John DehaanUnited States
Atilla D was extremely timely, professional, courteous, well informed, and considerate. He picked us four up and escorted us to a roomy van where his driver waited; as a professionally licensed guide of Ephesus he was a fountain of knowledge. The Terrace Houses were as fascinating as we'd hoped; we spent about 2 1/2-3 hours at Ephesus before driving to the site of Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary. He complied readily with our desire to return to ship directly afterwards.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much about your nice review. I am very happy to made your tour unforgettable.Hope to see You again in my beautiful homeland and I hope everything Will be much better for next years in my country. You and all ephesus ancient city and istanbul-turkey lovers always welcome to be my guests. Please support us to visit the Ephesus-Kusadasi-Turkey. THANKS A LOT. King Regards Private Ephesus Tour Guide Atilla D..
We really had a great and fun time with Atilla. He and the driver were at the port waiting patiently to greet us with a very freindly greeting. His knowledge of the sites such as the ancient city was very good and we had no problem to understand him in fact soon enough Attila could sense our for enjoyment of comedy and laugther and soon enough the tour also became lighthearted and comical and well as educational. Dont miss out on seeing Ephesus Turkey and get Attila as your guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi dear Dave,Thank you very much for your unique review.. I am very appreciated for it. Thank God you are safety back to the your home.I had spend really very enjoyable times with you all.I tried to make a unforgettable day and I see that I succeed it.Also Thank you very much also for private comment and nice wishes. Please do not forget there is not only your guide also I would like to be one of your turkish friend who is always ready to make my best for everything.I wish you all the best.King Regards
Jenny TanUnited States
Originally I just booked 4 hours tour since we are afraid we can not stand the heat at Ephesus site. Since we had a private tour so Atilla told us we can discuss what we plan to do once we met. By the end, the entire trip last seven hours. Due to we enjoyed it so much. Not only Atilla gave us a lot of information and history but he also made last minutes arrangement for us to visit leather factory. The van with AC also made whole trip much easy for us in this hot day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much dear Jenny, I also enjoyed the tour so much with you all. I am very happy to hear such as wonderful thoughts.. I always try to do the best what I can to you any time please feel free to contact with me any time. King Regards Atilla.
Todd MonroeUnited States
lots of walking, but great guided tour by Atilla through Ephesus....local food stop enjoyable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. I liked to be your tour guide too.. Say hello to everyone.. Take care. Best Regards Atilla.
Margaret Earlene BennettUnited States
Attila is an excellent guide and he was very patient without large group
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice comment. It was pleasure to be your guide. Say hello to everyone. Take care of yourself. Best Regards Atilla
Had the opportunity to take a day tour with Atilla. Had a great day!! Atilla is very knowledgeable on the history of Turkey and loves to teach others. We had lots of fun and would recommend his tour to anyone. Thanks Axilla!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice comment. I had spend nice times with you as well. You are always welcome to be my guests in my hometown. Take care of yourself. Best Regards Atilla
Ray DixonUnited Kingdom
Atilla was a fantastic guide. He met us promptly at the time agreed with his driver and comfortable vehicle. His English was very good and his knowledge of Ephesus amazing. He really brought it to life for us. He took us round the site at our own pace and we learned such a lot. The cafe where he took us for lunch was quiet and shady and away from the tourist buses. He was friendly and helpful and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a guide in Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. I had spend nice times with you as well. You are always welcome to be my guests in my hometown. Take care of yourself. Best Regards Atilla.
Diane PielaUnited States
Atilla made our Ephesus Private Tour our favorite tour from all the Mediterranean cities we toured on our recent 12 day cruise!We got to see what a 'jewel'the ancient city of Ephesus is! Atilla was an excellent tour guide with everything from relaying the history of each site and also making it easier for me to get around with my scooter.The House of the Virgin Mary was also beautiful! The outdoor 'LOCALS' lunch we had was delicious.The Turkish Rug Business was so interesting! We highly recommend Atilla!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your Great review. I had spend very nice times with you as well. You are always welcome to my country. Say hello to everyone. Take care. Best Regards Atilla.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your 5 stars.
Kathleen KratzUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Atilla. Her was very knowledgble on the ruins and the area and had a great sense of humor. He accommodated our group of 12 from the ship and we got our full six hours. He was prompt and very personable talking about his family and life. Wish we had more time with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice and quick review. It was also great day for me too. I enjoyed to show my enthusiasm to your group. I wish you all the best. King Regards Atilla...
excellent tour, Atilla was great guide Oldrich, Toronto
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice comment. You are always welcome here. I wish you and your friends all the best. King Regards. Atilla
Nadine GenesiusUnited States
Of all the local tours we had on this trip, Atilla's was the best. He has a wonderful personality, and is so knowledgeable about Ephesus. We could tell he thoroughly enjoys hos job, and taking tours to the area. He exceeded our expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your nice review and wishes too about my family. I enjoyed the tour with you too. All the Best. Atilla
Atilla is unbelievable guide. His knowledge of Mary house and the ancient city was very excepional. His English was very good. He was at our dock on time and had us back to our ship on time. Very accommodating to our needs and was so professional. I would recommend this excursion to anyone with a group. This was the best tour we have ever taken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. I had spend nice times with you too. You are always welcome to my home town. All the Best. Atilla
Very informative tour, everything we wanted to learn and see was accomplished.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. King Regards Atilla
Cynthia C.United States
Atilla did a great job of customizing this day for us, especially since one of our group was mobiity challenged. We felt totally looked after and loved being in a small group
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. You are always welcome to my country. You may keep in touch anytime you wish. King Regards Atilla.
Vonda H.Mooresville, NC, United States
Atilla was a fantastic guide! He is extremely knowledgeable and we had a great day visiting all of the amazing sites in Ephesus & surrounding Kusadasi. If you need a break from the ordinary excursions from the ship, I highly recommend him. Affordable, and we were ahead of the crowd for most of the day, a huge plus is a popular destination port.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words. It was my pleasure to make your day unforgettable. Best Regards.. Atilla.
Ml JeHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks
Colleen QuickUnited States
I had truly worried before we came how much my father-in-law would be able to see with a wheel chair/walker! We have nothing but wonderful memories of our day there! We can't wait to receive our ceramic from the factory, and we are amazed at how much we learned about rugs from the school! Thanks for being willing to customize everything for our dietary needs and handicap! Also thanks for saving us, by helping us find a guide later in our trip when TBL fell through twice in Istanbul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad to heard these.I had spent also nice times with you,your husband and his parents. You are always welcome back to my country. All the Best. Atilla
Ann BuiUnited States
Atilla is a great tour guide! He was really knowledgeable and understanding. He makes you feel very comfortable throughout the tour. He was understanding as well as flexible with our large group. If he offers to take you around to other cultural places agree because those were some of the best places to go and you really get a feel and understanding of why the people are trying to revive and preserve their heritage. Ask him many questions because he will have answers for you. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review. There is no words could explain how I try to do my best for my guests during my tour.. It was my pleasure to be your guide as possible as your friend. Do not forget please you have a really friend in Kusadasi/Ephesus- Turkey. Whenever you wish you may keep in touch with me. Say hello to all your group members. King Regards. Atilla
Michele ReidyUnited States
We were a group of seven adults from USA, Ireland and England. We could not have asked for more. Atilla called the day before to confirm time. He wished we would embark ship before the crowd. We did and enjoyed a leisurely visit at the Mother Mary house. Then continued on to Ephesus. Amazing tour, Atilla was very informative and kind. He made suggestions and allowed us to decide. We were so impressed we agreed to have him set up a tour in Istanbul. Thank you Atilla
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice thoughts.It was pleasure to share my enthusiasm.I had spend very nice times with you all.You are always welcome to my country and my house too. Please do not forget you have a house in Kusadasi too! Take care of yourself! King Regards. Atilla
My family had a very short window of time to visit Ephesus while in port on a cruise. Our tour was great, Atilla was very knowledgeable about Ephesus and we even managed time to buy some Turkish Delight in a nearby town! Atilla is very personable and proud of his country and family!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your nice thoughts. It was very nice to know you. Say hello to everyone. Take care of yourself. Best Regards. Atilla.
Our day at Pamukkale / Heiropolis / Cleopatra's Pool was a thoroughly enjoyable one thanks to the expert guidance of Atilla. He is a really nice guy, a family man, and a thoroughly professional guide. We booked a private tour to help optimise the experience and I consider the extra cost was well worth it. Thanks for a memorable day, Atilla!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear muslim Trevor who is auzzie and buddhist Mai who is chinese from Avustralia.. To talk about histories and our religions and to remember our death who had lost their life in the Gallipoli war 100 years ago and of course to share cultures and lifes ,which made the tour an unforgettable day. I am very happy to meet and know you as a nice couple, Best Regards. Atilla.
Catherine RobertsANCASTER, ON, Canada
Super guide. Very knowledgeable and interesting, made the history come alive for us. Rate this guide very highly, would use him again if possible Cathy Roberts
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice comment. Your group and you are so interested in to learn about our country,culture and ephesus that's why I tried to do my best for you. I wish to see you again in my homeland. Take care Cathy & David.
Douglas ParksUnited States
Atilla was an excellent guide. We did the two day tour to Ephesus and Pamukkale and his passion and knowledge of the history of the region was outstanding and contagious. We are already considering our next tour with him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr. Douglas and his very nice family members(5)(his wife,his brother and his brother's wife+daughter). I had spent very enjoyable times with all of you during the 2days.I must say that I really liked all of you and you were very kind and have an excellent heart.I am very happy to know you who wanna learn, likes and knows too; Turkish history,Selçuk Turks and Ottoman period etc. So it was great to share information. Inşallah(God willing!)From now on I am waiting to meet with you again.
Michael WidmannUnited States
Atilla was an outstanding guide. We extremely enjoyed his company, flexibility and knowledge of the sites we chose to see. I would highly recommend him as my party ranged from my mother-in-law to my two young children. Atilla made sure we were all well taken care of.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice thoughts,it was very nice to know all of you. Take care of yourself.. All the bestt...
Atilla was very accommodating to our requests for adjustments to the tour. We had a diverse, but small group, and he was able to be clear about what he could offer. He was extremely knowledgeable and offered a wealth of information. We were impressed that he went to university for 5 years in tourism.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Melissa,I am very happy to hear it from you. It was my pleasure to do my best. Thanks for your nice comment. Take care. Best Regards. Atilla...
Atilla was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. The drive to Ephasis was very scenic and Atilla share much of the areas history with us along the way. Ephasis is truly amazing, even the second time! We went to a school where they teach the art of rug making; we were particularly fascinated by watching how they get the silk from the silk worm pods. Had a lovely Turkish meal to complete the day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ann, It was a very nice day for me too. Hope to see you again. King Regards.. Atilla...
Robert DillardUnited States
Atilla is such a great guide with a deep love for history and showing visitors the best places in Izmir and Ephesus. The transport to and from the cruise ship was super convenient and he made sure we made the most of our limited time, from Mary's House, to the ancient city of Ephesus, to a carpet weaving demonstration, he greatly enhanced the experience and our understanding of the area. I highly recommend working with Atilla to custom design a tour that maximizes your experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sir. It was pleasure to meet you. You are always wellcome to my country. King Regards. Atilla
Lucinda WhiteUnited States
Atilla was a very thorough guide, giving us lots of detailed information on the ruins in Ephesus and taking us to some local shopping and eating establishments. We very much appreciated his consideration of our interests and allowing us time for shopping as well!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice comment,it is very nice to hear it from you,Take care. King Regards...
Richard PetticrewUnited States
Atilla was very friendly and knowledgeable about our tour. His English was very clear. My family enjoyed the time we spent with him at Ephesus and the surrounding area. We felt comfortable with him at all times. The vehicle we traveled was clean and they made it easy to move from one sight to the next. We would hire "Tours by Locals" for our next guided tour. Rich P.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard,always welcome to our country,please keep it in your mind you have a friend in Turkey. Take care. Best Regards... Atilla D.
Scott ModistUnited States
Ephesus tour was good and Atilla was nice. Took 2 stars off bc we were not aware of the sales pitches we were being taken to. Atilla asked us if we wanted to see the rug weaving process. We agreed. We watched for about 10 mins and then were taken to a room in the back where rugs were shown to us as if we were buying any. After we declined we were taken out through a jewelry store which was 2 stories high. Most of the tour was spent being pitched to. Otherwise it would have been a very nice place to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Guest,Thanks for your comment. As you write there I never pressure to visit any place,No obligation.So I always would like to do my best and I like to share these all information which is not sales pitches,if my guests say OKAY, with their permission I would like to invite to them...
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We had a conversation with Atilla and agreed that from now onwards, regardless of whether or not a traveler wants to go into a carpet factory he will specifically let them know that they will face a sales pitch in those places and that is what they should expect of that experience.
We were met at the port by Atilla and his driver in a 15 pass van (for 5 people). As we drove to Ephesus he shared history and culture. We saw Mary's House and then went to the ancient city of Ephesus. It was very rocky terrain but he pushed my mothers wheelchair the whole way. We could not have seen it without him. We visited a rug making factory which was very interesting. While we were there his driver found a place to fix our WC that had broken on the trip. Priceless help. Excellent tour & guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Actually I had spent macigal times with my Angels ;) They had no gentleman and I tried to do my best for her mom who had no helper to push wheelchair So I would like to show turkish hospitality which was my pleasure.
David MottUnited States
We were very pleased with our tour provided by Atilla. He is very knowledgable and friendly. When we were scheduled to meet, we realized that we were at a different port than Atilla thought we would be (70 km away). We were worried that we would miss out on the tour that day. Much to our surprise and pleasure, Atilla's wife met us at the port and drove us to meet Atilla. They went above and beyond to make sure that our day was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice thoughts,My wife and me,we are very happy to know your beautiful family,I loved your kids and I had spent nice times with you. I wish you all the best...