Ephesus Travel Guide by Ephesus Tour Guide Denizhan Pekoz and TransBalkan Tours
Private Tours of Ephesus and Western Turkey by local tour guides
Ephesus is an ancient city located at the western part of Turkey. 50 miles south of Izmir City Center. 15 Miles North of Kusadasi Town. A legendary city that housed many important names like Cleopatra, Mark Anthony, Augustus, St. Paul, Virgin Mary, John the Apostle... One of the four largest cities of Roman Empire in its peak time. Visited by over 2 million people each year. One of the major travel highlights of Turkey. A must see site for travellers.
Ezgi, Denizhan and Defne Pekoz your tour guides for Ephesus.
Denizhan Pekoz is the writer of this site. Denizhan was born (1978) and raised in Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey. Studied Business Adminstration in Izmir. Worked for Seabourn and Cunard Cruise Lines as Asst. Shore Excursions Manager. Now settled in Kusadasi, Turkey and married to Ezgi Kayan Pekoz who is assisting Denizhan with correspondences and also working as a licensed Ephesus tour guide. Denizhan and Ezgi has a daughter named as Defne.
Denizhan is working as a licensed Tour Guide and a Tour Operator (License No. A-776). Providing private shore excursions of Ephesus and surrounding area from Kusadasi Cruise Port and Izmir Cruise Port for cruise ship passengers and custom private tours of Ephesus, Istanbul, Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Aphrodisias, Sardes, Miletus, Didyma, Priene, Pergamon and many other destinations in Turkey for overland travelers from hotels of Kusadasi, Izmir, Selcuk, Sirince and Izmir Airport.
Denizhan is a specialist in Biblical Tours in Western Turkey. Has led many tours for North American churches, universities and RoadScholar Groups visiting the sites in Western Turkey. Denizhan speaks fluent English. Work with recent model, A/C Mercedes Vehicles. Denizhan is an active licensed professional tour guide and tour operator. Pride himself on ability to add personal touches to every tour conducted. It is extremely important for Denizhan that all his guests return home with experiences to remember. Has many years' experience in guiding tours in Western Turkey as well as in Ephesus. As a Ephesus and Western Turkey Travel Specialist with contacts and years of experience, Denizhan is able to help travelers with their plans and itineraries.
Denizhan Pekoz is a third generation tour guide and a tour operator. His grandfather Mr. Sadrettin Pekoz is one of the first tour guides and tour operators of Turkey, started guiding and operating tours in 1960 for 30 years continuously. Just like his grandfather, his father is an active tour guide and tour operator. Denizhan wants this family tradition to continue and hopes to have his daughter Defne would also be an active tour guide and a tour operator.
Ephesus Travel Guide is aiming to provide information about the history of Ephesus and environs for travellers travelling to Turkey or cruising to Kusadasi Port and Izmir Port of Calls. Kusadasi Port is 20 minutes, Izmir Port is 1 hour drive from the ancient city of Ephesus.
For over 110 years Ephesus have been excavated by Austrian archaeologists. So far %12 of Ephesus have been excavated. Remaining %88 still under earth, waiting to be explored. Majority of the sites which is visited today, are the civil buildings. For the last 5 years visitors can also visit an on going excavation site named as Terrace Houses. There is an extra admission to visit this site today. Majority of the visitors enter the site from the upper gate and walk down the hill, exit the site from the lower gate.
Ephesus is a must see site. A lot of the visitors who visit the site, compare Ephesus with Pompei. Pompei and Ephesus are both from the same period. Pompei, was under the eruption of Vezivius in 74AD, at that time Pompei had a population of 20.000 where Ephesus had over 200.000 inhabitants. Pompei was made with ordinary stone, %95 of Ephesus is made with marble. Pompei and Ephesus today are both considered among the most well preserved cities of the ancient world.
We offer private tours of Ephesus with English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, French and Italian speaking licensed tour guides. Besides Ephesus, we also offer private day trips to Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Aphrodisias, Pergamon, Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Laodicea, Sardis and more from Kusadasi, Izmir, Selcuk and Sirince. Turkey Tours departing from Istanbul:
Please click the following links to watch a Ephesus Tour with Denizhan Pekoz and a Turkey documentary led by Denizhan Pekoz:
Ephesus Tour with Denizhan Pekoz
Turkey Documentary led by Denizhan Pekoz
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"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
Heraclitus, lived around 500 BC in Ephesus, modern-day Turkey.
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