Senior Tours to Turkey
Turkey was to be my first group tour after having traveled independently for 25 years. I had always had my doubts about group tours, especially senior travel by coach or bus and was not very excited at the time to consider a group tour. However, I thought I’d try a group tour to Turkey. I had always had the historical names of Troy, Ephesus, Pergamum (also spelled “Pergamon”) and Istanbul etched into my head, So when I received an invitation to join a small senior tour to Turkey, some of them former work colleagues, I immediately decided to go for it. It would be interesting to try out a tour to Turkey with some people from my working days.
We chose a tour company called Key tours which is a wholesale tour operator for the Mediterranean region. The tour of Turkey was reasonably priced. Our total land costs for 15 days $1295.00. This included all hotels, all breakfasts, most dinners, land transportation, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees and a full time tour guide.
Key Tours provided us with a stunning itinerary for a tour of Turkey with a tour which included the Aegean sea area, Istanbul, the Dardanelles, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and Aphrodisias. But that was not all of the destinations. Our tour then traveled to the Mediterranean regions, Antalya, and Aspendos. We then went on through Anatolia and then explored Cappadocia and, of course, a visit to the capital of Turkey, Ankara. We then crossed the Sea of Marmara heading back to Istanbul for a few days to enjoy an extended stay because we liked Istanbul so much.
Our tour guide on the bus tour of Turkey was an absolutely first class guide who made the trip memorable with his knowledge, character, and attentiveness. Transportation on our tour of Turkey was on a comfortable, completely modern air conditioned bus. Our travel guide served us apple tea when we were hot and tired after returning from the sightseeing in the various places we visited in Turkey. Everything was run very efficiently by the bus driver, the tour guide and Key Tours. I have no complaints. Our tour to Turkey is now a fond memory.
My first group tour to Turkey was a good group experience with totally satisfactory hotels and food. We visited and experienced enough history and archeology, seascapes, fabulous landscapes to satiate my traveling needs for the year. We traveled at an excellent time of the year, in late September to early October, when it was warm enough to dip into the Mediterranean and the Aegean and the hotel pools as well. Traveling to Turkey at this time of year avoids all the crowds of other tourists too in museum lineups etc.
Overall, our seniors tour to Turkey was a good group experience with Key Tours. I’d be delighted to go back again and do exactly the same senior tour to Turkey with more time to explore Istanbul. This tour certainly changed my mind about group package tours and have since gone on many senior tours around the world.