Testimonials (What our clients say about us)
"I want to commend you for planning an excellent trip for my husband and I to Istanbul. Everything was very professional with every detail covered. The tour guide Ugur was terrific and the car and driver were great. I will be looking forward to working with you for any future clients I have interested in Turkey.
Thank you again,"
R.L., Cruise Planners, Coral Springs, FL, October, 2015
"We're back in Istanbul after a fantastic tour with Hasan, our guide extraordinaire. He's knowledgeable, congenial, witty, curious and flexible. We also enjoyed our traveling companions, M.A. and J.
I'm happy that we spent an extra day relaxing in Sirince, as we really needed a slow paced day after the busy activity filled days of touring. However, I never felt rushed or overwhelmed with Hasan at the helm.
Hasan met us upon our return to Istanbul and spent a couple of hours helping us plan our few days here. He's tremendously helpful with tips and suggestions. Also, Tomtom Suites is an excellent and comfortable base for the rest of our stay.
All the best,"
V. Y., San Francisco, CA, October, 2015
"I wanted to thank you for arranging such a fantastic tour of Istanbul with a really knowledgeable and personable guide. This trip reminds me why one needs to rely upon a travel agent who specializes in one area rather than those agencies who think they know everyplace. CTCTurkey is definitely the expert to use for anyone planning a trip to Turkey. We could not have asked for a more experienced, knowledgeable or accommodating team. And the transportation accommodations were superb.
Once again thank you. I will definitely recommend you to our friends."
B.W. & M.W., Washington, DC, September, 2015
"When Nazli learned that we liked original art, she took us by the home of an artist that she had recently met. We fell in love with her works and bought two. Having a guide like Nazli went well beyond our expectations. She was flexible, listened to our wants, tolerated our exhaustion, and was creative. All of that on top of her obvious depth of knowledge of the area made for a perfect trip."
B.W., Arlington, V, September, 2015
"Rudi definitely made the trip the great success that it was. We all felt that we had hit the jackpot having him as our guide for the entire trip. His command of English and his sense of humor were exceptional. We were constantly amazed by his incredible knowledge of history and religion. He was always enthusiastic and pleasurable to be with. Every day he went out of his way to make our visits to the sites more meaningful. Wherever we went, we were reminded by other guides and people he knew that we had the best guide in Turkey and we heartily agreed. He was always prompt and ready to go. We cannot say enough great things about him. He even played the "saz" for us whenever we had quiet times together. If we get to go back to Turkey, we sincerely hope that Rudi would be our guide."
B.W. & J.W., Toronto, ON, Canada, September, 2015
"Hasan was the most eager, informed, passionate for knowledge, personal, sensitive, generous guide in every way. A real superstar!"
T.L., Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder, CO, September, 2015
"Having a guide like Nazli went well beyond our expectations. She was flexible, listened to our wants, tolerated our exhaustion, and was creative. All of that on top of her obvious depth of knowledge of the area made for a perfect trip. If not for Nazli, we would not be enjoying these pieces in our home.
Thank you again CTC Travel."
M.W. & B.W., Washington, DC, September, 2015
"Hi Mary, M. and I had an absolutely wonderful trip. We were glad we decided to spend a full 5 days in Istanbul. We walked the main roads and back streets; took the tram whenever we could; took the Funicular twice; took several ferry trips across and along theBosphorus; visited the Prince Islands and saw all the sights.
The Celal Sultan hotel was great - would choose to stay there if I went back. The breakfasts were "over the top" and served from 8 AM to 11:30 AM - very convenient. Rooms were clean and fresh and the hotel staff very good.
Our tour guide, Nazlý was wonderful - very pleasant, helpful, knew lots of history. She gave us her cell phone to call if we needed her on the days we were on our own - and we did call her. She also was indefatigable - she easily outdid M. and me on that score. She took us to a wonderful restaurant near the Galata Bridge. Flight to Ismir was uneventful.
Alcati was so picturesque - we loved it. M.'s friends met us there and stayed in a nearby hotel - they linked up with us for the Ephesus tour. Ilknur our Ephesus guide, was very good and I was extremely impressed with her depth of knowledge - she gave us so much history that my head was spinning (in a good way). She took us to a local farm/orchard for lunch where we ate fresh figs and other good food in a beautiful country-like setting. The Alcati Tas was "the best" - hope to go back there one day. Beautifully restored and decorated - rooms charming - staff excellent. All our pick ups and drop offs were timely - we have only good things to say. It was a great trip and Michelle and I want to thank you for arranging it for us.
C.S. New York, NY, August, 2015
"Recommendation for great resource for Turkey!!!"
Hi, I had clients arriving in Istanbul yesterday to meet a Celebrity Cruise that was overnighting in port. I had arranged for their transfers and some tours in Istanbul with Mary Bai at CTC Turkey. On Friday night, Celebrity decided that for security reasons to depart from Istanbul early and not overnight in port. They notified my clients (but not me or our agency) that the ship would be departing at 8pm and everyone Should be onboard by 6pm.
My clients were delayed in Newark for 6 hours and missed their connecting flight to Istanbul, but were re-accommodated on Turkish Air thru Munich arriving in Istanbul at 6:20pm. It was doubtful that they would arrive at the ship in time. Celebrity said "too bad..so sad, they will have to get to Izmir the next stop on August 26th. Because they did not get their air thru Celebrity.
Fortunately Mary Bai was on top of everything and had already sent someone to the airport for the original flight and was making arrangements to pick them up when they arrived at 6:20pm. She also worked up a back-up plan with a hotel in Istanbul, tours, flight to Izmir, hotel there and transfer to the ship, JUST IN CASE.
Celebrity did end up moving the time they were to be on the ship to 8pm – but even that was a risk. Fortunately, the driver was on the ready to help with the luggage and got them to the ship on time.
So I would really like to recommend Mary Bai with CTC Turkey. She is in Boston, so you can talk to her in person which is really helpful. She works with DANYTUR in Turkey. I have used her for many clients and am so happy. She sends a great itinerary and is very prompt in paying commission (10%)."
J. P., CTC Luxury Travel Advisor, Newark, N.J., August, 2015
"I have clients scheduled to do a pre-cruise in Istanbul and thanks to Judy's recommendation, I am using Mary Bai at CTC. She seems very efficient and knowledgeable and her prices are quite reasonable. I have received very nice looking documents a week of confirming the arrangements."
F. CTC Luxury Travel Advisor, Newark, N.J., August, 2015
"Gulden was exceptional with us! Really tailored information based on our interests. Loved her!"
E.V., San Jose, CA, August, 2015
"We completely enjoyed our time in Turkey and probably would move there if we could!! (..and my Turkish was a lot better). It was also a real treat having all our hotels picked and reserved by someone else and along with that the driving and highlights to do each day. I'm usually the one that has to figure all that out and it was really nice to have it done for me and on top of it have such lovely places to stay each night. We loved the scenery, the history, the culture and the people! I went for a run almost every day and in other parts of the world this can draw a few comments or strange looks, but that didn't ever happen. Wear what you want (within reason of course), eat when you want (it was Ramadan when we were there) and buy a bottle of wine almost anywhere. I also wanted to make a special comment about Nisanyan Houses in Sirence. This place was so lovely and unique! But mostly I wanted to say my husband especially loved it. When we walked in the door he felt like he was back at his grandparents place in the north of Iran. I loved the narrow little streets, the goats on the corner and the hillside roads too. I would totally recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Turkey! Thanks again."
K.A., Calgary, B.C. Canada, June, 2015
"Ali was an excellent guide and a wonderful person. He was a delight to spend time with!"
N.F., Baltimore, MD, March, 2015
“Thank you for organizing and planning a wonderful trip. It was perfect and stress-free. Each day it seemed as if we had several extraordinary experiences. Hasan is a great guide. He could answer questions about architecture, history, religion, archeology, culture, politics, etc. But beyond that, his love of people was apparent. Everywhere we went Hasan seemed to know someone, and because of this we had very special exchanges with local people. We would be happy to recommend your travel services to anyone who might be considering a trip to Turkey.”
C.S. & H.S.,Boulder, CO , April, 2014
“Wonderful trip! Loved the guides, the food, the sights, the arrangements. First rate!
E.S., Boston, MA , September, 2014
“The pace was perfect. Having the free days allowed everyone to do their own thing. We were always busy but never rushed.”
C.M., Belle Mead, NJ , July, 2014
“Gulden was lovely in every way. Interesting, friendly, patient, flexible. Top notch guide!”
C.W.,Ithaca, NY , September 2014
“Ali was amazing. Such a nice guy, and really great with the kids. Super knowledgeable about Turkey!”
L.S.,Atherton, CA , June 2014
“I cannot thank you enough for the work you put into planning this perfect vacation. The guide (Nazli) was outstanding; she adjusted the tour to my client’s pace and was extremely informative and knowledgeable. Their only regret was that it was over so soon. They commented that Venice was anti-climactic after the outstanding tour and hotel in Istanbul. I will always use CTCTurkey for my independent travel in Turkey and Greece. Thank you for all you did for my clients. It was a joy to work with you.”
G.W., Travel Agent , Avoya Travel , Miami, FL , May 2014
“Wow- what a fantastic time our group had in Istanbul! Hasan and Ali were superb guides - both groups could not stop singing their praises! Hotels were in perfect locations and the staff were extremely accommodating. I absolutely loved Istanbul and hope I can go back next year to explore more of the city!”
J.R., Marathon Tours & Travel , Boston, MA , November, 2014
“Onder is a gem--we love him already! He picked us up and came with us to the dinner at Cappadocia Home Cooking. And the cooking class and dinner were so much fun--delicious meal and such a warm welcoming family. The Kayakapi Premium Caves Hotel is lovely--big rooms, gracious staff, and beautiful view.”
J.N., Peapack, NJ , October, 2014
“Wow, we feel royal here as our guide, Gulden, helps us avoid the tremendous lines. She is an excellent guide with fluent English, incredible knowledge of history, and a keen awareness of the shorter way to arrive. I commend CTC for finding her. The Celal Sultan hotel is in an ideal location with easy walks to most of the big attractions.”
F.J. & P.J.,Somerville, AL, May 2014
The rhythm of each day was delightful…totally relaxing but with swim stops, small port stops, etc. to make each day interesting and different…
S.W. & J.W., June 2013
Loved Hasan…personable, extremely knowledgeable, interesting. (Highlights): Topkapi Palace…unexpected eatery finds…views from Galata Tower at sunrise, hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, swimming in the Mediterranean…Perge…interior restoration at Ephesus…
L.M., June 2013
Amazing guide! Managed to keep interest of everyone…2 teens and a parent! Very knowledgeable, knows how to bring history alive! I was blown away by Istanbul and by the Turkish people. Can’t wait to go back next year!
J.W., July 2013
Nejat should be declared a national treasure!!! Cannot say enough good things about him…anything and everything with Tec was wonderful!
N.R., May 2013
Ali Ihsan was superb! He connected with the group (all university students) immediately and was incredibly generous and attentive throughout the trip. He often went above and beyond to ensure everyone was happy...our driver Ali was terrific! Besides the ancient sites like Aphrodisias, Perge and Ephesus, I loved stops in small places like Sirince and Kas, and the hike in Rose Valley was a big favorite among my students.
F.D., May 2013
Sezai was terrific! Besides being very knowledgeable, he was caring, professional and very funny. A wonderful person and guide…all was wonderful…you did a terrific job and I and I am sure the rest of the group will recommend…
C.A. , May 2013
Sezai was fabulous. Funny, caring, willing to answer all questions and very knowledgeable…really made the trip great.
M.C. S., May 2013
Ridvan is knowledgeable, passionate, warm, great with children and has excellent demeanour. Enthusiastic, flexible and experienced. We would use him again and recommend him to friends and family. Special mention should be given to our driver, Behcet, who had the most pleasant demeanour and was very professional. Itinerary nicely paced and yet covered quite a bit. Well put together.
F.R., January 2013
Our trip to Turkey was amazing! We especially loved Cappadocia and the “Argos Cappadocia” was one of the most amazing hotels we have stayed in. Absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to any travelers….so happy we did the Gulet boat charter for the day, it was definitely a highlight of our trip and a great way to end our vacation! Thanks for all of your help with coordinating another vacation full of great memories.
L.J., Phoenix, June 2013
Gulden (our guide) was knowledgeable, attentive to our needs, patient and a delight to be with. Drivers were very competent and we always felt safe. Vehicles were very comfortable.
L.K. & F. Z., April 2013
We had a wonderful tour and are enjoying it even more in writing my trip journal and in assembling the almost 3000 photographs. Turkey is a special country. It is rich in history, both natural and human, and its cultural history amazing. We learned, from you, how important Turkey is…we have recommended this trip to several of our friends.
H.V. & J.V., November 2013
David and I thought this was one of the best vacations we have had (and we have travelled a lot). Everything from all the flights, airports, transfers, hotel rooms, guides, lack of crowds when touring, restaurant recommendations, meals, even the weather was great, and the hot air balloon ride was a real highlight. We truly had a trip that more than met our expectations. We found Cappadocia a magical place.
J.N. & D.M., September 2013
We have 12 very happy travelers who have all arrived home safe and sound and ready to come back! Every one enjoyed the trip and all have found a very special spot in their hearts for Turkey. Thank you for arranging a wonderful trip that included exposure to history, culture, and relaxation! Cengiz did a masterful job keeping us all happy and engaged with his comments and attention to our interests.
Some highlights included the beautiful yacht for our Bosphorus cruise, the overnight in Assos, lunch at Zeytinbagi, the Marmara in Bodrum, dancing to gypsy music after visiting Pergamon and Asclepion, and a very special visit to Cengiz's house to meet his wife. (We were all very touched by the kindness of the invitation and it meant a lot to the group.)
Thank you very much for your attention to detail and for making this experience one we will all remember for a lifetime.
To summarize, we had a fabulous time, because (a) Turkey is a wonderful and interesting place, and (b) Cemil Bezmen really couldn't have been more knowledgeable, solicitous, flexible, enthusiastic, organized and pleasant.
Just a few examples - we asked if we could go see Kariye (church), which wasn’t on the schedule. He re-arranged…even though he had little advance notice or ability to prepare. We threw him another curve ball by asking if we could go swimming…at the end of the Bodrum peninsula - 10 seconds of thought and he figured out how he could re-arrange things.
Our driver, Musa, was very nice as well, always on-time and reliable.
EVERYTHING has been top-shelf. The dinner last night here in Antalya topped it all. The gulet overall was a great experience…and they all just loved that Turquoise Coast…loved the ride from Fethiye to Antalya yesterday too…
and for sure Hasan …THE BEST. AND thank him for me for sending the violin player last night, a very generous and nice addition to a full moon…
Course I don't think Fethiye will ever be the same with our Pirate Parade into town for the fish dinner…Georgette took over and the Parade into that place and while we were there…I haven't laughed that hard in a very long time.
R.K., September 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you for organizing such an amazing experience for us in Istanbul. Everything from the hotel to the tour itinerary was great. And most importantly, Gulden our guide was fantastic. She managed to satisfy everyone's needs. We are definitely planning to return next summer to experience more of Turkey.
J.U., August 2013
We want to congratulate our guide Cengiz Zorel, we went all through Turkey
with him, and we learned a lot. He is a great person and a marvelous guide.
M.F.C., June 2013
I am just back in Canada following my students' 3-week study tour course which went very well overall, even if I am now exhausted from all the travel and stresses related to looking after them while overseas! …I wanted to send you a note to thank you for your part in ensuring we had such a wonderful experience, and in particular to let you know how terrific Ali Ihsan was a guide.
When I asked Mary in the early stages of planning the trip if it would be possible to pair our group with a younger guide who might be more compatible with my students, I could not have anticipated that we
would end up with someone who was such a perfect fit. From the first day in Istanbul it was clear to me that Ali and my students would get along well and they connected right away; the fact that many of the
students were so emotional upon saying goodbye on their last day back in Istanbul shows what an impact Ali had on them, not to mention their comments and recollections in the journals I asked them to keep throughout the trip. He is a superb guide: extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled at conveying the right amount of information for the audience and the time frame available; compassionate (as I saw
firsthand due to lots of sick students needing trips to the pharmacy); more generous of heart than most people I know; funny; supremely organized; flexible and accommodating in making changes necessary for the group's needs, weather, etc.
As a scholar, I am grateful to have had someone who is so passionate about teaching and learning. He kindly -- and voluntarily -- listened to most of my students' presentations (30 in total!)…Ali also shared much with my students about Turkish history and culture (music, food, Islam) in a way that was accessible to them and easy to absorb…
I am certain that this trip would have been far more stressful without Ali who took care of so many things, resolving problems or issues as soon as they arose, and often going out of his way to make sure our trip was special whether it was adding in a hike through Rose Valley or letting us meet his family in Antalya (complete with homemade borek!). He is, I think, a unique individual in the true sense of the
word, a person who is one-of-a-kind and as a result has left my students with many beautiful memories of Turkey and I hope a willingness to travel again and embrace other cultures and new experiences.
We thank you for all you did to make us fall in love with your gorgeous city! We loved every minute in Istanbul. A magnificent place in every way: the people, the history, the culture, the arts, the sights, the geography, the cuisine... I have told several people that I would happily live there. It's my kind of place! We had a great culinary walking tour with Istanbul and at things we would have never eaten on our own, including stuffed mussels, tantuni, lahmacun, etc. Delicious!
Kate, May 2013
The trip to Turkey was great. Excellent guide in Cappadocia. Balloon trip AMAZING!!!!! We skipped the pottery in Cappadocia and added a carpet tour…we purchased carpets and they were delivered in good order last week. If Dick buys any more carpets, he will need to buy another house. Food was all great and MDC was terrific, even got a lesson in making Turkish pancakes, as did Dick, much to the amusement ofthe staff as no Turkish man would ever make a pancake.
Now we have to add Turkey to our go back to list......
“Our trip was more than we had hoped it would be. Everything was so well arranged for us. All we had to do was show up! Our Izmir guide Nejat was incredibly knowledgeable and turned our visit to Ephesus into a time-travel experience. He made everything come to life for us in an extraordinary way – something we will never forget. He has the energy of a teenager and his enthusiasm was infectious. A true specialist. To sum up, we loved it and will revisit again. Kudos to you and CTC -- a great job."
J.C. & G.C, New York, NY
“Vicki (our tour guide) was amazing and attentive. “read” us very well and went out of her way to show us the sights – we even attended (as early guests), a feast for 1,000, and also viewed rugs being washed in a creek; Vicki made our trip! The highlights of my trip was knowing there would be a few unexpected delights each day!"
G.W. & J.W., Ottawa, Ontario
“The highlights of my trip were impromptu stops – 1) tasting melons at a roadside stand – 2) talking with a Kurdish family doing washing in a local stream 3) eating an impromptu lunch with villagers who were preparing for an evening feast. They insisted we eat some of their food and were so friendly."
S.G., Toronto, ON
“We regard Hasan as not only an outstanding guide but a very personal friend. Marvelous trip! Fascinating country!”
E.E. & F.E., Sequim, WA
“Guide in Cappadocia, Antalya was by far the best. Cengiz needs to be acknowledged for his wonderful attitude, services and dedication to making our trip wonderful.”
R.A. & K.A., New York, NY
“Our tour guide, Nazli was the best guide we have ever had!! We had a great day.”
D.A., Prattville, AL
“Vicki, our tour guide, found and showed us fascinating aspects of village life as we motored along the roadways.”
J.R., Pittsburgh, PA
“Have already recommended CTC to friends/colleagues. Each guide was excellent and professional/courteous. Very knowledgeable and informative. Cappadocia was amazing. Istanbul was incredible. Bodrum was relaxing.”
J.F. & E.T., Brooklyn, NY
“Mary Bai was so helpful in every way. She always responded quickly with answers and made all changes we wanted. I wish she could handle all our trips. Wonderful!! Only problem – it ended too soon.”
C.D., New York, NY
“Turkish Air inter-country was fantastic and on time!”
M.S., Fitchburg, WI
“I just wanted to send a thank you note for your help with this trip – all the accommodations were wonderful and the local office staff and guides were great!
I will definitely recommend your services to anyone who I meet that is planning to visit Turkey. Thanks!
J.G., Redmond, WA
“Nazli (tour guide) is fantastic. She was aware of times that might be crowded and changed the order so that our time spent waiting was minimal. All our guides were wonderful (as were the drivers), but Nazli is very special! Great itinerary. Busy, but not overwhelmed. Very well paced although this might be due to the great guides we had.”
R.F., Fitchburg, WI
“Loved Turkish Air! Our guide Behar was outstanding!!”
M.D., New York, NY
“I could tell from the first email Mary sent us that she really understood what we wanted and she set out to provide it. Ridvan out of Fethiye was excellent. He tailored everything to the kids, he gave us just enough information, he joined in just enough and then left us to it. He really was a great guide. The highlights of the trip were the private boat charter out of Fethiye, hot air balloon ride in Cappadoccia, trip out of Daylan to see the turtles on the beach (and the crabs we ate on the boat on the way back!)”
“Everything went according to the information package – a great/stressless trip.”
“Cemil (our guide) was fantastic – prompt, caring of our welfare. He even walked us into the airport on our way out of Istanbul.”
J.E., Fort Washington, PA
“Both of us have trouble walking fast. Tek (our guide) went at a speed we both could keep up with and he gave us options as to what we wanted to do. Greatly appreciated. I had done a lot of research Ephesus, and Tek managed to give us new information. CTC Turkey and Nejat did a wonderful job with our tour, and I would recommend everyone take this!”
F.R. & R.R, Menden, CT
“Tek (our guide) – excellent historian, wonderful communicator, very accommodating, most gracious gentleman.”
F.Z. & R.Z., Meriden, CT
“Thanks for the great work! We highly recommend your services. Hasan (our guide) was a delight!!”
N.J. & J.J, Ontario, Canada
“We could not have imagined a more informed, thoughtful, and gracious guide. You executed each day perfectly, optimized the schedule, and accommodated each of our needs and countless special requests with care. You treated us like your extended family, certainly not like a job. We particularly appreciate the special care and fun times you planned for our teenage daughter. You made learning history and culture fun for her (and us). Your personal touch with each hotel, restaurant, site, boat, and driver made each of them also treat us with special care. Glad to be a reference for future travelers.”
A.C. & R.L., Palos Verdes, CA
“We had an absolute lovely time and were well taken care of. Everything was perfect from pick up to drop off. We plan to come back and sail the coast. Happy to recommend CTC to anyone. Thanks for all your help along the way.”
R.L. & N.L., San Francisco, CA
“We felt very spoiled on this yacht (Estinti). Impeccable boat crew worked hard to keep everything spotless, itinerary was well paced. Wish we had more days on the yacht.”
R.L. & A.L., Palos Verdes, CA
“My first time on a gulet (Yuce Bay) – I was blown away with how relaxing the cruise was. Beautiful coasts and friendly folks.”
S.W., Grants Pass, OR
“Our guide Gulden was outstanding and our time with her was especially memorable.”
B.L. & H.L, Palo Alto, CA
“Our tour guide, Rudy, was very upbeat and fun to be with. His knowledge was so vast that it added extra punch to the tour.”
E.B., Santa Rosa, CA
The accommodations were great and my husband is picky because he travels so much for work. Zekiye was wonderful and made our trip even more enjoyable. She allowed us to experience local hospitality in each region in people’s homes which was really special. Honestly, everything was a highlight. My husband’s favorite days were our first night at anchor on Yuce Bay when we hiked up to the ancient Lycian tombs above us, then hiked up to the ancient city of Lydia the next morning. I just wanted to say that, as a family, we travel often overseas and we all agree that this was one of our best trips ever. Our kids wholeheartedly agree. Every region that we visited was spectacularly beautiful and historically rich. My husband and I planned this trip to celebrate our 20th anniversary with our kids and we are so glad that we did. Simply incredible.”
C. W. Wayland, Massachusetts
“Nejat, our guide was very professional. He had so much information and delivered it all in a manner that made the 1st century A.D. seem current and relevant. The itinerary hit all the most important sites yet allowed flexibility for mixing the visits according to whim so it still felt relaxed and leisurely. ”
J. D. Princeton, New Jersey
“The highlights of the trip were too numerous to mention! The gulet experience was fabulous. The joy and fun of relaxing on a beautiful yacht with an excellent and very attentive crew. Amazing vistas, food, and tranquility of being on the Mediterranean and exploring its secluded coves, especially at sunset.”
J. H. Clearwater, Florida
"CTCTurkey was perfect for us. I found the company through someone's review on Trip Advisor. CTC handled our tour requests flawlessly, even as we made several changes during the days before the trip. We had a private guide for the entire trip, along with a private van and driver. Believe it or not, the price for four people traveling together in this manner was very reasonable! CTCTurkey has my highest recommendation, and you should request Gulden as a guide if you possibly can - although I hear that all of their guides are excellent."
S.S. Waynesboro, Virginia
“Nazli was a joy – so helpful and accommodating, knowledgeable, funny, candid and personable, organized, thoughtful and friendly. Turkish Airlines were great – both internationally and internally - comfort, food and service were all superior to other airlines. Really enjoyed our hotels – some locations were magical”
C.H. Mill Valley, California
“Wow, what a holiday! Honestly everything was perfect. Wonderful locations, great guides, excellent hotels, incredible weather and everything ran like clockwork.”
F.V. Aukland, NEW ZEALAND
“This was our first private tour. It is definitely the way to travel. With our guide Ali, the experience for us was over the top. His knowledge of the old and new Turkey is commendable, we learned so much about each. The timing and pace he set for each day were just right.”
M.M. Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
“I couldn’t imagine a better guide than Ali. He was perfect in every respect – knowledgeable, flexible, sensitive to our needs, helpful, delightful. Thank you for choosing him for us. Our teenagers really loved the trip – it was the perfect blend of ruins, swimming, shopping, etc. The weather, people, food – all wonderful!”
D.N. Winnetka, Illinois
“Zekiye was an excellent guide. She made sure we were happy and met every need! Her knowledge and communication were excellent.”
B.M. New York, New York
“We really enjoyed traveling with Hasan. He has a wonderful personality, very professional, but also very friendly and personable. He accommodated all of our requests and was able to modify our itinerary on the fly when necessary. He introduced us to local people and had great recommendations for restaurants. Also, he knew how to get into places without getting stuck in long lines.”
G.A. Morristown, New Jersey
“Rudi was an excellent guide. Flexible and open to any topic or request.”
D.R. Columbia, Maryland
“The arrangements, tour and tour guide were all the very best. We all thoroughly enjoyed the entire CTC experience!”
W.B. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
“Hasan was an exceptional guide. He not only had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of history, art, culture as well as modern events, but he was able to explain so much in an engaging yet intelligent manner. We felt as if we had completed a college course – but a riveting one!
W.D. & M.G. Portland, Oregon
“Ali is an exceptional guide who made a good tour excellent”.
J.C. Trail, BC, CANADA
“We had a marvelous trip from the minute we arrived at the airport to the end when we have to leave on the ferry to Rhodes. Rudy (Ridvan) the guide that was with us the whole time was fantastic. He made our trip into something that we will never forget. He was always there for us and went over and above our expectations. He was funny, helpful and very knowledgeable in history and architecture. He spoke great English. He took us to places that we would never imagine we would go to. We ate in restaurants that were local. We want to thank you and CTC Turkey for making this a very memorable and enjoyable trip. It was truly the trip of a life time!”
D. G., Boca Raton, Fl.
“We all had a wonderful family vacation shared with our guide who was unbelievably always on top of things for the day regarding special requests and working around diversities in the group. Thank you for arranging a beautiful memory!”
M. G., Venice, Ca
“We enjoyed all of it! The history, architecture, food and people were all wonderful. The gulet was a beautiful boat, the crew gracious, the chef talented, and the blue waters of Turkey’s coast beyond description! Our guides, hotels, drivers and meals were all a pleasure. Thank you again for your services! We hope to go back someday!”
D. A., Boulder, Colorado
" The people of Turkey along with amazing mix of cultures and rich history made this the best trip we’ve taken. The guides became like friends. They were very knowledgeable, gracious and hospitable, loved their country and wanted guests to know and love it "
" All our guides were excellent in every way. They adapted itineraries when appropriate, based on crowds, our interests, etc., which we appreciated "
" The itinerary exceeded our expectations and we couldn’t be more pleased. Hasan was an outstanding Tour Guide and was loaded with information. Truthfully, the highlight of our trip was Hasan. He was our Turkish treasure "
Dr. S. G.
" Our guide Ridvan (Rudi) was astonishingly knowledgeable about history and culture, extremely bright and had superb communication and (most important) people skills. Best tour guide we have ever had in any country. "
Dr. & Mrs. R.B.
Turkey was fabulous and your guides made it special! We now have a new favorite country – can’t wait to go back and explore more of this special place. Atilla was an excellent guide – very knowledgeable and personable. Couldn’t have been better!
S.S., Atlanta, GA
Amazing, memorable trip from our first internet contact to drop off for return home at airport. Incredible value – don’t know how you do it! We have been spoiled for all future trips! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
B.L., West Orange, N.J.
I want to give my tour of Istanbul a 12 out of 10 on all aspects. Hasan was wonderful. He is one of the best tour guides I have ever had. I would highly recommend Hasan for North American tourists. He is has a real talent for making people feel comfortable and welcome to this fantastic city - which we hope to visit again one day!
E.W., Toronto, Ontario
We just got back and settled from our trip and I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful it was. We thought every day was perfect and then the next day proved even better. Hasan was beyond fantastic. I cannot imagine what the trip would have been if he had not been with us. I learned so much more about the country and its people through him and appreciate Turkey and its culture so much more than had I been on my own or even with a large tour group plus I would never have pushed myself to do those hikes and they were wonderful. I doubt many tourists get to have tea at a shepard's house or see most of the views that we could from the tops of those mountains. I could go on for hours raving about this vacation (and I have to anyone here who will listen) but mainly, I just wanted to thank you for a once in a lifetime experience.
C.B., Santa Ana, CA
Typically, I am the one that handles the majority of the planning on big trips and am usually exhausted before we ever get going. Knowing nothing about Turkey, we left all the details up to CTC and the payoff could not have been better! It really was a once in a lifetime exceptional trip. Our guide, Hasan, really made the trip. The gulet cruise was another real highlight. The crew went out of their way to ensure we had a great time. The food was delicious – each meal was better than the last. I just can’t say enough great things about the entire trip – start to finish, it was incredible!
V.N.,Newport Beach, CA
We very much loved both tours that you set up for us. It was a real joy to be with Ooz! He seems to be quite briallant with a matching personality. His knowledge and enthusiasm of everywhere we went were more than excellent. Mary, we liked him so much that we wish he could have been at every stop our ship made so that he could have been our guide! We have already given your information out to some friends and would highly recommend you and your company to anyone that would ask!! In our experience (we have now been to 99 countries), the way you communicate with the client, the ways that you pay attention to detail, the guides that you employ, the itineraries that you use, the kindness & patience that you have when the client wants to tailor the trip, and many more attributes certainly stand you far apart from the common agencies that are in business. We just wish that you went to all of the other places that my husband and I still need to experience!
Thank you, again, for everything!
J.M. & D.M., Clearwater, FL
“My wife and I just returned from a fantastic trip to Istanbul…. Our private CTC guide was a huge part of why the trip was so enjoyable. Hasan is amazing: not only does he meet the basic needs (reliable, personable, excellent English, knows the city) but he also brings several very special things to the mix. We covered an astounding amount of territory in our three days with him, including a huge proportion of the must-see “tourist stuff” but also many wonderful off-the-beaten-path places that we never would’ve found on our own. But we never felt rushed, never felt as though we had some hyper-drive agenda to stick to. And on our last day, he took it upon himself to take us, that evening (long after his day with us was finished) to the incredible pedestrian street in Beyoglu where it seems as though the entire population of Istanbul goes every night. Left us at one of the best restaurants in the area while he was at it (360)—but not before showing us exactly where to go to get a cab back to our hotel. We didn’t ask him to do any of this; he just did it, on his own, and we’re SO glad he did. Thanks to him, and thus indirectly to you, our trip to Istanbul was one of the most memorable we’ve ever taken. And as Jennifer at Travel Gallery may have told you, we’ve taken many trips in the past few years, and we’re not the easiest folks to please!”
R.R., Charlotte, NC
“Your company and our guide Zikye made Istanbul and Ephesus wonderful experiences. Of five other tours on our cruise, yours was not only the most informative but also the best value. Thanks for a great holiday!
W.K., Charlotte, NC
“I am writing to tell you what a FANTASTIC job you did for my clients Goldberg…… From the initial contact with you, to the wonderful client presentation papers to the actual tour, everything was wonderful. I also received that exact comment from the clients. What is our goal? To make the clients happy----and you did just that. I look forward to working with you again.”
P.S. “I wish I could use your services in other countries”.
Coral Gables, FL
“Our excursions in Istanbul and Kusadasi were excellent. Ali was our guide. He was great and very accommodating to our vast age range of family members. He imparted his wide range of historical knowledge to those of us fascinated by the history, made it interesting for the kids and was kind and patient with the elder members of the family. He and the drivers were very efficient in making the best use of our limited time in each city. I will look forward to booking your services in Turkey for my clients in the future.”
C.B., Travel Agent
Fort Lauderdale, FL June, 2006
“Ahmet was great. He showed off the city in a very personal way rather than taking generic tourist paths.
B.H. , Los Angeles, CA
“At 9am on a Sunday morning we asked our guide if it would be possible to cancel our 2nd night in Pamukkale and add an extra night at the Kismet Hotel. By 5pm, we were settled into two delightful rooms at the Kismet. Typical of the way we were treated in Turkey – a truly memorable trip!”
B.A., Vancouver, B.C.
“Gokhan was wonderful. We could not have dreamed of a more qualified, knowledgeable or charming guide. Really, everything was beyond our expectations.”
J.L., New York, NY
“Perfect. I could redo the trip exactly as it was and not change a thing. Every day was excellent.”
S.F., Palisades Park, N.J.
“Our guide Ali was a key to the overall great time that we had. He was knowledgeable, very accommodating and proactive in finding interesting things to do. Would request him for next visit!”
L.T., Fort Myers, FL