It's simple: you want the freedom and comfort of touring Turkey in a private car driven by a professional driver, guided by a professional tour guide.
Until now, this has been a very expensive kind of tour in Turkey because traditionally the professions of driver and guide are licensed separately. This means that if you embarked on a multi-day driving tour of Turkey, you would have to pay the travel expenses (hotel and meals) of two professionals, along with your own.
But now Efendi Travel of Istanbul, a TurkeyTravelPlanner.com partner and an innovator in high-quality, moderately-priced travel services (such as its Istanbul Airport & Cruise Port Transfers) has solved the problem by employing professional licensed guides who also hold licenses as professional drivers.
This brings down the cost of private tours by car substantially. Of course, it doesn't make them as low-priced as driving yourself and using TurkeyTravelPlanner.com and/or a guidebook as your guide. You will still pay for the travel expenses of your driver-guide. But the price for this high-comfort, high-value service becomes moderate.
Efendi Travel's driver-guide tours include these:
If your time is short and you want to visit six of Turkey's top sights from Istanbul in only 4 days, this is the way to do it: Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aphrodisias and Pamukkale/Hierapolis with a private driver-guide. More...
Similar to the tour above, this tour includes the Aegean wine-making village of Şirince instead of Gallipoli, showing you a slightly different six top sights in 4 days, all with the comfort and convenience of a driver-guide. More...
An excellent, highly efficient way to see Turkey's most interesting sights in the least amount of time, but with high comfort: fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia, tour that region, then drive along the ancient Silk Road to Konya, capital of he Seljuk Turkish Empire and burial place of Rumi, and via Lake Eğirdir to Pamukkale/Hierapolis, Aphrodisias and finally to Ephesus, then fly back to Istanbul. Add as many Istanbul days as you like and you have a high-quality tour of Turkey in a very efficient amount of time. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan