Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Izmir-Turkey by Tour Guide Ertunga E. (Guide #4546)


Andrew Huang

United States
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Tour: #31687, Didyma, Miletos and Priene - Private Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Dec 29/19

Ertunga is one of the best tour guides we have had using Tours By Locals. We had a great day learning about the history of the sites we visited. Ertunga is beyond knowledgeable about the history of Turkey and the context in general world history. It was like bringing your favorite teacher along and a history lesson come alive. We HIGHLY recommend Ertunga if you are planning to spend any time in Turkey. He is one of the best!

Laura G.

Denver, NC, United States
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Tour: #31771, Highlights of Ephesus Tour, Kusadasi, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 10/19

Ertunga was a great guide. He shared so much information on the history of Turkey and Ephesus it made for a great visit. Highly recommend this guide.

Andrew Low

Singapore
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Tour: #411319, Seven Churches of Revelation Tour, Izmir, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 11/19

Ertunga was a very helpful and friendly guide throughout. He ensured the tour was a pace we were comfortable with, while giving us plenty of insightful information.

David H.

United States
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Tour: #31546, Private Ephesus Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 2/19

Erunda greeted the 4 of us as we disembarked the ship & proceeded to ensure we had a good, context rich tour of Ephesus with a side trip to the House of Mary. As important, he took us to a rug maker with a wonderful restaurant that served authentic Turkish cuisine in a shaded outdoor setting that was perfect after a lot of sunny walking. He is pleasant, engaged, speaks good English, and kept an ops tempo perfect for our group. He checks on your well being.The private van was luxurious with plenty of water

Jeanine Walsh

Staten Island, NY, United States
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Tour: #36159, Daily Tour of Ephesus, Kusadası, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 29/19

We (myself and 3 friends) had a great day with Ertunga. He was courteous and professional. He was very knowledgable about every site we visited, answering all our questions. We visited Ephesus which was amazing, The house of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John and the museum. We had an amazing day with Ertunga. Thank you so much!

Sujeev Gandhi

Thailand
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Tour: #31546, Private Ephesus Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 12/19

Michael S.

United States
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Tour: #31758, Ephesus and Sirince Village private tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 26/19

Wendy Alfiero

United States
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Tour: #31546, Private Ephesus Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 17/19

Ertunga is an excellent guide. He was veery knowlegable and gave us great history. He has a great personality and was a pleasure to spend the day with. We highly recommend him!!

Stephen Martin

United States
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Tour: #31758, Ephesus and Sirince Village private tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 15/18

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.

Kristen Joyce

Canada
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Tour: #411319, Seven Churches of Revelation Tour, Izmir, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 12/18

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 Fernandez

United States
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Tour: #31770, Asklepion and Pergamon - Private Tour, Izmir, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 29/18

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.

Jennifer H.

Canada
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Tour: 10 days of Turkey Tour, Izmir, Turkey
Date: Jun 12/18

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 Kazhokin

United States
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Tour: Ephesus-Aphrodisias-Pamukkale Tour, Ephesus, Turkey
Date: Apr 3/18

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
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Tour: Ephesus area tour, Ephesus, Turkey
Date: Aug 18/17

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.

Sterling Winn

johnson city, TENNESSEE, United States
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Tour: #31546, Private Ephesus Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 10/17

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 Wolff

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #31546, Private Ephesus Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Nov 16/16

Brenda Harris

United States
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Tour: #31687, Didyma, Miletos and Priene - Private Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 3/16

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 Drescher

United States
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Tour: #31765, Ephesus Shore Excursion, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Aug 12/16

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 Lewis

United States
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Tour: #31765, Ephesus Shore Excursion, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jul 26/16

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 Richey

United States
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Tour: #31758, Ephesus and Sirince Village private tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 28/16

Ekasith Hussarungsri

Thailand
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Tour: #31659, Pamukkale & Hierapolis private tour, Pamukkale, Turkey    view tour
Date: Apr 28/16

Michael Williams

United States
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Tour: #31687, Didyma, Miletos and Priene, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Sep 21/15

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 Lawrence

United States
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Tour: Ephesus Afternoon Tour, Ephesus, Turkey
Date: Jul 4/15

Ertunga gave a fascinating and very detailed explanation of life in Ephesus and that era overall.

Sandy McDermott

Canada
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Tour: Best of Ephesus and Village Life, Ephesus, Turkey
Date: May 11/15

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

Judith Gill

Australia
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Tour: #33423, Aphrodisias and Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour, Pamukkale, Turkey    view tour
Date: May 4/15

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 Davis

United States
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Tour: #31546, Ephesus Tour, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 1/14

Jim Stratton

United States
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Tour: #31770, Asklepion and Pergamon, Izmir, Turkey    view tour
Date: Jun 1/14

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 Levy

United States
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Tour: Ephesus tour, Ephesus, Turkey
Date: May 29/14

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 Rivera

United States
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Tour: #31765, Ephesus and Sirince Village Tour from Izmir, Izmir, Turkey    view tour
Date: Mar 23/14

Ertunga was a great tour guide! He is very knowledgeable and detailed. Excellent tour!

Robin Buxton

Orinda, CA, United States
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Tour: #31687, Didyma, Miletos and Priene, Ephesus, Turkey    view tour
Date: Oct 21/13

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.