Carol Grazebrook review 25 Jun 2019
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Parts of the Carian Trail were spectacular, we particularly enjoyed part I and II of the Lorymer walk.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Check the timings you are given for each walk each day - we found these to be unrealistic and not all the trails have been updated.
One section we didn't do as we were advised that many walkers have got lost and not finished their walks before dark, despite this being reported nothing has been done about updating the trail.
The time of year you go is important, June is too late; heat and snakes can be a big problem, March -mid May is better and Sept to end Oct. Make sure you know exactly what condition the hotel you are offered is currently in. The transfers to collect us for the vacation and return us at the end were on time and excellent, the local one in Bozburun was worse than most, we had countless near misses with everything from lorries to goats.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Local people benefit if you spend money with them.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
We enjoyed our vacation for the most part, the walks were in an interesting area, offering spectaular views and an insight into the area with some history thrown in, the geography of the area fascinating. The timings we were given were not realisitic for two fit and experienced middle aged walkers. The trails had not been updated in several places which lost us time in finding the correct route. The first hotel although friendly was not particularly clean and the food very basic, the hotel driver would not have passed any sort of driving test, by contrast the second hotel was very good, nice room, clean throughout the hotel and very friendly helpful staff. We knew the first town, Bozburun and met friends there which allowed us to escape the hotel a little. Akyaka was new to us and very enjoyable, so much to expolore and do as well as a friendly atmosphere. It was a shame we had a bad experience on our last walk but we are sure it was due to the time of year, in all our years walking in Turkey and other countries we have come across snakes fairly reguarly but never been attacked by one before, it was a very frightening experience and we feel we should not have been exposed to the possibility in the first place.
Read the operator's response here:
We are glad that you enjoyed your vacation overall and thank you for the detailed feedback. We will review again our road notes regarding walking times. In this area, especially with the start of the vacation season it is sometimes hard to find the perfect accommodation but regarding the driver issue there are no excuses and we will make sure that this driver is not used on any of our future trips.
Regarding the snake encounter - we feel relieved that nothing worse happened but this is wild country and possibilities of wildlife encounters are beyond our control. Thanks once again for the honest review.