Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Cappadocia Turkey by Tour Guide Zeki I. (Guide #338)


Aaron Gajaindaren

Malaysia
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Tour: #128935, Guide for Rental Car, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 3/18

I travelled to Cappodocia with 4 friends for the first time. We arrived late night at Kayseri airport just to find out our rental car was conviniently cancelled eventhough we have proof of confirmation. Zeki was very helpful and arranged for an immediate transport the next morning. Besides that his resourcefulness made our trip even more memorable. He was very engaging, witty and easy going. We had a memorable visit and recommend Zeki if u want a worry free and memorable trip. Thank u Zeki

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Aaron, Thank you very much for your kind and heart felt words. I had so much fun with you guys and especially your your thirst for knowledge,history and religion made my day :-) I wished we had more time, it was a pleasure being with you and it will always be a pleasure to have you back. Please say hi to Esther,Jennifer,John and of course Benny.....with love from cappadocia. zeki

Norhamizah M.

Malaysia
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

Zeki was a wonderful tour guide,we learnt a lot from him and he was quite an entertainer as well. He helped us in making arrangements for hot air balloon and airport transfer.Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your kind words. it was a real pleasure to have you and your family here as guests and i hope to see you back some day :-)

Laura Kelley

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

Caroline Gandhi

United Kingdom
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Tour: #128935, Guidance & Lunch & Admission, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 27/17

Thanks to Zeiki I for the brilliant day he took us round. We will certainly be recommending him and your company to friends. He also recommended a cave hotel to us and voyager balloon flights with Hakan was fantastic. Caroline and Viren

Giselle Weil

Colombia
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Tour: #71130, cappadocia with a car, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 4/17

We loved every minute with Zeki, so much that we end up ditching our hotel's included Breakfast to join him at his local! He shared with us so much about religion, history, and overall culture that it was impossible to not want to hear more! Thank you Zeki! G&B

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: But wasn't the "menemen" some delicious scrambled eggs worthy of its fame ? Yummy yummy indeed

Giselle Weil

Colombia
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Tour: #71130, cappadocia with a car, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 3/17

Zeki's sense of humour and williness to help made our trip wonderful! If you think about going to Cappadocia, do not hesitate it... contact Zeki he will sort everuthing out for you and make every minute worth the trip! Thank you Zeki, G & B

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Do you remember your respond to when i said "i am enjoying this tour very much !"

Giselle Weil

Colombia
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Tour: #71130, cappadocia with a car, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 2/17

Zeki really made our time in Cappadocia unforgettable! It was organised very last minute and we end up spending 3 full days with him,we did everything we wanted and more! Zeki's passion for Turkey is contagious and his wealth of knowledge is massive, we walked, we hiked, we eat (at wonderful places), we went wine tasting, we made pottery, we flew on a balloon, we learned so much about the Cappadocia region and Turkey's history that one post would not be enough to recommend it.. Thank you Zeki G & B

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Giselle and Bertrand, Thank you both for the sweet and heartfelt comments about me and my guiding. You made being a guide so easy and doing my job with so much fun that it felt like i was on holiday too :-) The 3rd dat i said that you became like family to me and i meant it. I wish you the best and hope to see you again someday. Take care, With Love zeki

Jorge Morfin Heras

Mexico
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 25/17

The guide helped us with a family mishap; responding quickly and being very helpful. I highly recommend Zeki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jorge , it was a pleasure to have you and your family here. Hope to see you again someday soon. zeki

Jorge Morfin Heras

Mexico
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 24/17

The guide helped us with a family mishap; responding quickly and being very helpful. I highly recommend Zeki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are welcome and i am glad because it was not something serious. I am going to put your pictures here on the site.Hope you like it.

Mike Foster

Australia
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 30/16

I've avoided guided tours, the idea of being committed to others whilst abroad. My wife an I experienced an unforgettable journey with our tour of Cappadocia, thanks to our guide Zeki, he was magnificent. Before arrival he assisted me with itinerary, then the issues we experienced with flights connecting us through Istanbul(Ataturk Airport) to Sabiha Gokcen an on to Goreme. We highly recommend Zeki with your experience visiting Goreme, his wealth of knowledge is exceptional, a man committed to tourism.

Anita Warrener

Tanzania
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Tour: #138087, Hot air balloon & Private Tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 16/15

Very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, great with kids and punctual.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you , Anita.

Shamir Patel

Canada
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Tour: #107721, cappadocia private tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 25/15

There were several short comings with our tour, but our chief issues with Zeki were related to a lack of professionalism (showing up late and having to pick him up!) and a general err of arrogance. He definitely lacks humility and it comes across in his thoughts, ideas and mannerisms. Unwillingness to accommodate to client's requests defeats the purpose of a custom private tour. Throughout the entire tour we received the impression that this tour was not worth his time and in some respects beneath him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry to hear that. It must be a hard day for both of you and I wish you could tell that and not "fake" happiness and pretend you were content during the whole tour.I could get you another guide in a heart beat at any given moment to provide you humility and respect that you deserve. You made an honest mistake to tip me so please tell me how to send it back. Thank you for making me wiser :-)

Alex Dortok

Canada
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Tour: #107721, cappadocia private tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 10/15

Zeki was a great guide. He was very accommodating and made the tour very fun and enjoyable for us. He is very knowledgeable about Cappadocia so I would not think twice before hiring Zeki again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Alex and I hope to see the same gang again some day. :-)

Cristina Gonzalez

Mexico
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Tour: #138087, Hot air balloon & Private Tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 2/15

Great tour!!!! The ballon ride was excellent And Zeki gave us a complete scene of Cappadocia.... We will definitely book a tour with him again.... We had a great time And excelent explanation....

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cristina, It was a delight to have your family as guest here. I enjoyed every bit of it and am glad to read you did as well. I hope to see you again here someday in the near future. zeki iserio

Junot Foradada

United States
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Tour: #138087, Hot air balloon & Private Tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 26/15

Zeki was one of the best tour guides we've ever had. Friendly, flexible, funny and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Turkey and Cappadocia. He arranged all of our details (transfers, hotel, hot air balloon) and then gave us a full day private tour (from hot air ballon in the morning until our flight back to Istanbul in the evening). He know just how to pace the journey. I will definitely be recommending him to any friends or family who may travel to the region in the future! Thanks Zeki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Junot, Thank you for your nice and encouraging comments. I still can't believe we did all of Cappadocia in 1 day.But mostly I am glad that you received the "good news" during my tour.Please say hi to (An)Tony :-) and Chris and please please dont forget to send or port our pictures. Hope to see back some day.

Tracy Rushmere

South Africa
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 24/15

i recently visited cappadocia with my two children . ( 12 and 16 ) We took a one day private tour with Zeki and loved every minute . He was smart , funny and incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the history of the area . We laughed a lot , learned a lot and had the best day ! I highly recommend a tour with Zeki !!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tracy, It was a great and fun tour indeed.Somehow, I just can't forget how we stepped in the wrong van when it was raining :-) You have a wonderful family and I hope to see you again someday soon.

Ester Gamache

Bahrain
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Tour: #138087, Hot air balloon & Private Tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 19/15

Zeki is very knowledgable and he made our tour very memorable. He made sure that everyone was comfortable. He was very good and patience with my 3 children especially when we were in the underground city. I am very pleased with Zeki. He is a great tour guide and I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again Eter, Just that you know: I ve put the picture of you all in the Underground city on my FB page.Dont forget to post some too :-)

Ester Gamache

Bahrain
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 18/15

the car was very nice and spacious. We had plenty of room for four adults and three children. Zeki was very welcoming and always made sure that we are comfortable. He is physically fit, a match for my 3 active children. He made the tour very interesting and he is very knowledgable. Any question you have, he knows the answer. I highly recommend Zeki. My kids even asked me that if we go back to capadocia, we would get Zeki again. Thank you Zeki for the awesome tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ester, Thank you very much for being a part of my guiding life here with your lovely family.I enjoyed the presence of your children which gave me more fun during our tour, especially Joey was a treat :-) I will miss tickling him It would be great to have you back in Cappadocia someday.Please say hi to Joseph and the kids; Evelyn, Charlene and Joey.Also my love to Nancy and Mike.

Mark Komen

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 25/15

Cappadocia is a beautiful area and Zeki was able to show us all the highlights. He was a great guide, finding out our interests and tailoring the tour to them. I would highly recommend him as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, Thank you so very much for your kind words.Hope to see you and your family again some day soon. Zeki iserio

Richard Bennett

Australia
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Tour: #138087, Hot air balloon & Private Tour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 27/15

Zeki is an excellent quite with a very good comand of English. He knows his history and went out of his way to make our time in Goreme a highlight of our trip to Turkey. We were a group of four Australians and Zeki understood our sense of humour. Taking a balloon ride is a must. Zeki also arranged a private vehicle and driver for our private five day tour to Anatalya and Kusadasi. After dropping us off at Izmir airport the driver drove the high class Mercedes tour van back to Cappadocia.

Jaruwarin Patsathaporn

Thailand
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 6/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I hope you got the pictuıres Ive sent...if not, I can send again

Jaruwarin Patsathaporn

Thailand
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 5/15

Very good planning skills and extremely knowledgable in what he is doing. Funny and have very high entertainment skills. Very flexible. Provided very good recommendations for further trip in Turkey. On time. Highly service minded and very good care for the fellows.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much İbbie, I enjoyed the tour as well, esspecially during our "crazy" Ihlara Canyon hike :-)

Dan Keating

Australia
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Tour: #128935, Guidance & Lunch & Admission, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 16/14

For 2 full days Zeki, with great humour and commitment, gave 6 Australians a pleasurable, informative and memorable experience. His knowledge of local and Turkish modern and ancient history, culture, religions, food, Turkish politics, the broader Middle East, geology, geography and more never left our many questions unanswered. He was punctual, organised, professional and importantly he enjoyed his job. Unlike other guides we saw he was always with us and considered our very need. Highly recommended.

Karen B.

United States
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Tour: #107721, cappadociaprivatetour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 24/14

Zeki proved dependable, accommodating and knowledgeable. His command of the English language is very good; we just had a little trouble understanding with his accent. He demonstrates a very personal interest in history. We just wish he didn't criticize other theories when presenting his own. Zeki was very good and I am confident probably one of the best guides for the area. He is professional, attractive and nice and we felt we had the best tour possible for our two days in the region.

Giona Peduzzi

Italy
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Tour: #128935, Guding services only, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 10/14

Thanks to Zeki, he is professional and very kind, was very cute with our baby and his english is perfect. He knows perfectly his country and we had a great time with him

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Giona, I had a great time with the three of you and especially your son.He made me even reconcider to have a (3rd) child.I still keep laughing when i look at the pictures of how he was playing with the nose of that manikin at the entrance of the restaurant and that we had to print out a picture of that "guy" so he could play with it. :-) I have to send the video of this to you,somehow. I am happy to read that you liked the tour and my guiding.

Dana Blatt

Calabasas, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 30/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dana, I still can't believe that we managed to finish both central cappadocia and the underground city in one day. But i am glad that it worked out prety well for all of us. Next time 2 days more please :-)

Pete Stiles

United States
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Tour: #107721, cappadociaprivatetour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 27/14

In my earlier comment, I talked about Zeki's geological and historical expertise. Another expertise that we came to value immensely was his knowledge of local resources -- particularly of the various balloon tours. He picked one for us with the advice, " they will fly low over the landscape -- you will see much more." He was absolutely right, our balloon tour was also the best. Go with Zeki -- you will get the best possible overall experience. We will recommend him to all of our friends!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you took my advise and very happy to know it is to your full satisfaction! The hot air baloon is not just for going in the sky but also discovering the beyond of Cappadocia while up in the air.People should enjoy the experience of a good pilot for the view,the pictures and above all...the safety.

Pete Stiles

United States
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Tour: #107721, cappadociaprivatetour, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 26/14

Zeki is the best possible guide. He is unbelievably well organized and thoughtful. He has superlative knowledge of the geology of the area, the history of the various settlements, and the religious background that caused the area to be developed as it was. We probably learned more in two days with Zeki than we learned in years of history in school and sunday school! Anyone traveling to htis area could not make a better choice for a guide -- and a friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Pete, Thank you for your wonderful comment and surely thank you for concidering me as your friend whilst your stay in Cappadocia. Hope to see you again some day soon and please say hi to Patty, Zeki

Richard Clark

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia highlights, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 24/14

Zeki provided a fabulous tour, he provided a large van and cold drinks. His english was great and we had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend his services. He showed up early and his tour was very informative. He even helped us arrange a 4 wheeler ride and transfer back to airport the following day. Thanks for a wonderful time in Cappadocia!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, Thank you so very much for your kind words.You are welcome! and the pleasure was all mine. I still laugh when i think about all the fun and excitement we had when we tried to reach the 8th floor of the underground city. Hope you will have more time the next time :-) Zeki

Calvin Ward

United States
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Tour: #14994, Private Tour for Calvin Ward, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 4/14

Zeki made our five day trip to Cappadocia a memorable and enjoyable experience. With the exception of booking our hotel, Zeki took care of everything for us. He is extremely knowledgeable about history, culture, geography, geology and just about anything you can think of. The best part, however, was Zeki himself. He is kind, likeable, good humored, his English is flawless. We would highly recommend Zeki to anyone who wants a personal guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Calvin,Jean and Sasha; thank you so very much for your sweet words which is a stimuli to continue and insist on better .....and more important personal service. İ enjoyed being a part of your family whilst your stay here in Cappadocia and hope to see you again soon to share the same table at the "Micro Restaurant" Please take care, Zeki

Mike McCahill

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 4/14

This was the second tour with Zeki. Again, he provided great insight regarding the history of the area. He hit the normal tourist spots, but also brought us to "off the beaten path" locations that you will never see from a tour bus tour. Communication is excellent and he coordinated our transportation to the airport perfectly. in summary, Zeki is the best guide we've used.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. I think hearing from you that you want to come back is THE award for my guiding and all the fun we had together. Next time : welcome BACK to cappadocia !

Mike McCahill

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 3/14

Zeki was the Best! Smart, knowledgeable and enjoyable. He met us on time, provided good transportation, had tickets to the numerous sites in advance so there was no waiting in line. Zeki speaks four languages and is very fluent in English-a great communicator. If you want to see Cappadocia and gain an understanding of the history of the area Zeki is the guide to use. In addition to being well versed on the ancient history of the area, he provides insightful information regarding current trends.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mike, thank you for all the good comments ! To know that you are content with the service and go back with sweet and good memories makes it worth to put more effort to be much more than another guide.Needless to say that the joy was mutual as i had good time and fun being with you. I am happy that you could do the hotairballoon despite all the odds and am still amazed that the "imam" saved the day :-) I hope to see you and your wife back some day soon so we can finish the rest of Cappadocia .

Lawrence Page

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 15/14

Our guide Zeki, tailored the tour to meet our time needs and given his knowledge of the sights in Cappidioca, Turkey he set a wonderful schedule. The Driver also provided exceptional service.... They both spoke English well and Zeki's English was only noticeable as a 2nd language because of his accent and not how he used words. We would and will ask for Zeki when we go back to Cappadoica Turkey....

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lawrence, i am proud to read that you were content with your tour dispite the lack of time. i will be happy to see you back here some day.take care.

Judith Rockert

Toronto, ONT, Canada
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Tour: #71130, cappadocia with a private car, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 26/13

On our inital contact, Zeki or Zak as he likes to be called, was quick to respond with information and suggestions. We discussed how best to enhance my one day excursion to Cappadocia from Istanbul & see it all.He was waiting for me with his comfortable car when I arrived Kayseri Airport and we embarked on a full day of unique landscapes, rare rock formations, an underground city and pottery being made by artisans working on the wheel.His English is excellent and conversational-his knowledge extensive-WOW

Brian Regan

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 15/12

"Zak" was demonstated depth of knowledge of the area as well as flexibility with regard to the sites we wanted to visit.

Arif Shahriar

Bangladesh
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 25/12

Very friendly guide. knows about the places and history. Choice of restaurants were excellent but a bit expensive. Had a good time. Kids love the trip and details.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Arif; i am glad you liked the tour and are content about my services and guiding.its a pitty though that you wrote about the restaurants since i am not the owner of those :-) You are a nice and fine family and i enjoyed being with you as well and hope to see (or your friends) again someday. Take care, Zeki

Paul Morgan

United States
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Tour: #14994, cappadocia minimized, Cappadocia, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 11/12

I highly recommend Zeki and his tours. This tour was one of the highlights of my 3 weeks in Turkey. On short notice, he tailored the tour to my interests and time frame. I would not have been able to see half of the sites we went to without his local expertise. He is a wealth of information about the local sites and their history and was great to talk to about lots of other subjects from local politics to helping me with my Turkish (which is hopeless). If you are planning a visit here, contact him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dearest Paul, thank you so very much for your nice words.I also enjoyed every bit of this tour.I wish you the best with lots of success. Zeki ps. I hope you liked the tape of Arnolds earlier performances i gave.