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 tours are the only way to go
We organised a private tour with the About Ephesus Tours team to visit Ancient Ephesus from the port of Izmir. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful giving us information as we four friends drove along in the comfort of a new Mercedes van. We toured the site at our own pace not confined to a large group. Later, yes we did stop at a rug factory on the way back. This was good as we intended to purchase a rug in Turkey. I am sure you can ask to miss this if your are not interested.
Favorite Tour of the Cruise
Private Tours are the very Best Way to Tour. Tijen was waiting right when we got off the ship. She spoke perfect English and answered all the questions that we had. She told us much of the information about Mother Mary's Home and the Ruins before we got to them...so that we could enjoy the experience without all the noise. After witnessing the Cruise Ship Bus Madness I was very glad we choose Ephesus Tours. This was my favorite Tour of the Trip! Thank you for Ephesus Tours, Tijen and our driver.
Excellent Tour - Levent Solmaz was the best!
This tour was booked as a private tour from a cruise ship arrival for 18 people. Our contact was Levent Solmaz, who was subsequently our tour guide. From the onset, he was very responsive to our email requests and was on time for our pick up from the cruise ship.The day we spent with him was fabulous! Our tour included a tour of Ephesus, which was incredible, and it included the recently opened Terrace Houses! Levent is very knowledable and an excellent guide. He was flexible and our excursion included a privately catered turkish style lunch - which I must say was very good and enjoyed by all. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested!Kudasi/Turkey was on of the highlites of our trip and I attibute it to the tour Levent provided - thanks Levent - we had a great time! (Dave from Nevada)
Fantastic Tour of Ephesus
After checking on-line reviews, we selected "About Ephesus" for our tour of Ephesus. Our guide, Ali Camurcu, was ready and waiting at Izmir Port with a luxury air conditioned vehicle. Our party of 4 had seats facing each other, and we were all delighted with the comfort and size of the vehicle/van; we also had a separate driver.Ali lost no time in sitting with us, inviting questions, and giving us details of the tour, and what we would see that day. He was interesting, informative, and extremely knowledgeable, we were made to feel at ease straight away. Upon arrival at Ephesus, Ali stayed with us as our Guide, explaining all the various areas as we reached them, along with lots of interesting details and information. We were amazed at how much information he volunteered, as we continued to all the places we visited that day. We also visited the Virgin Mary's House, which we thought was well worth seeing, and then had a traditional Turkish lunch in a very pleasant garden which we all enjoyed. Ali sat with us and shared the meal, after which we had a short visit to the Art Gallery to see how they made the carpets, right from the cocoons being placed in a vat and the silken threads being teased from them onto rollers to spin into silken thread. We were also shown two local ladies working on a carpet, and asked if one of us would like to try it. One loop in that carpet was woven by my friend, and she was thrilled about that. We did not find the visit an intrusion, but rather an experience that we all enjoyed, and it was not very long. We had booked a half day tour, but it was 4.15pm when we returned to our cruise ship (NCL Jade), we were all tired, but felt that the day had been well worth it, Ephesus was fantastic, (and we had seen all of it), the food good, the carpet factory well worth seeing and the drive in the vehicle sent for us a relaxing and enjoyable experience. A day well spent. We would definitely use "About Ephesus" again should we return and have no hesitation in recommending the company to future visitors.Regards to Ali and many thanks for a super day.Maureen, Dave and friends.
PRIVATE TOUR OF EPHESUS
We booked a private tour with EPHESUS TOURS...rather than through the cruise line which is much more expensive. The tour was outstanding. Our Turkish guide, Ugur Yavuzturk, is a native of Ephesus who speaks English like a native born American. He was outgoing, friendly, interested in his guests, and extremely knowledgeable of the history of Ephesus. We enjoyed his company as well as his excellent service. Were we to return, we would ask for Ugur, again!
Excellent Tour of Epheaus with Gulcan from About Ephesus Tours
We were two couples from Oklahoma wanted to see Ephesus with someone who enjoyed showing us the many wonders of this amazing place. We were met at the pier by our driver and the most charming young guide, Gulcan, she was a delight. We were so impressed with Gulcan, she was extremely knowledgeable of the history of each of the sites we visited and of her country. After visiting The House of Mary, we drove to the historic ruins at the city of Ephesus. We saw all the things on our wish list, plus things we did even know about. We left the ruins and went to a carpet factory and saw firsthand how the carpets are hand tied. Then we had lunch, in a lovely garden setting, featuring traditional Turkish dishes, delicious! On our way back to Kusadasi we stopped in a pottery shop and saw how the ceramic items are handmade. We were very pleased with everything the tour included. We had such a wonderful experience, and would highly recommend Ephesus Tours. A private tour is so much better and less expensive than any group tour the cruise ships offer.
A Turkish delight
I had selected Ephesus Tours based on the reviews in trip advisor and the professionalism of their website. I don't think I could have made a better choice. Booking in advance was painless and all questions and emails were answered promptly.Arzu, our guide, picked us up at our hotel and was absolutely delightful. She was kowledgeable about the history of the sites and also enlighted us about modern Turkish culture. She was extremely amenable even when our group wanted to linger a little longer at certain sites or shops, truly a personalized experience. We ate lunch at a peaceful little coop and had ample time to enjoy the food and company and even got to try Raki.Although it is debatable among our group of friends which site was the highlight of our visit, mine was the Virgin Mary's house, or Meryamana.
Great but watch out for rug factory
overall we were happy with the booking. guide ...selnek?, was personable and very knowledgeable. very nice vehicle and the cost was reasonable. only dislike was that we were told we had to go to the rug factory tour despite our reluctance to do so.....interesting watching the rug making process however they then take you into a room and hard sell you. I don't like that and it soured that segment of the day for us. the lunch at the rug factory is good and you eat in a garden setting. I would give a five star but for the hard sell.......use this company...they are very professional however if you don't want the rug factory let them know before you book....I think the free lunch the factory provides is a major determining factor why they go there.....
Private Shore Excursion in Kusadasi to Ephesus
Recently returned from a HAL cruise with a stop in Kusadasi where we had booked a private tour to Ephesus through Sea Spirit Travel. Had a wonderful tour with Oktav our guide. Things went very well and I would highly recommend their company. We were met on the dock and taken to our private van and then on to Ephesus with a 4 hour tour and visit to the museum.
Wonderful 1/2 day with Selda
Based on its TA rating, we booked a half day tour with this company which went off without a hitch, meeting all of our expectations. Our guide was the charming Selda Akyigit, whose English was very good. She did her best to move us away from the crowds at various points at Ephesus and gave clear explanations of the many wonderful exhibits there (Terrace Houses, Celsus Library, etc.). We also went to the Temple of Artemis, although there is not a lot to see there any more. The drive was pleasant; the vehicle --- a van --- perfect. Although not interested, we were taken for a carpet demonstration (and sales pitch). We tried to make it clear that we would definitely not be interested in buying anything, but we couldn't seem to avoid this. As it turns out, we had a fascinating demo as to how these carpets are made and how silk is woven (truly amazing). Our host was very charming and managed to sublimate any "disappointment" he may have had at our lack of purchasing interest. We drank some yummy apple tie and snacked on some local goodies. All in all, a very enjoyable half day. Would not hesitate to recommend this tour, and would definitely suggest Selda as a guide. And before I forget --- Ephesus is truly remarkable --- it should not be missed.
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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.”