Fun Tour of TurkeyI spent a lot of time researching a Biblical Tour in Turkey. I found that the Tropical Sails company quote was 40-50% cheaper than other companies for the same itinerary… and this caused concern why so cheap??? I called up Daniel and talked with him. He was very kind and knowledgeable… and had personally been on the Turkey trip before. I decided to use him.
The trip in several ways was one of my favorites. The tour guide and driver were so kind, timely, and professional… more than I was expecting. The quality of the hotels and the food were once again more than I was expecting. A couple of times I had a balcony facing the Ocean. The itinerary was just as advertised. It seems the people are working to get return customers and good reviews. I am not used to getting more than I expected.
I really think Daniel's company is doing the research to find the best deals. I found that Daniel is an honest person. I plan to check with Daniel again to ask him what good deals he has.Traveled to Turkey ~ Europe
Chuck Kansas from Dallas, Texas
Excellent Vacation by DanDan helped put together an awesome vacation package a few weeks prior to a total eclipse through Tropical Sails. Exotic islands, Probosci's monkeys, orangutans, and an Eclipse all packaged together into a well-organized schedule. He really went out of his way to help put this together at the last minute for me and my brother and he was very knowledgeable and responsive, keeping me informed of all possibilities. If I could give more stars than 5 I would. I highly recommend Dan.
Art from San Francisco, CA
Great experience with Dan and Tropical Sails Corp1999 Solar Eclipse Gulet Sail trip (mostly motored, as the winds were not in the required direction at that time of year) from Tropical Sails. We did, and we all had the best time! Turkey was an eye-opening, positive experience.We were on the Sultan, which was (is?) a wonderful gulet (yacht) with an expert crew (the cook was fantastic!). The location on azure seas, great food & drink, fun and enlightening shore excursions, and Dan (Tropical Sails) ensured we all enjoyed our entire trip. The itinerary was well thought out, and somewhat flexible... We didn't go on one shore excursion but stayed on the yacht and swam in the indescribable turquoise blue Mediterranean... During the walking tour of Ephesus, I walked off to explore several alleyways on my own... Fantastic!For the eclipse, we sailed to the center line and had perfectly clear view!I fully credit Dan (Tropical Sails Corp) for setting up the cruise and trip. It is one of the most unforgettably wonderful experiences of my lifeTraveled to Turkey ~ Middle East
John G from Moss Beach, CA
First total solar eclipseDaniel provided us with a complete itinerary in an area where accommodations were scarce. Traveled to Idaho Falls ~ Idaho ~ USA
Tom Collins from Atlanta, GA
Great tour - hope to book again!It was a great experience. Everything was well organized, and the choice of the sub-contractors was excellent, especially the choice of tour director Steve Kaverman: the right person on the right job. This man has charisma with people. Also, the river float on the raft was a great idea. As for the eclipse, the choice of the place to see it was the best idea: far away from traffic jams and places, where "everybody" tries to watch it.
Some little thing (but that's outside the reach of Tropical Sails and the subcontractors): while the accommodations were ok and nothing to complain about - in terms of value for money -, it's amazing how little space some hotels avail to the guest, not for the persons, but for the things these persons want to unpack....All together: great! We'll recommend Tropical Sails to many!
Plany from Vienna, Austria
An Amazing Eclipse ExperienceI'm proud to be associated with Daniel Oppliger and his world-renowned travel company Tropical Sails Corp. Dan recently invited me and fellow astronomer, Cliff Watson, to host one of his sold-out tours in August this year as astronomy guide for the much-heralded 'Great American Eclipse!
All places stated were visited, nothing was any trouble for the organizers and we enjoyed a fabulous coach drive throughout the tour with detailed and friendly commentary highlighting landmarks and other important points of scenic interest.
We Started from Salt lake City, traveled into Utah, and Wyoming against the backdrop of the Grand Tetons, onward into Yellowstone National Park. I had the pleasure of lecturing to and guiding a fantastic group of passengers throughout the eclipse experience. I'll always remember the camaraderie we shared.
I've traveled extensively with many tour companies but never felt more comfortable or confident as I have with Dan and Shirley's company, Tropical Sails. R
'Astro-Dave' Reneke from Sydney, Australia
Sailing on the Mandalay Daniel helped me find hotels, restaurants, and dock site for my Mandalat sailing trip.Traveled to St. Maarten ~ St. Martin ~ Caribbean
new from Indianapolis, IN
Dan the manWhat a great guy and extremely knowledgeable. Had a great time when we went on our cruise and was made even better by Dan's presence.
GregB from Coldstream Australia
Encouraging, knowledgeable, but not pushy. My husband and I booked our MSC cruise to the Caribbean through Dan. He was great. He suggested the cruise line as he was looking for best options all around, including price. It was perfect for us and we had a great time. Dan presented the material and was encouraging but was not pushy and I really appreciated that. He also followed up with a reminder and well wishes and a few things for us to be sure to pack and that was helpful and showed me that he didn't just book us and forget us. We will definitely work through Dan on another excursion.
Hooked on Cruises Now from Peoria, AZ
All Three Times Were A Charm!It has always been a pleasure. We have done three eclipse tours with Dan. The first was in 1998 with Star Clipper in the Caribbean. Then came Holland America in Indonesia in 2016. Finally last summer we actually did a land trip to Idaho for the Great American Eclipse. We got the postcard for the Indonesian and Idaho eclipse in 2015 the day I was raking snow off the roof. We immediately booked them both. His agency is a delight to work with. Every step is planned well in advance, and the process is simple. All three adventures were flawless - including seeing the eclipse! All three experiences were very different, but we felt comfortable, safe, and appreciated. The mix of people on all three trips was incredible, and everyone found someone to be close to.Traveled to Idaho Falls ~ Idaho ~ USA
Charlie from Cohasset, Massachusetts
Total Eclipse Cruis: Turkey My wife and I toured Turkey in 1999 on Tropical Sails' Eclipse Cruise. It was our best vacation ever! We got to explore Greek ruins, enjoy local food and culture, and see a total solar eclipse all while living on one of two 80 foot "gulets" (sailboats.) Our twenty or so fellow travelers made a good-sized group, and our ship's crew was professional, friendly and the crewmen were also good cooks! All of Dan's arrangements for the ships, our knowledgeable tour guides, shore transportation along to historic sites on the Aegean coast, in Istanbul, Gallipoli, and on the Black Sea were smooth and problem-free. Experiencing the total solar eclipse from our gullet (boat) while on the Black Sea was simply awesome! We look forward to traveling with Tropical Sails again!
GlenL from Ft. Collins, CO
An Amazing Tour Experience I found Daniel to be courteous and thorough in his approach to organizing the many tours he schedules. I was especially impressed by his attention to detail - working well in advance to ensure a smooth transition between client, tour manager and venue operators. I also thank him for his confidence in me as an enrichment speaker and eclipse guide during the recent eclipse tour of August 2017. It made my contribution all that much easier having Daniel's expertise backing me up. I highly recommend Daniel and his company to anyone looking for a well run and value-added tour package. Traveled to Wyoming ~ USA
'Astro-Dave' Reneke from Sydney Australia
A country wide tour to remember The Kimal group tour of Chile was just outstanding, jam-packed with a wide variety of experiences that covered an impressive range of the multi-faceted nature of the country. Very well-conceived and organized.Traveled to Chile ~ South America
D.G. from Summerland, British Columbia
July 2, 2019, Total Eclipse The tour was generally well-planned and managed. The tour guides were friendly and helpful. There were a few little 'glitches', but that is almost to be expected with any international travel that involves chasing a total eclipse of the sun. One factor that might work better in the future is to have everyone on the tour stay in the same hotel. For our trip we had two hotels in each of the two cities visited, and since they were a fair distance apart there was often a certain amount of confusion about meeting/finding the bus/timing and so forth each time we went to one of the various events. Logistics would have been much simpler if everyone had stayed in the same lodging.
Travelled to Vina Del Mar ~ Chile ~ South America
Umbraphiles from Mesa, AZ
Nice trip. Beautiful happy people, great time. Dan was personally involved, answered calls and was very responsive. Maybe its the culture in Chile, but the experience on the ground could have been a little better organized. Overall, though, a satisfied customer. Traveled to Santiago ~ Chile ~ South America
Pinyonj from Pittstown, NJ
The best trip of my life It was great to be able to speak with Daniel personally via telephone before the trip. He was informative, responsive, interested and courteous and followed up appropriately with emails and correspondence. Traveled to Chile ~ South America
Alex from Farmers Branch, TX ( Dallas area)
A very memorable trip Frequent and accurate communications. He suggested someone I could share accommodation with and saved both of us a significant amount. Traveled to USA
By Brewery Man from Shotley Bridge, United Kingdom
Holland American -Singapore Solar Eclipse Cruise Still trying to catch up from the trip. All went well. The group was an interesting bunch and a good time was had by all. Singapore is an exciting place, but way too hot and muggy to properly enjoy. We took advantage of several excursions and they all paid off well. The eclipse was perfect. Sailed to a clear spot and got a nice place on deck to watch the whole thing. Accommodations pretty good, but not as nice as the Dawn Princess. Food on ship good. Food on land a bit spotty but recognizable. I want to thank you for arranging the drink packages for me and Cathy. They worked out well for both of us. With the high temperatures, we drank a lot of water. Those flights are so long and the planes more uncomfortable than ever. Once again, thanks for everything. Another successful trip!
Bob W Somers Point, NJ
Turkey Yacht Charter Sailing Cruise Special We're finally home and finished traveling for the moment, so I wanted to give you a little report on the trip to Turkey. In a word, it was great. There were a few surprises, but it all worked out very well. The Tussock yacht was beautiful and the crew couldn't have been better. There was a traditional Turkish dish served at each meal, all very well prepared and delicious, and the wine and drinks were abundant. (Well, a few of the passengers griped when they ran out of gin, but vodka and tonic seemed an acceptable substitute to me.) It was booked as an astronomy, nature and archeology cruise. One of the best things about the trip was the good people we met. You know Alan and Gail, and we couldn't have asked for nicer travel companions. You seem to have a feel for the kind of travel we like best. Whatever you do, I wish you great success. And we thank you for launching us on another fine holiday.