William CondonSouth Dennis, MA, United States
We met Hakan at the cruise terminal in Kusadasi and were driven in a new, large air-conditioned van first to Mary's house and then to the Ancient ruins of Ephesus. While Mary's house was built on what were the ruined foundation of the house she would have occupied the historical information that Hakan provided useful. The excavated ruins of Ephesus were awe inspiring. To walk in the steps of Saint Paul and to sit in the stadium where he taught was a once in a lifetime experience. We highly recommend Hakam
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much William, This is very kind of you. Hope to see you again Hakan
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
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.
Ted V.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ted. All the best wishes from Turkey
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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....
John AndersenOrlando, FL, United 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
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
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
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 :)
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.
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!