This tour was great value even for two people! Nazim was knowledgeable about the historic sites and answered all our questions. The day was well planned out with punctual arrival, a spotless vehicle with a good driver, a flexible pace focused on the sites we were interested in and a great typical Turkish lunch. We enjoyed our tour of House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Ephesus Terrace Houses, and Temple of Artemis with Nazim and learned a lot in a short period of time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was perfect day for us as well. THANKS
Our Private Trip to Ephesus was just an average tour. Nothing to highlight about. On this day, I felt I would've been better off visiting the sites myself in a cab. It wasn't worth the charges I paid. We had guides from other agencies, elsewhere in Turkey & other countries who were far friendlier, engaging & involved. Everything was rushed. I am sorry but I may not consider ToursByLocals as my first option for my future travels. Thank you.
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Eric HultquistUnited States
Please see our other review for the other tour we took with Nazim. We could not have asked for a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ;))
Our tour in Ephesus was terrible. We spent less than two hours in this world heritage site, missed a lot of thing inside and have to hurry up for a candy store and a leather shop that's not in our plan. He made a 2 minutes stop to point Artemis temple then sent us at hotel. It took 5 hours from 9:30 to 14:30 including that 2 shops so net only 3 hrs which was less than a half of 7 hours tour we expected. We feel we got robbed 250 USD we paid. This tour was so disappointed, one star rating is way too much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chatchawan, Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with my services. I welcome all thoughts and feedback as I am always looking for ways to improve under every circumstance. I will ensure clearer expectations are relayed to future travellers, this will ensure that there is no miscommunication or misunderstandings as to what is included in the itinerary. Thank you.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are sorry for this experience. Besides Nazim´s willingness to satisfy future travelers, a partial refund was issued.
Robert ChaikenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: 5 stars .. again
Fatima MangeraSouth Africa
Nazim lived up to his reputation " a veritable fact spewing machine" We thoroughly enjoyed our Ephesus tour. Nazim was friendly, interactive and very accommodating. Will definitely recommend him. Thank you Nazim,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Fatima ;))
Nicholas PoulosUnited States
From the moment Nazim greeted us at the airport in Izmir we felt as if we already knew him!. His enthusiasm for his job of touring/educating his guests was commendable. We learned a tremendous amount of information and had a fabulous time doing it. The history of the area was a pleasant bonus as well as the delicious lunch spot we retired to after the tour. We highly recommend Nazim.
Mariela ArcherUnited States
Nazim was a wealth of knowledge and we very much enjoyed our experience with him. He educated us on current Turkish facts and stats as well as the historical ones. He is truly an expert on his country and culture. My fourteen year old son was particularly impressed with Nazim and wanted me to be sure to mention that Nazim is a " fact spitting machine". If your goal is to spend A pleasant day learning a ton of information about your visit with a friendly person, Nazim is the guide for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks
Stanley Bateman JrUnited States
Nazim was outstanding. Met us at the ship, was on time, and gave us a great tour of Ephesus and the surrounding area. His personal tour of Ephesus was wonderful and gave us a real understanding of the history.
Kevin ScottUnited Kingdom
Great stuff. Was picked up on time from my Izmir hotel and given a great tour of Ephesus and all of it's attractions. Nazim was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of my questions. He recommended a book to read and it was a pleasant change to eat where the locals eat and learn about the country and area I was visiting from a well read and friendly local.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you you were great on Tour as well...
Lynnette HubertAlbany, OR, United States
Nazim was a great guide who knows his history. He was able to take us to Ephesus later in the day to avoid the tour buses making our time there very enjoyable. It was a beautiful day and we appreciated his explanations and knowledge of the area. Thanks Nazim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome any time
Sue LeatherdaleUnited Kingdom
We had a fantastic day out with Nazim yesterday. He went the extra mile to accomodate our requirements after an initial complication and we were very grateful. We learnt so much more by having an experienced guide. He told us so much about both Ephesus and the local history and Turkey itself. Lunch was a traditional Turkish meal and we had lots of fun learning about how carpets are made. Thanks Nazim. I very much hope we will be back to use your services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sue... Thank you very much.. You were so thoughfull... And flexible....
If there would be 6 stars we would give it to him. We took the tour from our port of call in Izmir, and it became one of the highlights for us. Nazim was promptly waiting for us at the gate of the port, took us to his car and off we went to Ephesus. He is very knowledgeable, highly intelligent and has a sense of fine humor that puts everybody at ease. We felt like being driven around by a good and knowledgeable friend showing us secrets. Nazim you're on the right way to become the wise man you spoke about
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks
Jessy MossUnited States
We had a wonderful tour, It was just perfect, Nazim was waiting for us as we left the ship terminal. We were traveling with an infant and installed our own car seat trouble free. The tour took us to Ephesus and Nazim was very knowledgeable very kind, friendly and accommodating, Nazim is very well known and liked by everyone we came across and it was nice to see the warmth with which he interacts with other local people in the area. We learned a lot! We loved it and highly recommend to all
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks... I did my part
Simon CearnsUnited Kingdom
Nazim was kind, considerate & courteous, the little touches that make all the difference like stopping to buy us fresh peaches. We wouldn't heasitate to use him again or recommend him to friends. Kathryn & Simon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks simon
Jim GeeUnited States
Nazim was a great guide for our group. They all loved him! Bus was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks jim
Carole F.Wahiawa, HAWAII, United States
Nazim was wonderful guide to have....extremely kind, flexible with the schedule and very knowlegable about his country's history and culture. We had signed up for his Ephesus tour but my traveling companions wanted to include shopping with the tour when we go there. He willingly spent extra hours with us and took us to other sites not on the agenda. We would love to have him as a guide again if we ever visit the region again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: you were the first tourist gave me gift ... thank you very much...they are amazing delicious...
Nazim was knowledgeable but best of all he tailored the tour and content to the interests of our group. Nazim was exceptionally good with our Son communicating at a level that kept both his interest and ours. I would highly recommend booking Nazim for your tour of Ancient Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi derek , ı did my best for you and your amazing son..
David MiraldiUnited States
Nazim was very accommodating. We enjoyed his commentary and learning about him and his family. He is a very friendly person who aims to make his time with his clients as pleasant as possible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks..
David F.United States
Nazim is a very fine guide -- we had a great tour of Ephesus! He pointed out many details we would have missed in a large group! And what a treat to chat over lunch! Very knowlegable and accomodating. Skip the large ship tour and spend a day with Nazim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I did my best. Thanks
We very much enjoyed our tour. Nazim was great, very knowledgeable, and accommodating. At times he answered questions before we had finished and misunderstood the question but we always were able to clarify.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks
Nazim gave 4 of us an excellent 5 hour tour. He was timely, warm, personable,clear, informed and informative about Ephesus, Kusadasi and Turkey. He whisked us to Ephesus while giving an overview of what we could expect. Efficiently managed our way into the crowded site but took time to point out special features. He was thoughtful of our comfort and hydration and helped us exchange our money into Lira and answered all questions. He would be a good choice for a multi-day tour of his country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı did my best just made your day unforgetable....
Edward CheskisUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks
Nazim has made Ephesus an exceptional experience. We designed our tour of Ephesus exactly as we wanted to. From the start, it was evident that this is much more than a job for Nazim. An intelligent and wise man, despite his young age, the passion and love for his country is very evident, and we learnt so much more than what the historic sites alone could offer. Ephesus is simply stunning, and Nazim brought it to life through his insight and detailed knowledge of the surroundings. An honor to have met him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ıvo.. ıt was nice tour ı also enjoy having tour with you...thank you very much
Timothy TatumUnited States
Nazim, was very professional, courteous, and an expert on the area. He maneuvered us around the crowds in order to see the things that interested me most. I would recommend him to others. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars was the high pressured sales we were given near the end of the tour by a rug dealer. Although the dealer was kind, we felt pressured to buy something. We should have been warned about what was coming and given the option of declining. Other than that it was a great tour.
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TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: One of the benefits of a private tour is that is tailored to your interests. We have reminded Nazim that he should check with customers first to find out if they have any interest in shopping (or any other aspect of the tour) and adjust the tour to fit.
Marc ShabermanUnited States
Nazim was a great guide. We went on a full day Ephasus tour. We had been to Ephasus before on a tour on a cruise, but were only able to stay about an hour, so were not interested in another brief tour. We spent nearly the whole day at the site, and Nazim was able to tailor the tour to our needs. We are pretty slow, but Nazim helped my wife when she needed help. He was always there with a helping hand. He is extraordinarily well informed. highly recommended.
Christine HedgesUnited Kingdom
Nazim was an excellent guide and provided a first class service - from collecting us at the dock to our return - a professional and friendly guide. Would highly recommend.
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Nazim was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable of Turkey in general & Ephesus in particular. He had excellent command over English. He extended his stay with us by over an hour & was extremely honest in dealing with us. All four of us who took this tour agree that we would strongly recommend him as a guide. Our Izmir/Ephesus tour was among the best ports we visited through our NCL cruise and Nazim should receive credit for its success. Nazim, thanks for this wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks anıta lıke ı mention before try to do my best...
Justin ReuterUnited States
Nazim was just amazing.. best tour guide we've ever had. He took us where we wanted to go, knew the history of turkey up and down and was very friendly and flexible. He was waiting at the cruise ship terminal for us, and everything was very smooth and professional! If you go to Turkey, look up Nazim you won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı dıd my part ... thanks
Fredi FensterUnited States
Nazir made all the difference in our enjoymment of Ephesus. He met the ship with a smile, was knowledgeable about where we went and introduced us to the culture and customs of Turkey. We found him interesting and interested in us as travelers.His demeanor and attitude were professional. We would gladly recommend him to anyone who asked. He made Ephesus come alive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ı dıd just my part... thanks
Candy BagleyUnited States
Our tour guide for Ephesus was Nazim. We enjoyed our tour. He met us on time, he was very knowledgeable. He adapted our tour to include a museum we wanted to see. We had a great lunch. His English was fantastic. Candy and Ray Bagley.
Harry TodtmanUnited States
Excellent - Nazim knew his stuff and very friendly. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I DID JUST MY PART ... THANKS..
Edward BastowUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks
Katherine JohnsonUnited States
Nazim was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. His explanations of the history and excavation of Ephesus were enlightening and informative. His English was excellent. His was always punctual for our meetings and took us on routes that would enable us to see how Turkish people live outside of the tourist attractions. We have traveled extensively and would recommend Nazim to anyone looking for a private guide and driver. Dr. and Mrs Van Johnson,Warren, Pa.