My husband and I had a private tour, just the two of us, with our guide Yalcin, and our driver Yildirim. We were promptly met at the cruise port of Kusadasi. Yalcin was very well informed and we learned a great deal from him about the religious history of the House of the virgin Mary and the ancient city of Ephesus. It was awe-inspiring to see the stadium where St. Paul preached to the crowds. We also saw the Temple of Artemis. There was a steady rainstorm on the day of our tour and we were grateful for the umbrellas that Yidirim the driver had for our use. We received a bag of lovely souvenirs and literature about Turkey. Included was lunch at a cultural center, which we enjoyed with our guide. We saw the rugs being woven by women who attend a training program in order to return to their villages to engage in their industry. We saw the silk worms and how the silk is extracted in order to weave the rugs, and we learned that the design of the rugs reflects the region the women live in who weave the rugs. The day we spent in the Ephesus region was well worth the cost.
In planning the tour, my email correspondences with About Ephesus Tours were always promptly and politely answered. Also, the payment for the tour did not have to be paid until the day of the tour at its completion, which we greatly appreciated.
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