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“Excellent tour!”

Best of Ephesus Tours
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Private Half Day Tour of Ephesus
Ranked #4 of 20 Shopping in Kusadasi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Best of Shore Excursions is providing Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi, Izmir, Istanbul Port, Hotel and Airport. Tours to Ephesus
Kirkland, Washington
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4 reviews
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“Excellent tour!”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

First they have very quick email communication and it's pretty easy to get the tour booked. I tried to book with another tour company earlier (which is a little bit cheaper) but emails to the other company often bounced back, fortunately I found Best of Ephesus and booked it right before our vacation with a few email exchanges within hours.

Ali was our guide. He was waiting for us when we exited the ship. We were the earlier people to get off the ship so we're off on the road very early.

We have a total of 6 people and had our private van. The van is super clean and is stocked with ice cold water. My kids were very happy with the *free* ice cold water. Ali speaks great English and he is energetic and gives us enough time to explore fully during the tour and it covers all major sights in Ephesus. Lunch is provided and then we visited a carpet factory which my kids learned how carpet is made.

Ephesus doesn't seem to have an easy way for you to explore on your own and if you arrive via cruise, you probably need to book a tour. Best of Ephesus tour and Ali are great, everything went smooth and it was a great experience.

Visited June 2014
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Coral Springs, Florida
2 reviews
“A Day to Remember”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We decided to do a private tour of the highlights of Turkey and selected Best of Ephesus Tours as our guides. We left our ship early, around 8:15am and our guide Ceyda was waiting for us with a sign with our name. Included in the costs was a guide and driver, which was wonderful, as Ceyda was explaining the history while the driver was able to quickly avoid the crowds. First of all, our guide was a charming young woman who could write a book on the history of Turkey, so much knowledge. All of our entrance tickets were purchased by the tour company, so when we arrived at our destination, our guide handled all fees for us, which made for a very speedy entry. We visited Mary's House, Terrace Houses, Artemis Temple and of course the ancient city of Ephesus. Hadrian Temple ,Grand Theatre & the most impressive the Library, which is by far the most amazing structure we have ever seen. Best of Ephesus Tours made our day memorable through their knowledgeable guide, efficient driver and worry free if we wanted to take more time at any of the sites for pictures or just enjoying the moment. After we completed the tour our guide asked if we would like an authentic Turkish lunch, which sounded wonderful. Ceyda took us to this charming outdoor restaurant, it was shaded by so many trees, very cool and extremely clean & lovely. The food was delicious, and our guide explained everything to us. We even enjoyed a Turkish beer, refreshing. We would recommend highly The Best of Ephesus Tours. They are highly professional, they made our day memorable in so many ways.
Their prices are extremely reasonable especially for a private tour with a guide and driver.
We want to personally thank Ceyda for her timeliness making the most out of our day & ending the day with a beautiful lunch. Fabulous!!

Visited June 2014
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Clayton, North Carolina
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“Ephesus is a Fascinating Experience”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

We booked our tour along with nine others that we "met" on Cruise Critic based on Trip Advisor and other site reviews. Our guide was awaiting us 15 minutes early at the port of Kusadasi so we were able to get ahead of the large tour groups going to Ephesus.

Our guide was excellent and brought "life" to the many ruins we saw by focusing on life in the ancient city. The Ephesus tour was a bit hurried and seemed to focus primarily on the terrace houses which we wanted to include in our tour, and although very worthwhile I think we "gave up" time in other important areas of Ephesus.

In retrospect we should have requested a more detailed tour itinerary and length. It may have cost a bit more but it's a consideration.

There could always be more I suppose but overall we were very pleased.

Visited June 2014
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Nanoose Bay, Canada
1 review
“Best of Ephesus”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Ephesus is truly amazing and more awe inspiring that we could have imagined. We spent the day with an incredible guide (Canan) from Best of Ephesus tours. She was so amazing and she brought Ephesus to life for us. Her knowledge of history was outstanding and it was a joy to be with her. She personalized the whole day and made us feel like family. She shared not only history but her own personal experiences, thoughts and dreams. I couldn't give a higher recommendation than to say you "must" ask for Canan. She and our driver were waiting for us as we got off the ship and in no time we were on our way for one of the highlights of our trip. The entire Best of Ephesus gang, Elif, Canan and our driver went out of their way to make this such a memorable trip.

Visited June 2014
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gator country
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“Look No Further! Ali Arslan Is Your Tourguide”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

My wife and I celebrated our 35th Anniversary with a Med Cruise on Holland America. I had be told to make sure that we got a good tour of Ephesus. The cruise ship excursions were very expensive, so I tried looking online. I really did not know which one to go with and honestly got a little mixed up with so many options. I WON THE LOTTO! ALI ARSLAN was AMAZING! BEST OF EPHESUS tours was the way to go! We had a full day with him. We loved him. From the very beginning to the very end, it was a GREAT experience. I contacted him through their website. He immediately responded and arranged for a private tour. He confirmed again later. I did not have to send money, we paid at the end of the tour. Ali met us at the port. We had a wonderful driver, nice air-conditioned van, cold waters, really nice treatment. Ali was so knowledgable. Good English. Young and full of energy. Very personable. He was able to have fun with us, get to know us, but also make sure that he told us about each attraction. We did the Biblical Ephesus with the Terrace Houses included. You MUST do the Terrace Houses. One of the highlights of our trip.
Another highlight was a stop for a Turkish rug demonstration. We got to see how they made these amazing works of art. Ali had also arranged for a private lunch to be served out under the trees. That was one of my wife's favorite moments in the whole trip! It was all homemade things from the farm there. Also, there was no pressure to buy the rugs. And Ali made sure that we did not feel any compulsion to buy them.
So if you are looking for a tour guide in Ephesus, go with BEST OF EPHESUS TOURS. Ask for ALI ARSLAN. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! Seriously, book it now.
Thank you Ali for a great tour. Thanks for being so personal. I hope we are able to visit again. Thanks for making our time with you so memorable! Sherwin & Debbie Mackintosh

Visited May 2014
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