I heard about Simon's company from a travel blogger, and he did not disappoint. I'm all about independent travel, but this is such a culturally rich area, and a bit spread out, so having a guide and driver really just allows you to maximize your time and get the most out of every minute. He facilitated local interaction by letting us stop off whenever we saw something interesting (like locals harvesting licorice root - we even helped for a while), stopping for local street food, and helping set up an itinerary for us based on what I had found and things he suggested we add. I had my family visiting, including my 87-year old grandma, parents, and aunt and uncle, and the whole bit was seamless and adaptable to interests and abilities. Don't hesitate to contact him, prices are very reasonable!!