Prior to even traveling to Turkey, I was super impressed with Elif's quick response to my email trying to schedule a tour of Ephesus for my boyfriend and my upcoming vacation. I had contacted another company prior and heard nothing, so was a little late in making arrangements, but Elif helped me get everything coordinated via email in only a few hours.
We flew from Istanbul to Izmir and our tour guide Hakan and our driver (who didn't speak much English, but was the absolute best, opened the door for me at every stop and let me borrow an me an umbrella) met us right at arrivals with a sign and took us on the hour drive to the House of Virgin Mary. Hakan made us feel comfortable right away, told us about the area we were driving through and answered all of our questions. In all of our stops - the House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus City, the Terrace Houses (which are the best and worth the extra 10/15 lira in admission) and Temple Artemis - Hakan was extremely knowledgeable about the history and details of the place. He showed us the coolest small things we never would have noticed on our own, and let us have ample time to wander around, and pointed out the best spots for pictures (he knew the best views down to which tree we should stand next to so we could get the whole amphitheater in view).
Another note - because we visited in winter and because of general bad luck with weather the week we were in Turkey, it was terribly rainy on and off all day. I was super disappointed and anxious about the weather, but Hakan totally lifted my spirits about the rain and we still had a great time through all of the sites.
Also a comment on the price - this was the best $160 something dollars we spent of the trip. Incredibly affordable for door to door service, a driver, a full day tour, and Hakan's A+ jokes.
I would recommend this private tour to anyone. So much much fun and definitely the highlight of our trip to Turkey.