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Return from my first trip
Post: #1
Ok, I've been and I've come back!
From being excited when I first booked, I became apprehensive as the departure date neared. I was concerned that the introduction might be like an AA meeting "my name's Dave and I'm a widower". In the end I need not have been concerned; no-one pried and individuals' life stories just emerged as the holiday progressed.
The trip to Istanbul, Troy and Ephesus was great, always on the go (exactly what I wanted) and the other travellers were great company. The guide Ugur was extremely well prepared and gave us the facts we needed for each site we visited. He also managed the off-plan stops so that it appeared that we were having 3 meals each day. Local prices in turkish lire were cheap.
Would I recommend this trip? Yes 100%.
Will I go again? Of course I will. The only problem is that none of the trips in the brochure are quite as appealing as the one I've just been on. I'm looking for:
1. Not long haul
2. Ten days max
3. Plenty of activity, not lounging in the sun
If any more-seasoned JYer knows a holiday that fits these criteria, let me know.

Thanks to the new friends I met and who shared their holiday with me.

BTW It was the warmth of responses on this Community site that made me go in the first place. Thanks to those who took the time to respond to my posts.
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Post: #2
Dave
Glad to hear you had a good time. That trip is on my (very long) list of trips to do. I suggest you have a look at the many trips to Italy - they may suit your needs. I've just come back from Cilento Coast - if you look at the review section Bosuncat has posted a very good review. I believe the other Italian trips are also good. Like you, I don't enjoy lying around the pool but there was an excursion every day to see the country.
Sally
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Post: #3
Andalucia is a nice holiday (8 days), the excurrsions are good,varied and interestng and if you do them all there is only one free day and its easy to get a bus/train into either Malaga or Marbella, some did.

Austrian Lakes (8 days) also as something happening every day and is really nice, mixes trips between beautiful scenic lakes and cities/towns such as Saltzburg, Cesky Krumlov(Czech Republic),etc.

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Post: #4
Hi Dave,

Its not long haul and it is less than 10days, but I would recommend Egypt, OK you spend some of the time on a boat floating up the Nile (or is it down the Nile), but there is lots to see, that is if you are interested in history, I haven't done this trip with JY, but did it some 10 years ago.

I found it fascinating going itnto some of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings as well as the 2nd largest of the 3 pyramids, one thing I missed out on was a visit to Abu Simbel.

I would also recommend very highly, the Magic of Kenya tour, brilliant holiday

I am sure that you will receive plenty of recommendations from the fantastic people on this board, shame you don't want long haul because I would recommend any trip to the USA and also China.

Good luck in which ever holiday you choose next.

Martin
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Post: #5
Hi Dave,


FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To the editors, please can you put this post under the Forum Announcements with the heading nervous about travelling with us for the first time.

Given the number of posts on this subject, i think it would be helpful.

With regards to future holidays, the one ive been on to Croatia is quitre fast paced if you do all the excursions. Most of the holidays are designed so that each day there is an included or optional excursion so that people can either give themselves a break or plan their own holiday.

Thnks
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Post: #6
Hi Julia,

Is it possible to put this thread under forum announcements?

Mark
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Post: #7
Hi Dave

Andalucia and Costa de la Luz would suit you as well. I too do not like lazing around either by the pool or on the beach and I have been on both these trips and they both are wonderful.

Regards

Jaya
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Post: #8
Thanks to you all!

I didn't know I'd get so much instant feedback.

I've done an Andalucian trip before with Riviera, and I agree that it would be perfect ( if I hadn't already done it!)

I'm pretty well travelled in the USA too.

Italy and Croatia sound interesting , as does Egypt.

I love this community forum.

Dave
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Post: #9
I've been on a few of the Italy trips and can highly recommend the Highlights of Tuscany. You stay in a small town where there is a delightful family feel in the hotel, good food and friendly staff. There are plenty of trips to places where you have some idea what to expect such as Florence, and also the delightful surprises discovering less well known places such as Elba, my favourite excursion on this holiday.
I always ask people on my JY holidays where they've been and would recommend, you get some great ideas you might not have thought ablout.
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Post: #10
Hi Dave, I'm delighted you enjoyed your tour so much - I'd like to do Turkey one day and I'm hoping that JY will reinstate the longer tour (Travelsphere still do it) as I'd like to see Cappadocia as well. Regarding your criteria for your next tour, I think you should scour the brochure carefully (if you haven't got one I'd suggest you ring up and order one - it's much easier comparing one holiday with another than looking at the website) - as most of their shorter escorted tours (week to ten days) are pretty full on with sightseeing and excursions. If you do the optional excursions, the most time you'd have free would be the odd half day here and there! As you say, the Italy and Croatia holidays in particular sound very interesting.

Have fun choosing your next holiday!

Bob
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