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Knowledgeable Scholar with a command of the English Language
Gonca was an excellent guide to the ruins of Ephesus. Her command of the English language, her indomitable spirit and her vast knowledge of the history of religions made our day with her enjoyable and vastly informative. Her company, About Ephesus Tours, made it easy to set up the tour ahead of time and to navigate the day to the one place we decided we really needed a guide.
We are an helder couple, and recently we made a tour in Ephesus with Osman Tourism [ https://ephesusbreeze.com ]. Everything was great specially because of our guide, Hulya. She was very sympathetic, and demonstrated to have a great knowledge of all facts related to the sites visited. The one day tour really exceeded our expectations. It´s a must!
Private Tour with Istemihan
We toured Ephesus with 11 other people off of a cruise ship. We were picked up right outside the port in an air conditioned van and had a nice drive to the ruins. He also purchased no line tickets, so we got to go right in. It was a mob scene getting through the gates, but after that people spread out and it wasn't so bad. The ruins are magnificent, he is very knowledgable and we had a great time. Be sure to include the Terrace Houses in your tour. He was carrying around a jug of cat food which made me quite curious, but there is a group of guides that take care of the strays! We also went up the mountain to Mary's house. We elected to skip the carpet demostration as our time was limited. this was the best tour of the cruise and not pricy at all. On the way home he gave all the woman a little gift bag. Wonderful man, wonderful tour.
Look for Selda. She was very informative, helpful and reliable. She made the tour interesting and fun. My only warning is the sidetrips to leather and carpet factory. They take time away from attractions but still very informative and no selling pressure at all. It was cheaper than the ship excursion so is good value for money. We covered more places than the ship excursion and even had lunch. Highly recommended.
Private Tour with Efren was unbelievable!
First of all, I am 77, a retired professor with a history of two heart attacks. I was worried about walking in hot weather. I told this to Efren when he met me at the pier, and then led me to my new, air-conditioned van. We got to Ephesus and went through the gate. Efren was clearly well informed and his English was excellent. After a few minutes of walking around and seeing the incredible site, he asked me to sit on a column. We then discussed what was around us in every direction. We walked further. He sat me down again, made certain that I drank some water, and we talked about where we were. He repeated this, taking good care of me to ensure that I did not get tired or dehydrated. Where do you find such people? Pleasant and personable, he walked me slowly down the main street in Ephesus, into this and that ruin, and shared the history with me. Again, as a historian, I already knew some details, but he filled me in and we walked the entire length of the planned tour. What a spectacular tour. While other passengers on my ship were in groups of 50 with overworked tour guides trying to find Mr and Mrs Smith or Mr and Mrs Jones who had wandered off, I had my private guide pacing his tour with me and my needs. We covered everything BETTER than and MUCH BETTER than the ship's excursion. We went through the city and then went to the house of the Virgin Mary, where he insisted that I have a glass of Turkish tea and rested before going up to the house itself. We drove to see the rest of the sites on the tour and to have a really good lunch (included in tour price) under shade trees in a roadside restaurant. I didn't buy a carpet at the carpet store because I live in Arizona, and my house is western style, so Turkish carpets did not fit in, but I watched the silkworm demonstration and the weaving demonstration. There was no pressure to buy. After the final stop, we headed back to the pier and Kusadasi and parted company. He was the best, the most careful, the friendliest, among the most informed, the most pleasant, and most helpful tour guide I have had EVER. If you don't ask for him, you miss something. What a wonderful, reliable company! The entrance fee, by the way, is included in the price of the tour. Do NOT take the ship excursion tour. You will miss something. Go with this company and Efren or his colleagues. If you miss Ephesus, that would be a mistake. It was a large city, and St. Paul was there. The ruins are remarkable, and I say that without hesitation. Furthermore, this is a MUCH better way to go than any other. The guide was informed, intelligent, and it was a pleasure talking with him. From the bottom of what is left of my heart, I thank him and this company for taking such good care of me.
Wonderful and personal service
We started our day meeting Atilla Demir (I am sure he gets a lot of comments about Atilla the Hun, but it should be Atilla the Hon!). We traveled to Ephesus in a large van that allowed him to sit in the back facing us as he shared information about the area. Yes, his English was fine. We made one stop to watch skilled ceramic craftsman. Atilla was very knowledgeable about Ephesus and all the sights. The Terrace Houses were amazing. You could picture how the hill side were likely dotted with such homes at it peak. When I mentioned to him that I love to take coffee back as a souvenir, he took a very slight detour to a shop where I could purchase true Turkish coffee. Of course I had to buy some of those awesome peanuts coated in sesame seeds too. From Ephesus, we stopped briefly at Artemis just to see where it was...not much left unfortunately. L:ast was on to lunch and carpet demo. Lunch included Turkish style meatballs that were so good that I wanted the recipe. Atilla cooks and took the time to get the translation for spices in the meat...touch of cumin makes the difference. As far as carpets go, we have an extensive collection already from many Middle East countries. Watching the slow methodical method used to hand make the carpets was interesting as was how the silk fibers are harvested. Since we love carpets we could not resist going into the sop. Needless to say we bought two. I will add that Atilla stressed several times that we should not feel obligated or pressure to buy anything. Having the right person showing you their country truly makes the difference between a good tour and a great tour.
Highly Recommended Tour Guide for Ancient City Day tour
I wholeheartedly endorse Rosie Kizilhan of "About Ephesus" for your tour. We were a group of six adults who were escorted on a well maintained, safe and clean van for a day tour of Ancient Ephesus. Rosie greeted us to pick our group up from the cruise port exactly as expected. She was passionate, knowledgeable and had very good English. The cost of the tour was very reasonable. Because Rosie is so personable, it was more like being on a ride with a good friend. With her friendliness, we all felt comfortable enough about asking personal questions relating to culture and customs of Turkey which enriched the experience of our foreign travel. Above and beyond are the words that quickly come to mind when I fondly recall our time with Rosie. You will not be disappointed if you arrange a tour with her. Go to About Ephesus Tours and make the reservation requesting Rosie specifically.
Espectacular, Awesome and our tour guide Halil made it that great
We had a great private tour with a lot of fun, it was one of the best tour we did in this entire trip we made to 5 countries. Our tour guide Our Ephesus Tour Guide made it great, he had a lot of information, very smart guy that speak perfectly English Spanish and of course Turkish. He had a very good knowledge and he was able to explain us in details the history of the city of Ephesus. I t was very interesting and the ruins are very well kept. I really recommend this tour it was great.
A great private tour
We had a wonderful private tour of Ephesus (including terrace houses), the Mary Shrine, and the Artemus Temple. Our guide Gonca (pronounced GONE-ja, aka Rosie) was wonderful. She picked us up at the airport in the morning, escorted us around all day, and dropped us off at our hotel around 4:30 PM. Everything was very professional. This was a private tour booked for just my wife and myself. I priced out the cost of admission to all of the sites we visited, along with the cost of an airport transfer to Selcuk, transportation to the sites, and lunch, and the combined cost was only slightly less than the cost of the tour that included all of those things, plus the guide and driver. So it really was a great bargain. We only had one day in town so it was important to use our time efficiently. We couldn't have done this all or gotten as much out of the visit without the guide. Gonca was really sweet. You would be lucky to get her. Lunch was included in the tour. It was at the Turkmen Weaving Center. This is a school that teaches the traditional carpet making crafts to young women. The food was very good. The demonstration of how silk is produced was fascinating and it was amazing to see how the carpets are produced. Of course they took you into the showroom to sell you carpets too, but we just enjoyed the show and made it clear we weren't buying.
Beyond our expectations!!!!
Our professional guide was Selda Akyigit Tutkun. Her combination of education....English, German, Turkish history, and Mythology.....gave her the knowledge to explain the ruins of Ephesus with such clarity. She was superb!!! The country of Turkey requires college students to pass a final exam to qualify as a professional guide. The archeological ruins are so spectacular but her explanation helps to clarify the history and current uses of the ruins. Ephesus is the second largest outdoor museum in the world...Who knew? Now Pompeii is #1, but with the continual studying and digging at Ephesus someday, it may become the largest. Today, only 10% of the historical site has been excavated. Our transportation was a very comfortable mini-bus with a great driver.
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Celsus Library is one of the finest buildings in Ephesus. The two-story building contained over 12,000 hand-written books, making it one of the largest library collections of its time.
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“Wishing to avoid the high costs charged by a cruise line for a visit to the ancient sites of Ephesus and having read previous Trip Advisor reviews, we e-mailed Ephesus Tours to arrange a private tour. Met us exactly as promised on arrival and the guide that they provided us was excellent with fluent English.”