the best sites, ample time, great lunch and the guide was the best
The tour guide made this trip awesome, she was well informed and kept us hopping all day. I would have to say it was on my best top 10 ever tours and I've traveled all seven continents.
The tour was outstanding! We easily met up with our guide and 6 others in our group. Our guide, "Smiling Lion" ( can't pronounce her Turkish name) had an exceptional knowledge of every stop on the tour plus an overall commentary of every day modern living. Extremely interesting. The luncheon at the rug factory was a nice touch for us to enjoy a delicious Turkish meal. This tour was the best of several we took on our trip and I would recommend Viator/the tour operator to anyone considering visiting the area.
It was a beautiful experience. We learned so much, our guide, Guler could not of been better. She was so knowledgeable. Our tour of Ephesus was more than we hoped for. The lunch that followed was delicious, plentiful, complete with linen tablecloths, wine and authentic Turkish food. What a way to end a perfect day touring a fascinating locale with a great guide.
Our excellent tour guide made this one of the highlights of our trip. She was very knowledgeable and well-educated, and especially respectful of differing beliefs and backgrounds. This enabled everyone to discover Ephesus and draw our own conclusions and experience it on various levels. It was an unexpected pleasure.
Wonderful excursion. Very knowledgeable tour guide. Good balance of descriptions vs free time to explore. Having smaller group made it much more personal.
Wonderful experience! Our tour guide was very personable, engaging, well informed and genuinely nice! We lucked out to be the only two guests on a tour that can accommodate up to 14 guests. We loved our time with her.
WOW!!! The highlight of our cruise. Turkey was amazing. I can not say enough of how wonderful this country is. Our tour guide, Gokce Tascilar, was fantastic. She was able to talk clearly and knew the history of Turkey and the areas we saw. She was fun with a great sense of humor. There is a ton of walking so be prepared. I wore nice, well supported sandles without any problem. Our first stop was the Blessed Mary's last known house. What a holy place. We arrived at Mary's house right ahead of a couple large tour buses, so were weren't over crowed when we went through. It was shady and peaceful. I'd love to go back there to admire the entire place with more time. Our next stop was down the hill to Ephesus. Be cautious of the main walking path through Ephesus. The marble walkways becomes very slick and slippery...so walk with caution. It gets hot! so try to wear a hat and have at least one bottle of water per person (2 if you like or need lots of water). The stories and history of Ephesus were enchanting and keep you interested in the entire trip. Onto St. John's cathedral which was good...but after the long walk through Ephesus we were already exhausted...The cathedral is set upon a hill with amazing views. That in itself was worth it. Our lunch was at the Turkish Rug place...the food was good and refreshing. The tour of how silk was made was really fun and seeing these rugs being woven was interesting too. The sales pitch to buy a rug wasn't too bad unless you showed interest...then they drag you away to a private room to sell you your rug. Make sure, if you are interested in purchasing a rug, to negotiate the price. I believe our rug started at $5k and we got it down to $2,800. So, do not be afraid to walk away. They want to make a deal. They want to make you happy. I recommend doing a bit of research before going to see what fair prices are on rugs. But make sure you compare of materials of the rugs like silk, wool or wool/cotton. I highly recommend this trip.
Our guide was waiting for us as we left the ship. She is proud of her country, she was informative and very patient with people who came back late from photo or shopping time. The lunch at 2 pm is far too late in the day after all the walking at ephesus. This is a good tour that covers many locations. We were returned on time to the ship with no stress.
Enjoyed the excursion and tour guide was very knowledgeable about the facts regarding this site. He was prompt to meet us and introduce himself along with providing us details about the excursion. The entire excursion was very well organized in regards to information and time. I would always consider future excursions with Viator as the value was great.
It was excellent! The guide was great, very knowledgeable and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
We loved our tour. We had a guide who was very passionate about her subject matter and her country. We enjoyed the small group. Lunch was good and tasty. The rug presentation was impressive and not high-pressured.
Fantastic! From the moment we were greeted at the port of Kusadasi until the time we returned to port was magical. The trip to the Mary House, Ephesus, a turkish lunch and seeing how they make handmade rugs was incredible. Turkey was my favorite port on the cruise. This tour is a must on any vacation.
Our expert guide, Filis provided much info about this archeological site. With her description, you were able to envision life in Ephesus eons ago.
Tour guide was very knowledgable. As well worth it..very professional...
Loved this tour. We had only 12 people, this tours from the ship had 40. Ruins at Ephesus are amazing. In better condition than Roman ruins anywhere in Italy. Guide was on time, knowledgeable and fun.
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
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.
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.
Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable.
With only two other couples it was like a private tour.
Excellent guide, very knowledgeable. This is a fantastic place to see.
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.
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.