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Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Excellent, very informative and made us feel very secure and comfortable. Punctual and good company. Highly recommend.

Keunoh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Izmir was a city full of charm! We visited Agora, Kadifekale, and two museums. View from the Kadifekale was unforgettable. Without this guided tour, we could not see the city in such a compact time slot because the local trails might be a bit complicated to aliens! The guide named Ihsan was really professional! We enjoyed every moment with uncle Ihsan. I was a bit worried about the return time to the cruise ship, however, we could get to the ship in reasonable time.

Rosemary G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Very nice tour. Appreciated that we were accommodated on the full day tour when the half day tour was cancelled.

sofia r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

it was very nice tour,gide was very polite and introduce us to a very interesting thing we did not know before

Joyce B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

Our guide made sure we had a very comprehensive and interesting tour.

Larry A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Great. Fantastic. Our guide was so nice and so knowledgable. The driver was very good, and also very personable. I enjoyed the tour and guide so much I didn't want it to end. Also, it was obvious how much she loved her country, and that was wonderful.

Linda Abbott T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

Superb guide, fascinating site. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to enter a small mosque and discuss its traditions. The guide's historical knowledge and sensitivity made for a very special tour.

Harry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Our tour guide knew all about Izmir and took us to places and explained things that large tours could not do. A wonderful tour with a fantastic tour guide.

June T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Our guide was excellent and we enjoyed his tour - another viator success! June Terlich

Lynne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

This was a really great half day tour with Mehmet who looked after us extremely well. He is a very personable character with a friendly but professional style - loads of knowledge, history and cultural background. By lunchtime we felt that we had a good flavour of Izmir as a City and how it fits into its historic background. Mehmet made the the whole visit both interesting and lighthearted - we were lucky to be the only visitors on this particular tour so we had undivided attention ! Great stuff.

Gretchen M

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

Knowledgeable guide, could have done without the "rug demo" since you are essentially stuck at there until the sales staff finally recognizes you aren't buying. Turns out our itinerary had shifted and we came in to a different port (Kusadasi). Viator, in typical fashion, just rearranged us to attend the Kusadasi half-day tour instead. I ALWAYS look up Viator options before booking a cruise ship excursion or anyone else.

Thomas R S

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

The tour was well conducted and informative.

Delia S Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

We enjoyed our half-day Izmir tour. Our party of 4 was also joined by another couple on their honeymoon in Izmir. We were able to see much of the city and experienced a little bit of the culture and also had time to visit the local market and have Turkish coffee. Our tour guide was very informative and very pleasant.

Stephanie M

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2013

Mahmet was an excellent guide. Great historic background talk on Izmirs' past. A very cold day in Turkey, but he and the driver kept us comfortable and entertained throughout the tour. Be prepared for typical bantering by the leather salesmen during your walk through the city market.

Mateo B

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

Everything perfect. The guides were very kind and told us interesting stories about the city. They carried us to every place we wanted to go. Nice excurssion.

William W B

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

Surprised to see such a cosmopolitan city. Guide was well versed and patient with our group.

Mary-Anne F

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2013

we were met at the ship on time and that was good. I thought that from the information before booking we would visit the Izmir Museum, which did not happen, perhaps i was mistaken, as we did visit an historical sight. the guide was very kind to my 5yr old grandson which was very special. the highlight was a delicous lunch we enjoyed at one of the cafes at the market.

Benoit L

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2012

Actually, we finally went to Ephesus... beware, as Izmir is not the Turkish name for Ephesus (that's what I tought, from the documentation of our cruiseship..., and I met others who tought the same). Ephesus is really great, you must see it. As for Izmir, it looks nice, but we did not see it a lot..

Elie S Canada

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2012

it was not worth the money.

Richard J

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2013

This tour was one of the most boring tours on my cruise. We spent most of our time in a museum listening to our guide tell us about so many dates and places that it was over saturation. I couldn't remember any of it. We were led to believe that the tour was riding , most of it was walking. Would not reccomend it.

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