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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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.
Exceptional half-day tour of Ephesus led by Selda Akyigit Tutkun
My wife and I just completed a half-day Ephesus tour led by Selda Akyigit Tutkun. She's the best!. The tour certainly exceed our expectations. First of all, the tour lasted for much more than half of a day. And it ended only because we got tired, not because Selda wanted it to come to an end. We got much more than our money's worth. Selda's English was great, she was very enthsiastic, she was knowledgable, and she kept us moving along at just the right pace.And to top it all off, she came back to pick us up in her personal car, from our hotel that night, for some additional sightseeing. When it all came to an end, she would not accept any additional tip for her hard work and extra time.
Perfect tour in Ephesus with Arzu
The tour in Ephesus was the best part of our 5 days stay in Turkey. We arrived a day earlier than our confirmed tour date in Izmir but About Tourism did not hesitated to accommodate us and look for a new tour guide available that day. Our tour guide name is Arzu, she is one of the best tour guides we've met, she is very accommodating and knowledgeable with Ephesus and all the places we've visited. With perfect english, she was able to bring us back in time detailing each of the most important things/events in Ephesus, we had goosebumps just walking along the ruins of Ephesus. Lunch was great, I'm not a fan of salads but when I tasted the salad she prepared for us I cant help but finish everything in my plate. I will definitely recommend About Tourism especially Arzu to our friends and relatives who wished to visit Ephesus. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.
My older brother and I had the pleasure of having a private tour with Leyla. She was absolutely wonderful to listen to. Her English is great and she presents Ephesus in an interesting and accessible way. Afterwards, she took us to a delicious lunch place which was attached to a carpet co-op, where we saw weaving demonstrations of both silk and cotton Turkish carpets. The weavers were incredible. We also got to see how they spin silk there--using a traditional manual silk-spinner. It was a beautiful experience and we loved Leyla. Definitely one of our best days on our Turkey trip! Highly recommended!
Amazing Ephesus tour with Arzu on 21st April 2013
My wife and I would like to send out a big thank you to Arzu Altun and her company for making our day at Ephesus so memorable. Arzu's knowledge and passion for her country's history is really commendable . The minute detail she explained in perfect english of every temple , public forum/ site , house and street was simply amazing. Her commitment and enthusiasm to her job is simply 110% , and we cannot but recommend Arzu so highly for making our day at Ephesus just perfect. Our driver also warrants a mention for his punctuality and professionalism. The impeccable Mercedes van was very comfortable and we felt like we were in our living room chatting away with Arzu without really noticing we were on the road. A real dream of a tour and one we will never forget. Steve & Rita - Malta
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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.”