Lycia Tour – Day 7
Final morning in Antalya with just enough time to squeeze in another museum before leaving for our flight. Breakfast was a leisurely affair, I ate more than I have all week to try and ensure I made it all the way through the airport and the flight (on the way out I was horrified to discover the only available food on the flight was food you had to pay for!). After breakfast we went off across the road to the Antalya Archaeological Museum which houses artefacts from Stone Age Turkey right up until almost modern time. They have a fantastic collection of sarcophagi, statues pieced together from veritable scraps of stone and the most glorious statue of Hercules. Highlights included, the sarcophagus showing the twelve labours of Hercules, the silverware collection, the Statuary Hall and the resident peacock.
This trip is the first time I’ve done a touring holiday. Overall positives were being able to see a section of a country rather than being limited to one place, our excellent guide Abdul, having everything taken care of – all meals and entrance to sites (except the Archaeological Museum and Pamukkale Terraces) was all included* – staying in some really fancy hotels and the company. Individual, personal positives were, revisiting Ephesus, Aphrodisias, the weather, swimming in the sea and the wonderful Toy Museum in Antalya. Negatives were, the amount of time spent on a coach, the bad vibes caused by the non-optional, optional extras, the crappy camp bed provided by Arma’s Beach Hotel, and the foodless flight.
RSD travel also runs a tour of Cappadocia and one of Istanbul/Antalya. Both are just as cheap and both are on my list for future holidays. As long as you accept there is no such thing as optional and that you will have to visit at least one of each of the following carpet/leather/jewellery place** the trip is well worth it.
*This was a slight point of conflict – the holiday is advertised as being just under £200, then there is an ‘optional’ cost of £110 for dinner and entrance to sites and a further £85 for lunch and a couple of extra trips. When we arrived in Turkey our guide informed us that we had to pay the £195 all in, as in no optional anything. Fortunately Mum and I had planned on having both packages as they worked out cheaper than trying to cost it ourselves (the total cost of the holiday being just under £400) and had budgeted for the extra £200. Some people hadn’t. This is apparently how the company RSD travel does things although I suggest they look into the meaning of the word optional!
** The Turkish government highly subsidise the trip allowing RSD travel to cut costs. The payback is that they take people to these shops/wholesalers in an attempt to boost the Turkish economy and give something back to the country. Think of it like adverts on the TV – they exist so you can continue to enjoy the shows you watch – kinda.