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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 14 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I did a private Ephesus tour with a fantastic tour guide, Arzu. We pre arranged everything easily over email prior to our trip and pricing was very reasonable. Because we were staying in Istanbul, we flew to Izmir just for the Ephesus tour in one day. Arzu and a driver (in a very nice new van) picked us up straight from the airport no problem and returned us at the end. The drive to Ephesus was about 50 minutes but went by very quickly as Arzu was extremely knowledgeable and told us so much about the area during our drive. We saw the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus ruins, and the temple of artemis prior to stopping for an amazing family style lunch at a local rug/textile school. It was so awesome. I highly recommend bringing an umbrella during the summer because it is quite hot and no shade around Ephesus. Also, we had stopped to purchase a very nice bottle of olive oil, but be warned that the jerks at the Izmir airport wouldn't even let us check it and we had to throw it away :(. Anyways, amazing tour guide and experience!

3  Thank NikoChiendoux
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We arrived at Kusadasi port disembarking our ship Celebrity Silhouette at 11am in the morning, we were a group of nine and were quickly and efficiently met by Cem our guide. The tour of Ephesus was fascinating if extremely hot, we brought umbrellas with us to use as parasols and this was a life-saver. Cem was very knowledgeable and friendly and did not rush us or overload us with information. We visited the terraced houses as well as the amphitheatre and loved our air-conditioned mini bus. We managed to keep one step ahead of our fellow passengers on their cruise-ship booked excursion - more than twice the price and around 25 in the group. We had a good lunch outside and were shown how rugs were made. This was the only part of the tour that was a little uncomfortable as we definitely did not want to buy a turkish rug however beautiful and well made it was. Cem assured us that they did not expect to sell a rug to everyone but it certainly felt like a little bit of hard sell - just be prepared. On returning to the port Cem recommended a watch shop to one of our party, she was very pleased with her purchase. Would highly recommend About Ephesus tours and Cem.

4  Thank Dancebluecat
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We were on a cruise and booked a tour of Ephesus for our group of 10. Gonca and Alp were right there to meet us when we got off the ship. Because we were disembarking with 3000 of our closest friends, she suggested that we first see Virgin Mary's house instead of Ephesus. Great call - we got there before the tour bus crowds. Ephesus tour was fantastic as well - very informative but not dry. I had some reservations about the stops at the carpet factory and leather factory, but both were very interesting and low pressure. The included lunch was a highlight of the trip. Gonca's personality really made it a great day.

3  Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had a private guide for our Ephesus tour. We arrived at the port earlier than expected but our guide Cem was there to greet us. He was very knowledgeable and very courteous. It was a hot day and he made sure that we had water and would also offer to take pictures of my husband and I. After he gave us the info for a particular site, he would give us a few minutes alone if we wanted to look around more or take pictures. Cem also made us aware of where the next restrooms would be.

Cem, our guide was very happy that we got there a little earlier, because it gave us a chance to beat the crowds.

We were very pleased with the lunch provided as well. We would highly recommend this tour.

3  Thank Sharon R
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

this is a great tour of history, the best time to go is in April-May or September-October otherwise the weather can be very hot. its an 8 hour tour so you have to be very prepared

2  Thank sanjaypatel30
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