Raphael WolffUnited States
Emer O'FarrellUnited Kingdom
Spent a lovely day with Tijen at the Virgin Mary's house and Ephesus. She was so warm, knowledgeable and sensitive. Everything was fantastic - comfortable car journey from Bodrum and a delicious local lunch. Highly recommended. Thanks so much! We will definitely be booking Tijen again on our next trip to Turkey.
Jim DeupreeUnited States
Tijen was fabulous! She and her driver totally customized our tour. They got us to Mary's house before anyone else, and I actually got to spend five minutes there with no one else in the house. Normally one is quickly herded through because the queue is so long. She also expertly guided us through Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. She has been a guide for more than 20 years, and really knows the culture and the history. We very highly recommend her!
James AlbinUnited States
John VogtUnited States
John B.The Villages, FLORIDA, United States
Ephesus was hot as hades but Tijen managed to always find some shade for us and keep us away from the mooing herds of umbrella led tours. She told us about the ruins and their inhabitants without being pedantic and always had a ready smile. I wondered why she entered the ruins with a bag of snacks but soon found out that the feral cats knew the reason; she must feed them on every tour.
Martha ChildressUnited States
Tijen was very friendly and accommodating to our needs. She was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the tour with her.
Tijen was very flexible and responsive to our requirements for the day. She provided a comprehensive tour of Ephesus and the terraced houses which we had not seen on a previous visit. The authentic Turkish lunch was a highlight - she joined us for lunch which provided us with the opportunity for relaxed conversation. The vehicle was spacious with an excellent driver.
Jan PothofCastaways Beach, QLD, Australia
A wonderful tour and Fatma who was a standin guide at the last minute was informative, friendly and full of knowledge and we could not have had a better guide. This tour is highly recommended.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Melinda S.United States
Alan ErnstUnited States
Tijen is as good as guide as can be found in Ephesus! First off, our cruise had to cancel a stop in Cesame due to wind and decided to go into Kusadasi a day early. Tijen was able to accommodate our tour one day earlier...many thanks! She lead our group of six thru Ephesus at our pace and every highlight was fully described. She was a natural in working with people and she always was eager and ready to answer our questions. All six of us would offer high recommendations for Tijen!
Ting Tina ChenHong Kong
Tijen is very prompt and professionl and even arranged a large van for our tour much to our ( and her surprise). She is curteous, knowlegable and highly efficient, taking us to all the sights and explaining all accordingly and left us to ample time, "space" to explore them. She fulfilled her role as a tour guide perfectly for the day, and respond well to questions and requests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ting, Some of the days , if there are more than one ship is not easy to arrange a big van for my clients, but as always I do my best efforts to please our travelers. I´m glad you were happy about the tour! Thanks Tijen
Bob TuckerUnited States
Tijen is such a nice lady and very knowledgeable about the Ephesus. She knew so much about the history and culture and did a great job of informing us. Her personality was very pleasing and my wife and I enjoyed the tour very much. If we were to return to the Ephesus area we would definitely hie Tijen again. We even found out from her that she does a cooking tour where she assists guests in buying ingredients for and making a traditional turkish meal - very talented lady.
Maria W.United States
Joseph AhumadaUnited States
Very accommodating. Good English. Would recommend.
Maria W.United States
Lois SacksUnited States
We liked Tijen and thought she was a knowledgeable and experienced guide. We had a very nice day covering some areas around Ephesus since we had been to Ephesus before. We visited a former Greek Village, the archeological Museum at Ephesus, toured Priene, had the best meal of our trip and bought beautiful jackets in a leather store.
Maria W.United States
Michael GerberPortimao, Portugal
Tijen is both very personable and an excellent guide. Highly recommended
Ronald TschetterUnited States
Tijen was fantastic. She was thorough, articulate and warm. Always sensitive to our needs and interests. We highly recommend her.
Jo PearceUnited States
Tijen gave us a good tour of wet, crowded Ephesus and a very interesting lunch in the country. We enjoyed our day with her and would rate the tour above average. Pete and Jo Pearce
Barbara KozloskiUnited States
This tour was amazing and our guide was what gives this tour a 5 star. From the moment she picked us up (she had a private driver) we were getting information about the population, climate, etc. She Tijen had a map with her and talked about all areas of Turkey as we made our way to Mary's House and then to Ephesus. Our vacation was 3 weeks in Europe and all 4 of us will never forget how Tijen walked us through Ephesus. It was as if she was born and raised in the city as it was being built. We loved this!
Arthur GuerzonUnited States
We could have spent less time visiting those factories, 4 in all, trying to sell something to us. Though relatively satisfied with the places we visited I just felt we were being hurried because of the time spent on those factories. I guess when we say we are not interested it should be respected.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're glad you enjoyed the tour. We've reminded Tijen that it is ToursByLocals policy that travelers are only taken to shops if they specifically ask and if the experience is fully explained in advance - ie 'you'll experience high pressure sales techniques, etc'.
Maria W.United States
Tijen was Knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. I highly recommend her.
Charles KovaciikUnited States
Tijen provided our group of four adults with an absolutely wonderful tour of Ephesus. She was warm and cordial, but also serious and professional. It is apparent that Tijen not only is well-trained but she has passion for her job. Her English is very good. I recommend her without reservation. Thank you Tijen for making our day at Ephesus a grand success.
James (Jim) McCullochNewmarket, ON, Canada
When Tijen met us at the ship, we knew we had a winner. On the way to the site, she gave us its history over the centuries. Her deep knowledge of Ephesus transformed our day. She spoke excellent English, and answered every question. As we progressed through the site, she kept an eye on me (80); if needed because of the rough terrain, she offered me a strong arm. The lunch we ate was delicious. At our request, she took us to an excellent carpet factory. Our whole day was a huge success. Jim in Ontario.
Jerry MichalecUnited States
what a gift she was one of the best guides you could ask for
Mary AngiuliUnited States
Tijen was not available due to an illness. Her replacement however was excellent. He was very patient and knowledgeable. We went to all the sites we wanted to see. Small glitch at Virgin Mary's house regarding amount due - I think he charged us for parking because what he requested did not jive with previously quoted amount.
Carolyn AshcraftUnited States
Tijen supplied a great tour of Ephesus for our family of 3 and another family of 4. She was able to be as detailed as we would allow as well as letting us explore a little on our own as we sometimes wanted. She spoke with us regarding current lifestyle and culture and community as well as the history. We enjoyed one of our favorite lunches on the entire trip at a local cafe/deli type spot in town. We were able to enjoy many plates and tastes of the local cuisine. We found the tour and Tijen very nice.
Christie KirmseUnited States
Tijen was not available so her husband took us and was competent and knowledgeable but was not very engaging. when we wanted to see the museum at Ephesus, he merely dropped us off to tour the museum instead of taking us through and guiding us. We still saw what we wanted but was not nearly the experience we had with other guides.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Before the day of the tour Tijen had obtained the customer's consent to have her husband give the tour.