DWight P.South Africa
What a fortuitous find with a week to spare before arriving in Bodrum! ILker's engaging personality and command of English made the tour an enlightening experience. His bountiful knowledge of the history of Ephesis / House of The Virgin Mary enriched the experience to that of being more than just a tour but a true journey back in time. Ilker also has a network of Producers including carpet weavers and ceramic makers who are world-class craftsmen! Thank you for one of our top-two experiences in Turkey!
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Charles Michael BrillUnited States
Kusadasi's Ephesus Private Tour was the best of the best. WE had three excellent Tours by Locals but Ilker was the best of them all. In addition to seeing the ancient sights of Ephesus, he took us to a local carpet shop, not a factory and the owners had dinner for us: traditional Turkish food and showed us how they make beautiful carpets...highly recommend the experience. It made us love Turkey in-spite of our fears being high as we went to Istanbul the next day, two days after a bombing there.
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Richard VassarUnited States
The two days that we spent with Ilker were extremely educational. Besides the usual sites he took us off the beaten path where we could interact with local residents and learn about Turkey it's history and culture. He is very knowledgable and able to communicate that knowledge. The time spent with him was the most valuable investment we made on our tour of Europe.
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Carol ChallUnited States
Ilker was a nice person. He maintained contact with us up to the time of the tour. He was very knowledgeable and we felt we got true value for the price paid. He took us to all the main tourist sites and avoided the crowds while doing so. He took us shopping, which turned up some good results. The only thing I would say is we could have skipped the leather shop and spent a little more time at the historical stops later in the day. Highly recommend otherwise.
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Martha WarnerUnited States
Ilker did a great job - we'd like to work with him again. Ilker is very knowledgable about the history of each site, and makes sure his guests feel comfortable. We love local food, and he took us to some fabulous out of the way spots we would never have found on our own. At the end of our tour, we had a small crisis - our return flight out of Izmir was canceled due to weather. Ilker assisted us in rebooking the next flight - without his help, we'd have had major problems communicating with the airline.
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Fantastic place. Entertaining and informative tour.
Herbert SchnallRancho Santa Fe, 92067, United States
This was 1st of 2 days with Ilker, & he proved to be totally professional in all respects. His knowledge is impeccable as is his thoroughness and desire to please. He went out of his way to include all of our requests, including no shopping stops. He was responsible for 2 exceptional day trips.
Don HaaslUnited States
Ilker did a fantastic job guiding us. We were a group of six with a day in Ephesus while on a cruise. Ilker was personable, knowledgeable and flexible. In touring the ruins, he suggested we pay extra to go through a better-preserved section and that was very good advice. He was knowledgeable about the scriptural aspects of Mary's House, which was important to us. And he steered us well in taking us to lunch and for a baklava break. Altogether, a great day.
Michael D.United States
Thanks Ilker for a great tour. We really appreciated your flexibility in creating a custom trip - we only wish we had more time. It was a first time to Ephesus for all of us and we came away with a great appreciation of the history, the buildings, and what it must have looked like. Truly impressive. Your knowledge of the site and the history was impressive. Hope we can make another trip soon with more time. Thanks