A travel agency makes
reservations and bookings for travel
services such as flights, hotels, tours,
yacht cruises, guides and rental cars.
It may also arrange so-called "F.I.T" tours—private
one-of-a-kind itineraries planned
especially for you. A travel agency
may also operate a limited number of
small-group guided tours.
Do you need to use a travel
your travel arrangements in Turkey?
Not necessarily, but it may
be wise to do so. Here's why:
In my consultations with
travelers, I frequently talk to folks
who like to make all their own travel
arrangements. They're good
at it, and
with the Internet, it's easier than
But inevitably, after making a few
reservations, some travelers discover
that getting responses from hotels
and airlines, checking competing rates,
and fitting all the parts of a trip
together efficiently is much
more work and confusion than they had anticipated.
So they finally contact
a Turkish travel agency for
help, but this puts the travel
agent in a spot: unsure of exactly
what arrangements have already been
made, and how dependable these arrangements
are, the agent is unable to visualize
the trip as a whole, and
to make everything fit together
and work right.
If your trip is a simple one,
and you have plenty of time both
for planning before your trip and on
the road in Turkey, and if your schedule
is flexible, you may not need a travel
your time is valuable, and
you want to see a lot in a
limited time in Turkey,
you should seriously
consider using a travel agency for
at least some of your travel arrangements.
For the record, I use Turkish
travel agencies for
virtually every trip I take to
may make a few reservations myself,
but I leave most of the arrangements
to the agents. It's easy, cost-effective,
efficient, and if something
goes wrong I can call them and tell
them to fix it. It's the best
use of my time.
Here's an actual traveler's
message I received about his experience with
one of my recommended travel agencies
in May 2011:
"I would like to give a big
wrap to Mehmet at Argeus
Travel. We found
Argeus on your website and Mehmet
was very helpful with our airline and
hotel bookings. However he really showed
his mettle when things went wrong.
"The night before leaving
Istanbul we emailed our Cappadocia
Hotel to confirm arrival times. When
we checked our email pre flight the
hotel had replied by denying all
knowledge of our booking for 2 rooms
and said they now had no vacancies.
Mehmet later told us the hotel had
changed hands and the previous manager
had scrapped all the reservation
data before leaving.
"In hours Mehmet had found
us alternative (and superior) accommodation.
Admittedly it was broken over 2 hotels
but it was no mean effort at such
a busy time. When we had arrived
at Kayseri he had also, as a courtesy,
provided a driver for our rental
car to make it easier to find our
"Top service and we would
recommend Mehmet and Argeus to any
intending travellers to Turkey."
This is a great example of the value
of using a good
travel agency. I would
like to think that any of my recommended
agents would be able to help in a similar
If you plan
to use travel agency services, it's
best (if possible) to ask
only one agency to
do everything you
want done, rather than asking various
agencies to arrange various parts of
your trip. You become a more
valuable client to the agency,
they can afford to provide more help,
and they'll have a better grasp on
all aspects of your trip and can often
make it run smoother.
how to get the most for your
a Turkish travel agency.
Here are my recommended travel
how to check a Turkish travel agency to
see if it's legitimate.