ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Pacha Tours' Black Sea and eastern Turkey tour
requires plenty of overland travel, for distances are long between
destinations, but the route is varied and interesting, and the
mountain vistas are spectacular.
The small motorcoach for our group of 10 couldn't have been more
Whether clients travel on an organized tour or FIT basis,
itineraries must be planned around accommodations, and there are
not many hotels. Catering to business travelers, hotels in eastern
Turkey lack charm and style, but not comfort like having private
A couple of nights we stayed in hotels on a main and noisy
thoroughfare, and the tour escort did his best to secure
high-floor, back-of-the-hotel rooms. At certain places, there was
not much to be done about disco noise.
All meals were included, with tasty lunches in good local
restaurants and buffet dinners at hotels. No matter where you eat,
Turkish food is just plain good, and there is always a selection of
fruit and salads.
Should clients take a tour? My answer: "Yes."
Take a tour or book a trip by private car, but travel with a
good guide, for this is cultural touring, and the history and sites
are multilayered and complicated -- particularly in central and
eastern Anatolia. (Example: In central Anatolia, Cappadocia can be
a nightmare for unguided clients; there isn't even a good map
available of this popular area.)
Additionally, there is little English spoken here. And when
traveling, advance hotel reservations are essential.
In 1999, Pacha Tours will offer at least one monthly departure
April through September on its 11-night Black Sea and eastern
The price per person, double occupancy, is $1,195. The land-only
cost includes accommodations at first class hotels; almost all
meals; overland travel by air-conditioned bus with water, tea and
coffee service; the services of a professional escort/guide; all
transfers; admission fees and service charges.
Phone: (800) 722-4288 or (212) 764-4080