The holiday of a lifetime that went beyond my wildest expectations
Reviewed July 25, 2018
In my years of extensive travelling, I have always gone solo and have only joined groups for small, limited day tours so the concept of a personal guide for an extended period was new to me. And to be honest, I did have a certain amount of trepidation committing to a 10 day tour with one person. My fears were totally unfounded and this trip was quite simply the best holiday experience I have ever had. Tuğrul Sökmen was responsive and engaging from our very first enquiry to our final departure. He was able to create a tour that not only met, but exceeded our expectations; that cleverly blended history, scenery, culture and local flavours, Whilst some of our destinations were the typical tourist "must-do's" (and spectacular!), the delivery of our tour was anything but a standard, well-rehearsed exercise. At every opportunity, Tuğrul was crafting the experience in such a way, that the tour only got better and better. He is an articulate, intelligent man with a wonderful sense of humour and an innate ability to understand his clients' needs. He is passionate about his country and its history and his understated joie de vivre is infectious. Conversations were interesting and anything but superficial and nothing is too much trouble for him. The whole experience felt effortless and impacted us profoundly. I initially felt that the tour duration would be more than ample, but as the holiday drew to a close, I could have easily stayed longer. That in itself is testament to his incredible guiding skills. It goes without question, that I would recommend Tuğrul in a heartbeat. I cannot wait to revisit Turkey and there is only one guide I would choose - Tuğrul Sökmen.
Date of experience: April 2018
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