Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Tour to Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus - Reviews

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Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

We had an excellent day. As soon as we walked out to the terminal our guide Jun was waiting for us and took us to our mini van. I was able to sit in the front and get some great photos. Our first stop was Miletus and Jun took us around the site, which was very interesting. Next we saw Apollo's Temple at Didyma. Once again Jun walked around with us giving us lots of interesting information and there were still some very good portraits and carvings visible. Then Jun and our driver took us for a typical Turkish lunch, which was outstanding I recommend following their advice - much better than MacDonalds! After lunch we went to Ephesus and Jun took us around she was excellent didn't rush us at all, she explained every area as we came to it and took some photos for us. It is an extremely impressive site and really gives you the feeling of being in a Roman city. The library is absolutely amazing! On the way back to the port we stopped at a carpet weaving school where the Turkish government are trying to encourage traditional crafts we were shown how they weave the carpets and how silk is spun. We actually spent 9 hours not 7 so it was an amazing day and great value for money. Jun is an outstanding guide who speaks impeccable English and goes out of her way to make sure that you get the best knowledge about every site.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Excellent tour of Ephesus. Spent the entire time in Ephesus rather than spending the time driving to Miletus and Didyma.Tour Guide had an excellent understanding of the historical events that were of interest.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

I can't say enough good nor give our tour guide, pronounced Char sp? of Fez Travel, high enough praise for the job he did! It was excellent! It was great to get away from the crowds at Ephesus early in the morning and see Didyma and Miletus and THEN hit the Ephesian ruins, which were magnificent! We were blown away in Didyma when walking through the quiet, somewhat run-down town suddenly to come upon this massive ruin of Apollo's Temple! Wow!! When we first arrived there were no other tourists even there! Amazing structure! Thank you for the great tour!!!

David Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Serdar our guide was waiting for us when we got off the ship. With just him and the driver we were able to see everything we had wanted to see as this was our second trip to Ephesus. We learned so much that day.. The temple at Didyma was a awesome sight and had a great lunch there as well. The theater at Miletus topped of the day as we could not have enjoyed the sights more. Highly recommend this shore excursion.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was the best tour that we had on our entire 9 day Mediterranean Cruise. Our tour guide Serdar Karakas was outstanding. His knowledge of Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus was truly a learning experience for myself, my husband and my two children. Without him we would not have known what we were looking at nor any of the history behind it. We had a delicious lunch at a little place Serdar picked out. We got to enjoy some real Turkish food. And delicious Turkish beer. Though the lunch was not included in the tour price, it was worth it and not expensive. I felt like we got a real feel of the people and culture.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

An unexpectedly deluxe tour that exceeded expectations. We booked a month or more in advance for 3 couples as our cruise ship excursion for the day in Kusadasi port. We got a driver and a tour guide for the price. The van was more like a small deluxe bus , with high back bucket seats that could have held more like 12 couples but we had it all to ourselves. Some of the best and most interesting ruins of our trip. Additionally the tour guide took in on himself to gather all our cameras at each stop to get a group photo of us at each place on everyone's camera, plus a few special places he took additional photos for us - those photos turned out to be some some of our favorite photos from the entire 12 day crusie trip. The tour guide was fluent with English and a bountiful source of interesting information.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

The three of us, dad and two adult children, enjoyed this tour very much, I beleive that most tourist go to this part of the world to see the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus but by taking this tour we were also able to see Miletus and Didymus. Out guide, Eda, did a wonderful job of explaining how the three ancient cities interacted with each other. This gave us a better understanding of the whole area. Her explanation of several different cultures including Greek, Roman and the Christian expereince in the area were enlighting. Eda knew her subject, she spoke and enunciated English well. Our driver was good and accomodating. We had eight hours ashore and were able to see all three cities to our complete satisfaction. We could hardly have beeb more pleased. J. A. Lamb

Kathleen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

We loved this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The van was very comfy and clean. We decided we wanted to go to The House of Mary instead of Ephesus, since we'd already been there. They made the change for us and it worked out wonderfully.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Was a private tour ernan was great

Felicia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This was a fantastic tour. I loved how it was a private tour. Juan was our tour guide and he did an amazing job, the tour was supposed to be a full day but because our cruise only had a couple of hours he did a fantastic job of getting to the point and giving us wonderful facts in half a day tour and still giving us the full day experience. Juan and the driver got us to Didyma before anyone else so we were loving being able to see a sight where no other tourist were. I really wished we had more time to explore Ephesus, what a stunning city and very fascinating but the time was not their faults but rather the cruise since they do not give you much time at ports. Juan was very sweet because I collect currency from Countries I been to so he gave me some Turkish lira. Like I mentioned, before Juan gave us the full experience even though we were short on time and got us back to our ship right on time. Awesome Tour, will not be disappointed and well worth the extra for a private tour.

Kenneth L. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Oh my gosh, we had an absolutely amazing day with our wonderful guide who really helped us out a great deal by taking us away from Ephesus in the morning and away from all the ship crowds! The trip to Didyma and Miletus were highlights of our whole Turkey experience as both places were vacant of crowds...the Temple to Apollo was very beautiful with no one else there except us! When we finally got to Ephesus, which was also wonderful, the crowds were all gone and we enjoyed a quiet and peaceful tour of the park. Reasonable cost expecially when this was a private guide. We definitely enjoyed the free lunch at the carpet sales facility...or Crafts Center. Didn't buy any rug, but left a tip for time and service. Great day...great guide and terrific opportunity.

John Ricker M

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

Our guide met us at the cruise ship. He was polite and spoke English very well. Good value for an individual tour guide and driver.

Stan Z

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2017

Places visited were wonderful, but our guide lacked passion and was clearly mailing it in for a paycheck. He seemed more interested in earning his commission at the multiple stops we made during the day ... we realize it's customary to be encouraged to discover regional wares and shop at unique vendors to support the local economy, but this guide was shameful and beyond any measure of reasonable.

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