My wife and I are taking the RS city tour of Istanbul in oct and would like to do a pretour to Ephesus and or Cappadocia. After reading their website not sure if they have scheduled tours of these locations or do you make a private tour with SRM travel. Has anyone used SRM travel which is associated with RS.
We took the RS 14 day Turkey tour last summer. Our guide for the whole trip was supplied by SRM Travel. They are the co-authors of RS Istanbul Guide Book. Our female guide lived in Istanbul and was excellent. That was our 8th RS tour.
I would certainly contact them for advice if I was starting out looking for what you are trying to find. We spent several days in Istanbul before the tour started, a couple of days there on the tour, and then we returned there for 5 days after the tour was over. We really enjoyed Istanbul and I would return there in a minute. After the tour was over, we stayed at the Hotel Satton Hill (sp?) that we found in RS guide book. Great place. I would stay there again if/when we ever return to Istanbul. Have a good time and happy travels. aloha charlie
I used SRM travel last year after the RS Istanbul 7 Day tour. The ash prevented my departure and myself and five others went to Cappadocia for a 2 day/1 night tour. It was essentially 2 days of the RS Village tour and the trip was seamless. Our guide traveled with us and we had a driver waiting at the airport. I believe you could do Ephesus on your own (I did not go there but others did) but you need to rent a car or have a driver for Cappadocia. We stayed at a 200 year old Greek Hotel and ate 3 meals there which were great. We also had a home visit and lunch with a lovely lady and her mother..a simple but delicious lunch. SRM
is expensive but very well organized and dependable.
Second the opinion that SRM is good but expensive. Last year we used Backpackers Travel (www.backpackerstravel.net) for a day tour of Istanbul and were very pleased with the tour guide and the price. They also do tours beyond just Istanbul.