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Met at 8.30am so we were well ahead of the crowds and there was no one at the house of the Virgin Mary, it was so peaceful. The guide was very good and led us down the hill towards the library and we could avoid the crowds of other tourists. We went to the terraced houses which most of the other tours missed and saw the mosaics and frescoes which was very interesting.
Certainly the highlight of our cruise to Turkey and Greece
Excellent tour. Our guide met us outside the port as soon as we exited the port as described. It turns out it was just our family of three in the group! We beat the ship tour groups to Mary's House and it felt like we had the place to ourselves for a short while. Our guide was very good and friendly. I'm not sure if he gave us as much information as other guides by eavesdropping on the tours but that is the only mild critism I would have. Ephesus was amzing. The Hill houses and the Celcius Library were definitely impressive. He gave us the option of the carpet school tour but didn't push at all. Shopping in Ephesus was a challenge due to the cultural? hard-sell of the merchants coupled with the lack of tourists since most cruise ships stopped going there.
This tour was excellent and good value for money. We had a knowlegable, helpful and friendly guide, who made the tour of Ephesus informative and enjoyable. transoprt was comfotsble and clean with an good driver.
There was no pressure to go on to a 'shopping experience', as frequently happens in Turkey, but when we asked his advice for a particular product he offered a variety of outlets and gave his opinions without pressure. We did take his advice and all came home with new leather jackets!!
I cannot recommend Tas and his Company highly enough.
We had an incredible tour. It was even better than we expected! Our guide catered to our needs and answered questions. They were on time and we were completely satisfied. Ephesus is incredible!
We had an almost private tour with only one other couple joining us. The tour guide was very well informed and articulate. The tour of the Ephesus excavation was amazing - HUGE- indoor plumbing over 2000 years ago! The terrace houses were another must see as well as a visit to the Virgin Mary's house. The carpet display, although very interesting, created too much pressure to purchase in a hurry as there was little time before we had to get back to our cruise ship.
Met our guide just outside the terminal building. He was very knowledgeable. Ephesus is far more amazing than Pompeii! Didn't like being taken to a high priced leather store that was not mentioned in the tour info.
we loved our trip to Ephesus and our tour guide.it was a small group of 8 people which made it nice. all of these people were on our cruise ship also and we made friends. the tour guide Aysenur was so knowledgeable and provide a great overview of the area and of the historical significance of Ephesus and Mary's house. I would highly recommend this tour and Aysenur did a great job. we were also taken to a pottery shop to learn about the process of the making of pottery and plates. we also got to see a demonstration of how they make silk carpets. we had no intention to purchase and did not purchase. the tour guide told us also there was no obligation and there was no pressure. we did get the opportunity to witness how these things were made and we were glad we did. please accept the tea, coffee or Raki that they offer in these shops. there is no obligation to buy , this is their way to show hospitality.
Had the most amazing g guide who made this day a special day
This was one of the highlights of our day in Turkey. Our guide - Nahide was simply the best. A visit to the house of Mary was humbling and set the scene for a great tour. So informative was her commentary and passion of the site and the lifestyle of the ephesians we all listened with intent for the time we were there. The site is amazing to see and walk through and having the extra benefit of going through the terrace houses is a must. After a long walk we all sat down to a traditional lunch for a reasonable 10 euros each. Great day, great guide well worth the time and money.
Small group, great guide, flexible arrangements, good price. This is our 2nd booking St. Petersburg last time, same excellent service
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