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.
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