Our main aim is to satisfy each and every guest we serve to their highest expectations.So far our Private Ephesus Tour guide services have been rated one of the best for various types of Ephesus & Biblical tours in Turkey...
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Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour
I would like to second all the positive reviews of Ephesus Tours (OSama Tourizm). Mrs. Arzu is a wonderful and helpful guide. She is so warm and friendly and took care of us and especially our kids who absolutely adored her. She made sure she dropped us right until our bus for the next journey not making us feel stranded. The driver was helpful too. Arzu has great knowledge of the places we visited and I'd recommed them any day should you visit Ephesus. The Merc was very comfortable for the long journey too. I sincerely thank them for making our holiday so very special. My heartfelt appreciation for not just the place but the people of Turkey. Natty
I cannot fully express how wonderful our experience was with this company from beginning to end. We were on a cruise that stopped at Kusadasi for one day and we wanted to use our time for a fully private tour of Ephesus for my wife and me. We did extensive research looking for an outstanding company that had both good drivers and top tour guides. We contacted several companies for information on their services and prices. We ultimately went with About Ephesus, the trade name of Osman Tourism, which had gotten great reviews on this site and turned out to have among the most reasonable prices of the many companies we contacted. We dealt by e-mail with Mr. Teleri, who was responsive and informative at every step of the process. In fact, he was the only one who was fully candid about the reasons for the stop at the "rug factory" that every private tour company pushed. He was outstanding to deal with.Based on our research on TripAdvisor, we provided Mr. Teleri a list of guides who we requested. Near the top of our list was a young woman named Filiz. Mr. Teleri came through and she was waiting for us at the pier with a driver and a Mercedes minivan that was stocked with water, maps of the area and other perks. From that moment on, we had a spectacular tour that was the highlight of our cruise. Filiz was almost the perfect tour guide. She spoke perfect English; she was charming, articulate and completely knowledgeable about the history and cultural aspects of Ephesus; and she was fully committed to giving us the best and most personalized day possible. She accommodated our request to bypass the Church of the Virgin Mary, and instead take us to the amazing Terrace Houses, the residences of the wealthy residents of ancient Ephesus. My wife and I were thrilled by the day that Filiz provided. We saw so much more, and got far more personalized attention, than the people who opted for the large cruise group tours. In fact, even the obligatory stop at the rug factory turned out okay. The brief lecture on rug-making turned out to be reasonably informative and the sales person who gave it did not do any hard sell following the free lunch that they provide, all based on the Turkish government's subsidy of these facilities. (Ironically, the lunch was pretty good!)In sum, we could not have been more pleased with this company and Filiz in particular. I strongly recommend them to anyone interested in an outstanding private tour.
About Ephesus Tours tours
After reading reviews on TripAdvisor we booked Mrs. Filiz Capraz of Osman Tourism. She was absolutely delightful and well informed. While our friends from the cruise ships boarded big buses we joined Filiz and her driver aboard a new Mercedes van for a more intimate tour at a price well under that of the cruise ship. We would highly recommend Filiz to anyone seeking to explore this amazing destination.
We booked with Ephesus Tours and I can truthfully say that all the raving reviews are true.We scheduled an early start in order to avoid the crowds. Our driver and our guide, gracious Gonca, picked us up and we quickly drove off to visit Mary’s House. Arriving early we were almost by ourselves. By the time we were leaving there were hundreds of people arriving! We were very happy with our decision to start early! Gonca was great! Her English was very good and shewas full of information, considerate and always ready to answer to all our questions, which were a lot. A perfect “host” that made us feel welcome, unlike the guide we used in Athens.We then headed for Ephesus. Words can’t describe Ephesus! The Terrace Houses, the Celsus Library, the Grand Theater… Gonca was a wealth of knowledge and showed us everything. I think that I am talking on behalf of everyone when I say that I would have happily spent two whole days in Ephesus with Gonca as my guide of course!After our visit we were driven to a rug factory. I must say that we were a little apprehensive having read how “pushy” owners can get and shared our thoughts with Gonca. She reassured us that the owners were kind people and of course we should not feel we had to purchase anything if we did not want to. It was actually an interesting experience. We were able to see how carpets are made and offered lunch. We politely declined the sales offered and did not feel at all pressured to buy.At the end of the day we were returned to our cruise ship happy with our tour and very satisfied with our choice.Great value for money! We definitely recommend Ephesus Tours and when you book don’t forget to ask for Gonca.
Great tour, great tour guide, great van
We booked the private Ephesus Tour for a group of 4 adults and 2 kids (ages 18 months and 2 yrs) while visiting via Royal Carribean cruise. The entire experience from original e-mail to booking was amazing. We just had to pay a small $20 deposit via paypal before arrival.Any tour with small children is challenging, and they made it easy by having car seats as requested. Our Tour guide Ms Selda was awesome. She met us right off the ship and walked us straight to our awaiting Mercedes minivan. I stopped on the walk to the van and bought a bottle of water, there were plenty of opportunities along the way to purchase drinks so if you forget to bring something no big deal.She gave us a great tour and talked about our destinations on the way there as well as when we got there. She made it a point to give us free time without her so that we could explore. This was great, and she knew the right mix of guided and free time.After our day of touring we ended the tour at a eating place that was such a cool setting. Lots of animals (rabbits, birds, goats etc...) in cages and some roaming free, and we ate outside overlooking beautiful scenery. Our kids loved the animals and some of the people walked our kids around to visit the bunnies and birds so that we could finish eating. We ended lunch with a carpet demonstration and carpet selling. We did end up buying a few carpets, but the experience was awesome, and I never felt bullied into buying anything.All is all great tour, great customer service, highly recommend avoiding the large group cruise organized tours, and go with a private tour, you will likely find it more enjoyable and even cheaper. The other bonus is that our older kids stayed on the boat in the wonderful kids club which they wanted to do and thus everyone was very happy with their day. My only bit of advise is that lunch is pretty late 1230-1300 if your ship arrives a 9:00 so bring a snack or purchase something at one of the stops to tide you over!
Private tour of Ephesus
We had a private tour with Gonca Dasdemir thru Osman Tourism on 3 Nov 2013. It was great! Ephesus was our first stop on a Celebrity "Greek Isles" cruise and a great way to start; the weather that day was perfect, which certainly helped as well. We opted for a private versus Celebrity cruise that one day because none of the latter's offered the combination of the House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, the Ancient City of Ephesus, AND the Terrace Houses. And, for what we saw, the price was also comparable. To be honest, I wouldn't recommend the out-of-the-way drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, especially; the ruins at Ephesus and the Terrace Houses, which are not open to the public for free, are far more worth the time and money. In any event, Gonca was a great guide (which was also a plus as it was just her, our driver, my wife and me--versus organized groups of at least 20. She met the cruise ship exactly as promised; her English was perfect (as was every one of our guides at each of our other cruise stops); explanations of each walking stop thorough; the driving spot on. Our only additional expense--known upfront--was a tip at the end for both her and our driver. The restaurant at the end was typically Turkish; excellent food (included); as well as a rug-making demonstration and the obligatory sales pitch, with far less pressure than in downtown Istanbul, for example. I'd highly recommend both the Osman Tourism tour agency, as well as Gonca specifically.
We spent a lovely half day tour with Filis. She was a very good guide. Knowledgable, helpful, interesting, and is serious about her job. We were her last tour of the long season, and she did not wilt. For a bit less than the cruise ship tour price, we had a private tour for two people with a very nice van for transportation and Fahti, who was our driver, did an excellent job. We had a half day stop in Kusadasi and she timed everything perfectly. No rushing, or dragging our feet, just a nice even pace.
Already Did That........
This is not a negative review. In fact it is a very positive one.Second time in Turkey I have used this service. Both excellent. Having already been to Ephesus in 2008, we arranged to do a different tour from Kusadasi (Ocania, Riviera) of Pyrine, Didyma, and Miletos. We were a group of six and I did all the arranging. The staff at Ephesus Tours, headed by Mr. Teleri, who I communicated with by email, did a great job of responding to my interests and inquiries and taking care of all the details including honoring a request to not be exposed to any carpet salesmen.We were met promptly at the cruise terminal and boarded a beautiful Mercedes bus with seating for probably 12. We had plenty of room to stretch out. In Turkey you have both a driver and a guide. They cannot be combined and you wouldn't want them to be. Our guide was a young lady named Arzu. Fabulous! Well informed of the history, archaeology and politics of her country and each site we visited. Licensed guides in Turkey are very skilled and passionate. Watch out for companies offering lower rates but with unlicensed guides. It happens although turkey seems to do a better job of regulating this than Italy or France. The itineray we chose is a very good alternative to Ephesus if you have already seen that site. Perhaps the highlight of the tour was the included lunch. The restaurant we stopped at was a place that caters to tours. You'd think you might want to avoid such places. You would be wrong. A delicious assortment of Turkish specialties heavy on the veggies and fish. All excellent and authentic.I highly recommend this touring company. You need to reserve early.
Wonderful Tour- Less than cruise ship prices.
We had a great day in the Kusudasi area with our guide, Ms. Arzu. We added several fellow cruisers to our group and they quickly accommodated us with a larger van. We went to Sirince first and spent more time there than we intended, but it wasn't a problem. Lunch at the rug factory is well worth the stop. We didn't buy a rug, but it was an interesting tour and presentation. Even the quick stop at the leather outlet was fine. Nice little fashion show and explanation of the lambskin leather. We didn't buy a coat either, but no pressure in either place. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the history of Ephesus and, even though we were running a little late by then, gave us a great tour of the area including the terrace houses. Our recommendation would be two hours in Sirince, and two hours in Ephesus including the terrace houses.
Ephesus private tour
We booked our private tour to Ephesus before we went on our cruise, we were met by canan (our guide) on the dockside when we disembarked from our ship, She introduced us to our driverand the private air conditioned Merc taxi, from then things just got better and better.Canan took over and we went to all the places that we wanted to go to and was an excellent guide around the ruins of Ephesus. Canan has a vast knowledge of all the ancient ruins.We also had a typical Turkish lunch in a Gazebo in the middle of a garden where Canan took us.All in all the tour was brilliant and so easy to book from home and exceeded our expections on all fronts. I can thoroughly recommend this tour company to anyone who wishes to use it.Brian
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The Terrace houses
The houses built on the terraces on the slopes of Mount Koressos were inhabited by the wealthy families of the city. The first houses are dated to the 1st century AD and they had been used with some renovations until the city was abandoned.
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“Eight of us on 12 night Mediterranean cruise arranged a tour through Ephesus Tours and were fortunate enough to be met at the cruise terminal by Gonca Kizilhan, a.k.a. Rosie, the most wonderful tour guide in all of Turkey! She was so knowledgeable, was able to answer any question asked of her and had the most pleasant personality.”