Tijen O was a wonderful guide. She was early meeting us at our cruise ship. We toured all the important sites around Ephesus and she was very agreeable to whatever we wanted to do. She took us to a wonderful local restaurant for lunch in a colourful, fabulous market which was a highlight. I would highly recommend this tour guide and company!
John CoakleyUnited States
Tijen was an outstanding guide . She was very knowledgeable of the entire area and very accommodating to our wishes. We enjoyed a lovely lunch with her. Thank you, Tijen John & Mary Fran
Raphael WolffUnited States
Michael DosenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dosen family, Thank you so much for your nice feedback. Hope to see you again. I was again in Istanbul and came back to home last night. Miss you. Tijen
Barbara AbramsUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Linda K.United States
This tour was the biggest surprise on our trip. We had expected that we would hurry through the ruins of Ephesus, but they proved to be extraordinary. Enormous in size and complex in engineering. The "Terrace Houses" excavation should not be missed. They were fascinating! Tijen was a first-rate guide; knowledgeable and insightful about Turkey in general and Ephesus in particular. She took us to a truly local "buffet" that was an outstanding experience...a delightful meal of authentic Turkish cuisine.
We had a wonderful day with Tijen O. as we toured everything there was to see in Ephesus and area. She was very knowledgeable about each of the areas and was very accommodating to answer my many questions throughout the day.Our traditional Turkish lunch was very good. Plan to stay hydrated, shade yourself from the sun with an umbrella if necessary and wear good walking shoes. Although the journey path was well planned you will be doing a great deal of walking. Thank you Tijen for the great day.
Emer O'FarrellUnited Kingdom
Spent a lovely day with Tijen at the Virgin Mary's house and Ephesus. She was so warm, knowledgeable and sensitive. Everything was fantastic - comfortable car journey from Bodrum and a delicious local lunch. Highly recommended. Thanks so much! We will definitely be booking Tijen again on our next trip to Turkey.
Margaret (Peggy) HagopianUnited States
Tijen was an outstanding tour guide! My biggest surprise of the whole trip was Ephesus. It was so beautiful and big. Tijen lead us through the streets of Ephesus and you could just imagine what daily life was like there. Outstanding job! We also visited the house of Mother Mary. Very peaceful and intriguing. We had lunch at a family run restaurant. The food was fantastic. We felt so welcomed everywhere we went. Loved it!!
Howard MurphyUnited States
Our tour with Tijen was excellent. She was delightfully friendly and so eager to accommodate us in any way that we wanted to orchestrate the tour. We immediately appreciated her flexibility and the many options she offered. We found her to be very knowledgable and most willing to answer our questions not only about Ephesus, but the state of affairs in Turkey at the present. We experienced Turkish people to be warm, out-going and passionate. We can only hope more people will come to see that by visiting.
We very much enjoyed our custom-made tour with Tijen O. Her itenarary for us was very well thought out and included everything we asked for. Her and her driver were on time and both were very personable. Tijen was extremely knowledgeable and we would not hesitate to recommend her to others.
Jim DeupreeUnited States
Tijen was fabulous! She and her driver totally customized our tour. They got us to Mary's house before anyone else, and I actually got to spend five minutes there with no one else in the house. Normally one is quickly herded through because the queue is so long. She also expertly guided us through Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. She has been a guide for more than 20 years, and really knows the culture and the history. We very highly recommend her!
Stefanie N.United States
Tijen is very informative and friendly. She gave us an excellent tour of the Virgin Mary's Home, the amazing ruins in Ephesus, and an authentic local Turkish lunch. We would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends.
James AlbinUnited States
Ruth GoodellUnited States
The hotel was very nice, with a lovely room. The manager was extremely attentive, and arranged for excellent dinner and breakfast. He made us feel at home. The balloon ride was spectacular. Everything happened in a timely and organized fashion. The views were amazing.
Ruth GoodellUnited States
We were met at the airport with no difficulties. The ride to Cappadocia went smoothly. Tijen is a thoughtful, informative guide. We enjoyed the day we spent with her, and the tour was excellent. She took us to a very nice restaurant for lunch. We would highly recommend Tijen as a tour guide.
Ruth GoodellUnited States
Airline flights went smoothly.
Tijen was great! Her instruction to meet were clear, and she was right there ready to go. We toured Ephesus, the house of Mary and the St John Basilica, all of which Tijen was able to make come alive with lots of details and the historical background. For lunch she suggested a little home kitchen attached to a carpet weaving co-op. This was a brilliant surprise! We got to see master weavers at work, and came away with a whole new appreciation for Turkey's carpets! Would definitely book with Tijen again!
John VogtUnited States
John B.The Villages, FLORIDA, United States
Ephesus was hot as hades but Tijen managed to always find some shade for us and keep us away from the mooing herds of umbrella led tours. She told us about the ruins and their inhabitants without being pedantic and always had a ready smile. I wondered why she entered the ruins with a bag of snacks but soon found out that the feral cats knew the reason; she must feed them on every tour.
Brian FloryUnited States
Our family of three spent a lovely three days with Tijen in Ephesus and the Cappaodocia region of Turkey. Tijen is an excellent tour guide, mixing a balance of sightseeing, comprehensive knowledge, good humor, and awareness to the needs of her clients. She was especially attentive to our four year old daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed her. Tijen takes care of all of the details, which is something I can't say is true of every tour guide. Our family would give her six stars out of five if we could!
Aleja Herricktelluride, CO, United States
Tijen is very knowledgable. She is very pleasant. We needed to ask her to stop being on the phone so often to reserve other tours. Be sure to have accurate prices (itemize) prior to your tours. We were confused at the final payment day with the final total. The drivers drive extremely fast... so you may need to request a slow driver for these windy and narrow roads. All in all
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Aleja, I would like to clarify some of the comments. 1- I had to talk to arrange your second day trip with the tarnasportation company etc. otherwise I never talk on the phone when I am on the tour. 2-You have booked the tour from Izmir airport and need to pay exra 120 usd for that reason. That is the situation already publish on the toursbylocals web side. 3- Driver never passed legal speed limit . If he paaed police could stop us for the punishment and that never hapened.Thanks
Jan BrandvoldUnited States
Our daughter and son-in-law had a wonderful time with Tijen on their tour of Ephesus! She was knowledgible, friendly and caring, and they were thrilled with all they learned. This was the third time I booked this tour with Tijen. The first time was so good, we wanted to do it again! We had to cancel our trip last year, so we were very happy to find that Tijen was available this year. I would go with her again in a heartbeat.
We took a day trip from Istanbul and our flight was delayed by one hour. Tijen was at the exit when j called her to say we had arrived. We went straight to the house of Mother Mary and thankfully many of the tour groups were done by that time. I later heard from a friend who was also there that day that there was a Mass earlier and we felt bad we missed it. Tijen was great and very informative. We asked her to take us to St. John's Cathedral and she obliged as we had time. Thanks Tijen you were great!
Martha ChildressUnited States
Tijen was very friendly and accommodating to our needs. She was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the tour with her.
Tijen was very flexible and responsive to our requirements for the day. She provided a comprehensive tour of Ephesus and the terraced houses which we had not seen on a previous visit. The authentic Turkish lunch was a highlight - she joined us for lunch which provided us with the opportunity for relaxed conversation. The vehicle was spacious with an excellent driver.
Jan PothofCastaways Beach, QLD, Australia
A wonderful tour and Fatma who was a standin guide at the last minute was informative, friendly and full of knowledge and we could not have had a better guide. This tour is highly recommended.
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.
Melinda S.United States
Alan ErnstUnited States
Tijen is as good as guide as can be found in Ephesus! First off, our cruise had to cancel a stop in Cesame due to wind and decided to go into Kusadasi a day early. Tijen was able to accommodate our tour one day earlier...many thanks! She lead our group of six thru Ephesus at our pace and every highlight was fully described. She was a natural in working with people and she always was eager and ready to answer our questions. All six of us would offer high recommendations for Tijen!
A highly enjoyable tour by Tijen, who is both informative and entertaining. Her bubbly personality makes you feel as if you've known her for years. A far better way to see all the sights of Cappadocia than in the big tour buses, we managed to cover all the major attractions, had some very good lunches, and Tijen was able to deal with extra requests, such as the balloon trip and a wine tasting visit. Nothing is too much trouble for her. The 2 days we spent with her really 'made' our trip worthwhile.