Increased activity and subsequent media coverage of the situation on the Turkish Syrian border has resulted in many of our clients contacting Fez to question the safety of their tours and whether tours scheduled for departure in the near future will be proceeding.
Many foreign governments have advised against travel to the southeast of Turkey only, and to avoid travel within 50km of the Syrian border. All other areas are still considered to be safe for tourists. None of Fez’s regular guaranteed departure tours between now and the May 2015 will travel in or near the area affected. Cappadocia is the most Easterly point travelled to on these guaranteed departures. This is around 600km from the problem area, and so Fez will be operating these tours as usual.
The reality is that most visitors to Turkey will not notice anything other than normal daily life and business as usual as they travel around Turkey, as the geography of Turkey is such that the daily life of most citizens is unaffected by the trouble on the border.
At this stage, only our short tours visiting the Harran and Mt Nemrut areas have been postponed until further notice. Although this area has not been declared as unsafe, this is a precautionary measure being taken by Fez, primarily for the peace of mind of our guests.
In the case of guests travelling with us on a tailor-made itinerary we are reviewing each itinerary on a case by case basis, and making suggestions regarding alternative itineraries for those guests who had booked a tour that included a visit to a town in the South East of Turkey.
At this stage Fez Travel considers it too early to cancel or make comment on our Eastern Turkey tours planned for 2015, as the first of these does not depart until May 2015 – just over 6 months away.
The safety and well being of our guests and staff is always of paramount importance to us and if we have to cancel a trip or make changes to our itineraries to avoid problem areas we will do so and notify guests of any changes.
Fez Travel thanks you for your support and we look forward to showing you Turkish hospitality when you visit.