Here at Istanbul Insider I provide information, tips, and tricks for people that want to plan their Istanbul trip on their own. Typically, they will book their plane tickets and hotel online, arrange for transportation from the airport, read through most sections of Istanbul Insider as well as one of the great guide books, put together an itinerary based on their interests, and make dinner reservations for their favorite restaurants as soon as they have checked in at their hotel. And that is perfectly fine!
But what if you don’t want to go through the hassle of making all these reservations and arrangements? What if you’re not the adventurous type and instead want a safety net in case something doesn’t go according to plan?
That’s when you need to team up with a travel agent. There are of course many travel agencies to choose from, within Turkey as well as abroad. So, with such an abundance of choice, how can you pick a good one?
Advantages of Using a Travel Agent
Whenever someone asks me to recommend a travel agency, I always tell them to contact the nice people over at Efendi Travel. The reasons are simple but solid:
- they have been in the business for almost 25 years, organizing tours and making travel arrangements
- they are a Turkish company, based in Istanbul, and therefore better informed about current conditions than foreign travel agents
- they make custom arrangements, based on your wishes and demands, and provide advise wherever possible
- they deal with all the hassle of tickets, transportation, lodging, queues, etc.
- ideal if you plan to combine your visit to Istanbul with a trip to Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, etc. since they operate over the whole of Turkey
- are available 24/7 to ensure their guest’s safety and satisfaction with their trip
- they are a perfect match for people traveling on moderate to higher range budgets
- I’ve personally used their excellent services on several occasions
In a nutshell, Efendi Travel provides personalized travel itineraries and services including tours, hotel reservations, guides, flights, airport transfers, and vehicle rentals. It is one of Turkey’s most experienced and reliable travel companies offering an excellent service and providing good value for money.
For more information, please contact Mr. Tahsin Ünsal of Efendi Travel. Don’t forget to mention Istanbul Insider for an extra special treatment.