Nazim was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited, very friendly and personable and had a great sense of humor. He gave us lots of other information regarding the country and culture. His lunch recommendations were wonderful. He always made sure he asked for our input in regards to where to eat lunch and if we wanted a shopping stop. There was water available in the vehicle when we wanted some. We enjoyed our trip and would certainly recommend Nazim as your tour guide.
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This tour was great value even for two people! Nazim was knowledgeable about the historic sites and answered all our questions. The day was well planned out with punctual arrival, a spotless vehicle with a good driver, a flexible pace focused on the sites we were interested in and a great typical Turkish lunch. We enjoyed our tour of House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Ephesus Terrace Houses, and Temple of Artemis with Nazim and learned a lot in a short period of time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was perfect day for us as well. THANKS
Our Private Trip to Ephesus was just an average tour. Nothing to highlight about. On this day, I felt I would've been better off visiting the sites myself in a cab. It wasn't worth the charges I paid. We had guides from other agencies, elsewhere in Turkey & other countries who were far friendlier, engaging & involved. Everything was rushed. I am sorry but I may not consider ToursByLocals as my first option for my future travels. Thank you.
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Our Private Half Day City Tour was satisfactory. We had asked for just sight seeing & to skip the museums. Our guide showed the relevant sights as mentioned in the website.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You asked me to do easy tour ı did it ..
Peggy DemingUnited States
Nazim was amazing. He modified his standard tour to accommodate visiting the sites we wanted to see. We had been to Ephesus already & asked for an abbreviated tour of this site to focus on the Terrace Houses. We saw them and Nazim made sure we saw all the excavation changes made to the Ephesus site since our last visit. We learned a great deal not only about the Archeological sites but about the local life in Turkey and had a great meal at a local restaurant. Nazim is a great guide & a kind man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks alot
Eric HultquistUnited States
What an amazing country Turkey is, albeit we saw just a tiny portion. We (my wife and I) were with Nazim for two days / two tours and had a very enjoyable experience. Not only does he know his stuff, but he makes it interesting. We had done a bit of pre-reading and were up on current events so were able to engage with him on current goings-on as well as history. We'd eagerly recommend Nazim to be your guide, if you are in this region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :) ı did my part as guide..;))
Eric HultquistUnited States
Please see our other review for the other tour we took with Nazim. We could not have asked for a better guide.
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Janetta BoessenkoolSouth Africa
Nazim is an excellent guide with a deep knowledge of Pergamon and Ancient history. He went out of his way to make our day exceptional. We would definitely recommend him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much :)))
Sue LeatherdaleUnited Kingdom
This is the second time we've been guided by Nazim. The first in Ephesus 3 years ago and then today in Pergamon. Pergamon is very different to Ephesus and we virtually had it to ourselves. We went at our pace and are all much more knowledgeable in terms of Turkish history, culture and politics both ancient and modern. A great day and a guide we can thoroughly recommend. He arranged an authentic lunch stop so we could try local Turkish food and drink. If you book with Nazim you are in safe hands.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for All experience at ephesus & pergamon with you :))
Benson YangUnited States
My family (4 adults, 2 small children) had a great tour with Nazim over 4 days. We saw many beautiful sites. We had booked our tour many months in advance and Nazim was great at communicating, as he always replied promptly to our emails. He speaks English fluently and has great knowledge of all the sites we toured. He arranged for us to have a van and driver - the vehicle was clean and only a few months old. Nazim was always willing to accommodate our pace, particularly with the kids in mind.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much .. It was pleasure ;)))
Agnes KirschnerUnited States
Nazim is very personable accommodating and knowledgeable guide He adapted our tour in Kusadasi (Ephasus) to suit our needs and interests. He is peaks beautiful English making it easy for us to understand his information. I recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :)))
Marnie SternerNew Zealand
It was great! Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome :))
Brent RushforthUnited States
Nazim was our best guide ever. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Ephesus as well as local life. After spending an incredibly informative and entertaining tour of Ephesus he treated us to a wonderful lunch of local products including fruits, vegetables, lamb and chicken. It was delicious. We then toured a rug weaving site and ended up purchasing a beautiful rug, 85% of the purchase price going to local women weaving in their homes. Naz made the day the highlight of our trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks
On the 14th April our group of 4 had an unfogettable day with Nazim visiting Pamukkale from Selcuk. We had been able to liase prior by email and everything he had arranged was spot on. The vehicle was very comfortable and the 200Km trip there and back via the beautiful Meander valley was hardly noticed thanks to Nazim engaging us with his own insights into the history and culture not only of this region but also modern Turkey.The walking tour of Hieropolis was outstanding and a highlights of our trip.
Richard FruchtUnited States
Simply put, Nazim was fantastic. His friendly demeanor and his wealth of knowledge make him the finest of tour guides. He adapted to our wishes and we had a great time. Thanks Nazim for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Any time ;) thanks for Amazing day with your mother :))
Our tour in Ephesus was terrible. We spent less than two hours in this world heritage site, missed a lot of thing inside and have to hurry up for a candy store and a leather shop that's not in our plan. He made a 2 minutes stop to point Artemis temple then sent us at hotel. It took 5 hours from 9:30 to 14:30 including that 2 shops so net only 3 hrs which was less than a half of 7 hours tour we expected. We feel we got robbed 250 USD we paid. This tour was so disappointed, one star rating is way too much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chatchawan, Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with my services. I welcome all thoughts and feedback as I am always looking for ways to improve under every circumstance. I will ensure clearer expectations are relayed to future travellers, this will ensure that there is no miscommunication or misunderstandings as to what is included in the itinerary. Thank you.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are sorry for this experience. Besides Nazim´s willingness to satisfy future travelers, a partial refund was issued.
Dorothy M.United States
Nazim was an excellent tour guide!. He met us on time, everything was smooth. His knowledge is excellent and he' s a very enjoyable person with whom to spend the day. We would highly recommend him!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ... you were Amazing as well :))
Robert ChaikenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: 5 stars .. again
Fatima MangeraSouth Africa
Nazim lived up to his reputation " a veritable fact spewing machine" We thoroughly enjoyed our Ephesus tour. Nazim was friendly, interactive and very accommodating. Will definitely recommend him. Thank you Nazim,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Fatima ;))
Judy C.United States
If you want a guide that will be on time and confirm the night before your tour and will also share Turkey's history with you this is the guide you want. Also an little extra is the hand he extends in precarious places.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome. .. :) thanks
Karen M.United States
What a great tour, thanks to Nazim. He is so knowlegeable and personable as well. We will remember this tour as one of our best experiences in Turkey. Thank you Nazim for a perfect day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you :))
Rhys JonesUnited States
Our tour of Ephesus was excellent! Nazim met our group of six (ranging in age from mid 40s to mid 70s) with a contracted small tour bus. His knowledge of Turkish history is comprehensive, and he is good at connecting Ephesus to Greek and Roman history and Christianity. Tour also included visits to a carpet cooperative with delicious lunch and St. Mary's house. He is a graduate professional tour guide, speaks English very well. Highly recommend him. Tesekur ederim, Nazim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome. It was my pleasure
Nazim has great knowledge of the region, history of Ephesus & Pamukkale. He was very passionate about promoting the locals which was really lovely.. He has a very balanced view about the religious aspect of the history. He was not pushy and always provided us with options regarding what we would like to do. The transportation provided was very comfortable with a very competent driver. The best part was the delightful 'surprise' at the end of the tour. We highly recommend Nazim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :))
Nicholas PoulosUnited States
From the moment Nazim greeted us at the airport in Izmir we felt as if we already knew him!. His enthusiasm for his job of touring/educating his guests was commendable. We learned a tremendous amount of information and had a fabulous time doing it. The history of the area was a pleasant bonus as well as the delicious lunch spot we retired to after the tour. We highly recommend Nazim.
This tour was our first with guides by locals and it is not going to be the last! Nazim was really the right choice for our party of 4! He waited for us on time at the meeting point and gave us an unforgettable day. N is extremely knowledgeble in history AND has a great sense of humour! Ephesus came to life during his explanations and will always remain a fantastic memory of our cruise! We had turned down the offer of carpet demonstration, however it saved us from the rainstorm! Elin F & co Stockholm
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: you always welcome elin .. thanks...
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Mariela ArcherUnited States
Nazim was a wealth of knowledge and we very much enjoyed our experience with him. He educated us on current Turkish facts and stats as well as the historical ones. He is truly an expert on his country and culture. My fourteen year old son was particularly impressed with Nazim and wanted me to be sure to mention that Nazim is a " fact spitting machine". If your goal is to spend A pleasant day learning a ton of information about your visit with a friendly person, Nazim is the guide for you.
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Bruce EvansUnited States
NAZIM gave us an outstanding tour...carried us to a local place for lunch that was very unique...we would never have found it on our own...highly recomend
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Stanley Bateman JrUnited States
Nazim was outstanding. Met us at the ship, was on time, and gave us a great tour of Ephesus and the surrounding area. His personal tour of Ephesus was wonderful and gave us a real understanding of the history.
Kevin ScottUnited Kingdom
Great stuff. Was picked up on time from my Izmir hotel and given a great tour of Ephesus and all of it's attractions. Nazim was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of my questions. He recommended a book to read and it was a pleasant change to eat where the locals eat and learn about the country and area I was visiting from a well read and friendly local.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you you were great on Tour as well...
Kevin ScottUnited Kingdom
It is a long drive from Izmir to Pamukkale but Nazim went the extra mile to tailor the tour to what I wanted. The images of Pamukkale will live with me forever and the guided tour through Hieropolis was fascinating. Nazim seems to know everyone and this is a good thing as we went to a small family run restaurant for lunch which was delicious. I had asked if we could stop at Sardis on the way back from Pamukkale and Nazim did this for me. All in all a fantastic day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome:-) ant time
Lynnette HubertAlbany, OR, United States
Nazim was a great guide who knows his history. He was able to take us to Ephesus later in the day to avoid the tour buses making our time there very enjoyable. It was a beautiful day and we appreciated his explanations and knowledge of the area. Thanks Nazim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome any time
Kerstin MenzerUnited States
Professional booking service over the internet, initial contact with the tour guide within 24 hours. Service/additional expenses exactly as stated in the tour description. Clean, non-smoking car. Guide provided excellent service, and left us even more time at various sites based on our interest. Definitely recommend this tour package and the tour guide. Thank you, Nazim!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome. Thanks for everything
Nazim was a wonderful guide! We really enjoyed his knowledge and insights into Ephesus and turkey. He really made it come alive for us. He did an excellent job tailoring to our needs and time. We would highly recommend him to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you scott.. I enjoyed ephesus with you
Joseph ScullerUnited States
Nazim was personable and very knowledgeable. His communication in English was excellent. We enjoyed our tour with Nazim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Nazim is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who is most professional is his approach. He was always keen to satisfy our needs and he was punctual and reliable. We highly recommend him to all visitors to heritage sites.
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Monique SteeleUnited States
Despite issues with our cruise, all went smoothly with our tour of Pergamum. Nazim was on top of the changes and handled everything for us. Our tour was great. Nazim was very knowledgable and we very much enjoyed our day with him.
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Sue LeatherdaleUnited Kingdom
We had a fantastic day out with Nazim yesterday. He went the extra mile to accomodate our requirements after an initial complication and we were very grateful. We learnt so much more by having an experienced guide. He told us so much about both Ephesus and the local history and Turkey itself. Lunch was a traditional Turkish meal and we had lots of fun learning about how carpets are made. Thanks Nazim. I very much hope we will be back to use your services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sue... Thank you very much.. You were so thoughfull... And flexible....
Michael NigroUnited States
Nazim was excellent. We arranged a combined tour of Pergamon and Izmir for one day. He arrived on time. His English is fluent. He drives his own small white car -- immaculately clean with room for three passengers as he drives. Explanations and descriptions of relics at Pergamon and sites in Izmir were clear and full. He was open about good and bad features of urban Izmir. We would highly recommend him for excellent personal service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rewiew.
Lorraine V.Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
I couldn't be more happy with our guide, Nazim! He was prompt, friendly, and we not only learned about the sites he took us to, we enjoyed his company as well. He accommodated all our touring requests! He took us to great restaurants we never would have found on our own, and made sure they accommodated my food allergy. Kelly Katcher, Chicago IL Knowledgable, flexible, friendly, patient, and willing to accommodate our wishes... We had wonderful experience and would recommend Nazim. Lori Volkers, Miami
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You were fast to write this review... Thank you very much...
If there would be 6 stars we would give it to him. We took the tour from our port of call in Izmir, and it became one of the highlights for us. Nazim was promptly waiting for us at the gate of the port, took us to his car and off we went to Ephesus. He is very knowledgeable, highly intelligent and has a sense of fine humor that puts everybody at ease. We felt like being driven around by a good and knowledgeable friend showing us secrets. Nazim you're on the right way to become the wise man you spoke about
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Jessy MossUnited States
We had a wonderful tour, It was just perfect, Nazim was waiting for us as we left the ship terminal. We were traveling with an infant and installed our own car seat trouble free. The tour took us to Ephesus and Nazim was very knowledgeable very kind, friendly and accommodating, Nazim is very well known and liked by everyone we came across and it was nice to see the warmth with which he interacts with other local people in the area. We learned a lot! We loved it and highly recommend to all
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks... I did my part
Ronald PattersonUnited States
Nazim is a delightful young man. He is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his country. He had good suggestions of places to take us, but let us choose what we wanted to do. In one case - the lunch and demonstration at the rug factory - he guided us to something that we might not have chosen but which turned out to be the highlight of the day! We highly recommend him as a guide and driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much....
Harsha ZaverUnited Kingdom
Nazim was amazing!He treated us really well and his knowledge of the area was awesome. He took us to Ephesus first which was the best thing as it was so hot later on in the day. I felt sorry for the large tours arriving as we were leaving. He took us to an excellent authentic restaurant for some vegetarian food (as we do not eat meat) and which was very reasonably priced too. I would highly recommend Nazim if you are planning on a visit to Kusadasi. He is great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for all good comments... best wishes
Simon CearnsUnited Kingdom
Nazim was kind, considerate & courteous, the little touches that make all the difference like stopping to buy us fresh peaches. We wouldn't heasitate to use him again or recommend him to friends. Kathryn & Simon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks simon
Jim GeeUnited States
Nazim was a great guide for our group. They all loved him! Bus was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks jim
What a wonderful tour we had with Nazim! His English is excellent, his passion for Izmir is contagious, and his knowledge of the ruins at Ephesus is impressive. We thoroughly enjoyed our stop to sample Turkish Delights as well. I would highly recommend Nazim's services as a guide.
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Carole F.Wahiawa, HAWAII, United States
Nazim was wonderful guide to have....extremely kind, flexible with the schedule and very knowlegable about his country's history and culture. We had signed up for his Ephesus tour but my traveling companions wanted to include shopping with the tour when we go there. He willingly spent extra hours with us and took us to other sites not on the agenda. We would love to have him as a guide again if we ever visit the region again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: you were the first tourist gave me gift ... thank you very much...they are amazing delicious...
Nazim was knowledgeable but best of all he tailored the tour and content to the interests of our group. Nazim was exceptionally good with our Son communicating at a level that kept both his interest and ours. I would highly recommend booking Nazim for your tour of Ancient Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi derek , ı did my best for you and your amazing son..
David MiraldiUnited States
Nazim was very accommodating. We enjoyed his commentary and learning about him and his family. He is a very friendly person who aims to make his time with his clients as pleasant as possible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks..
David F.United States
Nazim is a very fine guide -- we had a great tour of Ephesus! He pointed out many details we would have missed in a large group! And what a treat to chat over lunch! Very knowlegable and accomodating. Skip the large ship tour and spend a day with Nazim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I did my best. Thanks
We very much enjoyed our tour. Nazim was great, very knowledgeable, and accommodating. At times he answered questions before we had finished and misunderstood the question but we always were able to clarify.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks
Nazim gave 4 of us an excellent 5 hour tour. He was timely, warm, personable,clear, informed and informative about Ephesus, Kusadasi and Turkey. He whisked us to Ephesus while giving an overview of what we could expect. Efficiently managed our way into the crowded site but took time to point out special features. He was thoughtful of our comfort and hydration and helped us exchange our money into Lira and answered all questions. He would be a good choice for a multi-day tour of his country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı did my best just made your day unforgetable....
Elisa JaimeUnited States
Nazim is an amazing and very passionate tour guide, from the moment that he picked us up he started giving us information about his beautiful country, we had a great time! Thank you Nazim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı had fantastic tour with you.. thank you for nice experience..
Edward CheskisUnited States
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Tracy ManyxUnited States
If I had to sum up our tour with Nazim in one word, it would be "AMAZING!" Our group of 7 (children and adults) booked a private tour with Nazim in lieu of doing a tour with our cruise line. We absolutely adored him and really appreciated his knowledge, flexibility, and sense of humor. He provided just the right amount of detail for our group with our limited time in Turkey. We would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone wanting to maximize their time in this beautiful area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Tracy .... you and your group was amazing ı enjoyed very much as well..
We were delighted with the service provided by Nazim who was very punctual in picking up us from our hotel, thoughtful in respect to our comfort given that it was a relatively long drive both ways stopping when necessary for refreshments and breaks, was flexible to suit our specific needs, his English and local knowledge was very good, all in all would not hesitate to reccommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you robin... ı was happy also on this tour.. my favorite part was ıce cream shop....
Nazim has made Ephesus an exceptional experience. We designed our tour of Ephesus exactly as we wanted to. From the start, it was evident that this is much more than a job for Nazim. An intelligent and wise man, despite his young age, the passion and love for his country is very evident, and we learnt so much more than what the historic sites alone could offer. Ephesus is simply stunning, and Nazim brought it to life through his insight and detailed knowledge of the surroundings. An honor to have met him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ıvo.. ıt was nice tour ı also enjoy having tour with you...thank you very much
Timothy TatumUnited States
Nazim, was very professional, courteous, and an expert on the area. He maneuvered us around the crowds in order to see the things that interested me most. I would recommend him to others. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars was the high pressured sales we were given near the end of the tour by a rug dealer. Although the dealer was kind, we felt pressured to buy something. We should have been warned about what was coming and given the option of declining. Other than that it was a great tour.
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TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: One of the benefits of a private tour is that is tailored to your interests. We have reminded Nazim that he should check with customers first to find out if they have any interest in shopping (or any other aspect of the tour) and adjust the tour to fit.
Marc ShabermanUnited States
Nazim was a great guide. We went on a full day Ephasus tour. We had been to Ephasus before on a tour on a cruise, but were only able to stay about an hour, so were not interested in another brief tour. We spent nearly the whole day at the site, and Nazim was able to tailor the tour to our needs. We are pretty slow, but Nazim helped my wife when she needed help. He was always there with a helping hand. He is extraordinarily well informed. highly recommended.
Christine HedgesUnited Kingdom
Nazim was an excellent guide and provided a first class service - from collecting us at the dock to our return - a professional and friendly guide. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for your feedback..
Nazim was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable of Turkey in general & Ephesus in particular. He had excellent command over English. He extended his stay with us by over an hour & was extremely honest in dealing with us. All four of us who took this tour agree that we would strongly recommend him as a guide. Our Izmir/Ephesus tour was among the best ports we visited through our NCL cruise and Nazim should receive credit for its success. Nazim, thanks for this wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks anıta lıke ı mention before try to do my best...
Justin ReuterUnited States
Nazim was just amazing.. best tour guide we've ever had. He took us where we wanted to go, knew the history of turkey up and down and was very friendly and flexible. He was waiting at the cruise ship terminal for us, and everything was very smooth and professional! If you go to Turkey, look up Nazim you won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı dıd my part ... thanks
Fredi FensterUnited States
Nazir made all the difference in our enjoymment of Ephesus. He met the ship with a smile, was knowledgeable about where we went and introduced us to the culture and customs of Turkey. We found him interesting and interested in us as travelers.His demeanor and attitude were professional. We would gladly recommend him to anyone who asked. He made Ephesus come alive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı dıd just my part... thanks
Candy BagleyUnited States
Our tour guide for Ephesus was Nazim. We enjoyed our tour. He met us on time, he was very knowledgeable. He adapted our tour to include a museum we wanted to see. We had a great lunch. His English was fantastic. Candy and Ray Bagley.
Harry TodtmanUnited States
Excellent - Nazim knew his stuff and very friendly. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I DID JUST MY PART ... THANKS..
Edward BastowUnited States
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Katherine JohnsonUnited States
Nazim was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. His explanations of the history and excavation of Ephesus were enlightening and informative. His English was excellent. His was always punctual for our meetings and took us on routes that would enable us to see how Turkish people live outside of the tourist attractions. We have traveled extensively and would recommend Nazim to anyone looking for a private guide and driver. Dr. and Mrs Van Johnson,Warren, Pa.