Charles MagesUnited States
We had a very enjoyable experience. The tour guide was very professional. Every one in the tour really enjoyed her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Charles. It was very nice to meeting you and the other nice people.
Bradley EnnisUnited States
Erkan was great and provided a great tour. I highly recommend. She was very responsive to emails prior to the tour and coordinated just before our arrival. Her knowledge of the area was excellent, which is very helpful for large and historical sites such as Ephesus. Transportation was very good too. She is very easy going and was flexible in our tour stops and made recommendations along the way-including a local lunch spot. A private tour with Erkan is a deal, and I would do it again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. Hope to see you again in Turkey. All the best
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for rating. All the best.
Marilyn RudolphUnited States
Touring with Erkan was simply delightful. She is knowledgeable, friendly, patient, professional and very helpful. We had a great day visiting ruins and learning about the history of the area. We also enjoyed time spent at the carpet factory and leather store - great way to learn more about the culture of Turkey - well worth it. I highly recommend this tour with Erkan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure. Thank you so much. Hope to see you again.
Elaine A.United States
Erkan was a delight to send time at Ephesus. She is upbeat and added so much to our experience. We had 2 teenagers with us and she made the tour very interesting for them. I highly recommend Erkan to all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!! Hope to see you again.
David LiporaceUnited States
We had an incredibly enjoyable day with Erkan. She was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Our van was comfortable and our driver was great! WE are happy to give her and our day FIVE stars!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much it was my pleasure!!!
Nicholas GianakourosCranford, NJ, United States
Ancient Ephesus is spectacular and there are (no doubt) many guides who can walk you through and explain everything you see. But there are far FEWER guides who will do so with that X-Factor of warmth, humor, kindness, and patience that makes the visit come to life as a wonderful human experience. Erkan is that guide. She's awesome with children, the cats of Ephesus ADORE her (mark my words on this one -- you'll see why when you tour with her), and she is just the guide we were hoping for when we booked.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very kind of you. Thank you so much. Hope to see you again in Turkey
Monica JuettUnited States
What a great tour guide she is, Lots of time and information about everything that we experienced with her. Plenty of free time to do some exploring on our own once in the ruins. It s so hard to remember everything that we did, I would go back and do it all over again with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you again.
Erkan made our limited time in Ephesus an interesting and enjoyable adventure of a remarkable and fascinating place. While we had suggested an initial itinerary, she gracefully made suggestions that not only made better use of our time but also included stops we didn't original consider that we are glad we visited. As a guide, Erkan provided great context for what we were seeing and the way she explained everything held our interest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Wayne, Hope to see you in Turkey again
Jerry GodwinUnited States
Once again our Tours by Locals, Best of Ephesus, far excelled our expectations. The visit to the ancient Ephesus ruins was superbly guided by Erkan and charmingly so, as she delighted the resident kitty cats with cat food as she deftly led us through the sites. Our visit to the rug factory and lunch were especially enjoyed. So far in our journeys, Tours by Locals continues to be a superior choice over the larger cruise-line tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much & hope to see you again in Turkey.
Glenn LibbyUnited States
Erkan is a delight. She is an excellent guide and showed us the local sights as well as the expected tourist highlights. This was my favorite site on our Greek Isles tour. Erkan was a major factor in my evaluation.
Gregory AdamsUnited States
Erkan is a wonderful guide. She is very pleasant, extremely knowledgeable, and speaks English excellently. Our tour was so informative and enjoyable. Ephesus is such an important site, we had been excited about the tour for months. Erkan exceeded our expectations. She not only gave us the facts and explained context, but she dispelled a number of myths and tall tales, as well as identfying beliefs that are informed surmise. Erkan stands out as one of the five best guides we have had across the globe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! Hope to see you again.
Daniel ZigrinoUnited States
Erkan was a great choice for a cruise day trip. She was extremely knowledgable about the region and the sites we visited. We were able to customize the trip to include lunch at a fantastic farm to table restaurant. We very much enjoyed having local dishes in such a beautiful location. Erkan is a very kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable guide and we would not hesitate to hire her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much! Hope to see you again!
Chester DobsonUnited States
Erkan is a very approachable and wonderful guide. I have traveled more than most people and I rarely experience a guide like Erkan. She informed us of the history of Turkey from modern times to ancient time. She cares for animals and it shows. Here English was very good. I would not hesitate to recommend Erkan. I will contact her again, the next time we visit Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John for excellent day and your review. All the best wishes
Michael BriceUnited States
I cannot sum into words just how special, informative and enjoyable this tour was with Tours by Locals. From the initial inquiry to the booking and arrival where Erkan made our group and myself so welcome, we could have not wished for better. From the warm welcome port side to the air conditioned comfort of the new Mercedes Spriter van everything was seamless. Once seated, Erkan warmly introduced herself to the six of us. From that moment on she brilliantly organized one of the best tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, You are so kind. It was an excellent day being with you
Michael DonatFolsom, CA, United States
We had so much fun with Erkan. She was absolutely excellent with my two kids (9 and 12). She kept them entertained with stories, answered their questions and helped them learn. You could tell she totally enjoys what she does. The tour was a great value already but, with Erkan, it was a steal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, you were an excellent family, hope to see you again
Susan WoodUnited States
Erkan was lovely. She planned an absolutely wonderful day for us and as someone born and bred in Kusadasi she was very knowledgeable about the historic and modern parts of the area. She anticipated our every need and made sure we had a day full of fun and information. At the end of our formal tour we had the ability to see how local pottery and carpets were made and was able to view items for sale not in the typical souvenir stands. We had a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much hope to see you again!!!
Sandra LaniganUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandra. All the best
Mayer SchamesLos Angeles, CALIFORNIA, United States
Absolutely the best tour guide I have ever had. A true pleasure and joy. I have worked with ToursByLocals for a few years and they do a fabulous job of screening their referrals. Erkan was wonderful, accommodating, informative and charming. If there was a sixth star rating I would give it to her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mayer, You are so kind. Best wishes from Turkey
Mark LorizUnited States
Erkan was at the port waiting for us. Her english was impeccable! She was very conscienctous of the age of my wife's parents age. The pace of the tour was excellent and we were able to see a lot of the old city of Ephesus. I would highly recommend her to any of your readers, they will not be disappointed!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark, all the best wishes
We had Erkan as our tour guide in Ephesus (Turkey). We were very impressed with her. She was right on time, wating for us as we disembarked from the ship. She is very knowledgeable and kept giving us information as we went from one place or another. She is very pleasant and polite. We would highly recommend her to our friends if they ever go to Turkey. A rating of 5, if that is the highest rating you have, is something she deserves.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Esper