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This is one of the most incredible days spent seeing sites that had such an impact on history. Ismail, our guide, was masterful in his knowledge of the areas and his desire to make the day so memorable--he is a true asset to the company. Ephesus in many ways exceeds the Forum in Rome in splendor and majesty---so much history over so many civilizations in one place. St Mary's tomb was moving. Whether you belive in a religion or not, the power of the location and simplicity cannot do anything other than to move you. What a day!
Doing what: Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
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.
The tour was well conducted and informative.
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.
Excellent, very informative and made us feel very secure and comfortable. Punctual and good company. Highly recommend.
Delia S Canada
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.
Very nice tour. Appreciated that we were accommodated on the full day tour when the half day tour was cancelled.
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
Our guide made sure we had a very comprehensive and interesting tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
it was not worth the money.
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.
Our guide was excellent and we enjoyed his tour - another viator success! June Terlich
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.
The pickup was confirmed at 7:00 am but the driver did not arrive until 7:30 with a dirty van, and went through 2 other pickups around Izmir. Finally the van seated a total of 10 passengers uncomfortably to Ephesus, we were seatd in a seat designated for 3 adults but 4 adults occupied the seat. We raised our concern with the driver who did not speak English, and was explained that we have to deal with his company upon arrival into Ephesus. Eventually, we were being dropped off in a local tour company around 10 am in Ephesus.
When we questioned the person in charge at the tour operator. He told us that the tour guide assigned to us, could not work as there was a death in his family. Instead this tour agency decided without our consultation or offer of reimbursement to put us into a group tour. Until we voiced our discontent, this tour agency had no intentions of honouring our private tour of Ephesus. As well, Neon made no attempts to intervene on our behalf when we phoned them and explained the situation. If I were to visit any area in Turkey other than Istanbul, I would not use this tour operator again. I hope Viator takes note of what we are reporting so a similar situation does not occur to other travelers who are willing to pay extra for private tours.
Doing what: Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
Surprised to see such a cosmopolitan city. Guide was well versed and patient with our group.
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