David SmithLafayette, CALIFORNIA, United States
We had great communication with Erkan prior to our tour, she met us promptly with a beautiful van and a highly professional driver .... and she customized the day perfectly to meet our needs. We learned a tremendous amount about the historical areas we visited .. but we also learned a lot about the culture of the country and current political events in the area. My wife and I both highly recommend Erkan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was my pleasure to meet you and share all informatin about my country and historical sites. Have safe trip back home!!
Robert HellewellUnited States
The tour of Ephesus was great. Definitely the highlight of my trip. I give this tour, and my guide, the highest rating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much... hope to see you again in my beautiful country!
Brad FriedlanderNorth Chelmsford, MA, United States
Zeynep provided us with a great tour customized to our interests and needs. She was very knowledgeable and able to communicate very effectively with us. We finished the preplanned part of the tour early and dynamically added a few more activities. If you are in Kusadasi, I recommend that you book Zeynep Erkan as your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brad thank you so much for your great review. It my pleasure to show my country. Hope to see you again.
We had a fantastic time with Erkan, who took us to several places, including Ephesus and showed us all the important sites and explained their historical significance. We also visited a carpet factory and had a wonderful and authentic Turkish lunch at a small, family-run restaurant. Erkan gave us many choices and allowed us to customize the tour to fit our needs. This personal level of service is far better than going on a standard large group tour. We very highly recommend Erkan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much Andrew. It was very nice to meeting you. Say hello to your beautiful and kind mom!!
Erkan is an excellent guide who knows her history. She gave us lots of information and gave us the opportunity to customize the tour. She is very easy going and provided us with good information on the best spots to take pictures. We felt very comfortable with her and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much Linet ( this is how We your name in Turkish;)) hope to see you again in Turkey!
John LillyUnited States
Brilliant! showed and explained all of Ephesus' sights with great enthusiasm and in a personalized conversational basis. Throughout the day she asked if she was going too fast/slow making sure we were not tired, but also able to see everything. We were escorted in a lovely Mercedes van in air conditioned comfort. She thought of everything and went above and beyond to make sure everyone in our party had an awesome day! I would give 10 stars if I could! You would be lucky to have her guide you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: John thank you So much it was my pleasure!! Hope to see you in Turkey again! Say Hello to your Wife and doughter!
Mark BogenUnited States
Our family hired Erkan for a private tour of Ephesus for the entire day off our cruise ship. She was fantastic. We have hired guides throughout the world during our travels and she rates at one of the best. She organized our day - had a driver pick us up at our port and took us to all of the sites. She was able to explain everything to us and her English is great. We highly recommend her and her company if you plan on touring Ephesus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much Mark!!! Hope to see you again in Turkey again...
John TatumUnited States
OUr family had a wonderful time with Erkan and I would recommend her highly to all those visiting the area. Ephesus is not to be missed and is all the better enjoyed with a truly knowledgeable and engaged guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much! Hope to see you again here in Turkey!!!
John RiceUnited States
Erkan was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who helped us learn a lot about Ephesus. I was able to imagine what the city was like when the apostle Paul preached and pastored there which made our visit a very meaningful one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much and hope to see you again in Turkey.
Barbara GoldmanUnited States
Erkan gave us a great tour of Ephesus that all of us enjoyed. She was charming, engaging and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend any of her tours. By the way, her English was excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so Barbara, It was excellent to meet you.
James BeckUnited States
Wanting a good guide for Turkey,then Erkan she the one. She was experience, knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating had a driver, so she could talk while we get to one place to another. J&K BECK 5-8-2016
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much!!
Robert SmithAvon Lake, OH, United States
Knowledgable guide, very flexible and excellent minivan for transportation...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Robert. All the best wishes
Will E.United States
We enjoyed our tour of Ephesus with Zeynap. She speaks English very well and is very knowledgeable about Ephesus and related history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Will. All the best wishes
Daniel ZigrinoUnited States
Erkan was a great choice for a cruise day trip. She was extremely knowledgable about the region and the sites we visited. We were able to customize the trip to include lunch at a fantastic farm to table restaurant. We very much enjoyed having local dishes in such a beautiful location. Erkan is a very kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable guide and we would not hesitate to hire her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much! Hope to see you again!
Eric BeckerUnited States
Erkan was a fantastic guide. She made our trip to Ephesus easy and fun- just what we wanted. She adapted to our requests as far as what we'd like to see & helped me plan the tour time so as to avoid the busiest time of the day at the sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you So much! Hope to see you again...
John ThompsonUnited States
This was an awesome tour that was tailor made for us so we saw all the site we wanted to see, and was given insight into how the locations evolved. Highly recommend to anyone
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much John. say hello to Holly!! Hope to see you again here in Turkey.
Our tour with Erkan was just great, well informed, funny, and just a joy to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Larry! say hello to all!
Chester DobsonUnited States
If we could give Zenyep 10 stars we would. She is a fantastic guide with excellent english and a great sense of humor. As she joked with us, her English isn't perfect but she has the advantage that it's probably better than our Turkish. Zenyep gave us an excellent tour of Ephesus, her knowledge was exceptional. Zenyep took us to an amazing restaurant for lunch, which was very reasonably priced. We ran overtime but it didn't appear to phase her at all. I would highly recommend Zenyep as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jackie. Hope to see you again...
Knowledge and flexibility first rate. She was happy to do what we wanted and provided good commentary. English was good. Overall very helpfull.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, you are so kind.
Erkan is a very approachable and wonderful guide. I have traveled more than most people and I rarely experience a guide like Erkan. She informed us of the history of Turkey from modern times to ancient time. She cares for animals and it shows. Here English was very good. I would not hesitate to recommend Erkan. I will contact her again, the next time we visit Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John for excellent day and your review. All the best wishes
Erkan is just wonderdul. We all enjoyed having her as our tour guide when we visited Ephesus. Thanks...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tony, it was an excellent day being with your party.
John SheadUnited Kingdom
Erkan was brilliant. We arranged a tour of Ephesus with her in August 16. We were a family of 6 with adult children and 2 teenagers. We arrived on a cruise ship for 1 day. Erkan was there as soon as we left the terminal. The bus was very luxurious compared to others we had used with space for around 14 people. It gave our party of 6 lots of room. Erkan was friendly, lively, fun and incredibly knowledgeable about Ephesus and the surrounding area. Her English is superb. We had a great day with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. All the best wishes
Margaret AltazinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Margaret, you are so kind.
Michael BriceUnited States
I cannot sum into words just how special, informative and enjoyable this tour was with Tours by Locals. From the initial inquiry to the booking and arrival where Erkan made our group and myself so welcome, we could have not wished for better. From the warm welcome port side to the air conditioned comfort of the new Mercedes Spriter van everything was seamless. Once seated, Erkan warmly introduced herself to the six of us. From that moment on she brilliantly organized one of the best tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, You are so kind. It was an excellent day being with you
Zilke JonkerSouth Africa
What an experience!! Erkan was a wonderful tour guide. She is friendly and insightful, has so much knowledge and a good sens of humour. She took us on a tour to Ephesus and also Kusedasi. I recommend her to everyone! Such a delight. Wonderful tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Zilke, You are so kind. Best wishes
Naomi WaterstonUnited States
Erkan is a gem. My husband and I felt that we had known her for years! Her English is excellent and she is very knowledgeable about Turkey in general and the Palace of Knossos in particular. She met us at the ruins as planned and gave us her full attention for the day. She made suggestions about where to go and what to do after the excellent tour, and made suggestions from which we could choose. Her warmth and cheerfulness made our experience with her one of the best days of our 3 week vacation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Naomi, It was an excellent day for me too. Hope to see you again
Michael DonatFolsom, CA, United States
We had so much fun with Erkan. She was absolutely excellent with my two kids (9 and 12). She kept them entertained with stories, answered their questions and helped them learn. You could tell she totally enjoys what she does. The tour was a great value already but, with Erkan, it was a steal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, you were an excellent family, hope to see you again
Susan WoodUnited States
Erkan was lovely. She planned an absolutely wonderful day for us and as someone born and bred in Kusadasi she was very knowledgeable about the historic and modern parts of the area. She anticipated our every need and made sure we had a day full of fun and information. At the end of our formal tour we had the ability to see how local pottery and carpets were made and was able to view items for sale not in the typical souvenir stands. We had a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much hope to see you again!!!
Paula BomarUnited States
Excellent charming young quide. Biblical Ephesus tour for myself and 2 grandchildren. She made history come alive for us. Unforgettable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much say hello to your grandchildren.
Erkan was warm, personable and extremely informative. Our day with her was exactly what we were looking for. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was my pleusure.
Richard B.Stinchcombe, United Kingdom
What makes a good private tour and tour guide? For us, it's more than just the local sights, however Ephesus does the job of boosting the wonder factor in spades.But what makes a good tour guide and turns a good day into a great day is the feeling that you have made a new friend who you would like to come back and hear from again and in this case we shall certainly come back to Erkan and also keep in touch. There is so much more to see here, we only had time to scratch the surface. Thank you Erkan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard, it was an excellent day for me too. Hope to see you again
Neil RobinsonPlymouth, MINNESOTA, United States
Erkan is a very delightful person and very professional. She took care of us very well and was very informative. It was very enjoyable spending the day with her in Ephesus. After Ephesus we were more interested in the cultural aspect of the area so she took us to a delightful village called Sirince. Thank you Erkan for looking after us so well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. Hope to see you again.
Marc G.United States
Of the 7 tours we took on our recent vacation visiting Italy, Greece, and Turkey, Erkan was the best guide we encountered. She is personable and bright, and extremely knowledgeable about the area, it's history and people. She was attentive and adaptable to our interests and needs, and treated us like friends, not customers. Her English is excellent. I highly recommend touring with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Marc
Sandra LaniganUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandra. All the best
Larry PotterUnited States
She was very knowledgeable and helped us understand better the history and timeline of events.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry for you review. Best wishes
Steven MoomauUnited States
Our tour with Erkan was wonderful. She has a great personality and we enjoyed getting to know her and ask questions about life in Turkey This was our first time in Turkey and she did a great job explaining both the history of the country and what life is like today. The visits to Mary's house and Ephesus were much more informative with her commentary. Highlights of the afternoon were lunch at the farm to table restaurant and a visit to the rug making making center. We highly recommend Erkan for a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanka a lot Steven. It was my pleasure. Hope to see you again here in Turkey.
Carol ZirkleUnited States
Erkan did an excellent job as our tour guide. She was able to give us a lot of background knowledge and information about the House of Mary and Ephesus. Erkan made us feel very welcome. She answered all of our questions and expanded on the information, not just giving short answers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol. All the best
Tim HoltUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!
Carol BryantUnited States
Erkan was a WONDERFUL guide! She was waiting for us as we got off the ship! She had a very nice Mercedes large van waiting for us with a driver! We had a fabulous time in beautiful Turkey! She Showed us around Ephesus and to Mary's house! It was a very meaningful day! She arranged for a typical Turkish lunch that was so very yummy! She even helped make sure it was safe for my child that has a gluten allergy! Can't wait to go back And see more of Turkey with Erkan next time we visit!!! We loved Erkan!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol. All the best wishes, Erkan
Heidi BorcaUnited States
Erkan did a wonderful job. She made Ephesus come alive for our family.
Mayer SchamesLos Angeles, CALIFORNIA, United States
Absolutely the best tour guide I have ever had. A true pleasure and joy. I have worked with ToursByLocals for a few years and they do a fabulous job of screening their referrals. Erkan was wonderful, accommodating, informative and charming. If there was a sixth star rating I would give it to her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mayer, You are so kind. Best wishes from Turkey
Christine GedyeUnited States
We had a great day with Erkan. We were six people, including two teenagers. The pick-up went smoothly, the van was very comfortable. Erkan's English was very good and so was her information. We first visited the House of Mary, then Ephesus. Then she took us to a wonderful, simple Turkish lunch in a garden next to a rug weaving cooperative, which we toured and ended up buying a rug, as we were very impressed with their mission and product. Thank you, Erkan, for being so friendly and accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Christine, All the best wishes Erkan
Mark LorizUnited States
Erkan was at the port waiting for us. Her english was impeccable! She was very conscienctous of the age of my wife's parents age. The pace of the tour was excellent and we were able to see a lot of the old city of Ephesus. I would highly recommend her to any of your readers, they will not be disappointed!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark, all the best wishes
Raymon RiordanUnited States
We cannot say enough nice things about our tour with Erkan. She is a charming and extremely well informed young lady. The tour was everything we had hoped for and more especially our quiet and restful lunch with her after our Ephesus tour. You need a six star category for guides like Erkan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Raymon
Garland GarrettUnited States
This was a wonderful tour and lunch stop. Our ship changed the port dates, and Erkan was unable to meet us on our changed date of MAY 18 (our planned day was MAY 17). However, she was so helpful in arranging another excellent guide--DILEK--wonderful command of English, good humor, knowledgeable, friendly. Just perfect. We even met up with Erkan in Ephesus, who checked that all was OK. We so appreciated her "heads up" quick planning and having DILEK, who filled in for Erkan. Please thank them both.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Garland. I am so happy since you enjoyed your tour with Dilek. Best wishes
Vernon BryantUnited States
Our tour guide was very good 5 star!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Vernon, you are so kind... All the best
We had Erkan as our tour guide in Ephesus (Turkey). We were very impressed with her. She was right on time, wating for us as we disembarked from the ship. She is very knowledgeable and kept giving us information as we went from one place or another. She is very pleasant and polite. We would highly recommend her to our friends if they ever go to Turkey. A rating of 5, if that is the highest rating you have, is something she deserves.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Esper
Felix D.United States
Erkan is just the Best! From our initial booking to our email communications to the actual tour she has been very professional, clear, precise and very knowledgeable. Since there's 7 of us in our family, we've decided to take a private tour with Erkan. She was really on top of things, i.e. the change of ports by NCL and even the change of itinerary of NCL. These information I wasn't even aware of until Erkan told us. Erkan, thank you again for making our family vacation a success and a memorable one!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you so much. All the best wishes from Turkey
James CharlifueUnited States
Erkan was an excellent tour guide for our family of 7 which included 5 children ranging in ages 8-17. Her knowledge of Ephesus was outstanding and her English was excellent. We were particularly impressed with her ability to provide a historical fact and contrast it with modern times. She took us to an excellent lunch restaurant that provided excellent regional cuisine. With extra time remaining before our plane departed she had the van driver take us for a scenic drive along the coastline.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James. Hope to see you again in Turkey.
Erkan E handled our small group of friends with ease and professional grace from the moment we landed in Izmir airport to the moment we left. We spent 6 hours touring Ephesus in her very pleasant and informed company. As I am a docent myself, I know what it takes to give a quality tour. It started with her almost immediate response to my initial inquiry, to giving us her phone link, to facing us on the mini van's fitted chair, to making the stones come alive and even to quizzing us:) Memorable day! Tnx
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Beba, You are so kind. I hope to meet you and your family again
Carmela MondelloUnited States
WOW I cannot even begin to tell you , that if you are thinking about going on this tour to see Ephesus Which you should it is amazing. The only guide you want to go with is Erkan. Not only is she extremely knowledgable , she makes it interesting in a way,That you wished your history teacher had. What a great day we had. The tour , the lunch and seeing and understanding more than I ever imagined. WE LOVE ERKAN
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carmela, hope to see you again
Julia JohnsonUnited States
We could not have asked for a better guide than Erkan. She was very accommodating with our group (that consisted of several children and one elderly with walking challenges) and arranged our tour to fit our needs. She gave us a wealth of information about each site that we visited and the country in general. Ephesus was spectacular and I cannot imagine seeing it without her there to explain the history. I highly recommend Erkan for a personal tour guide. You won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Julia. Hope to see you again in Turkey.
Douglas TheissUnited States
Erkan was an excellent tour guide. Our group of 6 traveled in comfort and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. She was very knowledgeable about her country, surroundings and people. She knows the history of the area and did a fantastic job of sharing the facts with us. Erkan was fluent in English and conscientious about what we wanted to see. Erkan made Ephesus "alive" for us! Turkey is a wonderful, historic country. We felt very safe and secure in the areas Erkan helped us explore.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. Hope to see you again in Turkey!!
Prassana GuneratneUnited States
Wow, what a great time we had. Erkan was very knowledgeable, fun and made it such a great experience for the 6 of us. She was super friendly and also very funny. We were on a cruise and I would recommend that everyone book a personalized tour with tours by locals as they can do it the way you want it. No waiting for everyone to show up. During the tour, she also took us to a fantastic place for lunch with a big tour would not have been able to do. Erkan made Ephesus the best part of our trip. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Prassana. It was an excellent day for me too.
Tom MasseyUnited States
5+....5+....the best we have every had....Ephesus.... Monday September 23, 2013 Turkey, Ephesus and the surrounding sites came alive due to our tour guide....Zeynap If and when we return to Turkey we will try to have her lead our small group. Thank you, Tom Massey
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tom. You are so kind, it was a perfect day for me too.
Stu MilamUnited States
Erkan is a very personable, highly knowledgeable young woman who speaks excellent English and with whom we spent one of the best days of our entire trip. She provided interesting and fascinating information about Mary's House and the ruins at Ephesus. Erkan listens and understands English so well that her answers were exactly on point in every case. Erkan's guide services were outstanding and excellent in every way! Many, many thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Stu. All the best wishes
Debora Duckett (Wood)United States
What a fabulous tour guide! We had a few folks with our group who were tired and whiny and Erkan made them smile. She knows how to roll with the punches and cater to everyone's needs. Very knowledgeable, very personable, great English,and just plain fun all the way around. I worked with several different tour companies on this trip and you guys were great. But Erkan was the best I had any where. She really is a find and deserves a raise!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so Much:))
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments! We're glad Erkan suited your group so well. As for deserving a raise, all our tour guides set their own prices, so you can be sure Erkan (and all our guides) is being paid what she is worth.
Dr. Mortimer LechterQuebec, H3Z 2S4, Canada
Zeineb in Ephesus was terrific. Dr. Mort Lechter Montreal, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.
Catherine VanceUnited States
Erkan was an excellent tour guide. She was very knowledgeable of the history of Ephesus and the surrounding areas. We requested to see Biblical sites in Ephesus and she was very prepared with information about each site. We also had a couple members of our group who had some mobility issues. Erkan was very accommodating with slowing down the tour for them but still providing a great deal of information about the area and sites. We highly recommend Erkan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Catherine, It was a perfect day for me as well. Hope to meet you again.
Erkan is a fantastic tour guide! She is very friendly, speaks English fluently, and has an incredible knowledge of Turkey both modern and ancient. She had a brand new 14 passenger van, all for us. Erkan spent the hour trip to Ephesus telling our family of 5 all about the history of Turkey. She was very patient, answering all of my children's questions! She was very flexible with what we saw and how long we spent there. I highly recommend Erkan! Thank you for all of the wonderful memories of Turkey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kevi, It was a perfect day for me as well. Hope to meet you again.
Judith MillsapsUnited States
Erkan is full of energy and has so much to share. She was a wonderful tour guide and we throughly enjoyed our day with her. She told us many stories about the history and brought the tour to life with all the details. We had a wonderful Turkish lunch at an outdoor restaurant. It was attached to a carpet factory which was interesting, but a little heavy on "selling" rugs. Overall, I would highly recommend Erkan.