One of our clients from Hamilton, Canada published a review about our tour guide Ezgi:
“Excellent Private Full Day Tour of Country side in Turkey and Ephesus”
This weekend we had a day trip to Ancient City of Priene and Doganbey Village with my wife, Doganbey village takes approximately 1 hour drive from Kusadasi. Doganbey is a former Greek village located by the ancient Mykale Mountains across the Greek Island of Samos, the birth place of famous mathematician Phytogoras. In 1924 there was an exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Turks living in Greece were exchanged with the Greeks living in Turkey. This is one of the rare exchange villages. Former Greek name was 'Domatia''. Approximately 300 houses were located in this village. After this exchange in 1924 the village was hit by an earthquake in 1959 and abondoned. The villagers founded a new settlement and named as ''Yeni Doganbey" meaning the ''New Doganbey''. Today the villages stone homes are restored by their new owners from big Turkish cities who can afford to restore the ruined homes.
Visitors can enjoy seeing typical Greek homes from 19th century and can walk on the cobble stone streets. The streets and majority of the homes are restored and in very good condition. A picturesque town. We were impressed with beauty of the homes and cleanliness of the streets and great views of the Aegean sea and fresh air. There are no shops or anywhere to stay or eat. The village today is like an open air museum. The village is so quite in the winter, it was like visiting a ghost town. Majority of the home owners come to the village to spend their summers.
The visit to the village of Doganbey can be combined with Ancient City of Priene and you may lunch at a fish restaurant located at the coastal village of Karina. For custom private tours feel free to contact us.
Pictures of Doganbey Village
Denizhan Pekoz (licensed tour guide) will be in Istanbul between February 07 and April 14th 2015 and offering discounted private tours for travellers who choose to travel to Istanbul in the winter.
Denizhan can pick you from your hotel and can take you to the highlights of Istanbul. Denizhan`s recommendation is to do a walking tour. In this way you can see the most of Istanbul and non touristy sites. This walking tour may include visits to Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Church of Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Mahmutpasa local shopping street, Spice Market, Galata Bridge, Karakoy (Jewish Neighbourhood), Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, Beyoglu, Pera Palas Hotel.
Another option for the second day is a cruise on the Bosphorus and visiting the Asian side of Istanbul.
Discounted Winter Tour Deals for tour guide only services: 100 Euro (whatever the size of your group)
If your hotel is distant to the city center we recommend hiring a vehicle.
Discounted Mercedes Van deals:
Half Day: 50 Euro
Full Day: 80 Euro
For more information please contact with Denizhan.
Below please watch the video of a Istanbul Pirvate Tour conducted by Denizhan Pekoz :
by TransBalkan Tours is a fully licenced tour operator since 1963 and a member of TURSAB.