Our team of Ephesus Tour Guides
Ephesus Travel Guide offers private guided tours of Ephesus with licensed and expert Ephesus tour guides. Ephesus Travel Guide offers nothing else but, and specializes in private Ephesus tours. We provide a very friendly and professional service allowing you to relax and enjoy your tour to Ephesus and to wherever your destination may lead. Our goal is to provide a good service, with competent and professional tour guides. Our Ephesus tour guides will help you from the moment you arrive until your departure. They will be at your entire service, flexible and tactful as you would expect them to be.
The image we project must reflect your own high standards and expectations. Our Ephesus tour guides are carefully chosen for their personal standards, reliability, appearance and guiding skills and extensive knowledge. Each customer has different requirements. Our professional Ephesus tour guide will provide you with a custom Ephesus tour, tailored to your individual needs.
One advantage to our business is that our Ephesus tour guides get to know the destinations we serve extremely well. These tours can range from a half-day, pre-set tour all the way up to a multi-day tour customized to your request. We offer no guarantees regarding the weather, except that it is rarely as awful as you may have been led to believe, but we do guarantee you will enjoy the company of your knowledgeable and skillful Ephesus tour guide. Their mission, which they take very seriously, is to send you home with unforgettable memories.
Below please find some of our Ephesus tour guides in our team:
We had an excellent tour with Sammy! The way he painted the picture of the ancient Ephesus to the knowledge of shopping areas in Kusadasi the day was fun for everyone in our group. His background as a history professor came through as we toured the 3 sites of Ancient Ephesus and I almost heard the sounds of the ancient city. The House of Mary was very special and we were given enough time to enjoy it. The lunch was fantastic and Sammy recommended a nice Greek wine that was yummy! All in all it was a great tour and easy to do from a cruise ship.
Our guide Semih met us right as we left the Kusadasi port and ushered our group of 12 into a clean, new air-conditioned van. Semih was personable and very knowledgeable--my restless teenagers were actually quiet and attentive as he relayed interesting information about modern and ancient Turkey on our way to the actual site of Ephesus. Ephesus was a marvel--the 12% of the site that had been excavated was so intact that it was easy to get a senseof the life and people who had lived there. Semih talked about archeology as it related to the site and about the various institutions that had worked to unearth and reconstruct Ephesus. This was a very interesting aspect of the tour. After Ephesus, we were taken to sip apple tea and learn about Turkish rugs--which was wonderful. Our group also had the opportunity to shop at the bazaar before we had to return to our cruise ship. Semih and Ephesus were definitely a highlight of our trip to Greece and Turkey. Thanks Denizhan and Semih!!!
My family and I took this tour and absolutely loved it. Our tour guide (Semir) met us at the time as promised and was very knowledgable of the Kusadasi town and Ephesus. I'd highly recommend this tour as you'll get a feel for the Turkish culture and rich history it possesses. If you're thinking about a tour in Kusadasi, then sign up for this one. You wont be disappointed.
We were very lucky to have Semih Tazegul as our tour guide. We had a wonderful day in Ephesus. Semih is very knowledgeable and speaks excellent English. We travelled in a new comfortable small bus and had a delicious lunch. Things could not have been better.
We were greeted from our flight in Izmir airport by guide, Semih Tazegul, escorted to a comfortable bus and on our way to the ancient city of Ephesus. Semih speaks excellent English and was very interesting and enthusiastic about the subject matter. Semih is knowledgeable regarding ancient and modern Turkey and made our tour educational and enjoyable. Due to his excellent service, we also scheduled a second tour with Semih Tazegul to Pamukkale.
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Popular Ephesus attractions:
- House of Virgin Mary
- Ephesus Archeaological Museum
- Temple of Artemis
- Basilica of St. John
- Sirince Village
- Isa Bey Mosque
- Grotto of Seven Sleepers
- Terrace Houses of Ephesus
- Ancient City of Ephesus:
- Magnesia Gate
- East Gymnasium
- State Agora
- Basilica, Odeion
- Memmius Monument
- Domitian Temple
- Hercules Gate
- Curetes Street
- Hadrian Temple
- Scholastica Baths
- Celcus Library
- The Brothel
- Commercial Agora
- Marble Road
- Harbour Street
- Church of Mary
- Ephesus in Bible
- House of Virgin Mary
- Temple of Artemis
- Basilica of St. John
- Ephesus Museum
- Terrace Houses
- Sirimce Village
- Isa Bey Mosque
- Grotto of 7 sleepers
While cruising on the Norwegian Jade I had arranged a tour with Ephesus Travel Guide which included Ephesus, St John's Basilica, Terrace Houses and House of Mary. I was initially hoping to get interest from around 8 people and ended with 28! Our guide for the day was Semih and he was great....very professional and knowledgeable. All our group seemed to have a great time. While we had four sites to visit not everyone went into every attraction. I opted out of the first stop at the Basilica as it didn't appeal much to me. Ephesus, which I must admit I was sceptical about was amazing and Semih brought the place to life for us. Most did the Terrace House while at Ephesus and I found it really interesting too. After lunch only three people wanted to visit House of Mary and Semih was very accommodating and took them to the site while the rest of us had a carpet weaving demonstration. We were plied with drinks, mine being a rather large Lion's Milk!! Whether this is a ploy to loosen the purse strings I don't know but it was appreciated and thankfully no hard sell was put on us. We got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare and bid Semih our farewells.
We recently travelled to Kusadasi on a cruise, and booked the Christian Ephesus tour. Our guide was Semih, and we all thought he was fabulous. He was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and professional, and did an exceptional job with our tour. His English was excellent, too, probably due to the extensive traveling he has done in the states. We were so impressed with him that my sister and I hope to book a ground tour of Turkey with him when we come back in a few years. On this tour we visited the Basilica of St John which looked down on the Temple of Artemis, the ancient city of Ephesus, and the House of Mary. We also visited a pottery shop and carpet factory. We all thought the meal we had at the carpet factory was one of the best on our entire trip, including the food on our cruise, and we found the carpet making process to be fascinating. The owner of the carpet shop was a very funny and engaging man, and I hope to come back in a few years and purchase the carpets for my house from him. The only negative aspect of the tour was that we all felt a little pressured to buy a carpet, which none of us were prepared to do on this trip. But I have been on other tours of Turkey and do not think there was as much pressure here as on my other trips, so it is all relative. When we compare what we paid for this tour to what the cruise ship was charging for a similar tour, we know that we truly had an exceptional deal. I would definitely recommend this company for tours in the area, or even nearby areas of Turkey.
My tour of Ephesus was part of a cruise on the Celebrity Constellation with Singles Travel International. Our tour guide, Semih Tazegul was so knowledgeable and brought the ancient ruins to life for our group. For example, he explained at the statue of Nike, the fold in her dress is where the "swish" logo of Nike shoes originated. Included in the tour was a stop at a beautiful pottery factory where we got to watch the incredible craftsmen create and paint the pottery as well as an opportunity to purchase their wares from a huge factory shop. We also went to a leather factory where we were treated to a fashion show and a shopping expedition in the store. All the ladies purchased gorgeous leather jackets that I have since seen similar designs on movie and television stars! Semih, our illustrious guide, helped us select and negotiate our purchases. Our trip there was one of the highlights of the many places we visited in Turkey made even more memorable because we had a tour guide that was a virtual encyclopedia of the history and beauty of Ephesus. Highly recommend as a must-see in any trip to Turkey!
Semih was my tour guide for the Myer's group in the Turkey area in the last week of August in 2013. He was very cordial, with a very welcoming personality. He was very well spoken in the English language, easy to understand. He was also very informative about everything that he showed and presented, along with great and very interesting stories. He had a very good persona with the group as well. Everybody really enjoyed being with him on this tour. At the end of the tour he said that he enjoyed being with us that day as we also enjoyed him being our tour guide. If I came back to visit Turkey, I would certainly request him again as he is a 5 star+!! Out of all of the nine countries that I visited, Semih Tazegul was the best. -Sincerely, Evelyn
Semih was an extraordinary guide in both Ephesus and Pammukale. With a masters in archaeology, and 15 years of teaching experience, he couldn't have provided more information and was so entertaining to boot! He loved sharing his appreciation of each detail, as well as his deep understanding of Turkish history and culture. He might also be the most affable and fun-loving human on the planet. We've had many guides in many countries, but once you meet Samih, you realize he sets a new standard for tour guides. He exceeded all expectations, truly. We were a group of ten, five adults and four children, and he was loved by one and all. Semih made our trip one of a lifetime - he was just incredible!
Had a wonderful day touring Ephesus with our exceptional tour guide Semih. His knowledge and professionalism was exactly what we were hoping for, but he provided even more.
We were a family of three travelling, in port for the day with a Windstar Cruise. Because one of those three was our 15 year old son, we arranged with Denizhan to have a traditional Turkish breakfast and lunch in addition to visiting Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. Beyond the fact that Yesim was a wonderful guide, we had great conversation with she and her husband throughout our tour and by the end of the day really felt as though we had travelled with old friends. The food we had for both breakfast and lunch was truly fabulous, and if you have the time, ask Yesim about a trip to the local pottery store. We also ended up buying a small rug during our visit as a memento of what was truly one of the nicest days we have spent with new friends.
I booked a half day tour for my wife and myself at short notice, before leaving the UK. I had reservations about booking a tour over the internet, but I needn't have worried. Denizhan knew our ships arrival time in port and when we stepped ashore at Kusadasi our guide Yesim was waiting to escort us to our car. She spoke excellent English and gave us a commentary on the short drive to Ephesus, telling us about what we were going to see at Ephesus, Turkish life and her family. We had plenty of free time there to get photos [a passion of mine] away from the crowds and we took our time strolling down through the site, all the while with Yesims excellent commentary. We had her undivided attention, something we'd have struggled to get in a larger group - and we took the tour at our pace. In hindsight I'd probably have asked for longer at Ephesus and skipped the visit to the carpet weaving, but we were asked if we'd like to go there and accepted so have no complaints about that. On our return to Kusadasi Yesim offered to suggest places for us to eat/shop if we wanted, and she also took a few photos of us during our tour - so what more could we have asked for! Overall really pleased with our tour and would recommend it to others.
We had the pleasure of having Yasim tour us through the House of Mary and Ephesus. Yasim and her driver were at the port to greet us (we were a group of 4). Her knowledge was excellent and so was her English. She was eager to answer all our questions and even shared what life was like for her in a village in the Kusadasi area. What a terrific value this tour was. So much less than the cruise ship excursion and so personal. Do not hesitate to contact Yan's company to arrange your tours of the area.
“Private guided tour”
Four of us enjoyed a full day tour to Ephesus , our third visit ,but the most informative ,since our guide Yesim was very knowledgable. We also visited a lovely Mosque .We opted not to take the included lunch sponsored by the carpet factory and had a fabulous lunch (at our own expense )high up in a mountain village ,where we watched our food being prepared and cooked in an open oven. We did however visit a carpet and a ceramic factory and enjoyed both ,we didn't feel under any obligation to purchase ,and seeing the silk worms and manufacturing process was fascinating . We were collected promptly,and travelled very comfortably and safely in a six seat Merzedes van.We would all recommend TranBalkan tours. Much less expensive than a Shore Excursion from the ship.
I booked through this company because they provided the fastest response and the best prices for what I wanted. Kudos to Denizhan Pekoz for being so efficient. I strongly recommend using this small company. Everything is above-board, no hidden prices, etc. So nice to rely upon something when traveling abroad!
I was traveling with two female friends, and we thought having a female guide would give us an opportunity to learn a perspective that was missing from all of the other public interactions we had (male store keepers, male waiters, male clerks at the hotel, male drivers, etc.) We loved Yesim Kulak, our guide, who was very open (in an appropriate way) about her life, her education, and the process of becoming a certified tour guide. She met us at the airport, as requested, and took us to the sites we had agreed upon, keeping in mind the timing of the huge cruise ship tour buses and trying to avoid them by re-ordering our itinerary. We had a very pleasant (and delicious) lunch with her that was included in the price of the tour.
Yesim was completely responsive to our feedback - we weren't that excited about two of the things on our itinerary and we were tired, so we drove to them to see them from afar without going in (perfect!). She took us to two shops - one is a co-op of types for women making rugs, the other was a family-run company for ceramics. The materials are beautiful, the prices are not cheap, but everything is hand-made and shipping and insurance are subsidized by the Turkish government in order to facilitate buying from certified artisans. DO negotiate.
We were dropped at our hotel after a very full day. I really recommend using this service (and requesting Yesim)!
On a recent ship cruise stopover at Izmir, we were collected by a charming guide Yeshim sent to us by this company. She was patient and fine tuned the trip to suit our needs along the way. She also took us to a small place for lunch that served delicious kebabs.
Thank you for arranging our tour of Ephesus. Yasem was an excellent and informative guide and kindly made appropriate adjustments to the schedule so that my wife could sit and sketch whilst I saw the wonderful Terrace Houses and the other sites of Ephesus.
Traveler Reviews about Umit :
I would like to share our experience when we booked our tour last October 24, 32014. Our guide, Umit, was very nice and very pleasant and knowledgeable in answering our questions about the sites. He speaks very clearly as well. Our service van was very comfortable (there were 8 of us) and the van was clean and well kept. The tour was the one of the best tours we've had and the sites we visited were one of the nicest we've been. Your city is very rich in History. All praises to you and the whole of Kusadasi/Ephesus. Thank you for accommodating us.
I highly recommend booking a tour with Denizhan and his group. Our tour guide, Umit, was absolutely wonderful - knowledgeable, kind, funny, and sincere - I can not say enough good things about him and our tour. Booking the tour via the internet was also very easy, and Umit was already waiting for us when we disembarked our cruise ship. There were no hidden fees, and the van we were in was in great condition and air conditioned. It was definitely a stress-free visit to Ephesus. We received A++ service from Umit, and we would not hesitate to book with him again.
Umet was our guide in Ephesus and not only knew the history, but made it a fun day for our family. He made sure we saw and did everything on our list and added some of his own favorites which we really enjoyed. It was a perfect day from start to finish.
Our guide, Umit, was wonderfully informative. He had a driver for us so that he could focus on us and the great sites we had pre-arranged to see. Our ship had to change the itinerary due to strikes in Greece (and therefore our Turkey tour date) but we were still able to have the tour! They were wonderfully accommodating. Our particular tour was Christian-based, since we wanted to see where Paul preached about Jesus, and where Mary lived after Jesus was crucified. We also enjoyed seeing the process for making the lovely Turkish rugs, and also had the absolute best lunch ever at the same place. This tour company is safe, very knowledgable, attentive, and flexible. They are the best!
Traveler Reviews about Ozlem:
“Great value and great tour”
All communication with Transbalkan Tours was clear and well done and our guide Ozlem was very sweet and knowledgeable. My wife and I were able to see what we wanted and spend time in places the cruise ship group could not. Because we had a driver and a guide, we could get in and out of places easily and spend our time enjoying Ephesus, the Ephesus museum, the Saint John Basilica and other sights at our leisure. Ozlem and the driver met us right at the cruise ship port with a sign and we were off for the day. The price was what we negotiated in advance and the only addition was the tip we left with the guide and driver. Very well done. I would use this Tour company again for a longer tour in Turkey. .A nice lunch was also included in the tour price!
“Private Tour Ephesus”
Denizhan was terrific in coordinating our tour. The guide, Ozlem, and AC mini-bus van he provided for our transportation in/around Ephesus exceeded our expectations. Ozlem met us at the Port entrance as the designated time and place and from the very beginning made us feel welcomed. She adapted the tour to meet our needs and interests. Ozlem was very knowledgeable --herself a former student of the archeologists who are working at the Terrace Houses even today to further uncover and to peel back the history of generations past. The House of Mary and Ephesus are must see tour stops and they were made even more memorable by her insights into the history and importance to not only Greek culture to modern civilization. We (4 grandparents, 2 adults and 2 teenage girls) finished our 5 hour magnificent private tour at the House of Kabob,--Oz Urfa, located about 2 blocks from the Port. The kebob, gyros and desserts were exceptional. What a day and thanks to Denizhan and Ozlem for making it happen !
Kusadasi was one of the stops on a recent cruise and after some online research, we determined that a private guided tour would be the best way to go. We chose Ephesus Travel Guide and we couldn't be happier with the experience. Our guide was Ozlem (sorry I can't add those two little dots over the O) and she was great. She conveyed a lot of interesting information about Ephesus, and Turkey generally, and had excellent English skills. Unlike some guides who might want to get things over with as quickly as possible, she was focused on what WE wanted and she stayed with us substantially longer than the time called for by the tour description. BTW, if you don't pay a little extra and visit the Terrace Houses within Ephesus, you will have missed the most spectacular element of the entire site. And the cost for a private tour for two was little more than what it would have been had we joined a busload. We saw much more with Ozlem and it was a highlight of our trip. Highest recommendation.
Traveler Reviews about Gulcan:
We arrived in Izmir on a cruise ship so excited to finally see a bit of Turkey. Our driver and tour guide, Gulcan, met us as we got off the boat. While our driver kept us safe, Gulcan kept us intrigued telling us about the history and culture as we drove to Ephesus. We just could not have had a better experience. The sites were very interesting and Gulcan could answer all our questions. We had a wonderful time at the rug factory - I wish I'd taken a few more photos of the weaving of the rugs (the ladies outside). Seeing how they harvest the silk from the silkworms was fascinating! We bought a beautiful rug - which we had planned to do. The factory shipped it to us in Texas without a hitch. We really enjoyed getting to know Gulcan and would absolutely do another tour with TransBalkan Tours!
We recently booked a tour through Denizhan. Our friendly and very knowledgeable travel guide, Gulce (Gulja) and our driver met us at the pier. She answered all of our questions and had so much to tell us about! We drove to Ephesus, then to a small town, Selcuk, to see a rug-weaving facility. We also had the chance to shop for leather, see the House of Mary, and the Temple of Artemis. What a fun day! It was definitely the highlight of our cruise to the Eastern Meditteranean. We learned so much - and saw so many things - all at our own pace. Gulce and our driver (I feel so bad I can't remember his name) were very patient and flexible with us, even doing a couple U-turns to run us back to a better priced leather item we wanted! Turkey itself was so beautiful - you definitely need to get outside the city of Izmir to truly see what the country is like. We highly recommend Transbalkan tours and feel that we got an excellent price on our day trip. Thanks so much to all of you at Transbalkan! Give Gulce a big hug for us!
We had just one afternoon to see Ephesus and did not want to loose time and be driven to carpet and pottery shops.
My family and I toured Ephesus with Ezgi and we were very pleased. She is very kind, knowledgeable and accommodating. As expected the place was packed and it was extremely hot. We had sunscreen and water and some also brought umbrellas for more shade. The guide made our trip wonderful and I would recommend everyone take her tour.
My husband and I had the pleasure of taking a half day tour with Ezgi. I chose to use this company due to their fast responses, accommodating and flexible style and overall enthusiasm and we are both so happy we did. We were picked up exactly on time and saw the Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, and the Terrace Houses. We learned a wealth of knowledge about each place through Ezgi's guidance, making everything mean so much more with historical context. It was amazing to learn and understand what even the smallest detail meant when pointed out. She was extremely kind in accommodating me, as I have a knee injury and couldn't walk as quickly. After the tour we were enjoyed a lunch with her at a family owned restaurant. I cannot recommend our experience or guide, Ezgi, more highly. We hope to enjoy more tours with them in our time here! Tips for visiting: try to go early as it will get very hot with little shade, sunglasses, good footwear, sunscreen, and water are musts. Ezgi did a great job steering us around crowds, but it is a very popular place, so expect that.
My family and I are very glad we decided to stick with this private tour! We flew to Izmir and had our tour guide, Ezgi, pick us up from the airport. From there we drove to Selçuk in a (very comfortable) new Mercedes van; about a 45 minute drive one-way. Ezgi sat with us (family of three) in the back while our driver navigated us around. Our first visit was the Temple of Artemis, then Ephesus (about 2 hours), afterwards had lunch, and then visited the Isa Bey Mosque.
Ephesus itself was breathtaking. After arriving to the site, we took note how many tourists were there, including big tour groups. We immediately realized how thankful we were to have a private tour arranged to beat the crowds and move at our own pace. Lunch was at a small family owned restaurant. If we weren't on a schedule I could sit there for hours enjoying the scenery. The seating was outdoors and we already had a table for four set up by the time we arrived. Everyone there was so friendly, including the animals that they raised (as pets). One of the highlights of our trips was feeding watermelons to two baby ducks! So adorable. After our visit to Isa Bey Mosque, we were dropped off in front of the Hilton back in Izmir.
Overall we were very satisfied with our private tour. Ezgi was very friendly and she spoke excellent English. She even gave us a free Ephesus book and some goodies to take home with us!
Ezgi was a delight and out of the 10 guides we used on our cruise she was easily the most enjoyable to be with and most thoughtful to our desires. it was as if we were touring with a friend. everyone enjoyed the time with her and the sites she took us too. If we ever go back to Ephesus we will use her or her husband again.
Our private half-day tour of Ephesus with tour guide Ezgi Kayan Pekoz was terrific. She was extremely knowledgable about the area and created a most enjoyable experience. The vehicle, driver, and punctual arrangements added to the overall experience. Best guide of our cruise.
We flew in to Izmir from Cappadocia in the morning for a day trip to Ephesus. We were picked up from the airport at 10 am by the guide Ezgi and the driver. Ezgi was an excellent guide and highly knowledgeable. We first visited the Temple of Artemis and then the main Ephesus site. The driver dropped us off at the top gate and we walked downhill towards the lower gate which made it easier. The site itself is incredible and absolutely worth the visit. The library is amazing. Carry an umbrella and a couple of bottles of water in the peak of summer. After Ephesus, we drove to the tiny picturesque village of Sirence, where we had lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the olive groves. We then visited the house of Virgin Mary built by St. John which was very calm, serene place. Finally, Ezgi dropped us off to the airport. The tour arrangements were excellent and highly professional. I would highly recommend the service, Sameer B.
“Excellent Private Full Day Tour of Country side in Turkey and Ephesus”
We booked this tour while still at home in Canada given the positive remarks made on Tripadvisor about the TransBalkan Tours.
From the moment we were met at the dock by our lovely young lady Ezgi till we arrived back at the cruise ship driven by Mehme our pleasant and capable careful driver, we had a exciting time because of the well informed english speaking guide who with her cheerful personality and care for our being able to enjoy our day because of our disabilities she made it as memorable as possible.
We started with a delicious Turkish breakfast in the mountains miles from the port of Kusadasi in the shade of vines on a table set with a lovely blue and yellow cloth covered with delicious dishes like organic gozleme (filo dough stuffed with feta cheese and spinach) l fresh tomatoes and olives wonderful breads and farm fresh eggs.Cheeses, honey and preserves. Yogurt & berries. Topped off by hot & delicious Turkish coffee. After this feast we drove through downtown Kirazli village but due to our problems could not wander through the streets of the village, but could see people enjoying their traditional Turkish Village life. A lovely drive through the country side with beautiful vistas of mountains and the Mediterranean Ezgi informing us all the time of ruins or historic things we saw until we arrived at the city of Ephesus. Our driver kept us well supplied with bottles of cold water and made sure the temperature in the car was very comfortable. We decided to enter from the lower gate so Fred with a serious walking problem could see the coliseum. A play with music and dancing greeted us on arrival. He rested there while Ezgi and I made our way up to the famous Library, Hadrian's Gate the Terrace houses and the public toilets. When we arrived back to Harbour Street Fred was waiting for us seated on a pillar from ancient time.. We departed Ephesus for the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world we were not physically able to walk it but happy to see it. The amount of information was told in a informative and fun way that made it more than just a history lesson. A magical day. .we enjoyed an equally delicious lunch in a small town .,before heading back to the Port of Kusadasi. Our driver called for 2 wheel chairs to carry us to the ship from the car and they arrived very quickly.
We cannot say enough positive things about our tour, our driver and our guide who we hated to leave but are keeping in touch with as she is having her 1st baby very soon. Lovely day lovely country and lovely people, highly recommend this company.
No issue with payment or changes we requested. Do wear good walking shoes, hat sunscreen and water it is very hot in the summer we where there in June.
“Tour of Ephesus with Hakan”
Our group of 12 experienced a wonderful day learning all about the rich history of Ephesus, seeing the ruins, visiting Mary's home and St John's Basilica. Hakan was extremely knowledgable and friendly. We also visited Turkish rug manufacturer and saw how silk was spun from the silk worm cocoons and watched the rugs knitted, had a wonderful Turkish lunch under the olive trees, shopped for leather and ceramics, rounding out a wonderful day in Turkey
“Excellent guide, excellent value.”
There were four of us on a cruise into Kusadasi to visit Ephesus, in Turkey. For about the same price as TWO people on a shipboard large group tour, we had a private Mercedes van, a driver, and a guide, for the whole day. I can't say enough good things about this. The guide was superb. Perfect, fluent English; depth of knowledge; entertaining; he had it all. Thank you Hakan. We had a delicious lunch, in the gardens of a local family-owned Handcrafts center, followed by the mandatory carpet history and weaving presentation. There was honestly no pressure to buy, but I fell in love with a carpet and bought it. I thought I would get buyer's remorse, but I didn't. I love my carpet! Back to the lunch - it was one of our favorite meals of our whole vacation. Fresh, tasty, aromatic. Why, oh why, didn't I beg for the recipe of that tomato puree?? We would highly recommend this tour to anybody visiting the area. You can't go wrong for the value, the experience of a great guide, and the freedom to choose what you want to see and do.