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!!
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!!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.