While travellers could tour Turkey on their own, many visitors find that Turkey is much different than many of the destinations they have travelled to before. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering using a Turkish travel agency.
Guided tours can range from a half-day walking tour to a 22-day all-inclusive luxury tour of the entire country. Tours can be walk-throughs of a city’s most interesting sights with a group of other explorers and a tour guide, strolls through a city’s markets while tasting delicious cuisine, hot air balloon rides, walks and meals with new friends and a knowledgeable tour guide and more.
Understanding history, culture, and cuisine
Booking a tour of Turkey with an agency offers a unique way to taste the cuisine, experience the culture, and see many of Turkey’s historic sights with Turkey guides who are readily available to tell the stories and history behind each destination you visit along the way.
Save money & add value
Even if your agency charges a fee, the overall value of your trip will always exceed the price you paid. A Turkish tour agency makes reservations and bookings for travel services, such as flights, hotels, tours, yacht cruises, guides, and rental cars.
Turkey travel agencies have access to a variety of tools that, as a consumer, you do not have or know about. Often, they can get more and better access to activities and sightseeing opportunities in your desired regions.
When visiting Turkey, your time is valuable. Your travel agent will likely be able to help you 24-hours a day, with no time limit. Agencies are paid commissions by hotels, airlines, car rental companies, and other companies that provide the services the agent books for you. The commission generally comes out of the normal price for the service, so you do not pay more than you would if you booked the service yourself.
Travel agents are very personable, knowledgeable, and passionate about sharing Turkey with you. Using their services allows you to have the best possible experience.
The best travel agencies in Turkey know every detail regarding the best times to see crowded destinations and the locations that are up and coming, allowing you to see popular spots before they become too crowded.
Trustworthiness and Reliability
Turkey has nearly 4500 travel agencies and tour operators who do their best to provide valuable services and fair prices. Every country has crooks, of course, but Turkey has strict rules and guidelines to keep only legitimate travel agencies in business. By law, every Turkish travel agency and tour operator must be a member of the Türkiye Seyahat Agentaları Birliği, Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) making it easier to identify and get rid of fraudulent agencies.
Turkish travel agents love booking trips and working with people, and often give extra service for which they may not earn money, such as rebooking cancelled flights for you, sorting out missing reservations, or helping out in case of an illness.
Most travel agencies’ staff speak fluent English, and often speak other languages such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Japanese. Additionally, they can usually arrange private guides speaking nearly any language.
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