When I think of this trip I straight away think of our tour guide, I wish I had remembered his name because he was brilliant, very informative, well spoken and clear. Very friendly, helpful and patient too. Unlike done tour guides he didn’t sound like he was reading off a script! He didn’t just share the history and facts of the two locations but also shared a lot about the Turkish culture and traditions with us, something that other tour guides fail to do.
The visits to both locations was amazing and we had plenty of time to explore on our own. The guide was helpful in the sense that he explained everything (history and facts etc.) while we were driving to the locations so that time was not wasted once we arrived - which in turn gave us more time to explore the areas ourselves. This was very much appreciated by us all…while can’t other tour guides he just as clever!
The pleasant surprise was the location of our lunch…a trout farm! It was beautiful! Stunning! Scenic with so much greenery, small rivers and a couple of mini waterfalls…breathtaking. No one expected this and of course we all had a million pictures taken there. The only thing I will say is the food wasn’t great but to be fair I have yet to experience an excursion that provides flavoursome food and that is say something because I have been on over 200 excursions around the world over the years!
Advise to anyone interested in this excursion…
• Remember to double check with the tour company the exact meeting point and what time.
• Saklikent - water rafting is highly recommanded, it was so much fun and at a very fair price…but wear footwear and clothes you do not mind getting wet because 100% you will get wet! Wear wet shoes but if you are not going to cross the river than trainers is best because it can get slippery there. If I was to rate this place I would give it 100/10! A must visit for sure!
• Tlos Ancient City was great but for me personally not because of the actual ruins…you see, I have seen a few in Turkey and I now kind of feel like I have seem them all! For me as far as Turkey goes, the ruins in Ephesus was the best I have seen followed by the ruins in Hierapolis. Anyway, going back to Tlos…the various scenic views as I hiked up the mountain to see the ruins was absolutely beautiful…OMG kinda beautiful! So for this reason I will advise you to have sensible shoes and HIKE UP! I wore trainers but be warned, there are some loose rocks and you may slip and break a bone or two if you are not careful.
• The drive throughout the excursion was in a modern air conditioned bus and the drive itself did not feel too long because to each location from the privies was no more than around 30-45 mins and the views throughout was lovely.
Overall I would highly recommend this tour especially at this fantastic price!