Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey
Pera Palace None

Midday arrival into Istanbul where we will be met by your guide and driver. Your driver will be waiting for you just outside of Customs, after you pick up your luggage.  Transfer to your hotel in the center of the city.


Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, played for centuries a major part in world politics, first as the capital of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, then as the capital of the Ottoman Empire, the most powerful Islamic empire in the world. Nowadays, Istanbul's Asian side is filled with Western-style sprawling suburbs, while its European side is a wonderland of mosques, magnificent palaces, and crowded bazaars.  


This afternoon your guide will take you to visit the 17th century Spice Market also called the Egyptian Bazaar, because in the 17th Century it was built with money paid as duty on Egyptian import goods. From medieval times, spices were an important and expensive part of Oriental cooking and they gradually became the bazaar’s main focus, taking advantage of Istanbul’s strategic position on the main trade route between the East and Europe. Here you can still sense the atmosphere of a bygone era.


Following the market experience, continue on to the Galata district where the Genoese, Venetians and the Jewish Society of Old Constantinople used to live.


Next, your guide will take you to Eminou to board your private boat.  The best way to take in some of the most interesting sights in Turkey is to take this private boat cruise up the Bosphorus. You will depart from Eminonu and sail up the Bosphorus toward the Black Sea, allowing you to see all the interesting structures along this historic waterway.  


This is one of the most unforgettable excursions between two continents, Europe & Asia. The cruise takes you along the latest palaces of Ottomans, The Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi, as well as 19th and 20th century, beautiful wooden kiosks, mansions and modern villas, which form the elegant section of the city. Enjoy the scenery.  


You will end your Bosphorus boat cruise on the Asian side where you will be met by your vehicle and driver for a brief exploration tour of Istanbul’s Asian part.  

Day 2
Istanbul, Turkey
Pera Palace Breakfast

This morning you will start with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. It was built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect and was very controversial due to its six minarets, which many at that time believed wasout in 532 under the rule of Justinian. Don’t miss the columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head that are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!


The rest of the day is dedicated to exploring more of Istanbul including the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum which has a remarkable collection of ancient artifacts. The collection includes spectacular pieces from ancient Babylon, Persia and Mesopotamia.


Evening

Tonight we recommend visiting Ortakoy, one of the chicest neighborhoods in Istanbul, for dinner. This stylish area offers trendy boutiques, wonderful restaurants, and cute cafes.   The cost of dinner and transportation is not included.

Day 3
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast

This morning you will set out on an overview city tour that covers the highlights, including the most historic section of Istanbul, called Sultanahmet.  En route to Sultanahmet you will pass by the business district, the port and several other important sights that your guide will point out.  


Some of the finest examples of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes can be found in the St. Savior in Chora Church, dating from the 11th Century. Beautifully restored and decorated in the 13th Century, the interiors of the church feature exquisite mosaics in the domes portraying 66 of Christ’s ancestors, whereas the ones in the narthexes depict scenes from the life of Virgin Mary and Christ’s childhood.  


While in Sultanahmet, your guide will first take you into the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans, Topkapi Palace. You will see the Herem, the library, the treasure, with its royal jewelry and gem collection, and the imperial living quarters, all surrounded by serene gardens and fountains.  Also in the Treasury is the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond and a Case-containing bones said to be from the hand of St. John the Baptist.


While visiting Topkapi, you will be able to step back into time as you explore 500 years of Ottoman history. The Topkapi palace complex will be regarded as a multi-ethnic construction with influences from Central Asia, Asia Minor, Persia and Mesopotamia. Within the historically short period of two centuries, the Ottomans rose from a small, feudal principality to become a major -the major- world power, yet at the same time they possessed a court tradition and culture of their own that was over a thousand years old. Undoubtedly Topkapi involved a synthesis of Byzantine elements but yet it can never be completely separated from its Ottoman roots.


Continuing into Sultanahmet, you can visit the Hippodrome, which was once the central focus of Constantinople (the Byzantine name of the city). Built by the Romans in the 3rd century AD, only fragments are left of what was once a grand stadium that held 100,000 spectators for public meeting and important events, including chariot races.  Here in the Hippodrome, you will also see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.  


This afternoon your guide will take you on a tour of the opulent Dolmabache Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus.  This palace more resembles the grand palaces of Europe in the 19th century and was built by Sultan Abdul Mecit to rival the greatest palaces of St. Petersburg, Paris and London.  Don’t miss the crystal staircase, the unique alabaster baths and the enormous Ceremonial Hall, designed to hold 2,500 guests.  


You will make a brief stop to see the exteriors of the magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque - Istanbul’s most important mosque, which was built by the famous 16th Century architect Sinan in an attempt to rival the Hagia Sophia.  It is perhaps the most prominent example of Ottoman architecture and was once the center of a welfare system which fed daily over 1,000 of the city’s poor, regardless of their religion.

Day 4
Cappadocia, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Museum Hotel Breakfast

Morning check out of hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri departing.  The cost of the flight is included in your itinerary.  



 



Upon arrival into Kayseri your private driver will meet you at the airport for the approximately one-hour transfer to your unique cave hotel in Cappadocia - a popular area famous with its cone-shaped geological formations.  


The rest of the day is dedicated to discovering the beautiful region of Cappadocia, the land of the fairy chimneys. Cappadocia has an interesting and remarkable topography and a dream-like landscape, complete with beautiful villages and houses carved from soft volcanic ash, underground cities and frescoed churches. The so-called fairy chimneys and troglodyte dwellings will take you to another world and will guarantee an unforgettable impression. The monastic cave churches, some of which date back to the 3rd Century and which are decorated with beautiful frescoes are worth visiting.


After lunch at a local restaurant (cost of lunch not included), you will  visit one of Cappadocia’s underground cites - Derinkuyu or Kaymakli, which were cut out of volcanic rock as deep as 300 feet during the period from the 6th to the 10th Centuries. One can go as deep as seven floor levels of the underground city through an intricate labyrinth of tunnels. These underground cities were used by the local population to hide when invading armies were passing through and are believed to have housed thousands of people.  


This afternoon, your guide will take you to see the Pigeon Valley, where for centuries the locals used to keep pigeons in niches carved in the rock for their valuable fertilizing manure. You may also be able to climb the rock-carved Uchisar Castle and enjoy from its peak the breath-taking views over the valley.  


Evening: You will get a chance to see a ceremony performed by the Whirling Dervishes. This order was founded by a Sufi mystic who believed that music and dance can induce an ecstatic state liberating one’s soul from the stress and suffering of daily life.  The ceremony consists of five parts including prayers, greetings, and musical improvisations. Its culmination is the whirling which symbolizes the spiritual accent to divine harmony.  


Day 5
Cappadocia, Turkey
Museum Hotel None

This morning, your driver and guide will meet you for a full day of touring in the Goreme National Park – a UNESCO Heritage site.


If you do not mind getting up before sunrise, you will be able to take a hot air balloon ride - are one of the most popular activities in the Goreme valley. Typically these rides last around an hour and a half and literally go wherever the wind may blow in the valley. The balloon carriages hold around ten people with the pilot following the air currents and floating along the valleys, often below the ridge line and close to the famous natural phenomena – the chimney rocks.  


After a volcano eruption about 2000 years ago, the lava and ashes formed soft rocks in the Cappadocia Region.  The rain and wind gradually eroded these soft rocks to form the famous fairy chimneys of Goreme. The local people realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, and monasteries and not before long Goreme became a cultural and religious center.  


Nowadays, the Goreme Open Air Museum is the most visited site of the monastic communities in Cappadocia and is one of the most famous sites in central Turkey. It is a complex comprising more than 30 rock-carved churches and chapels containing some superb frescoes, dating from the 9th to the 11th Centuries. Unremarkable from the outside, the interiors are in a typically Byzantine style with a central dome and a floor plan in the shape of a cross or a rectangle.  The largest and best preserved of the churches in Goreme is the Tokali Church. Its interior walls are covered in some of the richest frescoes in the region depicting scenes from the New Testament.


After passing the villages of Ortahisar, Urgup and Mustafapasa (Sinassos), you will continue touring the area with a visit to the Zelve Open Air Museum, which was one of the earliest monastic settlements in the area. Later today, you will have a chance to visit some local villages and craftspeople possibly including a traditional rug workshop.  


Day 6
Cappadocia, Turkey
Museum Hotel Breakfast

This morning, your guide and driver will take you along the Ihlara Valley, a spectacular and less visited part of Cappadocia. The main part of the valley lies between the Selime Village and the town of Ihlara.  Your approximately 2-hour hike along the Peristrema River will take you in an oasis deep in a canyon where once Byzantine monks carved frescoed cave chapels into the canyon walls.  Apparently, the first settlement here was built by the early Christians who were seeking refuge while escaping from Roman soldiers. Of the over 60 churches in the valley which once existed, only about 10 can be seen today, most of which are from the 11th Century and have some rather unusual names, signifying their use or a peculiar feature. It is believed that an ancient medical school where the art of mummification was taught and practiced was located in this area.


Ending your walk at the Selime Village, you will have lunch near here along the river (The cost of the lunch is not included in your itinerary).  Next, you will visit the Selime Monastery where you will have a short walk through the camel tunnel, which was once part of the ancient spice road, before visiting the refectories and the churches carved on the side of a cliff. While visiting the refectory, you may have a chance to see a cooking lesson and learn more about traditional Turkish cuisine and the ingredients and spices used.


Your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel, where you may have a chance to see a cooking lesson and learn more about traditional Turkish cuisine and the ingredients and spices used. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.  

Day 7
Cappadocia, Turkey
None Breakfast

This morning, your driver will meet you in the hotel lobby for the transfer to Kayseri airport for your flight to Istanbul.


Upon your arrival this morning, you will be treated to a private 2-hour Bosporus cruise. There is no better way to get an overview of Istanbul and the 20-mile waterway linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of this historic channel between Europe and Asia. The boat cruise offers beautiful views of the city, including the many traditional wooden houses, mosques, and palaces along the shore.


Your journey across the Bosporus will take you to the Anatolian part of Greater Istanbul where you will again meet your driver. You may visit Kadikoy, a cosmopolitan town picturesquely located on the shores of the Marmara Sea, which is also the traffic hub for all travel between the Asian and the European parts of the city. You may walk along the famous Kadikoy shopping area with its tiny narrow alleyways and shopping arcades.  


Continuing further north, you will have a chance to visit the Florence Nightingale Museum, housed in the Selimiye Barracks. Florence Nightingale was a nurse, who, during the Crimean War, in which Britain, France and Turkey fought against Russia, organized a group of nearly 40 British volunteer nurses and arrived at the Selimiye Barracks after hearing about the terrible conditions in which the wounded soldiers were treated. She took charge of the military hospital, completely re-organizing its operations and bringing the mortality rate in the barracks from 20% to 2%.  


Later today, you will stop in the town of Uskudar, which has been a major port and shipyard since Antquity and was a strategic staging poing in the wars between Perisa and Greece. Uskudar’s long promenade is lined with cafes and restaurants and is very popular in summer as it commands excellent views of the main sights on the European side of the Bosporus. The streets of Salacik, one of Uskudar’s most prominent neighborhoods, still hold a number of classic Ottoman wooden houses.  


Time permitting, you will continue your journey up the coast and visit the Beylerbeyi Palace. Designed in the Turkish Baroque style, the palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdul Aziz and built in the 1860’s as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting dignitaries, such as the French Empress Eugenie, who visited on her way to the opening of the Suez Canal and supposedly had her face slapped by the sultan's mother for daring to enter the palace on the arm of Abdul Aziz. One of the most attractive rooms in the palace is the reception hall, which has a pool and fountain. Running water was popular in Ottoman houses for its calming sound and the cooling effect in the heat.


You will cross the first Bosporus Bridge back to the European side of Istanbul and return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.  

Day 8
Cappadocia, Turkey
Pera Palace Breakfast

This morning you will be privately transferred to the airport for your onward flight , or to your next destination in Turkey.

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A sample itinerary for FIT touring in Turkey.

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For 25 years, Exeter International has established itself as the leading deluxe specialist operator to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & Central Asia. We use our intimate regional knowledge and expertise to create unique, often limited access travel experiences. Our multi-national, multi-lingual specialists craft authentic insider experiences, created with imagination. When you book with Exeter International you can expect the top guides in each city pre-reserved weeks in advance, matched to your preferences. Our specialists have also been recognized by the Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure top agent list since their inception.

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Highly recomended

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2013

Exeter International was staffed with first class personnel from the drivers to the EXTRAORDINARY guides through out the trip. The vehicles used to transport us were luxurious. The hotels were commensurate with the level of quality expected by the cost and located in the most advantageous sites. Totally organized and stress free experience.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg
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Great high-end travel company

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2013

Does superb job for demanding high-end travel Customized travel with excellent guides and programs. You pay but you get what you pay for.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Highly recommend

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

Exeter was very well organised with very good guides and drivers. Our requests were responded to with professional speed. Some of our hotels could have been better. But we understand that they were the best available. We would have no hesitation using this agency again and recommending them to others.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Pampered Travel

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Exeter provides luxury travel with all the hassles and worries removed. The quality of their drivers and guides is first rate. From the minute you arrive until your final departure you are in excellent hands. The itinerary is well thought out and provides many special visitations not offered to other tourists. I have heartily recommended Exeter to several people without any reservation.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Recommended

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2014

We have used Exeter on a prior trip and were equally happy with them this time. We did have a Russian Visa situation which could have been serious, but was resolved quickly.The guide spoke very good English and was knowledgable in history and art along with the local architecture. The driver was also very safe in a chaotic traffic system.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

highly recommend

By: BB


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Highly recommended

By: Mkt123


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2014

We were connected with local English speaking guides and drivers that gave us an inside view of each country we traveled to. The experience was priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

Oustanding Guides

By: J & W


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

All of the services provided by Exeter were truly outstanding. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and well organized. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The suggestions for restaurants and additional things to do and see were very good. The printed booklet of helpful hints and language support was a nice bit of support for travelers who are visiting countries for the first time.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Across the Russian Far East

By: Judee 544


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Everything was perfectly planned and resulted in a wonderfully exciting trip with all of our interests and needs taken into account. going on such an adventurous and challenging trip, so far away when one is no longer young could have been quite difficult, but instead was nothing but a fabulous experience. Wonderful guides and wonderful experiences on the Trans-Siberian Express and the cities of the Russian Far East, and a lovely hotel at the end in Moscow.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

Excellent Russian Trip

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Exeter provided all of our guides and support for a 9 day family trip to Russia - very well informed, personable guides and smooth transportation. We were a bit hesitant to go to Russia but highly recommend - the trip of a lifetime !
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman
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Germany

By: TheGrapevine


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Take out trip insurance - not going to bash - but you get the idea.....
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1st Class

By: Carlos Gavidia


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

From the beginning to the end this organization really surprised me! From getting our travel visas for Moscow to every detail of the tour pick up transfers and tours through the city were perfectly executed
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Uzbekistan

By: Podge84@aol.com


Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Exeter was excellent with tour logistics and great guide. Seamless trip.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber

Great planning and service

By: WWII And Cold War History


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Exeter planned an excellent two week trip for me and my three teenagers. We went to Poland, Germany and Amsterdam. We focused on WWII and Cold War history. The plan was thoughtful and well paced. When I had questions Exeter staff responded promptly. A very good experience.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman

St. Petersburg Tour

By: B Snead


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Our driver and guide could not have been better. Polite and accommodating for the three days we were in St. Petersburg. We saw a lot of attractions, got some behind the scenes tours and were able to access some sights prior to the general public. I would use Exeter again without hesitation!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Guide

By: Hodges


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Exceeded all expectation. Super cost effective to compared to Oceania.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Germany & Russia

By: Oz


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

I strongley reccomend Exeter for shore excursions. Their staff and vehicles were first class, and the value was tremendous. We never felt uncomfortable or worried about being back to the ship on time. True professionals.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tour

By: mt


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Knowledgable, efficient and friendly tour operators!

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Fantastic tour service. Their guides and drivers were outstanding. Guides all had an excellent knowledge of the city and the history. We are very pleased that Ralph recommended Exeter. When comparing notes with others that had used the tours supplied by the ship, we learned that we had seen and accomplished much more than they had. Our guides were able to make special arrangements that others could not. Will always use Exeter when it is available
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Great tour

By: Ann


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Everything was wonderful. Very nice guide and well informed about the places we visited.

Exeter International

By: Goodwitch


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

All guides were great and expedited airport service was fantastic
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

St Petersburg

By: Swan


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Absolutely fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey

Custom Guided Tour

By: JJ


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

The tour guides and drivers were outstanding plus. They were very personable, always early, and their local knowledge was excellent. All of them were eager to please and all adapted to the changing crowd situation caused by weather, national holiday, or political meeting.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Well run independent travel to Russia

By: Susan and Murray Morrison


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

From getting visas for us to planning a private visit to Russia for us, Exeter International was top notch. No detail was overlooked. The guides that Exeter provided were outstanding, spoke fluent English, had a good grasp of Russian history and were willing to accommodate our every interest. The guides were truly experts about their cities: museums, palaces, and surroundings. In addition, the guides were friendly and helpful. Exeter ran a well organized, well thought-out tour of Russia for the two of us.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Family time and fun

By: Jane


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

My experience with Exeter was positive. The drivers were on time and very courteous. There was water in the cars for us. They had information to offer as we drove to destinations. They were accommodating to our schedules and were very helpful if we had questions. We missed walking around the interior of a famous church due to the day the tour was scheduled. There were services going on and we could not enter. Another tour was partly taken up by a long walking tour to get to a castle. I would have rather spent time inside the castle. We had to exit with the guide and missed a lot of interesting things. Too bad we were not allowed to stay inside on our own to see more.
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Miller Murphy

less common places tour

By: ssunsfanatic


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

good tour to less visited places in Bergen. We had been to the more common tourist sites.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Central Europe

By: Tour of Central Europe and QM2 to NYC


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Berlin, Hamburg. Wonderful hotels, wonderful guides, wonderful restaurants. Not one single mistake or hiccup. Exeter does an outstanding job.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

St. Petersburg

By: SandStar


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

We had a wonderful trip. Hotel was excellent. They were able to accommodate our special requests and schedule. We highly recommend the local guide, Anya, who was extremely knowledgeable about local and Russian history.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Zelisko

Exeter tour guides

By: smcknight


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

We had basically positive experiences both days we toured with Exeter guides. The first day there was a little too much emphasis placed on taking us to "gift shops" and expecting us to buy tourist trinkets. The heat and the crowds may have been easier to bare if we had gone to the Hermitage in the early morning instead of wasting 45-50 minutes in a trinket shop. The second guide was very professional and led us seamlessly through Catherine's palace and the palaces on the canal in St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Every detail was perfect!

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Exeter was a joy to work with. Our drivers and tour guides were helpful, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I traveled with my 13-year-old daughter, and our tours were uniquely tailored to interest her. I had heard horror stories about obtaining Russian visas. Not for us! Exeter took care of everything, and quickly. I loved the custom packet that they sent me in advance of the trip. It listed our itinerary in detail, helpful phone numbers, restaurant recommendations, and travel tips that were specific for our destinations. I would enthusiastically recommend Exeter for travel planning.
Travel Advisor:  Andre Koester

St. Petersburg tour

By: Rocky Mountain Flier


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Becky recommended Exeter International for my party of four. We all agreed after two full days of touring with our guide and driver that we would not have wanted to see St. Petersburg any other way. Our guide was excellent and very informed and we liked the driver too. We were able to avoid the long lines and were admitted to areas of the palaces that other visitors would never have the opportunity to see. We invited her to join us for lunch on both days whereby we learned even more about St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Sullivan

Exeter/Norwegian Tour

By: Lien


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2018

Exeter (Jody Ricottone) coordinated my recent sole tour of Norway. This involved guides in three cities, hotels in those cities and in two fjordside locations, trains and ferry, rental car and other transfer arrangements. I was very pleased with everything, including that Jody paid close attention to what I wanted and was responsive to my requests. Her recommendations and examples of somewhat similar sole tours really assisted me in my planning. The entire trip went off without a scheduling hitch, and introduced me, as I had wished, to Norwegian sites and experiences I never would have seen or had without Jody's good work.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Worsley

Russia St. Petersburg

By: Jay Johnson


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

The guide and driver were both wonderful and full of knowledge and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. They also had great suggestions for lunch venues, during our stay in and about St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Johnson

Russia Private Tour

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

We engaged Exeter to provide a private tour in St Petersburg, Russia. Exeter was outstanding!! We had a guide, Anya Smirnova, and driver for 3 days and it was a fabulous experience. Anya spoke perfect English and was able to relate the sites we saw to Russian history and culture in a fascinating manner. We asked her many, many questions that she readily answered. Her knowledge was extensive. We had special entry to the exhibits, bypassing the long normal entry lines. We had the flexibility to see what was of interest to us, and the ability to visit sites that the ship tours did not include. For lunch we stopped at wonderful restaurants that served authentic Russian food at reasonable prices, which was far better food than on the ship. The day at Peterhof Palace, with the extravagant fountains and grotto, was especially memorable. Our experience with Exeter was outstanding and I would highly recommend them for future private tours.

Great Tour Group

By: Tommy


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

We had a four day touring experience with Exeter in Prague and both my wife and myself could not be happier. Peter, our driver met us for the transfer from our ship to Prague right on time and throughout our tour. He was extremely professional and made sure we were where we needed to be and was always pleasant. We felt very comfortable while being driven. Lucie, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable in all areas that we visited and made sure we got to see everything we were supposed to see and more. She worked things out while we were with her to ensure things went like clockwork and we were not disappointed. I can't say enough how using Exexter made our time in Prague a wonderful experience and I would not hesistate using them again.
Travel Advisor:  Ourisman Travel