautiful country, wonderfully kind people, fantastic food and an abundance of history!  I loved it and appreciate all your help.I just wanted to send a couple of pics,so many to choose from!

 

Thanks again,

Connie

Hi Rina,

The trip was amazing!  We can’t say enough about how great Kemal was.  His knowledge of everything we saw was incredibly extensive and his sense of humor and easy going demeanor were a pleasure to be around.  He was a fantastic host and we learned so much about the rich history and culture of Turkey.  I also want to mention Ali, as he was equally great!

Tom

Pam and Anthony P – USA
November 3, 2014 Itinerary: Highlights of Turkey Tour with extension in Antalya and Istanbul Hello Rina. Our experience in Turkey was wonderful. The size of the group was perfect, and Ali our driver and Kemal our guide were both excellent. The time we spent with our daughter in Istanbul after the tour was a perfect conclusion to a great vacation We will definitely recommend Insight Travel tour friends. Thanks for all your help and reassurance. Regards, Pam and Anthony
Rita and Alex L – Madrid, Spain
Novermber 18, 2014 Itinerary: Customized Turkey Tour including Gulet and eastern Turkey Hi Rina !!! Related to our Turkey trip it was fantastic, we enjoyed it all...we have an special good time at the gulet because of the nice people and the places we visited. Cappadocia is unforgetable, the landscape and the hotel the best there...We also fell in love with Nemrut, Globetipeke, Sanliurfa( all that area is amazing and the guide was very professional), Ephesus, Miletus, Pergamon...in Pamukkale I think we should have had more time there because three hours is not enough to enjoy it but we like it all (Heriopolis, natural swimpools). Istambul is wonderful and the excursions that we had there were very good... As I told you we have one little problem in the shuttle service to our hotel in Antalya but it is nothing in such a big tailored trip. So thank you for your great job. Be sure that I have told everyone the fantastic organization that you made in order to ask you in any tour around Turkey...So see you in our next trip there! Kisses: Rita and Alex
Yasmeen and Habib K – Pakistan
Yasmeen and Habib  K - Pakistan November 27, 2014 Itinerary:  Customized Turkey tour Thanks Rina for your mail. Yes the trip was wonderful and we enjoyed a lot, there is a lot to appreciate and one thing that particularly stands out was the punctuality of the staff and the comfort in which we travelled. Thank you very much. There are no complaints but since you have talked about the importance of feedback, I can mention a couple of points.The bus trip from Urgup to Konya had a changeover at Nevshehir, we did  not know about t his until we reached the bus station at Urgup and I think for your future customers you can manage to drop them to Nevshehr bus station directly. A big thanks again to you and your team. Best Wishes Yasmeen and Habib