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Superb tour of superb site
My wife and I recently enjoyed a private tour of Ephesus with Ms. Gonca (of the "About Ephesus" tour company).The tour was excellent! Ms. Gonca was delightful: Knowledeable, cordial, helpful, efficient - and, her command of English was superb.The early pickup for the tour was good in that we were able to get to Ephesus before the crush of crowds there, as well as before the main heat of the day. While Ms. Gonca kept us moving along, we never felt rushed. The pace she set was a good one. The brief walk-through and overview of the Ephesus Museum was quite useful in helping us to best use our time there.The tour unfolded as we had asked - namely, that we spend time in the Terrace House Museum at Ephesus, and forego a visit to the House of Mary, as well as a visit to a carpet factory (though we did see a bit of this, but only at our request.) So, there were no unexpected surprises or twists in the tour we requested.The setting of the lunch stop was very pleasant, and the food satisfactory.Ms. Gonca added a nice, personal touch to the whole tour - and all of us were delighted with her. She is clearly enthusiastic, yet professional in her approach.About Ephesus provided us a tour that was good value for money. We would certainly recommend "About Ephesus" to others, and we would of course recommend Ms. Gonca. It was a pleasure to enjoy the magnificence of the ruins at Ephesus, and to do so in the hands of a skilled and personable guide.Also, by the way, in our many email communications leading up to our booking of the tour in Ephesus, the replies were always quick and informative.My wife and I have been to Turkey twice, now -- and, after this visit to Ephesus, we are talking about yet another visit.
First-Class Tour; Super Hero Guide!
This tour was one of the highlights of our entire trip around the eastern Mediterranean. Goncan (pronounced "Gonjah"), who also is known as "Mrs. Rosie" was absolutely terrific from start to finish. Highly knowledgeable, passionate about her subject, clear in her explanations, and genuinely caring for her clients, Gonca deepened our understanding and appreciation of this truly world class site. Other reviewers have accurately described the basic itinerary of the approximately 5 hour tour, but my wife and I would like to add a couple of comments. First, regarding the carpet demonstration, we agree with Paula S. that there was no high pressure to buy and that the demonstrations and explanations were themselves quite interesting. Considering that some others had a different experience, we think it might depend on who your guide is. Gonca made it clear to us that we could skip the carpet demonstration after lunch, although she pointed out the value of the school that keeps traditional crafts alive, and she was right. Here, as elsewhere, she was completely solicitous of our wishes.Finally, we were sincerely moved by an incident involving Gonca that day. We were proceeding down the spectacular ancient boulevard linking the summit of Ephesus to the Terrace Houses and beyond them to the grand Library facade. The way was crowded, and at the old remains of the gate to the lower part of the city a mass of tourists had gathered. One of them, a sizable young man, had climbed up on one of the cracked pillars of the gate and was gesturing and posing for pictures. Of all those present, including other guides (many older and more experienced), it was Gonca alone who fought her way through the crowd and boldly ordered the man off the antiquity, upbraiding him for his thoughtless endangerment of himself, others, and the ancient gate itself. Though much larger than she, the man, embarrassed, immediately obeyed. What a telling moment - so revealing of Gonca's commitment to the treasures she loves, and her willingness to put herself on the line for her principles. What else could any traveller to an ancient land wish for.If you ever have the good fortune to visit the remarkable wonder that is Ephesus, be sure to engage the wonderful Gonca as your guide. It will be a memorable experience.
Ephesus is a major gem!
Lots of people, including myself, think that archaeological sites/attractions are just a pile of rocks, and that's true, unless, as I've learned, you have a great tour guide, which we found with our tour guide Ceyla and Ephesus Tours. I could not have been more wrong to count out the magnificent ancient city of Ephesus or the stunning Kusadasi region, a true gem along the Aegean coast I'd recommend to anyone. Besides for the stunning location of being on the Aegean coastline, the grandeur of the ancient city of Ephesus, the delicious local food spots and the interesting stops like the House of the Virgin Mary (Very cool even for a non-religious person like me) and a carpet-making facility, I feel like I really saw a side of Turkey that would be impossible to see in just a day without a great guide, and I loved what I saw!The natural beauty of the port town and surrounding areas could be compared with South Africa around Cape Town, all the beauty of the coastline with the fruit trees and mountainous land you expect to see in Tuscany. Our tour was with Ceyla and from the very beginning we knew it was going to be a wonderful day. She was incredibly passionate about the archaeological sites, art history and Turkey in general which really helped to get us into it too. The car picked us up and took us to the House of the Virgin Mary, which you can't get to without a car. On the ride over, she explained to us some geographical information about Turkey and the Aegean coastline region and some basic history on the sites. She let us do the site on our own and met up with her when we felt we sufficiently saw everything, which I think is much better than following around a tour guide with a raised umbrella all the time. Next, we made our way to Ephesus and spent a large portion of the day exploring the area which was absolutely mind-blowing. I have seen many ancient ruins from the pyramids in Egypt to the pyramids in Mexico and Ephesus really takes the cake for well-preserved, mind-bogglingly huge city with an incredible history that deserves more attention than it gets. She taught us a lot about the main attractions and also lesser known details about forgotten pieces of history among the ruins. We spent maybe 2 hours there and then took a trip to a local place, very near to the site of the Seven Sleepers, serving traditional snacks and also got to see how the community women cook them. Ceyla answered all of our questions about ancient Turkey, yes, but also gave us her perspectives on modern Turkey which we found fascinating. From there, we saw briefly the Temple of Artemis (not much left) and then headed over to the restaurant where we ate a deliciously organic, locally grown lunch. Lots of olives and tzaziki sauce! Ceyla read our fortunes from the coffee grounds of the Turkish coffee which I had always heard about and I'm not just saying this because my fortune was good, but it was a wonderful way to end the day. Finally we got to see a demonstration of how silk is harvested and rugs are woven by a place educating village women in the ancient art and giving them the supplies necessary to keep the trade alive. We weren't interested in buying and weren't pressured in the least to do so.Besides being completely exhausted, it was a wonderful day and we could not stop saying enough good things about this stop on our cruise and also Ceyla. We really fell in love with Turkey and Kusadasi port/Ephesus were a must see after Istanbul for a better, more well-rounded perspective on the country and the culture.
Highlight of our Mediterranean cruise
Our full day Ephesus tour included visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, the Ancient City of Ephesus, Terrace Houses, as well as a wonderful lunch and a very interesting (no pressure) carpet demonstration. The highlight of the day was the wonderful job done by our tour guide, Gonca. She was absolutely delightful - very knowledgeable, professional and fun. Our group of 16 (most retired teachers) gave her and this entire day an A+! We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone stopping the Port of Kusadasi.
Ephesus - not to be missed
They have the terrace houses under cover and beautifully presented. We had a private tour with Ephesus Tours and our guide, Asin was fantastic. With the right guide and good walking shoes you can spend hours here marvelling at the sophistication that this city presented.
Ephesus was magnificient, astonishing, spectacular! I would like to vist this amazing place again, the library was impressive, the entire site was like being in a dream! It was unbelievable to walk such ancient grounds dating back to 6 BC!
Two thumbs up! The best private tour ever!
We had Selcuk us our tour guide, Selcuk as our driver, and we went to the town called Selcuk..no kiddin! We had the half day Ephesus tour and had the best time. Our transportation was a Mercedes Benz small van and the driver was very professional & cautious. Our tour guide was excellent and speaks good English. He never rushed us, never boring, and gave suggestions were we could take great pictures. He spent more time with us, a loooot more than what our tour indicated and customized our tour based on what we like. He also took us to this little restaurant with good food and offerred us nice tea. This tour was the best coz it was laid back (no hurries, scared that your bus is gonna leave you or you're gonna get lost), enjoyable, informative, and for the price, you cannot go wrong. Just one advice.. Don't buy anything from the places the tour guide takes you. Shop at the main bazaar close to Kusadasi port coz its cheaper there and you can bargain more.
Ephesus Tours is the Best
I just want to tell you how happy I and my group were with About Ephesus Tours. We had the safest and greatest time in Turkey which we will remember in our heart about Turkey. This would not happen without the dedicated sincere and hard work from our guide tour Ali and a driver. Please send them our thank you and appreciation to make this trip perfect.
Great half day tour with Selda
We visited Kusadasi on the Celebrity Reflection and decided to do a private tour instead of the one the ship offered. We could not have been happier. We did the half day best of Ephesus with our guide Selda who made our trip memorable. She was what a tour guide should be, very well informed and extremely personable. Ephesus is a MUST see for everyone and this is the best way to do it.
Best Ephesus Private Tours
We booked our 1/2 day tour of Ephesus, assisted by Ayse of Best Ephesus Private Tours. We were not disappointed! We were met at our Cruise Ship at the appointed time and had a terrific tour of Ephesus. Though the site was very crowded, our guide, Ceyda, was able to guide us through the sites, avoiding the crowds. She was informative, interesting and extremely knowledgable! We had the opportunity after the tour to stop at a spice shop on our drive to the Temple of Artemis, on our way back to our ship. (We also stopped at a ceramic shop, where items were being hand painted -- we felt it was a bit of a tourist trap, though the items were beautiful . . . ) We were two couples and we were all pleased that we choice a private tour rather than the cruise-ship sponsored excursion. Half-day was sufficient time for our tour and enabled us to return to our ship for lunch and then explore our port town, Kusadasi on our own.
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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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“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.”