Linda K.United States
This tour was the biggest surprise on our trip. We had expected that we would hurry through the ruins of Ephesus, but they proved to be extraordinary. Enormous in size and complex in engineering. The "Terrace Houses" excavation should not be missed. They were fascinating! Tijen was a first-rate guide; knowledgeable and insightful about Turkey in general and Ephesus in particular. She took us to a truly local "buffet" that was an outstanding experience...a delightful meal of authentic Turkish cuisine.
We had a wonderful day with Tijen O. as we toured everything there was to see in Ephesus and area. She was very knowledgeable about each of the areas and was very accommodating to answer my many questions throughout the day.Our traditional Turkish lunch was very good. Plan to stay hydrated, shade yourself from the sun with an umbrella if necessary and wear good walking shoes. Although the journey path was well planned you will be doing a great deal of walking. Thank you Tijen for the great day.
Margaret (Peggy) HagopianUnited States
Tijen was an outstanding tour guide! My biggest surprise of the whole trip was Ephesus. It was so beautiful and big. Tijen lead us through the streets of Ephesus and you could just imagine what daily life was like there. Outstanding job! We also visited the house of Mother Mary. Very peaceful and intriguing. We had lunch at a family run restaurant. The food was fantastic. We felt so welcomed everywhere we went. Loved it!!
Howard MurphyUnited States
Our tour with Tijen was excellent. She was delightfully friendly and so eager to accommodate us in any way that we wanted to orchestrate the tour. We immediately appreciated her flexibility and the many options she offered. We found her to be very knowledgable and most willing to answer our questions not only about Ephesus, but the state of affairs in Turkey at the present. We experienced Turkish people to be warm, out-going and passionate. We can only hope more people will come to see that by visiting.
Stefanie N.United States
Tijen is very informative and friendly. She gave us an excellent tour of the Virgin Mary's Home, the amazing ruins in Ephesus, and an authentic local Turkish lunch. We would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends.
Tijen was great! Her instruction to meet were clear, and she was right there ready to go. We toured Ephesus, the house of Mary and the St John Basilica, all of which Tijen was able to make come alive with lots of details and the historical background. For lunch she suggested a little home kitchen attached to a carpet weaving co-op. This was a brilliant surprise! We got to see master weavers at work, and came away with a whole new appreciation for Turkey's carpets! Would definitely book with Tijen again!
Aleja Herricktelluride, CO, United States
Tijen is very knowledgable. She is very pleasant. We needed to ask her to stop being on the phone so often to reserve other tours. Be sure to have accurate prices (itemize) prior to your tours. We were confused at the final payment day with the final total. The drivers drive extremely fast... so you may need to request a slow driver for these windy and narrow roads. All in all
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Aleja, I would like to clarify some of the comments. 1- I had to talk to arrange your second day trip with the tarnasportation company etc. otherwise I never talk on the phone when I am on the tour. 2-You have booked the tour from Izmir airport and need to pay exra 120 usd for that reason. That is the situation already publish on the toursbylocals web side. 3- Driver never passed legal speed limit . If he paaed police could stop us for the punishment and that never hapened.Thanks
Jan BrandvoldUnited States
Our daughter and son-in-law had a wonderful time with Tijen on their tour of Ephesus! She was knowledgible, friendly and caring, and they were thrilled with all they learned. This was the third time I booked this tour with Tijen. The first time was so good, we wanted to do it again! We had to cancel our trip last year, so we were very happy to find that Tijen was available this year. I would go with her again in a heartbeat.
Marilyn VarcoeUnited States
The entire group really enjoyed and appreciated her tour. She is extremely knowledgeable about her topics and she handled the group well. We would all rate her as a 5 in all areas. The tour was very informative and Tijen made it a wonderful experience for all. Many thanks to her for her contribution to our trip. Marilyn Varcoe and group from Naples Florida
Madison GrayUnited States
The guide was extremely knowledgeable regarding both the ancient and Biblical history of the Ephesus. She was also flexible to allow us to tailor our itinery somewhat to allow us to experience some aspects of Turkish culture via the cuisine and handcrafts.
Beverly JohnsonUnited States
Tijen was our guide. She is a very nice and knowledgeable lady. My husband uses a wheelchair and had driver who assisted him with a van that accommodated his wheelchair. We toured the remarkable ruins of Ephesus and stopped for a nice local lunch. Lunch gave us the opportunity to have a nice chat with Tijen about all sorts of things. This tour was a delight. Bev Johnson, So. Lake Tahoe, CA
Edward SchindoUnited States
Tijen was quite ill and so we had a replacement. We had booked for a 5 hour tour and our guide repeatedly kept trying to increase the time even though we repeatedly told him we wanted to end at 5 hours. He was difficult to understand and kept asking us "Why" or "What" something was before telling us. Sometimes he even called out a specific name or two in our group of 4 to answer his question. If we knew all about the sights, we wouldn't have needed a guide. We were all glad when the tour ended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am terribly sorry about that. I arrived at the port to meet with the customers and I started feeling quite sick since I started feeling that way right before the tour I felt obliged to arrange the customers a substitute. Once again it was a last minute situation. I am really sorry about that.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Her guide manager was made aware of this situation and is working with her on ways of avoiding situations like this of happening again. We tried to get in touch with the customer in order to sort this situation out and had no success hearing back from him as of now.
Richard PolifroniUnited States
Tijan was knowledgable and covered everything we initially asked her to do. The authentic Turkish lunch at a local village was great and she even introduced us to a family in the village that she was friendly with. It was an excellent experience.
Richard KesslerUnited States
Terrific tour. Tijen is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Sandy GlassmanUnited States
Tijen was our guide for half a day at Ephesus, and was fabulous!!! She is extremely knowledgeable, has a marvelous sense of humor and is so caring. My husband has a bad foot, and she was very empathetic to his needs.I highly recommend her! Sandy Glassman, Minnetonka, MM
Barbara LofflerUnited States
Tijen was a very good guide. Her English was excellent. I do think it would help, since we were a grp. of 6 to have some type of mike system in car to help understand the guide when the car is moving. She was very knowledgeable about the tour of Ephesus and would highly recommend her.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Tijen. The microphone suggestion was brought up to her support manager and will be passed on to the guide.
David RezacUnited States
Tijen was a great guide and we enjoyed our time with her! She was very informative and made the tour very comfortable. The only downside was that she was about 15 minutes late meeting us at the dock. I would definitely recommend her as a tour guide. Thanks Tijen!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Tijen. Her tardiness is extremely unusual and the issue was brought up to her and her manager. According to Tijen, the meeting location was not very precise and customers and guide took a little longer than usual to meet up and start the tour.
Eileen MacarioUnited States
Tijen was a wonderful guide, a nice person and fun. She navigated us through the VERY crowded ruins educating us about all that we were seeing. We thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend her.
Karen S.United States
Tijen was very knowledgable about Ephesus. Our only dissapointment was not visiting the Terrace Houses. It was a very hot day (95 degrees F) and Tijen said it would be even hotter inside the Terrace Houses so we opted out. On return to the ship however other passengers had gone into the Terrace Houses and said it was actually cooler inside than outside and that it was amazing inside. So we wish we would have seen them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen, I am happy to hear you enjoy your tour. But sorry to hear that someone told you terrace houses are not hot or cooler.Still I can tell the same thing , because of being coverd place you could feel more warmer.I will ceck tomorrow real tempreture inside and outside of the terrace houses. Thank you Tijen O.
The guide noted on this rating was not the guide who did our tour. We would have liked the guide to consider our special request (limited walking) more carefully and adjusted the itinerary accordingly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce , According to my last minute sickness I had to arrange one of my friend at the night. Sorry for this contition. Thnk you for your understanding. Tijen O.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken to Tijen about this situation - she was ill from food poisoning the night before and had to find a replacement very early in the morning. We've asked Tijen to ensure that if using a replacement is necessary that they be fully versed on the special requests of the traveller. The Ephesus site can be challenging for people with walking difficulties.
We where a group of 6 arriving Kusadasi Turkey on a cruise ship and booked a TourByLocals tour with Tijen. We were all extremely pleased with Tijen's Joyful character and very good knowledge of her countries ruins in Ephesus. She was constantly trying to please our group and we all had a marvelous time in Ephesus thanks to her. We highly recommend her to anyone visiting Ephesus or surroundings. Best regards Peter
Ann DraisUnited States
Tijen is a sweet and knowledgeable lady. We enjoyed spending the afternoon with her taking in the amazing sights. She did mislead us, however, saying she was taking us to a leather factory to see how leather products are made (which is something Turkey is known for) but instead brought us to a high pressure sales pitch to buy leather jackets at upwards of $1000 US.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback. We have spoke with Tijen about the need to disclose the possibility of high pressure sales techniques such as this prior to the visit.
Barbara Ann RobyUnited States
She was pleasant and reliable, provided enough information of the area that kept us intrigued, asked as if we wished to see the bazaar or a factory which originally stipulated we didn't want to do but was glad she did as we found a lovely mall rug we will hang. She has a quiet demeanor which could be taken as lack of interest but was acceptable to us.
Our tour of Ephesus and the Mary Mother House was a truly memorable day. Our tour guide Tijen was well informed and a delight to be with. She was able to answer our numerous questions with much patience and good humour I would recommend her highly as a guide. At lunch we enjoyed a lovely traditional Turkish meal (our first while in Turkey). I would certainly contact TOURS BY LOCALS on my next visit to fascinating Turkey with a change to the itinerary. I would not include either Leather or Carpet Shops
Zeynep IlgazUnited States
Tijen was very courteous and professional. I recommend her highly . You can be sure that she will do her best to make this right if any glitches come up. AAA+
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John WolfUnited States
Tijen and her driver provide four of us with a wonderful, pleasant tour of all relevant areas. We highly recommend their services to other visitors. John in the US.
Kathleen H. GerardiUnited States
Dear Tijen, Our family cannot thank you enough for the wonderful tour you gave us of Ehpesus, the home of Mother Mary and the area around St. John's. You are so knowledgeable and pleasant that you have given us all the most pleasant memories of Turkey. With warm regards,The Gerardi Family.
We really enjoyed our tour with Mel. We loved Turkey and our visit to Ephasis. Can I get mels email..I have a personal request. Thanks Ann Hoover