Harry ReifschneiderUnited States
Ilker was great. We had a fantastic day. I've been to Ephesus several times but I learned something new at each stop. Highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One day was such a short day for such a great historical and beautiful area. Looking forward to your next visit for sharing more. Thank you for your review.
Wanda BamberyUnited States
Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Ephesus and accommodating Marie who could not walk too far. The little safe garden area outside the ceramic studio was a perfect place and she thoroughly enjoyed it - as you know. You are kind, and very knowledgeable and appreciate all the information - which was sometimes hard to absorb but you were terrific!! We had a marvelous time thanks to you!! All the best, Wanda
Susan BrownClearwater, FL, United States
Ilker is a wonderful ambassador for Turkey. Our stop in Kusadasi was on a very hot day and we are so glad we had a private tour to Ephesus booked. We were able to move through quickly and had the rest of the day to get more of a feel for the area and the people. Lunch was all freshly picked ingredients in a garden surrounded by local craft people. We never felt pressured to buy anything. After lunch a stop at a lovely ceramic studio. We hope to be back next year and have Ilker as our guide once again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan and Steve, Thank you for your review. I look forward to be guiding you in other parts of my beautiful country again soon.
Linda BaderUnited States
We have an exceptional experience visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus Turkey with our extraordinarily capable and friendly guide Ilker. We learned a great deal about the history of Ephesus and enjoyed a wonderful Turkisk lunch at a small artisanal location. We were thrilled that he took us shopping, as we requested, to see the finest quality traditional Turkish ceramics and rug weaving. He was accommodating and kind.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time for writing this review.
John WalshUnited States
Ilker did a GREAT job on our tour of Ephesus. Highly recommend him. John Walsh
Dan FreemanUnited States
Polly LeeUnited States
Spent 3+ hours exploring Ephesus with our Guide, Ilker. This was our second visit to Ephesus and Kuşadası... and Ilker was our Guide for both visits. Ilker is extremely knowledgeable about the History of this area... his English is excellent and he has a "great sense of humor"... Our Tour yesterday was truly amazing and inspirational ... We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ilker as a guide... our Top Guide...!!! Thank you to Tours By Locals and to Ilker for a Fantastic Day in Ephesus...!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking your time writing such a review. I had a great time with you hoping to meet you again.
Mathy GarciaUnited States
We had a perfect experience with Ilker. He was punctual, came to greet us at the Airport and was very knowledgeable not only of the area but everything about the Country. We spent 2 days touring Ephesus and then Pammukkale and loved every minute of it. This was the best part of our 12 day trip touring turkey. We will highly recommend Ilker as a guide to our friends, and the services provided by Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dear Mathy for your review. I would like to meet you and your company again in the future.
Ronald KratzerUnited States
Ilker managed to visit major tourist sites at the best time to avoid the large tour buses and chose to show local aspect unhurried, such as interesting and relaxing time for a Turkish Coffee in the main square to observe the local domino games.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time to write this commend.
Vicki SarazinUnited States
Excellent tour day. Ilker was waiting for us as we disembarked from our cruise ship. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and prepared to show us all the highlights of Ephesus and other sights of Kusadasi. We had some areas of interest in addition to those typically covered on the tour and he was very obliging in adjusting the schedule to accommodate us. His knowledge of both history and of current events was so impressive. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking your time to review your 2 day experience with me in Turkey. I am looking forward to meeting you again.
Nathan NalvenUnited States
Very knowledgeable, perfessional
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nathan, many greetings to you and your family...
Anton WaserUnited States
It was the total consensus of our group that Ilker was a highly focused guide providing depth to the history of Ephesus; and wonderful side stops to provide cultural context to the region. He was so personable and really made the day an awesome experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the total consensus and kindness.
Barry WillstropUnited States
we truly enjoyed our day with Ilker and learnt quite a lot about Ephesus. We felt like we had made a friend and not just a tour guide. I would not hesitate to use his services again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your contribution Barry.
This is my first time with Toursby locals. I was not sure what to expect, however, in reading through I decided to venture and book. I was happy I did. After my booking I was able to get in touch with Ilker, our guide. He was very prompt in answering my questions. Upon docking at the port! He was there. We were 6 in the family travelling And everyone was impressed with the tour. Ilker our guide brought us to a private Turkish lunch. We thourouhly enjoyed it. The tour of Ephesus was fantastic,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your feedback.
Robin PlattmanUnited States
We enjoyed our tour with Ilker. He is very knowledgable and showed up the sites. We were happy to see the 'touristy' areas along with many less traveled areas. It was a terrific day visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, hope to show you other parts of my beautiful country!
Ilker was excellent. He speaks English very well. He is kind, charming, very knowledgeable, and passionate about what he does. He managed to weave us in and out of the crowds at Ephesus and brought the city to life for us. He gave good advice about how we should spend our time. We had a wonderful and entertaining lunch very nearby, hosted by the owner of a farm that had been in the family for six generations. Ilker made this a pleasurable and authentic experience that we won't soon forget.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Donald DeathUnited States
We had a very interesting and enjoyable day. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Stephanie PowerUnited States
My party of 10 all thoroughly enjoyed Ilker as a tour guide! He arranged for a large, air-conditioned vehicle which comfortably accommodated our group. His vast knowledge of Ephesus/Turkey allowed him to provide us with lots of interesting info both while driving between attractions, as well as when visiting each one. He was able to hold the interest of the three teenage boys in our group. He also selected a fabulous location for us to have a Turkish lunch - which was delicious! Highly recommended!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your contribution, best regards!
Robert SmithMount Airy, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Ilker gave us a WONDERFUL tour to multiple interesting and scenic sites. The tour was well organized, and Ilker enhanced the experience with valuable commentary along the way. This was an OUTSTANDING experience for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review.
Lucie Anne I.Canada
Ilker was a terrific, knowledgeable guide who went above & beyond our expectations to show us his country! We spent the morning touring the Ephesus sights -- the Terrace Houses were especially impressive! Ilker chose a wonderful local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon Jim tried his hand at ceramics & helped pull some silk at the rug co-operative -- we would never have found these opportunities on our own. We would highly recommend Ilker; it is easy to see he loves his country & wants to share it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lucie, Thanks alot for your lovely commend.
Donald WatrenUnited States
Ilker was absolutely the best, very accommodating, we did everything we wanted. Showed us some out of the normal places! Thank you so much.
Peggy GroceMt Pleasant, SC, United States
Wonderful tour and shopping!
Roger VorcheimerUnited States
Ilker is very accomodating and knowledgeable about his country. He took us on a tour to Cherry town and that area since we had already been to Ephesus. His English is excellent and always tries to give you the local flavor, whatever area he takes you to. Would definitely recommend his services!