Going Solo to Turkey - Chapter 4: Goodbye Turkey

Single Silver Traveller Christine Reid travels to Ovacik in Turkey with Solos Holidays and writes a regular blog for Silver Travel Advisor about her experience.

Belly dancing at Olympos HotelToday is my last full day in Turkey and a little rain fell this morning as though preparing me for my return to the UK tomorrow.  The rain had cleared by mid-morning and although it is slightly cooler than the last week, it is still hot.

Last night (Saturday) we enjoyed a BBQ at the hotel and this is one of the meals included in the week’s package of breakfast and three evening meals. It was followed by a professional dancer encouraging us to wiggle our hips and dance the traditional Turkish belly dance.  After all that water aerobic belly dancing, we felt total experts. Mamma and Pappa waltzed to applause as they told us they had been married for fifty years. After a few days at Hotel Olympus it has begun to feel very like a large extended family which is nice.

The beds are could be a little softer and the breakfast could do with a wider selection of cereal and fruit, but overall the hotel is excellent for solo travellers. Everything from long mountain walks to organised trips are easily accessible and I would definitely come here again.

Entertainment at Olympos HotelI would recommend coming for two weeks which is very well priced . Booking for one week is on the expensive side but the hotel is exclusive to Solos, so you get your own room without the dreaded single supplement. It is also an extremely safe place with people keeping an eye out for each other and a great place to make friends. Many of us have swooped email addresses so we can keep in contact once we are home.

There is a noisy cockerel who lives next door and likes to shout his authority at dawn, and the mosque calls people to prayer at 5am, but this is Turkey, it is a country with its own culture and surely that is all part of being abroad on holiday.

I have really loved it and yes I did want to put the cockerel in the pan for dinner a few times but it’s much better than listening to clubs or traffic. The popular bar `Angel` is a few minutes’ walk away and most people spend the last few hours of the evening there. It is lively with waiters dancing on tables and the Scottish `Elvis` singer blasting out songs. We are going there this evening to eat as a group as ten of us head for home tomorrow.

Mud bathsTrips to mud baths, island hopping, Turtle beach, river cruising, a Jeep safari and many more can be booked with holiday rep Ferit who is excellent. These will all be exclusive to Solos guests and therefore are more expensive than booking independently. It depends what you want;  I did both one with Solos and one I paid for locally. Both trips were amazing.

I will sadly pack my case later but I will be back next year to soak up the Turkish sun, Solos style.

•  Read Chapter 1: Getting ready to travel
•  Read Chapter 2: Olympos Hotel
•  Read Chapter 3: Turquiose Bay and Dinner amid the Turkish Carpets

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Other Members' Thoughts - 5 Comment(s)

  • chrismse
    over 3 years ago
    Thank you glad you enjoyed reading my review. I really enjoyed Turkey and will certainly go back next year.
  • chrismse
    over 3 years ago
    He was in my original write up but maybe I put too much emphasis on the `god of the sea comes bearing gifts` for it to make the final copy. :)
  • coolonespa
    over 3 years ago
    I enjoyed reading this series of blogs. I've been to Turkey 4 times now, mostly to the Antalya area, so perhaps I'll head this way next time.
  • jools54
    over 3 years ago
    well done Christine - great review for a great holiday - though thought the crew member who swam to another boat for raki on the sunset cruise deserved a mention ! that's what I call service ! jools x
  • JennieSilver
    almost 4 years ago
    You've really sold me on this trip Christine! I have enjoyed reading about your experiences alot. It's certainly a holiday I will look at for next year.