Travel Tips

Happy New Year and Thank You to All of Our Guests

Thank you to all our guests and welcome to all our new ones. The 2018 season was by all accounts a good one for sales to Turkey and Greece, both to the mass market resorts and also to the more ‘discerning’ hideaways...

Great Value Flights to Turkey

At Discerning Collection we’ve always held the belief that its imperative that the holidays that we provide our guests have to be as flexible as possible. No longer can specialist tour operators like ourselves offer...

Discerning Villa Collection

At Discerning Collection Villas we have chosen some of the best located villas in this area. We ensure that all our villas give you the maximum detail in order to enhance your choice. Distances to the nearest...

Turkey Holidays 2017

Great news for all of our guests who have booked their holiday to Turkey In the last week the value of pound has risen against number of major currencies, says a source from the Post Office. The non- effect of the...

Happy Birthday Feefo

Just last Friday our office was the recipient of a lovely surprise….a massive Birthday Cake from Feefo, our friendly, genuine review platform. It was to celebrate their ‘Magnificent Seventh’ birthday. Since 2010...

Activities and the Discerning Collection Client

A recent survey by Silver Travel Advisor, with albeit a fairly small sample of 500 all over the age of 50 found the following: Less than a third of over 50s use a travel agent to book holidays, with just 15% visiting in...

A big thank you to all our guests

So the summer season has now come to an end and it’s been quite a turbulent year for the travel industry with some clear winners and losers. Brexit, terror threats and the weakening pound have all had significant...

A letter from our guest

Dear Discerning Collection Having just returned from yet another fabulous holiday with the Discerning Collection I wanted to write and say a heartfelt thank you for another fantastic holiday to Turkey. Many people were...

The Demise of Elixir Holidays

The sad demise of Elixir Holidays shows, once again, how tour operators need to operate with Trust Accounts. It also shows that committed accommodation and flights, where the hotels and flights are guaranteed, must be a...

Are holiday makers being ripped off in the school holidays?

The simple answer is yes. This week the plight of families who have to take holidays during the school holidays has come to the fore and was highlighted in an interview on Good Morning Britain between Piers Morgan and...

The Demise of Exclusive Escapes – Trust Accounts

When I set up our Trust Account last year it was with some trepidation as fundamentally it meant that we could only trade with the money that we invested into the business. It was going to be tough in that we could not...

Greece … How it really is!

With so many of our guests calling for up to date information with regards to the situation in Greece below is a unedited report from Barbara, our host in Crete, who looks after all our arrivals on this lovely island.:...

Why reviews are so important?

Last week I was on a panel of so called experts and the subject of the presentations was the relevance of reviews and feedback from customers. Two review platforms, Feefo and Reevoo were present and I was speaking on...

Strong Pound sends Turkey resort costs tumbling

As we enter the Summer season there is more good news for all travellers to Turkey. For those who have already booked your holidays to our lovely resorts of Kalkan, Gocek, the Bozburun Peninsula, Islamlar and Istanbul...

Our Transfers in Turkey…quality guaranteed.

The problem with most transfers in Turkey is that they can be a little on the long side. Transfers to the Asfiya Sea View or Likya Residence and Spa in Kalkan from Dalaman, for example, are about 1 hour and 30 minutes...

Turkish Evisa… We’re happy to help!

We’ve recently had a few calls for guests who have already booked their holidays with us asking if we could help them with getting their evisa to Turkey. The answer, of course, is….of course we can! It takes no time...

Another great reason to visit Kalkan in Turkey

Blowing my own trumpet with some suppliers this morning I was banging on about how close to 80% of our guests rebook their holidays with us. It’s an amazingly high number and if I’m totally honest it’s down to the...

Even more security for our guests

The boring bit: As a Tour Operator we are required by law to have an ATOL Licence (an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence). This ATOL means that your holiday and any pipeline money that you have paid for that holiday is...

Great News from the Telegraph…

Turkish holidays a third cheaper. Resurgent pound means Britons heading to Turkey can get far more for their money Comments Britons heading to Turkey this summer can expect to get 35 per cent more for their money...

Your money goes so much further in Turkey!

The Turkish Lira is now at an exchange rate of 3.9 to the Pound!……a massive drop of 40% from last summer’s rates when it hovered around the 2.8 mark to the pound. This means that your hard earned sterling is going...

Book All Your Holidays With Us!

Being a true specialist we are extremely proud to have in-depth knowledge of all our hand-picked accommodations, even down to the exact rooms you will be staying in, how much sunshine to expect on your balcony during...

NO MORE QUEUES … New EVisa forall visitors to Turkey this summer.

I thought it might be useful to copy an article that appeared in the Daily mail today re the introductions of Online Visas for travel to Turkey. Given that Turkey is our most popular destination, many of our guests will...

Eat Free at Kalkans Finest Restaurant, The Likya Residence.

For the month of December we at the Discerning Collection are offering a complimentary meal for two if you book a Kalkan holiday before 31st December 2013. So all you previous guests of ours or Tapestrys or if you’ve...

Kalkan Prize Winners Trip

“I was lucky to be picked to go on a Travel Counsellors prize winners trip to Kalkan in Turkey.” We have team events several times a year, when everyone at Travel Counsellors around the world come together....

Paragliding in Kalkan Turkey

Before I had a child I used to go gulet sailing in Turkey with a bunch of friends (the only way to do this!) Now my son is a teenager we spent two of the most enjoyable weeks in Turkey in the summer of 2013 on board a...

Kalkan…brilliant with or without the children.

I was reading an article in the Telegraph last week which discussed the topic: Do you dare go on holiday without the children....

Transiting through Istanbul Airport

On my way to Dalaman recently I had the dubious pleasure of transiting through Istanbul Airport. Given that we have a number of guests that do Two centres with Istanbul and the South Coast and or Cappadocia, I thought...

Some Useful Background Information

Our Holidays and some background as to how we can be as flexible as you want. How we find the best holiday for you and how we price the holidays so that you get the best possible price combined with the best possible...