About Samistal Travel


Samistal Travel is a travel agency which was established in 1998.  Our head office is in the town of Niğde, on the edge of Cappadocia, and we have agents in Istanbul and on the Mediterranean coast.

When we opened we initially specialised in walking holidays for small groups. Over time our guides added to their expertise, in terms of both outdoor activities and cultural knowledge.  They took the necessary courses and obtained their ‘Official Cultural Guide’ qualifications. Your guided visit to Turkey thus benefits from this wealth of experience, covering not only outdoor activities, but also guided visits to historic sites of great importance and beauty.

From the beginning we have focused on groups from France, Canada, Germany and Great Britain wishing to visit Turkey, and we have always subscribed to the internationally recognised approach known as ‘Action for Responsible Tourism’.  Our employees (guides, drivers, etc.) are legally employed and benefit from full social security; we are covered by official insurance; our guides take part in nationally –recognised training on an annual basis; we are careful to respect the environment: ensuring we do not damage plants on our walks; practising economic use of water and energy; choosing renewable energy sources wherever possible and recycling when in towns; buying local produce (fruits, vegetables, .....) to contribute to the local economy; banning the use of child labour and refusing to be involved in any form of sex tourism.  You can request a copy of the Charter for Action on Responsible Tourism to which we wholeheartedly subscribe.

Within the ‘Optional Section’ you could choose those options which appeal to you, options which have already been drawn up, dependent on the time of year; or you could insert your own option (written by you alone, or with our advice) and we will do our best to ensure it is achieved within your choice of dates.

This flexibility comes from our competence and experience, and also because we are here in Turkey: born here, keen to welcome visitors, passionate about walking, ancient history, and eager to ensure the quality of your visit within a multicultural atmosphere.  A further assurance of quality is the fact that our guides are employed year-round, not just on an ad hoc basis.

Equally, because we live here we are able to find the best hotels for you, quiet, well-equipped and charming; located in authentic and welcoming villages, outside the reach of mass tourism.

We would also suggest that you try staying with a family (bed and breakfast) on a farm, something not yet widespread within Turkey, but highly enjoyable.

We apply the same high standards of comfort to the gulets used in our Mediterranean itineraries, the floating hotels waiting to welcome you each evening after your day’s walking. 

We also try to ensure that you are served local produce which is always so welcome: the fresh fruit and vegetables of Turkey.

Please contact us and we will deal with your query as soon as possible, and aim to satisfy any concerns you may have.

Samistal Travel is a member of the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TURSAB) Group A, Licence No. 4181.




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