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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Great tour by a fantastic guide Hakan B, very well informed and knowledgeable. Highly recommended and value for money.
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
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
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
Michael MetcalfUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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.
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....
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.