Denizhan was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, especially about the Christian history of Ephesus, and more than willing to accommodate our schedule and what we wanted to see. We were traveling with a toddler and he was very kind and happy to take as many breaks as we needed. I would highly recommend him!
Leslie EdelmanUnited States
This tour was amazing! Denis (along with our driver) gave us a thorough tour of Ephesus.. He gave us just enough insight and information to give us an understanding of the life att those times. He is extremely knowledgable and very interesting. He took us to an amazing local "hidden" place for lunch where we were the only tourists around. it was great! We truly enjoyed the time we spent together with him..
Bronwyn MuencklerUnited States
Excellent tour! The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and gave us tons of information. I had been to Ephesus before, but I learned a lot of things I had never heard and it was very interesting. We also went to a pottery shop and got some gorgeous moonstone pottery. Great time! I would highly recommend.
Michelle CorrellUnited States
Denizhan is a wonderful tour guide! He is so knowledgeable about Ephesus. We also enjoyed our visit to Sirince and the local spot he recommended for lunch. Denizhan was also very accommodating when my mom sprained her ankle and ended up in a wheelchair a couple of days before our tour. He pushed her wheelchair down the cobblestone paths of Ephesus (no easy feat!) so that my dad and I had our hands free to take pictures. I was so grateful for his help and patience with that unexpected setback. A+++
Eileen IciekUnited States
I can't imagine a more informed guide than Denizhan. He and his driver picked us up at our cruise ship, brought us to Ephesus and he told us so much about that old city, as well as the general area. He was great!
Norma Eleanor SyUnited States
Our tour with Denizhan was perfect, despite the very scorching heat. Denizhan was very knowledgeable about Ephesus and its history, from the way of life of the people to the materials used in construction of the city. We had a very exciting and interesting experience; he brought to life the stories he told about ancient history. Denizhan was also very accommodating, patient and kind.
Julie FernandezUnited States
Fantastic tour and guide. Very informative and excellent lunch at a local restaurant. Pacing was great!
Mohammed SajidUnited Kingdom
Very knowledgeable and accommodating. thanks.
Christopher HigginsUnited States
The tour to Ephesus hit all the right notes for my brother and me. Seeing the various sites from the Temple of Artemis, to Mary's house, to the ruins of Roman Ephesus, were just what we were looking for. Adding in the Basilica of St. John and the Mosque were wonderful. Denizhan was professional, and knowledgeable. He even tried to help us coordinate the rest of our trip through Turkey. Fantastic!
Wayne AdamsUnited States
We were a group of 8 adults travelling together. Everything about our tour went smoothly. Denizhan was knowledgeable, easy to understand, helpful, and accommodating to our wishes. He is highly recommended.
Debra C.United States
Deniz was absolutely fantastic! I don't think a history teacher would know more than he did. He was so informative at the historical sites, and the lunch was beyond what we expected. It was so beautiful under the trees on the lawn with the linen draped tables. Icing on the cake. The carpet, ceramic and leather making shops were VERY interesting. I would highly recommend Denizhan for any tour.
Alisa BehnUnited States
Denizhan was the most amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable and courteous. We definitely will use him again when we return to Turkey.
Kenneth FischerFremont, CA, United States
Dennis was great. His van was comfortable fro our whole party and allows us to see and have time to enjoy all the sites. Highly recommended
Priscilla H.United States
Denizhan was an excellent guide; we enjoyed our time with him immensely. Our tour felt very personal - we were able to take our time and visit (or not visit) what we wanted to. We stopped for an amazing lunch at a restaurant where he knew the owners and there were no other tourists. Ephesus was fantastic. Tourism is down in Turkey; please visit Ephesus and use Denizhan as your guide. You won't regret it.
Grace RegalaUnited States
Thank you Denizhan for your expertise. This is the highlights of our tripujuh
Ann BridgeUnited Kingdom
Denizhan was an excellent tour guide in Ephesus. He was very knowlegable and explained everything to us. He was also very caring as one of our party was not very good at walking so he did the tour at our pace which was very enjoyable. We also had a lovely driver who also was pleasant and helpful. The whole tour was comfortable and enjoyable. Thankyou
Caroline HillUnited States
Ephasus was our most anticipated stop of our entire cruise. And we didn't want to spend it on a bus with 50 other people. Denizhan wrote up a proposal for a modified tour based on what we wanted to experience deeply, and brought it to life for us! My gosh he is a fount of knowledge, and shares the information in rapid-fire bursts--then invites comments and questions. He took pictures of us and with us, and presented good options through the day, reading our energy levels well! Highly recommend him!!
We wanted something different and chose to tour the villages instead. Denizhan made our day. His knowledge, fluent English and charming manner immediately set us at ease. The daily life and history of the two villages was set in the context of the changing culture as the young people are moving away. What greatly impressed us, apart from his consumate professionalism, was his willingness to go the extra mile, or two! Denizhan has wide experience and is well worth seeking out if you need a guide in Ephesus
Becky M.United States
Denizhan led us on a personalalized, informative, fast paced tour that left us feeling amazed and educated in the ancient political and religious history, as well as the culture of Ephesus and Kusadasi. Bonuses were the mountain town of Seinche, and our authentic buffet lunch along the way, and eating fresh figs that Denizhan bought while on our walk through the village market. Be aware of the sales pressure at the pottery & rug shops; maybe skip these. We would recommend Denizhan as your guide!!
Russell RiskUnited States
Denizhan was pleasant, professional, and very knowledgeable. This was my first use of Tours by Locals and I was pleasantly surprised.
Roch GravelineCalgary, AB, Canada
Denizhan arranged a tour of Ephasus for my family. He met us promptly at the port of Kusadasi. He was also very aware of our ship departure time. The van was very clean and the driver was very good. It was a very rainy day, but Denizhan structured the tour so that we missed most of the downpour during our walk through Ephesus. He made it very interesting for everyone from elderly Mother in Law, to me the history student. Highly recommend his services to anyone visiting the area.
Jack M.Plymouth, MN, United States
For our group of 8, Denizhan was excellent in every respect. His knowledge of history and religion is exceptional. His ability to communicate outstanding. He's flexible, accommodating and very enjoyable to be with - don't hesitate to use Denizhan when seeing Ephesus. You'll be very very happy!!!
Deborah B.United States
What an amazing tour with Denizhan! This was our first time using Tours by Locals and hiring a private guide and we couldn't be happier! Denizhan was prompt ( actually early! ), knowledgeable, flexible, courteous, had a sense of humor and spoke excellent English. The van was clean and comfortable and he and the driver were continually checking to make sure we were comfortable. Everything about the day was perfect!
Denizhan was perfectly punctual to meet us at the port. He was friendly, and happily discussed almost all aspects of Turkish life with us. His knowledge of the country is remarkable. We were tremendously enlightened by both Denizhan's knowledge of both ancient and modern history. Although the lunch place was full of tourists, it was very good, and Denizhan explained it was a real home-style experience locals would not pay for because that's their every day food. It was a good experience.
Elizabeth RosenbergUnited States
Excellent! The best tour of our 2 week Adriatic trip!
Shirley HudsonUnited States
Our group of 5 really enjoyed our tour of Ephesus with Denizhan. He is very well informed about the Christian history of Ephesus and his English is very good. After touring Ephesus we spent the remaining time shopping at some wonderful places and had lunch at a local restaurant that served delicious traditional Turkish food. Our day was wonderful from start to finish.
Noreen DanielsUnited States
We visited 4 ports on our cruise, and by far, our best tour was of Ephesus and was given by Denizhan. He was amazing! From the pick up at our cruise terminal in a beautiful, air conditioned, personal, Mercedes van, to his extensive knowledge of the history of Ephesus as well as the Turkish culture, to our unplanned stops at a pottery factory and a local, family-owned, Turkish restaurant for lunch, Denizhan could not be more informative and more of a pleasure. Highly recommend!!
Doris PenningtonUnited States
Denizhan met us (two couples) at our cruise ship i-- he had arranged for us to travel in a very comfortable air-conditioned van with a driver. He was very personable, easy to understand, and very knowledgeable about the sites we visited.-- Ephesus and House of the Viegin Mary. Denizhan always gave us the ability to chose what we did and it was a perfect day -- we had a delicious traditional Turkish meal, visited a ceramics factory and rug factory.. Thanks for a great day!
David JonesUnited States
Denizhan was knowledgeable, articulate, accommodating, organized, and punctual. My wife's parents joined us for the tour and they thought it was a great learning experience, despite the fact that they had done a similar trip to Ephesus several years ago. I had also done a tour to Ephesus of our cruise ship and found this to be far superior. It was more economical, much more efficient from a time perspective, and we got more relevant information. I would recommend Denizhan with no reservation at all.
Timothy VicenteUnited States
This was a great tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. Denizhan was easy to understand and provided great historical perspective on the sites we visited. I would recommend using Denizhan.
Cory GashHouston, TX, United States
Denizhan gave us a very nice and informative tour of Ephesus, providing a great deal of information about the various sites and the life of people in this area...both past and present. And he brought us to a terrific restaurant for lunch. The car was excellent, as was the driver. Strongly recommend!
Judith FeldmanUnited States
Deniizhan was very knowledgeable and made our day so enjoyable! Ephesus is amazing!
Shelley EichnerUnited States
Den is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Ephesus. He accommodated our requests and planned the day to meet our needs. He added in some special touches such as a leather fashion show and lunch at a local family owned restaurant.
Brett BouldinSpring, TEXAS, United States
Denizhan was a very knowledgeable tour guide. He talked constantly, telling us everything - which we just loved. He showed us Ephesus, drawing attention to things many would have missed. We also learned about Turkish ceramics and rugmaking which were very interesting. He also directed us to an authentic homemade Turkish lunch which was delicious. Definitely recommend Denizhan as first-class tour guide.
Don DespainUnited States
Denizan was a superb guide for our group of eight people. He took us to all of the major sites as well as a silk weaving business where we got to see how they harvest the silk thread from the cocoons. We also went to a little village to see how the locals live. He knew a lot about all of the historical sites we visited, and Turkey as a country. If you're looking for a guide for Ephesus, he's your man!
Ken JonesUnited States
Our tour guide (Denizhan) was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable, articulate, and easy going. We also had the opportunity to meet his lovely wife who is also a guide. He took us to a wonderful restaurant for lunch and we were served fresh local food at a very reasonable cost. He was fantastic.
Terry ODonnellUnited States
Very pleased with driver and guide. We had a great experience and cannot wait to book future tours with the local tours!!
Walter SartorUnited States
Deniz was wonderful. We were 23 people and he provided a customized tour that was perfect for us!!! Thank you so very mush for everything!!
Wendy B.Emmaus, PA, United States
Denizhan was extremely knowlegeable about Ephesus and provided us with the perfect agenda. We stongly recommend tours by locals and Denizhan.
very knowledgeable guide and flexible, we had a great time in Turkey.
Evangelina MedallaStaten Island, NY, United States
Despite being there for the short amount of time that cruises are notorious for, Denizhan took very good care of us and as a family, we learned a lot from him about the ancient city of Ephesus. From visiting Virgin Mary's home and walking along the same ancient pathways that people of the Bible believed to have walked upon to enjoying Turkish delicacies and culture, our time in Turkey was definitely one to remember. I highly recommend him and plan on hiring him once again when we return to Turkey.
Jim StrattonUnited States
Denizhan was very knowledgeable and professional. His English was terrific. He provided us with great information about both Ephesus and the region, and was very patient with us as we took photos. We particularly appreciated his recommendations for photo shoots and the terrific family run restaurant he suggested. The buffet choices were substantial and very tasty; the shredded wheat dessert was great. The highlight of Ephesus for us was the Terrace House exhibit. We would highly recommend this.
Kristen VondruskaUnited States
"Dennis" was wonderful with our entire family that spanned ages from 7 to 67. He was professional, knowledgeable, and patient as he guided us through Ephesus. A great day!!
Wendy Da Wei C.United States
Denizhan provided extremely thorough and professional experience while being warm and always patient. His passion for history allows us to understand a complete view of all the things happening in the ancient world and how that relates to what we see within the sites that we are visiting. He was also always very good about finding us local cuisine that was on the healthier side with more veggies while being some of the most delicious, yet least expensive meals we've had in Turkey. Highly recommended!
Marlene BankwitzUnited States
Denizhan was spectacular. His knowledge was unbelievably extensive and he delivered a great tour!
Jonah MarksUnited States
Denizhan was a great tour guide. He knew the history very well and was able to answer all the questions we had. A very enjoyable day!
Anne ForbesUnited States
Our full day tour with Denizhan was great. He had a nice clean, large van for our family of 4. The van was clean & the driver excellent. Denizhan took great care of us during the full day tour of Ephesus. He provided everything we needed to know about this amazing site & we walked away with a greater understanding of the history of this remarkable place. We highly recommend Denizhan for his care, patient & showing us a wonderful time. He also took us to a great village where we had a great lunch.
We enjoyed touring Kirazli & Sirince villages with Denizhan. He is very professional & shared his knowledge of Turkish history & traditions with us. The scenery & villages are very picturesque & the locals are welcoming. We were taken to see a pottery demonstration & showroom which, although interesting, was not on the itinerary which we had prearranged.
Rayna DavisUnited States
Denizhan was a great tour guide. We went to Ephesus and he led us through the site telling us a lot of the history. He was very knowledgable on Ephesus. We then went to a carpet factory and pottery factory, where we had demonstrations on how they make their products. I would highly recommend Denizhan.
Gill DrysdaleUnited Kingdom
A very well informed guide, flexible in planning our day especially as we'd visited Ephesus before. He went out of his way to meet our needs on the day, including a quick supermarket shop, taking us to a great place for lunch and to a local market which he uses. He invited us to pottery and carpet making workshops which were interesting but there was no pressure to buy. A real expert in making the most of the day,we felt we'd learned a lot about past and present Turkey from his knowledge and experience.
David KingreaUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Denizhan was very knowledgeable and made Ephesus come alive. I highly recommend Denizhan as a guide,and I would certainly use him again.
Gary WrightCaysville, UT, United States
Denizhan did a great job. We have been on this tour four times before and he was by far the best guide we have had in Ephesus. His knowledge was incredible and his personality was perfect.
Our day in Ephesus was amazing. It is an incredible place but it comes alive with a knowledgeable guide. Denizhan and his driver were professional, courteous and very accommodating. Denizhan made sure we saw everything on our wish list including a delicious meal in a local restaurant. Denizhan speaks perfect English and has a repertoire of interesting facts and stories. We would highly recommend this guide and Tours By Locals. David and Alison
Marlene Gail ZangenUnited States
Denizhan is an excellent guide, sharing his extreme knowledge of the history and culture of the areas surrounding Kusadasi and Ephesus. We stopped at a ceramics factory, and rug making shop to learn the history and watch demonstrations at both. Denizhan walked with us through Ephesus, explaining the village, Terraces houses and temples throughout. It is amazing that only 10% of the city is currently excavated. A tour not to be missed, excellent!
Denizhan was amazing, he made the whole experience both interesting and positive. If you are considering a tour of Ephesus, I would highly recommend both Tours By Locals and Denizhan.Thank you again for everything. Pat Shering
David SpracklingUnited Kingdom
We had a day in Ephesus/Kusadisi on a cruise and booked a tour with Denizhan. He was waiting for us at the cruise terminal with a minivan as arranged. The tour itself was excellent. Denizhan is a very good guide, speaking excellent English, and is extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history. He tailored things to what we said we were interested in. Denizhan had thought about which sites would be crowded when, and took us round so as to avoid the crowds as much as possible. Highly recommended.
Elizabeth MorrisonUnited States
Denizhan was a perfect guide for our full day of Ephesus and the surrounding area. Deniz's facility with English was excellent, his antiquities knowledge impressive, his choice of additional places to tour memorable, and his choice of a charming lunch stop perfect which all made this a highlight of our Black & Aegean Sea cruise. While Denizhan is a very accomplished and professional guide, he is also an easy conversationalist about local customs and culture.
Al RuckriegelUnited States
Denizhan gave us a great private tour of Ephesus and the House of Mary - He is very knowledgeable and does an outstanding tour. He offered to let us do things on our own and at our own pace - We would highly recommend him. Thanks, Al and David
Ken MillmanUnited States
Excellent tour guide. Would highly recommend.
Wayne TriplettUnited States
Perfect English! Very Knowledgeable! Enthusiastic! Everything we were looking for in a guide through Izmir and Ephesus! We would HIGHLY recommend Dennis! Thank you for a memorable tour!!!!