Stephen MartinUnited States
We stopped at Ephesus as part of a Regent Seven Seas Athens-Athens cruise. Regent offered us 4 different Ephesus group tour free; they include all excursions in the fare. I knew that Ephesus deserved a private tour, particularly for the Terrace Houses, and I chose this one for my wife and me. Fabulous tour in a Mercedes Van/. Ertunga is a fabulous, well educated guide who speaks impeccable English. The village lunch at the home of his personal friends was BEYOND fabulous; easily the best of our trip.
Amazing 3 day tour of the seven churches from the book of Revelation. Ertunga was a superb guide, he was very knowledgeable of the land,sites, history, context and connection with scriptures. He allowed us time we desired at the sites and did not rush us. He was very respectful,helpful, pleasant to be with. We enjoyed his company and this tour very much. He was fair with the price and the tour was well worth what we paid. I would definitely recommend Ertunga as a guide. We plan to book with him again.
Julie FernandezUnited States
Ertunga was an excellent guide! He was personable and really let us customize our tour. He was flexible and SUPER informative. This was an excellent tour and surpassed my expectations in every way. I highly recommend this guide. He would be excellent on any tour in Turkey.
Ertunga is a fabulous guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our time w/ him. Not only did he organize a 10-day tour that met our specific interests, but his flexibility was appreciated when a late itinerary change was necessary. Ertunga is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, passionate about his country and its history, and his English is excellent - we would not hesitate to recommend him. We were also impressed w/ the driver and the vehicle provided. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we had a lot of fun too!
Aleksandra KazhokinUnited States
Ertunga is an amazing guide! He is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and flexible. He did everything to accommodate all our requests. Ertunga made our trip unforgettable and a lot of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alexandra. I am so happy to meet your family and also great time with you. All the best.
T P.United Kingdom
Ertunga is a wonderful guide who has a very informative and relaxed style, and an open, warm personality that made us feel at ease straight away. We never felt rushed and our tour was the highlight of our holiday. A fascinating place and a real privilege to be able to visit such wonderful historical and sacred sites.
Cindy Winnjohnson city, TENNESSEE, United States
Fabulous day, very informed and knowledgeable. We learned so much more than if had gone alone. Ertunga took us to a great local outdoor restaurant to sample a variety of foods. I highly recommend this day!
Darryn WolffSan Francisco, CA, United States
Brenda HarrisUnited States
This was an outstanding tour! We had already visited Ephesus and wanted something different. Visiting three different cities and seeing the ruins up close and personal with no crowds was so amazing. He gave us great explanations and shared so much history. It was so informative and also interesting to see some of the other areas of Turkey during our drives between cities. The temple, theaters, and all of the ruins were amazing. Thanks for a great day!
Cathy DrescherUnited States
Outstanding tour. We have taken many tours over the years and this was definitely the best! Oscar our guide was very knowledgeable and took the time to really connect with each of us. The tour was totally customized to our desires. Will definitely tour with the tours by locals from now on!
Natalie LewisUnited States
We have a 13 and 17 year old with us and we all had a great time and learned so much about each site he brought us to. Without Ertunga we would not have had time to see as much as we did. So very happy we booked with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Natalie.
Kenna RicheyUnited States
Michael WilliamsUnited States
Ertunga is an excellent guide, speaking great English and providing excellent details regarding all of the sites. He suggested a lunch on the sea that was outstanding. These sites are an excellent option to Ephesus.
Michael LawrenceUnited States
Ertunga gave a fascinating and very detailed explanation of life in Ephesus and that era overall.
Ertunga was an exceptional guide-strong passion & knowledge of Ephesus sites and history as well as of the surrounding area. Our group of 5 adults enjoyed our tour to and throughout Ephesus, including the terraced houses. Ertunga has solid English skills - provided excellent commentary and clearly wanted to share his passion for the area. He was flexible, letting us concentrate our time on areas of most interest. We very much enjoyed our time with Ertunga, highly recommend him. Sandy McD, Toronto Canada
Erunga was everything that we would have hoped for in a guide. He was well organised, punctual, friendly and personable, and amenable. He spoke excellent English, was very knowledgable and able to communicate his knowledge in an interesting way. Ertunga was the only guide prepared to take us to Aphrodisias which is an awesome site and should not be missed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Judith, Thank you so much for your nice comments and thank you for Vegemite :=)
Lant DavisUnited States
Jim StrattonUnited States
Ertunga arrived promptly as scheduled. His manner is very relaxed, which was fine for us. He provided a wealth of knowledge about Pergamon and Asklepion. We enjoyed the day very much. Lunch was at a buffet restaurant which offered a wide variety of dishes, in part because it was frequented by tour buses. We, as a group of 2, were outliers. We were back at our hotel 7 hours after we left. Maybe it is faster to tour with a group of 2!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jim, thank you for the feedback. I would like to give you short explication regarding tour duration.if you check my Pergamon and Asklepion tour description, you will see that as a meeting and tour ending point I give 2 towns, Kusadasi and Izmir, but there is one tour duration field, where it is written 10 hours. There is 3 hours driving from Kusadasi to Pergamon, but only 1 and half hour from Izmir to Pergamon, that's why your tour was shorter.
Alice LevyUnited States
Ertunga was one of the best guides we have ever had. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the history and culture of Ephesus and also provided insights into living in current day Turkey. Particularly special was the inclusion of a visit to a home in Sirince for a delicious lunch. We highly recommend him.
Francisco RiveraUnited States
Ertunga was a great tour guide! He is very knowledgeable and detailed. Excellent tour!
Robin BuxtonOrinda, CA, United States
We found Ertunga very informative and flexible. In addition to the Greek and Roman ruins we visited, he humored my requests to visit several notable Selcuk mosques in the same areas. I really appreciated the addition.
Trudy SheenUnited Kingdom
Ertunga was brilliant. His English was good and he paced the tour to suit our needs as a group of 5 in our early and late 60's. He was very professional.
June ReynoldsUnited States
Recommend very highly. We enjoyed seeing the Turkey countryside. Our guide took us to places where not many tourists go. We started at a park overlooking the harbor. We visited Pirene and then an abandoned Greek settlement, inhabited between 600AD until 1923. From there we had lunch on at little beach restaurant which had wonderful fresh fish. On the way to the restaurant, we went through a wetlands area which had flamingos and other shore birds. We then visited Miletos and Didyma. Wonderful guide.
Frazee C.United States
A great tour and Ertunga was a super guide. What we saw was some of the best ruins - a must see, in my opinion, if you're in Turkey. Where we ate lunch however, was not a big hit for most of us.
Albert PopeUnited States
This was our first TBL experience and was as advertised. Everything went as expected. Ertunga provided us with a full day. We would recommend both the tour and him as a guide and further we have already recommended TBL to fellow travelers.
From the moment we meet Ertunga we found him very friendly and knowledgable. On the way to Ephesus he told us current information about things happening in Turkey and surrounding countries, Ertunga was very interesting. He was flexible with what we wanted to do for the day. As all the other reviews, we also found Ertunga very good and would recommend.
Thomas GrishamUnited States
We have been traveling for 40 years in 62 countries. Guides, unfortunately, often do not know much about the sites, and frequently talk continually to fill in the gaps. Not so with Ertunga. He has a wealth of knowledge, and understands the concept of giving people space to consider. He loves what he does, and it shows. He is unquestionably the best guide we have ever had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thomas, It is very nice to hear such a nice things from you, I also learned a lot from you. I hope we will have chance to meet again
Kevin ScottUnited Kingdom
As an ex teacher, Ertunga is passionate about his interest in the history of his region. This was clearly demonstrated on this tour of Pergamon where not only did we visit the Acropolis and Asclepion, we also went to the Temple of Serapis and local museum. Local knowledge also helped with finding a fantastic place for lunch. Totally unrushed and professional and I learned a lot from Ertunga about the area.
Charles KronbergUnited States
Ertunga is an exceptional guide who went out of his way to make the tour memorable. He is highly knowledgeable, personable and exceeded all expectations. He knows the history and made these sites come alive. His English is very good and he answered every question.
Charles KronbergUnited States
Ertunga is an exceptional guide who went out of his way to make the tour memorable. He is highly knowledgeable, personable and exceeded all expectations. He knows the history and made these sites come alive. His English is very good and he answered every question. This was a very long tour from Selcukand we saw as much as we could during the time we had.
Henry L.Costa Rica
Ertunga was a great tour guide! Our tour to Kusadasi was superb, he was able to keep the whole 11 people party interested at all times nad the whole tour was well organized and planned. He knows a lot and likes to share keeping the kids involved even in 100 plus degree weather!!! We all enjoyed the explanations and fun facts. He had a lot of patience waiting for parents to translate from English to Spanish for the little kids!
Lisa SconyersUnited States
Amazing tour! We were picked up right at the cruise terminal and spent a wonderful day exploring Turkey! He even took us to a great place for lunch! Thanks so much for a wonderful day! Good luck with the new baby!
Jean Marie P.Philippines
for our half day stop in the port of izmir, ertunga took us to ephesus and the house of the virgin mary. from the onset, he spoke quite interestingly about the history of the site, which brought the ruins to life as we were walking through them. it helped that he pointed out the ideal spots to take pictures from, so we could concentrate on his story-telling. will definitely book ertunga again next time we visit turkey!
Jo Ann LynnUnited States
One of the best tours we have ever had. Lunch was the high point with Emine (sp?) and her family. Ertunga is very knowledgable and friendly. We highly recommend his tour.
Gaye HayUnited States
Ertunga was a fabulous tour guide! He is very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. He is professional and personable. Based on our comments, he suggested additional places we might want to visit and we were able to go to several additional sites. I would recommend Ertunga to anyone thinking about visiting Turkey!
Tom J.Dallas, TX, United States
Ertunga was a wonderful host and guide for the day. We enjoyed tours of all the ancient ruins in Ephesus and the surrounding area. He was quite polite and gave us the flexibility to choose our visits for the day with any factory tours being optional. His knowledge provided us with a trip we will never forget. We would definitely book again upon travels to Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom! i am glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again in Turkey!
Robert ChristoforidesUnited Kingdom
It was great
Robert ChristoforidesUnited Kingdom
It was great
Ertunga did an outstanding job while guiding us through the history of Ephesus. It was a most enjoyable day. He found us a very nice place for lunch. Ertunga was a most engaging young man. I will recommend him highly in the future.
William MooreUnited States
Even though we had reserved many months in advance, when we reconfirmed with Ertunga a month before the trip, he responded that he had booked a major trip and had arranged for a substitute. The sub was there when we arrived with a driver (a pleasant surprise). Driver excellent but fast, possibly due to our tight schedule; returned 45 minutes early. Sub taught by Ertunga, so his English and knowledge were good but he needs a little more experience to be excellent. Never felt rushed at sites-saw it all.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Raj MashruwalaUnited States
Ertunga was exceptionally knowledgeable in history, had a lot of stories to tell and good sense of humor. He suggested evening tour which we think is far superior to day tour. There were fewer tourist and infinitely pleasant environment. Main reason for giving him four star is while he was very professional, we did not feel intimate with him, or we did not establish personal bond.
Thomas LyonsUnited States
Ertunga was right on time to pick me up and throughout the tour was able to answer all my questions. He paced the tour just as I requested. This was 5 star good.
Brian ReganUnited States
Our tour of Ephesus with Ertunga was the best! His knowledge of Ephesus and other areas is extensive and his personal demeanor is professional.
Jason GreenblattUnited States
Our guide ertunga was excellent. We were not an easy group (we had 6 children ages 18 months to 13 years old). Ertunga was knowledgable, patient, flexible, and interesting. He was a pleasure to work with and I recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jason Happy to hear that you enjoy your date. Greetings to everybody.
Karl BreamUnited States
A great day from site to site on the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy you enjoyed it! Greetings
Jose H. MartinezMexico
Very good service. Although he said to speak spanish, his wife did and the tours were very pleasant and delightfull!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My Spanish is still not good enough for guiding - because only 2 of their part spoke English, I mentioned that my wife, who is also guide in this region, speaks Spanish and can come with us. They chose that option, but of course I was with them all the time. So, practically, she guided them, there was no translating.
ERTUNGA made Turkey come to 'life' for us. His knowledge was impressive, and his enthusiasm made our trip memorable.We saw so much, learned heaps, genuinely enjoyed his company and had a lot of fun..... We have recommended Ertunga to all our friends ....we would love to do another trip with him.
Dixie BeymerUnited States
After I booked this tour, the initial guide became unavailable. Ertunga stepped in and agreed to perform the tour as quoted. He was very engaging, open to modifications, and informative. He also took us to several places we wanted to see that were not on the tour itinerary. We highly recommend Ertunga (and I do not usually provide such praise easily).
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments. We're pleased that Ertunga was able to take over this tour.