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Ephesus Tours & shore excursions services are rated 4.96 out of 5 ✔, based on 633 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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fantastic tour of Ephesus with Gonca
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

Our cruise ship docked at Kusadasi for the day and we booked a full day tour with Osman Turism through the website https://ephesusbreeze.com. Our guide Gonca Kizilman was so professional, knowledgeable and warm that she made the day a fantastic one for us. The price of the private tour for 3 persons was 50% less than the group tour (for 30 persons) charged by our cruise ship. private tour is the way to see Ephesus and other highlights in the area.

Seeing Ancient Ephesus with guide Gonca is absolutely magical!
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

We would never have guessed the highlight of our trip to Greece, Rome and Turkey with our 10-14 year old kids (who love mythology) would be our time in Ephesus. But, in fact, this was the most magical and amazing of a truly wonderful vacation, and the reason was our guide, Gonca Kizihan. We booked through About Ephesus Tours and also worked with Osman Tourism.Gonca also goes by "Rosie" if you have trouble pronouncing her name. She is amazing - her English is flawless, she is warm, charismatic, professional and she has an exceptional and seemingly endless fund of knowledge. She is clearly extremely intelligent. She blends that with a seamless and unbiased delivery of information. Although she must have provided the same information many times, one would never know it - she has that gift of lending a sense of wonder and excitement to the information she provides. In addition to the ancient city and Terrace Houses, we saw the House of the Virgin Mary, etc. The lunch we had was outstanding. She made us all feel so at ease. We were never rushed. She seemed to anticipate just how much time we might want to pause and wander alone, but was somehow right in sight when we were ready to move on.We are so grateful to Gonca for our most magical and educational tour of Ancient Ephesus and surroundings. If you can get her, you will be assured of the absolute best!

The magnificence of Ephesus is enhanced by a terrific guide
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

My extended family of 12 just left Ephesus where we were guided by https://ephesusbreeze.com Funnily enough I couldn't find them on the Tripadvisor site to write the review, though I know that's where I located them in the first place. I emailed Osman Tourism ahead to reserve the tour and had to pay a small deposit up front. the overall price was very reasonable- about US$40/person. There was a bit of confusion since I thought lunch was not included. I was informed that lunch was included, and a visit to a carpet factory was obligatory since the carpet factory subsidizes the cost of the tour. I was told this was explained on the aboutephesus website but I haven't checked.Be that as it may, the guide, Gonca Kizilhan was a big hit with my group. She's not only knowledgeable but is extremely pleasant and has a great sense of humor. We unanimously recommend her and the company.

Private tour of Ephesus, Turkey
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

We used private tour company during our one day stop in Turkey, from our Celebrity Ephesus Breeze cruise - https://ephesusbreeze.com. We booked it from the UK, a lovely English speaking tour guide, Selda, greeted us as we came off the ship and took us to our private mini van, complete with driver for the day. She took us to the Virgin Mary's house, the amazing archaelogical site at Ephesus, complete with the terraced houses, then to a carpet making business for a wonderful lunch and a demonstration of how turkish rugs and silk are made - very interesting, and no pressure to buy, then to the Ephesus museum. We had such an interesting and memorable day - Selda was very knowledgeable, it was a day we will never forget in Turkey, and Selda made it such fun for us. Highly recommended you use this company, for excellent quality and value tour.

About Ephesus is a great tour company
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

My wife and I book a private tour for July 14, 2011 with About Ephesus. We arrived on a cruise ship and were met at the end of gangway by Selda holding up a sign with our name on it. She took us to our waiting vehicle. The vehicle was a private van with our own driver and Selda our tour guide. Instead of the tourist type tour we requested a tour of areas that would give a flavor of local life. It was a great tour. Both my wife and I felt we got a feel for the country. We visited local markets, Virgin Mary's homestead drove through the countryside and villages. We did the tourist thing and went to the rug factory for lunch and a got a hard sell for a carpet. We did overspend on a small carpet, but it was fun. Included was a wonderful lunch under a tree. The highlight of the entire experience was Seida. A truly delightful young woman who is destined to serve as an Ambassador of Turkey. If you use this great Company for a private tour be sure to ask for Seida. The cost of the entire day including lunch was $150.00. A real bargain.

Great tour of Ephesus
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

Our visit to Ephesus and Kusadasi for the thrird time was one of our best private tours we have taken. Denizhan Pekoz was our guide on this adventure. I contacted Trans balkan proir to our arrrival in Turkey and was pleasantly surprised at the knowledge and presentation of the Ephesus Tour. Denizhan was very informative and answered our many questions . I believe we may have worn him out! Our visit to a Turkish rug factory and ceramic shop was also another high lite. I know my wife loved the shopping! If we get to go back we will definitley use this company again. This satisfaction of services is not always the case as I also expirenced on this particular trip to the middle east.

Half-day trip with Rengin (Regina) Girgin of About Ephesus Tours was simply amazing!
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

I booked with About Ephesus Tours (part of Osman Tourism) for a half day shore excursion trip at Ephesus. We were greeted in the morning by Regina and the driver, who drove us around on a luxurious Mercedes van. We were also presented with some 'presents' in the morning, which included a guide booklet, pens and turkish delights! Within the 5 hours there, we pretty much covered every historical site in Ephesus such as the Ephesus ruins, Terraced houses (which is not included in cruise shore excursions), Temple of Artemis, Mary's House & St. John's Basilica! Regina was very warm and friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the historical facts. We also visited a leather factory and a carpet weaving outlet and although we were highly pushed to buy some of the expensive items, the experience was really interesting especially seeing the silk thread being extracted from the silk worms. The trip also included a tasty 3 course traditional meal. We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip and with all the entrance fees at the historical sites, the high petrol costs in Turkey and the lunch, a charge of $80 per person seems a bargain! We highly recommend this trip and Regina Girgin, and I doubt you could find a cheaper and better alternative. Dr. Rachel ThomasUK

Great day at Ephesus
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

We had a wonderful day with this tour and this stop in Kusadasi/Ephesus was the highlight of our 10 day Mediterranean cruise. Selda was a wonderful tour guide. She was extremely pleasant and cheerful for the whole day. You get the sense that she's very proud of her area and really enjoys her job. We were very glad to take this private tour for our family of four rather than to take an excursion through the cruise - what an amazing deal! We started at the Kusadasi port at 7:30am and returned to the market to shop by 2:30pm, so it was a full day. The new Mercedes air conditioned van was a real treat and the driver was very pleasant.We started with the tour of Ephesus and included the tour through the Terrace Houses, which was definitely worth it and was a nice break from the hot sun. You can see that they are making a lot of progress in excavating the ruins and if you go back in 5 years it will be quite different.We then went to the House of the Virgin Mary which was nice to see but very busy. After that we went to the Temple of Artemis ruin which unfortunately was not very remarkable as there isn't much rebuilt except for a single column. We then went to the rug factory and enjoyed a very nice lunch prior to the tour of the factor. The demonstration of the silk spinning and tieing of rugs was very informative and interactive. We were in the market for a rug and although we hadn't done a lot of research, we felt comfortable buying a few rugs for our house - one larger and two small. They're not too high pressure so it wouldn't be an issue if you walked out without a rug. Selda took us to a few more photo ops along the way and then took us to a reputable dealer in the Kusadasi market for some pashmina scarves. It was a long day but didn't feel that way since we had the van and a casual lunch to break the heat. We highly recommend bringing an umbrella to help protect from the sun, especially in Ephesus.Good luck with you wedding and new apartment in Kusadasi, Selda!

Comfortable van; knowledgeable guide Regina.
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

I booked online with About Ephesus Tours as an alternative to the cruise ship sponsored excursions for a one day tour for myself and my two teenage sons. Booking was simple. We paid a small deposit via paypal, and then the balance in cash in US dollars at the end of the tour. The fee included all entrances. We were met by our guide, Regina, and a driver who took us around in a spacious white van. First stop was the Mary House, which is a busy pilgrimage site. Regina gave us all the background, which was interesting combination of historic inference and tradition. The house itself is a tiny two room structure. There was a long line to get in, but it was an in and out thing. We hit the rest rooms, and were on our way to the incredible ruins at Ephesus. Regina took us through, and narrated history the entire way. She was good at pacing us to noteworthy stops between big crowds, which helped with photo ops. I had been to Ephesus once before, and knew what to expect, but on that trip missed the terrace houses, which she guided us through, and which were in my view a highlight. After seeing Ephesus, we were taken on the obligatory stop at the rug place . . . which was irksome, as it was just the three of us and there was nowhere to hide. (This must be some requirement of licensed tour guides, or I don't know why they'd do it!) Warning: be firm bordering on rude if you're not interested, and get out FAST! Politeness will buy you a rug show and a visit with the high pressure sales boss if you so much as smile at a rug. At any rate, we then had lunch, which was decent, and then went to see the lone column at the site of the Temple of Artemis of the Ephesians, Afterwards, we were returned to the cruise port in Kusadasi. The trip would have been excellent if we had been able to stop at the Ephesus Museum, which I had seen on the prior trip, and which is worth it. I hadn't asked for it when I set the trip up, but I'd have gladly swapped out the Mary House for it in retrospect. The price was quite reasonable for this trip, and we parted company happily. Regina left us with some glossy brochures for "Osman Tourism" which seems to be an umbrella organization with many different itineraries for travel in Turkey. Based on this experience, I'd check them out if I were looking to do something like that in the future.

Ephesus was amazing, even better with a great guide
5 out of 5, Reviewed on

My family and I went on a cruise and had a one day stop in Turkey. After doing a lot of research and reading reviews, I decided to book a full day tour with About Ephesus and the entire day went beyond my expectations. In fact, it was probably my favorite excursion of the entire cruise. Our tour guide, Muge Yesildag was absolutely wonderful. She was so informative and friendly, and paced the tour exactly to our needs. We stopped at the House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus. Ephesus was an amazing site to visit and it was great to get some context and understand what we were actually looking at. We also stopped by a local carpet making store, which was really interesting to see. The tour was very reasonably priced, especially compared to any excursion that I might have booked through the cruise line. I would highly recommend getting a tour of Ephesus, and particularly Muge as our tour guide.

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