Here are some reviews from our past travellers to Turkey. For more details on each tour, simply click on the tour image.
Having returned from our trip, we'd like to share some of our thoughts and feedback regarding the Christmas Turkey Tour with On the Go.
This was our first tour experience together and were not certain what to expect. The full itinerary was enticing and we were intrigued by Turkish culture and Anatolian history, but had no familiarity with the format or standards of tour guides and tour groups.
After nearly two weeks with our traveling group, I have to say my wife and I have walked away from the experience thoroughly impressed by our tour guide and driver. Recep was incredibly knowledgeable and shared his knowledge with eloquence and humor. He was accommodating and gracious, happily amending the itinerary for the requests of our small group without impacting our overall timeline and subjecting any of the tour members to unwanted inconveniences.
We visited many historical sites with Recep and always walked away with far more fascinating history than we could retain. His lectures were always filled with interesting tidbits and there were no questions of relevance that Recep could not answer. We were a curious group with many questions as well and Recep was patient with each of our questions.
Above all, Recep was very warm and friendly. This was a personal touch that made our trip incredibly memorable. His approach helped set the tone of our group dynamics and we all walked away with new friends spread around the world. I believe this is what truly separates our On the Go tour experience from all other options. We are extremely happy and very grateful to have had Recep as our tour guide.
Even with limited English, our driver Yusuf was funny, endearing, and very helpful. He was ALWAYS on time, but usually early so we were always able to rely on his presence. Yusuf did an excellent job in navigating us through difficult mountain passes and rough Istanbul traffic with speed and safety above all. We were never lost and always made it to our destinations diligently and with surprising punctuality. The bus was always clean and reliable and we never had to be concerned about missing a bag. He did not say so, but I believe Yusuf had learned to recognize each of our bags and had a count of how many belonged to the group. Sometimes he would hand our bags specifically to the owners, knowing which bag belonged to whom. Yusuf was a reassuring presence throughout the tour and we could not have asked for a better driver. Again, please extend our heartfelt gratitude to Yusuf.
We found this tour to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable tours that we have ever taken. Our guide Recep was wonderful in balancing information and levity so that we were always enjoying ourselves whether in the van or on the ground. Also, the driver Yusef was absolutely the best and very personable. We could not have asked for a better team than Recep and Yusef. Whenever we are asked about this trip in the future we will always add that besides the amazing places we visited we were blessed to have one of the best tour guides who not only made the trip memorable but also made it personal. Please acknowledge Recep for his fine work as I am sure the other 8 members of the group will do so also. I can't imagine taking a tour in Turkey and not having Recep as my guide. Thanks On The Go for another fabulous tour and thanks Recep for making our trip to Turkey a memory that will last a lifetime.”
I just wanted to write to express my gratitude for the incredible tour I recently completed with On the Go in Turkey. I was a member of the 2015 Christmas Turkey group and while I was already excited to do the tour based simply on my own knowledge and the description in the brochure, the reality far exceeded my expectations.
To begin with the tour arrangements and route were well chosen and provided a fantastic opportunity for us to see the incredible variety of landscapes, cultures and historical influences which shape the Turkish identity. The timing of each visit allowed for us to gain a good sense of each place while also enabling a wide range of locations and sites to be covered.
Our driver Yussef was great. He was reliable, very steady and friendly and made the travelling aspects of the trip stress free. He was also commendably attentive to details such as knowing who belonged to which backpack when it came time to unload the bus at the end of each journey.
Finally, and perhaps one of the most significant factors which contributed to the experience was our tour guide: Recep Aydin. Recep was knowledgable not only about the sites we visited (and on those his understanding and ability to explain was second to none), but also about Turkish culture, politics and history and he really went above and beyond to address any question members of the group had. He was organised and very efficient, ensuring the smooth running of the tour, but whilst doing all of this he was also able to create a sense of calm, relaxation and time for us to explore sites at our leisure. Recep was able to facilitate quite a diverse group of people on the tour, fostering positive relationships and a really lovely sense of connection between the members of the group, making it feel like a group of friends travelling together rather than strangers.
I have travelled on organised tours before and would happily say that this experience was far superior to those. I would enthusiastically recommend both Turkey and On the Go to others and in particular, owe much of my positive experience to both the structure of the tour itself, but also to our wonderful tour guide, Recep.