Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Izmir-Turkey by Tour Guide Tugrul S. (Guide #7627)


Joseph Shahda

United States
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Tour: #97454, Ephesus Private Tour with Local Lunch Options, Izmir, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 31/18

Awesome Guide!!! Picked us up at airport, and drove us to ephesus. Tugril was very very knowledgeable as a guide and presented a lot of information in very understandable packets. We would definently recommend him to others wanting a great tour guide. His communication skills and knowledge were outstanding

Richard Parra

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Tour: #97454, Ephesus Private Tour with Lunch [7h], Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 13/18

One of the warmest most engaging guides we have ever encountered. His knowledge and eclectic mind we truly remarkable. But most important of all was his down to earth human quality. We felt we were traveling with a family member who was concerned for our happiness and well being. At the end of our adventure we have come to think of Tugrul Sokmen as a very dear friend. We will always remember Turkey and Ephesus with warmth and love because of Tugrul's character and warm personality. Richard/Rosa Parra

Darryn Wolff

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus Private Tour [5hours], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 16/16

Very passionate about the history and the culture. They wanted you to see their country and what they love about it.

Linda Bakhshian

Canada
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus Private Tour [5hours], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 25/16

We were a group of 4 on our first trip to a historic site with a guide. It is difficult to express the value added to our visit by Tugrul except to say it was a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will ever forget. Ruins turned into magnificent stories brought to life by the vast knowledge of the history and lifestyle of the city and its inhabitants shared in a fascinating style by Tugrul. Tugrul is amazing and we highly recommend using him as your guide.

Susan Schram

United States
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Tour: #98011, Ephesus + Miletos & Didyma Tour with Private Guide, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 13/16

Our small group enjoyed a two day tour in Turkey, with Tugrul as our guide, and it was wonderful. Tugrul is enthusiastic about his profession, a great driver, and dedicated to meeting the needs of his clients. He is very knowledgeable about the historical details related to all of the main attractions, and knows the best cafes, and break spots. I highly recommend Tugrul with a five star rating. Well done; it was a great trip!

Susan Schram

United States
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Tour: #98013, Pamukkale & Aphrodisias Private Tour, Pamukkale, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 12/16

Our small group enjoyed a two day tour in Turkey, with Tugrul as our guide, and it was wonderful. Tugrul is enthusiastic about his profession, a great driver, and dedicated to meeting the needs of his clients. He is very knowledgeable about the historical details related to all of the main attractions, and knows the best cafes, and break spots. I highly recommend Tugrul with a five star rating. Well done; it was a great trip!

Simon Hodsden

Australia
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Tour: #97450, Accessible Ephesus Private Tour [for Wheelchair-users, Scooters], Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 2/16

We had such a fantastic day with Tugrul. He is incredibly well-informed, knowledgeable and so fluent in English. He is also enthusiastic about his country and makes learning so easy. We requested he takers for lunch at a traditional Turkish eatery and we were not disappointed it was fantastic. I suggest you ask him to do the same. My wife and I both felt like we met a guide first thing in the morning and said goodbye to a friend at the end of the day.

Janetta Boessenkool

South Africa
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Tour: #98011, Ephesus + [Miletos & Didyma], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 4/15

We thoroughly enjoyed every moment with Tugral as our guide. His passion for and knowledge of Ephesus, Anatolia and Ancient History was thorough and informative. He also has a sharp sense of humour! He succeeded in making this excursion one of the highlights of our holiday. We would definitely recommend him as a guide.

Helen Michelmore

Australia
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Tour: #97442, [from Kusadasi Hotels] - [10 hour tour] of Pergamon [Acropolis + Asclepion], Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 3/15

Pergamon with its breathtaking view from the theatre and the magnitude of the library was a magnificent site from the era.

Helen Michelmore

Australia
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Tour: #98013, [from Kusadasi Hotels] - [12hour tour] of Aphrodisias & Pamukkale, Pamukkale, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 2/15

Pamukkale shows the wonders of nature which, to me, has been displayed quietly and with empathy by UNESCO. Following was Aphrodisias showing the wonders of man with the glorious museum of sculptures after seeing the magnificent site.

Helen Michelmore

Australia
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Tour: Ephesus + [ Bible-oriented: St.Paul, Revelation..], Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Nov 1/15

This amazing site of the wonders of this era was brought to life for me by the great knowledge and love of history of my guide.

Ilene Kellert

United States
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Tour: #97454, [from Kusadasi Cruise Port] - [7 Hour Tour] of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 14/15

Tugrul was most impressive, both in personality and education. It was a pleasure to be with him. He made our Ephesus experience perfect: we were ahead of the crowds, leisurely taking it all in. Selcuk and the Ephesus Museum we thoroughly enjoyed. Lunch buffet was a treat; we loved tasting all the local items. He is an outstanding guide.

Robert Ortega

United States
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Tour: #97454, [from Kusadasi Cruise Port] - [7 Hour Tour] of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 12/15

Tugrul was the best guide we have ever used! He was so knowledgeable about so many interesting things. He knew how to avoid crowds at the sites. He was able to determine what our interests were and how best to serve us within minutes. We were able to benefit from several local activities specifically because of his relationships and knowledge of the area. All 6 of us travelling together will DEFINITELY want Tugrul again when we return to Turkey.

John Verville

United States
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Tour: #70785, [from Kusadasi Cruise Port] - [5 Hour Tour] of Ephesus, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 10/15

This guy is awesome!!! Very passionate and a true authority on the history of Ephesus. So enlightening and informative. I have to admit I was not necessarily looking forward to this cruise stop. Boy was I wrong. It was a great trip and what a great ambassador for Turkey and humanity. Definatly recommend this tour. Oh, by the way he also went out of his way to bring us to a leather manufacture who treated us to great show. Thanks and keep up the good work. Blessings to you

Arnold Traupman

United States
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Tour: [from Kusadasi Hotels] - [8 Hour Tour] of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Sep 9/15

Knowledgeable, accommodating, enjoyable, friendly. Would highly recommend.

Sherry Wade

United States
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Tour: Ephesus + [ Biblical-orientation: St.Paul, Revelation..], Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Sep 5/15

Turgul was one of the best guides we used while on our cruise. He packed as much as we could see of Ephesus in the limited time we had. He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing his information with us. Just wish our port call could have been longer. We highly recommend him.

Nola Bueno

United States
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Tour: Ephesus [afternoon in Tranquility - 3 hour tour], Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Aug 26/15

We really enjoyed our tour with Tugrul S, who was warm, inviting, and enthusiastic about history. He was very patient too with our 9 year old son, and took an interest in answering any of his questions. We very much enjoyed spending the afternoon with such a knowledgable and hospitable guide.

Gordon Matheson

United States
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Tour: [from Kusadasi Cruise Port] - [4 hour Tour] of Ephesus Only, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Aug 26/15

Tugrul was an excellent guide. We had visited Ephesus before, but he added a great deal of new meaning to our experience. He also adjusted the tour perfectly to my husband's mobility limitations. After the Ephesus ruins he took us through the museum, again providing excellent commentary on the exhibits. We recommend him highly.

Deborah Clover

United Kingdom
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Tour: Ephesus [afternoon in Tranquility], Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Aug 12/15

Tugrul gave us a fantastic tour of Ephesus. He is very knowledgable & his English is excellent. He tailored the tour to our exact requests & couldn't have been more acomodating. We learnt so much & found his tour fascinating & entertaining. I do think that Tugrul could have been a bit more specific with his meeting place details as it took us a while to find him, but this did not detract from our overall experience & I would definitely recommend his services.

Ronald Arif

United States
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus [4 Hour Tour], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 18/15

Tugrul was awesome, very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. We will highly recommend him to our family and friends visiting Ephesus.

Christobel Say

Macleod, VICTORIA, Australia
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Tour: Ephesus [afternoon in Tranquility], Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Jul 14/15

Tugrul was an excellent guide and Ephesus is simply wonderful! We enjoyed Ephesus even more than Pompeii, and it was fantastic. The information supplied and the locations he took us to were perfect. The afternoon is a great time to visit and you can see all the best sites in plenty of time. THe driver also stopped at a Roman aqueduct on the way back, just on the side of the road. You wouldn't know it was there, and a bonus for us. We just loved Turkey!

Joanne Sacke

South Africa
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus [4 Hour Tour], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 8/15

Tugrul was great. He was friendly, humourous , good with my kids, girls 10and11 years, knowledgeable and interesting. He gave us a good outline of what was available to see and advised us on what sights were best suited for children. He could aim his knowledge at both Us and the kids. His English is very good and he is obviously passionate about what he does. We recommend him highly.

Nurcin Katircioglu

Turkey
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Tour: #98013, Aphrodisias & Pamukkale Hieropolis, Pamukkale, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 6/15

Thank you for all you did for us! Tugrul was very knowladgeable on history, personable for everyone in the tour and twigged and adjusted the tour for our wants and needs. Great experience for all of us! Thanks again, Nurcin&Ron and family!

Rotchawan Yotmankit

Thailand
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus + [Archaeology & History Oriented], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 29/15

Rotchawan Yotmankit

Thailand
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Tour: Pamukkale, Hieropolis [Unesco World heritage site], Pamukkale, Turkey
Date: Jun 28/15

Andrea Hosbein

United States
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus [Half Day ], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 18/15

One of the most amazing days I have ever spent with a guide!! Took my mother, my two teenage daughter and my husband and myself for a day of exciting education! Made Ephesus come alive. My young girls still comment it was their favorite day.

Raymond Mathews

United States
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Tour: Private Ephesus Sightseeing Tour ( On Time return the ship is guaranteed ), Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Jun 16/15

Tugrul is passionate about his subject, and provided us with a tour that my whole family cannot stop talking about! Everything about the tour was perfect. His van was comfortable (we are a family of 6), his commentary was complete, details & very interesting, & he knew his subject matter very well. After touring, he took us to a wonderful family style restaurant with fantastic Turkish food. Probably the best meal on our entire Turkey trip!

Elinor G.

United States
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Tour: #70785, Ephesus + [Archaeology & History Oriented], Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 10/15

Tugrul was an amazing guide. We learned a lot about ancient and modern Turkey. Oh...and his English is close to perfect and where it wasn't he loved getting feedback to make it even better. He is intelligent, knowledgeable, flexible, kind, open minded and eager to learn. We never felt he was giving us a rote story but listened to our questions and responded to our interests. He was flexible with our plans so my husband's limited walking and adapted to our needs. Highly recommended!!!

Robbie Burnstine

United States
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Tour: #97442, Pergamon [Acropolis + Asclepion], Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 16/15

Tugrul was a fabulous guide for our stay in Izmir. We hired several guides during this trip and he was the best. He was open, warm, enthusiastic and welcoming, which all of our guides were. Tugrul distinguised himself by being so informed and educated. For every question we asked, he had an informed answer. He used visual aids, books, and internet sources to support and expand upon what he was telling us. He was the perfect guide for us.

Robbie Burnstine

United States
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Tour: Pamukkale, Hieropolis [Unesco World heritage site], Pamukkale, Turkey
Date: Apr 15/15

Tugrul was a fabulous guide for our stay in Izmir. We hired several guides during this trip and he was the best. He was open, warm, enthusiastic and welcoming, which all of our guides were. Tugrul distinguised himself by being so informed and educated. For every question we asked, he had an informed answer. He used visual aids, books, and internet sources to support and expand upon what he was telling us. He was the perfect guide for us.

Lesley C.

United States
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Tour: Daily Priene-Miletus-Didyma Tour From Kuşadası, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Oct 27/14

This was an amazing tour. Having seen Ephesus on a previous trip, we were looking for something different. We had no expectations, however, early on we taken by these sites and their significance in the region, and Tugrul's. Tugrul's knowledge of the ruins and history of the area was evident at the outset of the tour. He was able to convey the importance and relevance of the sites with humor and levity. It made for a very enjoyable day and we learned a few things too. Thank you, Tugrul

Bryan Gerstel

United States
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Tour: #97449, Tour of Miletos,Didyma & Priene, Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 11/14

Tugrul is an energetic young man with great enthusiasm for his job and the depth of knowledge to bring ancient cities alive..we would strongly recommend that travelers to kusadasi hire him.

Karen B.

United States
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Tour: Tour for Karen Herbert, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Sep 20/14

Tugrul is an exceptional guide-outstanding in every way! He took the time before we even booked to generously offer suggestions based on what he understood from us as to our preferences-he listened. His recommendations for our trip greatly enhanced our itinerary and experience. His knowledge of Turkey's complex history is impressive-we loved learning from him. Every detail was organized, efficient and professionally orchestrated. Tugrul is also kind, thoughtful & we enjoyed his company. Thank you Tugrul!

Maxine Baerwaldt

United States
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Tour: #97449, Tour of Miletos,Didyma & Priene, Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 20/14

Tugrul was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledge about the ruins and history of these places. I would highly recommend him !!!!

Kathleen Kuhn

United States
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Tour: Tour of Ephesus in Tranquility, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Sep 16/14

Tugrul was highly knowledgeable about the Ephesus ruins as well as the best time to see them. The afternoon touring meant that the large crowds were already gone when we got there. Tugrul's explanations were clear and concise, with a bit of comedy thrown in! All in all, it was an enjoyable afternoon.

Monica Attias

United States
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Tour: #97449, Tour of Miletos,Didyma & Priene, Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 20/14

Samuel Santiago

United States
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Tour: Tour of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: Jul 5/14

Really love this tour. Tugrul is very informative and funny at the same time. He showed us Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary privately. Well ahead of the crowd and the buses.

Stephen Taylor

United States
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Tour: Ephesus with Lunch from Kusadasi, Kusadası, Turkey
Date: May 18/14

Tugral was absolutely fabulous. He is 29 and a College graduate who speaks perfect Enhglish. He is animated, funny, intelligent and a very friendly person. We made a new, good friend. The coolest thing he did for us was to have an Ipad with CAD/CAM drawings of how the ruins would have looked 22 centuries ago. The van he used was beautiful and we had a wondurful time. Lunch was a great Turkish meal and the day with him was most memorable. This PERSONAL tour beat any tour offered by the cruise ship! A+ tour

Richard Stout

United States
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Tour: Tour of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey
Date: May 10/14

Tugrul and the driver were waiting for us as we got off the boat. Ephesus was crowded and we felt very fortunate that we had a wonderful guide who was so knowledgeable to direct the four of us around the area. We highly recommend this trip and Turgrul as a guide. Thank you, Turgrul. We hope our paths cross again.

Marvin Waldrip

Australia
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Tour: Tour of the 7 Churches, Izmir, Turkey
Date: Apr 15/14

A good custom made tour enabling our family (5) to visit the historical 7 churches cities.Wonderful accommodating guide that was well informed . Showed us interesting aspects of the places and answered our questions.Provided us with a comfortable van.Enjoyed every minute while we were in Turkey.