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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
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Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
8.7 15 beoordelingen
  • 8

    Turkish delight

    It was a good trip - pleasant Turkish town and walks that were enjoyable without being too demanding. Hotel was fairly spartan but the staff were both friendly and helpful (as were the Exodus tour guides). I didn't have a problem with the hotel apart from the mosque being close by and having my sleep disturbed by the calling to prayer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the kayaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    "Too Good" as we called him was friendly and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some ear plugs (unless you like the sound of being called to prayer pre-5am) and don't allow yourself to be distracted by an attractive woman blowing hot and cold (i.e. concentrate on the walking if you can).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    A thoroughly enjoyable holiday

    This was my first Exodus holiday and my first solo holiday. The programme was just what I hoped with interesting walks, some visits to ancient sites and sea kayaking. The scenery and weather were fantastic and the food was very good. Our group of 14 people got on well together and the hard work of the guide made sure we were very well looked after.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without doubt the sea kayaking. The two of us were complete novices but after an embarrassing start we managed well and felt safe with 2 guides to help us and a support boat nearby. Paddling over the sunken city was a great experience and then on to the small village where we had an excellent buffet lunch and climbed up to the castle. Another memorable occasion was our visit to the ancient city of Arykanda where the enthusiastic local guide showed us round and then took us to his house where his wife had prepared a lovely buffet lunch mainly from their own produce including cheese and yoghurt from their goats.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Turget was a brilliant guide. He genuinely seemed to want us all to have a great holiday and worked hard to ensure that we did. He communicated really well, had an excellent knowledge of the area and I feel I learnt a lot about the country and people. He listened to us and was flexible and changed things if necessary. We felt safe at all times and appreciated the way he found interesting restaurants for us in the evening and made individual arrangements on request.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a few steep sections and for some people, the crossing of the bridge on the aqueduct could be scary. Poles are useful. Rooms near the breakfast room and stairs can be noisy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Oreo hotel looks very pretty from outside and has a good swimming pool and outside bar. However the dining room needs an update along with the bedrooms. The showers leaked and had a lot of black mould around the tray. The bed was comfortable, air con worked well and breakfast was perfectly OK. Hyri worked very hard all day looking after guests and was always very pleasant and efficient. A large party of young people staying there made it feel like a hostel rather than a hotel.

  • 6

    Turquoise? Yep; that could fit.

    The walking was generally gentle & the weather really good. It's stony underfoot & occasionally claustrophobic walking along narrow paths, but the views are truly different from those to be experienced in England.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Any number of views towards the coast & the countryside in general provides a "change is as good as a rest" experience anyway. The great weather was a real plus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was really good - patient; good English; experienced. 11 out of 10 for him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The hotel is spartan & not really good enough for people who are well past the backpacking stage. The holiday would have been much worse if the weather had been less welcoming. Changing money in restaurants - when you're going to eat there - gives a much better exchange rate than that obtainable through big hotels, banks or ATMs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The people in the hotel were really friendly, but the accommodation is not up to scratch, I'm afraid.

  • 8

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    Great holiday, moderate activity, lovely group and fantastic scenery!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This was my first solo adventure and I was a bit worried about what I was getting myself into! My fears were put to rest very early however as the group was lovely and the scenery amazing. The most inspirational moment for me was actually booking it, but the scenery we saw on our walks were awe-inspiring too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was called Zep and she was lovely, funny, friendly and always happy to help.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Our hotel was very basic but clean, but I would advise that single travellers pay the supplement for their own room as it would have been a bit awkward to have shared I think. Be prepared for a couple of hours walking a day, usually between 7 and 12km per day, but nothing too hard. Do not attempt if you are a bit unure on your feet or have virtigo as some of the walks are very narrow on cliff paths and very high up!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The notes say you will only need around 200 lira for the holiday, but that will only cover your food as the trip includes B&B only.

  • 8

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    A great choice for a last grab of sunshine before entering the English winter. Beautiful scenery, undemanding walks, great food and surprisingly good wine (Turkish wine was a revelation).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to decide between the spectacular coastal views and my first trial dive, where I saw a green turtle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Deynep was close to perfect. She had a bubbly enthusiastic nature and became a friend to all of us. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    Good, relaxing, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable.  Less energetic than other "moderate" walking holidays I have been on.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wonderful visit to Arykanda - I'm not generally a "ruins" person, but this was really fascinating.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First class.  He was knowledgeable, well organised, pleasant company and showed interest and concern for all in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although daytime temperatures were warm, evenings can get quite cool (mid-October), and some people found that they had not taken enough warm clothing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Having been on several "moderate" walking holiday, I found that the walks on this one were shorter and tracks easier.  This did not detract from an excellent holiday.

  • 8

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    An excellent well balanced holiday with a mixture of walking, culture and fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Lycian remains were fascinating and well preserved even though they are many centuries old.  Finding that I was part of a really great group of people again.  This was my second Exodus trip and I was a little concerned that the lovely group I met last year may have been a 'one off'.  My fellow travellers on both trips were from a wide range of ages and backgrounds but we all got on very well together and everyone seemed to have great fun.  I certainly did!  I had never visited Turkey before but would love to go back sometime - great food, lovely people and stunning scenery.  Kas is a really nice town, aimed at tourists but certainly not overly touristy.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dave was good fun and knowledgeable about the area and its history and was able to point us in the direction of several lovely restaurants in Kas.  Although not Turkish he was clearly part of the community in Kas and the surrounding area having lived there for several years. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect a luxurious hotel!  The accomodation was basic if adequate for our needs but it would have been enhanced with a better supply of hot water.  It is very disappointing to come back hot and sweaty from a day's activity and find that you are only able to get a trickle of water that was rarely more than lukewarm.  Having said that the staff were very nice and the hotel was clean with a nice swimming pool.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had a great time and found the mix of walking and other activities to be just right.  I wasn't sure that the grading was quite right though.  This trip is graded 'Moderate' while the holiday I did last year at the Amalfi Coast (TDA) was graded 'Leisurely/Moderate'.  I felt the grades should have been the other way round as I found this trip was much easier and less strenuous than Amalfi.

  • 10

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    This holiday had everything! Sea, sun, walking, culture,good food and a great guide.  We didn't een get round to paragliding, or the Turkish bath.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sea kayaking past the sunken city of Kerkova and seeing all the steps leading to nowhere. For me, seeing St Nicholas' baslica at Demre meant a lot, as I am interested by Turkey's Byzantine past. a lot of which has been destroyed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Strong, passionate about Turkey, good with all sorts of people and considerate of the less good walkers.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bear in mind that the walking can be along narrow edges with drops, which would be scary if you had vertigo.  Otherwise, it's a good mixture of walking and looking at ruins so if that appeals, go for it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel was covered with bougainvillea and you got petals on your balcony.  Local people were friendly, you don't get hassled, and the shops were colourful and amazing.  I should have bought so many Christmas presents!  Worth not packing too much and squeezing a rug in when you go home, as there are so many to choose from.

  • 10

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    This is a very well thought out short safari tour. If you can onl get away for a week then this should be on your list of tours to do. The focus of the tour being on predators, cubs and kills takes it to a higher level than a normal safari.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the cheetah mother with 6 cubs, given a close run by the topi birth

    What did you think of your group leader?

    At lot has already been said about Paul Goldstein on the reviews. I'll just add that if you can find anybody better at this job than him then I'll be very surprised.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a smaller top loading camera bag for usage in the land cruisers as camera rucksacs can be a bit fiddly. and watch out for the booby trapped camp stool .....

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a full on safari. The location is fantastic as is the camp and all of the camp staff. The drivers deserve medals for the hard work they put in.  There's a reason that this holiday is booked out 12 months in advance and that is because quality always sells.

  • 8

    Turquoise Coast

    Our group was a mixture of couples and singles .we appreciated our guide taking us to his choice of restaurantsin the evenings ,and apart from One we had excellent service . The supper and boat trip on last evening was great fun especially seeing turtles

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Spectacular views on all our walks . Didn't appreciate we'd be walking through so many historical sites/ aqueducts . Most inspirational was the kayaking day to the sunken city .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tourget was fun to be around ,always cheerful even when he ruined his mobile kayaking ,he didn't complain ! We all loved him .our driver was also brilliant .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a modest hotel ,with friendly attentive staff then this is for you .be aware though that the 5am call to prayer is only one block away and is attached to a loudspeaker . This then produces a cacophony of sounds from the local wildlife ....dogs ,cockerels ect . However the gin and tonics (£2.50)by the pool in the evening made up for that .dont expect complimentery bottles of shampoo ect in your room either. You do get a change of towels half way through the week however . Plus you can hire beach towels for a few TLira .walking boots / shoes essential .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The visit to the Turkish baths on last free day was amazing and excellent value for 80 mins of exhilaration ,followed by relaxation ( £30) would have gone twice if we'd known earlier

  • 10

    Felt sad leaving Turkey

    I travelled with a friend of mine. Really enjoyed this week. It took a day or two to acclimatise to the heat during the walks but then it was fine. Loved the kayaking option. So good we opted to do that again on our free day. Kas town is lovely, with lots of good restaurants and shops. The food was really good throughout the week. Healthy and tasty. Our guide, Maho, was a complete pro. Our group was lovely, everyone got on well. A good mixture of activity and some free time. After some of the walks, we got back to the hotel between 3 and 4 pm so had time to go and do other things or go for a swim in the pool. Oreo Hotel was a very pleasant place to stay and the staff looked after us well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking out over the gorgeous coastline and clear water when kayaking and (while on one of the walks) seeing parts of a Roman aquaduct which is still working in some respects, all these years later.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Maho is wonderful. Professional, concientious, very experienced. You feel like you're in very capable hands. He booked restaurants and went out with us during the evenings as well as during the day, to make sure the entire experience was a really good one for us. Jan Jan was also with us during the kayaking and I found him to be very pleasant and helpful also. Both were at your side very quickly if they felt you needed assistance.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Water shoes are handy for the kayaking. It was late 20s - 30 centigrade in mid Sept and I should have brought a little more clothing to suit those kinds of temperatures. It took a day or two to get used to the heat when walking. I found a hat essential, plus I used a platypus waterbag for my backpack as I drank more water on this trip than I ever did before. Saves you having to dig a bottle out of your back pack all the time. Walking poles would be helpful on some of the ascents and descents. Not needed for all of the walks though. The longest walk (13km) along the aquaduct was the toughest one (for me), primarily due to the uphill parts, over rocks and quite steeply up a forest path for a time. Everyone else (a wide mixture of ages) managed fine and kindly waited for me. There are a lot of prickly shrubs on that walk, so some people may wish to bring lightweight trousers. A lot of it is picking your way along narrow paths, over rocks and alongside streams, so you do have to pick your steps carefully. There are some parts (very few) where people with a fear of heights may be a little nervous, but our group was fine, regardless. The rest of the walks were all easier. On the kayaking day, we paddled over to a really lovely spot for lunch. There were turtles swimming in the bay which was a bonus. Just be careful getting to and from your kayak over those rocks at the edge of the water. It's very shallow and there's a moss on the rocks which makes it very very slippy. Our guides helped us which was great, but worth bearing in mind. Mossie spray is useful (you can buy it in Kas though). Some of our group got bitten but many didn't.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel has safes you can rent for the week. I only used about 500 Turkish Lira (about €150 or £107) during the week for food and drink, excluding money for extra activities like kayaking and entrance to some of the historical sites. Overall I found it great value for money. It's a shame that some people are being put off going to Turkey because of the war in Syria. I found it completely safe.

  • 10

    Turquoise Coast, Beautiful Kas

    An excellent, varied, well organised and fun trip in beautiful Kas. This was our first time with Exodus and experiencing a walking holiday - and we enjoyed every moment of it from the stunning scenery, amazing walks, wonderful swimming and fantastic food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The kayaking day was great - first time for me but after a practice paddle it all went well with a lovely lunch included. Walking in the mountains in pouring rain - another brilliant day, arriving at the end soaked but happy . Gorgeous lunches prepared by local families - they were so welcoming and the food was fantastic. Meeting a lovely group of people for the first time and enjoying every moment of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was a great leader - knowledgeable, experienced, helpful and a quick thinker (shown when he had to change plans at the last minute).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I did not know that we would be eating our evening meals with the group and our guides - this was a lovely idea. Good idea to bring some wet shoes as one of the beaches was stony and also useful for the kayaking. The shops and restaurants will accept payment in sterling, Turkish lira, euros and dollars! We also exchanged some money in a jewellery shop.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walks were varied which was a great part of the trip. Some paths were rocky whereas others had scree and small loose rocks which made some parts of the walk challenging but still enjoyable. Some members of the group (including me) found it useful to use a walking pole.

  • 10

    The Turquoise Coast

    What a fantastic trip! It was my first experience of Exodus and I would definitely use the company again. The days' activities were always well organised, enjoyable and interesting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having the Patara beach destination at the end of our walks was spectacular. The roman ruins were really worth seeing, as was the Turkish market and Turkish lunch at a local Turkish family's house.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Touget was really attentive and helpful to the group and gave us an insight into the culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didn't realise there would be evening meals organised and this was great for getting to know the group.

  • 6

    Turquoise? Yep; that could fit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Walking the Turquoise Coast, Turkey

    First holiday with Exodus, and they were excellent in every respect. Would definitely use them again. I would have preferred slightly longer walks, but I can see that in very hot weather, the walks we did would be enough. Each day was varied and just as walking became routine, sea kayaking delivered a great day out. The hotel pool was most welcome and having thought the rest day would be a waste, in fact it was lovely to have a day doing not much. As is delightful and everyone we met was friendly and helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The visit to Aycanda(?) and subsequent walk from the mountain plateau down to the plains. Beautiful. Though the beach at Patara was invigorating. There wasn't a day I didn't enjoy and gain from.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hatice was our group leader and in my view was outstanding. She's funny, knowledgeable, friendly, endlessly polite and patient and almost certainly the only group leader to lead her kayaking group in singing "Row, row, row your boat' a cappella, in rounds, while waiting for the last of the kayaks to catch up. Some Americans thought this odd, but we enjoyed it. If Exodus is looking for a better group leader, they'll have to try hard.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There's plenty to do if you want to be busy after walks- Turkish baths, pleasant town and shops , good restaurants. Plus plant of activity type stuff if you find a day by the pool tedious!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only gripe is the hotel. All the staff were delightful- nothing too much trouble, friendly and helpful. However, the hotel itself desperately needs a thorough make over, being very tired and a bit run down. It's clean and there are swimming towels provided, but really nothing else. My shower leaked like a tsunami, and I don't think standing in a puddle of water while using a hairdryer is terrific. However, using my post swim towel solved this, but not vg. The pool and terrace were very pleasant, but you need to think again about the fabric of this hotel, Exodus.

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