11 days in Istanbul and Cappadocia
Turkey | Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2023

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Natalya T.
Rockville, MD | Reviewed on Oct 29, 2023

Our trip to Turkey was the first time we used KimKim and we were not disappointed by this experience.
Our contact was Berat and she was very helpful both during planning stage of our trip, as well as during the time we were traveling in Turkey, when she was always on top of communicating details of all our transfers and changes in itinerary. All logistics was taken care of and everything went very smoothly.
In Istanbul our guide Erdem was very friendly and knowledgeable, he was very attentive to our interests and was able to navigate through crowded places in the most efficient way. Despite the crowds in some most touristy sites he made it possible for us to visit all of them. He gave us many good suggestions for our last "free" day in Istanbul and recommended some wonderful restaurants to eat which we will never found on our own.
Irfan, our guide in Cappadocia, was also knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information. We realized that our planned itinerary included less hikes than we hoped to have in Cappadocia, so we asked to add visit and hike in Ihlara valley to our itinerary. This was done after coordination with Berat and that experience was one of the best in our trip.

Hotel Reviews
Recital Hotel
Istanbul

Recital hotel is conveniently located in the center of the historical part of Istanbul. Room was somewhat dated, but had very nice view from the balcony. There is also a rooftop terrace with nice view but no service there. There were big groups staying in the hotel and it was rather noisy in the evening. Good breakfast. Friendly staff.

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Kale Konak Hotel

We really liked this small hotel. It has the best location in Uchishar and a lot of character. Wonderful breakfast and very friendly and helpful staff. Room was rather small, but there are many nice seating areas available in the hotel.

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Activity Reviews
Eminönü Heritage Tour: Explore the Historical Bazaars and Ottoman Architectural Sites of Istanbul
Eminönü Heritage Tour: Explore the Historical Bazaars and Ottoman Architectural Sites of Istanbul
İstanbul

It was interesting to see this busy place.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Discover Byzantine + Ottoman Istanbul
Discover Byzantine + Ottoman Istanbul
İstanbul

It was great to explore these amazing sites with our guide Erdem. He made it possible to see all the major places despite the crowds, he gave us a lot of historical facts and stories.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Explore the historical + modern hub: Taksim, Pera and Beyond
Explore the historical + modern hub: Taksim, Pera and Beyond
İstanbul

Unfortunately several places we were supposed to visit were closed for different reasons. The views from Galata tour were worth standing in line.

Quality of Experience
as several places were closed for some unknown reason it would be nice to have some other activities planed for this day
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
it was interesting to experience tram and funicular rides
Crossing between Continents: Explore Kadıköy and Moda
Crossing between Continents: Explore Kadıköy and Moda
İstanbul

It was beautiful day and crossing on a ferry boat was enjoyable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Erdem showed us small neighborhood streets where locals live and told us a lot about every day life in Turkey. He brought us to a nice open air cafe overlooking Bosphorus for turkish coffee.
Transport
Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise
Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise
Cappadocia

This is an amazing experience. It was one of the reasons we wanted to go to Cappadoccia and it did not disappointed.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Visiting Göreme Open Air Museum (UNESCO World Heritage)
Visiting Göreme Open Air Museum (UNESCO World Heritage)
Cappadocia

It is very crowded but our guide Irfun was able to navigate us around crowds, gave us a lot of hiostorical information but also time to explore.

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Sightseeing Around Uçhisar and Discovering the Cappadocian Valleys
Sightseeing Around Uçhisar and Discovering the Cappadocian Valleys
Cappadocia
Kaymaklı Underground City
Kaymaklı Underground City
Cappadocia
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Soğanlı Valley
Soğanlı Valley
Turkey
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
we. had wonderful driver for 3 days.
Local specialist: Berat Ornek
Berat
Berat Ornek
Local specialist in Turkey | Replied on Nov 06, 2023

Dear Natalya,
Thanks so much for your review - we deeply appreciate it! We are happy to hear you had a great trip in Turkey. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
All best regards on behalf of Trail Travel team,
Berat