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Reviewed 25 November 2015

A great day! We took the ‘Best of Ephesus Tour” from our cruise docked in Kuşidasi. The high point of the tour was clearly Ephesus, an ancient Roman city recently excavated. Consequently, the mosaics and frescoes are colorful and statuary is in good shape. A large archaeological site.

Our tour guide Işiķ (pronounced “Ish-ick”) spoke excellent American English and all were able to clearly understood her. We had excellent directions and met her just outside the cruise terminal. Işiķ was knowledgeable about the places we visited and pointed out particular points of interest. She and our driver let us spend as much time as we wanted, and even took us on an unplanned stop.

Işiķ also provided us with insight into about life in Turkey from the perspective of a modern young woman. That's something that you’d not discover by walking through the tourist shops.

One of our group was interested in seeing how Turkish carpets are made. We were all aware that some tours plan a stop at a “carpet factory”, which is really a sales opportunity. But Işiķ was able to contact a carpet store, telling them we just wanted to see the demonstration. We spent fifteen minutes there and weren’t pestered by the salesmen.

Our family of five adults included our 93 year old father who used a walker during the tour. While he wasn’t able to see all of Ephesus (it’s very large and has uneven terrain), he saw some of the high points: the amphitheater and Library of Celsus. Taking a private tour gave us a lot of flexibility in dealing with his needs.

So consider a private tour if you are traveling with someone with special needs. You see the same things that you’d get by taking one of the cruise’s tours and have lots of flexibility.

Note that we traveled in early November. We feel we had excellent weather; in the summer it might get less pleasant, as Ephesus lacks shade.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

Our biblical tour of Ephesus was the highlight of our siblings reunion cruise aboard Royal Caribbean. We were so impressed with our tour guide Zeynep for her command of the English language, her historical knowledge, and her good sense of humour. She met us at the terminal on time and our family of 14 were seated comfortably in a white Mercedes van. This is my second time to Ephesus but happy to have a tour guide this time...made such a difference! Booking this tour online was quite easy and my emails were answered promptly. I would highly recommend this tour company to anybody who wants to visit Ephesus.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

One of the stops on our Mediterranean cruise was Ephesus. We were 6 people and booked the tour with Ender. He met us promptly at the port and immediately gave us a history of the area. The tour through the ruins was fascinating and brought to life through Ender's narrative. I highly recommend this tour company and Ender as the guide.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

Ephesus is a very large site. Having a guide who was intimately familiar with the site was invaluable. She was also thoughtful and kind! An unforgetable highlight of our visit there was listening to Azer sing in the theater to demonstrate the incredible acoustics in the ancient amphitheater at the cite. Amazing!

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Steve S
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

We were part of a small group who toured Ephesus with Ender. He was a wonderful guide, whose knowledge was most impressive, and everything about the tour went perfectly. Ephesus proved to be a major highlight of our trip, and should definitely be on everyone's bucket list.

Date of experience: November 2015
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