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Aslı Hanım, ilginize çok ama çok teşekkür ederim.
Başka bir tatil programında tekrar görüşmek üzere :)
Sevgili Aslı merhaba,
Spetses & Hydra seyahatim çok güzel geçti. Yardımların için teşekkür ederim.
Ağustos sonu veya tercihen Eylül başında Paros'a (Cyclades) gitmek istiyorum. Daha rahat bir zamanda gideceğim ve Türkiye çıkışını da feribot ile yaparak, farklı adalarda birer gün kalarak bana böyle bir feribot rotası çıkartman mümkün mü?
İyi haftalar, sevgiler
Hope you are well. We reached back home yesterday after our Vacation in Turkey.
This is to extend my sincere thanks to all your support and guidance to us in this trip. It was a wonderful experience. You did great.
I safely arrived in Holland(Rotterdam) Thanks to the bookings I made with you Chios- Pireus-Patras- Ancona all went perfect and it was a nice trip!Specially the fast ferry 1X to Ancona!
I will come and say hello the end of Augustus !
I am writing to you to convey my appreciation of your service for our tour in Greece. The refunding of 104 euros was also confirmed.
In the course of our tour, we noted that the tourist business in Greece may need improvement in terms of punctuality and procedure smoothness. However it is beyond your control.
Hopefully we could acquire your service again in the future!
S & M
We have very good visit at Istanbul.
Our tour guide- Ms. Ceren Yalcin was very helpful, informative and attentive. We have learned a lot from her about the History, Culture and philosophy of Turkey & Muslin.
Thanks for the arrangements.
T C and Mei
Çiçek hanım çok teşekkürler otel rezervasyonları için . Lokasyonlar süperdi. Tam ihtiyacımı güzelce karşıladı.
İyi çalışmalar .
Sorry for the late reply..
My holiday @honeymoon was wonderful and I cannot say thank you Enough.. it was awesome .. all the room arrangement was superb with so strategic location for us to walk around in the evening ..the room at Santorini,and the cave hotel was my favourites ... we felt very safe and it was paradise .... the hot air balloon at Cappadocia was an amazing experience...
thank u so much for arranging us this wonderful trip.. looking forward to plan out next visit with you again . We would love to do another visit end of the year.. ( do u do all international tour packages to all countries?? ) I would also like to apologise if I have troubled or was nagging .. U were the best travel agencies that I had so far.. thank you for everything...
We have safely reached back home ,
Once again thank you very much for your service , and will definitely recommend Anker (asli) to family and friends
Dear Mrs. Asli,
Yes we have reached safely back to Dar es Salaam.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your assistance and we really appreciate the services that have been provided.
We look forward working with you again very soon :)
Hi Asli, yes everything went very smoothly and perfectly for us in Turkey.
Thanks again for all your help. We are in Santorini today, back to Athens tomorrow.
We (family of 6, travelling with elderly and children) did not intend to travel around Turkey due to the recent attacks and unstable situations happening over the past few years in the country. However my flights was delayed by Turkish air and had to forced to stay in Turkey for 5 days. No time to plan for this sudden change, googled and found Anker Travel, served by agent Mehmet and he is the best!! When I'm here, he is like my personal travel guide on Whatsapp. He has answered all my questions, arranged hotel bookings, managed a day tour, airport-hotel transfers (better rates than uber) and handled some last min requests (Turkish bath and shopping trip), and arranged a knowledgeable tour guide (happened to be his wife) for our Ephesus+Pamukkale your. The stay in Turkey turns out to be one of the best thing that ever happened. We have completely changed the impression of the country and people that country is actually quite peaceful and safe, people are very nice and warm. The media has exaggerated the situation and did not give justices to this beautiful country. I will definitely come back again because i think we have missed out some tourist attractions and will use Anker Travel as their rates are not expensive and really reasonable and best of all great service. Great job and please keep up the good work.
Not a problem...everything worked out fine in the end, and I am happily in Mykonos.
Thank for for arranging everything so magnificently. It was an absolute pleasure having done my trip with Anker Travel, and I will be recommending you to my friends for sure.
You have also been great personally, and I would like to thank you for that (especially answering all my questions!).
Wishing you the best,
Mehmet bey merhabalar...
Kusura bakmayın lütfen teşekkür maili için baya geç kaldım tatil sonrası mail adresim ile ilgili bir sıkıntı yaşadım size ulaşamadım Sayenizde Tatilimiz balayımız çok çok güzel geçti tavsiyelerinize hemen hemen uymaya çalıştık özellikle remataki'ye bayıldık İlgi alakanız için Tekrar teşekkürler ediyorum emeklerinize sağlık selamlar sevgiler...
Merhaba Aslı hanım,
Samos seyehatimiz güzel geçti teşekkür ederiz.
Samos da otel de çok güzeldi. Siz de başından beri titizlikle ilgilendiniz. Bir dahaki sefere görüşmek üzere selamlarımızla.
Dear Mr. Dagdelen,
We are safely back home and recovering from our trip.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank you, your wife, and your staff to make our trip as comfortable as possible.
Greece and Turkey people are very hospitable, and we really appreciate and cherish our memories.
Mr and Mrs Krishna
Harikasiniz, beni kisa ve net birsekilde bilgilendirerek ne kadar mutlu ettiginiz ve endiseden kurtardiginizi bilmenizi isterim, kolay gelsin, bundan sonra Anker Tur ilk onceligim.
Sabah ancak kalktık ve evde uyanmanın sersemliğini yaşıyoruz Samos ta oteldeki kuş seslerini duyamayınca denizi göremeyince acı gerçekle yüzleştik.Evdeyiz!!!!
Sana tekrar tekrar çok teşekkür ederiz inanılmaz idi.
Şimdi tavsiyeler zamanı!!!
Mail de bizim Ankarada portföy yöneticimiz Murat beye geziyi anlattım ve seninle temasını sağlıyorum.
Lütfen yardımcı olurmusun.
Çok öpüyoruz Aynur hanımla
ayrıca eşine de selamlar çok yakışıyorsunuz!!!!
Aynur - Refik T.
As always Onur your service is fantastic Thank you so much Very best regards Paul
Thank you for all your help at Anker Travel. I am looking forward to visiting Turkey and Greece next summer.
With Very Best Wishes for Christmas and New Year,
Brilliant you are a marvel i will contact you in the early part of next year.
As always I really appreciate your excellent service Very best regards
Cicek hanim cok tesekkurler.
Anker ile calismak her zaman kolay ve keyifli.
How are you? I have had this and was intending to send it, but time slipped away. Hope it may still be useful.
We all had a Great time in your wonderful country and in time Im sure we would like to visit again.
Below is some feedback.
· Tour Guides, in Kusadasi (Mr Gokhan I think? AKA Private Hercules) was exceptional. He rearranged our plans for the few days we were with him, as the original plan covered too much and the original plans had us back track a lot (according to him). We also felt that Hakan in Istanbul was very pleasant and helpful and our guide in Cappadocia (Melika) was amazing. These 3 stood out and really showed their love for your country.
· Husain our driver was outstanding especially in Beshire where we may have been trapped that night as there was nothing to do. He took us out for a drive and he also showed us a Turkish bath something we would never have seen without him. He was amazing through the whole tour and we cant praise him enough for his professionalism and effort in making us feel welcome at all times.
· Konya hotel, central but not the greatest!! The quality of rooms were really poor. a lot of the sites were closed on Monday. but the Tuesday was a free day. We could have done that better and swapped that around.
· Pamukkale food and service was outstanding. The owners were delightful and made our stay there very comfortable. ALL meals were included and were not mentioned on the itinerary. This was an added bonus.
· Hotel in Istanbul central and great. Really enjoyed our stay there.
· Cappadocia accommodation excellent… maybe add the cost of a dinner there as part of the hotel cost if more than one night.
· Prompt response in returning the cost for ballooning. This was you and your team and although we were disappointed on missing out were very surprised on the promptness of the return of our funds.
· Accommodation in Antalya outstanding as well. Loved the location and rooms.
· Your service was OUTSTANDING…. Disappointed we couldn’t meet L
Id be happy to recommend you and your team. Please pass on our thanks to the 3 guides mentioned and our Driver Husain..
Aslı hanım merhaba,
Tatil dönüşü iş yoğunluğundan bir türlü fırsat bulup size yazamadım.. Harika bir tatil geçirdiğimizi belirtmek isterim. Otellerimiz çok iyiydi; feribotlarda sıkıntısız seyahat ettik. Günler adalar için yeterliydi. Tam anlamıyla çok keyifli bol keşifli bir seyahatti. Seneye birlikte ayarlayacağımız yeni rotalar şimdiden aklımızda :)
İlginize ve desteğinize çok çok teşekkür ederiz.
Dear Mrs Asli,
It was a pleasure to meet you n Mr Yaman in kusadasi.
The whole trip was a great a success as it was organized beautifully. We had a great time. The cruise did not happen which was sad but the rest was great.
Thank you once again for your efforts .
Merhaba Aslı Hanımcığım,
Tatilimiz çok keyifliydi,herşey için çok teşekkür ediyorum.
Seyahatin Ayvalık kısmında otelin sahibi Raşit Bey , transfer için kullandığımız taksi firmasından
Mehmet Bey harikaydılar. Hem Raşit Bey hem Mehmet Bey bizimle özel olarak ilgilendiler.
Seyahatin Midilli kısmında otelimizden ve özellikle araba kiralama firmamızdan çok memnun kaldık.
Herşey için çok teşekkür ediyorum.
Şimdi de ofisten bir arkadaşım Funda kendi Samos seyahatinin programı için Çiçek Hanımla
Bir sonraki tatilde görüşmek üzere…
Onur bey günaydın,
Seyahat programında göstermiş olduğunuz yakınlığa ve ilgiye teşekkür ederiz.
Hiçbir problem yaşamadan tatilimiz sonuçlandı..
Arkadaşkara da sizi tavsiye edeceğiz..
İyi çalışmalar / Kayhan
Tatil planlamam cercevesinde feribot bileti ihticam olması sebebiyetiyle internetten arastırarak firmanızı buldum ve iletişime gectim. her ne kadar da devlet memuru olmam sebebiyetiyle tatil planlarım iptal olsada gerek planlama gerek rezervasyon ve satışda feribot departmanınızda görevli onur beyle sürekli olarak iletişim halinde kaldık. kendisiyle yüzyüze gelip tanısamasakda bahsettiğim süreç içerisinde ilgi alaka sının yanında sesiyle pozitif enerjisini bana yansıttığı gibi çözüm odaklı yardımlarını gözardı etmek imkansızdı.sonuç itibari ile tatil planlarımız belirsiz bir süre ertelense de şimdiden çalışacagımız firmayı bulmuş olduk basta onur bey olmak üzere firmanıza teşşekkur ederim.iyi çalışmalar kolay gelsin.
I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that we were able to work together on this massive family vacation. I seriously could not have done this without you. From booking hotels to arranging & rearranging numerous transfers, the vacation progressed smoothly (excluding the air travel, of course!!). Your quick replies and willingness to help out even on late Sunday evening, was truly appreciated by not only me, but my entire family. Everyone highly enjoyed both Athens hotels. The Acropolis Museum was an excellent choice for walking to all attractions, restaurants and metro. And the Radisson Blu Park was a good choice for winding down at the end of the trip.
Again, thank you! I hope to work with you again in the future -- don't worry, I won't be arranging a massive trip like this ever again!! But, I do want to visit Istanbul in the future once the world settles down. And, I will definitely refer you and your agency to any family & friends who will be traveling in the area.
Sizin de yardim ve yonlendirmelerinizle, cok guzel bir tatil gecirdik.
Emekleriniz icin tesekkur eder iyi gunler dilerim
Aslı Hanım Merhaba,
Sayenizde harika bir tatil yaptık, herşey için tekrar çok teşekkürler. Ödemeyi az önce ilettim.
Gökhan’a da sevgilerimi iletin.
Thank you for a great service we will always use you on future when we need ferries etc in turkey Greece and Italy .
Very best regards
P & M
THANKS VERY MUCH ONUR FOR HELPING OUT TEAM…VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!
19-22 Mayısta Egeli AFL grubu ile yaptığımız ve çok memnun kaldığımız Midilli gezisi organizasyonu için çok teşekkür ederiz.
Ayrıca ve özellikle Bayram Beye yaptığı mükemmel rehberlik için çok teşekkür ederiz.
G. ve S. Yesilyurt
Ok thanks. It has been a good trip. Thank you!
Y. T. Yap
I wanna thank you for your help and tell you, everything you did made our trip that much easier.
The Mykonian Ambassador was our favorite of all stays. It's a beautiful place and we wish we had had more time to stay there. Everything from the staff to the room to the food was AMAZING!!!
As you know, we really wanted to stay in Turkey, so you can count on us reaching out to you again for your services when it's time for that trip and will gladly recommend you to anyone traveling that way.
Sevgili Aslı Hanım;
19.05.2016 - 22.05.2016 tarihleri arasında Midilli Adasına şirketiniz aracılığı ile yaptığımız (Egeli AFLliler grubu) 4 günlük gezimiz ile ilgili herşey için çok teşekkür ederim. Kaldığımız yer, yemekler her şey çok güzeldi..
Özellikle rehberimiz Sayın Bayram Kara Bey herşey ile tek tek ilgilenip hiçbir sorun yaşanmaması için elinden geleni yaptı ayrıca ada ile ilgili gezi boyunca çok güzel bilgiler verdi.Şoförümüz de ( adı Petros idi sanıyorum) bizi hiç tedirgin etmeden, aracı çok emniyetli kullanarak adayı gezmemizi sağladı.
Tekrar herşey için hepinize teşekkür eder,hayırlı işler dilerim...
M. S. Güventürk
I'd like to thank you for all your arrangement for give us a good stay and trip in Capadocia.
The place is wonderful, the people is nice and our guide did all she could to keep us informed and confortable. She is very nice and deserve to be respected for her professionalism.
We are traveling in a country with different culture and we were worried about everything.
I ask you to forgive us.
Very sorry I forgot to say thank you very very much for all you have done – that was a lot more than expected.
It was very nice of you to refund the Taxi and I certainly did not expect this – things happen when traveling its just part of the experience.
Thanks awesomely and to confirm I will return on the Barel Ferry from Pytagorion port on Sunday 24 April departing 20:00 as you have advised.
All the very best,
Dear Mrs Cicek Bozkurt,
We followed your instructions and everything went well. We received the emails as you said. :-)
Thanks again very very much for all your help!
Thanks to you we can make this trip to the beautiful places in Turkey and the Islands :-)
Anne & Johan
Çiçek hanım merhaba
Yapmış olduğunuz organizasyon için çok teşekkür ederim.
Hiç zorlanmadık çok güzel bi tatil yaptık.
We have reached home safely. We had a great time in Turkey, thanks to your management and organisation of the trip itinerary. We are very happy with the selection of hotels and restaurants during the full day tours. The guides were also very informative about each of the places covered. We were very impressed by your prompt response to a last minute request for a change in airport pick up time.
We look forward to contacting you again for Greece tour in the future.
Kriti A. and Kunal S.
We are waiting for transfer to airport now. Thank you for arranging our holiday. It was a really lovely time with my parents :) we really enjoyed touring different parts of turkey and seeing some of Greek islands :)
Dear Asli Gideron,
Thank you so much for your help and for your kind solicitations. I have safely reached home after a wonderful visit to your nation.
I wish you continued success in your business!!
Thank you for cancelling the Athens tour and changing the transfer to the Airport from our Bodrum accommodation. We are very happy with your service.
I will be ready at 10pm. So far tour has been brilliantly organised. Been really impressed.
Dr I Kola
Merhaba Çiçek hanım,
Patmos Grubumuzda tarafımıza gösterdiğiniz gerek maddi gerek manevi destek için teşekkürlerimi sunmak istiyorum..
Karşılamadan - uğurlamaya kadar gösterdiğiniz maximum özen ve dikkat için teşekkürler.
S. ÇETİN (JAZZ TRAVEL)
Thank you very much for the
a) excellent itinerary planned for us
b) good hotels selected
c) knowledgeable and interesting tourist guides engaged for us
d) punctual and hassle-free pick up at drop at all locations
e) vouchers sent to us in advance and
f) general useful advice given before the trip.
g) vegetarian meals arranged in tour time
1. At Capadoccia, the guide Onur was very patient and helpful
2. Yigit at Ephesus had a knack of involving us in his explanations by asking questions
3. We had no problems getting vegetarian food at any place
4. Public transport at Alacati and Athens was convenient
A small note to thank you for the abundance of info on your website. Based on your suggestion, we (self, wife and 2 grown up daughters) choose Anker Travel to plan the itinerary for the 2 week Turkey and Greece holiday from 4th to 17th July.
At Capadoccia, Pamukkale, and Santorini, we chose hotels based on Tripadvisor reviews
May your tribe increase!
If any of you come to Singapore, it will be my pleasure to advise you on your itinerary.
İyi günler Onur Bey,
Mesleğini sizin kadar seven ve iyi icra eden insanlara çok ihtiyacımız var. Keşke herkes sizin gibi üşenmeden, severek yapsa işini. Eşim de ben de size çok teşekkür ediyor, mesleğinizde başarılarınızın devamını diliyoruz. Yeni bir tatil programı için görüşmek dileğiyle.
Hi Asli - thanks so much for all you did to make our trip so memorable. We had a fantastic time.
Everything you arranged worked out so well. The drivers you arranged were very courteous and professional, and prompt! And the hotels and ferry, etc... all were top shelf.
We especially enjoyed our balloon flight on our last day. What a way to end our trip. I think the only piece of business we need with you is how to get reimbursed for one balloon flight ticket since Braden was not able to fly with us due to the balloon company cancelling at the last minute on Friday and not able to fly at all on Saturday due to high winds. Braden unfortunately had to return to Ankara so he could not join us today for our flight.
Thanks again and let me know what arrangements you'll be able to make for the reimbursement.
Take care and we will definitely recommend you and your company to our family and friends!
Rob and Jennifer
Thank you for contacting me now that I am back home. I have had 2 separate house guests and a short trip to Vancouver Island since my return; it has been very busy. A third visitor has decided to postpone her visit until September. Otherwise she was expected to arrive in a few days.
This gives me some available time to prepare my response to your request.
I usually do most of my own bookings when I am planning a trip but for this trip, it quickly became apparent that I would need help. I was already using the website "turkeytravelplanner.com" as my main source of information. I had decided to focus my travel in Turkey to Istanbul and "the Turquoise Coast". In the above website, Anker Travel Services is the recommended travel service for the coast and I contacted them with the ideas I was beginning to put together. From then on we worked together to fill in the essentials. However, this was an ongoing relationship. As my trip unfolded, I maintained contact with Mehmet Dagdelen and later Asli Yeniyol (when Mehmet was on vacation). Whenever I needed assistance with bus/ferry/flight services, they were a comforting backup resource to call on. In fact, my trip was a much richer experience because of their expertise.
Dear Mehmet and Asli,
Thank you for putting together my wonderful tour of Turkey; it wouldn't have been the same without you at the helm.
I'm really appreciate for your kindness.
It's really helpful.
I'm going to call my bank and try again to book ferry tickets.
Your kindness makes me better image of Turkish.
I couldn't tell how much I appreciate to you in English.
We have recently returned from an amazing trip to Turkey which you so kindly organised for us. Thank you so much for all you hard work which we truly appreciated. We enjoyed every minute and everything went exactly to plan. We hope to return at a later date so will contact you again.
We have given your details to lots of our friends who were very impressed with the itinerary.
Rod & Viv M.
Dear Ms Nurten
Ad usual a lot of thanks.Your support has been important to us
You have a great country please care it, because it is easy destroy and hard built one. I love Turk their people , culture , history and thousands of other things.
I will need back soon to Ankara,
Thanks again to you and Anker organization we had splendid days in Turkist.
Thank you mam. We had a wonderful experience. I'll be debriefing with the group soon.
Till now we have had a wonderful day in Athens, perhaps this saturday will take a cruiser all day long by 3 islands.
Acrópolis Hotel is very nice confortable and close to principal s places in town.
I apreciate your effords for give us great holidays.
Next Sunday will continious to.
your homeland Turk, my entire dreams .
Ramon y N.
Nurten hanım merhaba,
Firma iade işlemini yaptı bilgilerinize sunarım.
Rezervasyon sürecinden, satış sonrası desteğinize ayrıca çok teşekkür ederim,
Thank you for sending me these. And thank you very much for all your assistance. You have been amazingly helpful!
I will get in touch with you if I require assistance with the other arrangements that you mention.
Today I am going back home to Indonesia, me and my family say big thank you to you and the travel, we had wonderful time here and beatiful memory in Athens , Santorini and Turkey, couldn't be any happier than this! I surely will recommend this travel to my friends, thank you, have a nice day!
Thank you for all the emails to remind and guide us. Truly appreciate it.
It´s been some days I´m back at home now and I just wanted to thank you as everything was great during out trip to Istanbul!!!
We had a wonderful time!! We had just a small problem with the transfer which was solved in the moment but everything was good, everyone was very nice and the Hotels were awesome!!!
Thanks for all your help and patience! we hope to go back soon! we really want to go in summer and get to know more of Turkey!
Best wishes! Melisa
My son & daughter is in KLIA now. All arrangements you made was perfect except for some hiccup in Denizli but its a small matter. I would remember Asli of Anker Travel for my future trip to Turkey and Greece definitely.
I would be asking you for some details confirmation if our insurance company wants to pay for the 1 hr delay at Denizli later.
Once again we would like to express our happiness for all your excellent services in tracking movements throughout their holiday!
I'm back to Brazil and would like to say how much we appreciated the services of Anker Travel. Everything - tour guides, schedule, hotels etc. - went really great in general.
I'll be glad to be in contact again with the agency when I go back to Turkey - what I will love to do.
All the best,
Çok teşekkür ederim, güzel bir geziydi. Yedik içtik çok eğlendik J yaza doğru görüşmek üzere.
Sayın Aslı YENİYOL,
24.10.2014 tarihli Girit turumuzun başarı ile geçen uçuşları için, yaptığınız operasyonda ilginiz, alakanızi yardımlarınızdan dolayı Meis Turizm ailesi olarak özellikle size ve ekibinize çok teşekkür ederiz. Bu operasyonda bizimle beraber düşünüp, bizimle heyecanlanıp, sevinip, üzüldünüz. En önemlisi her an size ulaşabildik ve destek aldık. Bizim için sizinle ve Anker Travel ile çalışmak zevkli ve verimli oldu. Umarız siz de bizden memnun kalmışsınızdır. Bundan sonraki çalışmalarımızda tekrar beraber olmak dileğiyle, başarılarınızın devamını tüm içtenliğimizle dileriz.
Everything is ok!! thank you once again for all your help!
It was a pleasure organizing this trip with you!
Best wishes, Melisa
Philip and I want to thank you again for organising the day with Nadia (Naciye) when we visited Kusadasi earlier this month. The fact that you were able, at very short notice, to change our booking because of alterations to our cruise itinerary, and still find a guide and driver for us was much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed Nadia’s company, her knowledge and expertise about the ancient sites she showed us, the wonderful lunch at Bizim Ev and the side trip to Sirince. Kusadasi was one of the highlights of our overseas tour and so we thank you and your office once again for making it possible.
Philip and Rosemary
My apologies for the delay of this note. My husband and I cannot thank you enough for arranging such a wonderful trip for us to Turkey and Greece. We have fallen in love with the area, especially Turkey, and cannot wait to return.
Your arrangements were perfect for a first experience in Turkey and Greece. We feel we received a great flavor of the county, its history, and customs. We look forward to learning more. All of the activities were perfectly planned. All arrangements, transportation, etc. occurred exactly how you arranged them.
You did a wonderful job of listening to the type of things we wanted to do and created a great itinerary for us. Our experience would not have been possible without you.
Thank you so very much!
Sayin Nurten Hanim,
Gösterdiginiz ilgiye çok tesekkür ediyorum.
Esim ve ben sizin, ailenizin ve Anker Travel'deki çalisma arkadaslarinizin
Kurban Bayramini kutlar; SAGLIKLI, mutlu nice bayramlar dileklerimizi sunariz.
I really enjoyed working with you and am sorry I will not get to meet you. I have been to Turkey many times, and the people are one of the country's best asset. I am looking forward to our visit.
Have a nice evening!
We arrived home safely, after an amazing trip - thanks to you! You made our itinerary easy to enjoy and stress free. The way a vacation should be.
Danielle and I wanted to take a moment and say a big "Thank You" for all that you did and they way you did it. We have used travel agents in the past and have been disappointed by them time and time again. You are certainly a diamond in the rough! As we share our travel stories, we will ensure they know how great Anker Travel is, especially Asli Yeniyol. :)
Before we go, I thought I would ask a couple of questions:
1) Is there anyway at this point to add my Aeroplan# to my travel to gain points?
2) As you recall, we had to rebook our balloon ride. The second one, as we learned, is apparently, cheaper than the other ones and many were getting refunds. Will we be?
Again Asli...many thanks and look forward to working with you again soon. We thought we would provide a picture of us to remember us by. (sorry for the sunglasses)
Dear Ms Ozvar,
I have received your email, thank you so much. I am now in Rome and head to the ferry in a couple of days.
You have been wonderful and I look forward to meeting you when I arrive in Turkey.
Great job - thank you very much for organising all of this. Everything looks good. I have just one question - the transfer from Piraeus Port to Athens Airport doesn't have a specific pick up time. Will they meet the ferry, or will we have some free time in Athens before going to the airport?
Look forward to your reply and again, many thanks for bringing this all together for us.
I wanted to thank you because we had a wonderful time in beautiful Turkey and hope that we can visit again in the near future We're back home and already missing your country Best, Simon
All of we have reached to our home town safely today morning and resumed office.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your nice cooperations and support during our trip.
Every thing was nicely timed and smoothly managed, To be honest with you, The service we received were much beyond our expectations.
All the guides were simply nice and fine, Please also convey our thanks to them.
Stay well and take care.
Tatilimiz iyi geçti…sayenizde..
Her şey için teşekkürler..
I am back from my great trip!
Thanks a lot for all your help and assistance on my trip ....every place that I visit, the hotels, transfers, ferries, everything was perfect!
Merhabalar Nurten hanım ,
Öncelikle iyi bayramlar diliyorum.
Yunanistan seyahatinden döndük.
Yardımlarınızdan dolayı size ve şahsınızda firmanıza teşekkür ederim.
Dear Mehmet Dagdelen (Mr)
May I take this opportunity in thanking you and your company and in particular your Tour Guide for making our very first trip to Turkey and to Kusadasi a very pleasurable one. The tour to Ephesus was, for us, a once in a Lifetime trip which was very made very interesting by your Tour Guide.
L Ross (Mr.)
What a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic trip!! And I would credit it mostly to you, Asli, and the way you absolutely brilliantly managed to add nearly all of my desired cities and tours in a matter of 2 weeks! Really appreciate the customized plan you made, as well as your extremely superb helpful nature!! I am sure no one has eaten you head as much as me throughout our planning phase and I know for a fact if you hadn’t been partnering with me throughout this travel plan, I know it wouldn’t have happened :)
Cappadocia was simply magical! Loved the hotel!! Mount selimi, pigeon valley, ilhara tour – stunning!!
Pammukale was phenomenal! Pictures actually managed to capture the beauty perfectly. No one should visit Turkey without having these in their agenda
Very good Hotel locations
Tour guides - extremely organized and punctual
Thanks a million Asli for this wonderful experience!!
thank you so very much for all of your efforts in planning our vacation. We loved Turkey!! Greece was a bit of a disappointment after the magnificence of Turkey but if we had not gone I probably would have wondered if we had missed out by not seeing Athens and Delphi. Santorini was lovely but I think we would have enjoyed somewhere on the coast of Turkey at the end of the trip just as well if not better. All of the accommodations, with the exception of the Savoy Hotel, were wonderful. The bed and breakfast in Cappodoccia was exceptional - just lovely and charming.
I know you pulled this trip together at the last minute for me and am truly grateful that you did. It was fantastic.
We enjoyed our trip in Turkey so much. Anker Travel was reliable while planning and on the road, ready to promptly assist us on plan changes and options. Thanks Anker Travel, thanks Mehmet Dagdelen
I am writing from home. We made it here last Sunday night. The trip was great and now, as expected, we are recovering from all rush and jet lag, especially Marcelo.
The tour was fantastic!
I wanted to thank you again for all of your help on our trip. We had a GREAT time! I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know going to Turkey or Greece.
Thank you for helping us have a wonderful trip in Turkey and Greece!
Some of the highlights:
The airport/hotel/port transfers were perfect and on time every time, everywhere; also the rental cars you organized were great and the delivery was very accommodating. These things really made our trip so much easier!
We especially enjoyed the Sokullupasa hotel in Istanbul (excellent breakfast and charming breakfast room and garden); The hotel kindly kept one extra piece of luggage for us until our return on June 21, so we didn't have to drag a carpet we bought at the Grand Bazaar around all over Turkey and Greece.
We appreciated the Ephesus tour and the beautiful room in Kusadasi (I didn't realize how close the hotel was to Anker Travel until the next day when we were on our way to catch the bus to Marmaris at the bus station - I'm sorry we didn't stop by to say hello to you that first evening!)
The Nikos & Takis in Rhodes was beautiful, as well as the Blue Dolphins in Santorini and the Mykonian K in Mykonos. Mykonian K gave us a free upgrade to a larger room with an outdoor spa. Although we were a large group, the Delos tour guide did very well and explained a lot about the entire historical background of Delos.
The En Plo in Santorini was very lovely, but really should only be for people who have rented a car, because it is 4 or 5 kilometers from Oia. Our hosts gave us a free ride into Oia a couple of times (we took the bus from Oia to Fira and got on a boat tour of the volcano crater and Thirassa - lots of fun).
The Acropolis Museum hotel in Athens was conveniently located and the rooms were fine - just tell them to clean the carpets in their entry and lobby. We were very pleased with the Key Tours half-day small group tour of Athens.
I highly recommend the Doupiani House in Kastraki for those going to visit the monasteries in Meteora.
My husband and I are very happy we had such a good travel agent, and would enthusiastically recommend your services.
Nurten hanım günaydın.
Çok teşekkür ederim herşey için. Sanırım ilerde de sizinle çalışma fırsatı yaratacağım. J
İyi çalışmalar, gününüz rast gitsin.
I am writing to say many thanks for organising a great trip for us, and for all your help with last minute changes. Our hotels were all good, but our favourite was the Meklekler Evi cave hotel. The people there were extremely friendly and helpful, and the service was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Turkey and would definitely recommend it to friends as a country to visit.
Thanksful Ms Ozvar,
I'm so impressed by your help.
It is through your kind assistance that I have reserved successfully.
And today, I also have booked the ferry from KOS to SANTORINI by your company webpage, ankertravel.net.
I cannot express how happy I am cause of you.
It will be good travel due to your help, I will not forget you while traveling Ms Ozvar.
With gratitude beyond words,
Thank you so much for all your planning and managing. We had a terrific time in Turkey! W. Yu, Hong Kong
W. Yu, Hong Kong
Asli: We are back to reality now.
Fabulous trip and nothing but great praise for
your planning and work on our behalf.
So very much appreciated.
B. and I. Travers
B. and I. Travers
We just returned home from a wonderful trip to Turkey and Greece. We spent time in Istanbul, had a seven day Greek Island cruise on Crystal Cruise Line and traveled to Cappadocia for three days.
We booked the cruise and the trip to Cappadocia through your company, Anker Travel.
I want you to know that both segments were wonderful. The communications between us and your representatives were very professional, timely and friendly.
The cruise portion was taken care of by Mr. Guclu Yaman. The Cappadocia trip was prepared for by Mr. Mehmet Dagdelen. Both agents did excellent work!
Everything went as planned and was void of any unnecessary events. We especially appreciated all of the timing concerning transfers to and from the hotels and airport, the selection of the hotel in Cappadocia, and the phone contact that was made by Mr. Mehmet to rearrange the hot air balloon ride that had been canceled due to the weather and to check in with us.
We will recommend your company to any of our friends if they are traveling to your part of the world!
Thank you very much!
G and S Brown
It's no problem, I have booked the tickets. We will be arriving on 12th April, 11.55am and departing on 19th April 8.25am.
Thank you so much for the efficiency and planning, glad I saw a recommendation of your agency from Turkey Travel Planner.
Dear Ms Asli,
Thank you so much for the great planning, we had a very good time! :) We will definitely recommend your services to our friends.
Teh Wenxin, Singapore
Just want to say a big 'thank you' for helping us and booking the ferries. You have been very kind and really helped us out a lot as we didn't know anything about the ferry links from Italy to Greece and Greece to Turkey. I have recommended Anker Travel to other families who are travelling out to Izmir and we hope to use you in the future to book any more travel and holidays. We as a family are looking forward to living in Turkey!
Laura Delahay, United Kingdom
Cok rahat bir yolculuk gecirdim. ve ankaraya ulastim.
Ilginize tesekkur ederim.
T. Gurakan, Turkey
Did you miss me? We are now back home in South Africa and the fact that you didn’t hear from me shows what a good job you did in arranging the Turkey / Greece leg of our trip. Thank you very much, all the arrangements went very well and you were spot on with the choice of hotels. We loved Turkey and will be back one day. Istanbul is amazing and the hot air balloon flight over Goreme Valley was the highlight of our whole holiday. I know I used to appreciate feed back when I worked in travel so I will give you a brief opinion on each hotel. But everyone we dealt with was charming, courteous and professional. The only transfer that was not 100% was on arrival in Mykanos when we had to phone them and when they finally arrived, the vehicle was broken so we had to walk to the hotel but the young man did help with our luggage. A car would not have made it through the winding streets – think we were meant to have a mini van of sorts. Anyway the rest were all on time and super efficient. Then all the ferry trips were great with excellent seats – recommend the cabin option too as it was a long day going via Kos to Santorini.
Here are our thoughts on the hotels plus highs / lows
Istanbul, Satan’s Inn Very good location. Small room but lucky to have balcony.
Urgup, Mellker Evi Charming, best shower and lovely breakfast. Enjoyed the day tour and loved the balloon experience. Great guides and meal options.
Ephesus Tour Ozzie was a lovely guide and with the lady driver (forget her name) gave us a really good tour.
Kudadasi, Carina Hotel Great pool deck area but very noisy on a Saturday night with discos / parties all round. Okay for overnight.
Bodrum, El Vino An oasis, afternoon tea & cake served by the pool and great breakfast – could easily have stayed longer.
Santorini, Costa Marina Very nice and Marina a perfect hostess who just wanted us to have an amazing time.
Naxos, Chateau Zevgoli Bit of a climb to reach but charming old house. Not great breakfast – very plain and basic.
Paros / Naoussa, Manos Nice to be away from main port – lovely fishing village atmosphere in Naoussa & best beach across bay at Kolymbithres. Good breakfast.
Mykanos, Carbonaki Nice hotel with splash pool but very small cramped room. Cruise ships in port, very crowded so glad to take trip to Delos. Very good guide so very interesting.
Athens, Acropolis Museum Hotel Perfect location and nice room.
So we certainly have no complaints and thank you again for your attention to our requirements. It was the holiday of a life time for us and I will certainly recommend you to any friends who may travel your way in the future. Just sorry we did not manage to meet you in person.
Best wishes, regards
Hugh and Ros Drummond,
It was good tour. I thought I should let you know we were happy with all the arrangements. Both guides were very good. We liked both the Canela Cave Hotel and Ayapam in Pamukkele. Only one which we did not think much of was the one in Kusadasi. Carina. Three floors to lug luggage up. No lift. No help. No water in the room. It was 3 a.m. When we checked in so it was no fun.
Having said that I would like to thank you for a very good tour. Thanks to Nuray too who worked on the itinerary with me from the beginning, tailoring it to our needs. We had a lovely mix of nature, culture, history and some fantastic scenery.
I have given a strong recommendation of your company to a close friend who has her own travel company. Columbus Tours. They are interested in working out tour package for their clients with you.
They will be in touch with you.
Chitranganie MUBARAK, Sri Lanka
Hello miss Asli,
The trip so far has been wonderful, thanks for setting up this incredible experience for us.
Ricardo BITTENCOURT, Brazil
Thank you for organising these refunds.
It was disappointing today to gey up at 6am and wait and phone Fez travel etc.
I almost rrang them to confirm but you had done so well all trip I decided not to!
These things happen!
Not often for us thanks to Nuray and your great work.
Thank you so very much.
We will recommend Anker Travel to our Aussie friends.
David PAULL, Austuralia
Hi Ingrid, it's been too long for me to properly thank you for all the help with our holiday. We enjoyed it tremendously, and of course felt that we would have liked to have seen more of Istanbul and Turkey in general. There were only a few hiccups--of course the Samos ferry problem, but that worked out with your help. And the Athens rental car problem, which also was solved. So thanks.
A question: We did enjoy the Istanbul tours and tour guides very much, so can you please confirm the exact name of the company we used for our three tours in Istanbul? We want to recommend them to some friends.
Thank you and take care,
Eric Wendler, USA
Aslı Hanım merhaba,
Samos harika geçti:)hava çok çok güzeldi..
Çok teşekkürler,fatura biz istemiyoruz teşekkürler..başka bir seyahatte buluşmak üzere..
I arrived back home yesterday and still a little dizzy for the 6 hour gap and for the 11 hour flight.
I would like to thank you very much for all the services provided and for the nice moments shared in Kusadasi.
Marta and I appreciated it very much.
Rogerio Dart, Brazil
Nuray Hanım,tekrar merhabalar.
Öncelikle geçmiş bayramınızı kutlamak isterim.
Aslında vakit kalsaydı Kuşadası'na geldiğimizde bizzat görüşmek isterdik,fakat dönüş otobüsümüzü 5 dakika kala yakaladık,başka bir sefere inşallah.
Sayenizde biz de eşimle çok güzel ve sorunsuz bir tatil geçirdik,yardımlarınız ve ilginiz için tekrar teşekkür ederiz.
Şimdiden bir kaç arkadaşımıza sizi gönül rahatlığı ile tavsiye ettik :)
Bundan sonra da başka tatil planlarımızda görüşmek dileğiyle.
Sevgiler ve iyi çalışmalar diliyoruz..
Merhaba Aslı Hanım, tatilin kötüsü olmaz zaten ama sizin yardımlarınızla daha güzel geçiyor:)
İyi bayramlar dilerim.
We are back in NZ now and have settled in to normal life. Just a short note to let you know that all went well in Turkey & the Greek Islands, your arrangements worked well and we enjoyed that part of our trip. So thank you & Anker Travel for your assistance.
Trevor & Sallie Savory, N.Zealand
I wanted to write a note to thank you for the great experience we had with your tour guide Ceyda. She provided us with a perfectly customized and very insightful tour of Ephesus , a delicious stop off for lunch and a wonderful end of day trip to Sirence. I have forwarded your information to my Brother in Law who is planning a similar trip in early September. I also had a nice chat with the owner of the Villa Konak, thanking him for recommending you to me and letting him know what a wonderful experience we had.
Jackie Skarzynski, USA
Barb and I have returned to Vancouver without any problems. Our gullet trip was fantastic and all the couples had a great time. Almost as much fun as being with you on our road trip. I hope that this e-mail finds you well and that all is well. Our trip was fantastic, Turkey was a great experience and you certainly contributed as a top highlight of our trip. Thank you again for your time and effort and most of all your patience with all of us crazy Canadians.
Please keep in touch and if you ever come this way be sure to let us know . Barb and I will never forget our happy times with Ali the One Who Knows All…….Thanks ..Steve and Barb
PS Please say hello to Ingrid for us…thanks
Steve and Barb Soos, Vancouver
Thank you very, very much! This is terrific.
You were very patient with my many inquiries. It was a pleasure doing business.
I hope you have a busy summer,
I hope you're doing well! I know you corresponded more with my husband Michael regarding our honeymoon in June, but I wanted to tell how grateful I am for all that you did for us. You suggestions, advice, support (your patience!), and organization really made the trip one of our best yet.
We're fairly lucky travelers, but it is exceptionally rare that a two-week overseas adventure goes off without one hinderance. I am certain that wouldn't have been the sase without you in the background making sure every "i" was dotted and "t" was crossed. My only regret is that we didn't get a chance to stop by your office the day we left Kusadasi. Next time, though ;).
So, all this being said, I hope you don't mind that I've recommended Anker Travel (well, you specifically) to my company's CFO. He's planning a 10-day trip with his 20-year-old daughter to Turkey (and possibly Rhodes). I'll send a second introduction email between you two.
Also, if you need anything from Michael or myself (reviews...which we're a little behind on, references, pictures, etc.), please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you so much, again!
Maggie and Michael Weeman, USA
I had meant to contact you earlier to thank you for organising a great trip for us.
Although we had a few glitches, which you expect on a trip like this, most things went very well.
I thought it might be useful to you if I provided you with some comments on the hotels we stayed at, so here they are:
- Istanbul - Hotel Mina. Charm and an excellent location. Would recommend
- Urgup - Hotel Melekler Evi. Interesting and unusual. Would recommend
- Kusadasi - La Vista. Beautiful Hotel. Quite upmarket with views. Would recommend.
- Bodrum - El Vino. Lovely Hotel (we had upgraded rooms.) Would recommend.
- Marmaris- Anemon. No charm. Small room with twin beds in a touristy area. Nice breakfast though. Would not recommend.
- Fetihye - Alester Yacht Hotel. Lovely hotel and nice view. Would recommend.
- Patmos - Hotel Grikos. More basic than the Turkish hotels, but still nice and better than being in Skala. Would recommend.
- Rhodes - Mediterranean Hotel. Large touristy hotel. OK but nothing special.
- Santorini - Loucas Hotel. Nice room and beautiful view. Our room 149 steps from road! Would recommend.
- Athens - Acropolis Museum Hotel. On busy street. Staff not especially friendly. Room OK. Better location would be in Plaka area.
All tour guides were excellent.
The GPS on the hire car needed updating.
The ferry to Pireus from Santorini was 4 hours late and finally went at 4.40 am, but I guess no one can predict this sort of thing.
All up, a most memorable trip.
Geoff Johnson, Australia
Tamam, siz kendinize not alin, ben de not aldim. Aynen dediginiz gibi yapalim. Gercekten icim cok rahat etti. Cok cok tesekkur ederim. Sizin gibi bilgili insanlar oldugu icin Anker Turizm bu konuda 1 numara diyor her web sitesi.
Selda KAYHAN COYNE
Thank you so much for the wonderful itinerary you put together for us. We really loved the hotels, the sites but especially our driver, Memet. I can totally see why you find him appealing. He is really a wonderful, happy, caring man. We really miss him
We hope that the both of you come to Canada someday and you know our house is open to you to stay. We can put together a great itinerary for you.
Jan and Jamie DEAN, Canada
You are welcome.
Paulette and I had an amazing time in Turkey. The travel suggestions you made were very helpful and the accommodations and tour arrangements were very much to our liking. It was very comforting to have everything run so smoothly when we were so far from home.
We will not hesitate to recommend your services to any of our friends that are planning to visit Turkey.
Morley Chandler, Canada
Thanks again for all your efforts we really appreciate it and enjoyed Turkey very much.
I just wanted to thank you for your help with our recent travel plans to Turkey. The first part of our trip was in Istanbul arriving on 31, May. We were staying in an apartment just off of Istiklal. Needless to say with the protest in Taxsim we had a very interesting time getting around. It was such a relief to be met at the airport in Izmir by the driver. Everything went very well. I did call and wake someone up one morning when the driver was a little late to pick us up to take us to the airport. He arrived shortly after I hung up the phone.
We truly enjoyed Turkey, once again thank you.
We leave tonight from Istanbul and would like to thank you very much for arranging both the Greece and Turkey part of our holiday.
We have had an amazing time and it is hard to know what has been best as it all has been so good.
Your choice of hotels has been varied and interesting, we have been more than comfortable and made welcome in all.
Safranbolu Hattice Hanim was especially so, we have never stayed in an hotel with so much history. Though Mustafa spoke no English and us no Turkish he showed us around his home with much flair and flourish.
I have noticed a credit in our bank account from you, I suppose it is for the Athens Tour we did not take. If we ever travel in the area again we will definitely contact you and also be happy to tell others about your expertise.
Sophie and Peter Maddigan
Merhaba Aslı Hanım,
Biz İzmir'e geri geldik ve her şey iyi gitti. Biletler ve bilgiler için hiç bir soru yaşamadık ve iyi hizmetinizden teşekkür ederim!
İyi haftalar size dilerim,
Merhaba Aslı Hanım,
Biz iyiyiz. Bildirdiğiniz değişiklik için teşekkür ediyoruz. İnşallah yolculuğumuz iyi gider. Sizin hizmetiniz çok güzel ve kaliteli. Bir kalan müsteri kasandın.
İyi yaz zamanları dilerim!
HERŞEY İÇİN TEŞEKKÜR EDERİM ZATEN GEÇEN SENE SİZ KENDİNİZİ ISPATLADINIZ BEN ATİNADAYKEN BİLE İŞİ ÇÖZDÜNÜZ SİZE GÜVENİYORUM.
Merhaba Haydar Bey,
Pire-Chios feribotu ile ilgili bugün Hellenic Seaways’ten beni aradılar. Grup departmanından grup fiyatlarını 8 mayıs’tan sonra alacaklarını söylediler.
O nedenle sizi biraz daha bekletmek durumundayım. Ancak benim verdiğim bilgilere istinaden grubunuz için opsiyonlu rezervasyon yapmışlar, dolayısıyla bu rotada yer sıkıntımız olmayacak.
Cevap alır almaz size bilgi vereceğim.
Greetings from Istanbul! Nice to hear from you again.
>> I chose Anker Travel and had the very good fortune of working with Ingrid Peetermans. I have to tell you that she has been more than wonderful!! I couldn't have planned our trip without her help. She was professional, knowledgeable, personable and every other good adjective I can think of!!
Correct! That's Ms Peetermans for sure.
> We now have personal tours (instead of our ship's tours) in almost all of our ports of call.
Excellent. I think this will greatly enhance your cruise experience, as the normal ship-provided tours often leave much to be desired.
Have a wonderful trip! Thanks for your valuable feed back. Please mention TurkeyTravelPlanner.com to other travelers. Thanks!
Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea, my humorous travel memoir, now on Kindle, iPad & iPhone! www.BrightSunStrongTea.com
On 23Apr 2013, at 12:23 AM, Jackie Singer wrote:
> Dear Tom,
> I wrote to you about a month ago and you recommended some agencies with whom I could work in order to get a personal guide for Ephesus. I chose Anker Travel and had the very good fortune of working with Ingrid Peetermans. I have to tell you that she has been more than wonderful!! I couldn't have planned our trip without her help. She was professional, knowledgeable, personable and every other good adjective I can think of!!!! We now have personal tours (instead of our ship's tours) in almost all of our ports of call. She even helped me with our tours in Greece!! I can't thank you enough for such a good recommendation. Ingrid was exemplary!!
> We leave for our trip on May 4th, and I am sure that it will be wonderful, thanks to your direction and Ingrid's able assistance and guidance.
> Thanks again,
Jackie Singer, USA
Ingrid - Just wanted to drop you a quick email to let you know that we really enjoyed our trip last month. Both of your guides were excellent and very knowledgeable and I would recommend Anker Travel to anyone who wishes to arrange a trip to Turkey. My mother already wants to return with both of my children next time and if we do return to Turkey I will be sure to contact you again...
Tot ziens - Paul
We returned back from our trip on Sunday the 17th. We wanted to Thank you for all the wonderful arrangements everywhere. We had a very good time & loved the hospitality everywhere!Luckily, we had great weather everywhere & no flight delays which helped a lot too. The Hotel accomodations were fabulous & very close to all the attractions too! Overall we had a blast! We will certainly refer our friends to you if they wish to travel to Turkey.
Suma & Lata's families.
Agree with Suma. Everything was very well planned and co-ordianted. The staff was excellent and very friendly, and went out of their way to accomodate our needs. I have already referred you to a few of my colleagues at work.
Suma Manjunath & Lata Krishnarao
We just wanted to tell you that we appreciated Mehmet. He is a very safe driver and more intuitive than most drivers that I've seen. He is a good asset to your company and I hope you can use him as long as you can.
Send our greetings.
Many thanks for your wishes and, moreover, for all of your assistance in our trip to Turkey and Greece earlier this year.
Your advice was well placed and the recommendations for hotels and guides were excellent; we had a wonderful holiday.
Turkey is a beautiful and fascinating country, we have been continuously mentioning it since we came home nearly 6 months ago – the only problem was that after visiting Turkey, Greece, while being what we expected, could not achieve the same level of fascination for us.
Again, thanks to all for the help, we will happily recommend your services to any we know who are intending to travel over there.
Have a Happy Christmas and an excellent New Year.
For a little more detail: the hotel in Istambul [ed. Sokullu Pasa] was comfortable and very well placed for easy, walkable access to the sites. The guides were private and very insightful, the only suggestion would be in Topkapi palace it would be good to get a little more feeling for how they lived, maybe more description of the lifestyle to fill in the details below the magnificent ceilings. The other, more modern palace was a little disappointing after Topkapi! I took advantage of the time on the Bosporus tour to repeatedly go over with the guide the timeline of the different ‘invasions’.
The people everywhere were very welcoming (apple tea everywhere) and the tram transport is easy to use.
The hosts at the Canela cave hotel could not have been better, they literally welcomed us into the kitchen to organise us packed lunches a couple of time; very friendly. The balloon trip cannot be missed – a real fantasy landscape.
Glad we took a few days without tours in both Istanbul and Cappadocia, to be able to walk around. In Cappadocia we hired a car and drove to Ihlara valley, which we walked all the way down and back and then had lunch at Aslan restaurant sitting on the river – this, with the painted churches in the caves high up in the valley walls, was one of the highlights for us.
The only disappointments there were the ‘Turkish nights’ meal/dancing, which we didn’t have planned and seemed expensive for what it was in the end, and the underground tour which seemed a little rushed (a couple of other big tours were right behind us).
Ephesus, was spectacular, we got there at a good time and almost had the place to ourselves.
In Greece the Delphi tour was very good, and, obviously, the Acropolis (we negotiated a guide there), but , again, it’s worth having time to wander around the other sites yourself. The islands were very pretty, but already full of motorbikes, tiny cars and four-wheeled bikes, and this was only just at the start of the holiday season. If you’re in Santorini it’s worth taking a couple of hours to walk along the cliff-side route to Oia, though seems not too many know where the path is! The small private flat we had there had a beautiful view over the caldera – another excellent suggestion of yours!
Anyway that should fill in a little more detail if you need to use it.
Anthony Bradbury, Colombia
Anker Travel and especially Ingrid did a superb job planning our trip through Turkey and the Greek Islands. We asked for small boutique hotels and were very happy with there recommendations. All the little details in terms of transfers and guides were just what we wanted. This made for a very special and memorable trip for us – we can't wait to go back.
Jeffrey Hollings, New Zealand
zunächst vielen herzlichen Dank für die hervorragende Organisation und die vorzügliche Vorbereitung unserer Reise. Großes Kompliment, es hat alles wunderbar geklappt. 1000 Dank!
Yücel, unser Führer, ist ein Schatz: sehr dienstbeflissen, schnell und effizient, gebildet und gut erzogen (ganz wichtig), mit perfekten Deutschkenntnissen. Unbedingt zu empfehlen!
Ilhan unser Fahrer ist hervorragend. Und das ist wichtig; m. E. ist der Fahrer die wichtigste Person, auch wenn die Führer das anders sehen. Aber er garantiert die Sicherheit der Reise, und das ist das A und O für den Veranstalter. Ilhan beherrscht seinen Bus wie im Schlaf, es war immer alles blitzblank, und er tat, was man ihm sagte, vor allem fuhr er vorsichtig und sehr rücksichtsvoll. Auch ihn und seine Dienste kann ich uneingeschränkt empfehlen.
Zu den Hotels: Curkurova war der Hit; ich hatte noch nie ein so schönes und geschmackvolles Hotel. Die Lage ist perfekt für das Museum und zum Bummeln, das Personal sehr besorgt, das Essen hervorragend. Sie sollten sich diese Destination merken für andere Gruppen, auch wenn es teuer ist dort zu wohnen.
Asikoglou in Bogazkale können wir vergessen, das Hotel das Geld nicht wert. Das nächste Mal gehen wir nach Corum, dort gibt es ein neues sehr gutes Hotel Anitta (5 Sterne). Das alles ist nicht Ihre Schuld; ich habe mir den Platz schließlich selbst ausgesucht. Aus Fehlern kann man lernen.
Die Hilton in Adana und Kayseri sind perfekt, makelloser Service, schöne Zimmer, toller Blick. Ähnliches gilt für das Anemon in Malatya, auch wenn der Blick nichts hergibt (Baustellen und Autobahn); aber das Hotel ist sehr gut und die Zimmer riesig.
Das Hilton Garden Inn in Urfa geht so; die Zimmer sind gut, das Hotel nagelneu. Aber das Essen war nicht besonders, bestenfalls durchschnittlich, das Personal am Empfang hätte ich würgen können, und in den Zimmer funktiionierte einiges nicht, z. B. die Klimaanlage bei knapp 30 Grad.
Es gibt andere Hotels in Urfa: z. B. Dedeman, oder aber El Ruhta, direkt bei der Zitadelle und bei den Moscheen. Sieht gut aus, ich habe es mir aber nicht von innen ansehen können.
Aber das allles soll keine Kritik sein, sondern nützliche Informationen fürs nächste Mal. Denn die Reise war wunderbar, alle waren begeistert, und wir hatten Glück mit dem Wetter und mit dem Krieg in Syrien. (Harran machen wir dann das nächste Mal).
Liebe Ingrid, nochmals herzlichen Dank für Ihre Mühen und Ihr Wirken hinter den Kulissen. Bis zum nächsten Mal (das es sicher geben wird)
Good morning Ingrid,
Thanks for taking care of this and arranging for the refund. We were just not up to this excursion the day prior to flying home. As it turned out, we had a long delay in New York and so it took over 24 hours to get home. Glad we made the day prior an easier day.
I also want to take this opportunity to tell you what an excellent guide you were able to arrange for us in Istanbul. While we were disappointed that we didn’t have a guide waiting for us at the appointed time, we could not have asked for a better guide than Ahmet Saglam. He was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, and personable. But what makes him special is his genuine enthusiasm for Turkey, and his care about his customers. He took great care with us and went the extra distance to help us with a few requests. Marc and I really enjoyed our time with him.
Ceyda Baydur was also an excellent guide and brought Ephesus to life for us. We will especially remember the unbelieveable lunch we had at an ‘out-of-the-way’ restaurant of Turkish home cooking. Eating a great meal outdoors was an event in itself.
It has taken me a long time to get around to it...but I just wanted to say thank you for all your assistance (and patience) in organising our wonderful honeymoon throughout the Greek Islands and Turkey. Between the two of us we came up with a perfect mix of hotels, locations and transport and Astrid and I had a great time exploring and relaxing in many magical locations. It was great to meet you in Kusadasi as well of course!
Let me know if you would like any feedback on any of the services/hotels etc, but otherwise thanks again and all the best for future holiday-planning...especially with any foreign customers who may have lots of email questions and ideas of their own when it comes to creating an itinerary...
Peter & Astrid
Peter & Astrid B, AUS
just to let you know how happy i was with all your plans for me. everything worked out well.
Tüm bu süreçte inanılmaz yardımcı oldunuz, her zaman çok hızlı ve naziksiziniz. Biz İstanbul’da olduğumuz için farklı ilden çıkışlı bu tatili ayarlamak konusunda çok zorlanacağımızı düşünüyorduk ama sizi bulduğumuz için çok şanslıyız.
Size ve şirketinize çok teşekkür ederiz. Yöneticinizin e-posta adresini bilmiyorum, lütfen görüşlerimi kendisine siz iletin.
Özgür & Rana Güngör
Aslı hanım hayatımızı kolaylaştırıyorsunuz.Referansa ihtiyacınız olduğunda aklınızda olalım.Sağolun
Just wanted to say a big thank you for your organization of our recent holiday in Turkey. All went smoothly and we thoroughly enjoyed Turkey. Please convey our thanks to your team and the group from Cappadocia. We really appreciate the quality of service provided and have already started to recommend Anker travel.
Thank you again.
Please use my endorsement for your services. I would add:
We found your services professional and extremely willing to respond to our questions, demands and last minute changes. The quality of the transport and guides was first rate. Your willingness to tailor our travel to meet our needs and requirements was greatly appreciated.
(Just an aside fyi ) - the guide in Kusadasi was delightful but a little hard at times to understand.
Thank you again.
Ik wilde U heel erg hartelijk danken voor de geweldige service. Ik was zo verwend hoe U het allemaal zo goed geregeld hadden, wij hebben een fantastische tijd gehad.
· Het vliegen van Istanbul naar Izmir was een prima idee, zo veel beter dan rijden
· De Rental car was allemaal prima.
· Efese is echt geweldig, wat een byzondere archeologische opgraving.
· De trip naar Samos verliep prima, ferry no problem en het hotel in Samos was een enorm positieve verrassing, wat een byzonder hotel en het moderne design was helemaal geweldig. Prima kwaliteit. We konden zo in de haven een auto huren en hebben veel van het eiland gezien.
· De laatste nacht in Kismet hotel was prima, heel byzonder hotel met veel historie. Ook Korumar was prima kwaliteit. U heeft precies aangevoeld wat voor soort kwaliteit hotels wij van houden.
· In alle 3 de hotels hadden we de beste kamers, een free upgrade in Samos een de hoek kamer met fantastisch uitzicht over zee in Kismet. Dat had U echt prima geregeld.
· U heeft ons helemaal goed aangevoeld wat wij graag wilden doen en een prima programma gemaakt.
We hebben in Efese ook nog een avond mee gemaakt van het Izmir Music Festival met classical music voor de Celsus library, wat een ervaring. Wij kregen deze tip van de owners van Café St John in Selcuk.
Hartelijk dank, een onvergetelijke vakantie!
Charlotte PS als U niet de eigenaar bent van Anker travel, laat U mij dan aub weten of ik dit nog even in het engels moet schrijven voor de eignaar.
Charlotte Kremer, NL
At long last we have had time to reflect on our wonderful holiday and give you some feedback.
The organisation overall was extremely good. We were met on time at Mardin airport by Omer and Achmed with an up to date, air-conditioned coach. Omer proved to be an excellent and knowledgable guide and Achmed a safe and dependable driver.
The hotels were extremely good, the only reservation being the first one which was further from Mardin than we would have liked, almost 70km, and meant we spent longer in the coach driving from one site to another and then back to the hotel. The Hotel in Cappadochia was our favourite as the cave rooms provided a unique experience.
With regard to the itinerary we would recommend that anyone visiting the region should see the Ataturk dam and the Zeugma Mosaics which were both wonderful . We would not recommend visiting Diyabakir as it involves a long drive, the walls are difficult and dangerous for Senior Citizens to climb, and the main mosque is closed to visitors due to the restoration. Due to thunderstorms we were forced to abandon the journey up Mt Nemrut as it was too hazardous to continue which was our only disappointment. All the other sites on our itinerary were extremely interesting and varied as they included churches, monasteries, mosques, markets, ancient excavations at Urfa, a necropolis, an underground city, and cave dwellings. There was something for everyone and no time to get bored with seeing too much of the same thing. Because it provided so many contrasts we found it equally fascinating as the Aegean Tour we made some years ago.
Thank you for all your efforts on our behalf and we hope to use your services again in the future.
Peter and Valerie
Peter and Valeri P.
Anker travel has been amazingly helpful for all my requests during my travels through turkey and Greek islands. There dedication to providing service above and beyond. Friendly staff and all though emailing eachother we have succefully booked an amazing trip. Highly recommend them for all your travel needs.
Ingrid, I would like to thank you for the arrangements you made for us. Everything worked well and we had a wonderful time. Now we are tired from the travel and time difference. Best regards, Karla Benton
Karla Benton, USA
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for making our recent trip to Turkey and Greece the best vacation ever. Before I contacted you, I had spent countless hours trying to make sense of the ferry maps and schedules between Turkey and the Greek islands. Not only did you recommend the perfect itinerary for our Kusadasi-Samos-Syros-Mykonos-Santorini-Athens adventure, you scheduled reliable transfers every step of the way. You also arranged the BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER for Ephesus. I cannot say enough good things about Gokhan Baydur! Gokhan has to know more than most PhD's about Greco-Roman and Ottoman history, and it's evident that he truly enjoys the subject matter and his job. We learned so much from him and enjoyed every moment as well. Over and above his tour guide responsibilities, one thing we absolutely appreciated about Gokhan was that he took us to lunch at a restaurant that was NOT a tourist trap; rather it was a delicious local spot that he himself enjoys. That meant a lot to us.
Gokhan also took us to the Carpetium, and I'm so glad we went! I have to admit that we were reluctant at first because we had purchased a rug in Istanbul, but Gokhan assured us that there would be no pressure to buy and that we'd benefit from seeing what went into the crafting of our rug. He was right. Ashley provided a fascinating tour and demonstrated the rug-making process; it was an unforgettable experience. If I had one recommendation for you it would be to tell more of your clients about the Carpetium before they travel to the area. I truly wish I'd known about the non-for-profit Carpetium because I definitely would have waited to buy my rug (and I'm sure we would have gotten a better price). I have a feeling I'll be back when it's time to furnish my next home! :)
Thank you again for all of your help! My in-laws are planning a trip to Turkey and Greece in September, and I'll be passing your information along.
All the best,
C. Chattleton, USA
Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I cannot tell you how happy we were with all of the arrangements that you made for us. I was so nervous about making arrangements and transactions halfway around the world with someone I had never met, but EVERYTHING worked out beautifully! Your patience and thoroughness was the best. The domestic flights, the transfers, the hotels, the tours, the car rental - everything- was more than we could have ever imagined or expected. We are sincerely appreciative of all your efforts. Should we travel to Turkey or Greece again in the future, we will definitely call you!!
Please feel free to use this testimony at any of your travel websites and be sure to forward it to your boss!!!!! :)
Blackstone, Georgia - USA
Dear Mr. Aydin,
We are writing to you to sing the praises of one of your employees, Mrs. Ingrid Peetermans.
From the moment we contacted your agency to assist us with our plans for a vacation in Turkey & Greece, Ingrid was not only very responsive, she was instrumental in offering suggestions, finding the perfect accommodations, and thinking of all of the details that we would have missed (such as transfers). Her pleasant manner and delightful attitude made working with her a complete pleasure.
Unfortunately, we had to cut our vacation short due to a family illness, and once again Ingrid was on the front line battling for us in our effort to return home, and to secure whatever compensation could be salvaged.
We initially contacted your agency because we read on-line that to ensure a safe and coordinated vacation in Greece & Turkey, we should contact a Turkish travel agency, yours in particular. That was the best advise anyone could have given us. To have found Ingrid within your travel agency was the best piece of luck that has occurred to us this year.
We cannot say enough about the respect, care & concern that Ingrid has shown for her customers. She is a true gem (don't ever let her go).
Thank you for all of the great service that your agency provides to the general public, and for the quality of agents (like Ingrid) that you have employed. We will recommend your services to everyone we know that will be traveling to your part of the world.
Many happy regards,
Herb & Carrie Sherman
Herb & Carrie Sherman, USA
Hi Ingrid. I want to thank you so very much for all the wonderful tours you booked for our family Dec 21-Jan 1. We absolutely loved Turkey. I have told all my friends what a super job you did for us, and would gladly recommend you.
Aran, the guide who took us around 2 days in Istanbul wanted me to email some photos. Can you pass them on to him, please?
The Walking Tour of the Grand Bazaar with Serhat was fantastic, and definitely a highlight of our trip. My middle son told me "he is definitely bringing his kids to Pamukkale".
We just wanted to thank you for your assistance with our trip. Everything went very well. We enjoyed all of our accommodations and tours and the transfer services were always on time and professional. We had a wonderful time in Turkey. We loved the sights, cities and found the Turkish people gracious and friendly. Thanks again.
P. Calenberg, USA
We have returned to Chicago after a wonderful trip.. Thanks for all your help.
We particularly liked Villa Konak. The people and atmosphere were excellent.
The management at Astra Apartments were kind enough to let us stay until 10pm prior to our overnight trip. I would certainly recommend them to future travelers.
Our guide in Ephesus was excellent. He spoke perfect English and was a good ambassador for Turkey. His name was Gokhan Baydur.
The Airport Inn in Instanbul was ok for an overnight stay and was in a great location for restaurants.
We will certainly recommend your services to any friends planning a trip to Turkey.
PJM - U.S.A.
Absolutely every plan you made happened like clockwork! Thanks to you we had a wonderful vacation and learned a lot, especially about Turkey. Ufuk was a WONDERFUL guide and Ulice a real professional driver. Ufuk was knowledgeable and open about talking about Turkey's history and present circumstances in the world. As Americans we don't always get from our media a clear picture of the Turkish perspective. Ufuk was a real ambassador for his country!
All the hotels in Turkey were very good. On Samos, however, it was clear that the hotel is in grave financial trouble. Things are not being properly maintained and they are scrimping on services. Most disappointing was the fact that the air conditioner didn't work and neither did the Wi-Fi. It's also quite far from town. The hotel in Athens was fine. We had no real complaints about anything, but I thought you would like this feedback.
Thank you very very much for planning such a nice vacation for us!
T. Carter, USA
Judy and I are back home, getting back to normal. Just wanted to let you know that our arrangements in Istanbul were terrific. Thanks to our tour guide Serhat we had two beautiful and most memorable days possible.
He was grand, Istanbul is a marvelous place and he make it even better.
Serhat was there to go the extra mile for us and we truly appreciated it. We spent close to 11-12 hours together on the 18th and we learned so much abt the city and its history and people. Our evening Turkish evening was outstanding, surely we went to places we would never of found or gone to.
Overall it was just a great experience!! Needless to say we would highly recommend Serhat to everyone. Thanks for all your time and efforts in putting this together for us.
J. & L.
J. & I. L..., USA
Sally and I have now returned to Perth after the yachting trip whilst the others are continuing on through Turkey and Europe.
Many thanks for your time and effort in organising our travel....all arrangements were carried out perfectly and having confidence in the bookings added immensely to our enjoyment. I will certainly be recommending your company to any of my friends or colleagues who are looking to travel in Turkey or Greece.
Thanks and regards,
Timothy and I would like to thank for making our stay in Istanbul with our friend Colin, such a wonderful experience.
You attention to detail, the swiftness of your tour planning for the three of us, was of the highest standard. We would like to write to the Department of Tourism and Culture and tell them of the excellent treatment we received from you and the drivers you arranged for us.
We were most fortunate to have had as good a time during the rest of our stay in Turkey and thanks to Ingrid at Anker Travel, everything worked out well for us.
Tim and I will be coming back to visit you again soon. We had the best holiday ever.
My best regards and appreciation,
C.S., South Africa
In addition to what Clive has said already I would like to add on behalf of Professor Straker as well as myself, that we were much impressed by the quality of all the guides you provided throughout our trip, and especially with the lady guide who collected us at Cesme and guided us for the next few days to Priene, Ephesus and Selcuk inter alia, who was well informed, articulate, widely read and delightful company; and the lady driver who assisted her careful, skilful and considerate, who formed a team which would be very hard to better anywhere.
We also appreciated your meticulous and thoughtful planning. Hotels were well chosen; all excellent. Guides and drivers helpful, experienced and flexible, prepared to amend the itinerary (on one occasion) to the requirements of three elderly, and by then tired, people. Busses and cars were clean and comfortable, our luggage handled and packed with care.
Turkey proved to be full of charming and fulfilling surprises, and high as my expectations were, it completely surpassed them. We three can’t wait to get back again next year and you may depend on it that you will be the first to be advised of our dates and requested to design our second visit for us.
We will make sure that we call in to see you in your offices next year to meet you and to thank you personally.
Best wishes once again,
T. Teale, South Africa
this note is to express our satisfaction for the recent visit we performed to Kusadasi, from where we visited Ephesus & the House of Virgin Mary. The tour was fantastic, the guide in particular was very good, very well informed and courteous. Unfortunately I forgot his name. The driver (a lady) also deserves particular gratitude. We truly enjoyed the visit to this part of Turkey.
Once again thanks and best regards,
Once again, we truly enjoyed our visit to Ephesus and to the House of the Virgin Mary. Gokhan was an estupendous guide, he is very well informed, he kept our interest awaken all the time, providing us with all kind of interesting facts associated to these marvelous sites. He paid particular attention to keeping our two teen daughters interested, and you may imagine how difficult is this task at their age! Gokhan succeeded in maintaining their attention and they had a great time too. Yildiz was very kind and very careful driver as well. Please extend our gratitude to them both when you have the chance,
best of regards,
Ivan Dario Pinzon
Dear Ingrid, I bet you thought you would not see that message title again! So! We're back, there is a little sunshine and its about 17 degrees. Bah! Still there's always next year to look forward to. Please accept our thanks once again for all that you did to make our wedding and holiday an absolute joy. If you can spare the time I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to everyone concerned with the wedding. They were all truly amazing, efficient and helpful. We will never forget just what people did for us. Say hello to Kayhan and Melissa for us and we hope to speak with you soon. Bye for now.
Mr and Mrs J. and H. Waite.
Home again after a wonderful 34 days in Europe. Arrangements you made for the 13 days we spent in Greece & Turkey were excellent. These included periods of free time interspersed with the tours that worked well. Your suggestion of two days on the Island of Chios on route from Athens to Cesme, renting a car and exploring the island as we wished, worked out very well. The many guides on the tours you arranged were professional and knowledgeable. If we have to choose a number one it would be Mustafa Askın at Troy. One minor improvement that could have been arranged was 26th July when we traveled from Selcuk to Canakkale with H. F. Travel. Our schedule mentioned only “swimming break on route when available”. This didn’t happen but we stopped at Pergamum where the other 3 people in the bus had tickets for the tour, including lunch. We purchased tickets from the guide and enjoyed the experience. Had we not done so we would have had to wait doing nothing. We were impressed with our first day in Turkey. The voucher for this day lists our guide as Gokhan Baydur. We cannot remember the names of the guide and driver who met us at Port Cesme but they were both good company. The 2.5 hour drive to Selcuk, with a confident and safe driver seemed to pass quickly with so much talk. Lunch in the Selcuk market, and tours of the Virgin Mary House and Ephesus were all memorable. At the end of the day they delivered us to Hotel Kalehan, a beautiful family operated establishment that we would highly recommend. Please thank the guide and driver for looking after us so well. Gallipoli was very moving particularly as a friend of John’s family (now long deceased) was a survivor of the 1915 campaign. Istanbul was marvelous and our two guides very helpful. We wish to congratulate you on the way you compiled our itinerary and your efficient manner in corresponding with us through the many emails. Thank you.
Diana & John Mead, Auckland, New Zealand
Ceyda hanım merhaba,
Tatilimiz maalesef bitti, her şey çok güzeldi, otel seçimleriniz için size ozellikle teşekkür etmek istedim, hem konumları hem de özellikleriyle hepsi birbirinden ayrı güzel ve başarılıydı.
Hem Sizinle çalışarak hem de adalarda karar kılarak çok doğru bir seçim yapmışız, olumsuz hiçbir görüşümüz olmadı.
Merhaba Ceyda Hanim,
Doner donmez yogun bir is trafigi ile karsilastigim icin hemen size email yazamadim. Ama sunu belirtmek istiyorumki; Tatilimiz cok guzel gecti. Herseyden cok memnun kaldik. Sizi ve Anker Travel'i burada ve tanidigim diger seyahate gitmek istiyen arkadaslara mutlaka tavsiye edecegim.
Transferde cikan ufak problemlede hemen ilgindiginiz icin cok tesekkurler.
Just to say we had a wonderful tour of Ephesus with Hediye, who was delightful and very knowledgable. It is a stunning place and Hediye allowed us to stay as long as we wanted in the places we most wanted to see.
We shall never foret our time there,
Ceyda Hanim gunaydin, seyahat programi konusundaki desteginiz icin cok tesekkurler. Program planlandigi gibi sorunsuz gerceklesti. Ozellikle otel konusunda da cok memnun kaldim. Bu kadar kisa zamanda boyle bir planlama yaptiginiz icin sirketinize ama ozellikle size cok tesekkur ederim,
Selamlar, iyi calismalar
I thought you would like to know how it all turned out. But first let me thank you for making the last minute flight arrangements from Izmir to Istanbul. I have forgotten our driver's name, but she drove us more than once and she was great. She was always on time, very courteous and very skillful.
All the arrangements in Istanbul went well with one mild exception. Our guide on the second day took us to all the central sites and did it well. At the end of the day he asked us if we would mind going to a carpet shop because his agency really wanted him to take us there. We liked him and didn't want to get him in trouble, so we reluctantly agreed. We did not want to go, we had no intention of buying a carpet, but we went to please him. I felt very pressured to go and was not happy with the shop. The salesman did not offer us any refreshment and gave a very long sales presentation. When we finally got out of there, we were near the Grand Bazaar and I assumed it was part of the tour. The guide thought he was finished for the day and hadn't planned to take us there. He did take us and was very gracious about it. I know the agency gets a commission on the rugs that are sold during its tours but was upset that I almost missed the experience of the Grand Bazaar due to a carpet sales pitch. That's my only complaint.
We enjoyed the whole experience in Kusadasi. When I realized we could have stayed in a hotel overlooking the sea I was sad for a moment until I experienced the Karvanserey. I have written a review of it for Travel Advisor. It was a very good choice for us as it was full of history and mystery (and my own cat!). The staff was wonderful. Our guides each day were very good. I wish the guide to Ephesus knew more about the Christian history of St. Paul. But he was very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the places. He took us to the Basilica of St. John and to Mary's house where we were able to go to Mass.
So, again, thank you for all your arrangements. I hope we can visit Kusadasi again.
Greetings Mrs. Baydur,
My husband and I have returned from our holiday in Samos and Turkey. Many thanks to you for your efficient planning and attention to the details of our trip to Pythagorio! Everything went beautifully, and we loved it!! There are two minor things that I might mention, not complaints at all, but just little things that you might consider for your future patrons. The breakfast at Kayhanbey began at 7:30, and we had to be at the dock at 7:30. Even though we mentioned it at the desk when we checked in, we were unable to get breakfast at the hotel. However, we were able to pick up breakfast near the dock before boarding the ferry, so no problem. The other minor detail was in knowing that we needed to walk a couple or so blocks in Vathi to reach the square where we could get a taxi. Again, these are not complaints and were not problems for us, just little details that we thought you might want to share with future clients. We will definitely recommend you to anyone who may be visiting Turkey or Samos!
Also, we loved your country, our tour there, and the many people we met throughout our travels. We hope to return to Turkey someday.
Again, thank you for helping us and for providing us a worry-free holiday! We appreciate your excellent work!
Ceyda Hanım Merhaba,
Tatil bitti iş başı yaptık. Dönüş feribotu hariç her şey çok güzeldi .Yardımlarınız için teşekkür ederiz. Iyi çalışmalar
Our holiday so far has been wonderful. We love your country and find the people of Turkey very friendly and helpful. All the arrangements you have made for us have worked like clockwork. The balloon ride this morning was spectacular.Thank you for helping us to have a fabulous holiday.
I would like to formally record our appreciation of the service you have personally given us in the planning of our trip to Turkey and dealing with the last minute change in the itinerary.
You have been courteous and helpful, and the choice of hotel in Rhodes exactly suited our requirement.
We are considering for 2010 an itinerary that will commence at Ankara and take us across the border into Syria; if this firms up we would welcome your help and cooperation in establishing a programme.
Thank you again
Tim&Mary Battle London,UK
Several weeks ago you helped my wife and I to schedule some hotels and air and ferry transport. It all worked out well and we wanted to again say thank you. Your help was very much appreciated.
Je tiens à vous remercier vivement de ce que vous avez fait pour maman et moi. Tout s'est bien passé, elle en était ravie et personnellement, très rassurée d'avoir été accueillies par vous et pilotées par une dame, très discrète.
Je ne manquerai pas de parler de vos bons services sur le forum de voyages (croisières).
Peut-être à une prochaine fois, sachant que c'était mon deuxième voyage en Turquie. Je ne manquerai évidement pas de vous contacter.
J. Le Gall, France
Dear Ceyda, Thank you for your help. Rachael and I returned home on Friday evening. Please let me know if there is anything further. If not, then I want to convey to you how much I appreciate your help in making our trip to Turkey possible.
On behalf of all the party, I would like to thank you for organising a wonderful trip to Ephesus. We all had an amazing day and our guide Heidi was so knowledgeable that the whole experience was the highlight of our holiday.
I feel terrible it took me so long to get back to you, but…. I DID want to tell you how much we all appreciated the planning work you did for us for our family vacation in August.
Everything went absolutely perfectly – all the connections, the hotel was terrific – and your planning allowed us to really enjoy our brief time in Turkey.
Thanks again for your advice and professional work, and we would be happy to recommend you to others. Hopefully we’ll get back to Turkey and be able to use you again.
All the best,
R.R. - Toronto, Canada
Ceyda Hanim hersey icin cok tesekkur ederim sevgiler
Dear Ceyda -
Just a note to say hello and again thank you for everything you did for us on our trip through Turkey, all the arrangements you made, the ferry schedules you checked, and checked, and checked, the transportation you booked both ferry and ground. You are really incredible! What an asset you are to the company.
As we look back on the three months of travel, our highlights are Venice, the Tuscan countryside, and TURKEY!
You live in a wonderful, exciting country. It is very, very "civilized" with such history and culture The people that we met and those in which we came in contact were friendly, very nice and helpful, I plan to return in the next few years with John, if we are so lucky. This next time we will stay at least a month!
Reflections upon the Turkey Experience:
Some things I would change , some things I would do the same:
(1) I would never, ever, take the ferry "Cesme" from Ancona, Italy to Cesme, Turkey again - It wasn't the length of the voyage that was the problem. That ship was really old and bad. During the night some kind of black soot/grainy stuff came out of the air conditioning. it was all over us, in the bed, on the pillows, in my hair, and I am sure that I was breathing this stuff all night long. Who knows what it was - perhaps even some kind of toxic material. The bathroom was right out of a troop ship according to John who was in the military. The toilet was loose off the floor and it was dangerous! I got them to chage the air filter on the second day and rebolt the toilet to the floor. That ferry needs to be "retired" ....the other ferries (Denizline) were much better accommodations. the room was like a very nice hotel room. That I would repeat.
(2) Because the Cesme ferry was four to five hours late (thank goodness Mustafa waited for us patiently for us) and we really missed some important places along the way from Cesme to Bodrum. We will repeat that portion of Turkey in the near future and have some wonderful places to see. We look forward to it.
(3) I would stay at El Vino, Bodrum for a week if possible. What a wonderful place, and Deniz was sensational as hotel manager. The well thought out hotel architecture was beautiful and the upper deck dining overlooking the city was lovely. Our room (honeymoon suite) was so comfortable - I really wanted to stay for a much longer time. Bodrum is a good city, a working city with lots of things to see and do. Our transportation problems (a one hour late taxi that left us little time to get to the ferry - and then the driver going to the airport with me insisting that he was making a mistake - I was in the back saying "no, no, no" over and over....saying ferry Denizline over and over....trying to get him to stop going in the wrong direction was pretty bad....and we almost missed the ferry after all that work to book the Denizline accommodation etc....it was bad....they had wrong instructions....and they were very late at pick up....this was really bad! - that was the only time I gave no "thanks for service" tip)
(4) The hotel Uyan in Istanbul was terrific and what a location. We did have the "honeymoon suite" which was located at the very top corner of the hotel, with wonderful windows and a balcony. It was the most perfect and romantic of all the places we stayed in three months. I looked at three other rooms just to see that the hotel had similar level of accommodations - they weren't as good as ours, but they were clean, nice and updated. The hotel location just a block off of the most important avenue to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and the Palace makes it as good as the Four Seasons at the end of the street (without the excessive cost). Dining: the hotel breakfasts were excellent. The restaurant "Seven Dreams" right next door was outstanding. It was a great little street with very friendly business owners, there are several good little stores for fruit, drinks, and other small things within - street fruit vendors pushing carts had excellent quality and selection (you can tell that we eat a lot of fruit) There were many small outdoor restaurants that were excellent as well as a small bazaar in the area with traditional dancing and food. The predictable more tourist oriented restaurants were more expensive, but of outstanding quality. I went out on some streets alone at night (early) to do some last minute shopping and it was very safe. I plan to stay there again for a week at least. We walked everywhere from Suleymaniye Cami, the University of Istanbul, the two level Roman Aqueduct, took public transportation to the Spice Bazaar....we had so much fun...saw some poverty like parts of the city as well. The full day tour was excellent and our guide was exceptional; the half day tour was adequate but could have been much better in many ways.
(5) We had been warned against renting and driving a car in Turkey, but after seeing the roads, the towns, the cities the helpful people, I would rent a car and drive the coastal towns. I would design a trip something like this: Travel from Piraeus (Athens) via ferry to Kos - cross over to Bodrum....or I would go to Cypress, Rhodes, Marmaris and then up and down the coast. Probably would leave the car at Bodrum after spending a good amount of time in your coastal area, and take the ferry to Istanbul. Stay at least a week. I would never drive in Istanbul, however!!! I might go from Itanbul to some other country. I will ask you what your suggestions are when we decide to come back.
(6) We enjoyed our stay in Rhodes at the Mediterranean or whatever that hotel was called. Excellent walking distance into the walled city, and the beaches were nice (but the water was freezing - I couldn't believe how many people were swimming) and the restaurants in the neighborhood - sitting outside on those hot summer nights - could not have been better. The hotel was so large that it was more "impersonal" - but that was to be expected. I would not stay anywhere else! I really don't expect to find special places in every single country or city that we visit, but we didn't really get to "know" the people in Rhodes in the same way as we did at some of the smaller hotels like El Vino, or Uyan, or even on the Denizline Ferry.
Well, as you can see, I am so happy to have come to your country. I am so happy to have met you, Ceyda. I hope if you change your job to another company, you will let me know. I would like to keep track of your successful career. i will always recommend both you and Anker Travel to anyone thinking thay may be visiting Turkey.
P.S. I loved your selection of wine that was waiting for us in Istanbul, I had one small glass every evening before we went out for dinner and it lasted through Istanbul and I was able to bring it on to the ferry for the trip Istanbul to Bodrum. You are very thoughtful!
Best wishes and keep in touch - just when you feel like practicing some of your excellent English!
S&J McFarlane from US
This is just a quick note to say thank you for your help in assisting us with our tours whilst in Turkey. We had a great time and the tours were very interesting and informative. Especially the tour to Ephesus with personal tour guide and driver. They were both outstanding and contributed to our day greatly. Please would you again extend our thanks to them and I hope now that our driver for the day is feeling better. She was sick on the day but was very brave in waiting for us whilst we explored. And again our thanks to yourself without your help our trip to Turkey would not have been so good. We wish you and Anker Travel well for the future.
Vanessa and Dean
Just wanted you to know that your travel services for us were perfect. Everything was handled perfectly...on time and just like you described. We had no hitches with anything you planned for us. The vouchers were accepted without question, the men who delivered and picked up the cars were on time and explained things well. You were prompt and correct in all your email communications and we were very pleased with your services. We will recommend you without reservation to anyone needing travel services on the Turkish coast and will certainly think of you if we decide to do a gullet trip. Thanks for your professionalism. I am copying Teresa Lach of Andrew Harper with this message. They also do wonderful work and I would hope they would consider you if they ever need an agent for that region of Turkey.
P&B Truitt from the US
Dear Ceyda, Thank you so much for all your help provided for the ferry tickets you provided. The trip was very good.Now I am back home. Thank you again for the service provided.
Ceyda Hanım, Organizasyon planladığınız gibi çalıştı. Herhangi bir sorunla karşılaşmadık. Ulaşım dışındaki konularda da sorun olmadı ve güzel bir tatil oldu. Teşekkür ederiz.
I just wanted to thank you for your work putting our travel together. Our whole family had a great vacation! We all appreciate you making the careful arrangements. The hotels were great, all transfers, vouchers, and tickets were easily applied, and both our guides were terrific.
Thank you very much,
Ceyda Hn. Merhabalar, Çok güzel bir tatil geçirdik, hem Mykonos’ta hem de Santorini’de kaldığımız otellerden memnun kaldık. Yardımlarınız için çok teşekkür ederiz, İyi çalışmalar
Murat & Aslı Koca ve Uğur & Güneş Savaş
Ceyda Hanım. Herşey için tekrar teşekkür ederiz.Herşey çok güzeldi.Çok güzel bir tur oldu. Teşekkür ederiz.
Ceyda hanım, ben de güzel bir tatil için teşekkür ediyorum, oteller çok iyiydi. tekrar görüşmek dileğiyle...
J'espère que vous allez bien ainsi que votre petite famille. Je tenais à vous remercier une fois encore pour votre aide et pour vos merveilleux conseils ; nous avons adoré notre séjour à la Villa MANDARIN à Faralya et aussi Ölüdeniz (mérité après 2 ans d'attente !!!!!!!!), c'était un véritable enchantement !!! Comme vous pouvez l'imaginer, la Turquie nous manque déjà, surtout que le retour en France a été plutôt rude avec cette météo désastreuse (mais cela ne change pas de l'ordinaire !!!!).
Nous pensons revenir en Turquie fin août et espérons vous revoir à cette occasion. Je vous souhaite une très bonne continuation au niveau d'ANKER TRAVEL.
A très bientôt,
Anne-Sophie Rohaut, France
Dear Ceyda, We arrived to Italy without problems. Everything went well and we are greatful for your help. Thank you again and all the best,
I'm back from my holiday and just wanted to send you a thank you for being so helpful. Daphne and I had a great trip in Turkey. We'd be happy to be a reference for you or write a recommendation if you have a favorite site you like your customers to post to.
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that we are back from our fabulous vacation. Still fighting a little jet-lag, but that's a small price to pay for such wonderful memories. We all really enjoyed our days in Turkey, and my only regret is that we didn't have more time there to see more of your beautiful country. But, I guess that simply means we need to plan a return trip someday! Ingrid, I wanted to thank you again for all your help with the travel and lodging arrangments. It certainly made the trip much easier for us, and you are terrific at what you do! I also wanted to commend Star for her excellent "chauffeuring", help with our luggage, etc. She was very sweet and accomodating. And finally, I want to relay how much we appreciated having Mustafa Topcu as our guide. He is so knowledgeable, and we learned so much about Turkish history, architecture, and culture from him. And his English skills are excellent!
Once again, thank you for all your assistance, and be assured that we will definitely recommend you to any of our friends who decide to travel to Turkey.
Thank you very much for helping Dan and me to arrange our wonderful vacation! You were always so helpful and understanding.
Dan and I thought you might like to know that the rest of our trip went smoothly, and we have arrived home safely. We have some feedback on the various hotels, both those that you arranged and also those that we picked ourselves. Perhaps this will be useful to you in the future.
Istanbul - Hotel Armada. I made this arrangement myself before I contacted you. This was a reasonably priced and completely excellent hotel just inside the walls of the old city in easy walking distance of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi, and the Blue Mosque, as well as the train to/from the airport and other places. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Canakkale - Kervanseray. Your choice, and a good one. The people there were great. It was a bit hard to find. I learned that I should print google maps for each hotel before I leave home.
Kusadasi. The Villa Konak was just a wonderful place to stay (once we found it!!). Mr. Kaya and his staff were great. They made a point of getting all the visitors to meet one another at teatime, and this was a delightful (and unexpected) part of our trip. Kaya lent me one of his own computers while we were there! This was really "above and beyond" what was necessary. We liked Kusadasi very much. I'd rather spend an extra night here for the additional archaeological sites than the night in Bergama.
Bodrum - Hotel El Vino. This was a little far out of town, which surprised us. However, what a marvelous place! It was such a haven of peacefulness and still in walking distance of the downtown. Our balcony was surrounded with bougainvilleas and with a great view of the lovely gardens and of the town. It was truly special. The one thing that might have made it a bit better would have been if someone on the premises knew a little more English. Both the hotel and the town were quite delightful.
Rhodes - St. Nikolis. This was one that I chose, and I don't think you had used it before. Please allow me to recommend it to you wholeheartedly. The location was within the walls of the Old City but in a quiet corner, and the roof terrace had a great view of the Old City and the sea beyond. Our room was great. Breakfast included fresh loquats from the trees in their garden. Marianne was a most friendly and helpful hostess. She helped us plan our three days in Rhodes over the Easter weekend to best advantage. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat. I hope you will feel free to recommend them to other people as well.
Santorini - Anteliz Hotel & Apartments. I made this arrangement before I contacted you, and it was a lovely place. It's just outside of the town, which made it a bit quieter, but still really very close to town, an easy walk. The rooms were very nice (included a kitchenette); the pool and terrace were lovely; and the view couldn't be beat. I don't know if you use them or not, but if not, you might want to.
I guess that's about it. Again, Dan and I thank you very much for all your help. We especially enjoyed having a chance to meet you in person when we were in Kusadasi.
With warmest good wishes.
Ginger K., USA
I thought I would just let you know that the Hotel Aydinlar which you arranged for us near Nusaybin worked very well. The rooms were very acceptable, and it had an excellent restaurant - mainly used by truck drivers as it is essentially a motel on the Iraq highway - with the best service we encountered anywhere during the trip. So I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Thanks very much for your help anyway. Best regards
I just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful trip and your recommendations for our route, our driver and the hotels was perfect. Gildas was very good as a driver and we appreciate the extra efforts she made to make sure our trip was enjoyable. It was a pleasure working with you and I will be happy to recommend you and your agency in the future. Please also pass our thanks on to Gildas.
Thank you very much for your efforts to obtain the Blue Star ferry credit for us. It has been a very pleasant experience working with you. If you wish, you may use our names as a reference for your prospective clients.
Jordan and I got back from our honeymoon a couple days ago. We wanted to thank-you again for planning such a great trip for us. Everything was so well thought out and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was nice to see you while in Kusadasi, and finally put a face to the name.
You were a pleasure to work with, while co-ordinating this trip - it is one we will remember fondly forever and happily recommend!
W. Fisher from Canada
Thank you for your help in getting the booking sorted the trip was great. You are a good asset to your company and pass this information on to your manager.
Adrian from U.K.
Dear Ingrid, Just wanted to thank you so much for organising our boat trip, pick up and hotel. Everything went to plan and was just great. We really appreciated all the effort you put in with us especially as it wasn't straight forward. We are back now after having a most wonderful trip. Thank you so much for contributing to it, we shall certainly look to use you again. Best wishes J. and L.
Mr & Mrs J.H.
To: CEO of Anker Turizm Ltd
Dear Sir or Madame.
Herewith our family expresses our high appreciation of the services provided to us by your company in arranging our trip to the Greek islands in August 2007.
We want to express our special appreciation of and thanks to Ingrid She has been very friendly, hospitable and helpful and has done an excellent work! We believe that your company has a great competitive advantage with guides like Ingrid. We will definitely use the servcies of your company at our stays in Kusadasi in the next years and share our experience with your company with our friends and recommend them to use your company for holidays.
I. and I., Moscow, Russia.
RÜYA GİBİ GEÇEN TATİLİMİZ İÇİN TEŞEKKÜR EDERİZ.HERŞEY YOLUNDA GİTTİ BİR SORUN YAŞAMADIK.GÖZLERİNDEN ÖPERİZ MUTLU VE SAĞLIKLA KALMAN DİLEĞİ İLE...
M&H.Yılmaz from Izmir
Dear Ingrid, Again you have done wonderful work. You are truly a gem. Thank you for finding our little package and sending it off to us - it contains posters that our kids wanted for themselves and for gifts. But thank you most of all for attention and expertise in arranging all our travel details. Everything worked perfectly. Our trip was a delight, although it was getting quite hot at the end - is the heat any less? I keep thinking of all bright red, sunburned English people we saw there by the pool. They were very happy, but it looked very painful for their skin. I hope you are managing to stay somewhat cool and to not let the crowds of sweaty tourists get you down. Best always,
Mr and Mrs Allman - USA
Hello, We had a wonderful trip! Thank you again for all of your help. All of the hotels and arrangements were excellent. We enjoyed meeting you very much. We had a wonderful tour of Ephesus, and we really liked both Kusadasi and Istanbul. It was fun to be in Istanbul for the national holiday on May 20, and to see all of the activity at Taksim Square during the night. We loved Turkey and hope we can return some day. (Kari is still in Istanbul studying, of course). We liked Greece very much also, but Turkey was our favorite of the two countries. [...]. THANKS again for everything! Cathy
Just wanted to thank you for all of your help in making our time in Turkey so wonderful! It was an incredible holiday, and would not have been successful without your professional help. Everything went very smoothly, from the hotel reservations, to the ferry crossing, to your directions about taking a bus to Kusadasi, to a wonderful day tour of Ephesus. You were right- our tour guide was the best! We sincerely appreciate all of your help and will tell everyone we know about Turkey and Anker Travel! Your country and your people were very warm and hospitable; I continue to comment to my wife how I wish I was back in Turkey.
Abram J.Bicksler&John N.Paasonen
I just want to give a short testimonial on my recent trip to Turkey and Greece with my family (group of 5), which was arranged by Anker Travel. Overall, I was very satisfied with the excellent service given by Anker Travel. Kusadasi: We arrived in Istanbul from Indonesia, then after checking out the luggages, we had to take another flight to Izmir. The Istanbul-Izmir tickets were provided by Anker Travel in the form of electronic ticket. After landing at the Izmir airport, we were picked up by a driver using a minivan, which was perfect for 5 people. By the time we got to the hotel Derici in Kusadasi, it was already almost midnight. The hotel was clean and located very strategically. Our program in Kusadasi started the following day. Anker Travel provided us with a tour guide named ..., complete with a minivan and a driver. He's a very knowledgable, passionate and friendly guide, I would say the best that we had during our entire trip. Since most that we saw in Kusadasi were ruins, having a tour guide definitely gave us a much more understanding about the history. But his knowledge was not limited to the history of Turkey, we could also learn about Turkey's economics, politics, demographics, and even its endemic plants. On top of that we found that he was also a very good singer, and probably someday can become the next Turkish Idol. He invited us to his regular performance in a comfy little bar in Kusadasi called Oriental Bar. During our 4 nights stay in Kusadasi, Anker Travel took us to see Artemis Temple, Ephesus, House of Mary, St. John Basilica, Pamukkale & Hierapolis, Priene, Miletus, & Didyma. They also took us to see ceramics, carpet factory, and leatherware outlet. Though these places felt like one of those tourist traps, we didn't mind going there, since it gave us a chance to see with our own eyes how hard it is to make a hand woven silk carpets. We actually got ourselves a very nice Turkish carpet for our living room back at home. Mykonos: Anker Travel arranged a trip to Mykonos by ferry from Kusadasi. We had to make a stop at Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras, for a few hours. So we had time to walk around the downtown in Samos. We arrived in Mykonos at night, and someone had already waited us at the port to transport us to the hotel Semeli. Since we could wander around in Mykonos by ourselves, no tour guide was needed. Hotel Semeli was definitely the best hotel that we had during our entire trip. My room has an excellent view, was spacious, very clean, and the breakfast was excellent. Santorini: We also took ferry to go from Mykonos to Santorini, with a transit in Naxos. On the ferry from Mykonos to Naxos, to our surprise Anker Travel gave us business class seats. As usual, we were picked up at Santorini port, and transport us to Ira Hotel in Firostefani. The view from the hotel was superb, the room was OK. The only thing about the room that I didn't like was that there was a little weird smell in the room when we first came in, but it was gone after we spent a night. And one more thing, there were no restaurant around our hotel, so he had to walk about 20 minutes to get to Fira. But that's fine with me since I specifically mentioned to .... when she booked the hotel that I didn't mind staying in Firostefani, since it's cheaper than Fira. Athens: The most painful ferry ride experience was the one from Santorini to Pireaus port in Athens, because it was eight hours ride without transit. And the ferry was packed. Moreover, we were supposed to be picked up at Pireaus port, but somehow the driver didn't show up and we had to take taxi instead. Lucky for us the taxi driver was willing to fit 5 people into the taxi so that we didn't have to take two cabs. Anker Travel considerately refund the transport cost. We stayed at Adrian Hotel, which was a small and clean hotel located at Plaka, where you can see Acropolis showered with lights at night. On the following day, a tour guide picked us up at the hotel. Her name was .... She was very passionate and knowledgable about Greek history. Too bad we only had one day in Athens. Anker Travel provided us with a big pink luxurious bus, which I thought was cute. By the way, Anker Travel also helped us out with our Turkish visa. There was a major mistake done by the Turkish Embassy in Jakarta when issuing the visa; therefore, one of us had to apply for another Turkish visa in Athens. With the help from ...., we managed to get the visa on time. Istanbul: We took airplane to go from Athens to Istanbul. This time the tour guide, .... , picked us at the airport. Since we arrived in the morning, he took us straight to the day tour after dropping our luggages at Hotel Mina located in Sultanahmet. Mina Hotel was a clean hotel with quite a big bathroom (for European standard), and the location can't be more strategic. There were so many things that we could see and learn in Istanbul. The only thing that I have to comment was that we felt that our guide, wasn't too passionate in explaining things. We felt that he could have explained more about lots of things. I guess we had quite a high standard after having ... as our guide in Kusadasi and Athens. One more thing that we were quite dissapointed at was the 1001 Night Sultana Show. We thought that the show was very cheesy, even for tourists. We ended up left early, and called it a night. Other than those, we had an excellent experience in Istanbul (despite the cold and wet weather). Anker Travel had been very helpful from the beginning until the end of our trip. I would definitely recommend Anker Travel to our friends who are interested in visiting Turkey and Greece. Thanks, Omar
Omar Rahmanadi, Indonesia
Dear Ingrid, We have arrived back in Canada after our fabulous trip to Greece and Turkey! I wanted to thank you for all your great organizing of our travel plans. All our ferry connections and plane trips worked out great without any hitches. We were very busy and saw some incredible sights. Our tour guides, Hediye in Kusadasi and Irfan in Capppadocia were wonderful. They were both so knowledgeable and we really enjoyed our tours with them. My favorite part of the trip was Cappadocia. The landscape was spectacular, unlike anything we had seen before. Thanks again for the fabulous trip planning from all of us!!
Hello .... I am back home. About the trip ...it was really nice , your country is beautiful and a lot of nice things to see and do, Greece as well is a great country, it was everything fine, althought I made most long trip between Kusadasi and the Islands, when I was back to Kusadasi I was exausted and I entered in a hotel to take a shower and sleep fews hours. The hotel in Mykonos - Eva is really nice place, clean, good place, view, reception, in Santorini - Margarita is a simple one, clean , people there nice , but hotel it just ok and the hotel in Kusadasi , nice location but I believe a long time ago it was a nice 3 stars ...nowdays ...not good , and in Istanbul I stayed in Apricot Hotel very nice place, people, location, around Arrasta Bazaar, clean, good breakfast in the roof... I am just telling you about the hotels for you know a little more ... Thanks for all trip, for being patient with my one thousand e-mails asking... Thank you!
verdiğiniz bilgi için teşekkür ediyorum misafirim ancona çeşme arasında sorunsuz 55 saat süren bir yolculuktan sonra bu sabah saat 7 de çeşmeye indi ve bundan sonraki yoculuklarında sizlerin misafiri olarak her zaman bu yolu tercih edeceğini söyledi . bizlerde mutlu olduk eksik olmayın işlerinizde başarılar diliyorum
Hey Ceyda Just got back from my trip. It was awesome! Thanks for your help with the ferries. It went smoothly. Thanks
I wanted to thank you for all of the help that you provided for our trip to Turkey and Greece. Everything worked out great. Plus, Gokhan was an excellent guide (as was our driver). He was knowledgeable, courteous and a lot of fun. We will be sure to recommend your agency (as well as Gokhan) to our other friends who holiday in Turkey and Greece.
Ken Smoller and Jaime Stahler
Sayın Ceyda Hanım,
Tatilden dün döndük. Herşey çok güzeldi.Patmosa günü birlik gittiğimize de çok memnun olduk. Ayrıca By ship travel'da çok ilgilendi bizimle.Onlara da teşekkür e-maili atıyorum.
Anker Travel Kusadasi - ...
thank you very much for all of your assistance in planning and executing our travel to turkey.
there is no doubt that your service and knowledge made for a superior vacation to any i could have done myself on the internet.
i wish you every success and please relay my regards to your husband.
... and to Turkey Travel Planner :
we just returned from 3 weeks in Turkey planned for us by Ingrid at AnkerTravel at your suggestion:
redid our schedule several times as our needs changed.
answered all questions and made excellent suggestions.
when our hotel was inferior, she met us with her husband and secured us an excellent new hotel!
without being asked she had all hotels give us rooms that accomodated my broken leg.
whenever we had a difficulty we called her and she addressed it immediately.
When my wheelchair was lost she tracked it down and made sure we found it.
We had the wrong departure date, she called us, reminded us to leave turkey on time....and much more.
thank you for the reccomendation.
Dear Ingrid, I wanted to let you know that our trip to Greece and Turkey turned out beyond our highest expectations. Everything, transfers, ferries, hotels, flights and excursions went perfectly and smoothly. Our guide in Cappadocia was the best! He is knowledgable, has a great personality and a wonderful sense of humor. We were with him for 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed every minute with him. Thank you again for all your hard work. We would recommend you to anyone who would be in need of a travel agent to help with a trip to Greece or Turkey. With much appreciation,
Kathie English, U.S.A.
Turu tamamlayali epey zaman oldu. Aklymyzda olmasina ragmen birtürlü size tesekkürlerimizi bildirmek nasip olmadi. Kusadasindan tedirgin ayrilmamiza ragmen, çok mutlu bir sekilde ve bir de 5 haftalik bir bebek(henüz karnimda :-)) haberiyle Ankara'ya döndük. Size hersey için tesekkür etmek istiyoruz. Bütün rezervasyonlariniz bütçemize uygun ve gönlümüze göre yapilmisti. Hoteller bekledigimizden temiz ve rahatty. Samos ve Santorini'deki oteller aileler tarafindan isletilen, simsicak ve sirin hotellerdi.Genel olarak hotellerin merkezlere ve/veya feribota yakin olmasi bizi en çok rahat ettiren olay oldu. Bütün hotellerde continental brekfast vardi. Yunan kahvaltysy bizimkine benzer diye düsündügümüz için, bu biraz sürpriz oldu bize, ama sonuçta verdigimiz ücret de ona göreydi tabii. Her sabah tereyag, reçel ve kahveyle kahvalti ettik, bir süre sonra da öyle alistik ki, Türkiye'de de bazy sabahlary continental brekfast sabahy ilan etmeye basladik.Fiyat ve hizmetleriniz konusunda Türkiye'deki turizm sektöründe alisilmadik olmadigimiz bir dürüstlük gösterdiniz. Çok kisa zamanda çok isabetli ve uygun fiyatta bir program hazyrladynyz. Bize ödeme kolaylik sundunuz. Samimiyetiniz bizi çok etkiledi ve size güvenmemizi sagladi. Her zaman gönül rahatligi ile tavsiye edecegimiz bir kisi ve firma olacaksiniz. Ileride baska turlarda görüsmek dilegiyle bütün çabalariniz için çok tesekkür ederiz. Sevgiyle,
N ve A Bakl.
Dear Ingrid, I just wanted to write and say what a delightful time we had on our recent trip to the Greek Islands and Turkey. We really loved everywhere we went on the itinerary you helped develop, everyone we met was very friendly and most helpful when we were looking for places and helped us learn some Turkish along the way. Out of the 7 countries we have travelled to over the last few months, Turkey was by far our favourite and we have decided we will definitely return in a couple of years (once we have saved enough again!). The only disappointment was that the hotels along the Turkish coast were fabulous, but due to our itinerary we were unable to enjoy them. We didn't arrive until early evening each day and then we were on the road after breakfast again. We felt that we could have had accommodation of a lower star level due to our time constraints. The other main thing was that there was no map in the rental vehicle and that the vouchers had no addresses for the hotels. I had written up an itinerary for our entire trip and included addresses and contact numbers for each hotel for our family and friends to contact us if necessary as we were away for some months, so we were able to use that. Otherwise, we would have had some trouble. But overall, it was fabulous, it all flowed very smoothly and we just wanted to say thank you very much for helping us have a fabulous time. Kind regards Kathleen
Tesekkür ederim. Ince davranislariniz icin. Inanin,Istanbul'daki bir sürü seyahat acentesi agir çekimde hareket ederken,internetten size ulasan herhangi bir vatandasa gösterdiginiz profesyonelce hizmet gerçekten ülkemizde az kalan insan sayisindan biri oldugunuzu ispat ediyor. Çünkü yillardir yazdigim ve yürekten inandigim "iyiler mutlaka kazanir" savima siz de dahil oldunuz artik... Ülkemde HALA isini severek yapan, canla basla çalisan,iyi niyetli ,nazik ve üretmekten zevk alan insanlar olduguna inancim sayenizde biraz daha perçinlendi.. Tam da bunca yasanan bencilce olaylari TVlerden seyrede seyrede umutsuzluga düsmek üzereyken... Herkese yürekten sevgiler.. Tekrar tesekkürlerimle. Sevgiler
Bonjour Ingrid, Juste un petit mot au retour de notre voyage en Turquie. De merveilleuses vacances pour nous ; aussi nous tenions à vous le faire savoir. Un grand merci pour votre gentillesse et votre efficacité dans l'organisation de nos transports. Cordialement.
Laurence Bressan, France
Hello Ingrid, I hope this message finds you well. Thanks again for your help---the arrangements you made were very good and our only regret was that we didn't spend more time in Turkey. Maybe next time we will be able to do so. I am writing to you because a friend of mine is going to Greece next month and he is thinking of going to Turkey for a few days, so I recommended that he contact you for help with arrangements in Turkey. You may hear from him. Best regards,
Hi Ingrid - I just wanted to let you know that my family thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Ephesus. Zehra (tour guide) is phenominal! Regards,
Thank you to Ingrid and Anker Travel for helping us plan a great trip to Turkey and Greece. Trying to make all of the travel arrangements from home was a bit of a daunting task. Anker Travel was able to book our hotels and transportation (boat, land and air) quickly and accurately. The hotels were very nice and in great locations.
Dear Ingrid: Merhabah, I wanted to follow up with Marsha's communication and personally express my thanks to you. The hotels were excellent choices, and the staff at each was friendly and helpful. We were very pleased with our itinerary and delighted with how smoothly the transfer process worked. It proved to be vital as I had back problems and a lot of luggage. So the service was important to my physical well being and contributed to the quality of the over all experience. As Marsha indicated please do let D... know just how appreciative we were for keeping in touch with us during our experience with very high seas and a ferry that was 6 hours late. You have know idea how grateful we were when we saw a driver standing there with a sign for Hughes when we stepped off the ferry in Athens. [...] With any luck we will get to work with you next year and have the opportunity to have a more extended trip to other regions of Turkey.
Dear Ingrid, Just a note to say thank you for the superb service you and your travel agent colleagues provided during our recent visit to Turkey and Greece. Karyn and I had a wonderful time and most of the trip had very few problems with two exceptions…. getting our initial plane tickets from Istanbul to Athens and this issue was quickly resolved. The other issue of course you did not have any control over and that was our delay in Athens due to weather and the late arrival of the ferry. However, your contact in Greece, Dimitris, was a great help and Karyn and I appreciated his staying in constant contact with us during our trip from the island back to Athens. We will certainly recommend your agency to anyone who we know is coming to the region. Thanks again. Warmest regards, Marsha
Sayın Ingrid Hanımi Yaptığınız otel rezervasyonları ve ferryboat biletleri için teşekkür ederiz . Syanizde iyi organize edilmiş çok güzel bir tatil geçirdik.Yardımlarınız ve çalışmalarınız ve çalışmalarınız için teşekkür ederiz . En iyi dileklerimizle
Liebe Ingrid wir möchten uns bedanken für die Organisation des Midibusses, mit dem wir eine wunderbare Anatolientour gemacht haben. Unser besonderer Dank gilt dem hervorragenden Chauffeur Ismet Akhulut, mit dem wir bestens zufrieden waren. Mit der Langsamkeit des Busses bei Bergstrecken haben wir uns abgefunden und haben es dann sogar genossen, dass wir die herrlichen Landschaften in der Osttürkei, z.B. das Coruh-Flusstal zwischen Yusufeli und Artvin - einfach fantastisch! - bei langsamer Fahrt umso besser betrachten konnten. Herzliche Grüsse und nochmals vielen Dank!
Regina u. Lothar Schönhärl
We just returned after our third trip to Turkey, each one booked through the services of Anker Travel. I can't say enough positive things about this wonderful travel agency and my agent Ingrid. It is a joy to work with someone like Ingrid, our representative with Anker, who combines professionalism and attention to details with such a kind a warm demeanor. I would be delighted if somehow Ingrid and Anker Travel could take care of all my travel needs in the US, as they could definitely teach our travel agencies here a thing or two. Our recent trip was perfect and all details including flights within Turkey, hotel reservations, special requests, and car rentals were handled without a flaw. We are now planning our fourth trip to Turkey, and every detail will be planned and booked through Ingrid and Anker Travel. And I know I won't have to worry about a thing!
Good Morning, We wanted to send a note to thank you for arranging two terrific tours during our visit to Turkey. Ephesus in particular was the highlight of a 3 week journey that included 8 countries. Your guides and drivers were perfect and we send high praise to everyone at your company. If you could do me the favor of sending me the e-mail address of the woman who guided us in Ephesus, or give her my e-mail so she can contact me if she wants to, I would appreciate it. I took pictures that I promised to send but then forgot to get her e-mail address. Thanks Again,
I am amazed that this entire thing could be arranged by you in only a week or so, and with efficiency that is a pleasure to encounter today in this world!! I am thanking you truly for all your help as I am sure if I did not have you, my trip would have been a worry and mistakes made with much time wasted.
You were always efficient, friendly on your emails and knowing what I wanted when I changed my ideas. Now I am going with a peaceful mind, knowing I will get where I want to get in the best times, and enjoy the ride along the way.
If I were in your country now, I would have sent you a big bunch of flowers to say thank you. Will you accept this idea nevertheless, and feel good about a job well done.
May you have much happiness in your profession in the future.
Elmara Willis in Cape Town, South Africa.
Addressed to www.turkeytravelplanner.com
I want to thank you from the bottom of our full and delighted hearts for recommending Anker Travel to handle our tours of Jewish and general interest at the ports of call on our Mediterranean cruise. We ended up with an outstanding tour of Ephesus and tours of Izmir plus Sardis and Volos-Meteora which had outstanding Jewish heritage parts as well as general parts, all arranged by Ingrid of Anker - God bless her. (We also did a fantastic Athens tour through a guide recommended by the Jewish Museum there.) My wife and I started out looking to go with another few couples, but we ended up with a full bus and overflow on all our tours! Our old and many new friends are now clamoring for us to "take" them elsewhere. Thanks again, and please recommend Anker to everyone who asks. We will, of course, do the same. All the best,
Dear Ingrid, Thanks so much for your help, our trip went great. Can't tell you how grateful we are.
Let me add that you went out of your way to attempt to accomodate last-minute changes and worked well with your partner in Greece to assure that our Greek and Turkish travels went perfectly smoothly.
Gecen hafta tatilden dondum, ve her sey yolunda gitti. Otellerden de memnun kaldik. Zahmetleriniz icin tekrar tesekkur ederim. Gorusmek Uzere.
This is a belated thank you.
We got back from Italy the beginning of last week after a successful business trip weekend in Tuscany Italy.
But the week or so before that in Turkey and Greece was amazing. We really enjoyed it.
Your input and organization was commendable and we will certainly contact you again in the near future; we have already recommended you to others friends.
Once again, Thank you
Andre van der Merwe
Hello from San Antonio, Texas. I am writing to tell you how grateful we are for the wonderful vacation you arranged for us in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. To have arranged such a fabulous itinerary for one person would have been an accomplishment, but you did it for 10 people all paying separately. The months of preparation leading up to our departure was a delightful experience because Ingrid was so helpful and so available to us for questions and suggestions. I am also pleased that I was able to recommend you to travelers we met along the way, and that you were so helpful to them as well. I look forward to future vacations in Greece or Turkey so that I can have the opportunity to work with Anker Travel again. You are THE BEST! Thank you.
We are back and settled and can now tell you about our trip.
Everything was perfect. Every arrangement you (Anker travel) made for us was executed on time and accurately. The guides were expert, professional, and fun to be with. The hotels were excellent and exactly what we desired. Furthermore, all of the hotels were exactly where we desired to facilitate easy access to the sites and activities we wanted. Our car rental went fine and we had absolutely no problem driving through Turkey (1000 Km and not stopped at a single speed trap).
Turkey was absolutely wonderful. We saw amazing and interesting things. The Turkish people are probably the nicest and most friendly we have ever met as tourists. When we return to Turkey (next year we hope) we will deffinately contact you and Anker Travel to arrange our trip.
Thank you very much, you made our trip the best we have ever had.
John and Karen LeNeve
Oh I also forgot to mention that I saw your service on Turkey Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan. It said that you were best at Greece-Turkey ferries. I'm glad because I really don't want to figure out how to book that myself. I definately would like to book that with you as soon as possible and the NaturMed. Thank you.
A warm hello from chilly Toronto! I am back in Canada and would like to thank you for your assistance in negotiating my travel plans in Turkey. Your agency was tremendously helpful every step of the way during my journey. I am not your typical traveller. I required a travel itinerary tailor-made for my particular interests and you were able to fulfill my specific needs - for that I am grateful. I have already recommended your agency to others I've spoken to who intend to travel to Turkey and consider me a client for life. Should I ever enter your country again, I will definitely use your services. All the hotels, flight bookings and other details that you had arranged were perfect for my needs.
Min Sook Lee
I just arrived back home (in California) this afternoon and want to thank you for providing such EXCELLENT SERVICE in handling my domestic flight arrangements in Turkey. Everything went very smoothly.
I hope future travels plans will result in my returning to Turkey, at which time I will look forward to contacting you again for travel arrangements.
Thank you again & Best Wishes,
19-27 Haziran tarihleri arasinda Yunan Adalarina yaptigimiz seyahat sona erdi ve Istanbul'a donduk (maalesef...).
Adalarin guzelliklerinin yani sira, organizasyonun guzellgi, otellerimizin temiz pak ve merkezi olusu, ulasimlarimizda bize yardimci olan arkadaslarimizin yardimseverligi ve dosthane yaklasimlari keyfimizi ust duzeye cikardi.
Sahsiniza bizzat tesekkur etmek icin donus yolunda ofisinize ugramak istiyordum ama zamanimizin darligi buna engel oldu. Bu sebepten dolayi, birazcik gecikmiste olsa size ancak bu maili yaziyorum.
Basta size, guleryuzunuze ve dostlugunuza, ve yardimci olan herkese, kendim ve Gaye adina sonsuz tesekkurler. Anilarimizda ve fotoraf albumlerimizde herzaman yer alacak cok guzel bir tatili bize kusursuz sagladiginiz icin. Cevreme, dostlarima buyuk ovgu ile Anker'i tavsiye etmeye coktan basladim bile...
Bir baska tatilde bulusmak uzere,
Sevgi ve Saygilarimizla,
T. Goksin - G. Cagman
Ok, ik kijk ernaar uit en bedankt voor je snelle antwoord, je service is top!
Yvonne van Heiningen
Dear Anker Travel,
Thank you so much. Even if you had not refunded the money given all the help your agency and Greek counterpart provided us when our ferries were delayed we would not hesitate to recommend your agency. Please feel free to give our name as a reference.
We hope that we will be able to visit Turkey in the not to distant future and doing business with you again.
Myles and Susan Wallace
Many thanks for your help.May I compliment you on your excellent customer service and I will have no hesitation in recommending your company to other colleagues.
Merci pour ces encouragements et pour tout le mal que vous vous êtes donné pour nous organiser ce déplacement. Cordialement.
Assoc. Centre du Haut Niveau Voile
Encore merci pour l'aide que vous m'avez si gentiment apportée dans l'organisation de ce voyage dont je rêve depuis longtemps.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH! THAT WAS REALLY QUICK! I will come back to confirm with you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. You are very helpful to us.
HongKong Sports Development Dept.
Beste Mevrouw Ingrid,
Heel erg bedankt voor uw snel en effectief antwoord, ik ben zeer onder de indruk!
C'est parfait; nous sommes arrivés à 21h10 et avons même profités du dîner, un peu sur les chapeaux de roues, le voyage et aussi le repas, car la brigade ou plutôt le régiment de serveurs souhaitaient ne pas terminer eux aussi, sur les chapeaux de roues. Nous avons déjà mis la tête dans l'eau et subis un lavage de peau du genre "prêt pour un nuit de noce" si vous me permettez chère Ingrid,
Mme & Mr M. Monod
Hi, Thank you so much for getting back to me so promptly. We were giving up hope of finding a ferry service that travels to Turkey out of season.
Beste Ingrid, Hierbij een foto van Aphrodisias, het blijft toch een van de hoogtepunten van mijn verblijf, samen met Millipark. Het was bij aankomst in België toch wel weer even wennen hoor, aan de temperatuur (nachtvorst) maar ook aan het ander soort leven. Het leven in Turkije leek me rustiger, socialer dan hier. Dat zal ook wel zijn omdat ik in vakantiestemming was, natuurlijk. Ik zat wel een beetje met de "Turkeyblues". Hier is het nu mooi, zonnig herfstweer. Bedankt.
Dear Ingrid, After our vacation, we would like to tell you that we really appreciate how you managed everything for us. You have done a very good job, and we would like to say thank you once more. Have a great day.
Dear Ingrid, Just a quick note to say that I have arrived home safe and sound. Thank you for all your help in getting my ticket from Cesme to Brindisi. The ferry was just fine. I joined the queue to get onto the ferry at 6.00am and was about the 40th car. Getting through all the formalities was quick and the ferry left 15min late. The service and cabin were just what the doctor ordered. Going through the Corinth Canal was awe inspiring. Getting out in Italy was fine. They just waved me on. I spent the night in Bari and then got to home very late on the Sunday night Monday morning. So home safe and sound. Once again thank you for your help and I am planning to go back so I will contact you. Yours
Dear Ingrid, I would like to thank you for helping us switch our hotels. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Asena and Lady Beach. We were all very sad to say goodbye. We made it safely to Istanbul and look forward to exploring here. Thanks again for helping us make the most of our visit in Turkey. Sincerely,
Dear Ingrid, Thank you for your kind attention. The problem seems to be at source but I cannot check anything until after September 3rd.Thank you for return of deposit. Best regards
Dear Ingrid, Thank you so much for your help with our plans to Turkey. When we arrived, we went to pick up our intercity tickets from Turkish Airlines and they were there waiting for us. The hotel reservation in Pumakkale was also arranged to our liking. You did everything just the way we wanted it done in a timely manner. I would willingly recommend you and your services to anyone who needs help with internet reservations. You saved us a lot of money. The airline tickets were much more expensive in the USA because the airline charges all kinds of extra fees for delivery to the USA. I was told that the hotel charge more too if you do not go through a travel agent. Thank you again,
Dear Nisha, I would like to make use of the opportunity to introduce you to Anker Travel. I had dealings with them recently and can really recommend their services. I thought they could be a good contact for you in Turkey. Please feel free to contact them. Kind regards.
D. De Beer
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent service. At the same time I would like to ask you to send me a receipt on the total amount of xxx USD, which I have paid by VISA for the Carlton hotel. Since it was my business expense I need to provide this prove. Please send this receipt by E-mail, it would be sufficient.
Thank you so much for all of your help. My clients are very excited about their trip. I met with Susan last night and she wanted to know which terminal they would arrive at in Samos? Other than that they are good to go…. Thanks again...
Dear Ingrid, Just to let you that we have arrived back home safely on Saturday 31st May and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the help and support you gave us . You have made life very much easier with the advise you gave us at the beginning of our trip. We are planning to do the same next year and I would like to call on you again to help us with our plans. Once again, thank you for every thing .
Thanks again for your exceptional service!
Après mure reflexion nous avons malheureusement décidé de renoncer cette année à notre voyage en Turquie compte tenu des incertitudes dans la région et de la nécessité de prévoir suffisamment à l'avance nos vacances en famille. Je suis désolé du travail que cela a nécessité pour vous et vous remercie à nouveau pour votre grande disponibilité. Nous esperons pouvoir nous rendre en Turquie l'année prochaine dans un meilleur contexte international. Bien cordialement,
Chère Ingrid, Nous sommes de retour de notre voyage à Istanbul, qui s'est très bien passé, en particulier en ce qui concerne l'hébergement. L'hôtel était très agréable. Merci pour votre conseil. Cordialement
Dear Mr Aydin,
My daughter, S., has just returned from a trip to Western Turkey with some other pupils and members of staff from the school. I am writing to thank you, and the members of staff at Anker Travel, for making their visit so interesting and exciting.
S. Has brought home the itinerary that you gave to each person in the group and I am impressed with the historical information you have provided. Also, you write about the daily lives of Turkish people : what the food is, what the eather is, what the money is and other important points.
I would like to commend to you Mr Mehmet Tunali, the guide for my daughter's school group. S. Tells me that Mehmet was always friendly and good-humoured, telling them lots of interesting facts about each site they visited. It is a tribute to his efficiency that all the coach travel, the boat travel and the overnight stops in hotels took place without any problems.
I thank you and your members of staff for making my daughter's first visit to your beautiful country such a memorable occasion. Your sincerely,