Ephesus Celsus Library with flowers (tulips)

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Ephesus Breeze Tours & shore excursions services are rated 4.96 out of 5 ✔, based on 762 reviews.

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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Great Tour
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

The pre-tour communication was good, they even contacted me in the US by phone. Most communications were done by mail, and we paid a very small deposit - the rest to the our guide upon completion. We came in on a cruise that arrived at 7:00 AM and we set our tour up for 7:30 AM. This proved to be a very key move. Our tour featured the Virgin Mary's house, Ephesus, and of course the traditional carpet sale (I think that's just a requirement!). Our guide (Mr. Burak) met us, and our two girls (10 and 11) just off the ship, and it was a short walk to their nice van. The cool part (especially for the girls) is that Burak gave them both a bag of gifts - bracelet, book, snow-globe, and a hand fan for the heat - needless to say, they were really excited. Coincidentally both love those fans and snow-globes (we had already broken two fans the prior day).Back to the timing. We beat about 20-30 buses to the Virgin Mary's house. We arrived in an EMPTY parking lot. The grounds of her house were completely quiet, with no lines. We could spent about 45 minutes here --- by ourselves. As we left, the parking lot was jammed, with bus after bus lined up to get in. We then went to Ephesus (about 15 minutes back down the mountain)...again we beat the crowd.We had read everywhere that the heat and bugs were bad...and there was no shade...and it was a long walk. Honestly the walk, from top to bottom wasn't bad at all. I'd say maybe 400-500 yards? Maybe we were expecting the worst and were surprised. The heat was nothing like Athens, and Burak was able to walk us through an area...and he always stopped in the shade. We were there about an hour and a half. Burak gave us time to wander in the amphitheater and at the library ruins. He then met us back at the lower exit. Perfect timing.(NOTE: there are some vendors at the exit, and the pricing is higher than you will find downtown Kusadasi).From there we left for the carpet co-op. It was actually pretty interesting (I think the cruise tours go to a spot downtown which is less intimate). This location was on a farm with a lot of animals (rabbits, peacocks, chickens, a really big Turkish Shepard Dog, and a lot of other animals). We were shown how the silk is pulled from a cocoon, and we were able to actually tie some knots on a carpets that were being made. This was followed by the mandated sales pitch, but it was fine ---- it was actually educational. I just wish we had a spare few thousand dollars. The carpets were probably the best I've seen.We were then provided lunch on the farm...we just needed to pay for our sodas. The lunch was good....chicken, some traditional side dishes, bread, watermelon. The kids ate most of it.The tour lasted about 4-5 hours, and it went quick. Burak gave some great information along the way and he didn't talk our ears off. It was just a great mix.SKIP the cruise sponsored tour. I'd 100% recommend About Ephesus. I also think they have tours in Istanbul. Also, book it early, get off the ship and get going!(PS - We have little impatient girls, Burak did a great job of engaging them, asking them questions, and pointing out things that he thought would interest them).Burak spoke perfect English.

Ephesus Tours
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

I also posted on Cruise Critic about our wonderful tour of Ephesus on July 2, 2013. We prebooked before our departure on Celebrity Reflection. A friend had been before and had told us that this company was great. Well, they exceeded all expectations. We, (just two of us) were greeted early off the ship by Atilla Demir and our driver in a very clean updated van with the seats facing each other. This allowed Atilla to talk to us while driving and explain what we were going to see. Atilla was a graduate of a University in Turkey, in Tourism and was so knowledgable about the area. Since we were off the ship early we avoided the massive crowds at Mary's House which were lined up after our exit. We also saw The Ancient City of Ephesus-Terrace Houses, The Temple of Artemis, The Basilica of St. John. We stopped along the highway for lunch at the rug weavers and so how rugs are made and the silk worm process. The bbq lunch was amazing! We were give a presentation of rugs for sale. My husband is in the business so we weren't in the market to purchase. Then we drove not far to a leather factory. They gave an amazing fashion show. Then we went in to see the leather. Again we weren't in the market for leather jackets. Their leather was extremely soft and beautiful. I think at home we could have gotton a better deal but it wouldn't have been from Turkey. I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants a personalized experience and Atilla will make sure you avoid and get around the crowds at the ancient city. I'm not sure how you could do this with a large group. The cost of $90USD was a great price for our full day itineray with lunch. Also, we didn't have to pay until the end of the day. I am leary sometimes of paying ahead and they did not require it. The company was good with communicating via email to confirm the trip.

Fantastic tour with a fantastic guide!
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

We visited Turkey as part of a cruise vacation, and we were very pleasantly surprised. Our guide, Gonca, was absolutely fantastic. Not only was she very approachable and friendly, but she was exceptionally knowledgable and made the whole experience wonderful (when we visited the Turkish carpet factory, everyone there referred to her as "Mrs. Smiles"). Our driver, Alp, was also great, and they are a wonderful pair together.Throughout this tour, we saw the House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus, a carpet factory (where they will definitely try and convince you to buy their carpets), and a ceramic factory/gallery. It was an exceptionally hot day, so be sure to bring water and a hat (there is very little shade in Ephesus). Overall, exceptional tour. If you only have a short time in this part of Turkey, I highly recommend it!

historical and biblical place
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

it is wonderful to be where the Virgin Mary lived and died ... Ephesus sacred place to share in family

Ephesus Tour
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

We just returned from an Eastern Mediterranean Cruise and prior to leaving had organized a day tour of Ephesus with Osman tour group...https://ephesusbreeze.com. The tour was amazing. We made one adjustment and arranged to visit Sirince Village. We loved this quaint little village and were very happy to have made this choice. The ruins of Ephesus were fantastic. Selda, our tour guide gave us a wonderful account of the history and accommodated all our needs throughout the day. They took us to a carpet making store where they demonstrated how silk turkish carpets are made. Very interesting. At this location they provided a traditional Turkish lunch in a beautiful setting. The lunch was fabulous as was the setting! Selda is an excellent tour guide. She is sweet, kind, friendly, well-informed and very warm. We felt her presence made our trip in Kusadasi perfect. The driver was excellent and the vehicle was large and comfortable. My entire family is looking forward to visiting Turkey again in the future. We loved it!

This was a great tour
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

The guide was resourceful and knowledgeable. We also went to St. Johns tomb and Marys house. It was extremely crowded, so be ready for that. Also Bathrooms are scarce, as we found everywhere in Europe. There is a lot to see. The streets are uneven and rough, so where sturdy shoes

Fantastic Tour - Fabulous Guide
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

My husband and I along with my cousins loved our tour with Ephesus Tours. Their guide was fabulous. Even though he is not used to doing French tours he spoke French extremely well and he came prepared with notes he had taken in case he forgot something.It was so much better to have our private guide than to follow a group of more than 25 people. Our guide was always close and could answer any questions we had. We were also able to visit the Terrace Houses which is not easy to visit as a large group and still be able to hear all of the descriptions. The Terrace Houses were beautiful and a definite must see. It depicts so well how they lived during this period.

Best tour guides, great transportation
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

My husband, 14 year-old son and myself took a private tour guided by Filiz Capraz and my parents took a private tour guided by Selda Akygit Tutkun. My parents decided to do a half day tour (approx. 4 hours) and we did a full day tour (approx. 6 hours). We were on a Disney Magic cruise of the Mediterranean and visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus was one of the highlights of the magical trip. Filiz and Selda were both waiting for us when we stepped off the boat promptly at 8am. We traveled in a fancy van where the seats faced each other with a Turkish carpet on the floor. The seating arrangement was great for conversation. We were presented with gifts –book about Turkey, magnet, bracelet, snow globe and a fan. My father reports “Selda competence and professionalism was beyond the call of duty. We are truly grateful and highly recommend her as a guide and the firm of Osman Tourism.” My parents do not like too much sun or too much walking but Selda took great care of them and went at a pace that worked well for them. She was extremely warm and friendly and they loved her enthusiasm for her country. My parents said that she was the best tour guide they have ever had. My family’s tour guide, Filiz, was also fantastic. She had a rich knowledge and spoke just the right amount, not too much that you were overwhelmed with facts but enough to satisfy your interest and make you want to see more. We had a lovely meal at Turkish carpet school and we were presented with carpets but when we declined purchase they accepted it very gracefully. I felt no pressure. Don't skip the carpet school, the demonstration is very interesting and worth the visit. The ruins at Ephesus are amazing and it is incredible that you can be so close to them. We ended our tour at the Bazaar and had a great time shopping for gifts to bring home to friends and family. We paid by credit card which was very nice since most tours in other countries desire cash which we do not like to carry it around in great quantities.

Fantastic!
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

Some friends and I recently took a cruise and booked a private day tour. We got even more than we expected. Our day in Ephesus was the highlight of a two week trip. Our guide Canan Tunckanat did an amazing job. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious and she added so much to our experience. We didn't just experience Ephesus, we walked in the footsteps of Cleopatra. She made the ruins come alive for us and shared her Turkish culture and hospitality. A truly memorable day.

Fabulous tour
stars 5 out of 5, Reviewed on

My dad and I took an all day private tour booked through "About Ephesus." An air conditioned van picked us up at the hotel and drove us to the sites. The tour guide Canan Tunckanat was amazing. She is extremely knowledgable and one of the best tour guides we had on our trip throughout Turkey. I would definitely recommend this tour of the Ephesus ruins and if possible, ask for Canan as the tour guide!

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Our Guide brought Ephesus to life for us & was extremely informative; we even had people listening to him & complimenting him on being a much better guide than theirs from other companies. He guided us expertly to be at the front of the queues & out of the heat as quickly as possible.”

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