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Best of Ephesus Tours for Cruise Guests BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $25
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Archaeological Ephesus Private Tour from Izmir BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $22
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Best of Ephesus Tours Reviews
Our tour guide, Nur was terrific. She was engaging and very informative. We learned a great deal about the historical significance of this special place. Her detailed information enlightened us and sp... more »
Our tour guide, Zeynab, was extremely informative and pleasant to be with. She was very professional in every respect. She was punctual and took excellent care of us. I certainly recommend her service... more »
It was our second time with this company, again an excellent experience. We were promptly picked up in a private, clean, air conditioned shuttle. The drive to Ephesus breathtaking. Our guide explained the scenery- from the city to the countryside with interesting facts and stories along the entire ride. The guided tour of Ephesus was nothing short of exceptional. Our guide let us move at whatever pace we wanted. He was full of historical facts as well as information pertaining to the future of this site. Visiting the rug making facility afterward is a must! Sounds mundane, but it was truly a highlight of an entire mediterranean trip- an authentic look at one of the industries of Turkey. My outlook of Turkey has completely altered after this visit. Media focuses on the small, occasional bad parts of a large country. The people are so genuine and kind... even willing to make friends with a group of Americans- unlike many in the world. These spots in Turkey are crucial to any bucket list, and this specific tour does a fabulous job in directing you the entire way.
We spent a couple weeks in Turkey last year for our daughter's wedding in Izmir. While there, we booked this tour of Ephesus. Not knowing what to expect, we ended up being very pleased. A small van showed up at our hotel 15 minutes early with our English speaking guide. We drove straight to Ephesus, arriving early when they opened for the morning. It was a VERY hot day, as it usually is in August, so it was smart to go early. The van was clean and pretty new, with air conditioning. The van driver spoke zero English, so good thing the guide spoke perfect English and Turkish! Our guide walked us through the ruins, explaining the important parts. He left us when we got to the terrace houses, so we did that piece on our own. After the Ephesus tour, our guide asked if we wanted lunch at the normal spot or if we wanted to try a local, all Turkish food, place. We picked the local Turkish food for the experience. While I'm not a fan of some of the Turkish dishes, I was glad we tried it. We also stopped at this small shopping place, which I really didn't like that much. I guess is is popular with the tourist crowd but I felt like the tour companies had a deal to feed tourist into this small town for shopping trinkets. This is the reason I rated 4 instead of 5. This part can be skipped unless you want to buy typical tourist type junk. Then, back to the Hotel. Here is what I think are the main points for an American thinking about this tour company. They made us feel safe in a country that is kind of "uneasy" right now for Americans. Everything was as billed, and there were no attempts to charge extra or find ways to sneak into your wallet. If I ever went back, and wanted to show Ephesus to friends, I'd book these guys again. I like places that turn out as billed on the internet. Here, you will get a very good, safe and well guided visit to the ruins with a good guide, for a reasonable price. When we were there, all the cruise ships had just stopped coming into port so the Ephesus tour business was really hurting. We found Turkey very safe, and were treated very good by everyone there. I hope things get better so more Americans get to see the wonderful country.
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