Nazim is very knowgeable in which he gave a very informative explanation of the natural and historical aspects of Pamukkale. We then went for a hearty lunch in a nearby town as introduced by Nazim. It was the best meal I had in Turkey so far. Overall, I highly recommend Nazim.
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Karen StevensUnited Kingdom
Nazim had a lovely easy going manner about him and was an engaging speaker with an impressive base knowledge of Turkish history and religions. He was patient and thoughtful, taking pictures of us along the way and suggesting perfect viewpoints for various picture opportunities. Our two days were fun-filled and extremely informative. We lunched both days with the locals thoroughly enjoying the food and experience. We absolutely loved the tour and can't say enough about Nazim and his driver, Braveheart! 5*s
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks karen :)
Carl MillerUnited States
Nazim is a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and well versed in Turkish History. He has strong English skills. Nazim studied Turkey's long biblical history and was able to bring the Bible stories to life. We did a 2 day tour with a private driver that Nazim arranged. He explained local customs and we ate where locals go which makes the experience more special. This was our second Turkey tour using Tours by Locals. Both tours were perfect. You can't go wrong with Tours by Locals and with Nazim.
Jylan MegahedUnited States
Nazim is legit AMAZING. We followed his recommendation in starting our 3-hour journey to Pamukkale at 8am instead of 9! He arrived promptly at our hotel in a fancy shuttle w/ a driver. Our group of 5 were on 3-4 hours of sleep from night before so we greatly appreciated that he let us sleep vs trying to show off his knowledge. We walked through beautiful Pamukkale Springs & swam in the Ancient Pool. He took our photos, watched our belongings & left no question unanswered. Naz does NOT disappoint!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tkanks :)
Wendy AlfieroUnited States
Nazim is an outstanding guide. He is very knowledgable and gave us great history on all of the sited we visited. He took us to a excellent lunch. He has a wonderful personality and was a pleasure to spend time with. We highly recommend him!!!
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Stacy B.United States
Nazim was very accommodating to modify the tour to suit our desires. His knowledge of Turkish history is incredible, and told with a flair! We really appreciated his attention with taking care of us, and to ensure that my mom was not having any difficulty with the walk. I highly recommend him; and will use TBL again! ��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome :)
Clara EngleUnited States
We had the most incredible tour with Nazim!! It was our first trip to Turkey, and during the drive from Izmir to Bergama, he spoke not just about the history of the region but also answered our endless questions about culture, cuisine, things to do on future days of our trip, and more! It seemed like we could have asked him about any subject and he would be knowledgeable about it--if you are coming to the Izmir area to see Ephesus, Pamukkale, Bergama or anything else, you MUST choose Nazim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :) it was pleasure :)
Timothy CampbellUnited States
Nazim is very knowledgeable and experienced. He designed a tour that fit our wishes and exceeded our expectations. Not only did we learn a great deal from Nazim, but we enjoyed his company. He's a great guy to hang out with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.. You are very kind :)
Hui Fang KuanMalaysia
We truly enjoyed our day to Pamukkale and Hierapolis with Nazim. Nazim is friendly, witty, knowledgeable, patient and helpful. Would highly recommend his services. Thank you, Nazim, for the wonderful experience. A note of thanks to our driver, Ahmed too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome :)
Glenn GriffinUnited States
Nazim provided a superb tour of Ephesus. We were picked up at the airport right on cue and in the 45 min drive Nazim provided a history of Ephesus and what we were going to see. We strictly wanted history, no shopping and to eat locally, which Nazim arranged. A special treat at Ephesus was looking at the Terraced houses. Other tours were bypassing this; it is an extra ticket, nominal fee. Highly recommend taking this side tour. Incredible Roman homes, with in-door plumbing! We felt extremely safe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :)
Amanda WixonUnited States
Nazim is a lovely guide - knowledgeable, accommodating and very entertaining. I especially appreciate his willingness to talk about all manner of subjects! Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Nazim was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited, very friendly and personable and had a great sense of humor. He gave us lots of other information regarding the country and culture. His lunch recommendations were wonderful. He always made sure he asked for our input in regards to where to eat lunch and if we wanted a shopping stop. There was water available in the vehicle when we wanted some. We enjoyed our trip and would certainly recommend Nazim as your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :==))
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback ..
Our Private Half Day City Tour was satisfactory. We had asked for just sight seeing & to skip the museums. Our guide showed the relevant sights as mentioned in the website.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You asked me to do easy tour ı did it ..
Peggy DemingUnited States
Nazim was amazing. He modified his standard tour to accommodate visiting the sites we wanted to see. We had been to Ephesus already & asked for an abbreviated tour of this site to focus on the Terrace Houses. We saw them and Nazim made sure we saw all the excavation changes made to the Ephesus site since our last visit. We learned a great deal not only about the Archeological sites but about the local life in Turkey and had a great meal at a local restaurant. Nazim is a great guide & a kind man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks alot
Eric HultquistUnited States
What an amazing country Turkey is, albeit we saw just a tiny portion. We (my wife and I) were with Nazim for two days / two tours and had a very enjoyable experience. Not only does he know his stuff, but he makes it interesting. We had done a bit of pre-reading and were up on current events so were able to engage with him on current goings-on as well as history. We'd eagerly recommend Nazim to be your guide, if you are in this region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :) ı did my part as guide..;))
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.
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Janetta BoessenkoolSouth Africa
Nazim is an excellent guide with a deep knowledge of Pergamon and Ancient history. He went out of his way to make our day exceptional. We would definitely recommend him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much :)))
Sue LeatherdaleUnited Kingdom
This is the second time we've been guided by Nazim. The first in Ephesus 3 years ago and then today in Pergamon. Pergamon is very different to Ephesus and we virtually had it to ourselves. We went at our pace and are all much more knowledgeable in terms of Turkish history, culture and politics both ancient and modern. A great day and a guide we can thoroughly recommend. He arranged an authentic lunch stop so we could try local Turkish food and drink. If you book with Nazim you are in safe hands.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for All experience at ephesus & pergamon with you :))
Benson YangUnited States
My family (4 adults, 2 small children) had a great tour with Nazim over 4 days. We saw many beautiful sites. We had booked our tour many months in advance and Nazim was great at communicating, as he always replied promptly to our emails. He speaks English fluently and has great knowledge of all the sites we toured. He arranged for us to have a van and driver - the vehicle was clean and only a few months old. Nazim was always willing to accommodate our pace, particularly with the kids in mind.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much .. It was pleasure ;)))
Agnes KirschnerUnited States
Nazim is very personable accommodating and knowledgeable guide He adapted our tour in Kusadasi (Ephasus) to suit our needs and interests. He is peaks beautiful English making it easy for us to understand his information. I recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks :)))
Marnie SternerNew Zealand
It was great! Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You welcome :))
Brent RushforthUnited States
Nazim was our best guide ever. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Ephesus as well as local life. After spending an incredibly informative and entertaining tour of Ephesus he treated us to a wonderful lunch of local products including fruits, vegetables, lamb and chicken. It was delicious. We then toured a rug weaving site and ended up purchasing a beautiful rug, 85% of the purchase price going to local women weaving in their homes. Naz made the day the highlight of our trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks
On the 14th April our group of 4 had an unfogettable day with Nazim visiting Pamukkale from Selcuk. We had been able to liase prior by email and everything he had arranged was spot on. The vehicle was very comfortable and the 200Km trip there and back via the beautiful Meander valley was hardly noticed thanks to Nazim engaging us with his own insights into the history and culture not only of this region but also modern Turkey.The walking tour of Hieropolis was outstanding and a highlights of our trip.
Richard FruchtUnited States
Simply put, Nazim was fantastic. His friendly demeanor and his wealth of knowledge make him the finest of tour guides. He adapted to our wishes and we had a great time. Thanks Nazim for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Any time ;) thanks for Amazing day with your mother :))
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.
Dorothy M.United States
Nazim was an excellent tour guide!. He met us on time, everything was smooth. His knowledge is excellent and he' s a very enjoyable person with whom to spend the day. We would highly recommend him!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ... you were Amazing as well :))
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 ;))