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
Rebecca 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.
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.
John 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.
Jean 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.
Eva MedallaUnited 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!!!!
Diane ReedUnited States
Denizhan was terrific, and Ephesus was beautiful and fascinating beyond description! What a perfect way to spend our time in the region. His knowledge of the Bible and of history was inspiring, and his warmth and friendliness can't be beat. We'll treasure our memories with Denizhan forever!
Virginia PalmerUnited States
Deniz was very professional and extremely knowlegable. He also remained flexible as we wanted to include a little extra shopping.The lunch he took us to was in a spectacular garden setting with traditional dishes (including vegitarian for our daughter-in-law)and great service. He provided a comfortable airconditioned van and spoke excellent English...we could not have been happier! The best part was the price for all of this--he charged by the tour and not by the person..4 of us traveled very reasonably.
Alan GayUnited States
Denizhan was the best guide we had on our 10 day trip, and we had some very good ones. We choose the tour that included the traditional Turkish breakfast, which I highly recommend. Even if you don't think you like breakfast, give this a try. The breakfast was incredible, and the valley in which the restaurant and the town we visited were located no other tourists sighted at either place) was stunning. Denizhan's knowledge of Ephesus was complete, and his conversation both efficient and informative.
Beth SalatoUnited States
Our group was so pleased with Denizhan and our driver. What a wonderful day we spent in Ephesus and the surrounding area. If you want a very memorable and enjoyable experience, we highly recommend that you book your tour with Denizhan. Thanks so much !! Beth Salato
Liz GalloUnited States
Denizhan (Dennis) made our visit to Turkey unforgettable. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history but he was willing to go out of his way to find elements that were of interest to us. Local,regional, homemade lunch and a stop to see carpet weaving from cocoon to finished product, incredible!
David GilbertUnited States
"Dennis" was a delightful and informative guide. He was a pleasure to work with and we really enjoyed his tour.
Christina BohneUnited States
This tour is worth every penny. Denizhan is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Ephesus and the surrounding areas. He thoroughly answered all of my questions about the tour- as well as my many questions on Turkish language, culture and cuisine. Denizhan arranged the absolute perfect place for a local, vegetable-based lunch. When I did not find the particular style carpet I wanted, Denizhan remained flexible and offered to take me to a second carpet store. I never felt rushed or pressed for time.
Ronald GambleUnited States
Denizhan could not make it because of a family emergency but he set up a former teacher, Sam, who gives International tours outside Turkey and inside Turkey.Sam had a world of knowledge about Turkey, it's history, Izmir, and Ephesus. He knew where to take us with less crowds and places along the tour for shade among the ruins. My wife wasn't feeling well and he took us to a store to get something and kept an eye on her during the day. Fascinating us with little known facts throughout the day. Great tour
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.
Judy GimsonUnited States
This was a wonderful tour! Denizhan is incredibly knowledgeable and a charming person. He was anxious to taylor the tour to be perfect for our group. The balance of time spent at historic sites and places giving us a glimpse of the countryside worked very well and the lunch was wonderful. We absolutely recommend taking any of the tours he leads.
Carolyn CutbirthUnited States
Deniz did a wonderful job of escorting us around Ephesus. He was extremely knowledgable and articulate. He was also patient with the 7 teens in our group of 10. We loved the ceramic factory and the silk production factory as well as the thorough tour of the historical ruins. Deniz hired a spacious and comfortable van that easily accommodated all. He said regarding tour: " i suggest itinerary, you chose" and he truly lived up to that motto.
Phil FoxDallas, TX, United States
Dennis provided incredible historical context and then wrapped the experience package with local and current color. He was very knowledgeable and allowed us to customize our tour adding a wonderful local lunch and non-pressure visits to both a pottery workshop and an innovative rug establishment. We visited young women who were being given the opportunity to learn the ancient art of rug making. With education in both rug making and basic life skills they can use these to help support their families.
Barbara HellerUnited States
Deniz is wonderful. His knowledge of history and culture is fantastic. We had a wonderful trip to Pamukkale, not only seeing the "Cotton Castle" but touring the entire historical area. Deniz was extremely flexible and helpful especially with time, since I have bad knees and slow everyone down.
Barbara HellerUnited States
What a wonderful day! Deniz's knowledge is fantastic. He made history come alive.
Annie E.United States
Denizhan is an excellent guide to Ephesus. His English is excellent and not too heavily accented. He was able to provide us with lots of detailed information that we would probably miss in a large tour group. My only regret is that he didn't ask us what we might be interested in buying while we were there. Thus, we spent too much time looking at rugs and tile making,(yes it was interesting), but we did not have time to look at any leather products.
Robert WaldropUnited States
Denizhan was a fantstic guide. Friendly, very knowldegable. If visiting Ephesus, definitely request Denizhan as your guide.
Mardi W.United States
Caroline HundleyUnited States
denizhan is knowledgeable of both history and the bible which makes the tour very interesting.
Caroline HundleyUnited States
great tour. denizhan is very knowledgeable about the sights as well the current economy, etc. we enjoyed walking the galata bridge and up through the neighborhoods.
William SmithUnited States
My cruise got re-routed due to strikes in Athens, but Denizhan was gracious and worked with us to sort it out. Our tour guide ended up being Yesim and she did a superb job. She was very knowledgeable and obviously loved her country. She listened to what we wanted to see and do and tailored the tour to our needs. We had a superb experience.
James ToonUnited States
We had been to Ephesus before, with a cruise ship tour, this was SOOO much better. Our guide Denizhan was very helpful, and we visited more than what was listed on the tour description.
Denizhan not only deserved 5 star, but a lot more. He was an incredible guide and his knowledge let us know understand a lot of the Husadasi old times. The breakfast was amazing, we really enjoy this tour and we have no doubt that this was one of the best two tours we have in all our trip. Thank you Denizhn again. Beny
Norma DebsUnited States
We were a group of 6 who were picked up by Dennis (Denizhan) outside of our ship in Kusadasi. We drove to our destination of Ephesus. Dennis was well informed of the site and he answered any question we posed.
Ann GordonUnited States
Denizhan was professional and incredibly knowledgeable about the ancient sites. He was very engaged in our conversations about Turkey and it's present day culture. I would recommend him to anyone traveling to Ephesus.
Denizhan was a wonderful guide. We learned a lot from him. He was right there with our name clearly printed so no difficulty finding him as we got off the ship.His English is very good. As it was not too crowded in Ephesus we were finished in good time and he took us to a silk making demonstration, a carpet seller, a pottery demonstration and a leather outlet where we had a fashion show just for us!!
Denizhan is a informative and courteous tour guide who made our tour experience so much more enjoyable, Barry
Susan BuchananUnited Kingdom
Such an amazing tour of an incredible area, our tour of Ephesus will stay long in our memories. We learnt so much and experienced more - a great tour - thank you Denizhan
Dc CymbalistaUnited States
passable guide - it was like listening to a tape recorder...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am shocked to see these comments. I thought the guests enjoyed the tour. I felt I made extra effort to interest the guests since they did not seem to be too interested in history. As a guide who has masters degree in archeology, I did my best to please and inform the guests about the sites. At the end of the tour they thanked me and said they enjoyed the tour very much.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We contacted Mr. Cymbalista for further clarification. He indicated Denizhan was very knowledgeable indeed. Mr. Cymbalista just wished he had been more proactive in his approach and less "by rote". He did not mean to hurt the guide's feelings.
Denizhan was very knowledgeable about the area.
Excellent tour with and excellent guide! Denizhan explained us everything very clearly, he knows his stuff very well. Thanks for sharing that with us, we really enjoyed it.
Joanna HebermehlUnited States
We arrived at noon in 100 degrees but our guide gave us a great tour in excellent English. We went to old Ephesus also plus a local village. It was so much nicer for 10 people on a smaller bus and we saw so much in a shorter time. Our cruise ship landed later which kept us from seeing Ephesus during the early morning. The price we paid was better than the ships by a lot
Chris HortonUnited States
Sarah Morton-JohnsonNew Zealand
We were meet promptly and our guide was clearly experienced. We were led through the sites in the reverse order to the big tour groups to avoid the peak times/ crowds, and were able to complete the tour well within the time allocated. Our guide provided knowledgable commentary throughout and was polite and friendly. We appreciated that he also paid the parking fees as we had no Turkish Lira and that we were able to reimburse him in Euro.
Garry BarrowsUnited States
Dennis was excellent. Met us as arranged at cruise ship port. Was very knowledgeable of everything Turkey including customs, lifestyle and reality. Was able to answer complicated and simple questions with equal ease and courtesy. Knowledge of Ephesus is impressive including Christian customs and life of the times. Command of English outstanding. Completely understandable. Shopping stops may NOT be bargain oriented. Would happily choose Dennis again to guide us as we travel.
This was our first Tours by Locals experience and our guide, Denizhan was very knowledgeable and professional. Denizhan conveniently met us at our cruise terminal and transported us to Ephesus & Artemis for our walking tour. Denizhan provided in depth historical information throughout our tour and was happy to adjust the pace and itinerary to suit our needs. We highly recommend this tour with Denizhan as it was great value for money and enabled us to thoroughly enjoy our day!
Mary E.United States
Denizen covered a lot of ground and information with us while allowing us to spend more time in our places of interest. He shared his knowledge while making the day a pleasure! Tip: Go to Sirince Village!
Sarah HeydelUnited States
Very prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable. Spoke English extremely well. Car was clean and comfortable and driver was very nice. Took us to very nice local restaurant for lunch and helped us order. Highly recommend.
Very knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around. He was also very flexible in what he showed us so as to not waste our time on things we may not be as interested in. Highly recommended.
Overall disappointing. The guide was clearly knowledgeable but seemed distant. He went through his commentary at top speed. Nothing was explained in any detail. We were exceedingly annoyed that we found ourselves subjected to a carpet sales pitch. I had cancelled the tour by the cruise precisely because I wanted to avoid this type of thing. It was very awkward and unpleasant. Even with this unexpected and unwelcome interlude, the tour was almost 2 hours briefer than scheduled. Poorest tour of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm surprised to hear this as the Westra's indicated at several points that they were pleased with the tour. After Ephesus we had some extra time and I asked if they want to see how the silk is extracted from the cocoons at a weaving institution. They said they want to. While deparing there I asked once again if they have enjoyed it. They said it was very interesting. I try to adapt each tour to traveler's interest.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken to Denizhan and the Westras about this review as it is uncharacteristic for him. The customer now agrees that it was not shorter than advertised. According to Denizhan the Westras asked to go to the carpet shop. As well, there was some time spend seeking a pharmacy for the travelers.
Helpful and well informed guide who was especially considerate of the difficulties of a partially handicapped person. Responded well to questions.
Des O'NeillUnited Kingdom
Denizhan was a great guide and enabled us to have a very enjoyable and interesting tour. He is extremely knowledgeable and informative and was always a most friendly and amenable person to have as our guide. Highly recommended.
Aaron CooperUnited States
Denizhan braved the cold weather and snow to provide us with a detailed tour of Istanbul. He made the most of our off season timing, customizing our tour by suggesting additional stops in the "New Town". He knows many people in Istanbul, so we were warmly greeted for lunch and in the Spice Bazaar by his friends. Denizhan taught our families well, not just pointing out the obvious, but answering questions and providing details that made the tour both educational and fun.
Aaron CooperUnited States
Denizhan is a wonderful guide. He is very knowledgable, so we learned much in Ephesus and the surrounding area. Additionally, he has relationships with local businesses, such as a ceramics shop, rug maker and restaurants. This enhanced our private tour greatly. If we could give him 6 stars, we would!
Ravi ShuklaManlius, United States
The tour went exactly as planned and scheduled. Denizhan greeted me at the Airport and we travelled to the old city of Istanbul. Denizhan is knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Istanbul and Turkey. His friendly attitude made the tour even more enjoyable for me. He took the time to show the Grand Bazaar as well as the Spice Market. Overall it was a five star experience for me.
Howard LienUnited Kingdom
Tour to Ephesus was almost faultless; meeting, vehicle, loudspeaker in van, map for intro, all very pleasing; guide gave an appropriate level of detail for our tourist group; only flaw was a prolonged visit to silk worm / carpet factory where he needed to rescue us from turkish hospitality/salesmanship
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback. We have spoke with Denizhan about the need to disclose the possibility of high pressure sales techniques such as this prior to the visit.
Richard StoutUnited States
Had a wonderful time. Especially enjoyed the lunch at a local resturant Thank you, Denizan, for making our visit special!
5 star. Our guide met us on time. He was exremeley informative and very friendly. Much better than the organised cruise tours.
Morris Fine85750, United States
Deniz arrived on time and tailored a tour of Ephesus that was tailored for us. He imparted, in totally fluent English, a tremendous amount of interesting information about the discovery and restoration of the ancient city and the life that people led there. He took us to other temples and mosques as well as schools dedicated to transmitting the ancient crafts of pottery and rug making. If we ever get back to Turkey we would hire this guide again to see more of the country.
Mary MasonUnited States
What a wonderful day. Denizhan was professional, right on time at the dock. Outstanding tour, very flexible. Ephesus became the unexpected hightlight our of vacation. Highly recommend, especially with kids!
The tour was fantastic. The guide was very informed and new his history very well He had some information for us coming from Malta that we did not even know. All in all it was a great tour. Very recommendable.
Thomas MarchokUnited States
Denizhan led us through a wonderful tour of Ephesus, a local mosque, and a local mountain town (Serinche). He is very knowledgeable, and his style kept our group of 10 (spanning in age from 11 to 60+ years old) entertained and informed throughout. Following the tour, each of us felt like we got an authentic glimpse of Turkey, and made the most of our time there.
Keith JacksonNoosaville, QLD, Australia
Denizhan was ill but he seamlessly arranged an excellent substitute Halil 'Sem' Semih, a former academic specialising in archaeology, to guide us around Ephesus. This, our first ToursByLocals experience, cemented the reputation of the organisation as a first class operation.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're happy that Denizhan was able to arrange a competent substitute. ToursByLocals policy is that you must be informed and agree to such a change in advance.
David Egilmanfoxboro, MA, United States
The best tour guide I have ever had. He was fluent in colloquial English. It was like spending a day with 3 of the best faculty at any US University all wrapped into one very nice person - a Religious studies, historian and Latin/Greek scholar. The tour was informative, and he encouraged all types of questions. He took us to a local village to experience "real" life there and he arranged a delicious dinner with a family who opened for us alone. A great experience. And it was reasonably priced. David E.
Annette BaumanUnited States
Our children and grandchildren took your Ephesis tour last month and loved every minute. We previously took some of your asia tours in march-april and were likewise pleased. Annette and Bert Bauman
Helen BelkinUnited States
It was one of the most memorable days of our trip the day we spent with Denizhan. Thank you!!! Belkin family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the day. Kind Regards, Denizhan
Steve TemlockUnited States
Excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent English. Nice person - you will ike spending time with Dennis (Denizhan).
Stewart BennettUnited Kingdom
Denizhan was waiting at the bottom of the gang plank as we disembarked. The transport vehicle was a short walk away and he began giving us information about Kusadasi as we walked. After a very comfortable ride to Ephesus we began the tour which was extremely informative. We had an elderly person in our party and Denizan made sure he could cope with the terrain. Denizen is a very personable and knowledgeable young man.
Gary BluhmUnited States
Denizhan's knowledge of Turkey and of ancient Christian and Islamic history was so informative. He brought to life for us the once thriving city of Ephesus. And how we delighted in our visit to the charming village of Sirince, where we had lunch among the local people. It's clear that Denizhan loves his country, and we fell in love with Turkey, too.
Denizhan was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of history. The Roman ruins are spectacular. There was also a Medieval show complete with Cleopatra, Mark Anthony and Gladiators. He also arranged a delightful Turkish lunch outdoors which we thoroughly enjoyed and to some this was one of the highlights of the tour. Denizhan was flexible and when some did not want to go to the Museum he took them shopping at a leather factory store.