Unfortunately, my work and
travel schedule is so full these days that I'm
unable to help you plan your trip
until May 3, 2013, or thereafter.
travel agents recommended
by TTP can arrange most travelers'
trips, and the TTP
Forums are a great
resource for person-to-person
ITINERARY PLANNING: I can help
you plan a custom itinerary tailored
exactly to your time, budget and preferences.
ANSWER QUESTIONS: Get answers
right from the expert. It costs a fraction
of what you'll pay if your trip goes
Travelers with whom I have consulted
talk about their experiences. More...
travelers enjoy planning their
own itineraries, and they
do a good job of it. But often
they're just not sure if the itinerary
they've planned is "doable." Is
it too rushed? Too slow? Is there
a way to make it less wearing,
planned hundreds oftrips for myself
all over Turkey, and hundreds more
for others, I believe I can fit together
the parts of a trip to give you the
best experience in the time you have
available, whatever your budget.
may spend thousands of dollars/euros on
your trip to Turkey. If the itinerary
is not just what you want, some of
that money may be wasted,
along with your precious travel time.
I can help you get it right by
quickly reviewing the itinerary you've
planned, or by planning a custom
itinerary for you.
The fee for itinerary planning is
the same as for consultations: US$125. For
this you receive:
1. Pre-consultation advice: send
me the information you have about your
trip—number of travelers, their ages,
likes and dislikes, preferred class
of accommodations, must-see destinations,
etc.—and we'll get started with an
exchange of email messages.
2. Phone consultation: minimum
30 minutes consultation, perhaps more
if necessary, up to one hour.
3. Follow-up: a consultation
answers most of your questions, but
may bring up more, so I'm available
to help with any new questions or situations
that may come to mind, even when you're
on the road in Turkey.
consultation fee is payable via PayPal (which includes major credit cards) or personal
check (USD or GBP).
Here's a money-saving tip:
look over my sample
itineraries for one that
suits your interests and needs, and
start your planning using it as a basis.
Modify it as you like, then we can
refine it further on the phone. Click
To save you time and money during
your consultation, I recommend that
me an email message detailing:
— The number of travelers in
your party, and an idea of your party's
character: couple? Family with small
children? Honeymooners? Single woman?
— Your tentative schedule (and
itinerary, if you have one): dates
or time of year, length of time in
— Your travel preferences (luxury,
moderate, budget), likes, dislikes
and interests (archeology, architecture,
art, cuisine, culture, outdoor activities,
Please note: It's
best if we consult before you
make any reservations (except your flights to and from Turkey). If you reserve
travel services before
we talk, it may limit what we can do
to make your trip more efficient. (Example: some travelers reserve their first few nights in Istanbul, even though it might be better to fly straight through Istanbul upon arrival and leave their Istanbul time to the end of their trip.)
can spend hours sifting through the sea
of data on the Internet (much
of it inaccurate, out of date, or
irrelevant), or you can schedule
a consultation and get the answers
you need in 30 minutes (the minimum
are examples of the kinds of questions
I've answered over the years:
What's a good itinerary for honeymooners?
How can I trace my Sephardic roots?
Is there a place sacred to the memory
of Saint Thecla in Turkey?
Are there any special considerations
for a single woman of African/Asian
heritage traveling in Turkey?
Can we travel with our newborn
baby in Turkey? What do we need
How can I get to meet pigeon-fanciers in
certainly don't guarantee that I'll
have an answer to every question,
but after 42+ years of travel
in Turkey, I do have a lot of answers.
And if I don't know the answer, I
can often refer you to someone who
number of travelers have already
used my services and given me feedback. Here's
what they said.