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My tour booked through Viator and conducted by the providers was excellent. I was picked up at my hotel (Palm City) on time and driven in an air-conditioned van to Ephesus. The tour guide was very knowledgeable which enabled me to put the sights in context. At Ephesus I was guided and expertly informed about the site, directed to the best viewing spots and shown not obvious but important symbols, e.g. Christian symbols. St. Mary's house was also extremely interesting and refreshing because it was cooler at the higher altitude. Lunch was good and the ride back also informative.
I enthusiastically recommend this tour to anyone interested in history and architecture.
A brilliant tour and a huge eye opener in terms of the significance of the site.
Brilliant trip with excellent guide who made it such fun and highly informative for all of us.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Ephesus and our guide, and I apologize if I get this wrong, Gelir was knowledgeable and guided us through the massive crowds. Our group was small and I felt included in all activities and had plenty of time to take photos and wander around the site during some of the free time we had. The three stops (St Marys, Ephesus 1 and Ephesus now) were well scheduled and included in the itinerary but I was a little frustrated about the carpet pitch. The weaving school and surrounds is worth mentioning in the advertisement for the tour...and the lunch there is phenomenal. Wonderful day out but if you are fair skinned like I am I advise to take a hat as I was a little burnt by the end of it:-)
Guide was very knowledgeable, very well priced, picked us up from our hotel in Izmir in AC mini-bus and dropped us to our next hotel in Kusadasi (yay!), small carpet pitch at the end but you could leave, small group, lovely lunch included, would recommend!
Even though I booked the tour one day in advance and the site mentioned that hotel pick-up may not be possible, I was very pleasantly surprised to see a vehicle there to pick us up and drive us to Kusadasi to join the rest of the group!
The guide was very professional and well informed about the sights and was able to answer all our questions. We were given enough time at the sites to roam around on our own and click pictures. We were dropped to our hotel at the end of the tour. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks!
My guide was fantastic. Very knowledgable and good with all the participants.
The guide was very nice and gave a lot of information on all the places we were taken to. She was very keen to assist us in our requests.
However, it seemed that the total time allocated to trip was not enough to explore the whole beauty of Ephesus. Most of the time we were on a rush.
Excellent tour with breathtaking views. The tour was not canceled even though there were only two people left, we had the treatment of private tour with group purchase pricing. The minivan is nice and very clean.
It is amazing experience to visit Ephesus and see the grandeur of this ancient city. This is a must trip for anyone going to Turkey
Had a fantastic experience with a kind, thoughtful guide (Ismail). Learned SO much, transportation was convenient, and the overall experience was well worth it. Recommended
Excellent trip! Fabulous day! Everyhting went nice and good; we had a small group and our guide was perfect! Telling about places very interesting way. I could go another time too =)
This tour was booked very last minute and turned out to be absolutely fabulous. Our guide, Altay Gur, was there to greet us at the airport, incredibly knowledgeable, pleasant, good humored and very kind. Ephesus was magical and Altay brought it to life with his scholarly background, descriptions and biblical knowledge. We were enriched by this unforgettable experience and hope to return with other family members someday. An added bonus was that we were the only ones on the tour making it a private tour for the price of a group tour. To top it all off, we were blessed with sunshine, blue skies and mild temperatures.
My son and I will never forget this day and would highly recommend this day trip. We did it by booking an early morning flight from Istanbul to Izmir and then booking the tour through Viator to Ephesus. It felt a bit risky, especially booking only the day before, but it all came together perfectly. We even got on an earlier flight from Izmir back to Istanbul after the tour with no problems.
We were never pressured to purchase anything and were given time to explore the sights at our leisure.
I cannot recommend this tour and this tour guide more highly as it was truly exceptional. Thank you.