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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
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  • 9 26-12-15

    Sigrid Schweitzer

    Goed georganiseerde wandelreis door een schitterend gebied. Vakkundige gids die erg veel wist en de wandelingen aanpaste aan de omstandigheden.

  • 6

    Enjoyable and relaxing winter walking

    This was an enjoyable and relaxing trip of gentle winter walking. We didn't do any shoe shoeing as there wasn't enough snow, despite it being very cold, but did some enjoyable walking. The culture and history was interesting and the food brilliant, and there was plenty of bird life in the mountains which those in the group who enjoyed bird watching very much enjoyed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We did a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia one morning as an optional activity which was brilliant and well worth the money and worth getting up early for. The views were stunning and pilot very helpful and informative and impressively managed to land us directly on the trailer of the minibus!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very knowledgeable about Turkey including its history and culture, geology and birds. He gave us a lot of help in restaurants to decide what to order. Some of his explanations were quite lengthy, such as the 1hr briefing on the first morning, and though we had great fun, at times was a little too focused on trip information and safety when walking rather than the group relaxing and having fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The option balloon ride in Cappedocia was brilliant and i highly recommend it. Take plenty of warm clothes for this and for your information it costs 150 euro if you pay cash and 160 euro if you pay by card.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As walking is quicker and easier than show shoeing our guide lengthened and changed a number of the standard routes, but even then they were generally shorter than the distances advertised in the trip notes, particularly those in Cappadocia which i did find frustratingly short (particularly our last day in Cappadocia when our walk was only 3Km long!). This is very easy walking and I was surprised it was a grade 3 having done the Iceland walking trip (also grade 3)

  • 8

    Turkish winter walking ( shorts and sunscreen required!)

    3 days of walking and sight-seeing in Capadocia, followed by 3 days in rural mountain village. Lots of interesting things to see in Capadocia, and we made the most of the unseasonable warm weather (18 deg C, which meant there was NO snow!). and then 3 very different days of walking ( one alpine plateau, one canyon walk, and one forest/valley walk) in the Taurus mountains in a very cosy mountain hostel where we were the only guests!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last day of snow-showing in 'Apple Valley'. This walk had been postponed from earlier in the week due to heavy rain, but on the last walking day of our tour, the walking route was gleaming with fresh white snow, and the views of the forest valley and mountain panorama in the sunshine were a truly memorable way to end our walking tour.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tolga - very knowledgeable and experienced and passionate about mountains activities, bird watching, Turkish food and turkish culture. He seemed very keen to transmit positive views and experiences of Turkey and Turkish people to everyone in our group. He worked very hard to balance different expectations of group members, and also to re-adjust holiday logistics due to lack of snow / hotel overbooking and transport issues

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    read the holiday notes carefully - they are a v good description of the accommodation, activities and equipment required, but you do need to read them and understand them! Bring layers of clothing (rather than just 1 v warm mountain / cold weather gear), and check the weather reports before leaving. some people in our group suffered as they had no lighter clothing suitabel for walking in 18 deg C.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really enjoyed my trip - it was surprisingly varied, and we packed a lot into the 3 days in Capadocia. These were somewhat more sightseeing, than snow-shoeing, due to the weather conditions, but just as enjoyable. Do visit Turkey - the people were all very hospitable (especially as tourism has diminished due to recent political events) and everyone seemed genuinely touched that we had chosen to visit their country. Food was great (varied and copious!), and the scenery and culture very diverse.

  • 10

    A marvellous cultural and scenic experience

    The trip is titled snow shoeing in Turkey but owing to the effects of global warming (?) there was no snow around Cappadocia for the first few days. Not that this deterred our guide, Tulga, who was exceptionally thorough, professional and well prepared. He had a Plan B for every eventuality and hence we had a most rewarding time walking, exploring and learning about the stunning region and rock chimneys. On to the Taurus mountains where we really did have snow and it made for some quite spectacular walking and scenery. A lovely unspoilt locale and we were so privileged to be able to visit it. The expeditions were reasonably demanding and hence rewarding; neither was the activity of snowshoeing unduly technical. With respect to the organisation, accommodation and food I have already commented on the exceptionally detailed organisation. Accommodation was mediocre in Goreme; better in the mountains with a wonderful climbing hut for communal eating and socialising; and finished off with a rather idiosyncratic but very comfortable hotel in Kyseri. Food was plentiful and wholesome; booze expensive relative to the food - but that probably reflects the lesser importance of alcohol in this part of Turkey. In summary, a quite wonderful holiday experience enhanced by the most congenial company of fellow travellers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The second day in the mountains was blessed with good snow, brilliant scenery and great weather.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tulga was tip-top. That is probably already clear from my earlier remarks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some people take gaiters which can be helpful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Turkey

    Turkey is a country of beautiful scenery and fascinating culture and this trip combines both in a full programme of walks and snow shoeing in two contrasting areas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The areas complement each other so that there are many highlights, including waking to see the rock formations in Goreme and snowshoeing in fresh deep snow along canyons in the Taurus mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tolga was a very knowledgable guide with an obvious pride in the history of Turkey and an intimate knowledge of the areas in which we both walked and snowshoed. He was also keen to introduce us to Turkish cuisine and his priorities were our satisfaction with all aspects of the trip and our safety.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for all weather conditions as we had 3 days walking in Cappadocia because of lack of snow but then 3 days of good fresh snow in the Taurus mountains so lots of layers are important. Turkey has lots to offer and the days will be full whatever the snow conditions.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Two holidays in one!

    This was a really interesting and enjoyable trip - the fact that there was (very unusually, we understand) no snow in Cappadocia did not detract at all from the stunning scenery there and we had plenty of snow when we got to the mountains, so had the best of both worlds.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waking up on the first morning in Goreme, having arrived in the dark the evening before, and looking out of the window to see all the hot-air balloons slowly rising into the air over the "fairy chimneys"... The unbelievable variety of rock formations in all colours - each valley we walked through was different A magical walk through pristine new snow up a valley in the Taurus mountains that made us all think we had arrived in Narnia... Visiting the ancient underground city

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tolga took the measure of our group very well - just the right amount of well-judged teasing! He is a mine of information about his country and clearly enjoys showing others around it. Extremely well-organised!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you haven't been to Turkey before (or even if you have) just go!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The accommodation in the Taurus mountains is much more comfortable than a "mountain hut" - rooms are spacious and warm and en-suite.

  • 6

    A lovely walk but a holiday that needs some work!

    Cappadocia is beautiful! Even though there was no snow there which meant we went walking rather than snowshoeing, the lack of the white stuff did not diminish this magical place. The group were great and the food and lodging in the mountains specifically, hearty and comfortable. There were issues with thia holiday though which i have written exodus about and which have been addressed already which is very commendable and i would say that with the changes proposed and running this trip a bit later in the winter season (jan, feb, march) may help in actually havig snow in both locations which will permit actual moderate snowshoeing instead of quite challenging terrain we encountered

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of the fairy chimneys and cappadocia national park from the top of Ichisar

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ozzy was very nice but did not interact a lot with the group. His english was not very good which meant his clearly extensive knowledge of the area got lost in translation as we simply did not undertand half of what he said. More seriously, when in the taurus mountains it became clear he has little or no mountain leading experience which got us into some very hairy situations on day 1 and which resulted in me not going along on day 2 because i did not trust he knew what he was doing

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring enough cash and enjoy the beauty of this place!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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