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We received upgrades at every property she booked
Judy Calvert | May 20, 2023

Turkey is a gem. We did just over 2 weeks April 29-May 15, 2023 with an itinerary of Istanbul-Ankara-Cappadocia-Alacati-Bodrum (4 night Gulet). Karen is really good — I first contacted almost a year in advance, but she advised that they were really swamped (I think we know this is true for all travel arrangers right now) and if I could wait until September to dig into the details — which I could. I really liked all her hotel suggestions and we received upgrades at every property she booked. It’s really tricky to do the hot-air balloon in Cappadocia due to the weather and our first reservation was cancelled, but we were seamlessly rebooked for the next day and were able to go! Great drivers and guides and escorts and vehicles throughout. An added perk was the restaurant reservations they made throughout — all great! They also very kindly made arrangements for another couple (our friends) to join us on a number of excursions and transfers. Karen had welcome gifts that were such a thoughtful touch. She called us upon arrival in Istanbul and on the Gulet (Mustafa) to check in on us. We highly recommend Karen and Turkey — really good food, surprisingly great wine, excellent shopping and the kindest people!

A wonderful trip to Istanbul from start to finish
Michele Marchi | April 13, 2023

This was a wonderful trip to Istanbul from start to finish. It was very well planned out and covered all the historical sites. Our guide Salim was extremely knowledgeable and pointed us in the right direction for shops and other areas of interest. The restaurant recommendations were also very good and the food delicious. We appreciated the VIP transfer through the airport upon arrival after traveling for 12 hours on a flight. Our driver was exceptional and drove very safely in crowded traffic. Very pleased and will be booking our next trip through Wendy Perrin as well.

The connection to a local is priceless!
Maureen Ferrari | March 28, 2023

My friend and I are active 60-plus-year-old women who enjoy traveling and immersing ourselves into the countries that we visit. We don’t want to just see a UNESCO site but want to meet the locals and see how they live…which is what we get when we use Wendy’s specialists.

Our first leg of our yearly adventure was a stop in Istanbul, Turkey. We used Cranky Concierge to use our miles and book our flights with Oman Air and Ethiad Air. Both were EXCELLENT airlines. Cranky Concierge was VERY efficient. We arrived in Istanbul on March 5, 2023; we used Esra Korkmaz from Karen’s office for the Istanbul trip. We stayed at the Park Hyatt Istanbul, which was nice, and met our guide, Tulay Ozcan, who was a retired professor, guide of 30 years, and spoke several languages. She was pleasant, informative, explained all sites prior to going in with her VERY detailed pamphlets on each site. She listened to what we were interested in, explained the culture and offered to take photos of us at each site. We started the tour with a sunset tour of the Bosphorus, which I highly recommend to get the lay of the land. We saw all the Istanbul sites in two full days of touring. The Basilica Cistern is a must! Food highlights — Milka restaurant for a rooftop tasting menu and the Sunset Grill and Bar was AMAZING food and view! Don’t forget to try the Salep and Turkish Boza during your visit to Istanbul. We tried it at the Park Hyatt bar.

Trip planners are so important in these kind of trips. We do a lot of research prior to our trips, so when we plan with the specialist we are the most efficient with our time. Key factors for an AMAZING TRIP — a good travel planner, experienced guide with a passion for their country (as you are with them daily) always spend time with the locals…cause, hey, after a while the scenery looks the same but the connection to a local is priceless! And lastly be open for new experiences…as they could be the highlight of your adventure!

It was chilly but the sun was shining. In addition, there weren't large crowds even at the most frequently visited sites.
Susan Sullivan | January 8, 2023

Karen Fedorko and her team did an excellent job planning our trip to Turkey. Every transfer and tour pick-up was prompt. The drivers and guides were excellent. We loved the hotels—The Four Seasons on the Bosporus was elegant and comfortable and the view spectacular.

Late December/early January turned out to be a great time to travel to Turkey. It was chilly (although luckily for us, it was a few degrees above normal, at least in Istanbul) but the sun was shining. In addition, there weren’t large crowds even at the most frequently visited sites.

We enjoyed the restaurants that Karen recommended, and appreciate that she switched restaurants between two evenings to avoid a traffic jam due to a soccer game being played along the route from our hotel to one restaurant. The tour plan was perfect and we maximized our time sightseeing. I would definitely recommend Karen to anyone going to Turkey.

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