Amazing Trip to Istanbul with Berat from Trail Travel through KimKim
Turkey | Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2022

Gigi Z.
Jollyville, TX | Reviewed on Oct 30, 2022

I used Berat with Trail Travel through KimKim for my trip to Istanbul. I have to say, from start to finish, they were incredibly responsive! They arranged, with my feedback, for some thoughtful excursions and my guide, Ibrahim, was so knowledgeable. If you can request him I strongly suggest you do so. I learned so much about the Turkish culture from him as well as hitting some amazing restaurants and he is an incredibly lovely man. Ladies, be sure to take a scarf to wear in the mosques, we should be respectful of this long-standing religions beliefs. The mosques were breathtaking, the bazaars very interesting but be careful when buying and don't overpay! The largest cistern Ibrahim took me too was out of this world beautiful, he has great connections! The hamam that Berat arranged was a memorable experience. You will be naked so be prepared for this but it was so relaxing and I highly recommend it! Overall, Berat and her team made this a trip to remember. I usually do not revisit a place twice but I might make an exception for Istanbul. ❤️❤️❤️. Thank you, Berat and Ibrahim, for your amazing service and assistance!

Hotel Review
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

This is a humble hotel but the location is great. However, what really makes it special are the people. They truly care that you have a great stay while here. It was my birthday when I visited and the staff worked with my family to have a cake brought to my room where they sang Happy don't see this kind of thoughtfulness just anywhere. The daily breakfast is also fantastic. I highly recommend this hotel in Istanbul!

Authenticity & Character
The staff make this stay a unique and lovely experience.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Turkish Bath and Spa at Hürrem Sultan Hammam
Turkish Bath and Spa at Hürrem Sultan Hammam

Wow, this is the best way to sum it up. The experience here was like nothing else. You will be naked so keep this in mind but if you prefer not to remove the wrap you can wear a swimsuit. Just note, everyone else will be naked. They are very good about be respectful so don't worry. You must experience this! You will leave feeling relaxed and pampered. Do not leave Istanbul without this experience!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Berat Ornek
Berat Ornek
Local specialist in Turkey | Replied on Oct 31, 2022

Dear Gigi,

We are so happy you had a positive experience during your trip to Istanbul! It was a real pleasure to have designed the trip with you and glad to hear you'll be willing to come back again.

Thanks so much for the feedback and your spot-on suggestions for future travelers, we hope to see you here again soon.

All best regards from Trail Travel team,