Byzas Tours Testimonials & Reviews

Touring Topkapi Palace with our tour guide

Winner of Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012, 2013 & 2014 – 5 Star Reviews!

We have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence with 5 Stars on Trip Advisor for 2012, 2013 & 2014. Please see our most recent feedback on TripAdvisor for Byzas Turkey tour reviews here.

Also please see the below tour feedback we received from some of our past guests visiting Turkey, including individuals, pre-formed groups, conference groups and overseas tour operators. We would be happy to put you in touch with some of them on request.

Cappadocia Tour:

I am delighted to provde feedback on our 2-3 day tour of Cappadoccia. This was an absolute highlight of our trip abroad – I only wish we could have stayed in Urgup for another day or two so that we may have spent some time enjoying the Urgup Evi Cave Hotel. Our accommodations were marvelous. A beautiful room on a lovely property. Everyone we met at the hotel (staff and guests) were pleasant and friendly. The room itself was very comfortable and well-stocked with anything we could have wanted.

Our tour was terrific. We were a little bit late getting out of Istanbul because of weather but our guide and driver were patiently waiting for us in Nevsehir. Deniz was our guide and she was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to answer any question we came up with. Our favorite tour stop was Kaymakli’s underground city. It was amazing to be in such a place and to witness the ingenuity of people driven to survive whatever circumstance they were faced with.

Deniz was also very helpful for making sure I had something to eat that was vegetarian. Though I didn’t usually run into trouble in restaurants, it was nice to have someone who spoke the language and could clearly explain my dietary restrictions. There were often several other tour groups, large and small, and after overhearing some other guides providing their explanation/interpretation of the sites we were very glad we had Deniz all to ourselves. We kept insisting that she was some sort of celebrity in Cappadoccia – everyone knew her, everywhere we went. She had been touring out of the area for a while and everyone we met seemed genuinely glad to see her return.

Our overall impression is that we would have missed out on a lot of history and folklore if we had attempted to tour Cappadoccia on our own or in a larger tour group. The personalization of a private tour was well worth the investment and our accommodations were centrally located and likely better than we would have reserved on our own. The pick ups and drop offs were all on schedule and the flights were fine, with only one slight delay due to weather. We would absolutely recommend your services to anyone we know heading to the region and we will be in touch when we have the pleasure of returning to Turkey.

Thank you, again, for coordinating such a wonderful experience for us. I’m attaching a couple of photos – one of us and one of Deniz – from our trip to Kaymakli.

Most sincerely,

M.O.N & C.B.
San Francisco, CA, USA

Ephesus Day Trip:

We had a wonderful experience. Your company was fantastic and we could not have asked for better service. We will certainly recommend your services to our friends and colleagues. Thank you!

David.H., USA

Turkey Trip:

Byzas Tours prepared a private tour for us May 18-27 and we couldn’t be happier. We visited everything on our list with a knowledgeable and personable guide and driver and felt the country come alive with their knowledge and interest. Our tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Sardis and Ephesus were beyond our dreams. We felt we made new friends in Turkey and can’t wait to go visit again.

S. and I. M. FL, USA

Cape Helles Gallipoli Trip:

Back home in England as you can see, but I have to say a very big thankyou for the wonderful day we had.

Your driver arrived as promised at 7.30 and we set off. His vehicle was spotlessly clean and we had an excellent drive down to lunch, which too was excellent and the hotel owners were charming. Ermed, our guide for the rest of the tour arrived, and we drove to the various sites. He knew about the area and its’ history and also had a pretty good command of English. Our visit to the Helles Memorial was very moving for all of us.

Our day was a complete success and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone wishing to do a similar jouney. Hopefully my photographs will turn out ok as I somehow left my camera on the hotel shuttle bus. Thanks to the driver it is now with the hotel and will be returned to me eventually.

For us it will be a memorable journey made better by you and your staff, we never did find out our drivers name but I would be grateful if you would pass our thanks for a very long day at the wheel to him. Thank you again,

With all best wishes for your continuing success,
J.K., UK

Izmir & Istanbul Shore Excursions:

We have returned home after a wonderful Mediterranean cruise.

The highlight of the trip was our visit to Turkey (Istanbul and Izmir) and this was made even more pleasant due to the excellent tours that you provided us with. The transport was clean and comfortable (it had to be because the vehicles were practically brand new). The guides were really nice people as well as being so knowledgeable about the sites we visited (as well as other interesting information). Everything was organized and timed to perfection.

I can assure you that I will be recommending you as the first choice provider of such services in Turkey.

Best regards,

K.B., USA

15 days Tailormade Turkey Trip:

I have been deeply impressed by Byzas Tours. When I was told the itinerary that my family wanted to do some six weeks before went to Turkey, I really was at a loss how to go about booking it. Research on the web brought up Byzas Tours, name. When I e-mailed Byzas Tours with the sort of trip that we wanted to do, they very promptly suggested a way of doing it. Once we agreed on the itinerary, Byzas Tours booked all the internal flights, travel and hotels in Turkey. When we got to Turkey, we were promptly collected from the airport and all we had to do thereafter was be in the lobby of our hotel at the right time. The hotels chosen by Byzas Tours were great. The private guides Byzas supplied us with for Istanbul, Troy and Gallipoli were fantastic, being both highly knowledgeable and entirely flexible to the way we wanted to structure the visits. Even when there was a very minor glitch (the car rental person who was dealing with us was in a different part of the airport), we were able to contact Byzas Tours immediately and they promptly located the individual. Everything else ran completely seamlessly.

We had a truly fantastic time and thanks again for all your efforts. When we next go to Turkey we will certainly book through you,

Graham. R. (Family of 4)
Australia, Aug 2008

9 days Istanbul & Cappadocia Trip:

My compliments to you and your BYZAS team. You delivered exactly what you promised for a fair price. I especially want to say that our guide in Istanbul was exceptional. She really adapted quickly to us and was a superb guide and ambassador for your company and your country.

What else could be said about the Cave Museum Hotel. That is a once in a lifetime experience and one we’ll never forget.

Thank you for helping arrange a fantastic trip to a wonderful country.

Sincerely,

David.C.
(4 people) USA, May 2008

9 days Istanbul & Cappadocia Trip:

Well, it is hard to believe we are back home already. Wow, what a great trip to a wonderful country! Your arrangements were Five Star all the way. The guides were very informative and friendly. We will sure echo the excellent service you provided on TripAdvisor.com to let others get the word on Byzas Tours.

This was a first time trip to Turkey for three of us; my wife had been there ten years ago. The sites and people were a pleasant experience. Your history and culture were well worth the travel. I can say I would like to return and visit sites along the coast.

Thanks again and I will be sure to refer business to you whenever possible.

Mike (4 people)
USA, May 2008

Gallipoli & Troy Tour:

I wanted to let you know that we had the most wonderful time. Our driver was waiting right on time at our hotel for us on the morning of departure. The vehicle was wonderful – very comfortable, especially for the long drive ahead. Our driver (I am sorry I cant remember his name) was fabulous – he drove very carefully (we had had some interesting cab rides in Istanbul!!!) and we were more than happy with him over the two days.

Once we had arrived and had some lunch we met our guide, Aykut and headed off. We cannot speak highly enough of Aykut – we were looking forward to going to Gallipoli, but we were so blessed with the most wonderful guide. He was so knowledgable and taught us so much, not only about our own country but also about Turkey. Nothing was too much trouble for him and his passion and love of history just shone through. We commented to eachother many times how lucky we were to have such a wonderful guide.

The whole trip was better than we had hoped and we were more than happy with everything we did. I can highly recommend your service and especially your guide and driver, because they very much made our trip the success that it was.

Aykut certainly left a wonderful impression on us and we were so greatful for all that he taught us and his friendly nature. He certainly evoked passion and interest out of us during the two days.

So, again thank you and please pass on our gratitude once more to both Aykut and the driver – we hope to one day come back to Gallipoli and go the the Anzac Day service with Aykut!!!

Regards, Leisha W.

Gallipoli Day Trips:

Our trip to Gallipoli was excellent, even better than we could have hoped. Atilla was a safe and friendly driver and Aykut the best guide we could ask for. He gave us all the information we needed on the history of the place in a way which was easy to understand and thorough. He also put it all into a world context both historically

and for now. We were both very impressed by him and grateful to have had him as our guide. It was a terrific day.

I will definitely be recommending your tour to friends and family. Especially as it was so easy to organise also.

The only thing I would have changed was to have more time there but that was my problem not yours!

Thank you again and if I can convince my parents to make the trip here from Australia I will definitely organise our tour through you.

Regards

Philippa
Australia, February 2008,  (2 people)

7 days/6 nights Istanbul-Ephesus Package:

I was very, very happy with all the services and both Belunt (sp) and Alex (Escondia, I believe, in Turkish). I would definitely recommend your services.

All the transfers went well–on time, and safe and sound. I liked both tour guides immensely and felt I saw everything I should have seen in Istanbul and on the Agean coast line in Pergamam and Ephesus. I just realize there is so much of Turkey I didn’t see–and hope to come back and do that some time.

Amelia
January 2008 – (1 person)

Ephesus & Cappadocia Day Trips:

Mr. Ozis, everything has gone so smoothly! We’ve LOVED our one-day tours to Ephesus and Cappadocia! Tonight is our dinner and cultural show….THANKS so much for being so efficient and in touch in advance of our trip.

We’re so far away and yet the technology made everything so easy! We’ll never forget your good service. Feel free to use my comments as testimonials, if you wish.

May 2008 bring you peace and prosperity!
CR and RX
– Dec. 2008

Tailor Made Private Turkey Tour

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your planning and organisation of our wonderful Turkish Trip from 10th to 22nd September. We were absolutely delighted with everything; the hotels, our guides, visits, everything was fantastic.

Although we were pleased with all our guides, specific mention must be made of the particularly high standards, not only in terms of local and historical knowledge, but also in the hospitality and friendliness offered to us, by Bülent in Istanbul and by Aykut in Troy and Assos. They really were absolutely outstanding. And our trip would not have been what it was without the constant support of our excellent driver, Atila, who really made the whole trip complete. We would be very grateful if you could pass on our thanks again to them.
Thank you again, so much. Should we ever return to Turkey, and that’s highly likely, we will not hesitate to contact you again to make our arrangements.
With very best wishes,

Juan and Lynne
September 2008, Spain, (12 days)

Istanbul Tours & Bosphorus Tour

I just wanted to thank you and Nil, our guide, for showing us your beautiful city. We had a fantastic time.

I happened to be sitting next to some people in a restaurant the other evening and overheard them saying that they were going to Istanbul in December. I said to them that I had just returned from there three days ago and what a fabulous place it was. I also told them about our evening cruise up the Bosphorus and about our day tours. They said that it was something they would be interested in. I gave them your website because I didn’t have one of your cards with me. Hopefully they will call.

Anyway, thanks for showing us a great time and say hello to Nil for Matt and I.

G. S.

USA, September 2007, 3 days private tours.

Istanbul & Bodrum – City & Sea Break – 7 days

”We had a great time in Turkey and are VERY glad we used your services to arrange our trip. Everything worked out exactly as planned and there were no hiccups or delays.
We really enjoyed our guide in Istanbul. She really was a great match for us and seemed to pick up on our interests and paced the days perfectly for us. At times it was like we were just hanging out with an interesting woman from Istanbul rather than a guide.

The hotel in Istanbul was fantastic. We really liked the Marmara and would recommend it to everyone – the location was great for us.

The Kempinski was also fantastic (hotel in Bodrum). It really was a relaxing and high class end to our trip and we thought it was perfect.
All in all, we thought your services were very professional and found you to be easy to work with and that you provided everything we asked for.
Thank you for everything. We will send any business your way that we can!
Best Regards,

Mona & Nicole”
August 2007

Walk & Sail Turkey

The planning was obviously well thought out and precise and that is most appreciated. Hotels and meals were excellent, and we were never kept waiting more than a few minutes for anything.

Ergul was fabulous (the private guide). Her extraordinary knowledge about Turkey, its people and its history along with her passion and love of the country made the trip special. She was professional, attentive, interesting, and I would give her my highest recommendation. We have had the experience of having guides travel with us in a variety of places and Ergul is amongst the best.

All in all, I think you are running a great company with Byzas Tours. I am very happy we selected you, and want to thank you again for the personal service and attention you lavished on us. We felt like guests more than clients. We all wish you the very best of luck and please do feel free to use us a reference in any way that you like.
Best,

E. Sigall and family
USA, July/August 2007

Walk & Sail Turkey

”It is a pleasure to recommend our friends to you as we had such a wonderful trip. We saw a lot, learned even more and, enjoyed it all. It was well paced, organized and executed. Vacations are very precious in our busy lives. ”

”We had a fabulous time and a great guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable (history, flora, fauna, best places to shop, etc.) and never seemed to run out of energy. Everything was thoughtfully arranged and came off smoothly. ‘

Barbara. R Family.

USA, July/August 2007

12 day Deluxe Highlights Tour of Turkey + 2 day Gallipoli Troy Extension

‘We spend a fortnight in Turkey in April 2007, taking the 12 day Deluxe Tour of Turkey and the two day Gallipoli/Troy extension. It was a wonderful experience for all four of us; we came to love the country and the people and our two sons, aged 20 and 12, both want to return. Gurkan and his people at Byzas Tours made it very easy from the outset: there were prompt responses to every email communication and the tour agenda was adjusted subtly to accommodate our interests in history and archaeology.

The organization was meticulous: Turkish Airlines flew us around a big country; a VW or Mercedes people mover greeted us at each airport; the drivers were excellent; we had our own specialist guide in each locality; the hotels were good and on the one occasion when a significant health issue for one member of a party required a change of hotels it was handled by Gurkan, from Istanbul, quickly and without fuss around 9 pm, a flexibility we really appreciated. It all made traveling very easy. We were able to make the most of every day.

It was cultural tourism at its best and made for a memorable experience. Turkey is a big country and there is a lot more to see when we return next year.”

Tony and Jan, Adelaide, Australia
April 2007

Tailor made Private Itinerary (Istanbul-Troy-Pergamon-Ephesus-Pamukkale-Fethiye)

”Many thanks for the wonderful trip you had planned for us. We found that you had understood very well what kind of trip we wanted: informative and relaxed.

Everything was exactly on schedule and as planned. Not a single problem.Wonderful! (I would rate the service 5-star)

Our fondest thanks to Attila, his calm and prudent way of driving as well as his concern for our comfort and enjoyment made the travelling most pleasurable. Here is another 5-star.

We particularly enjoyed the extensive knowledge of your guides, most especially Aykut. Chris would like to share some information with him. He certainly made those ruins in Troy come alive in a way I would never have imagined.

Aysen, Yüksel and Burak were also excellent. What a difference it makes to visit sites, during several hours, with expert guides who can answer all your questions. Since Chris is well versed in history he was most impressed by the in-depth knowledge of our guides. There’s another 5-star for you!

After the lovely evening we spent in Fethiye at the Atapark Hotel, I am sure you have decided to take other clients there. What a beautiful site, away from all the noisy groups on the other side. And the meal was one of the best…

I will certainly recommend your group to anyone thinking of going to Turkey. It was a great plesasure working out all the arrangements with you and I am pleased I had put my trust in you.

Many thanks to both of you.

Francine and Chris”
Toronto, Canada, May 2007

12 day Deluxe / Honeymoon Tour of Turkey with 6 day extension

”’Turkey is a beautiful and varied country and was everything we expected and more. The landscape was lovely, the people we met were charming and very kind. Our guides were just delightful. They were pleasant, knowledgeable, funny and very helpful. I will certainly be referring my mother’s friends to Byzas for the trip they are planning in September.

All of our flights and transport went off perfectly. We were especially pleased with the Sultanhan. The Turkoman was also filled with very nice people, very clean and was a in very nice location. The Museum had a great room, great view, excellent food and beautiful terrace. We enjoyed our upgrade at the Kempinski and also liked that the

hotel was at 30% capacity, so it was almost like being alone. I do think we may have had a little too much free time in Bodrum.

Our favorite sites were Aphrodisias and Hieropolis. I also really enjoyed sitting in the Hippodrome on Friday afternoon watching people walking with their friends and family. The bazaars were amazing, if a little overwhelming.

Overall, I would say that our trip was a resounding success and that you did a fabulous job of giving us exactly what we asked for. I took over 1400 photographs on this trip and put together a beautiful book of our trip and we memories for a life time. We have been telling our friends and coworkers what a great place Turkey is to visit.

Thank you so much for all of the attention you gave to us. We look forward to visiting again.

Thank you again,

Troy and Heather”
USA, April-May 2007

Highlights of Turkey

“I used Byzas Tours for a 10 day tour around Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir) in Jan 2007. I selected their website online and received quick and helpful emails while planning our trip, which made everything more efficient and painless. We chose a private tour for 2 persons and found it to be one of the best trips we’ve ever taken anywhere.

Our tour guides in each region of Turkey that we visited were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and went beyond our expectations in every way. Separate from the magic of Turkey itself, our customized itinerary and guides made the trip truly memorable.

The destinations, activities, hotels & restaurants in each area were carefully handpicked by Byzas Tours according to our interests which made our tour more exciting, fulfilling, authentic and meaningful. Everything was of a high standard and quite professional, and we felt very welcomed and well-looked after, yet at the same time were given as much flexibility and choice during the course of our trip.

I strongly recommend Byzas Tours to anyone who is planning a trip to Turkey, and please feel free to ask me any more questions about my experience with them. Have an awesome time!

JG.’
Jan 2007 (2 people) Boston.

Istanbul Shore Excursion

“We were exceptionally satisfied with our private tour guide Bulent. He was superb — knowledgeable, articulate, charismatic and thoroughly in tune with our needs and interests. We especially appreciate the care he took in wheeling our handicapped friend around in her wheelchair. It was not an easy task, but he did it happily and willingly.

As for the sights we saw, Bulent took us to everything we wanted to see.

We would definitely recommend your services to our friends/colleagues in the future. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any written recommendations.

Again, thank you for making our stay in Istanbul a memorable experience!

Best regards,

M.C.’

Oct 2006 (4 people) USA.

Conference Organization for OSI

‘This is to congratulate for the smooth organization of our event of the FDI evaluation workshop in Istanbul on November 28-29 2006 and also to say thank you for your work. We very much felt your concern for us during the whole event and your professional manner to mediate between the service providers and us. We also highly appreciated your efficiency and flexibility to rearrange things swiftly that were caused by the events of the Pope’s visit at the same time. I very much hope that we will have other opportunities to work with you and your colleagues in the future.

Thank you once again and all my best,

TT
Program Coordinator
Open Society Institute Budapest’
Nov. 2006 (55 people conference group) OSI Budapest

Group Arrangements for Overseas Agency

‘I have received an email from the client telling us that they were very happy with the tour and the local services provided. It’s very nice to receive this type of comments so thanks very much for your excellent service!

Have a nice weekend,

EN’

June & July 2006, (46 and 28 people groups), International Tour Operator, Spain & UK.

Group Arrangements for Overseas Agency

‘Hi E, Just returned from trip and thought I would let you know that everything went very well. Good guides, new buses, great hotels and an all around excellent experience.

Thank you, M.’

June & July 2006, (46 and 28 people groups) International Tour Operator, Spain/UK

Highlights of Turkey

“We truly enjoyed our trip to Turkey. The guide you arranged was very knowledgeable as both a guide and driver. We loved all of the tour and would recommend all the places we visited. Ephesus was Mike’s favorite, I was amazed at Pamukkale. There were no negatives! Our hotel was wonderful, nice to be in a quiet place with a beautiful view.

We would be happy to recommend your services and hope to do so to our friends.

Thank you for helping us have a great trip!

LE’

Oct 2006 (2 people) USA.

Gallipoli Tour

“Both my husband and I had a wonderful day and cannot praise both the driver and Resat our guide enough. The vehicle was extremely comfortable and being just the two of us, plus driver and guide, we had plenty of room to spread out. Your driver was excellent and at no stage did we feel at all concerned with his driving.

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have had Resat as our guide. His knowledge was excellent and we both learnt quite a lot from him. Resat was very friendly and obliging, nothing seemed to be too much for him and he was obviously keen to make sure we were comfortable and saw as much as we could, which I might add was the entire Gallipoli area.

We have spoken to a number of our friends about our wonderful trip and would have no hesitation in recommending your company for private tours.

Should be make it back to your amazing city, we will certainly make contact with you.

Thank you and with much appreciation.

L.T.’
Sept 2006, (2 people), Australia.

Istanbul & Kusadasi Shore Excursions

“I just wanted to let you know how much fun we had on our tours with your company in Istanbul and Kusadasi.

It was a little colder than we had anticipated but we managed and appreciate your letting us adjust things to our time frame. We loved Nil, she was a lot of fun. It was truly an adventure and she was so helpful in helping us figure things out and helping us buy things and helping us to communicate.

We loved our trip to Ephesus, and especially to Sirince. What a great place to go. We had great fun with our guide Borak (not sure of the spelling) and the experience in the village was so nice. Not anyone else from our cruise was there and it was nice to see the locals making the things that they sell.

It was by far the best experience we had, on our cruise to be with our own group and the flexability was great also. We got to see things we would not have otherwise.

Thanks so much,

A.M.’

Oct 2006 (6 people) USA.

Istanbul Tour

“We had a wonderful visit to Istanbul and it was made so enjoyable by having Bulent has a tour guide. He took us to so many wonderful places and gave us very thorough explanations of the sights and the historical significant facts of each area that we had visited. We liked that he took us to shops and markets were he personally knew the shop keepers and we stayed away from those that had a number of tourists gathered about. We couldn’t have been more pleased and I have passed on your information to our Travel Agent with high recommendations to contact you if she has anybody who will be coming to your area or to Turkey.

Thank you again.

Best Regards,

S & D.S.’

Oct 2006 (2 people) USA.

Istanbul Shore Excursion

“I’m back from vacation and was going to write to you anyway. Thank you very much for the tour! Myself and all my group enjoyed it! The guide Ozer was perfect: very knowledgeable and very polite! All aspects of the trip could be rated 10 on scale from 1 to 10, and I will definitely recommend your tours to anyone. Thank you very much!

Take care,

IZ.’
Oct 2006 (13 people) USA.

‘I just got back wonderful news from the group. They just loved the tours. They were so impressed by the bus the guide and how organized everything was. So I thank you for a job well done. I will make sure to recommend your company to anyone who requires tours in Istanbul and so on.

Best Regards,

EF’

July 2006, (40 people group), Canadian Tour Operator, Montreal, Canada

“All of us had a great time in Istanbul and in many ways you made that possible. Thank you very much. We are all back at work, including me, despite what my friends said, and eagerly looking forward to our next holiday. We carry many fond memories of the beautiful city of Istanbul and indeed the nice times that we all had together.

Many thanks and best wishes

AS’

Oct 2006 (7 people) Oman.

“Thanks for all that you did for us. This really was a special holiday and we will remember it fondly. Thank you also for introducing us to Turkish cuisine at its best. I will shortly send you some of the snaps.

With warm regards

SB’

Oct 2006 (7 people) Oman.

“Not just I, but my entire group was extremely satisfied with all aspects of our tours in Turkey with your company. I think what we enjoyed most was having a guide that spoke our language and was brimming with pride of country and with all of the information about the areas we’d be touring. To be honest with you, several of our group members and their families and friends back at home were a bit frightened about visiting your country because of the unrest in that part of the world; your guides took away all of those concerns and we felt totally safe the entire time. The rooftop meal was a special treat and the view was spectacular; I suggest you include it with all tours of Istanbul! It was also great to have our guide help us nagivate with large purchases in the Grand Bazar.

There is a large travel agency that I use for our 2-3 trips per year and my agent’s name is (); I’ve used him for many years. I have already praised your tours to him, and with your permission, I’ll forward your name and email address.

Many thanks,

LM’

Oct 2006 (10 people), USA

“Hello, The tour was great. We were very impressed with the planning and arrangements. The tour guide was great and was able to answer all of our questions. We had a baby with us and the guide and driver were very accommodating to changes in the itinerary. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone traveling to Istanbul.

Thank you,

JB’

Oct 2006 (6 people) USA.

Walk & Sail Turkey Trip

‘I just wanted to write and say thank you for all your help – all the family are very happy and we have all agreed that it was definitely one of the best holidays we’ve ever had!

I think what was most enjoyable was the whole ambience and relaxed nature of the tour. All the arrangements were very smooth and the trip had a bit of everything that everyone wanted, from incredible sightseeing to delicious food and even relaxing on a nice boat.

We immediately felt very comfortable with our guide after meeting him in Istanbul and enjoyed his company as both a professional leader and friend throughout the trip – he was a fountain of information and there was no question he couldn’t answer! By the end of our time together we felt that we had seen many different sides of Turkey and experienced Turkish hospitality at its best.

The gulet was just great – well maintained, very clean and comfortable. The sailing, swimming and scenery were beautiful, and it was exciting to see the hidden villages and ancient sites arriving by boat, just like the days gone by! Most evenings we spent relaxing and chatting outdoors on deck, with the guide and crew like extended family. Also it was a real pleasure to take time over our meals in the Mediterranean way with so many delicious dishes served up by our wonderful chef!

We hope to visit again soon and I certainly recommend your company to anyone considering a similar holiday in Turkey.

Many thanks again,

DR’

Oct 2006 (6 people).

“Everything was as I hoped for. I am physically disabled which is why I wanted a private tour that could move at my slow pace. Resat did a wonderful job of assisting me with my wheelchair and my wife was very pleased also with the tour. The vehicle and driver were also excellent. I would highly recommend your company in the future.

Regards,

BT’

Oct 2006 (2 people) USA.

“We arrived sunday at Holland. All things did go well.

On behalve of the trip I like to let you know that we really enjoied the visit to Istanbul. The private tour was very good. The guide was very kind and he tried to do his best to make all things claer and did that very friendly. He also took care of all of us wenn it was possibel to lose each other.

with kind regards,

family RB from Holland.’

Oct 2006 (6 people) Holland.

Ephesus & Istanbul Shore Excursions

“We were very pleased with the tour at Kusadasi and Burak was very knowledgeable about Efesis and we had a great time for the entire day, and the shrine to the Virgin Mary was short and relaxing, which was my wife’s favorite place, for my self it was Efesis just being at a place with so much history.

About Istanbul it was great the whole day, we enjoyed your company and the tours, my favorite place was the Hagia Sofia which was the main reason of my cruise and it was fascinating to see the magnitude of the building and the wear and tear of the building, I was amazed with how much the floors are worn out especially on the mezzanine.

We would recommend your services to any one that we know that will be taking this cruise or going to be in Istanbul on their own.

Thank you for your professionalism and knowledge you share with us about your country.

SG & EG

Riverside, California’

Oct 2006 (6 people) USA.

Custom Self-Drive Turkey Itinerary

“The trip was wonderful. The people that we met were unfailingly kind to us. One man in Bursa walked at least a mile to see us to our hotel and in Antalya a man sent his son in the car with us when he could not explain how to find the hotel.

The Ford Focus was a wonderful car. The roads were fine and the Turkish drivers far less aggressive than the ones in New York. They drive fast but not with the anger that we have here. We even left the big highway to take a shorter route from Bursa to Bergama. That was great because we saw how country people lived.

As for our accommodations, we loved the Yesil Ev in Istanbul. The concierges were particularly kind and took very good care of us. The location is great and its old world air is charming. We also liked the Berksoy in Bergama. Its location is perfect. We also ate there as there did not seem to be any restaurant in town that made it worthwhile going back after a long day. Also we especially liked the hotel in Kusadasi. We had a wonderful view out over the sea. Its outdoor bar is attractive, and again we ate there because we were too tired to bother to take a taxi into town.

All in all we had a most wonderful time and appreciate the arrangements that you made for us. We came away with the most wonderful impression of Turkey and its people. We would recommend your company highly.

Many thanks for everything,

EP’

Oct 2006 (2 people) USA.

“I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour in Istanbul on October 14th. We were met promptly at the pier and the van was very nice and held all of our luggage. Our tour guide, Resat was very informative and very knowledgeable. It was a wonderful tour and we were all very pleased.

I will be very happy to recommend your company to my clients.

Thank you,

SH’

Oct 2006 (4 people) Group Travel Agent, USA

“The guide you arranged was superb and we had an excellent time. Thanks for arranging it – G.T.’

Sept 2006, (4 people), USA.

Gallipoli Trip

“Just a quick email, I have spoken to Brent and his parents and they had the most wonderful trip and enjoyed every minute of it.

Thank you for all your hard work and efforts in making the trip such a success.

Kind Regards
DF’
Sept 2006, (3 people ), UK/Australia

“Thank you for arranging the tour with “Lombardo”. It was perfect.’

Oct 2006, (2 people), USA

“We had a very nice tour on Sunday. Thank you very much, we enjoyed our tour guide, he was excellent!

PN’

Oct 2006, (4 people), USA

“Dear Byzas Tours, We are back home safe. Thank you for all your fun times. We really enjoyed your tour. Regards C, C, L and D.’

August 2006, (4 people), Long Island, USA.

Istanbul

“Just a short note to thank you very very much for looking after us so well in Istanbul – we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank you once again,

BR.’

August 2006, (3 people), UK.

Turkey Trip

“We hope all is well with you. I just wanted to thank you for making our trip to Turkey so wonderful. We so enjoyed meeting you and having you teach us so much about all the wonders of Istanbul. You made the history come alive for us. We loved Istanbul and are already talking about trying to get back there next year. Thank you also for setting us up with the guides in Canakkale and Izmir, they were both wonderful and we enjoyed them very much. I am embarrassed that I can not remember their names right now. We went to the guides parents house in Canakkale and we had a nice visit. The people in Turkey are so friendly.

Thank you again for everything and the best to you,

BK’

July 2006, (8 people) USA.

Ephesus Tour

‘We had a great time and our guide was WONDERFUL! He is so proud of his country that it made us want to visit again. Everything was perfect down to the wonderful lunch he took us to. We will certainly recommend your company to our friends.

Thank you!

KB’

June 2006, (8 people group), USA.

Istanbul Trip

We just arrived home last night after almost 6 weeks in Europe. We all agreed that Istanbul was one of the highlights of our trip. We were so surprised at the reasonable prices of your services and our tour guide was wonderful. My husband had a great time at the spice market and we are now delivering our candy we bought to our friends. The one merchant our guide recommended vacuum sealed our candy and baklavah! The drivers were so polite and efficient. Our tour guide was always patient with us, on time and helped us with our every need. We plan to visit your city again in the future and will definitely use your services. We were so appreciative of our table at the Belly dance show and thought the girls were the best we had ever saw. By the way, our hotel was one of the finest on the trip!

Sincerely,

JD and TU.’

July 2006 (4 people group), USA.

Gallipoli & Cape Helles Trip

‘‘Just a follow-up email following my very successful trip to the Gallipoli Peninsula.

The tour went extremely well and I was completely satisfied with all arrangements that had been made. The only variable over which we had absolutely no control was the weather. It was fine on the Sunday but rained continually on the Monday. This did not however dampen my spirits nor did it stop me from seeing all that I intended to see. My first visit to Anzac Cove and the beach was very emotional and has set me to thinking about my grandfather whom I never had the privelege to meet. The experience was overwhelmingly special and I will go back at some time in the future.

Resat was an extremely good guide, he was very well prepared and very knowledgeble. The driver, whose name I have misplaced was also very good and served us well. Overall I could not have asked for more and thank you for the service provided.

On the topic of Istanbul itself, having not visited there before I found it to be an amazing city. The age caught me by surprise although I should have known. The people were extremely friendly and I encountered absolutely no problems at all. The antiquities and old structures were amazing and left me thirsting for more. Unfortunately one has to return home and back to normality.

Once again thanks for the attention.

Regards

PC’

Nov. 2006 (1 person) Australia

Istanbul & Bosphorus

I had a terrific time on your tours. Istanbul is now one of my favorite cities and I’ve told every one of my friends and work colleges that they need to go to Istanbul and, of course, that they need to use your company for a personal tour. I wanted to thank you for making the tours so interesting, for answering all my off the wall questions and for showing me little pieces of what makes Istanbul and Turkey so charming. I truely fell in love with Istanbul. Thank you, again, for being such an excellent guide,

GB.’
June 2006, (5 people group), California, USA.

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