Jody CatalanelloUnited States
Hakan was an awesome guide to our group of 9 people - he was accommodating - asked us, gave his opinion and allowed us to decide on the order and sites we saw during the day. His english is excellent and we all felt perfectly safe the entire day. This is a not to be missed area and as a guide he was excellent! Thanks for a great memories and the learning opportunity! The umbrellas were really appreciated and helpful with the sun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jody, You are so kind. Best wishes Hakan
George ListUnited States
Our family tour (6) with Hakan Bozdag was great. He had supplied me with information prior to the tour that made is easy to pick what we wanted to do for the day. He met us on time in a very clean new van and we were off for a day of information and fun. His knowledge of Turkey was shared with as we traveled. We learned a lot about the country and felt very safe on our travels. There was not a minute that I felt uncomfortable all day long and I would recommend both Hakan and Turkey as a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much George. It was an excellent day for me too. Best wishes
William TeasdaleUnited States
We signed up for this excursion to visit Ephesus, but our guide, Hakan, made the day so much more than we could have ever imagined. Our group of 9 consisted of 9 family members spanning 3 generations. Hakan provided a van that was comfortable for all, gave us an excellent tour of Ephesus, as well as the surrounding area. A highlight was a lunch for all provided by a local family. We visited a carpet maker and a very nice leather boutique. There seemed to be no time limit. We all heartily recommend Hakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much William. It was nice to meet you and your family.
Jenny VaughanUnited Kingdom
Really good tour by very knowledgeable, friendly guide, who spoke excellent English. Flexible approach, happy to answer questions and pause to take in photos, views etc. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jenny, All the best wishes Hakan
Stephen FerryUnited States
Hakan did an excellent job sharing details we would have literally walked right over. Fascinating historical site and terrific guide knowledge and communication. Ephesus was an amazing experience and Kusadasi felt completely safe, comfortable and welcoming. Mary's house was a spiritual moment for many faiths and Terrace Houses not to be missed. Great guide who is passionate about his country and history. Neat local meal, too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, It was nice to meet you and your lovely family.
Karen CookUnited States
We had a fantastic and very informative tour with Hakan. He was very knowledgeable and made our trip extremely interesting. Ephesus was spectacular to view and all the history just came alive. Would definitely recommend Hakan as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Karen. It was an excellent day for me too.
Galt GrantUnited States
Hakan gave us an excellent tour of Ephesus, the House of Mary and other sites. He was excellent and recommend him highly. There was no trace of the problems that are haunting Turkey in other regions of their country and the historical sites wherever much worth the visit
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Galt. Hope to meet you again
Hakan was an extremely engaging, friendly, witty and intelligent guide! He is clearly passionate about making the tourist experience very meaningful and informative. He answered questions extremely well and engaged everyone on our tour from a 60 yr old to an 18 yr old and had all of us in awe of his ability. I would strongly recommend him anytime!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Tessa. It was a lovely day.
John WhiteUnited States
Hakan could not have been more accommodating and informative with our group of six. He was able to share his extensive knowledge of the history and archaeology of Ephesus with us in our tour. The ancient city and Mary's House were fantastic highlights for us. He was always looking out for our well-being as well
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John. It was an excellent day for me too. Best wishes
Helen ShawUnited States
Wonderful tour guide !! He was extremely nice, knowledgeable and very patient. He answered all our questions and was very open to suggestions on what we would like to see and not. This was our second time in Kusadasi / Ephesus and I can truly say it was a much more informative and pleasant tour. Lunch was delicious - very local food in a great garden. We had a birthday for one of our daughters - he went out of his way to get her a cake and a turkish gift. Can not say enough good things !!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Helen, thank you so much, hope to see you again
Lisa NeumannUnited States
Hakan was an AWESOME guide! He was personable and really gave us lots of information about the city. His private transportation he arranged was excellent. The restaurant he took us to was so wonderful and the carpet demonstration was nice, and they were not pushy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lisa, it was an excellent day for me
Ted V.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ted. All the best wishes from Turkey
Richard GrauUnited States
Hakan met us promptly at the cruise terminal with his driver and he spent the day showing us his beautiful and historic city of Ephesus. He was personable, fluent in English, knowledgeable of ancient and current history, culture and politics of Ephesus and Turkey. When we finished our tour of the ancient sites, he took us to a rural idyllic area to have a traditional Turkish meal. The setting and meal was awesome. His flexibility and efficiency in setting up our personalized
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Richard, It was an excellent day ... All teh best wishes
Wing Yuen KhongHong Kong
He knows his stuff and tries hard to make the tour interesting and informative . We did everything as mentioned on the website and we had a very good lunch recommended by the guide which was not part of the tour . Thanks Hakan !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wing, you are so kind. All the best wishes
Richard BealeUnited States
Hakan was great! We had a group of 4 and Hakan provided vehicle that was comfortable. Our principle stop was the ancient city of Ephesus and the final home of the Virgin Mary. Hakan was excellent about providing us information about the history of the city and various buildings we saw, their purpose and issues related to Roman, Greek and Persian Empires. Hakan gathered us together at a key point, give us insight and then allow us to take photos and wander. Met his delightful wife and had a relaxing lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard, You are so kind, it was an excellent dy for me too. Hope to see you again.
Shirley WeissUnited States
Hakan was delightful to be with. His English is excellent. He was very informative. One person uses a walker and he was very helpful. I would highly recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Shirley, it was an excellent day for me too.
Orva SchrammUnited States
Hakan was well informed and provided us with a meaningful day. He met us promptly at the cruise terminal and provided a clean spacious vehicle. Not only did we learn about the history of Ephesus, but about present day agriculture and customs. We explained we were interested in local historical sights, not shopping, which he did recognize. I would highly recommend Hakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Orva, it was an excellent day for me too.
Joshua GoldbergUnited States
My family describes Hakan as one of the best tour guides they have ever had and that says something as we travel a lot and have experience with many different guides. Not only was he friendly, punctual and super interesting, but he did not just show us the main attractions, he added items that were great fits for our entire family. He takes great care of his clients and we would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joshua, what an excellent review. Thank you so much, it was an excellent day for me. All th ebest wishes
Dena DiamondUnited States
Hakan definitely puts the personal touch on his tour. His command of the English language painted a very vivid picture of Ephesus. We had a delicious Turkish lunch and tour of a school where women are weaving in the traditional way of making the glorious carpets. The afternoon was made extra special as we wandered through a small village where locals sold their handicrafts and shared some apple tea. He made history and traditions come to life. I would highly recommend Hakan to show th
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dena, you are so kind. All the best wishes
This was an awesome tour and Hakan was the best. It was a highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carolyn. It was an excellent day for me too. Hope to see you again
Larry JonesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry, you are so kind, hope to see you again
John CookUnited States
A great tour. Hakan was a well informed personable and outgoing guide. He worked to insure we saw everything we wanted and avoided that which we didn't (e.g. rug factory visit, etc.). He arranged the tour to beat the busload crowds. We were extremely pleased and recommend him without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John, Hope to see you again.
Elizabeth LangUnited States
Hakan is an engaged, humorous, knowledgeable guide. He listens well, is sensitive to his groups needs, is quickly adaptable. We were a group of 12 adults, ranging in age from 21-62, and all of us found Hakan interesting. He masterfully walks the line between leading and allowing free time, all the while keeping us on the overall timeline. We never felt rushed, felt free to wander or move at our individual paces, and yet, still fluidly move through the crowds and see everything we wanted to see. Great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Elizabeth, so are excellent. It was a perfect day for me too.
Beth ManusHenderson, NV, United States
I booked the 'Best of Ephesus' tour for my husband & I in advance of our Med cruise. Prior to arrival, we texted Hakan to ask if we could invite new friends we'd met on board to join us...no problems/no extra cost! Upon our arrival on June 10, Hakan was pier side with a pristine Mercedes van and driver. He was very friendly, energetic, knowledgeable & eager to share the rich history of the area & tailor the tour to our needs. Had a wonderful local lunch as well! Thanks, Hakan! Enjoyed meeting you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Beth, it was an excellent day for me too. Hope to see you again
Anthony Mancarivero beach, FL, United States
Hakan was the best ... he was knowledgeable, professional, friendly and fun to spend a day with. I have a slight hearing problem and sometimes am not able to hear people clearly with accents, however with Hakan he spoke English very well and was easy to understand. His tour was thorough and very enlightening...the restaurant he took us to for lunch was the highlight of the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Anthony, You are so kind, it was an excellent day for me too. Hope to see you again
Sharon GillumUnited States
This was a wonderful tour. Hakan provided us with a very enjoyable narrative during our private tour of Ephesus. He was able to balance the historical information of the area with the modern day life of the people. He made the day meaningful for us. He also took us to a lovely lunch place that served delicious food at a reasonable price. We enjoyed the fresh ingredients and the native flavors. We would book with him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sharon, it was an excellent day for me too. Hope to see you again
Hakan is a lovely young man who tries very hard to create a good experience for his clients. Unfortunately, his English is not very good which sometimes made it difficult to understand him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review.Your group was looking very happy with my guiding.Your comment about my English skill is very dissapointing and not accaptable.Because after the tour,everyone in your group hugged me and appreciated except you.If my English was not good,how could I be booked more than 200 times and have tons of excellent reviews.As you know this is not my mother language and of course I can make some mistakes.I wish you corrected me instead of complaining.DEAR NEW GUESTS:Pls check my other reviews
Eileen S.United States
Hakan is very knowledgable and helpful. He purchased tickets ahead for the sights we wanted to see, for which we reimbursed him afterwards. He spoke very good English. He answered all our questions. He took us to a pleasant spot for lunch, that he said was next to a school where young people were learning how to make carpets, a dying art. Be aware that the "carpet school" is a retail shop where carpets are displayed and sold. We saw no factory where carpets were made and we saw no school.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback. I always try to do my best and this is how I make my life, I always give my tour first and then I ask my clients that if they want to see that school. It is not a commercial place and piece of art very interesting place. Please see my previous clients reviews. Regards, Hakan
Great tour by a fantastic guide Hakan B, very well informed and knowledgeable. Highly recommended and value for money.
Stephen LazuardiUnited States
Hakan is really customer focus and providing his most honest and objectives feedback on places that you should or should not visit. This built trust with our entire team. He is truly knowledgeable about Ephesus as well, which made the tour really enjoyable. This is one of the best tour we had in Europe. Thank you Hakan !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Stephen. Hope to see you again
Hakan, you were a super guide. The tour of Ephesus was excellent, with so much interesting information.You then took us to a delightful cafe where we sat under beautiful trees to refresh, before we continued our tour to the Government sponsored carpet factory, where we were given an excellent tour of carpet making techniques.Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Shirley, All the best from Turkey,
Jean MurrayUnited Kingdom
We are a group of senior citizens who had a great day out at Ephesus in the company of our very knowledgable guide, Hakan. He met us promptly at the port and from the word go was easy to talk to, patient and considerate. He advised us on guide books and shopping and a visit to the gov. funded carpet school was informative but no pressure to buy. Hakan tailored the time to suit us and we loved having a guide who was exclusively ours instead of being part of a large group. Could not fault the day -brilliant
Rosalie N.United States
My daughter and I had a delightful time in Ephesus. Hakan was extremely knowledgeable about the sites and pointed little details we surely would have missed without him. I am not the most mobile person so Hakan was more than helpful guiding me over uneven surfaces. He took us to the school where local women learn to make the world renown Turkish carpets. This was my favorite part of the day! Under no pressure, I purchased several and can't wait until they arrive at my Florida home.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rosalie, It was one of my best experiences too. Hope to see you again
Maria Lucia BrandaoBrazil
Hakan is a nice guide, but the tour had part of it in factories of leather. Of course it is nice to visit them, but I guess there is so many things to see in Kusadasi and it was a waist of time. Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary were wonderful and very well explaned
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maria booked an Ephesus and shopping tour. We did our tour wonderful, after tour we visited a leather factory, demonstration took only five minutes, a couple interested with a leather jacket, so they waited for the rest around 20 minutes. They were 2 couples and from same family. This is not my fault, they booked a shopping tour. We did not visit many factories, just one on the way back. On the other hand, I did not steal their time from tour, we did this at the end of the tour.
Karen NilesUnited States
Hakan did not disappoint, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Ephesus. He had al He chose a delightful local restaurant for lunch.lot of information to share & was very pleasant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen, all the best
Charles (Dick) ChaneyNashville, TN, United States
Hakan was responsive to our needs and abilities- he had a deep history of the area and shared it with grace.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Charles. All the best wishes
Penny N.United States
Over the last few years, we have used many guides from TBL. Hakan has been one of the best! We spent such as enjoyable day with him! His English is excellent and his van and driver were perfect! Hakan went out of his way to accommodate everything we requested. Hakan was very friendly, knowledgeable, informative, and personable. All my pre-tour emails were answered promptly. We highly recommend Hakan and would definitely use him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Penny. It was an excellent day for me too. all the best
Jeanne OnesUnited States
Hakan made our day in Epheus a true delight. He met us at our port with a smile on his face that continued through the day. Four of us took the tour but he could have accommodated more. With his careful and thoughtful planning we were able to visit the most popular sites with ease. A highlight of the day was lunch at a local spot. Hakan listened to our requests and responded. This is definitely the way to tour, no huge buses and a tour that is tailored to what you want to see and do. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jeanne, It was an excellent day for me too. Regards Hakan
"Absolutely Brilliant" was our day with Hakan and his driver. Hakans explanations at all the sites we visited where outstanding. He made thousands of years old ruins come alive in our minds with his explicit details. Thanks Hakan for an outstanding day. You made us feel very special. You are a true gentleman
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Neil, all the best wishes
We had an excellent private tour with Hakan and would highly recommend him for your tour of Ephesus!!! We were able to enjoy a well-paced visit around this amazing part of Turkey as Hakan was very knowledgeable on the history of Ephesus and all the Biblical sites we saw. After our tour, Hakan gave us the option of seeing a carpet factory, pottery or leather factory with no pressures. We bought ourselves beautiful leather jackets at Rossini. Thank you Hakan for this fantastic and memorable day!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jody, You are so kind regards Hakan
James FolzUnited States
Knowledgeable guide and our entire family enjoyed his company. Capable of telling the story of Ephesus and the surrounding area. He also took us to a pottery factory, where we watched a master potter make a pot and each of our children got to make a bowl under the master's direction. (The kids pots were not put in the kiln but no matter, this experience was a highlight of our daughters entire trip). We also visited a rug factory. Items were for sale at each factory but no pressure to buy anything.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James, you are so kind
Doris S.United States
We were a bit disappointed with Hakan. A very nice young man, but difficult to understand and it felt like he was speaking from a memorized "script." He met us on time and vehicle was very comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Doris, What a suprise!!! You can not be serious, it must be a joke. Maybe you confuse. Please check my other guests' reviews.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: While we don't have a problem to understand Hakan, we've asked him to post a video clip on his profile so that other travellers can assess his English skills.
Rosa MatersonUnited States
Although we did not meet Hakan personally, our group was extremely happy with his capabilities. Our ship changed itineraries at the last minute and Hakan was already booked for the day we were in Ephesus. He personally found another guide, Isik, who provided us with a magnificent tour and experience!!! Thank you Hakan and Isik for a wonderful visit to Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Rosa
Gerald B.United States
Hakan was very well versed in history and current events and was very helpful on helping us understand the importance of Ephesus. His English was excellent and I would highly recommend Hakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gerald
Michael MetcalfUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael
John ZieglerUnited States
Hakan was a most knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide with good English speaking skills. He met us at agreed upon time and location. He had arranged for all necessary transportation which was both comfortable and helpful. His information contributed greatly to our appreciation especially of the ruins at Ephesus which are truly amazing. He helped to create a context for what we were seeing which contributed to our appreciation and enjoyment.We would highly recommend contracting his as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks John, you are so kind best wishes hakan
George OverendUnited States
Hakan was excellent and we had a most productive day. We recommend him without hesitation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks George, all the best
Robert WagnerUnited States
Hakan was an outstanding guide. He made us feel completely at ease, and was full of interesting and useful information. We could not have asked for a better experience, and we would HIGHLY recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rob. All the best wishes
Hakan was very good and made our visit to Ephesus a very rewarding one. Make sure you visit the Terrace Houses you won't be disappointed. Hakan took us to a great place for lunch and then we visited a carpet warehouse. It was really interesting, but be warned you will get to see many carpets. The day was really well organised and we had no problems.
Marilyn WeillUnited States
What a wonderful guide and driver. Hakan was accommodating,informed and efficient. He was well prepared and enhanced our experiences at a renowned tourist attraction! Use him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marilyn, it was an excellent day for me too. All the best wishes
Karen TestaUnited States
Hakan was an excellent guide-very knowledgeable and friendly. We would highly recommend him to others and will definitely request his services for future travel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen. Hope to see you again. All the best wishes, Hakan
Ann P.Honolulu, HI, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ann
Dale WinogradUnited States
Hakan was wonderful, what knowledge...and all tickets were purchased in advance..no worries about ticket lines, etc....book him now!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dale.... All the best wishes
Stephen JaffeUnited States
We hired Hakan for a 6 hour tour of Ephesus. He was on time and very pleasant. His English could have been better but his knowledge of the area was fine. He was very accommodating, showed us all the sights including "The Terraces" and gave a good history lesson. He escorted us to a local spot for a delicious and reasonable lunch and then to the requisite "rug school". Turkish guides cannot help themselves when it comes to rugs. I would recommend Hakan.
Very punctual,waiting at the port.Very knowledgable aabout the history of the ruins. We let Hakan organize our day so we would miss most of the big line-ups of tourists.Transportation very comfortable.Will recomend this tour with Hakan to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Peter. It was a perfct day for me too
Eslyn BassukUnited States
Provided good information, but was not really engaged.
The tour in Kusadasi, Turkey with Hakan B was very informative. Hakan was well spoken,very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us a detailed tour of Ephesus. We also visited a ceramic and rug factory that made us appreciate the hard work involved behind the art of hand made items. Hakan directed us to a local restaurant for lunch and the food and service was very good. We would recommend the tour and Hakan as your guide to anyone visiting Kusadasi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandra. You are so kind. Hope to see you again
Amy LewisUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amy, All the best wishes from Turkey
Julia WadsworthUnited States
Hakan is great! He tailored his tour just for us. Provided a wonderful air conditioned van and driver. The best tour we had the whole cruise.
Tony YipUnited States
my family really enjoyed the time in Kusadasi, and hakan did a great job in making sure that we had a great time there. i would recommend this to any friends coming to Kusadasi
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tony. All the best wishes from Turkey. Hakan
Jonathan SeidelAtlanta, GA, United States
Great tour with Hakan and his driver to Ephasus and the area around Kusadasi. Thanks so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jonathan. You are so kind. all the best wishes
Alicia BrunsonUnited States
Hakan was a great tour guide. We had lots of room in the van and it was air conditioned and stocked with cold water! He was very knowledgeable about the attractions and we could take as much time as we wanted with our private tour. I highly recommend Hakan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alicia, All the best wishes Hakan
Judy BatesUnited States
Hakan was a wonderful guide, understanding about my walking difficulties. He made Ephesus come alive for us, was clearly understood and attentive. I enjoyed every minute of this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Judy.. You are so kind. It was a perfect day for me as well.
Sue VandenberkNiagara Falls, ON, Canada
Hakan was an amazing tour guide.He even managed to get me another minibus as I am handicapped and the other bus was easier for transferring. e had lots of time in each location for shopping and eating.I suggest anyone to take this tour. Thanks Hakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sue, you are so kind all the best wishes hakan
Kitty Rogers DecesareUnited States
Hakan was a good guide but the stop at the carpet 'school' was a bit misleading. The 'girls' from the country' that were supposedly being trained to weave carpets were 30 -50 years old and there was pressure to buy a rug-it was not a demonstration. If you wish to buy a rug, there are hundreds to choose from but you will need several thousand dollars. Just skip the carpet demo and you will have a great experience.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Most guests ask me during the tour to see handcrafts in Turkey specially rugs/ carpets. I never push people to visit carpet factories. After a demonstration the staff ask them if they are interested. If so, they showcase different carpets and prices. But, they never push them to buy anything. Maybe, you felt this way, but they are not allowed to push people to buy since they are all supported by our Government. Most guests like this kind of demonstration since handmade rug is part of our culture.
Phillip HowardUnited States
Wonderful day with Hakan. Did a great job making sure we saw everything that was on our wish list. Gave us a great history lesson as we walked each historical site. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Phillip. all the best wishes Hakan
Dorene LafferUnited States
Hakan was the perfect tour guide...my daughter and I had the best time with him. He was completely informed every minute of the tour. He had more personality than anyone I have ever met. We told him that we were vegetarians at lunch time...and he took us to the perfect restaurant. We didn't want to get back on the cruise ship...we just wanted to stay in Turkey with Hakan! Please thank him again for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dorene, You are so kind. Best wishes from Turkey. Hakan
Claudia HageUnited States
Hakan is a Very knowledgable and engaging guide. His color commentary Really brought Ephesus alive for our group. He was waiting for us as we disembarked our ship and whisked us away in a nicely appointed van. Thank you Hakan!
Jennifer C.United States
Hakan was amazing - I can't say enough. He made our tour from Izmir the highlight of our 15-day Mediterranean vacation. He was knowledgeable about the area/sites and willing to share any information about the country and region. His flexibility and recommendations on alternate activities made the day truly special. He was amazing with our kids, showed us the best spots for photographs, and let us be "the boss". Of the 4 guides we hired during our trip, he was the best. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jennifer. It was a perfect day for me as well. All the best wishes
Bob (Robert) HorvathUnited States
We had a great time with Hakan. He's very well informed, and arranged things to our advantage; it was also helpful that he took care of all the tickets, etc., so we could pay for all of the expenses at the end of the day. We ended the tours of Ephesus with a very pleasant lunch at a restaurant next to a non-profit carpet making school. I had reservations about sales pitches, but this turned out to be a fascinating tour showing rugs being made by women who spend months or years on a single rug.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bob, It was a perfect day for me as well. All the best wishes
Reid B.pacific palisades, CA, United States
Hakan was great, very sweet, very knowledgeable, and showed us a fantastic time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Reid, You are so kind . All the best wishes
Great tour from Hakan! Picked us up right on time and took us from Izmir to Ephesus. Knowledgeable and friendly guide who lets you do what you want. Excellent value tour and fun, too!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks David. All the best wishes from Turkey
Dona BrooksUnited States
Hakan did a great job of showing us around Ephesus and the beautiful sights of Kudasai. We spent a couple of hours in the ruins with him explaining to our group and answering questions...I have a much better understanding of life during Biblical times. He knew a great place for lunch...so Turkish! Outside under the grape vines with lamb and beef kabobs cooking on the grill...yum! He was a great guide and I highly recommend him for your visit to Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dona, It was a perfect day for me too. Hope to see you again....
Jean GashHouston, TX, United States
We have taken 14 tours with toursbylocals and this is the first less than good experience. My mother reported: We had a lovely van, and a driver with our guide, Hakan. That's the best I can say. He knew the territory, and where to take pictures. But, after lunch, he said we had seen it all, and offered to drop us in the main town for shopping. He discouraged us from seeing the Basilica. Other guides have shown us the country they love, today Hakan showed us bricks and mortar.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: First of all, thanks for your review. I am so sorry to hear about this experience. To speak from my side, I was told in advance that your mother is elderly and to do an easy tour. I did my best to meet this request and advised against St John's church because of its big steps. I also felt there is not so much to see in the church, only in the basement. Difficult as they are to hear, your comments about my service are greatly appreciated. I will take these into serious consideration for my future tours.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken with Hakan about this review and he is "shocked" and at a loss to explain it. He said when he left them at the drop off location that he felt like he did his best taking in consideration the customer's limitations.
Maria CarmassiUnited States
Hakan was a great tour guide. Our group of 6 enjoyed the educational, exciting tour of Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maria, You are so kind. All the best wishes dfrom Turkey
Erin LeeGlenwood Springs, CO, United States
Our day in Turkey because of our guide deserves a excellent review! We were two families (4 adults & 2 ten year old boys) traveling with Royal Caribbean on a eastern "Med." cruise and hired Hakan to spend the day with us and take us sightseeing. This day turned out to be for all six of us, "our favorite day!" Hakan picked us up at the port terminal and could not have been any more welcoming! The mini bus was clean and very well kept and the driver was ex
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Erin. It was a wonderful day for me too. All the best wishes
H Ronald MccollumUnited States
Hakan was very friendly, knowledgeable and gave us a very interesting tour. We feel the price was very reasonable for our four-person group, especially compared to bus-load tours. As a small group we were able to proceed at our own pace and take a leisurely break for a snack without being part of a herd.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ronald. It was perfect for me as well being with you. All the best wishes from Turkey.
Robert CaldwellUnited States
This was an outstanding tour of an amazing archaeological site. Hakan was pleasant and had an extraordinary command of the historical facts of the site. His English is excellent. The van was very comfortable and the driver was very good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert. Thanks for your kind comment. All the best wishes from Turkey. Hope to meet you.Hakan
Hakan -what fun we had - 6 in our group - a very nice car & a very understanding & informative guide - Hakan was very flexible & happy to fit in with our ideas - we had all seen carpet factories - but we're keen to go to leather factories - no problem - we were taken to wonderful markets & had an excellent Turkish meal - we all enjoyed his explanation of this amazing place- we would all highly recommend Hakan to anyone wanting a fun filled interesting day -we all loved it
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Janet. I am so happy since you enjoyed your tour with me. It was a perfect day for me too. All the best wishes, Hakan
Karen UriahUnited States
Very enjoyable tour with the last stop being a delicious local restaurant and with rug making school next door.
Hakan is an excellent guide and speaks fluent English.We were collected by Hakan and his driver in a lovely A/C Mercedes from our hotel. We visited the Virgin Mary's house first and were lucky enough to be able to attend a mass that had just commenced, a definite highlight. Afterwards, we spent a couple of hours doing the Ephesus walk which was amazing. Hakan was very knowledgeable on every aspect and I would be very happy to recommend Hakan, you wont be disappointed. A wonderful Tour. Thank you Hakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tony, You are so kind. All the best wishes from Turkey
Susan BorkowskiUnited States
Hakan was a truly excellent and knowledgeable guide to Ephesus, the museum, etc. He was perfect in knowing how much to tell us about what we were seeing throughout the tour, and then leaving us enough time to explore on our own before moving to the next site. Since I am on crutches, and the weather was unusually hot (even for Ephesus), we appreciated his total willingness to let us set the pace and to decide whether or not to make some stops along the way. I can highly recommend Hakan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan, you are so kind. Hope to see you again
Dora McKinneyUnited States
I would highly recommend ToursByLocals to anyone who will be traveling to Turkey. The Biblical Ephesus Tour was great!!! Hakan our Tour Guide was waiting for us when we arrived, he was professional, polite and very knowledgeable, we enjoyed him very much. Thanks again Hakan!!! Dora McKinney
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dora, Thanks for your comments. You are so kind. All the best wishes from Turkey
Peter CuratoloUnited States
4.5 STARS Hakan is an extremely friendly, knowledgable guide. I enjoyed the tours of Ephesus and other sites very much. He speaks English very well. He accounted for the heat (100+), and paced the tours appropriately. The only downside to the tour was subtle pressure to visit rug and ceramic workshops. My wife and I made it clear we had no interest in either (been there, done that), but Hakan was persistent and I had to say no repeatedly before he gave up. Only blemish on an otherwise great tour.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken to Hakan about Mr. Curatolo's comment regarding shopping. He didn't intend to make him feel pressured and felt he was just responding to a request for a recommendation. When requested, Hakan suggests visiting small factories owned by villagers so as to help support their families.
Renee DuffeyUnited States
Hakan was professional and incredibly knowledgable about the sites. We saw more than we would have seen on a ship excursion with less stress and in a shorter amount of time since we were able to avoid the crowds. He also respected our choices to see or not see certain things. We would definitely recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Renee, It was a perfect day for me too. Hope to meet you again....
Amber EskewUnited States
Hakan was a wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable and made our day in Izmir/Ephesus very memorable. We are a family of five and he was very patient and understanding with the children (including our 1 year old.) I would definitely recommend Hakan for anyone who wants a great time in Izmir/Ephesus! Thanks so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amber. Hope to meet you again. Please say my hello to your lovely family.
John AndersenUnited States
Hakan was terrific and a joy to spend the day with. He accommodated our every need, never pushed us and was very knowledgeable about every aspect of the places we visited. I would use him again and will recommend him to anyone traveling to Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John. I am so happy since you liked my guiding. Hope to see you again. Hakan
Michelle NealUnited States
A GREAT day in Turkey. Hakam was very informative. It is a LONG day with kids, but he customized it to fit our needs. He even brought the kids to do some pottery, etc... to give them some fun things to do. Thanks Hakam for a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michelle. Since I am a father too, I knew what they wanted. I am so happy you enjoyed your tour with me. Best wishes
Hakan was an excellent guide. He was not only warm and friendly but also knowledgeable and was able to answer all the questions the Group threw his way. The lunch place that he took us to was at an idyllic location and had wonderful homely food, most enjoyable. I would most definitely recommend him to anyone visiting Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lynette. You are so kind, hope to see you again
I great tour and guide. I was amazed at just how wonderful Ephesus was. Lunch was excellent. I thought the carpet factory became a bit of a hard sell but it was very informative. I strongly recommend Hakan and this tour.
Susan CliftonUnited States
What a wonderful day we had in Ephesus. This private tour was absolutely everything we wanted, from the info you provided regarding the ruins, to the food you ordered us for lunch so we could taste the flavor of Turkey. It was one of the best tours we experienced on our cruise & after talking to those who went on the ships tours that day, we knew their tours didn't begin to compare to the day we spent with you. To Hakan and driver, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful country with us. Susie & Al.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan. You are so kind.....
Hakan was an exceptional guide who is very knowledgeable and who took the time to explain the history and culture of the various sites. He tailored the tour to our interests. Hakan was very professional and certainly made it a priority to meet our needs and interests. Driver was very good and careful. Van was clean and good working order. Would definitely book with Hakan again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard for your kind comments. It was a lovely day being with you.
Naomi DenleyUnited States
Thank you Hakan for the wondeful tour in Ephesus. We had a wonderful time and learned so much about Ephesus and Turkish culture. We really enjoyed the fact that it was just our group that toured with you. Tours by locals is a great way to tour and not be one of fifty on a big bus. I learned more and listened better with the one on one attention. You were the first time we used Tours by Locals and I cannot imagine not using Tours everytime we travel. I highly recommend Hakan and this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Naomi. You are so kind, I am glad you enjoyed your tour with us. Best wishes
Dora PerezUnited States
Hakan was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions about the sites we visited. He organised the tour to avoid the crowds. The van was first class and we had a very good driver. Both were very pleasant company and we liked Hakan's sense of humour. All in all my husband and I enjoyed our tour very much and would be very happy to use Tours by Locals again and to recommend them to friends. Thank you for a great day.
Excellent guide friendly knowledgeable and copperative would highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Peter. You are so kind, hope to meet you. Best wishes from Turkey hakan
Hakan provided us with a great tour of Ephesus. We found him to be very knowledgeable and friendly. His English was good and we were able to communicate easily. He arrived on time in a new and clean Mercedes mini van which was air conditioned and very comfortable. We have already recommended him to some of our friends who will be visiting in August.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry. I appreciate it, you are son kind. It was my pleasure...
Lee ScherWalnut Creek,, CA., United States
Ephesus was our favorite place to visit. Hakan did an excellent job and our group of 7 would highly recommend him. Lee Scher
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lee. You were a lovely family. It was a wonderful day for me too.
James ReemanUnited States
I have toured sites around the globe and worked with no finer guide than Hakan. He went to the extra effort be informative while making everyone in my party ( ranging from ages 7-81 ) very comfortable. Truly Top Notch!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James. You are so kind. This my pleasure.....
Wilfredo PantojaUnited States
Hakan provided one of the best tours ever!!!! He is very knowledgeable of the area and took the time to customize the tour to our needs. Would definitely recommend Hakan and would take other tours with him as my tour guide!!! Highly recommended!!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Freddy. I am very happy to get a great comment from you. Hope to see you again in Ephesus :)
Kim MinorsDevonshire, DVBX, Bermuda
My family and I recently experienced the Best of Ephesus and Shopping tour with Hakan. What a wonderful time we had. We were a group of twenty but that did not hamper the tour in anyway. From the the very first email with Hakan, I knew that things were going to be alright. He was very knowlegeable about Ephesus and all the other places we visited. Thank you Hakan for all your help and will definitely recommend to all our friends from Bermuda a Tours by Locals tour for their future travels.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kim. I learned as well what a wonderful people from Bermuda. Hope to see you again
Jamison BachrachUnited States
I would recommend Hakan very highly. He was personable and knowledgeable. He was awaiting our arrival. Our driver had not picked up clients from the port before and became confused about the way from the port (He usually picks up from the airport), we were able to get on track. Hakan's English was excellent. He was willing and able to work within our schedule. Ephesus was amazing in my opinion and a must see. As a travel professional, I can arrange a tour with Hakan, so you will have an amazing adventure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments.Thanks a lot Jamison for the great time we had on our full day in Ephesus....
We had a wonderful tour of the ancient city of Ephesus with Hakan. I don't know how anyone could be more knowledgable or efficient. On a scale of 1 - 10 we would give him an 11.He is definitely a 5 star guide. Linda and Brian from Canada.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: :) Thanks a lot. Just, I wanted to make my best for you. Hope to see you again in my lovely country.
Hakan gave us an amazing tour of all the points of interest with lots of interesting commentary on the culture,the country and the history. He is very professional and caring. If you are looking for an excellent tour of Kusadashi and Ephesus, we highly recommend Hakan. Doug &. Linda McGurk, Montreal, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda. I tried only to make my best for you. Hope to see you again
Bryan GerstelUnited States
Hakan was very personable, most knowledgeable and made our day.. his thorough knowledge of Ephesus and the local area was outstanding.. took us for a great lunch at a non-tourist place and was sure to get our input before tailoring the day to fit our needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for appreciating my job, I tried to do my best. Hope to see you here again.
Howard BravermanFt LAUDERDALE, FL, United States
Hakan was a superb guide. He was very informative, and I would highly recommend him. We have traveled all over with private guides, and I would rate Hakan up there with the best. His knowledge of the area was outstanding. He never rushed us,and in fact we ended up taking longer then the tour was supposed to be, which was not an issue with Hakan. He just wanted us to enjoy the tour and sites. Howard Braverman
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Howard. This is my pleasure. I am too happy since you enjoyed your tour with me. Hakan
Harvey SnyderUnited States
Hakan was on time; he did everything he said he would do and substantially more. He added things at our request, making it a most successful day. We enjoyed his company and enthusiasm.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sarvey. I appreciate your comments! I thank you for choosing me to spend your day in Ephesus
Alexander CortezHowell, NJ, United States
Best tour guide ever! My family and I thought that Hakan was extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. He was extremely friendly and treated us as if he had been our friend for years. I highly recommend him! Cort Family
Stephanie AdamsUnited States
Hakan is the best! He is energetic, friendly, funny, and extremely knowledgable. We had a great time touring Ephesus with him. He effortlessly guided us from place to place and we never waited in a single ticket line! We didn't want the day to end!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephanie, It was a perfect day for me as well with your family. Hope to see you again....
Teri HalesUnited States
Hakan was so knowledgeable, informative, and flexible with us. We appreciated his forethought to help us avoid the long lines and the heat. And, we LOVE our pottery that we came home with. Thanks for taking us to the ceramic shop, Hakan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Teri, Thanks a lot for your reviews. Hope to see you again
John HawksUnited States
Hakan was great, very good English and very knowledgeable.
Cantey DeeterUnited States
My family had a wonderful day touring Ephesus with Hakan. He was very helpful and interested in showing us places in which we had an interest. He made sure my parents were comfortable and took us to a farmers market and negotiated with the vendors for us. I would definitely advise others to use Hakan as their guide in Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cantey, Thanks for your comments. Hope to see you again :)
Martin S.United States
Hakan was super knowledgeable and made the trip to Izmir truly memorable. My wife was wheelchair-bound and Hakan found a way for us to all visit Ephesus. I would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Martin, This is my pleasure. Hope to see you again
Daniel ShearUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This tour was very difficult for me as your group of 12 consisted of 6 adults and 6 children. Also, 25th August was the busiest day of this season in Ephesus and very hot (36 C). Even walking was very difficult with six little children and a disabled lady with wheelchair. I realize now that I should have focused more on the children instead of the adults. Sorry that it wasn't better for your family.
Barbara MoralesUnited States
We had the pleasure of touring Ancient Ephesus with Hakan! Our tour was extremely informative and perfect for us. Hakan was extremely accommodating to our needs and was very flexible with our itinerary. We were able to see many key areas of Kusadasi in a short period of time. Hakan was very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend touring with him, you will not be disappointed!
Paul HunterUnited States
Hakan was wonderful. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and helped us to efficiently use our time. We took about eight excursions, and this had to be one of the best. I highly recommend hiring Hakan for any tour! The Hunters
David HorneUnited States
Hakan was an excellent guide for our family (kids 18, 16, 12). We flew from Istanbul to Izmir for the day, arriving 8 am, departing 9 pm. Hakan had arranged for a new, air-conditioned Mercedes van and driver for all of our transportation (at an extra fee, clearly communicated beforehand). We saw all the main sights, plus because we had so much extra time, we also visited the carpet and ceramic factories. We still had extra time, and waited a couple hours at the airport before our flight departed.
Vanette FontenetteUnited States
Hakan gave us a wonderful tour of Ephesus! There were so many fascinating facts that he shared and knowledge that brought history to life. Hakan has a warm, friendly personality. Our large group really enjoyed the tour, the comfortable transportation and Hakan's attentiveness. We would contact Hakan again is returning to Turkey!
Meg RyanUnited States
Hakan was excellent. He met us promptly, even with the ship arriving early. He gave us a great mix of information on history, culture and geography of the region. There is no doubt we were able to visit and experience things with him that we would never have been able to accomplish alone (or with a ship tour as we found out by talking with several folks who went on these). Hakan was wonderful with my children and kept them engaged throughout the day. We would not hesitate to recommend Hakan.
Susan HamarUnited States
We have had extensive experience w/cruising in Europe and booking direct w/private guides in various ports (10+). Based on our family experience, I can highly recommend Hakan w/out hesitation ( flexible, knowledgeable, sound English, accommodating to our family's vast interests from the Christian sites of Ephesus, to my 83 yr old mother's mobility restrictions, to my 6 yr old's need for a snack!). He arranged quality transport for us and was patient w/all questions before trip & during. Great emailer!
Bridget VerhaarenUnited States
Hakan is an amazing tour guide! We highly recommend him! Hakan is extremely knowledgeable. His enthusiasm made the history of Ephesus come alive for our family. (Children Ages: 12, 9 and 5) We all enjoyed spending the day with him! He knew exactly how to break up sightseeing and activity to keep the children engaged, as they learned about the arts of rug weaving and ceramics. He also saved the day when he rearranged our accommodations and travel logistics. HAKAN ROCKS! He is THE BEST guide!
Michael EaglestonUnited States
Hakan was wonderful. So full of knowledge and took us wherever we wanted to go. It was truly a fun day filled with great surprises!!!! We will reccommend him to all of our friends. If you're going to Kusadasi for the first time or for a repeat visit, ask for Hakan to be your guide!!!
Carolyn EwingUnited States
We had an excellent tour with Hakan. He was prompt, knowledgeable and very accommodating. We highly recommend him.
Hakan was wonderful. He took us to the places we wanted to go, explained fully what we were seeing, and was a total pleasure to be with. I will recommend ToursByLocals to anyone who asks.
Hakan is an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable, extremely professional and very likeable. He picked us up on time and gave us as much time as we liked in each location. He did not rush us and was willing to take us anywhere and stay with us as long as we wanted. I would highly recommend Hakan. We were 4 people and could not have enjoyed a tour better.
Very likable tour guide (Hakan). Extraordinarily knowledgeable about history, architecture and local culture. We had an extremely interesting and delightful day.
Jacqueline GalikUnited States
We originally chose a tour with Hakan, but he was busy so he sent us Ender. We couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable guide (also speaks fluent Spanish) We were shuttled from place to place in a Mercedes van and they took us for a yummy Turkish buffet lunch with live music (both @ additional cost). Admission to all the sites was not included. We had wonderful time in Ephesus and would recommend Tours by Locals and either Hakan or Ender. Great customer serv, esp since this was booked last minute!
We had a great experience in Izmir and Ephesus guided by Hakan with the right mix of history and culture. Our three young children were involved by venues demonstrating carpet weaving and pottery. Nice job of coordinating our group. Thanks.
Jose RiveraUnited States
Hakan great guide and companion! He took care of all our questions, and we really tested him. Traveling through time in Ephesus was not only interesting but it was fun for all. He made sure all our interests were meet; from our three year old having some free time to run after chickens...and then been chased away by a cock that was already fed up with her. From taking my husband to a Mosque, me to the ceramics factory my brother in law to the carpet factory, all in a day and; What a day! Awesome.
Jason ViningUnited States
Hakan met us at the entrance to the Virgin Mary’s house. He gave us an incredible tour of the House, the ruins of Ephesus, and a local Silk Rug Factory. Hakan was incredibly knowledgeable, funny, and engaging. We were so happy to go on this tour with him; you just can’t get this level of history and genuine experience without a guide. Hakan even took us to a wonderful local restaurant, which was by far the best meal of our trip. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.