Recently I was lucky enough to be part of a tour group in Turkey to celebrate ANZAC day. The group that put together the few days was G Adventures, and the tour itself was called the 3 Day ANZAC Day Memorial Tour. I decided to do this Particular tour in a group as I know that Turkey can, at times be an unsettled place to travel, I was also aware that visiting the ANZAC day service is only generally possible when travelling with a tour company.
I booked the tour at a local travel expo in London while living there, by doing this I managed to score myself a nice saving off the trip while the expo was on, thus making it an offer to good to refuse! I had done my research and new the type of tour I was after, this one, in particular, seemed to tick all the boxes.
From the moment I booked this tour with G Adventures they were easy to communicate with and extremely accommodating, they gave me the option to pay the deposit only at the time of booking and then further payment instalments until it was paid off in full, this was handy as while I was living in London my income was not very high.
G Adventures exceptional service continued as room check was a simple process that the team at G Adventures had taken care of for me, even though the tour officially didn’t start until the next morning. This was an additional cost to me but the hassle of finding accommodation for one night was not there.
The day I arrived at the hotel there were simple and clear instructions waiting for me, this included what time we would all meet and start our tour the following morning.
Throughout the tour we were spoilt with a small and comfortable minivan that had ice cold air conditioning, this was an absolute lifesaver in Turkey trust me. The great thing about the tour was instead of having one large bus full of a large group of people that didn’t really get to know each other very well, G Adventures opted for two small vans and two tour leaders, this made the tour feel a lot more personalized, and easier to engage with the terrific tour operators as they were only too happy to answer all and any questions that you may have at any time.
The tour guides themselves were unbelievably knowledgeable and passionate about their country, you could see the joy they received when doing their job and it was lovely to witness. The driving throughout the tour was to the safest standard, and no undue risks were taken even when we were caught behind traffic or had taken longer at a certain stop. The guides even took us out to one of their favourite restaurants in Canakkale, one of the tour guides even brought his mother for the day as it was his hometown and her birthday, it was a great personal touch that was well-received by all on tour.
The accommodation was all comfortable and clean, they had breakfast provided and all that was listed on the tour was included, there were no nasty extra surprises that they had tried to hide from us.
Overall this tour was a complete pleasure to be on and I was also a little sad to finish. It allowed me to see a lot of Turkey in a short amount of time, while not ever feeling rushed or under any time pressure. The tour was well organised from the moment it was booked to the moment we said our goodbyes to the tour leaders on the last evening.
If I was to ever return to Turkey in the future, which I really hope I do then I will have no problems getting in touch with G Adventures again to book the appropriate tour. They also have different tours all over the world so if you are looking to jump on a certain type of tour chances are these guys are doing one that will suit you.
Check them out and inquire with them next time you’re looking to book a trip. You won’t be disappointed. I have a review of G Adventures as a company so you know what you are in for before a trip with them.
To read extra reviews on different tours I have been on just follow this link.
Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use
Book Your Flight
Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.
Book Your Accommodation
This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.
My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)
Looking for the best companies to save money with?
As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.
The Best Place To Book Your Tours
If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.
They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.
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