We loved our tour of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's House. Our tour guide, Emre, was fantastic. He had so much knowledge of the places we toured and of the area that made it so enjoyable for all of us. The guide makes the tour. Would definitely book through Viator again.
This tour was excellent. I would recommend for everyone going to Kusadasi to enjoy. The tour guide was very informed and was able to answer all question. Loved the lunch and the Turkish rug demo.
Probably the best excursion we have ever been on and most certainly the best value for money. Melika, our guide was a delight. As a mother and daughter on a private tour it was pleasing to have such a knowledgable, well qualified and perfectly spoken female guide. Our cruise ship arrived late but we were immediately whisked away in comfort to St John's basilica, the Mosque, Temple of Mary and carpet factory before Ephesus. The local knowledge meant that we missed the tour buses, did not queue and the private viewing at the carpet factory was most informative and not at all pushy. My daughter (14) is an ancient history buff and had done her research. Melika quickly picked up on this and tailored the tour accordingly with much more in depth information than we would have had on a bus tour. We also visited the Terrace Houses which costs a little extra (about £5GB). This is not to be missed as it has some of the best preserved buildings I have ever seen. Better than Pompeii and Herculaneum. Ephesus is everything I had read about and more but you can get the history for yourselves! It involves quite a few steps and some perspex floors but I don't have a head for heights and it did not bother me. Despite all the cruise ships arriving late due to bad weather this company did not cut our tour short. In fact it was longer than stated but we were returned to the ship in good time. Just for the record, our transport was luxurious and spotless with plenty of bottled water and an excellent safe driver. The guides are fully qualified - Melika had studied for at least 2 years- had a fully accredited pass and had shadowed other qualified guides for a number of months before being allowed a licence. The cost to us of the private tour was LESS than the cost of the bus tour offered by cruise line. We will return and will do a similar tour. Worth every penny. Our first booked through Viator. Don't think it will be our last. Well done.
It was Great until the rains came in! The guide was very nice and waiting. He spoke English very well and he was very informative! The van was very nice and the overhead electronic map cool too
Wonderful tour of Ephesus and surrounding areas. Very informative and interesting.
Tour guide was very knowledgable. As well worth it..very professional...
Our expert guide, Filis provided much info about this archeological site. With her description, you were able to envision life in Ephesus eons ago.
The tour itself was outstanding. As it was a small group tour of approximently 12 it was great. Ephesus is a must see when in Kusadasi. It was remarkable to see the ruins. Wear comfortable attire as there is allot of walking involved. Be camera ready. We would highly reccomend this tour especially off the cruise ship. The prices were so much lower than the cruise company was charging and their groups were full bus loads and did not have the personal service of a guide as we did.
One downfall, (otherwise this would be rated 5 star) the tour guide took us to a carpet making company towards the end of the tour and that was very uncomfortable. It started off with one person, then three, then six etc., etc.. I call it the carpet mafia.
All in all we would do this tour again. Good job to the tour operator.
Very knowledgeable tour guide but it was very hot on that day and there is a lot of climbing and walking involved. After the tour there was still enough time for shopping at the harbor before we had to return to the ship.
THE BEST GUIDE WE HAD IN THE HOLE TRIP WAS ALEXANDER. THE VAN WAS CLEAN , VERY BIG AND COMFORTABLE. THE DRIVER ALSO EXCELENT. I WILL ALWAYS , ALWAYS WILL USE VIATOR FOR OUR TOURS. NEVER AGAIN I WILL TRUST ANY OTHER SOURSE. CONGRATULATIONS.
This was a highly enjoyable tour. We were met at the port with one other couple. The ship had a comparable tour but with 30+ people. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable of the area. The lunch was great and refreshing. The carpet demonstration was also very informative, Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone traveling to this area. Would also definitely use Viator again.
Our guide Murat was brilliant.We only had 4 people on this tour and it was excellent.
We were met off the ship right by the port entrance exactly on time and visited 3 different sights during this 6 hour trip.Murat was very knowledgable and entertaining.Lunch which was included was delicious and the compulsory carpet weaving demo and sales pitch wasn't too pushy.Very good value for money compared to the overpriced cruise excursions.
Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable.
With only two other couples it was like a private tour.
We covered all of the important sites - Ephesus, Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary and had a good lunch at a government carpet cooperative. We certainly saw all we could fit in. The guide was prompt, extremely well-informed and communicative, and adjusted the tour to suit our preferences. No pressure to purchase, and back to the cruise ship in plenty of time. A bonus was that there were only 3 of us on the tour. Excellent value.
Our guide spoke very good English and gave us a lot of history on the way to the sights. Very informative
on the history of Turkey and the current political climate.
We did not enjoy the meal at the carpet factory! We were seated in the direct line of the smoke from the barbecue, and the food, except for the tidbits of chicken and beef, was very unpalatable.
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