Peter CuratoloUnited States
4.5 STARS Hakan is an extremely friendly, knowledgable guide. I enjoyed the tours of Ephesus and other sites very much. He speaks English very well. He accounted for the heat (100+), and paced the tours appropriately. The only downside to the tour was subtle pressure to visit rug and ceramic workshops. My wife and I made it clear we had no interest in either (been there, done that), but Hakan was persistent and I had to say no repeatedly before he gave up. Only blemish on an otherwise great tour.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken to Hakan about Mr. Curatolo's comment regarding shopping. He didn't intend to make him feel pressured and felt he was just responding to a request for a recommendation. When requested, Hakan suggests visiting small factories owned by villagers so as to help support their families.