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The first and only site dedicated to Self Guided Tours in Turkey. Walking tours on the Lycian Way, Carian Trail and Cappadocia; SUP (Stand Up Paddleboat), BIKE and Seakayak Rentals; HIKE & Sail tours; Self Drive itineraries to hidden places and many more...
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ShaanKaur wrote a review Apr 2022
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Self Guided Turkey opened up a new way of travelling for me and my partner. I am not an experienced camper or hiker, and the support / advice from Self Guided Turkey gave us the confidence to explore the Lycian way, walking from Fethiye to Antalya. It turned out to be the trip of a lifetime! We walked through valleys bursting with almond trees in blossom, some days we only saw cows and goats. We arrived at our hotels where our luggage awaited, and we were met with Turkish tea and hearty food. For me the best thing was seeing the flowers change as the coastline blossomed in Spring. We were surprised by ruins of the Lycians, a civilisation we didn't even know existed, conquered by Greeks and then Romans, and whose cities were abandoned when trade routes changed. We had a detailed trip book which introduced us to the history and explained the routes. I cannot recommend this service highly enough. It took all the cognitive load and 'admin' hassle out of hiking the Lycian Way, so that we could just focus on the spectacular nature and ruins at every corner. Being self-guided meant that we could experience total quiet, and go at our own pace. And we could discover the route ourselves, and be surprised by what we found! We were provided with back up GPS for periods when the way isn't clear. The company arranged for our luggage to be transferred while we hiked, and everywhere we arrived was prepared and understood exactly what would happened. Furthermore on days when we arrived late, Altay called us to check we were okay. Altay was on hand to help all the time with all logistics, like helping when the airline lost our luggage or recommending an excellent hammam to rest our muscles at the end of the trip! Altay had great taste and chose really tasteful hotels that were excellent value and often simple but set in spectacular nature, with excellent food. On days when we wouldn't pass somewhere for lunch, he organised a packed lunch. He did all the 'googling' and logistics and it really meant we had a totally stress free experience. It opened up a whole new way of travelling and experiences I don't think I could have ever found (like hiking for 4 hours through valleys where we met no one but cows - and then being met by a boat who took us to a sunken city only accessible by water!) I wish he had a network in every country - and we'll be back to do more !
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Inês G wrote a review Dec 2021
Setubal, Portugal1 contribution
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Planning our trip with Self-Guided Turkey was the best decision we made. We were interested in hiking the Licyan Way and we’re looking for someone to assist us with carrying our luggage. It turned out to be much more that that. Altay showed us his itineraries for the Licyan Way and promptly made all the changes we required - including extra nights, extra transfers, rest days, etc. He went the extra mile giving us tips as to how to travel within Turkey and which airports we should be using. We ended up doing a combination of Western Licya, Heart of Lycia and Cappadocia. Our tour was self guided. Altay was very responsive even before we started our trip. He made himself available for a video call where we explained what we were looking for and got to know him. He sent us the quote and all the information requested within the established timeframes, which made us feel very comfortable from the beginning. The electronic booklet received was very thoughtful and complete. During our time in Turkey everything was very smooth and we could not have asked for a better experience: all the transfers were on time, the hotels were carefully chosen by Altay (Ecclesia Hotel is just by the beach; Montenegro Hotel has a familiar vibe, lovely views and we were served a very tasty meal; Olive Garden has breathtaking views; the hotel in Kas has a cool rooftop and Sadi was very kind to us), the hikes are absolutely incredible and quite balanced in terms of km and elevation gain, the food was equally good and the wines - previously unknown to us - were just as nice. Altay was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and always available. Altay told us that he designed this program as if it was for him. We could not agree more, that’s exactly how we felt: we took advantage of all his experience, his tips and his contacts. In sum, this was a trip to remember and we will certainly be back. We would recommend Self Guided your to anyone.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Zaher wrote a review Oct 2021
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If you want to have a fabulous self-guided hiking experience designed by a certified guide, a trusted friend and a local organizer all in one then you came to the right place, Altay is all that and more. I had two magnificent weeks in Cappadocia and Antalya hiking amazing trails with all planning, lodging, transfers, meals and route details completely taken care off by Altay. I just had to show up, do my hikes and enjoy my time. You won't go wrong with Self-guided Turkey... They literally won't let you leave unsatisfied :) Enjoy your travels.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Trish R wrote a review Nov 2019
Brisbane, Australia21 contributions2 helpful votes
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Altay's tour and planned guide of walking, adventuring across 3 regions - Mediterranean, Cappadocian, and Ephesus/Gallipoli was a fabulous experience. We highly recommend using Altay for exploring a very different culture to our own. We are, I would think typical of many middle aged Australian women who are wanting to explore the world but needed the safety of an English interpreter. Altay's Self-Guided Tour was perfect for this, as we needed our own "space" but wanted to be able to get from one destination to the other with confidence. We certainly discovered an under-utilised tourist attraction for Australians in the quality of the ancient cities to wander through with awe.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Robin T wrote a review Nov 2019
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they organised a customised 9 days trip The guys in the agency were just great, they organised everything and are flexible and there to help at any moment 24/7. I was just a great experience, and my best solo hiking experience so far. I truly recommend this travel agency. Robin.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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