We had a great private tour. Met right on time. Comfortable air conditioned van . Because so many ships were in port our guide took us to the House of the Virgin Mary first to beat the traffic. Very emotional experience. Remember to bring some paper or a piece of fabric to write a message for the wall outside the house.
This is the best thing we did on our 12 day cruise! Our tour guide was waiting with a sign bearing our name, spoke perfect English and made us feel welcome as he walked us to our beautiful, clean air-conditioned van complete we driver. Our first stop was the House of the Virgin Mary and during the 30 minute drive, he explained the Turkish culture and history while pointing out landmarks and sights along the way. The driver drove at a non-scary pace up the mountain. The second stop was the ruins at Ephesus and again our guide blew us away with his knowledge. It was such a hot day, that it was great to be able to tailor our 60 minute walk down the ruins to our needs while finding shady spots to talk - with a large group we would have not had that luxury. It was the highlight of our trip to stand in the house of the Virgin Mary, and walk on pavement where Anthony and Cleopatra once walked.
Then he explained that even though we paid for a few hours, that as a Turkish ambassador he wanted to take us to other places if we were interested. We could visit all or any of leather shop, rug shop, ceramic shop. So picked the rug shop and wow was that amazing! The guide there showed us every step from the silk work, how to get the thread from the caccoon onto the spinning wheel, meaning behind the rugs and certain knots, and I even got to sit down and tie a know with a Turkish woman.
This was the best return on our on the trip. Thank you so much!
We had a fantastic guide on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us some interesting information about his country. Ephesus was amazing. We had some extra time on this tour so our guide took us to a couple of other places that we were interested in. This was a great day and I would highly recommend the tour. It was a highlight of our trip.
Emre, our guide, did a fantastic job while escorting us through the House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus. We had a wonderful time and appreciated the personalized service Emre offered to us.
Our tour guide Amray loves his country and was very excited to show it to us. Very professional and friendly!
Our guide was fantastic, I can not imagine doing this tour without a guide, there is so much to know and he was full of such great information, he really made the place come to life and
Great tour, Ephesus is amazing and a must see! I would also recommend seeing the Terrace Houses.