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“A Highlight of Our Trip”
Review of Ephesus Tours

Ephesus Tours
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Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi
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Private Tour: Ephesus Day Trip
Ranked #3 of 28 Tours in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are a private tours/shore excursions/travel services provider for Ephesus and many other destinations in Turkey. About Ephesus and our other services are maintained by Ounce Tourism which is a registered business and licensed Travel Agent by TURSAB in Turkey.
Reviewed 12 July 2011

We were on a 2-week cruise throughout the Mediterranean and fortunately, thanks to reading reviews like this one, we decided to book a private tour through Ephesus Tours. It turned out to be one of our brst decisions on the trip and one that I would recommend without any reservation. We couldn't have been more pleased with the ease of booking, the reasonable cost and the prompt and well-organized service. However, the best part was our guide, Gonca Kizilhan. She was very personable, well-informed, entertaining and interested in making sure that we had a day to remember. We were fortunate to have her to ourselves (along with her driver - also a terrific person) so the tour was a very intimate experience. I told Gonca that we would like her to customize the tour as she saw fit rather than to follow the prescribed itinerary. it turned out to be a wise move since she took us to a couple of villages instead of spending an overly long (and hot) time in Ephesus. We spent a little more time with her over a leisurely outdoor lunch, got to know her and many of the Turkish people we encountered with her. This was our first visit to Turkey and thanks to Gonca it won't be our last.

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Reviewed 12 July 2011

We had a day in the Ephesus/Kusadasi area during a recent Mediterranean cruise. We hired Yusuf Savat, of www.TurkishTourGuide.com, to show us around. What a fabulous experience! Yusuf met us at the dock with a very comfy, air conditioned minibus, stocked with lots of cold bottled water. He gave us a great tour of Ephesus and environs - Mary's house, Temple of Artemis, St. John's - then took us to a family farm / nomadic rug weaving training center for lunch. It was my mother-in-law's birthday, and Yusuf arranged for a birthday cake for her at lunch - and taught us to sing "Happy Birthday" in Turkish. It was a delightful day. We highly recommend Yusuf.

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Reviewed 12 July 2011

We were on a cruise that stopped at Kusadasi and decided to do a private tour of Ephesus with About Ephesus (aka Osman Turizm) after reading the wonderful reviews. This is by far the best tour I have ever been on and it's actually cheaper than the tours offer by the cruise ship. Our guide, Muge Yesildag, was very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about the sites we visited. She would point out the things to look for and her narratives were very interesting. We also visited a carpet weaving demonstration (which I was told was required on every tour) - it was very informative and I have a greater appreciation of these carpets after seeing how they are actually made. In sum, this is a tour I would highly recommend people do if they ever visit Kusadasi (or Izmir) and wanted to visit Ephesus.

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Reviewed 11 July 2011

As an airline employee, I've had the opportunity to travel the globe and have taken numerous tours of extraordinary sites. This tour ranks #1 by far. My wife and I were joined by 2 other couples on a cruise - we were all excited to see Ephesus and searched for a tour company that would meet our needs. The tour company was very easy to work with and more than willing to accomodate our various ideas for the itinerary - and also offered superior suggestions to make the time even more memorable. The booking was simple and straight-forward and best of all there were NO hidden charges or surprises that have often arisen on previous tours and experiences. The value of the tour compared to the minimal cost was wonderful. All of the entrance fees, meals and service were included in the quoted price - no trying to renegotiate or "upsell" you on other items. All of this would have made for an enjoyable experience, but it got even better when we met our guide.

Gonca Kizilhan was phenomenal!!! Her English was fluent and her knowledge of the sites, customs and her country was unbelievable. She studied archeaology in school and must have received superb grades - all of which enhanced what was already a memorable trip. She was so bubbly and fun to be with that we wished we could spend more time with her. All 3 couples felt as if we had found a wonderful new friend in Turkey. After returning, we've contacted her to discuss additional sites in Turkey that we would like to visit with her as our guide.

I have every confidence in this tour company and their staff. All of them were extremely helpful, fun and polite. I look forward to booking additional tours in Turkey!

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Reviewed 11 July 2011

We were met at the boat by Evren (spelling??) and our driver for a day long private tour. We went to Ephesus and a Turkish Rug maker, where we had our own private viewing and a wonderful lunch. He explained everything about the sites we were going to see, even making up stories about living in that time, as though we were actually there! Overall, for what is included and the personallized approach, I would recommend booking a private tour rather than going on a boat excursion! "About Ephesus" made everything easy and hassle free! It was fantastic!!

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