‘Jeremy Seal’s fascination with Turkey brought an unexpected additional delight and humour to the journey. His extrovert character and his Turkish ensured a ready flow of enriching encounters with locals. With all that he was still sensitive to the needs of the group and made each of us feel special. Another holiday led by Jeremy is high on my to do list.’ – Gill Hinton
‘My wife Joyce and I had the great pleasure of travelling with Jeremy in Cappadoccia and then in a gulet along the Lycian coast. Jeremy’s infectious enthusiasm for Turkey and the multiple layers of peoples and civilisations that we were exploring was a constant tonic and made the trip a special experience. He shared his knowledge freely and happily. Nothing was too much trouble to ensure that the party had a memorable experience. And Jeremy answered all my idiotic questions fully and expertly without a sign of impatience. And, if he didn’t know the answer, he made sure he did by the next day. A true professional!’ – Neil McRae
After an exceptionally difficult year for Turkey, but primarily for the many persecuted and imprisoned among its citizens, the prospects at least for the country’s beleaguered tourism sector may be on the rise. In the hope that 2018 will see a corner turned, I am increasing the number of tours we are offering next year, and extending their range in a bid to persuade some of you that that foray inland is long overdue…
The heart of what we do remains our classic gulet tours. These have been described as archaeological tours that though po-faced description fails to evoke the diverse and joyous experiences on offer: visits to southwest Turkey’s superb and picturesque classical sites, certainly, but also pristine swimming spots and idyllic overnight anchorages, wonderful food and drink and exceptional service, informed talks on the region’s culture, history and politics, and like-minded company.
We will also run two Walking and Ruins trips, a slightly more energetic variant. These week-long gulet tours will revolve around moderate daily walks to remote ruins, of no more than three hours in length, allowing plenty of time back on the gulet for swimming, sunning and relaxation.
New for 2018 are two land tours which, in keeping with your feedback, we’ve kept short (four days) and have also ensured they dovetail with a gulet tour so you can relax afterwards. We’ve minimised the travelling and the hotel changes by focussing on exceptional areas; Bafa Lake, a tour designed to appeal to walkers going on to join Walking and Ruins in the Gulf of Gököva, and Ephesus and the Meander Valley, which immediately precedes the Shores of Lycia gulet trip.
A very different offering, finally, is our Winter Istanbul and Cappadocia tour.
In many regards these holidays resemble those offered by the now-defunct Westminster Classic Tours, but with some significant enhancements: there is always a second guide, in most cases the fully qualified and delightful Yunus Özdemir, to provide expert Turkish insights as well as a further degree of support. To ensure maximum comfort, there are never more than 10 guests onboard, though the land tours may go slightly bigger. The cost now includes the crew tips which you were formerly ‘invited’ to find yourselves. And as most homeward flights leave in the evening, we no longer cast you adrift on the final day but arrange activities and outings to fit as far as possible with departure times.
These holidays are full-board; all meals and onboard drinks, including alcohol, are included as are land visits, entry fees, crew tips and airport transfers. Alcoholic drinks are not included on the land tours. International flights and visas are not included. These holidays are fully bonded by Heritage Group Travel, your contact point for the paperwork.
For individual itineraries, please click on the 2018 tours below:
14 – 21 January: Winter Istanbul and Cappadocia
15 -19 May: Walking and Ruins in Bafa
19 – 26 May: Walking and Ruins in the Gulf of Gököva
2 – 16 June: Caria and Lycia, Symi and Rhodes
25 – 29 September: Ephesus and the Meander Valley
29 September – 6 October: Shores of Lycia
6 – 13 October: Walking and Ruins in Lycia
Do please email me at email@example.com with any queries or expressions of interest. Or call me to chat things through on 07757 703604/01225 329269.