Go Turkey tour with Chora Travel
We contacted many travel agents from home for quotes and itineraries and decided on Chora Travel who gave us a quote with a total package with no hidden costs. They were prompt and efficient with their responses. The whole trip was perfectly executed as our journey was tailored for us only. Overall the local tour guides were very informative and passionate, the bus drivers were prompt and efficient, accommodation was of a very high standard, the meals were buffet and the range of food was more than adequate and the numbers on the tours were small, sometimes just the 3 of us.
We started our journey from Istanbul, picked up from the hotel for the 5 hour journey to Gallipoli. On arrival had lunch then the tour started, Dardenelles, Brighton Beach ,Anzac cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair then were taken to Canakkale by ferry to accommodation. Breakfast inc.
Day 2 Troy and Pergamum Tour
Visited the Acropolis, the Steepest theatre of the ancient world, Temple of Trojan, the library, Aslepion, the ancient medical, centre, the oldest known hospital in the world, then driven to Kudadasi to our hotel. All meals inc
Day 3 Ephesus tour
Ephesus ruins, temple of Artemis and Hadrian, Celsius library and also visit the house of the Virgin Mary. Returned to hotel in Kudadasi. All meals inc
Day 4 Pamukkale tour
After a 3 hour drive we stopped at a little lake, not on itinerary ,then went to the roman health spa of Hierapolis where we spent the afternoon enjoying the hot spas. Taken to our hotel which was the Herakles Hotel which was a total,health resort. Inclusive was the thermal pool , saunas, jacuzzi all fabulous after all the touring. Also don't forget to take a walk thru the town which is very small but a height of activity of market type stalls and shops. No harassment and the prices were local. Loved it. All meals in inc
Day 5 Pamukkale to Antalya
Taken to the local bus station for a trip to Antayla. Very mountainous journey, snacks and drinks provided, tv monitor with movies and games etc. picked up in Antayla and taken to accom, breakfast inc. tour. Ends .Hotel took us to the airport 45 lira.
As everything was all inclusive the only financial outlay was a dinner in Cannakkale and our last day in Antayla which was our part of the journey. Total cost was euro 520 per person which included 5 nights, 2 were 2 rooms and 3 were triple rooms.
Kelly, Lyn & Rachel (Melbourne, Australia).
Don't miss Cappadocia on your trip to Turkey
I travelled to Istanbul in April but booked my Cappadocia day trip in February. From February to April, while booking the trip and anytime I had a question, I emailed Nejo who owns Chora Travel, and he responded to my questions directly and immediately so I was confident this would be a great trip and I was right.
First of all, my husband and I booked the private one day tour to Cappadocia from Istanbul. Nejo made all the arrangements including private transfers to and from the airport, the flights to and from Keysari (the airport closest to Cappadocia), as well as the private guide for the day. To our great surprise, Nejo himself was our private guide and it made the day so special. Nejo is from Cappadocia and to have his perspective of this beautiful city made this tour even more wonderful.
To really see all that Cappadocia has to offer in one day is difficult so I recommend if you have the time, make it a two day trip and stay in one of the cave hotels overnight. If you don't have the time to do two days (we didn't), don't shy away from it, just be prepared for a full day but don't miss it. It's well worth the time and money.
Cappadocia is a fascinating and beautiful place. Nejo was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. He went out of his way to show us everything possible - the Goreme Open Air Museum, the underground city, Pasabag, and beautiful points in between. Nejo has friends all over the area so we were able to see special sights off the beaten path and have an authentic Turkish lunch at a place you would never know to choose if you were on your own. Nejo did take us to a pottery place (again, one of his friends) at the end of the day but we didn't feel any pressure, it was really interesting and we did end up buying a piece because each piece was unique and beautiful.
This was a highlight of our trip and Nejo was fantastic! Don't miss Cappadocia on your trip to Turkey and don't miss planning your experience with Chora Travel, you won't regret it!
Andrea - San Diego CA
Best travel agency
This is an absolutely fantastic tour agency and Nejo is an amazing, world-class travel organizer. My family and I decided to take a nine-day trip to Turkey but wanted to spend some time in various cities across the country (Instanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Izmir, and Pamukkale). After some preliminary research, I came upon this company based on its reviews on Trip Advisor. The reviews were stellar and deservedly so. I emailed the company to see what they might advise and they responded immediately. The company -- and Nejo, in particular -- was a dream to work with on our trip. They were incredibly responsive, resourceful, and patient with our shifting schedules, interests, and preferences. They even came to our hotel in Istanbul the day we landed to provide us our in-country orientation with all the tickets and vouchers and answer our questions. And despite adding on trips and requests in-country (all via email as we didn't get a cell phone), Nejo and his team always responded with the highest standards of customer service. We highly recommend this company to anyone who would like to travel in Turkey. Very reasonable pricing (especially relative to other travel companies) and amazing service!!!
Turkey was my dream trip
I was travelling solo to Turkey and on recommendation found Chora Travel. I only had a few precious days to make the most of my trip from Dubai to Turkey before heading home to Toronto Canada. Yusuf put an itinerary together for me - a spectacular private tour of Istanbul with must see attractions such as Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Aya Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkai Palace and the Harum Eunuchs . Burak was an amazing & knowledgable guide. Yusuf arranged all my hotels and transfers from various airports and arranged air travel to Cappadokya for 2 days including balloon ride. Absolutely stunning and unforgetable especially staying at the Vineyard Cave Hotel. A must stay with Hassan (cave man) in Gerome. I saw the fairy chimmenies and underground cities. My Cappadokya trip was topped off with an unforgetable winter Hot Air Balloon ride before heading home. After 4 days in Turkey and over 2200 photos, the trip was nothing short of breath taking. Yusuf was absolutely amazing, on top of everything making this a worry free dream trip for me. I cannot thank Yusuf, Engin enough for all their efforts. I will be planning my next visit to Turkey shortly and it has to be with Yusuf at Chora Travel in Istanbul. My humble thanks to you and your team! Lana
Thank you Chora for a wonderful vacation
i DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN! We booked this trip a few months prior to arriving in Istanbul. Our contact was NEJO. The email communication between us was exceptional. Whenever we had a question, and these things come up, we would email and get an immediate response. That was comforting in that we were taking a trip to an unknown country.
Our trip was to fly to Istanbul at our expense. After that, CHORA took over. We had the first day to ourselves, Day 2 with a full day Bosphorus Cruise tour with lunch and other sites. The cruise, no matter which company you book, is but a few hours, but informative, Back to the hotel at 5pm. Day 3 was a wlking tour of Istanbul, Day 4 we flew to tour Cappadocia, two-day north and south tour, then flying to Izmir for a Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour(s), then Ephesus. Fly back to Istanbul, Day 9 on our own: the Spice Market & Grand Bazaar for souveniers.
HERE ARE THE IMPORTANT DETAILS: When we arrived at Istanbul, AND at IZmur, and KaDASKI AIRPORTS, THE DRIVERS WERE WAITING FOR US AND HAD OUR NAMES ON THE SIGNS. all HOTELS WERE BOOKED AS WE AGREED, The hotels had fantastic breakfasts, all lunches were above par (mostly big buffets), the tours were 1st class, hotel pickups were as promised to get to the sirports, We were able to review the hotels via TripAdvisor first and they were just as promised. The optional tours were more than expected! When we arrived at our 1st hotel, the Chora representative met us there and got the balance of $$ owed via credit card.
Overall, we had NO negative events, which is almost unheard of for multiple hotels, multiple flights, multiple transfers, multiple tours and meals, etc etc. Eveything was on-time and as agreed. Thank you Chora for a wonderful vacation, fantastic memories, and what a beautiful country!!!!
Cappadocia Day trip
My adult daughter and I used Chora Travel to set up a day trip to Cappadocia. I arranged this trip while still in the U.S. with Nejo, who was quick to answer all of my emails no matter what time I sent them.
We were picked up right at 5 a.m. at our hotel and transported to the Istanbul airport for our 1-hour flight on Turkish Airlines to Cappadocia. [Nejo sent me the airline vouchers by email which were needed at the airport & don't forget your passport.]
Once we landed in the Cappadocia area, we were greeted by driver Nevzat from Shah Mat Travel (Chora's sister travel company). Since we were only there for a day, we had to choose either North or South Cappadocia (we went to the North). Really fascinating area - lots of picture opportunities! We were in a group of only 7, which was nice, and we had a very knowledgeable tour guide, Zuhal.
Being in my 60's, some of the terrain was pretty steep. Driver Nevzat was fabulous in helping me get up and down the hilly areas and I was very grateful for his help! 5 stars for him!!!
I'd suggest going to Cappadocia for 2 days (lots of hotels in the area) if you have the time so you can see the whole area, but the one day trip worked out well for us, even though it made for a very long day.
It's really great to have Nevzat as our driver in our cappadocia trip. He went beyond his duties and went with us on hikes to explore different routes and always ready with an offer to take professional looking pictures for us.
On one occasion, he was supposed to drop the tour group off at the rose valley for an hour hike down and wait for us at the end of the valley. I was pleasantly surprised that he trekked uphill and met us halfway to continue the journey with us. He also made an effort to cheer me and my husband up when the hot air ballon trip got cancelled. And it did made my cappadocia trip memorable with a great and genuine guy like Nevzat. He looks a bit like George Clooney by the way.
Turkey trip my most wonderful and memorable vacation
I was a little skeptical about planning a trip from a travel agency that is unfamiliar to me. I read the feedbacks from Chora Travel's site and decided to give them a try.
Mr Yusuf Ozen was our Travel Consultant. He sent me all the vouchers, and gave me information about our hotels. Upon meeting us in our Istanbul hotel, he gave me a picture of our complete vacation.
I have always booked my vacations through the travel agencies in Malaysia and most of the journey was by bus, and the hotels were mostly far away from the spotlights of the attractions. I was pleasantly surprised that my booking included flight tickets and a short bus journey and the hotels that we were booked were convenient for us to walk around and explore the city or town even at night.
All in all, the tour guide and drivers were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They made us want to go back to Turkey again.
Special mention to the people in Freeman Hotel for accommodating our needs especially when we arrived at 9am at the hotel. They also showed us all the interesting places to walk around and the traditional markets.
Thank you Mr Yusuf for making our vacation a memorable one and for accommodating our needs. I highly recommend Chora Travel to anyone who wants to visit Turkey. I have been recommending all my friends to engage them if Turkey is the country they wish to visit.
Great Turkey trip
I would like to extend my gratitude to Ms Nil Yilmaz for her excellence and commitment to going above and beyond, and providing exceptional travel consultation. Nil and her amazing team at Chora Travel truly makes sure their customers are taken care of no matter what, and regardless of time of day.
We booked a 9-day package covering Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya, and Cappadocia. Part of what drew me was the intimate group size; it allows the freedom to move around and engage with the guides and surroundings. And as another reviewer mentioned, it is about as close as you can come to independent travelling while at the same time having someone take care of all of the arrangements. From the outset, Nil was patient, quick to respond, and pro-active with suggestions.
Six days into the trip, we faced a travel blunder. And by "travel blunder", I mean I committed the ultimate rookie mistake of losing my wallet abroad. After checking into the hotel in Cappadocia - which is really lovely by the way - I had an awful realization that my wallet was four hundred over miles away at Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Nil was my hero - she was professional and ultimately saved the trip (and my sanity) by making genuine efforts to resolve the issue.
I believe it was past business hours, but Nil took it upon herself to contact the relevant persons and provided regular updates on the status. She even rescheduled the balloon tour that was about to take place in the crack of dawn. Thankfully, my cash-strapped state was only temporary as Nil brought good news the following morning. This allowed me to put my anxieties to rest and enjoy the remainder of my trip.
The excellent customer service did not end there. Shah Mat Travel, Chora's partner agency in Cappadocia, was informed by Nil of my predicament and kindly offered assistance if I found myself in financial difficulty. And though we were initially booked to fly out to Atatürk Airport, Nil re-booked our flights back to Sabiha Gökçen airport so I could retrieve my wallet - and at no additional cost!
Thank you so much Nil for arranging our trip to your beautiful country. My friend and I had a fantastic time - we did and saw so much and we now have a treasure trove of special memories.
We will surely recommend Chora Travel
Dear Burc and everyone at Chora Travel. Thank you very much for organizing a great trip for us. Burak our guide has been amazing. The picture speaks for itself. We are another addition to the list of your happy and satisfied guests. Thank you Burc for your help. We will surely recommend Chora Travel to our other friends who will visit Turkey in the future and for sure we will be back. All the best from Doha.
We had a great tour,learnt al lot about turkey and its history
I will recommend Turkey and Chora Travel to anyone
Hello Yusuf, Many thanks for a wonderful trip to a wonderful country. In each location, Chora Travel provided excellent accommodations, expert tour guides, and just the right amount of planned activities versus free time. You made it very easy to get to know Turkey and its warm people, its fabulous food, its extraordinary beauty, and its rich history. I will recommend Turkey and Chora Travel to anyone who wants a great adventure.
thanks Yusef & his team for making our trip to Turkey so memorable
We would like to thank Yusef & his team for making our trip to Turkey so memorable. The tour was well organised and the staff were reliable and courteous. We had no problems during our holiday and the guides were very helpful and considerate. We have spoken to our friends in Australia of your good work and hope to return to Turkey and again make arrangments with Yusef & his team. Many thnaks to all
always remember hiking with you in Cappadocia region
Hi Nejo, Sorry for the delay in writing to you. We have settled back into our routine after a wonderful tour of Turkey thanks to the organization of you and Chora Travel. Thanks too to Yusuf for helping to organize and to Barak for a lively and informative tour of Istanbul. We loved it all and will always remember hiking with you in Cappadocia region. I am attaching a photo from that day. Hope all is well and hope we meet again,
fabulous holiday in Turkey
Hi Yusuf, We are back home after a fabulous holiday in Turkey. Wish the holiday was longer !! Got busy with work and couldnt write to you earlier. Turkey... what a great country! The country has so much of history, heritage and culture. Each of the places we visited were so different from the other - From the vibrant Istanbul to Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys and underground city to the sun and surf of Antalya beaches to the natural calcium formations in Pamakkule to the ruins of Ephesus - we experienced the different flavors of Turkey and enjoyed them all. And there is so much more to see and experience in your beautiful country that we will certainly make another trip some time in the future. A special mention about the people of Turkey, who are so warm and helppful and we thoroughtly enjoyed the Turkish and Ottoman cuisines. Yusuf, I sincerely thank you for making all our arrangements and ensuring we had a wonderful trip. Yes, we exchanged a lot of e-mails before the trip but it was worth it and I was particularly impressed by your speed of action. We will always cherish the wonderful memories of our Turkey trip. Once again, thank you very much for organising everything and will certainly recommend Turkey and Yusuf of Chora Travels to all our friends and relatives. You are doing a great job in organising trips and promoting Turkey to other countries. I decided to go ahead with Chora Travels to a great extent after reading the testimonials and I can say I am happy with my decision. We were looking forward to meeting you before our departure but were not able to do so. Do let us know when you plan to come to India. Kind regards,
fantastic time on Turkey Travel
Hi Nejo! So Mark and I are back in Singapore and just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help in organizing our trip. It was wonderful. We had a fantastic time. It was great to get to meet you and have you as our guide in Cappadocia, and the guides we had on the rest of our tours were great as well. The hotels were wonderful, as were all the the restaurants and food. Everything went so smoothly too, there were no problems at all. We just love Turkey, and can't wait until we can come back. Its a fantastic country, and we want to see more of it. We'll be in touch. Thanks again!
We traveled western and central Turkey
We traveled western and central Turkey for 2 weeks in March, just before the start of the high season, all booked through Chora Travel. We had researched and contacted other agencies, but Yusuf was the only agent who consistently stayed in touch, even when we were slow to make decisions. He was friendly, accommodating, answered all our questions with a sincere interest in creating a wonderful experience with us. And it was so wonderful! Went over and above our expectations, and we fell in love with Turkey. The combination of friendly and knowledgeable guides and personalized day tours, bus travel through the Turkish countryside, reasonably priced accommodations in wonderful historic districts, and the highly important English-speaking assistance from drivers and guides to make sure we met our travel connections made the trip unforgettable. This was our first trip to Turkey; we were inexperienced with a of travel service but learned to relax and go with the flow, appreciate the culture, people and beauty of Turkey. We highly recommend Chora for the novice or experienced traveler, and can't wait to return to see new sights!
unforgettable trip to Turkey,
Hey Yusuf, Just wanted to say a big thanks to you and your colleagues for organising our unforgettable trip to Turkey, especially Cappadocia and Kusadasi. The way everything was organised from the time we landed till the time we departed for Dubai. Everything was way beyond our expectations We will surely return one day to explore other parts of Turkey especially Antalya and we will be sure to get in touch with you to organise the travels for us. We wish you, your colleagues and your families the very best in the New Year and we wish you all a very healthy, happy and prosperous furture. God Bless!
I recommend Chora travel to anyone visiting Turkey
My wife and I had a marvellous tour of legendary places in Turkey. Our driver, Engin, drove us safely from Istanbul to Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, and Pamukkale finishing up in Antalya. We flew back to Istanbul to stay overnight before flying out the next day. Chora had arranged a transfer to the airport the next day and to our surprise Engin arrived to take us to the airport, he had driven back form Antalya overnight. The whole experience with Chora went without a hitch. The hotels were good and Engin was a willing and helpful companion finding some interesting places to eat and see. We had initially stayed in a hotel in Istanbul which I booked myself. It was lousy and Yousef, of Chora Travel, found us another much better hotel to stay until we went on tour. I recommend Chora travel to anyone visiting Turkey
Maureen and John - Australia
Turkey tour with Nejo October 2014
Firstly, We want to thank Nejo for all he did to make our time in Turkey such a positive, flawless and unforgettable experience. We are hoping someday he will come to Canada and we can do the same for him! Our trip with our dear friends Nile and Janice to Turkey was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. We spent 15 days with Nejo. He was our driver and guide for most of our time in Turkey and he was responsible for making it the excellent time it was. We travelled with him from Istanbul to Gallipoli, down the coast to Kusodasi and on to Fethiya, we spent 3 days/nights on a gullet then continued to Cappadocia . We did not have to concern ourselves with making arrangements, booking tickets, hotel reservations or even deciding restaurant choices. Nejo graciously did it all! He was always courteous, prompt and extremely helpful. All of the excursions were timely, interesting and well organized. We learned so much about the culture of Turkey through our time visiting and eating traditional ethnic dishes ( off the beaten track) with Nejo. Not only was he our guide, he became our friend! All of the guides we met were reliable, friendly and professional. While in Istanbul we had the pleasure of having Oslem as our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and did an excellent job of explaining the history of Turkey while visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagis Sophia, Topkapi Palace and other places within the area of our walking tour. We were also able to avoid the long lines with her as our guide. At Gallipoli, Hassan our guide did a wonderful job of sharing his knowledge of the events that took place during WW1 at these memorial sites. Sardar, our guide at Ephesus was the best story teller I have heard. His passion for mythology and teaching was very apparent through his stories as we toured the beautiful ruins of Ephesus. Nejo demonstrated his love of his homeland of Cappadocia while visiting the Underground City, Open Air Museum and the many unique rock formations. He willingly answered all of our questions about the culture and traditions of Turkey. If you are considering a trip to Turkey, my recommendation is to contact Nejo. He will respond immediately and you can go from there. You will not regret it!
Very Responsive and Professional Tour Company
I just returned from a 1 day tour of Istanbul and a 5 day tour to Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus organized by Chora Travel and happy to say that they did a fantastic job! When I initially started to look into tours there were a thousand and one tour companies and I had no idea which one to use so I went with Chora Travel who had a number of excellent reviews. I'm glad I did!! They were very responsive to my questions (responded well within 24 hours) and provided helpful suggestions to make my trip more efficient and effective. everything ran like clockwork - the drivers showed up on time, the tour guides were knowledgeable and fluent in English, the accommodations were top notch (they even upgraded me free of charge when the standard room was not available) and switched to a nicer hotel when my initial choice was not available. They also let a couple of friends who were with me in Istanbul ride to the airport free of charge! I highly recommend Chora Travel. They are honest, reasonably priced, straight forward, truly concern about you having an amazing trip and highly response. Nejo (owner) is amazing and very response. Thanks so much for an amazing time in Turkey - it is greatly appreciated
Visited August 2014