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Vesa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This was a perfect tour - very nice weather and excellent tour object. My tour guide - Sigdem Göktas - gave a very good and thorough presentation of Pergamum and Asklepion. She also gave me some free time to shoot photos and walk freely along the tour sites. My guide was very polite and answered to all my questions very patiently. Also drive to tour site and back was nice and in time. Pergamum itself is located to unique place on top of the hill, which gave exceptionally nice sceneries. Surely a place to visit. Many thanks to Neon and Viator!

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

friendly guide very nice tour had plenty of time to see the sights

Mohammad Mehdi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Very well managed tour with a very good guide. Both Pergamum and Asklepion are absolutely worth visiting. My trip was during off season and there was only three of us in this tour. This made it more like a private tour which was very nice. It would be good to take the cable car to the top of the hill rather than going with the van as the road is not that smooth.

Vlatka J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

An excellent guide (thank you Ali:) and two beautiful locations have made this a perfect day, complimentary and tasty lunch included. Turned out to be a private tour since there were no other participants. A must do☆☆☆☆☆


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

I was fortunate to be able to be the only person on this trip and Ali was a great guide. As I was the only person I felt a little bad that he was taking me all the way there, but he gave me some free time and was knowledgeable of Pergamum and Asklepion. Pergamum was a great site, not as crowded as Ephesus and had a more rugged beauty to it. The theater was marvelous and the location superb. Asklepion was quite a different scene, it was quite spiritual and I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around

Nailesh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

very good trip and guide. very good lunch also.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

A really great guide. I have some challenges with high steps and there were many here. She helped me and made it a great experience for myself and all the other participants.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

This was an extremely interesting tour, worth the time and effort. The guide was very knowledgeable and very interesting. The area is amazing and full of history. Would recommend to anyone.

Cathleen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

Great trip with a wonderful guide! Excellent Day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

We had a fantastic visit with a most articulate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide to Pergamon and Asklepion. His expertise made this visit memorable for us. The pick up, the transport, lunch and everything else about the visit was also excellent. Thank you Viator.

Gabriele B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012

I had a great day, thanks to my wonderful tour guide, who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Peramum offers breathtaking views and is especially beautiful in the spring, when the hills are covered with flowers.

Fabio D Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2012

A cloudy Day in Pergamon,...that never mind, it`s such a interesting Place, were you can see so many Things. Also the Asklepion was great to visit! Thanks to my Guide Murat Y. he make the excursion to a special Day, with many interesting Information`s about the City! It was very exciting for me!

Phil D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2010

The guide, Tayfun Yalcin, was outstanding and the tour (which turned out to be private) was well-planned and totally enjoyable and worthwhile. Tayfun was knowledgeable, eloquent, and interesting -- as well as personable. He helped one imagine how glorious the sites once were. (It also was instructive to have visited the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.) Even though many of the temples and monuments have been removed or destroyed, the sites, Pergamon in particular, remain awesome and memorable. Logistically, this tour made it convenient to visit these relatively remote sites, which otherwise would have been somewhat difficult to access. I believe that anyone who is interested in ancient cities and monuments would, as I did, find this tour a highlight of a visit to Turkey.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

very interesting

Raymond G Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2009

This is also one of the tours that should not be missed! The Acropolis in Pergamum was truly captivating, although much of the original structures can now be found in the museums of Germany and Austria. I wish Turkey were able to recover them back, especially the temple of Zeus. The theater here is the steepest in the world and the view of the villages below is awesome. I also enjoyed the Asklepion ruins because of the very rich stories that our guide told us about the place.

Fernando T Luxembourg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The pickup service and the extremely knowledgeable guide were great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2006

The touring experience was fantastic thanks to our guide. She was great and I loved Aesclepius as well as Pergamum. It was the best tour of all!

graham h

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

what a great place to visit - very interesting

Ignacio P

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

This tour was amazing!


4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

The tour was conducted as promised although I was the only one in the tour group.

Margaret N

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

The online booking procedure was straightforward and easy. Viator sent us several emails reminding us to print off the vouchers etc. This was a nice touch. Our guide was late - Izmir traffic problem. We travelled in a small bus which was good - it meant that we could drive to the site rather than take the gondola. Both sites were visited - plenty of time to wander after an explanation. We asked to stop at the basilica which we did. More historical information about it would have been appreciated. Long day but a very good one.


4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

Excellent archeological sites. Informative and impressive. Guide was very knowledgable but drove the vehicle "vigorously".


4 star rating: Recommended
June 2012

The driver and guide were very good, excellent information and very good with our 4 year old daughter, thank you


4 star rating: Recommended
December 2011

If you are staying in Izmir without a rental car and want to see these two amazing (worth seeing) historic ruins, a tour is the easiest way by far. Trains and buses make these spots difficult to reach. However for visiting Ephesus, taking the train yourself is simple.

As feedback I think this tour can be much improved, like by having drawings and maps to go along with the history lecture. It is challenging to "use your imagination" while walking around and listening to stories about people and buildings. The tour guide could easily create a one page guide to the history of the area with dates, names, and events that we can read in the van on the way up.

While the lunch spot was terrific, we never did stop at the museum as the tour itinerary listed (not a huge deal but it was not mentioned to us).

Frank B USA

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2007

Great guide! My wife and I were the only people on the tour. Our only complaint is that the car was very small and minimally air conditioned if at all on a hot September day. Lunch was good.

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