Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Couldn't have been better. Alex was a super tour guide and treated us with kindness and courtesy.
Turkey was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful scenery and very clean. We stopped to eat at a local place where Alex and his wife enjoy the food...delicious. He asked if wanted to go to the Bulbul Mountain Looms, a local school for making carpets including a silk farm. Quite interesting and I was lucky enough to purchase a beautiful carpet. Carpet making is one of Turkey's top industries. Alex asked if we were interested in seeing these made and later asked if we were interested in prices. I would like to clarify that this was not pushed on us at all (at least they made it seem that way). Ephesus has marble pathways, is quite interesting, but not easy for people with walking challenges. Alex was very considerate in keeping our slow pace. It is sad to see the many feral cats and homeless dogs everywhere.
Inan was an excellent tour guide. Because we were in a small group and we arrived before the buses we avoided long lines at the House of the Virgin Mary. The ruins in Ephesus are remarkable and more impressive to see than those in Athens so you should not miss them. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history. He was also able to take us to good shopping spots with the little bit of time we had left.
Our group of 8 had an excellent tour with our Guide "Alex". He was waiting for us when we came off the ship. The air conditioned bus was welcoming and clean. Alex was very informative (his English was very good) and he fit the tour to suit our needs and requests. Umbrellas were provided to keep the heat of the sun off of us when walking around Ephesus and he graciously took our group pictures in strategic beautiful locations. The House of Virgin Mary and ancient city of Ephesus were definitely highlights but we also learned about the art of carpet making right from the way they obtain the silk to the hand tying of knots. We were able to walk barefoot on several carpets to feel the difference while served some traditional Turkish beverages. Another highlight was going to a leather producer and having our own private fashion show on the runway just like the stars. Our guide provided us time for shopping with out feeling rushed and let us even sample some good Turkish Delight. We would highly recommend this tour!
Our guide was "Hiluk" - very knowledgable and interesting, Great tour overall- Ephesus was amazing. We happened to be there just in time for the live gladiator show - which was very entertaining. Then we were taken to a Leather "runway show" and shop and a rug shop - Could have done without that.
One of the best excursion trips we have even taken. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Will most definitely use Viator again in the future.
The driver, and particularly the guide provided us with an amazing experience. This excursion was the highlight of the cruise. The history that the guide gave and the places visited were not only unforgettable but most moving. Particularly the home of the Virgin Mary.
Our guide Yilgert was top-notch, the best we have ever had in years of travel. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area, a great communicator and attentive to every need and detail. He definitely made our experience in Ephesus a fantastic one. He is the standard of what premium travelers are expecting
Excellent! Excellent! This private tour with a family of 5, our tour guide (Erisen) and our driver! I highly recommend this tour, as does my family. This was a highlight of our vacation. Erisen's English was perfect and totally understandable. He was knowledgeable, informative and just a nice man. He answered all our questions with ease. If you choose this tour, try to get him as a guide! We started out early at 7:30 to beat the heat and the crowds -- heading to Mary's house first was the best plan made by Erisen. There was just a few people there, but when we left the buses were lined up! Good call by our tour guide! The mini bus with great air conditioning we had could have held many more people, but it was just us -- this was great! We continued on to Ephesus, where we were able to view it all! Erisen explaining as we walked -- note: comfortable walking shoes, hats, and bottles of water are definitely a must during this tour. Ground is not level, but sneakers make it easy. It's hot in the summer in Turkey, but this tour is so worth the time and money. Also no pressure shopping at rug places and tourist traps. This was a great tour, highly recommended!
Our guide Haluk was wonderful and very patient, as well as knowledgable about the sites. He was prompt, our English was good, and he kept up a good pace for our group of 4 adults and 2 kids. It's amazing how much information he knows and that he could answer pretty much any question we had. Having Haluk and our private driver made our trip very pleasant and educational. The only criticism I would have is that they took us to a leather shop where we saw a fashion show and received a hard sell to buy some very pricey leather jackets (and did); I would have liked to have been told about the plan beforehand, rather than having it sprung on us when we arrived at the shop. That being said, the visit was a nice, air-conditioned break after a hot, dusty afternoon and my kids thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show and trying on the leather jackets.
The guide was pathetic. It seemed that he did not want to be our guide. He took us to the required spots, and gave us perfunctory information. I was completely disappointed with the House of Virgin Mary. He could have told us about the water fountain and the wishing wall. We had no tools to take a few minutes to "get ahead" of the larger crowds. What should have been "memorable" for us was not.
I had visited Ephesus previously with a tour guide who was most informative so I had an expectation of the what the tour should entail. Two others in our party had not been to Ephesus. At the beginning of the tour our guide immediately started on the hard sell of visiting a carpet and a leather factory. We were very polite and said it really did not interest us we just wanted to see the historical sites. From that point on he could not really be bothered with us. We got very little information about the virgin Mary's house, and we were raced through Ephesus in record once again with very little explanation, a very disappointing experience. It was very obvious that other tour guides were giving their clients very detailed descriptions of specific parts of the ruins. Viator organization was professional but this tour guide sadly let you down very badly. We did 3 other private tours with viator on this trip none of which could be faulted.
On time but did not rate the guide very well. His English was hard to understand and left us on own to often