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Review of Ephesus Tours by No Frills

Ephesus Tours by No Frills
Ranked #4 of 28 Tours in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Staying in Selcuk or Kusadasi? We at 'No Frills Ephesus Tours' offer a no nonsense tour experience without substituting on quality or service. Our aim is to provide the visitor to Ephesus a unique cultural based tour experience with a professional English speaking guide and NO SHOPPING STOPS along the way. If it is the Ancient City of Ephesus and the Ephesus Museum, the Temple of Artemis, St John’s Basilica or the House of the Virgin Mary that you have come to see then that is what we aim to show you. Our half day or full day Ephesus Tours are the perfect way for you to absorb the history of Ephesus without the pressure of carpet, leather or jewellery sales spoiling your day. Tours available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays throughout the winter season (1st Nov - 31st March 2017). Cruise passengers please inquire about our Ephesus shore excursions and private tour options.
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

This tour company run by a husband, Mehmet (Turkish) and wife, Christine (Australian) team is excellent. It was easy to book and totally hassle-free in all aspects. We were not subjected to unwanted visits to carpet shops, porcelain factories or restaurants. Instead, we got exactly what we wanted: an excellent guide (Mete) who took us through Ephesus and with his knowledge of history and his language skills, brought the place to life. We really could imagine the water cascading from the fountains and Roman life in full swing. And as a generous parting gift, we were all given the new edition of a colour photograph guide book of Ephesus. Christine also recommended local restuarants and a much-needed coffee shop - all of which were excellent. Highly recommended!

Visited May 2014
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“No worries with No Frills!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Did the full day tour to Ephesus, which was fantastic. Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable.

I also used No Frills to make some more arrangements in Turkey including booking a tour to Pamukkale - unfortunately I was left behind by the other tour operator but was refunded in full. They also booked me on the Alaturka Boat Cruise, whıch was brilliant.

Christine was very helpful in all aspects!

Visited May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful half day tour of Ephesus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Although we only took the half day tour option, we felt like we saw all the main sites around Ephesus and Selcuk. The tour ran on time, Mehmet the tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining, he was able to answer all questions the group had. The bus was clean and modern.
The owners Christine and Mehmet were professional and very helpful with extra information about Turkey and helped us book accommodation in another city.
We also appreciated not being subjected to the 'shopping' extra side trip, highly recommend this organisation. Thanks for making our time in Selcuk enjoyable!

Visited April 2014
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Albany, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Mehmet knew everything!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

I was hesitant to take a tour--that's for old people, and I'm a youthful 56!-- but was too lazy to do my homework on Ephesus and No Frills was highly rated by Trip Advisor, and Lonely Planet and they were right. Mehmet was amazing--nobody could stump him. It was exactly what you pay for when you book a tour--a knowledgeable and eloquent guide. Our tour of Ephesus was at least three hours long, maybe more, partly because we asked a lot of questions and he answered all of them. The stop at St. John's Basilica was equally enlightening and entertaining (providing you find fascinating information entertaining).
The one thing I would say is that, for me, the House of Mary/Sirince village full day add-on wasn't really worth it. If you're a devout Christian seeing the alleged House of Mary might be, but I'm not and the building itself is pretty unimpressive (especially after Ephesus and St. John's). And I think Sirence village's time has passed--it's kind of a depressing mix of authentic old Greek/Turkish village and super-touristy additions now. To their credit, Mehmet and the driver admitted as much as we drove up there.

Visited April 2014
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Graz, Austria
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“Very good, thorough and enjoyable tour!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

My husband and I did the full day tour with our 2 children, age 6 and 10, and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The booking process was easy, the tour guide and our driver were both extremely knowledgable and entertaining and the van was clean and in good working order. We ate at a great little restaurant and felt like we had tasty, local food instead of a bland "for the tourists" meal. The tour guide gave us sufficient time to explore on our own if desired and ably answered all of our questions. A definite recommend!

Visited April 2014
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