We were met right by the pier and provided a private tour of Ephesus. The car was clean and well maintained and the guide was excellent. He knew his history and would spend as little time, or as much time, giving you explanatory material as you wanted. The Terrace Houses were probably the highlight of the trip. Following the tour we were asked if we wanted to see a place where carpets were made and we agreed. That was fascinating, everything from spinning silk, to hand dying the material, to weaving. The carpets were gorgeous and the manufacturing process very interesting. Obviously they'd like for you to buy one but there was no real pressure to do so. Ephesus is probably the highlight of any port stop in Kusadasi and I'd highly recommend a private tour over a group tour. You can proceed at your own pace and not get bogged down in a tour where, sometimes you might not be able to hear the guide. The site is quite open so bring water, sunblock, and a hat. That's another advantage of a private tour, you can take a short break in the shade and not be subject to standing in the sun listening to other folks questions that you might have no interest in.
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