Ilker is not just a knowledgeable guide, he has become a friend who is opened to exchange views on different topics. We had a cultural tour without a fixed itinerary. Besides the must-see places, he showed us local places to experience how Turkish live. We had lunch in a small off the beaten track town, had Turkish baklava and so on. For anyone visiting Turkey, we recommend him as a guide. Contact him about your itinerary, he can help you with accommodation and transport.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. It is really important to advice the best location a visitor should stay for a more convenient sightseeing and to use the most practical means of transportation. If I could be of help in suggestions, I’m so happy. Looking forward to guiding you soon for other parts of Turkey.
Harry ReifschneiderUnited States
Ilker was great. We had a fantastic day. I've been to Ephesus several times but I learned something new at each stop. Highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One day was such a short day for such a great historical and beautiful area. Looking forward to your next visit for sharing more. Thank you for your review.
Wanda BamberyUnited States
Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Ephesus and accommodating Marie who could not walk too far. The little safe garden area outside the ceramic studio was a perfect place and she thoroughly enjoyed it - as you know. You are kind, and very knowledgeable and appreciate all the information - which was sometimes hard to absorb but you were terrific!! We had a marvelous time thanks to you!! All the best, Wanda
Susan BrownClearwater, FL, United States
Ilker is a wonderful ambassador for Turkey. Our stop in Kusadasi was on a very hot day and we are so glad we had a private tour to Ephesus booked. We were able to move through quickly and had the rest of the day to get more of a feel for the area and the people. Lunch was all freshly picked ingredients in a garden surrounded by local craft people. We never felt pressured to buy anything. After lunch a stop at a lovely ceramic studio. We hope to be back next year and have Ilker as our guide once again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan and Steve, Thank you for your review. I look forward to be guiding you in other parts of my beautiful country again soon.
Rajiv MaheshwariUnited States
Ilker was an awesome guide! He was very knowledge,explained very nicely and was funny too! We were 19 of us and mostly vegetarian and he arranged very good lunch for all us. Our friend was a little under weather and he helped us finding doctor and was very patient with us as we were a is group with kids. I will definitely recommend him to all my friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rajiv for taking your time for writing the review. It was a huge itinerary and everybody was so patinent. You deserved a very good food. I would like to meet you and the party again for any future organization.
Linda BaderUnited States
We have an exceptional experience visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus Turkey with our extraordinarily capable and friendly guide Ilker. We learned a great deal about the history of Ephesus and enjoyed a wonderful Turkisk lunch at a small artisanal location. We were thrilled that he took us shopping, as we requested, to see the finest quality traditional Turkish ceramics and rug weaving. He was accommodating and kind.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time for writing this review.
John WalshUnited States
Ilker did a GREAT job on our tour of Ephesus. Highly recommend him. John Walsh
Dan FreemanUnited States
Ilker is a very warm and friendly tour guide. He made every effort to form a close bond with us so that we can all treat each other as friends as opposed to the standard "service provider - client" relationship. One fine thing he did was to take us back to his home to meet his lovely family [wife & two school-going daughters] and he made us try some Turkish coffee and tea. This is definitely an experience we will never forget. He was flexible to allow us to decide the start and end time of the tour. Good.
Polly LeeUnited States
Spent 3+ hours exploring Ephesus with our Guide, Ilker. This was our second visit to Ephesus and Kuşadası... and Ilker was our Guide for both visits. Ilker is extremely knowledgeable about the History of this area... his English is excellent and he has a "great sense of humor"... Our Tour yesterday was truly amazing and inspirational ... We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ilker as a guide... our Top Guide...!!! Thank you to Tours By Locals and to Ilker for a Fantastic Day in Ephesus...!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking your time writing such a review. I had a great time with you hoping to meet you again.
Cinthia RiceUnited States
Ilker was absolutely amazing! I strongly recommend him for anyone. He will either take your day leisurely so the group can relax and enjoy a slow pace or he can pick up the pace if the group has a short amount of time in Turkey to see as much as possible. The history lesson was informative. We were in Turkey for 5 days and visited three cities and Ilker called each day to make sure we boarded each plane, our driver picked us up on time and ensured we were back home safely. He flowed with us nicely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. Looking forward to meeting you again for a longer tour in Turkey.
Pamela PulkowskiUnited States
Mathy GarciaUnited States
We had a perfect experience with Ilker. He was punctual, came to greet us at the Airport and was very knowledgeable not only of the area but everything about the Country. We spent 2 days touring Ephesus and then Pammukkale and loved every minute of it. This was the best part of our 12 day trip touring turkey. We will highly recommend Ilker as a guide to our friends, and the services provided by Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dear Mathy for your review. I would like to meet you and your company again in the future.
John CaridiUnited States
Ilker was a very knowledgeable and accommodating guide. We would recommend him without reservation to anyone who is visiting the region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking your time for your generous review.
Ilker is knowledgeable, thoughtful and considerate. He knew that my mother gets car sick easily so he arranged a big van for us during our trip to Ephesus and Pamukkale! He knew we love seafood so he took us to a delicious seafood restaurant overlooking the Agean Sea! He is flexible and took us to so many places on our request. I told him I would like to visit a winery on the way back from Ephesus and he took us to pythagoras vineyard! Prior to the trip, he offered to help arrange everything!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pew, thank you so much for taking your time to write this generous review. Hoping you come again and meet you for other destinations in Turkey.
Charles DavisUnited States
Ilker planned a wonderful day for my family, meeting our Silver Sea cruise ship at the Marmaris port. From the day I booked, he asked what we were interested in, and he arranged a great day that fulfilled all our expectations and more! We visited a honey bee museum (great for kids), bought beautiful handmade Turkish pottery, drove to a quant seaside village for a FABULOUS lunch (most memorable of our entire Greek/Turkey trip), and a brief tour of Marmaris. Ilker is professional, friendly and recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking your time for writing this review. I really enjoyed your company, too. Looking forward to meeting you, your parents and wonderful twin daughters again for an other occasion.
Nancy LeflerUnited States
We couldn't have asked for a better experience in Ephesus. Ilker was wonderful, spoke English very well, had a wonderful understanding of what we would like to learn of the area and the vehicle and driver were great. It has a seat the turns around so that he is looking at the passengers while he is explaining things. Also, we stopped for an unbelievable lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy hoping to guide your party again at another occasion.
Hendy K.Jakarta, Indonesia
One of the best tours ever. We are a family of five with three kids. Ilker was an extraordinary guide, he helped me create a custom itinerary to match our interest and time. His english is fluent, his knowledge is excellent and he was extremely patient with many of my questions and photo-taking. He went above and beyond to assist me with additional requests. When I return, I will book him again. We'd highly recommend hiring him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time to write this review. It was great to meet you and your lovely family. I hope to meet you again for enjoying other parts of beautiful Turkey soon.
DWight P.South Africa
What a fortuitous find with a week to spare before arriving in Bodrum! ILker's engaging personality and command of English made the tour an enlightening experience. His bountiful knowledge of the history of Ephesis / House of The Virgin Mary enriched the experience to that of being more than just a tour but a true journey back in time. Ilker also has a network of Producers including carpet weavers and ceramic makers who are world-class craftsmen! Thank you for one of our top-two experiences in Turkey!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind contribution.
Ronald KratzerUnited States
Ilker managed to visit major tourist sites at the best time to avoid the large tour buses and chose to show local aspect unhurried, such as interesting and relaxing time for a Turkish Coffee in the main square to observe the local domino games.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time to write this commend.
Christopher HigginsUnited States
It was a last minute tour set up and difficult to get nailed down. The actual tour sites were beautiful to see but we did not feel we got a great deal of information. Some of the sites seemed cursory at best. Ilker has a unique perspective and showed us some great local places that were not part of the tour.
Vicki SarazinUnited States
We booked Ilker for two days of private tours The day in Bodrum was the second day. Our second day was even more enjoyable as the first day. Ilker was professional, yet friendly, and was very willing to adjust the day's schedule to fit our interests. Over our 11 day cruise, we had tours through the cruise line, through private group tours, and the two days booked with Ilker through Tours by Locals. As we are at the end of our cruise, my husband and I agree that our favorite tours were with Ilker!
Vicki SarazinUnited States
Excellent tour day. Ilker was waiting for us as we disembarked from our cruise ship. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and prepared to show us all the highlights of Ephesus and other sights of Kusadasi. We had some areas of interest in addition to those typically covered on the tour and he was very obliging in adjusting the schedule to accommodate us. His knowledge of both history and of current events was so impressive. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking your time to review your 2 day experience with me in Turkey. I am looking forward to meeting you again.
Jane SchwartzUnited States
Booking Ilker was the best decision I have made. An unforgettable and amazing day for our group of 6 including our elderly parents. Ilker's English is impeccable; our 85 yr old father could understand every word. He met us at the port with a private driver in a spacious, air-conditioned van with a fridge full of cold water. At Ephesus, he took pictures for us so we could enjoy the sights and explained everything to our level of interest. He arranged a delicious lunch. Ilker is warm, funny and friendly
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time for writing this message.
Nathan NalvenUnited States
Very knowledgeable, perfessional
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nathan, many greetings to you and your family...
Charles Michael BrillUnited States
Kusadasi's Ephesus Private Tour was the best of the best. WE had three excellent Tours by Locals but Ilker was the best of them all. In addition to seeing the ancient sights of Ephesus, he took us to a local carpet shop, not a factory and the owners had dinner for us: traditional Turkish food and showed us how they make beautiful carpets...highly recommend the experience. It made us love Turkey in-spite of our fears being high as we went to Istanbul the next day, two days after a bombing there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for honoring, it was a pleasure.
Richard VassarUnited States
The two days that we spent with Ilker were extremely educational. Besides the usual sites he took us off the beaten path where we could interact with local residents and learn about Turkey it's history and culture. He is very knowledgable and able to communicate that knowledge. The time spent with him was the most valuable investment we made on our tour of Europe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for sharing your feelings with future travelers.
Anton WaserUnited States
It was the total consensus of our group that Ilker was a highly focused guide providing depth to the history of Ephesus; and wonderful side stops to provide cultural context to the region. He was so personable and really made the day an awesome experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the total consensus and kindness.
Joann ShieldsUnited States
Ilker was an excellent guide and man. He talked to us about Turkish life and showed us the best sights in and around Ephesus. His English and knowledge are superb. We felt like family and friends rather than tourists. I would recommend him for any size tour. We hope to see Ilker again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking time to review the tour such a positive way, I would like to meet you again soon.
Barry WillstropUnited States
we truly enjoyed our day with Ilker and learnt quite a lot about Ephesus. We felt like we had made a friend and not just a tour guide. I would not hesitate to use his services again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your contribution Barry.