Hi, Tujan,

We returned from our trip on Saturday (after a week in London) and I wanted to write you about our great trip to Turkey. Both Sam and I were so impressed with how well organized the trip you planned for us was. We were aware that there were many details that required meticulous planning and implementation, including having us picked up at our hotels at specific times to having the public bus ticket ready for us from Pamukkale to Fethiye. Every single thing worked “like clockwork” and we know that was because of your excellent planning and implementation, and also because of the many people you worked with to make everything happen perfectly. Thank you so much for creating and carrying out our wonderful trip.

It would be difficult to single out all the high points of our trip but certainly both of us would choose the “Blue cruise” as a wonderful experience. Besides us, there was only other actual passenger, a fellow from Australia. Captain Yokan and first mate Adam led a perfect cruise, including preparing varied and excellent meals and snacks. For part of the cruise there were two other young men on board, who seemed to be in the travel business, and helped Yokan and Adam.

All of the sights in Turkey were beautiful and exciting to see, including the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, and Topkapi in Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, and both days touring in Cappadocia. Sam especially enjoyed the opportunities to get in the water, in the travertine pools of Pamukkale, and several times in the brilliantly blue Aegean off the boat. And then, on our last day in Istanbul, we enjoyed the entire hammam treatment at the Aya Sofia hammam. We also had a boat ride on the Bosporus during those last days.

We were pleased with all of our hotels and enjoyed the breakfasts they provided and all the other meals. Thank you again for all your hard work, your readiness to communicate with us before the trip every time we had a question, and your obvious organizational ability.

We were aware that tourism is down in Turkey—people there told us that several times. We hope it picks up soon, since we know it is important for Turkey.

Our only regret is that we did not get to meet you. We hope your foot injury has healed completely.

Let’s stay in touch.

Jack Hall and Sam Montgomery.

Houston / Texas