Fatma Acar was recommended to us by a friend who had used her and had been highly impressed with her service. I contacted her via email and she was extremely knowledgeable and happy to adapt to our wishes. We were visiting for one day from a cruise ship and wanted to visit Ephesus and the Terraced Houses but only wanted a half day visit and she was happy to oblige with our plans. We particularly did not want to be part of a large group and were really happy to hear that Fatma mainly does small groups of 2-4. The price she quoted was also lower than any other private tours for 2 which we saw quoted elsewhere.
She suggested we should leave the ship early and we were met only half an hour after we docked by the wonderful Yesra who was to be our guide. An air-conditioned van was waiting for just the two of us and we were at the site just after 8 o'clock. We were one of the first people to enter the site (at the top gate) and were ahead of the crowds for most of the visit - many of my pictures don't show a single person (which is quite a feat considering the vast numbers who entered later in the day).
I cannot say enough about how entertaining Yesra made this trip. She had studied tourism for 6 years and her knowledge and passion for her country's culture was outstanding. She showed us nooks and crannies and gave us information about things which we wouldn't have even noticed. She was able to answer every one of our questions in a fully informed and enthusiastic way. We never felt rushed and truly felt that she wanted us to love the architecture and the history of the place as much as she did - and in that she succeeded. This really was the highlight of our cruise and (having travelled to many places) one of the best tours we have ever taken. Do visit the terraced houses to see some remarkable excavations and to get a real flavour of how people lived.
We had two 10 minute stops where we could visit the library and the auditorium, and to give Yesra's voice a rest! Otherwise she was with us for the whole tour and showing and describing things with great knowledge. Our tour was over before lunchtime and yet we felt we had seen everything possible and without being rushed - and no visit to an obligatory carpet factory!!
I highly recommend this company if you want a truly personal and professional visit to Ephesus or to many other sites within Turkey.
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