TRAVELLERS COMMENTS

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2018 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2018 OMAN ARRANGEMENTS**
Oman As A Single Female Traveller in February 2018
My holiday to Oman will always be remembered as one of the highlights of my life.
Your organisation was perfect, everything ran so smoothly and there was so much to see, I feel I have only touched the surface.
I could not have been given a more perfect guide, he was always on time, helpful, courteous and very informative and I also have to add a great driver.
My trip to Jabal Akhdar opened my eyes to the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen - so very special.
There was no problem being a single traveller in fact I felt very safe and well taken care of.
Oman is a beautiful country, beautiful people and incredible food, I should have stayed longer, next time.
Many thanks for everything. Kaye Johnson
 
2017 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2017 IRAN ARRANGEMENTS**
2 weeks in Iran - September 2017
Many thanks for organising our trip to Iran. It was superb and we are much richer for it. Alireza, our guide, was outstanding - a wonderful guide and delightful person.
Marianne and John Starkey
 
4 Ladies Visit Iran for 3 Weeks - September 2017
Our driver and guide were wonderful, very knowledgeable and courteous. They looked after us well and were very caring. The accommodation was great. Our guide did make good efforts to find places that had the best of this food. Our combi van was very comfortable. The itinerary was great.
It was a great experience!
Thank you, Christine
 
**2017 SPAIN ARRANGEMENTS**
5 day Andalucia & Toledo Coach Tour - December 2017
Hi Holly,
Just wanted to tell you that the Schnabls loved their tour. There were only 17 pax and the guide etc was fantastic.
Thanks so much.Regards,Debbie from Sabra Travel
 
Spain Holiday – Madrid , Andalucia & Barcelona Coach Tour Package – April 2017
Hi Steph,
Jenny & I arrived home earlier this week after a fantastic 6+ weeks in Europe. Whilst the weather particularly in the UK was cold , we had very little rain overall - about 3 days only. We enjoyed everything, but without doubt the highlight of the holiday was our 2 weeks in Spain and the Timeless tour of Andalucía & Barcelona.
Spain was fascinating the old cities with the “Moorish” influence in the buildings – so beautiful, the fabulous food, the weather, and above the great people on the tour. We enjoyed our time in Barcelona with the Gaudi buildings, but we would return to Madrid tomorrow. We are sorry you missed our group “night out” in Valencia – all the Australians had a night out which cemented new friendships that had been made.
Finally it was a delight to meet up with you – who would believe the great personal service we received from Timeless in sending you as our own travel adviser on our tour !!!
Jenny and I would be most happy to recommend Timeless to our friends and potential customers of Timeless.
Thanks again, and we look forward in getting in touch with you in regard to our next trip to Spain.
With our best wishes,
Jenny & Duncan
 
Spain & France Holiday – April 2017
Hi Tom & Holly
Many thanks for your travel arrangements, A few comments:
Train travel was great!
The tour from Bordeaux to St Emilion was very wine focused which Glyn enjoyed, I would have preferred more time to walk around the town, but was good, San Sebastian was really fun. We took local bus one day to Bilbao to see the Guggenhein museum.
Loved Barcelona, the flamenco show was excellent. I was a bit sceptical as have seen flamenco dancers previously & found them boring, but this show had some excellent musicians, 2 male dancers, & male singers – really good. Tour of Sagrada Familia was wonderful. Tapas evening tour was just great, had a wonderful young guide who led us all around the city, up back streets, into little shops (which we went back to the next day), to markets, can recommend this tour. Hop on, hop off bus pass was worthwhile and The tour to Montserrat was interesting, there was only the two of us on the tour. Gave us a delicious lunch at Santa Cecilia Church. Was great that our tour went early before all the buses arrived.
All our hotels were excellent. Don’t think there were any that had any issues.They were all pretty central & close to city centres & walking distance from sights.
Many thanks,
Jenny Chillingworth
 
**2017 OMAN ARRANGEMENTS**
Thank you Yaqoob for showing us the real Oman. We had many great experiences with local people, we have learned so much! 
Han-Wei and Anna 
 
2016 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2016 IRAN ARRANGEMENTS**
Janet Douglas & 6 Friends in Iran for 3.5 weeks, April-May 2016
I loved going to Iran and am so glad I did…. Please stress to your colleagues in Iran how happy we were with our guides and driver: the latter looked after us as though we were his dearest relatives and with such good humour!! We adored him and highly recommend him. I think I wrote about how excellent we thought our first guide was – the second was very conscientious and thorough but not quite as empathetic - had a hard act to follow!
Janet Douglas
 
**2016 TURKEY ARRANGEMENTS**
Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pergamon – A Private Program in Turkey – June 2016
We also want to say we were delighted with our Timeless Tour. Cappadocia was a great in all respects...hotel, hot air balloon, and excellent guide, calling himself Ali. As was Izmir. Hotel a bit tired but in a lovely position, perfect for that purpose, and a brilliant guide calling himself Dennis. So full marks to Tom please, and yourself for putting it together. Flights and transfers all perfect.
Feedback from Michael and Nowell Moffatt - Clients of Judy Mahony, Cherrybrook Travel
 
**2016 SPANISH  ARRANGEMENTS**
Spain Holiday – Julia Barcelona, Andalucia, Madrid Coach Tour Package – January 2016
Hey Holly,
Lovely tour arrangements, thank you. Will look you up for any other vacations that we take.
Mahmood
 
Europe in the Winter – Spain Coach Tour Package – Jan ‘16
Hi Holly, the tour went really well. gr8 cities. excellent guides and fun tour group! thx for everything. they have given us a good room at santo domingo this time!
Regards, Afshan
 
2015 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2015 IRANIAN ARRANGEMENTS**
Iran & Azerbaijan – Private Itinerary - October 2015
We (2 ladies of senior years) have just completed a 12 day holiday in Iran, well organised by Timeless Tours of Neutral Bay. Over the years we have done a lot of travel but nothing in the past came close to this. We were treated like rock stars by the locals, as there was no way we could blend in. Our guide was a 28 year old with a degree in English literature and it was he that helped make this trip so special. He was attentive, informed and his knowledge of Persian history along with his sense of humour were outstanding. Many people thought we were brave travelling to Iran but we found it very safe and the lack of alcohol made late nights doubly safe. My advice is go before the sanctions are lifted and McDonald's arrive.
Jane Gilbert

 

**2015 SPANISH  ARRANGEMENTS**
Private Tour Portugal, Spain, Venice, Dubai Sept/Oct 2015
Hi Holly
I am sorry I haven’t contacted you before to let you know what a great trip Jim and I had thanks to all your organising.
Most things went very smoothly. Dubai was great, Venice was beautiful, Portugal and Spain were great and the accommodation amazing.
All the flights were very good and loved our seating on the way home.
Thanks again for your hard work to ensure we had a great holiday.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the new year.
Lynda and Jim
 
Spain and Portugal Tailor-made program - June 
All in all it was a great trip. I am very grateful for all the trouble you took to cater for my needs and particularly to accommodate me in with Dianne's group. I loved my time in Portugal,especially in Porto, really related to the Fado music  and felt at home with the Portugese people. I think my great, great grandfather's spirit was working on me. I had been disappointed when I left Ireland that I hadn't had the experience of a lock - what a great surprise to have two on the Duro river - it was very exciting and a highlight for me. I had no trouble with my dietary requirements as I had a notebook with them written in both Spanish and Portugese and once the wait people read it they were so helpful. Great for tourism.
Mary-Louise 
 
Spain in June – Coach Tour in Northern Spain & Self-Drive Program in Andalucia
Hi Michael,
The northern Spain tour (E-478) was great, only nine people on a sixty seater bus. Hotels generally good. Tour guide great. 
Self-drive a bit stressful, very narrow streets, some places hard to find. We would recommend the train too. Tour people in Madrid very helpful.
Overall a terrific holiday, maybe better in May or September as we had 40c in Madrid and Seville!
Many thanks for all your arrangements. Steve
 
**2015 UAE ARRANGEMENTS**
UAE trip – October 2015
Hi Tom,
I want to thank you very much for you assistance - just about everything worked out really well, and in most cases better than planned. I did visit the pearl museum in Dubai - and it was wonderful. What a collection! I was given a solo tour, which was a treat. It is certainly worth a visit.
The archaeological museum in Sharjah was another highlight, and the maritime museum there is also spectacular.
The pearl tour I took in Abu Dhabi's Eastern Mangroves was also good, if too brief. It is quite expensive, but I would recommend it for a tourist itinerary. And you get to take home a pearl (cultured, but still).
The trip overall was a wild success, and I achieved much more than I thought possible. Thanks again for your part in that.
Best wishes, Deborah
 
Dubai Stopover, July
Hi Tom,
All went well in Dubai,  Great hotel, transfers tours and skiing all went well, very professional operators.  Ramadan was only a very minor inconvenience and no alcohol after 2 months of excessive drinking in Turkey and Europe was a good thing.
Will
 
**2015 OMAN / TURKEY PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS**
Small Group Turkey Coach Tour May 2015
Hi Holly, just a quick note to let you know I am back. I LOVED the Turkey tour (Turkish Odyssey) – I want to repeat it again, it was that good. Our guide from Neon Tours, Kenan, was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about not only Turkey’s history, but so many other topics. We also had a great group of people – we all got on really well.
So thank you so much for arranging this for me. I will be recommending you to all my friends – I haven’t stopped talking about the tour. 
I will most certainly be recommending and/or using your services for future travel – you are very efficient.
Kind regards, Maria Abicic
 
March-April in Oman & Turkey
Oman:
Yakob, our guide in Oman with Mark Tours, was an excellent driver and guide- he was flexible with arrangements and extremely knowledgable across a vast range of interesting topics. The Alila hotel at Jabal Akdhar was outstanding, and we would highly recommend it.
Turkey:
The car rental went smoothly, and we were able to rent a Renault Megane which was an automatic diesel, and managed the hills/mountains beautifully. 
The Cappadocia driver and guide were also excellent, and the Museum Hotel was superb.
Thanks again for your assistance in organising such a brilliant trip. 
Kind regards, Helen and Brian Bowring
 
**2015 MOROCCO PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS**
Janet & Anne in Morocco April
Hi Holly, 
Janet and Anne came back last weekend and had a wonderful time. I have included a couple of their comments which I think you may find interesting:
“The English spoken by our driver was superior. Our driver was very good indeed. Our Fes guide was also good but not that easy to understand. We were very grateful to our driver. I must say the bread making excursion day was excellent. Having been slightly unwilling participants initially, we both agreed it was time really well spent. We recommend it and will write a good report on Trip Advisor.”
Thank you so much for all your help. I certainly know who to speak to when next sending clients (or myself) to Morocco.
Take care, Kath Waugh, Blue Skies (travel agent)
 
PATTERSON, December-January in Morocco!
JUST letting you know…Gerard has just landed and he had a total blaaaaaaast!
I cannot thank you enough for your superb expertise and management of this booking… You are truly wonderful and I am on my knees in gratitude!
Just had a HUGE chat with him. He had the best best time and loved it all. All properties were unreal.
Jo, MTA (travel agent)
 
2014 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2014 MOROCCO / SPAIN / PORTUGAL PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS**
Morocco – Private 16 day tour for six
Hi Holly,
we had a wonderful trip. Morocco was so interesting in all respects, the scenery, culture, people, shopping of course and the food. Our bags were chock-a-block coming home having added 10 kg to both. We also sent home 3 parcels from Morocco!
Our driver, Younes Bakkar, was fabulous, we got on so well with him, he fitted in so well, as he said to us ‘you are no longer tourists but my family’, yes he was ours as well. He looked after us beyond his duty doing many little extras that were not in his job description. We were very appreciative of his efforts. He always took us to places to eat which he knew were of excellent quality. He also took us to a dinner and show in Marrakech which was fun and took us through the medina in a village near Erfoud before going into the desert. In the medina we visited a traditional natural pharmacy, that was a great experience. If you would pass on to Alizes Travel these thoughts and our appreciation for his work. Their vehicle was excellent too. Younes is a credit to himself and Alizes Travel and is deserving of praise from his boss.
Thank you for the dinner at Rick’s Café; it was sensational and great finish to a great holiday.
Thank you again for all your efforts in putting our trip together; you did a wonderful job.
Geoff and Lyn
 
Spain, Portugal & Morocco
Hi Holly,
a quick note to give you feedback on our trip. It was an extremely well organized and interesting holiday, with both of us loving our time in all 3 countries. The weather treated us kindly and we saw many amazing things plus had a lot of fun.
Thank you, Holly, for having everything so brilliantly organized for us - it provided the foundation for a top rate holiday.
Many Thanks Noel and Bev
 
Private Spain & Portugal Tour, October 2014
Dear Holly,
I am back in Sydney. Certainly all 6 members of the group have enjoyed the trip you planned.
Thank you. Andy Mak
 
**2014 SPAIN & PORTUGAL COACH TOURS**
Northern Spain Coach Tour, October 2014
Hi Michael, we have returned from a memorable trip to Spain, all went very well from start to finish. Well organised trip, comfortable transport and good choice of hotels. Constanza in Barcelona was the best and spoilt us for the rest of the trip.
Thank you for being so helpful, God bless.
Adele Seady (South Africa)
 
August Euorpean Holiday (8 day North of Spain Tour E-478 & 5 day Salamanca & Portugal Tour E-175)
Hello Michael
Hope you are well.
This is just a quick note to say that we enjoyed our European holiday.  Everything went according to plan - planes, trains, car and the Spain/Portugal tour component. We were joined on our first tour in Spain by 2 Australian couples. There were only 11 on the Portugal tour in a 45/50 seater bus. We were joined by another Australian couple, who were also your clients. Trapsatur worked out well; we also got to meet some Spanish speaking people from Central and South America and this contributed to the tour enjoyment for both groups.
There were a number of optional tours (almost daily). Most places employed a local guide – one of our embedded tour guides indicated that a local guide had to be employed on each occasion as they risked being fined if they were caught doing the job of a local guide. These optional tours usually turned out to be quite good, and we couldn’t really work out what we would have done if we didn’t do them.
Thanks for your assistance. Regards, Geoff & Cheryl Rynja
 
**2014 IRAN**
Iran, 2.5 weeks - April 2014
Hello Tom,
Arrived here in Southern Burgundy on Saturday (17 May) after 2 days in Istanbul where we just took it easy, visited a few places that we missed last time we were there, and recovered from our full on trip in Iran.
We had the most fantastic 17 days in Iran - one of the best travel experiences we have ever had. We felt totally secure, people were friendly, welcoming and generous, we saw all the cultural and historical places we planned to see and then more, and we had the most energetic, smart and funny guide possible - a 29 yo single woman, Bahare, who was happy to talk to us about anything to do with life in Iran. She really helped to make our experience what it was.
And a terrific driver, Ali, who replaced our original driver about 5 days into the trip. Both were polite, generous, and wonderful drivers, especially in Tehran traffic which we decided was much, much more challenging that Jakarta's. The original driver however had rather ordinary navigation skills, and that was tricky for the rest of us in the car. He decided that he wasn't up to the task and Arg-e Jadid replaced him.
The hotels were good, though the one in Hamadan leaves something to be desired. Ready for the bulldozer, I'd say. The Abbasi in Isfahan is, as you know, simply gorgeous. On all occasions were we were comfortable. And we ate Iranian food the entire time. Turned down all offers of "tourist" food.  In summary, organisation and experience were perfect.
The trip fulfilled our hopes and then some. We are so pleased to have been there and are thinking of returning. There are some places we'd like to return to like Shiraz and Isfahan, and others like Mashad, Kerman and Tabriz that we didn't have time to visit.  And there is that famous citadel in Bam
- pity about its proximity to the border with Pakistan and a tendency to have earthquakes.
Such a relief though not to have to wear hijab. I was happy to have to comply while in Iran (small price to pay to experience what Iran has to offer - and that is plenty) but it is hot to have to wear long sleeves, trousers and a long top and scarf all the time (most days and particularly in desert areas were in the mid to high 30s), and I was a bit resentful as a woman to have that restriction while men don't. However, the scarf came off as soon as the doors to the plane were shut before take off from Tehran and I, like just about every woman on the plane, sighed a collective sigh of freedom! 
Our very best wishes and thanks to you. We would be very happy for you to pass on our comments to Arg-e Jadid.
Very best wishes, Margaret and Bob
 
**2014 TURKEY**
Private Gallipoli Tour from Cruise Ship Docked in Istanbul
Dear Tom, We had a most interesting and moving tour of Gallipoli. Our guide Izzet Yildirim had done a lot of research for us and was excellent. We wouldn’t have been able to understand it all without him – such terrible terrain and Anzac Cove so small.
Alison and Dennis Rose (Alison’s cousin was killed during the Gallipoli Campaign).
 
2013 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2013 TURKEY & JORDAN**
Family Trip to Turkey – Nov ‘13
Hi Tom,
Just to let you know that we had a wonderful trip to Turkey. Thanks for all your recommendations and bookings.
It was raining the first few days so didn't see a couple of things I would have liked to but everything else was just fantastic. Such a great experience for our girls.
Once again, thank you, Alison McDonell
 
Jordan & Turkey - August/September 2013
We have been back a few days and all was excellen t(as usual)....everything organised by Timeless was great...very personal.....and tourism in Jordan is down 90% and turkey 70%...great for us as nobody was around, but I did have some concerns initially especially when looking at the Smart Traveller website (NEVER again as it is totally inaccurate.....saidthat the desert hwy. was closed to get to Petra...not so!!!)...and thanks for suggesting Jerash...fantastic..and the dead sea..weird.....Kempinsky at dead sea is embarrasingly over the top...only has 9 restaurants and 9 swimming pools!!.....in fact alll hotels excellent and well positioned.....all 7 star, except Bodrum which was only 6 star.
David
 
Turkey Sojourn - Sept '13
Tom,
To say we enjoyed turkey immensely, the guide Kenan, was great as was the young woman, who showed us Aphrodisiac etc. You do know your stuff Tom. The hotels were amazing partic the Vista Hotel.We went on via Samos, Patmos, Coz, Santorini, Naxos and via Athens to Malta where we spent 9 days. Back in our house in Mallorca now.
Anyway well done Thankyou! Tim and Gully Cavanough
 
Turkey May 2013
Hi Tom, 
Our trip went very well, thanks, especially the final Cappadoccia leg. The 4oda hotel was beautiful. All the tour guides in Gallipoli, Ephesus and Urgurp were fantastic. Thanks so much for getting our holiday together. Thanks so much for your expert advice. Your knowledge proved invaluable when sorting out our Turkey itinerary independently proved too much for me. I really appreciated your timely and thoughtful communications, too. 
I will certainly recommend your company to others in future. 
Regards, Jane Lucas
 
**2013 IRAN**
Iran - October 2013
Hi Tom
Thought you might like an update from the second leg of the trip ! As you suggested , we have gathered strength, adjusted the headscarves and are having a ball. We have a driver/guide, Ali, who, though lacking Mansour's excellent English and historical knowledge, is really good on another level, and very interesting to talk to. He has gone out of his way to make sure we see as much as possible eg taking us on a detour so we could see the Caspian Sea. This week has really been quite different from the first tour - fewer mosques and more ancient sites. The people have been so friendly and welcoming - we have even been to an Iranian wedding! Leave on the long hike back to Shiraz tomorrow and then plane to Muscat. The hotels have all been fine, even the "tourist" one last night.
Hope all well there - best wishes Jocelyn (Lawson)
Hi Tom,
I just wanted to say a huge thanks for organizing the tour in Iran for Traudl, Jocelyn and I! I had the most wonderful time in that incredible country and really wish I hadn't had to come home quite so soon. I can't say enough good things about our guide Mansour and driver Ali; they were brilliant and went far above and beyond the call of duty in making our trip comfortable, interesting and filled with warmth and laughter. I will be spreading the word about the beauty and magic of Iran and your work in getting tourists there so I hope that will bring you extra business...
Many thanks again, Jules (Julia Billings)
All going well, trip of a lifetime, Traudl (Moon)
 
Iran - April 2013
Hi Tom,
Our trip to Iran was excellent.  Thank you for your help with tickets etc. Everything was perfect.  We enjoyed out time with Hassan very much, and especially wanted to let you know that you made a very thoughtful match.
Kind Regards, Ellin and Arie
 
**2013 OMAN TOURS**
Cultural Oman Tour - October 2013
Good Morning,
We recently returned from Oman, where we travelled on your Cultural Oman tour for 9 days. We were most impressed with the tour – everything ran like clockwork; our guide from Mark Tours was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the accommodation was of a very high standard.
Initially, our contact with Timeless was via the internet, but our travel agent, took over the arrangements as she was handling other bookings for our trip.We have advised Lindsey that we were delighted with the trip and we are confident that she will recommend Timeless to any other clients who may be visiting Oman.
Thank you for a most enjoyable tour and we wish you all the best for a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Kind Regards, Bronwen and Karl-Heinz Töpfer
 
**2013 SPAIN & PORTUGAL TOURS**
Spanish Adventure - Sept '13
Morning Holly
Now that some time has passed since our return and life has returned to some form of normality I just wanted to drop you a short note to say thank you for your expert attention to our booking.  Every part of our journey was thankfully uneventful and went off without a hitch.  
Physically very demanding nevertheless with all the moving and bag carrying etc. but if you want to see the country as we were able to do that is what is necessary. Kerry managed the drive most expertly although at times it was a bit like a "Chevy Chase" movie at some roundabouts and not knowing what direction we were supposed to be going in.   The road system is I have to say a pleasure to drive on.   The diversity of the country has to be seen to be believed.  Agriculture is of course a major source of income to the country and we saw why as we witnessed acres and acres of land under cultivation groaning with either olive trees or fruit trees or some other crops.
The country was marvellous to see,  the train journey was so easy, the hotels were perfect and well positioned and of a good standard.   Arriving at our final destination Malaga near the Costa Del Sol was a shock.  It is so very congested down in that area and highly urbanised with highways and tall buildings appearing to choke that region.  It is a very popular area obviously  ... maybe next time that is where we need to have a look around.  Barcelona was magnificent with its amazing architecture history and special sites as was Madrid and Granada.   We took in some local colour with the Andalusian dancing horses, a  Spanish dance company production, a ride on the cable car way up into the mountains. We visited the marvellous museums and art galleries and where possible took advantage of what each region had to offer tourists.
We found the hop on/hop off bus the best way to get around when in major cities and it worked well and was reasonably priced.  We would head for the local tourist office as soon as we arrived to get information on where to go and what to see ... that also was very useful and these offices were most obliging and helful.     
Having a hard time settling down  spending many hours of my day dreaming and trying to re-live the memories!
Thanks again. Pauline Calligeros
 
My Trip: Malaga, Gibraltar, Lisbon & Surrounds – April 2013
I just wanted to send you a quick email regarding my trip to Spain and Portugal. Thank you for your amazing job of organising this trip. The tours were all well run and took me where I wanted to go. All their guides were friendly and explained points of interest extremely well. The hotels were incredible!! Both so centrally located and 5 star. The Palacio (Malaga) was so modern and their staff very helpful. The Mundial was so central and my room had a fantastic view of the main castle in the hills. It was like a fairy tale view at night.
Thank you again for all your hard work putting this trip together for me. If I ever decide to go back to that part of the world again I would certainly use your company and especially you to organise it again. I will highly recommend you my friends and fellow travellers.
Regards, Anne Shearston
 
**2013 MOROCCO TOURS**
Discovery of Morocco Tour – May 2013
Hi Holly, we finished our tour of Morocco and am just writing to say what a great tour it was. Ahmet our guide and Abdul our driver were simply great.The hotels were good and some superb. But overall we are happy with the tour and the small group of 15 fellow travelers, Belgians, Aussies and Kiwis were wonderful and got on really well together. All the local guides were terrific including the 80 year old at the tour of the cistern at Oualidia, he was full of of energy and funny! So once again, thank you, we are glad to have made this trip to Morocco.......
Regards Devi and Klaudio
 
2012 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2012 ISRAEL**
Israel: Heritage of the Holyland Coach Tour, August/September 2012
Dear Timeless Tours & Travel,
Thank you for the job well done of organising our tour, everything was done professionally, the pick-up/drop-off, hotels, etc. The people who you dealt with in Jerusalem are very friendly and they made us feel at home. There was no problem at all, I would recommend you and the 1 week Israel tour to anyone and I would use your services again.
Much appreciated.
Kind Regards, Malae Sega
 
**2012 MOROCCO - SPAIN - PORTUGAL**
Private Overnight Trip in Morocco, June 2012
Hi Holly,
Now that we are more or less settled in London following our cruise, I wanted to let you know that everything went like clockwork in Morocco.
We had such a great adventure. Our driver/guides were fantastic and we found Morocco fascinating beyond words. The only problem was that our stay was much too short! The hotel in Marrakech was perfect - a far cry from some awful plastic Hilton or Sheraton. All the people we met were so friendly and helpful.. we can't wait to go back again and explore further.
So thanks again for your patience and hard work. As it turns out, dozens of people left the ship in Agadir and returned the following day in Casablanca, so I don't know what all the drama with Oceania was about.
best wishes, Ian Ross & Gray Bolte.
 
Thank you for a wonderful trip - Morocco Private Driver Progam, May 2012
Dear Holly, 
I am writing to thank you for booking a wonderful trip for our family. As there is no evaluation form, I wanted to write to say what a great companion Hicham was to us. He was so thoughtful, courteous, professional and well informed. Every part of the trip, he consulted us and planned ahead to make sure that things went smoothly and that our interests (e.g. photography, food preferences) were catered for. Hicham is a wealth of knowledge on Moroccan history and Berber culture. We also had great discussions on Islam and exchanged Arabic lessons with him for Chinese ones :) I will definitely be recommending him to friends who travel to Morocco. 
We also enjoyed most of our local guides, who were usually knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
The rooms you booked for us were beautiful. We enjoyed all the various properties along the way. It was a great idea not to pre-book dinners. The portions served everywhere were huge!
The itinerary was well paced. We liked arriving in most cities in the afternoon, having a relaxing evening, then exploring it the next day. The only day that was longer than we expected was the drive from Fez to Boumalne. We left at 8:30 am, and after site-seeing along the way, we did not arrive at our hotel til after 9pm. It was quite tiring for us and for Hicham. 
Thank you once again. Kind regards, Emyo Wang
 
Portugal, Andalucia & Morocco Tour (Trapsatur), April/May 2012
Hi Holly,
Now back in Oz and had a great time and everything you organised worked out really well, especially the locations of the hotels in Barcelona and Madrid. Thanks so much. I really enjoyed everything and Spain Portugal and Morocco are such interesting places.
Kind Regards, Jeniffer Petty.
 
**2012 TURKEY**
Private Arrangements for 8 Ladies, Turkey – May/June 2012
Dear Tom,
A big thank you for our wonderful Turkish experience - ei - The Coulton Group.
Firstly -the timing was perfect. We managed to be there before the masses arrived & the days were warm enough to enjoy. We managed a few swims that were absolutely beautiful - especially at Kas.
We loved our accommodation - all in great locations & very comfortable. Our guides were so knowledgeable & so easy and you managed to make our three weeks work with a good balance of sightseeing & rest days.
The stay I enjoyed the most was at Kas. The location of the Kas Otel is as good as it gets & the village so charming. Had we not had an agenda - we may still be there!
Urgup was another very special place - felt very spoilt with our accommodation & the area is fascinating.
Your planning & organisation was second to none - thankyou -we all had a marvellous time.
Thank you again, Rosemary Webster
 
Family Self-Drive & Sailing Holiday – Turkey May, 2012
Hi Tom,
I want to thank you for organising our trip through Turkey. The yacht charter was fantastic and Andrew and Lesley were the perfect hosts. Great sailing, delightful meals, the sailing locations were simply gorgeous and our hosts became our friends. The Kismet Hotel was one of our most enjoyable stays, a stunning location, a beautifully appointed suite and the friendly staff were memorable. The itinerary you arranged worked very well and the whole holiday has been one of our all time favourites.
I very much appreciate your time and expertise in making our holiday such a wonderful one.
Kind regards, Rob Anderson
 
Turkish Odyssey Tour, May 2012 (postcard)
Dear Tom and all at Timeless,
This is just to let you know what a wonderful holiday we had in Turkey. The sites visited showed an interesting cross section of Turkish history, as well as being beautiful, with knowledgeable tour leaders – and very helpful. All the hotels were 5*, some with super views of the sea the Rixos in Antalya (upgrade) was especially luxurious, but no sea view.
Thank you very much for all you did to organise the trip.
Yours sincerely, Hilary & Mike Sharman, England, UK
 
Turkey Individual Arrangements, April/May 2012 (postcard)
Dear Tom
We just wished to say how much we enjoyed Turkey. Would dearly love to go back! The history continuing on from the Ship cruise “Aegean Odyssey” was so interesting and the museums Anatolia, Ankara, Cappadocia and guides were exceptional. Bodrum, Kas and Cappadocia Hotels were a knock out!! Especially Kas!! How did we afford “the Museum” one? I could live there forever!
Regards, Gully and Tim Cavanough
 
Turkey Tour, April/May, 2012
Dear Tom,
I just wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to Turkey. The advice you gave was excellent. The Hotel Gemir Palace was just the right distance from the Hilton Conference Hotel and the staff were good, but the Nena Hotel in Sultanahmet was exceptionally good.
The rooms were small but the staff could not have been more helpful in every way. We would recommend them any day. We ate in the hotel roof top restaurant 3 evenings, because the food was so good. They even supplied a free Happy Hour drink and buffet, also 25% off the dinner cost
Our tour with Neon was extremely good and good value. We had such a great guide, Altaygur, who loved his country with a passion and made us feel how fortunate we were to be there. He gave the right amount of information with humour and also little niceties such as a flower for all the
Women on Mother’s Day.
Thank you for organising such an excellent trip.
Our best wishes, Wilma & Victor Pannikote
 
**2012 DUBAI / OMAN**
Oman June 2012 (postcard)
Dear Tom,
Have had a fantastic 4 days with a really great guide who has been very good company as well as extremely knowledgeable.
Regards, Gillian Pannan
 
Oman April 2012 (3 sisters from Rome, Italy)
Dear Tom,
The tour was very nice... The guide was kind and knowledgeable and the places visited met our expectations. Food also was good.
Thank you very much!
Marika Urciuoli
 
Dubai / Oman - February 2012
Well we are now back after a wonderful trip. Thanks for your organisation of the ground content – it all went very smoothly. We were met at Dubai and transferred seamlessly to Al Ain….
Our Oman guide was absolutely brilliant! He was funny and charming, and friendly and got on with everyone around him – to the extent that we were wandering around an old ruined castle that we had found by chance, and there were only two other people there – local guys, and after a chat with Khalid, they invited us back to their house for coffee, and ended up staying for lunch! A very interesting experience. We did change to timetable somewhat – Khalid made some great suggestions, one of which had us at a camel market where we were the only foreigners, but it was all really interesting, and people were very friendly even though we stood out as pretty weird! The desert camp was terrific too – there were only 10 foreigners staying there, so it was all very small and intimate.
Our cruise took us back to Muscat only a couple of days later, and Khalid met us again there off the ship, and took us around Muscat for the morning, and lunch, before he had to go and get some more tourists from Al Ain, so it was fantastic of him to do that – he and my daughter April got on really well, and we were like one happy family for a few days there, with me as the Mum, and my kids!
Anyway, thanks for the trip, we had a great time! I would love to go back one day, and see the south part of the country, and spend more time in the desert.
Cheers, Helena
 
2011 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2011 IRAN**
Our trip to Iran - March
Tom,
As I mentioned on the phone, our trip was terrific. So a big thank you to you and your colleagues at Arg-E-Jadid.
We had no problems apart from not being met at the airport. It was a minor blemish and Ali and Nazinin were very apologetic and compensated us with our taxi fare and dinner, which was much appreciated.
Our guides and drivers were all very good. I don’t think I would change the itinerary.. hotels were all fine.
We visited a few places not on the itinerary which we thought were great. Our guide in Tehran took us in the evening to Darband, which was great.
However, I would point out that Tehran is not cheap. Indeed we were soon concerned that we had not taken sufficient cash ($1000 between us) but, once we left Tehran, the cost of eating was so much lower and we only spent $700 over 12 days. Tehran seemed to be 2-3 times more expensive than elsewhere.
We also visited a few other places not on our itinerary by ourselves, or with locals, that we think are worth including. In Shiraz a local lad took us into the Aramgah –E- Shah-E - Cheragh shrine and the huge Azadi Park was a wonderful place to watch Iranian families on a public holiday. We loved walking around at night – particularly in Shiraz, when everyone seemed to be out and about.
We enjoyed Shiraz and Yazd but Esfahan was, as you predicted, the highlight. The square, the mosques and palaces make it a world-class place. We were glad you had saved it for the end of our trip.
The best part of our trip was meeting so many lovely people. Both Tim and I have travelled extensively but we have never been to a country where so many local people come and say ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, where are you from?’, ‘thank you for coming to Iran’. We spent hours in conversation with young men, students, schoolgirls, families, bus drivers etc. Many of them talked about their lives freely – they wanted us to know how they dislike and fear the religious and political establishment, how they wanted change, but have low expectations of change occurring. I think I benefited from having Tim (27) with me as so many people of a similar age wanted to befriend him. We could have filled a plane with young people wanting to come to Australia with us. Very sad….it made us appreciate the freedom we take for granted. A great experience – thank you Tom for arranging it so well.
Colin & Tim Wilson-Brown
 
**2011 SPAIN & PORTUGAL**
Spain & Portugal Trip - Private Driver Arrangements, Accommodation, Tours, Guides in Spain & Portugal: August-September
Dear Holly,
Just arrived back from 2 months away, and wanted to say thanks for arranging such a terrific holiday for the Moses’ and myself in Spain and Portugal. The itinerary was wonderful and the hotels very comfortable, and the guides and drivers were simply terrific.
Holly, I hope your trip was equally great, and thanks again for checking things out for me.
Best wishes, Judy Becher
 
**2011 SPAIN**
Spain Trip - Trapsatur 5 day Andalucia tour from Barcelona
Hi Holly – Just a note to thank you for the organising – all went seamlessly – great trip & experience.
Kind Regards, Ken Adeline
 
Individual Spain Arrangements - May/June
Many thanks for your excellent work that got us to Spain, Paris and back last month. Despite the rush, every arrangement fell into place perfectly.
Cheers, Sue Hutchins
 
**2011 MOROCCO**
Private Morocco Program and Barcelona – October 2011
Hi Holly
We had a great trip – and thank you for all your tips and help.
I think we had the same guide/driver that you had in Morocco – and he was very good. Nothing seemed to be a bother for him and we found the Moroccon landscape etc particularly interesting. The markets etc were also fun to explore..
The accommodation was also good – and in line with what we had discussed. Ironically it rained on the day/night we were going to camp in the desert – so they had arranged alternate accommodation for us – at our option. We decided to take the alternative they had arranged – a good call in the circumstances as we still got a good feel for the desert and dunes etc
Barcelona was also excellent – such a beautiful city. The accommodation was good..
All in all, a good and memorable trip.
Thank you for your help
All the best, Jill and George Forster
 
Family trip to Morocco - January
Hi Holly,
We are back!
We had a wonderful time in Morocco the guide (Adil) was fantastic!!!!!
… all the hotels were incredible and the service was impeccable. I would have no problems what so ever recommending Timeless Tours to anyone who is looking to travel to Morocco.
Many thanks again!
Liz Myers
 
**2011 TURKEY**
Istanbul – September 2011
This is just a short note to express our satisfaction about our stay in Istanbul. The Seven Hills Hotel, was ideal to our needs, well located nearby places of major significance and quality eateries. The service provided by the hotel was very good. The staff at reception/concierge and at breakfast deserve a special mention.
Our tour guide, Can Gunay, provided wonderful service. Not only is he knowledgeable, he is also friendly, genuine, relaxed, and obliging.
The location of The Marmara Pera was also ideal. Check-in was efficient and the staff friendly.
Regards, Michael Borowick (booked via Goldman Travel)
 
Turkey & Greece September 2011
Hello Holly and Tom,
We are home again and trying to settle down after a wonderful holiday.
We absolutely loved everything we did, Santorini was a favourite in Greece and Cappadoccia in Turkey. The hot air balloon was amazing, I am so glad I did it and it wasn’t scary at all.
Turkey is a beautiful country, I feel I could go back and explore all the parts we didn’t see, there is never enough time is there.
All our plans went very smoothly thanks to you two, it was a perfectly planned holiday.
Thanks again for all your help and advice.
Regards, Jan Pearce
 
Turkey - June 2011
Tom,
Just a quick note to thank you for your assistance with our recent trip to Turkey. Your accommodation recommendations were all excellent, the cave house hotel in Cappadocia, the Caravanserai in Kusadasi and the location of our Istanbul hotel were much appreciated. The balloon flight over Cappadocia was a real highlight. We will certainly be recommending your services to anyone interested in visiting Turkey.
Cheers, Mark Atkinson
 
Turkey May/June 2011 - Denice, Kaye and Mum - little report back
Dear Tom
A quick note to let you know that your independent tour of Turkey which you planned for us was marvellous.
We were happy with everything.  The accommodation was perfect, the hosts very good and so helpful – a particular mention for your man in Antalya.  A lovely, welcoming fellow – I said to him we would tell you what a lovely stay we had there – they couldn’t have been nicer.  The cave house in Urgup was gorgeous and the view and position in Kas – what can I say!!  Everything was planned perfectly and went off without a hitch.  Thank you for all your input – the car hire did work perfectly especially for Mum, but for us too of course.  We were very glad to have our own wheels which added a different dimension to our stay in Turkey.  
Anyway, thank you once again for a great itinerary. I will tell others I know of your expertise.
Best wishes, Denice Campbell
PS I have included a post Kaye made on facebook re – driving in Turkey!
After several days driving on Turkish roads, I feel confident I know all 5 road rules:
1. Stop signs are merely a suggestion.
2. The whole road is yours.
3. Two lanes really mean four.
4. At all costs never use your blinker.
5. Beep horn and gesture wildly to alert other road users of all of the above!
 
Private Arrangements Turkey, May 2011 (postcard)
Dear Tom,
We had a wonderful time in Turkey, not least due to your excellent advice. Matiana was great, Museum Hotel superb.
Thank you, Brian and Onella Stagoll
 
Turkey – Ozturk Grand Sultan Tour May 2011
Hi Holly,
We did indeed have a wonderful time.
The Turkey tour was just great. Hamit did a wonderful job. At one lunch stop the restaurant was right on the bank of a river and Brian made a remark about how nice it would be to drop in a fishing line and soon after a fellow arrived with a fishing line for him to do just that. The hotels and various restaurants were terrific. The meals Hamit organised were typical Turkish meals that we might not have known to choose in interesting and scenic places. Staying in the old part of Istanbul was also very convenient. All the main tourist attractions were within walking distance and the tram was a block away which went to any of the further afield places of interest including connecting to the funicular to Taksim and the upmarket shops if you wanted to go.
We also enjoyed being able to have the launch trips and swims which would not be possible for large groups. The local guides were also very good.
Brian survived the hot air balloon and said he enjoyed it as they didn’t go very high. It was just at the end we went up high to get an overview of the valley he was a bit uneasy. However he was given the “white-knuckle” award by the pilot
Of course such a small group was a great advantage in being able to move more quickly around the busier venues such as Ephesus and gathering everyone back to the bus. They were a very compatible group people and as I guess you know all a similar age group. We are meeting some for dinner soon in Sydney and will have a big get-together when everyone is in back in Australia including Hamit.
Thank you for your organisation.
Kind regards, Beth and Brian
 
2010 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2010 GALLIPOLI TOURS**
Interview with Clem Kealy (2010 Gallipoli for ANZAC Day Tour participant) - "Australian Veteran Comes to seek Turkish Brothers in Arms" by Jane Akatay Tuna, Hürriyet Daily News, 25 Apr 2010
 
Gallipoli
Hi Tom, I'd like to thank you for the excellent tour you organized for me to Gallipoli, I really enjoyed it. The accommodation you arranged was 1st class, much appreciated. Christine and I had a lovely holiday in France and Istanbul and this was a great addition. Thank you very much for your patience.
Regards, Steve Russell
 
**2010 MOROCCO TOURS**
Morocco
Your arrangements worked perfectly and we had a terrific time.
Cheers, Sue Hutchins
 
Morocco Kovacs Tour
Just to let you know that everything went absolutely perfectly in Morocco.
From the time the driver was waiting for us at the airport on arrival until he dropped us off at the airport on departure it could not have gone smoother.
I must special out Rashid our driver who was friendly, charming, always ready to help in every way and absolutely punctual.
The guides were there and knowledgable and courteous and helpful. The Riads were as great as you had foreshadowed and sure enough Peter Dyer is a scream. Thank you again for great organization.
Steve Kovacs
 
**2010 SYRIA/ JORDAN/ LEBANON TOURS**
Trip to Syria
Hi Tom - here is a note from our passengers - Neave Catchpool and Mary Winter: "Just a quick note to thank you for all the arrangements you made for our trip to Syria, which worked out splendidly. We would particularly like to mention our Syrian guide, Mr. Ahmad Zaghloul, who was not only prompt, energetic and knowledgable, but who became a real friend. He has a warm personality and a fine sense of humour, and we were sorry to say goodbye to him."
Regards, George Dingli – CHAT Tours
 
**2010 TURKEY TOURS**
Bursa
Hi Tom, The Nurseys & McDonalds are back in Istanbul, at the Richmond (such a great spot) after our sojourn in Bursa;  just thought I'd let you that we loved Bursa and everything we did there, the public transport we took from and back to Istanbul was great, efficient and fun, and the McDonalds said the trip to Cannakkale & back to Istanbul also, was just as successful. Bursa has so much to offer and we must have been the only tourists in the place - and that made it all the more special. We could definitely recommend it to any of your clients wanting to see more of Turkey; the guide for the day got us to many places in a short time and gave us lots of extra information.
All in all, a big success - thank you Tom. We'll be home next weekend and must settle to a more ordinary life - I think I told you we went to South America before this Turkey jaunt - the Galpagos and Peru - so Sydney is going to have to do for a while!
Caroline joins me in saying thank you and very best wishes to all your efficient team.
Jennifer Nursey
 
Turkey
Hi Tom. I have been meaning to drop you a quick note to let you know Tony & Liz had an awesome time in Turkey. Everything you recommended worked perfectly - they loved Cappadocia and the entire trip ran like clockwork. Tony was very impressed with the Gulet - he said he was so surprised about the size of the rooms and the boat itself. Thank you again for all your assistance.
Abigail Elvy, Sales Consultant – Travelplan, Castlecrag
 
Turkey Trip
Hi, Just wanted to tell you that the trip worked out beautifully. Thank you for doing it all. The guides were great and full of info. 
Jo Olsen
 
2009 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2009 IRAN**
November 2009
Iran is a wonderful country to be an independent traveller - provided all the planning and bookings are done properly by an agency as good as Timeless Tours, as was ours when we visited Iran for 15 days. You need to spend some days with knowledgeable guides who will make the sites and sights come alive for you. Then you can also wander about freely, with the only restriction we found being that women tourists have to wear a long scarf (hejab) to cover their hair - something of a time saver each morning! - as well as covering their arms and legs. The accommodation, food and transport (we used planes, inter-city buses and cars) were all very good to excellent. Above all, the young and older people we encountered were friendly, courteous and welcoming - and proud of their long history which has shaped them; their Farsi language; their poets and heroes; the beauty of their land and its historic places. We visited Tehran, Shiraz, Yadz, Esfehan, and Kashan: the most beautiful for us was Esfahan (go there to see why!!), but all of them have special big and small things to see and enjoy… we long to make a return visit to explore more.
Lawson Lobb and Jill Harris.
 
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2009 GALLIPOLI TOURS**
ANZAC '09
Dear Tom, I returned yesterday from the Anzac Day trip and am writing to say what a wonderful experience. Both Will the leader and Nazli, our local guide were friendly, informative and made the trip all the more successful. My thanks to them for a great experience.
Regards, Lorraine Gaffney
 
ANZAC Tour 2009
We are at Bangkok Airport, finally on our way home after a wonderful holiday. Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time and Will couldn't do enough for everybody. We would have no hesitation in recommending this trip to anyone. Thanks again!
Cliff and Rae Stern
 
**2009 TURKEY TOURS**
Merhaba Tom
Just to let you know that Kerry and I am having a fab time. People at Museum Hotel have been so helpful and friendly. Specially Lily who asks to be remembered to you. She worked wiıth William she says. Also Kylie from Kappadocia balloons said hallo. Neon for the Nemrut daig tour was good. What a wonderful sunrise we had.
Thanking again. Gule gule Jacky and Kerry
 
Western & Central Turkey Adventure
Hi Tom, I am back - I loved Turkey!! My favourite place was Istanbul followed by Kalkan and then Urgup - I did the balloon ride over Cappadoccia which was fantastic. Neon tours were good - only 10 on tour. The hotels used on the tour were fabulous so I would recomend this tour to anyone.
Also the Summingen hotel in Istanbul was great - would definitely stay there again.
Thanks for your help - I hope I can get lots of clients interested in Turkey now.
Kind regards, Jo Maclean - Ocean Grove Travel Pty Ltd
 
Gulet Cruise and Turkey Tour
Dear Tom, The boat cruise of course was a complete delight, the boat magnificent, the food terrific and, being so early in the season, we had the waterways pretty much to ourselves. The Gem of the trip (among many) was Sirince, an inspired choice which we all absolutely loved. Our disappointment was that we could not stay longer. The guides were all excellent and entertaining, meaning not boring.
What more can I say? Thanks for organising a fantastic trip for us, and if the proof is in the pudding, Turkey is a place I could return to tomorrow. Istanbul is my favourite city. Great work, Tom, we did appreciate your choices.
Best Regards, Hildegard Griffin
 
**2009 SYRIA/ JORDAN/ LEBANON TOURS**
Syria/Jordan Trip
Dear Tom,
Just a quick note to let you know how fabulous the trip was. Everything went very smoothly particularly in Syria and Lebanon , our guide in Syria was a lovely, extremely informative lady who was passionate about her country.
In Lebanon also, even though it was a brief stay, we had another lovely guide. They are hoping that more tourists start visiting Lebanon again so please spread the word to your clients. The rebuilding of Beirut is so impressive with beautifully restored buildings and the city has an air of sophistication. Our hotel was close to the sea and it was very pleasant to stroll along the Corniche that runs along by the sea. The food was excellent and we had lunch at some very nice places particularly in Damascus and Aleppo, beautiful restaurants with central courtyards and fountains.
Forgot to mention Dubai - quite amazing place but so artificial. We thoroughly enjoyed the Desert Safari, very exciting dune bashing and very nice meal. Wish we were still over there.
Thanks again! Kind Regards, Maree and Greg
 

2008 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2008 TIMELESS TOURS' GALLIPOLI TOURS**
ANZAC Tour 2008
Tom. We have been home from our tour for 2 weeks now and we wish to let you know of how great the ANZAC tour was for us. Our tour group were very compatable and we got on extremely well. As you would know when a tour group gets on with each other it makes for a first class experience. I am not sure what superlatives could describe Will's knowledge on ANZAC history or that of his efforts in organisation of the tour, but anything that we could say would not go anywhere close enough. We wish to thank Will and our fellow tour members for such a memorable experience. Of course our son Greg and his wife Faye were the instigators of us being on the trip and except for a tummy bug for Greg in Istanbul they also had a wonderful tour. Their were many highlights but the standout for us, apart from the actual ceremony on ANZAC day, was our couple of hours at Shrapnel Valley. So serene there your could feel the peace of the place. So beautiful but also so sad. After ANZAC we toured Turkey then went over to the USA to New York then visited friends in Ottawa before heading home via Las Vegas and Honolulu. To have visited ANZAC Cove on ANZAC day is the fullfilment of something we have always wanted to do and thanks to you and your staff it is now a memorable experience.
Once again many thanks....Alan & Eileen Jones.
 
Gallipoli 2008
Just back from our Turkey odyssey and had to let you know it was GREAT!!!!!
Will was just fantastic as our tour leader at Gallipoli and made sure everything ran smoothly - he knows so much about the campaign that although I thought I was well informed about Anzac he taught me facts I didn't know - brilliant.
All told it was a most memorable holiday, and if any of our friends or rel's every indicate they want to go to Turkey we will certainly tell them there is only one way to go --- with Timeless.
Best regards, Peter Lomax & Di Burt
 
Gallipoli Tour 2008
We are writing to congratulate Timeless on the quality of the recent tour we undertook to Gallipoli for the 2008 Anzac ceremonies.  It was a more in-depth tour than we had ever imagined that gave us a far better understanding of the tragic events that occurred there in 1915.  The small group enables to access areas that other larger groups could not (we know this first hand from friends who were on a large 45 person tour this year).  The success of the tour was significantly due to the passion and depth of knowledge demonstrated by Will Willis.  He gave us a great insight into the events at Gallipoli not only by taking us to the many sites, but also through his in depth commentary throughout the tour.  Importantly, his commentary was very balanced and delivered without the heavy military flavour one might expect.  Further, he could not do enough to assist all members of the group feel comfortable within their individual physical limitations, ensuring that each person gained the maximum benefit from the tour.
We will have no hesitation in recommending future tours to friends and colleagues. Regards, Julie and David Bell
 
**2008 OZTURK TOURS**
Ozturk Grand Sultan Tour
The tour of Turkey was very comprehensive and enjoyable, and it was nice to be with a group of Australians on tour. I am feeling fitter now that I have managed all those archaeological sites… The itinerary very good, the meal inclusions excellent (its certainly difficult for singles when the meals are not included). The luncheon venues were a delight! I enjoyed the balloon flight over Cappadocia… The Turkish bath in Cappadocia was not to be missed!!
As far as the air travel is concerned—Cathay Pacific was excellent; Turkish Airlines very good. Please let Hamit know I enjoyed the Ozturk tour and it was an excellent idea to go with a company who knew the country so well. He can be well proud of his country of origin and I will have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to go to Turkey in style! Thanks again for making arrangements.
Regards, Patsy Nugent
 
**2008 TURKEY TOURS**
Annual Turkey Trip - Bodrum Day Excursion
Dear Tom, Well, Bodrum was a highlight, thanks to you, Chris and Bahadir.
Chris took me first to the Info centre. Here we waited a little while to try and contact the custodian of the little museum of the Halikarnassus Balikci. No success so we decided to chance it and grabbed a taxi. The museum turned out to be closed but a woman passing by -- thanks to Chris's fluent Turkish -- promised to ask at the baker's, where she was heading, about the key -- and the custodian. Not long after, he and a convoy of three others arrived, laden with tool-bags from which they produced jemmies, hammers and other useful tools. In a jiffy the museum was open and the work men departed. It is a small affair but interesting for someone like me interested in fringe things. There were manuscripts, copies of his books, portraits, photos, some yellowed by age, but fascinating. Chris read from some of the manuscripts written in pencil in English: vivid descriptions of the beauties of Bodrum of his time. There were also family photographs and a family tree. All well worth preserving but with more care than at present. Chris, who knows a surviving family member, tells me his main papers are in Izmir. There's a short book to be written -- all I need is collaborator who speaks Turkish? Chris? I did not mention it but should have.
Then to the Myndos gate. Some guide books say there is nothing to see. In a literal way that is true but ruins can speak to us in a way well preserved buildings can't. It was evocative to walk between the pillars, vestiges of the gateway where Alexander entered, and to see remains of old tombs dotted through the trees, was a moving experience for me. Bahadir joined us here and told fascinating stories of excavations there. Then on to the Mausoleum, just a quarry littered with stone remnants but again it can call up ghosts and visions. The model replica gives some idea of its magnificence, if not the callosal lscale. And one original relief has been retained, the rest carted off to the British Museum in typical nineteenth century imperialist style.
The castle and its treasure are of course the piece de resistance as you had prepared me to expect, but was even more fascinating than I had imagined. The amphoras and the story of their retrieval and restoration is just amazing, as it was to see how they were stowed away on the model ship. Not many spills of the precious contents I imagine. By the time we got to the holy of holies, specially opened for me, my energies were flagging a little but how thrilled I was to see so much. Tea in the gardens, overlooked by the peacocks, revived me. Chris was so thoughtful and considerate throughout. By this time Bahadir had left us to take a tour group, having had no lunch break I am afraid.
So Bodrum was a great success and a good choice.
This is to thank you Tom and also Chris and Bahadir -- I had not realised he had been diver as well as a marine archaeologist.
All best wishes, Laurie
PS The Tours info about books to read is a good one I think!
 
2007 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**2007 OZTURK TOURS**
Hi - Grand Sultan October 07
Hi Tom. Just wanted to let you know that Hamit's Grand Sultan tour was a holiday of a lifetime! Bob and I had a wonderful time. We found the Turkish people warm and friendly, the food fabulous and the sights a dream come true for me. We had a great bunch of people on the bus and everyone got on well. I could not speak highly enough of Hamit and Yavuz our guide. They couldn't do enough for us and really went out of their way to make sure everyone was happy. Very personalised attention and real care for our enjoyment and welfare.
Thank you for managing to get us on the tour and making all the arrangements at such short notice. We loved our time in Bodrum so thank you also for that recommendation.
All the best and Merry Christmas, Marie-Anne & Bob
 
Thankyou
Hello Hamit and Tom,
Now that I have been home for over 3 weeks, and getting slowly oriented again after 5 to 6 weeks of travel, I would like to thank you both for your part in my great travel experience. We had some wild, stormy weather, with flooding, in Newcastle the weekend before I arrived home, but fortunately my home escaped the consequences.
Hamit, how good is your “Grand Sultan” tour? I really enjoyed the experience. I have thought about highlights and a few are as follows:
  • all the places, people and experiences in Istanbul, including the Bosphorus cruise;
  • Gallipoli;
  • all the historical sites and places in Turkey – specially Ephesus;
  • restored Ottoman caravanserai hotel in Kusadasi;
  • a couple of swims in the Mediterranean Sea;        
  • Cappodocia – landforms, cave dwellings and underground cities, the cave hotel, balloon flight;
  • an understanding of Turkish history and nation;
  • rural scenes/ traditional country people;
  • the tour group in the minibus and how well we got on together.
Tom, thank you and the people at Timeless Tours and Travel for your part in my travel experience. As well as the tour of Turkey, and flying Turkish Airlines, I enjoyed the experience of London, the UK and Ireland. All went very well. The County Hotel in London was quite good – I had no problems with the community toilet/ bathroom experience, and the hotel is at a good location. The tour director on the Trafalgar tour was excellent with a lot of experience and historical knowledge, as well as a good sense of humour. For an Australian, there is a lot of history in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Turkey! I also enjoyed the Bangkok experience, and thank you for your contribution in this regard.
Thanks, Hamit and Tom! Kind regards, Bob Cherry
 
Feedback re Ozturk Turkey Tour
The tour was everything they said and more. The accommodation was, wherever possible, in the old parts of the cities and quite charming. All very high standard. We stayed in a caravanserai in one place, and in a cave (a 4 star cave) in another. The organiser had gone to a lot of trouble to arrange for meals in unusual and also charming places. The organisation was also very generous - we went for a boat trip down the Bosphorus and we had a boat big enough for a hundred people all to ourselves. We followed the coast for quite a lot of the trip, which meant spectacular water views. One of the major highlights is the balloon trip - must go with Cappadocia Balloons though. That was an experience I will never forget - absolutely wonderful. Most other balloons sort of went up and then eventually came down - our firm's balloons went up and d! own like yo-yos. I didn't know you could do things like that with a balloon and wow!was it fun! Great value for money.
I think that anyone wanting to do a comfortable, entertaining, well-organised tour of Turkey would do well to consider Ozturk.
Susan and Sal
 
Ozturk 17 Day Tour in Turkey
I want to let you know that the tour was first class, only 10 people plus Hamit and a local guide and a driver. We travelled comfortably in a small coach and stayed in small hotels off the tourist track for most of the nights. All of our lunches and dinners were lovely and some quite spectacular. I guess by now you will guess that I thought the trip was beaut - and you are right. I can heartily recommend it for anyone looking for something just a little different. The country and its people are great. We never felt uncomfortable or threatened.
Regards, Graeme Robin
 
**2007 SYRIA/ JORDAN/ LEBANON TOURS**
Syria - 2007
You have been a wonderful guide for us in Syria... our visit has been far too short to see and appreciate everything!
Lawson Lobb and Jill Harris
 
2006 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2006 GALLIPOLI TOURS**
Turkey/Greece
Hello Tom, Arrived home safely Saturday evening.  We had a great time in Turkey and Greece.  All the travel arrangements worked well, so thank you for your hard work. Will was an excellent guide and help.  He led a very good tour leading up to and including Anzac Day and drove us through spectacular country in Turkey. So, thank you again Tom for your help.
Kind regards Peter and Anne 
 
**2006 OMAN TOURS**
Oman 2006 - From Brig and Robyn
We have just returned from an amazing visit to Oman. We arrived with some reservations about our personal safety, and living conditions generally, and left with a magic aura, wanting more! It's one of the safest destinations we have visited, we were treated with great respect, the cities and countryside are clean, and the road network is as modern as any we have seen. Scenically it is amazing, ranging from barren, soaring mountains, to deserts and to beautiful emerald seas. Accommodation is excellent, food apetizing, and service friendly and helpful. Shopping the souqs is an added adventure! We adored Oman, and were looked after extremely well. We had the same driver all the way, and fell in love with him (Faisal).
Thanks again, Brig and Robyn
 
2005 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2005 GALLIPOLI TOURS**
Gallipoli 2005
I would like to tell how much we enjoyed the whole trip. Your choice of hotelsin Istanbul, the Accura and the Richmond were goodchoices - close to the sights and to the 'feel' ofIstanbul. The tour of the battlefields and ANZAC DAY itself werewell conduct and well organised.
Thank you very much, Anthony and Ros Fairbrother
 
Sent to Alan Jones 2GB:
Dear Alan,
I have just returned from a trip with my family to Gallipoli for four days including Anzac Day followed by a trip around The Somme battle fields in France visiting the Australian sites and cemetries.
I have tried to instill in my children the heritage of our great country and the debt we owe to so many who have fought for us, especially the fallen.
I have taken my son to every Anzac Day march since he was three and the welcome home march for the Vietnam Veterans. As he is now eighteen I decided the time was right to take him, my sixteen year old daughter and my wife to Gallipoli.
We travelled around the Gallipoli Peninsula with our tour leader, who is a Vietnam Veteran and a Historian and who has now completed seven of these tours. He has a vast knowledge of the Gallipoli Campaign and Turkish History. For four days we travelled to Anzac Cove, Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, Quinns Post, The Neck, Suvla Bay, and Cape Helles.
Whilst I was in France I heard that back in Australia there was a lot of flack directed at young people because of rubbish left at the Dawn Service and that some were laying amongst the graves at the Lone Pine Ceremony. Some Australians just have to be knockers and some in the media are prime examples. There was no fault with the young people and there was minimal damage by the road widening at Anzac Cove, our guide said it has been done in a very sensitive way. What appeared to be massive damage on the television screen is actually the natural terrain.
As you have always supported young Australians I would like to put a view to you from someone who was there, rather than that portrayed through a television camera.
There were over six hundred buses end to end on the entry road to Anzac Cove for the Dawn Service, a line over six kilometres long. My family was on bus No.60 and it took us about fifteen minutes to walk to the site, you can only guess how long it took from bus No.600. We arrived at 10PM the night before and there were already young Australians there who had hiked how many kilometres from neighbouring towns into the site, after back packing across Europe.
During the night I was the coldest I have been in my life, the cold went through to your bones and you could not stop shivering. It certainly drove home the conditions of our diggers coming ashore wet, with pack, rifle and shovel, and under fire. There were twenty thousand of us there over night, of all ages, and there was not one case of bad behavior.
I was just so proud of our young people in the reverence and respect they observed during the service.
We then walked in a long orderly column up the long steep hill to Lone Pine on Second Ridge. Most Australians do not realise and would not believe how far our boys got to over such difficult terrain. This column contained Aussies of all ages, some, like a 78 year old lady with our group, stopping occassionaly for a breather, but all carried to the top with the emotion, all with no sleep.
The ceremony at Lone Pine is a completely different atmosphere, just as the Dawn Service and the March are in Sydney. There would have been at least twelve thousand at Lone Pine.
At both Anzac Cove and Lone Pine my family was lucky to get seats in the stands. At both sites the young people were packed in where ever they could find a space.
I was immensely proud of the reception they gave Mr.Howard, the obvious warmth of these young Australians as they mobbed their Prime Minister and insisted he do a circuit of the site to meet them all was outstanding.
When the Veterans sitting in the stands were called up to sit up the front with the dignitaries, the support they received from these young people was reflected in their faces as they walked forward, they were absolutely amazed and overwhelmed. One eighty year old plus digger kept going, like he was walking on clouds, right up to very front where Mr.Howard insisted he stay. I am a grown man and I have to admit I had a tears in my eyes. These old soldiers will remember that moment to their last days, not for shaking the hand of the Prime Minister or Prince Charles, but the overwhelming respect they received from these young Australians.
When we were leaving Lone Pine I turned to the other members of our tour and said I am just so proud of the young people of our country.
The criticism of the rubbish at Anzac Cove is unjust, there were only a few rubbish bins, not nearly enough for twenty thousand. The arm chair critics who were not there do not realise that the War Graves Commission employs the Turkish people to erect and dismantle the stands and clean up the sites, in a country of high unemployment.
Lone Pine was the site of the hardest and costliest fighting for the Aussies in the campaign, between the 6th and 9th August 1915 in 3 days and nights of fighting, there were 2000 Australian casualties and 7000 Turkish casualties. In 1918 a British visitor observed you could still see evidence of the bloodshed.
I honestly believe that a young digger laying in that hallowed ground would feel comfort in a young Australian wrapped in our flag laying next to him.
There was no disrespect, there was only the utmost respect. Australia should be proud of these young people who are the same age and are made of the same character as the boys they were there to honour.
Alan, I realise that this is too long for you to read, but I had to get it off my chest, and you understand young people.
Thank You, Yours sincerely, Warren Baker.
Timeless 5 day Anzac Day Program 2005
 
Thanks
Hi Will....I would firstly like to thank you once again on behalf of Helen, James, Victoria and myself, for making our Gallipoli experience so special....I am absolutely convinced that the trip to Gallipoli and Turkey would have been wasted for the most part if we had not had your knowledge and experience. Your affability, demeanour and sense of humour are a credit to you, as is the group of diverse individuals you managed to blend into such a harmonious whole....Thanks mate, Warren, Helen, James and Victoria Baker.
 
Thankyou for our Tour of Gallipoli
Just thought I say a huge thankyou for such a wonderful trip. It met all expectations and more. The country was fascinating, the scenery spectacular and the guides and people of Turkey were so welcoming and friendly. Our guides Jasmine and Chris were so knowledgeable and we had a ball with them.
We'd definately recommend this trip to anyone asking and have already convinced a few friends they should check it out.
Once again thankyou so much. We have some fantatstic memories.
Many Thanks Noeline Boland
 
Anzac Day 2005
We had a fantastic time in Gallipoli, much of it due to your expertise and planning. We actually met another couple in France (who we spent a week with - small world) that were in Gallipoli at the same time as our tour group, but they missed the Lone Pine Service as their Turkish tour guide told them to wait for the bus to take them to it.
Kirsten and Duncan Bryce
 
**2005 SYRIA/ JORDAN/ LEBANON/ IRAN TOURS**
Syria Travels
Dear Tom, Just to let you know that our travels have been going very well- thanks to your excellent arrangements...
We really loved Syria - quite a unique place - the souks of Old Damascus and Aleppo were amazing.
Arrangements in Turkey have also worked splendidly...
Car arrangements have also worked well - the car from Avis Adana got us up to Mt Nemrut with no trouble!
Best regards, Rob and Jane
 
**2005 OMAN TOURS**
Oman 2005
Just to let you know, Tom, that our tour to Wadi Shab with "Johnny" (didn't see it written, but that's what it sounded like) of Mark Tours, was absolutely great. English was quite a struggle for him, but he more than made up for it with what he showed us, his patience and willingness - a thoroughly nice guide who was much appreciated. (Lunch was huge too!). Compared very well with some of the opposition. We'd certainly recommend them.
Regards, Mary & Pauline
 
**2005 SPAIN/ PORTUGAL/ MOROCCO TOURS**
Spain and Morocco 2005
Now that the normal work routine has returned, I thought I would give you some feedback on the trip.
Spain: The Hotel Londres E Inglaterra was wonderful. San Sebastion is a wonderful place to walk, eat tapas, and use as a base for a drive in the surrounding area. Both the Hotels Petit Palace in Bilbao and Sevilla were well presented very modern hotels. The Gugenheim museum was fantastic and worth 1/2 a day. The Bilbao hotel was on the tram line to the museum which made travel easy. Seville was wonderful also, plenty to see in the city itself.
Morocco: After the initial culture shock (two taxi drivers having a fight over who was going to get our fare; we went with a third!). Marrakech was fantastic. The Maison Mnabha was an excellent suggestion, we were sad to leave Peter and Lawrence. The Riad was immaculate full of atmosphere, nothing was too much trouble. We had several dinners (candlelight), there as well, one cooked in the hamman. The room had two dozen red roses, olives and nuts fresh each day, specially cooked biscuits on the last day. Breakfasts were great, freshly stewed figs, pastries etc. All in all a great place.
We went to the atlas mountains on a small group day tour and to Essaouira for the day with a driver. The La Maison Arabe was a great hotel but not in the centre of things like Mnabha and being bigger didn't have the same intimate feeling as Mnabha. It was much better than a Sheraton etc, type of hotel, but having been spoilt at Mnabha I would prefer Mnabha any day. The cooking class was held at La Maison Arabe's pool area some 10-15 minutes away by car from the hotel. The class was good but ended up only being a one course class. The most interesting thing was there was a Moroccan chef and a translator who turned out to be a professor at the University and we had a good talk to him about the current state of Moroccan culture and Politics. We were served the meal we cooked by the pool. Thank you again for your helpful suggestions we had a wonderful holiday.
John Giles
 
2004 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2004 GALLIPOLI TOURS**
Gallipoli ANZAC Tours
Just a note to say how wonderful the Gallipoli trip was, we really enjoyed it and it was all down to our fabulous tour leader Will. I've been on a number of tours throughout the years and he was by far the best leader ever. Thanks for a great time - we will definitely be recommending Timeless Tours and their Gallipoli trip.
Kymberly Clifton
 
**2004 TURKEY TOURS**
Cappadocia - 2004
Tom, Have just returned from Turkey and just wanted to thank you for organising our trip to Cappadocia.
We loved every minute and everything worked like clockwork, from the pick up at Kayseri to the flight from Ankara to Istanbul. Ali, our guide was excellent with a wonderful knowledge of the history of the area and comparative religions. The Museum Hotel was a great experience and quite beautiful having dinner on the terrace overlooking the Valley and the town of Goreme. We also did some wonderful walks from the hotel into the township. Omar is a gracious host.
Finally, the hot air Balloon trip with Cappadocia Balloons was an experience never to be forgotten. We were lucky enough to have a German film crew on our flight with a guest anthopologist who had been living and working in Goreme for 20 years so his intimate knowledge of the area was a bonus.
Lars, Omar and Ali say "Hello" and if you are in touch please thank each one of them.I would have no hesitation in recommending both Timeless Tours and Matiana Travel.
Following the trip to Ankara we spent two days in Istanbul (one of my all time favorite cities) and then flew to Gocek to pick up the boat. Then there were two glorious weeks of wonderful weather sailing from Gocek to Finneke and back.
Our last trip to Turkey was 10 years ago and we were very impressed with the progress made but still the people are friendly and delightful. Not yet touristed out! It's a great country.
Karen and Peter Wilson
 
2003 TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS!
**TIMELESS TOURS' 2003 GALLIPOLI TOURS**
Gallipoli
Traipsing around the (Gallipoli) Peninsula was by far my favourite component of our five week Europe trip. I loved every minute of it.
If the next tour has half as much fun as we had on the trip then they will see it as a trip well spent.
Shaun Butler
 
ANZAC Tour
I took part in your recent tour, the only Kiwi in the group. What a wonderful experience. Will Willis is truly remarkable, so dedicated, enthusiastic and always helpful. And this year of course we had the added bonus of Harvey Broadbent. And I mustn't forget the young local Turkish guide who was excellent, and quite beautiful too!
If you have wondered if improvements could be made, I certainly can't think of any. I will recommend the trip to anyone, and will always look back on my adventure with great pleasure.
[I am a 2nd generation Anzac. My father survived Gallipoli and went on to endure and survive the Western Front].
Michael Broad, Dunedin, New Zealand.
 
ANZAC Day 2003 at Gallipoli
The safe and satisfying Gallipoli tour provided by your company last month deserves the highest commendation. Your itinerary has a good balance of travel, accommodation and informed commentary. Will's personal identification with the tour party and his insightful explanations of the Gallipoli campaign were absolutely splendid. My wife and I felt your product was excellent value for money and have recommended it highly to our booking agent here in Melbourne. Please forward this greeting on to Will with our warmest thanks.
Doug and Bev Davis
 
ANZAC 03
Although it has taken me a good four months to get back to you I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your assistance in helping me organise my trip through Turkey in April.
I had a great time with the highlight being the ANZAC tour conducted by Timeless. The insight that the four days gave me into a part of my Australian history was unbelievable. Although I knew a little about the history of the ANZACs it was not until I spent the four days with Will and the guy who was writing the book (whose name escapes me) that I truly appreciated what went on there, how it all came about and how it all ended up, truly a great experience. The ANAZC ceremonies themselves were fantastic and made all the better by the great group we had on the tour. It was fantastic how well we all got along with each other, something not always experienced with other tours, and attributed to the way it was lead and conducted. Will's ability to interact with everyone was fantastic.
Jon Brennan

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