Izmir to Ephesus

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TRAVEL Sunday September 2, 2012
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-turkishguletbox-20120902,0,6016722.story

We hired a driver and a private guide through Curio Travel , http://www.curiotravel.com,
a reliable tour company based in Turkey.  By Amanda Jones
Ephesus Shuttle is owned by Curio Travel Ltd. Member of Turkish Travel Agencies ( TURSAB ) licence Nr. 6420

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For Your Information ;
We do not recommend our guests to make a group with other travelers in the cruise to drop the cost. When you add others to your tour, this will not be a private tour anymore.

 
Izmir to Ephesus 7 different Private Tours

Tour 1 : Private Ephesus Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 50 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

 

Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. Drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.


*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and  entrance fees are included.
Approximately 4,5 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.
 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

95-$US

90-$US

85-$US

80-$US

72-$US

66-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

Reservation              Any Questions ?



Tour 2: Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 50 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

 

Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. We will stop at  ArtemissionTemple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.

 

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.
Approximately 5 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.
 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

98-$US

90-$US

85-$US

80-$US

75-$US

70-$US

 

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?

 
Tour 3: Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 50 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

 

Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

 

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.


 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and  entrance fees are included.

Approximately 6 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

103-$US

95-$US

89-$US

85-$US

80-$US

76-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 
Reservation              Any Questions ?

 
Tour 4: Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary - St. John Basilica

Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 50 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

 

Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

 

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  After House of Virgin Mary,  drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.

 

We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.

 

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and  entrance fees are included.
Approximately 6,5 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

118-$US

108-$US

100-$US

90-$US

85-$US

80-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 

 Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 5: Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - Sirince Village -Traditional Turkish Lunch

( www.bizimevhanimeli.com or www.sirinceocakbasi.com or www.dimitrosrestaurant.com )

Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 50 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

 

Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

 

After visiting Ephesus,  drive up to the pretty old Turkish-Orthodox village Sirince, located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees'. The village has synthesis of Turk-Greek culture, where we visit mosque and Orthodox church. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its fruity wine: try its taste in small cafés. We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.


*** Lunch, Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and  entrance fees are included.
Approximately 6,5 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

118-$US

113-$US

108-$US

103-$US

98-$US

93-$US


Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

Reservation              Any Questions ?


 

Tour 6: Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple  - St. John Basilica


Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 50 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

 

Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

 

After Ephesus,  drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.

 

We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.
Approximately 6 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

103-$US

95-$US

89-$US

85-$US

80-$US

76-$US


Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 

                                                                        Reservation              Any Questions ?

Tour 7 : Relax Ephesus Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeted by your guide, you are going to customize your private tour with recommendations of your guide due to your cruseship schedule.Ephesus area where all attractions are located is 55 mins. driving away from Izmir port.  You can kindly find the list of places where you can add to your private tour.

English Speaking Tour Guide & Minivan : 249 US$ ( up to 12 pax )

P.S.  Special date discount is not valid for this tour.

 

         Ancient city of Ephesus

o    Entrance fee : 16 US$ per person

o    Duration : 90 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : 16 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Terrace Houses

o    Entrance fee : 10 US$

o    Duration : 40 mins.

o    Car parking fee : N/A

·         House of Virgin Mary

o    Entrance fee : 10 US$ per person

o    Duration : 30 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : 16 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Basilica of St. John

o    Entrance fee : 7 US$ per person   

o    Duration : 30 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : 16 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Temple of Artemis

o    Entrance fee : N/A

o    Duration : 15 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : N/A

·         Sirince Village

o    Entrance fee : N/A

o    Duration : 1 Hour

o    Car Parking fee : 5 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Traditional Turkish Lunch

o    Price : 15 US$ per person

o    Duration : 45 Mins.

o    Excluded : drinks and tipping to restaurant.

·         Shopping Tour

o    Duration : depends on interest

 Reservation              Any Questions ?

Please visit Curio Travel www.curiotravel.com for more information about our company, cultural , biblical tour programs for groups and individual.


What some of our guests said after they toured with us

 

 
Dear Chase
Just wanted to say thank you for the excellent tour we had with Tez on Friday last week. 
Although we can appreciate the history and architecture of historical sights, some of the Cruise ship tours are far too long.  This one was just perfect for us, and in the comfort of our own vehicle.
Please pass on our thanks to Tez.  We were also pleased to here that Galatasaray won at the weekend, so I guess he is very happy !
We will certainly be recommending your company to our friends should they come your way, and in hindsight we wish we had done a similar tour in Istanbul rather than the cruise ship one.  Maybe next time.
 
Kind regards
 
 
 
We were more than happy with our ephesusshuttle services while in Turkey.  We found our tour guides waiting for us at the pier as planned.  The van we were escorted around in was first rate, plenty of room and comfortable.  We found the drivers excellent.  They knew their way around and were careful drivers. Our guides were amazing.  The knowledge and education of your country was superb.  They accommodated us however we wanted it. If we wanted to go slower, we did.  If we wanted to pass something up, we did.  If we asked for our guide to stay with us, like in the Grand Bazaar or to help us with a lunch menu, she did.  It was our personal tour and although we picked one of your planned tours, we could modify it to our liking. The places of interest were very crowded the day we visited, but our guides used their expertise to scoot around the crowds and avoid long lines. We would highly recommend your tour services to anyone who is traveling to your beautiful country and if we do return, I would  not hesitate to try another one of your tours.  Thank you for delivering everything we asked for and more.  To reserve a tour was painless and your follow-ups were outstanding.  Thank you again.  Bob and Diane Dennis
 
 
We were very happy with both our tours of Istanbul and Ephessus.  The tour guides were both excellent and the tours were well organized.  Nur also did a great job in setting everything up and communicating the information beforehand.
 
 
We were very pleased with our tour to Ephesus and the Terrace Houses.  We were concerned about requesting the tour because it was only a few days before we left on our trip, but you responded very quickly.  We also appreciated that we were able to pay after the trip, so we did not have to worry about paying our money, then no one would show up.
Our guide, Melissa (Melis) was wonderful!  She was so friendly and had such a good sense of humor.  If we ever do return to Turkey, we would definitely use your services, and for sure, we would request Melissa!
Thank you for making our day in Turkey so wonderful.
LaRee and Robert Graham
 
Dear Chase,
Our tour of Istanbul was excellent. Our guide Ümit was outstanding. He was patient with us, had excellent command of English and history. We could not have asked for a better tour.
On 6th May we toured ancient Ephesus with Ceyda, who was also an excellent guide. She, too, was patient and helpful with us as we struggled with the uneven terrain.
We were  most impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of our tour guides and thoroughly enjoyed our brief visit to Turkey. I hope we can come again sometime.
Regards,
Edwin R. Jones
 
 
Hello Chase:
Thanks for the e-mail. I had e-mailed Esra a week ago regarding our recent trip to Kusadasi. It was wonderful, as was to be expected from Ephesus Shuttle. I would give Esra, Eaze and Ferrit 5 star!!
From the very beginning, Esra had been very helpful and instrumental in planning our recent trip. We were advised not to skip private Ephesus and that our guide will try and do the first part, then drive my mom and her friend (both in their 80s) to the other end, so that at least they get to see part of the magnificent history/ruins of Ephesus. On the day of our tour, Eaze (?), our guide, evaluated their ability to walk the ruins, and we eventually walked the entire site (he chose the easy paths for them) and both were very pleased indeed. Me and my sister of course enjoyed seeing it again. We were given some free time to explore while Eaze stayed with the seniors, which we greatly appreciated. This time, the visitors were about 70% less than last October, so we were able to take some magnificent shots. Ferrit (our driver) was also very efficient. Both Eaze and Ferrit worked very well together, providing us with excellent service. We didn't have to walk to the van, the van always came to us, which the two seniors greatly appreciated. Lunch was also very good. I forgot it was included, so it was a very nice surprise!! We especially liked the atmosphere of the restaurant and the good local cuisine. Now I have to find a Turkish cookbook, and try to replicate the dishes we ate.
So Curio Travel have Greek tours as well? I will certainly look it up next time I am visiting the Mediterranean region again. Until then, I wish you and Esra, plus the company team a successful 2012.
Dory
 
 
The shuttle was great for us.  The pickup was on time and the driver and guide excellent.  We thought we booked transportation only, but the guide came with us the entire way.  We opted out of rug tours and returned to our ship.  Price was as agree.  We recommend Ephesus shuttle !
 
 
Dear Sirs,
On their tourism services on May 1, 2012 is our opinion, mine and my wife, we were treated kindly and effectively in all our best expectations. Record our satisfaction with the timeliness, quality, friendliness and warmth of the guide, Mr. Inan, and the driver, beyond the comfort of transport and particular attention was given to us, correct and accessible language with which we were treated. Excellent work, I recommend to all who look for such services.
Sincerely,
 
 
Hi
Having just returned from our cruise which included Ephesus We just wanted to say thank you
The Ephesus trip was a great success and our guide Ozcar (Oscar) was excellent and very knowledgeable
We were met without any hitch and payment method on the day dollars instead of up front or Visa online a great success
We had only 2 couples (4 people) so it was almost a private escort guide
It would have been a lot different had 20 turned up so we had the best time
Thank you again
We will have no hesitation in recommending you
D+Y Cooper
 

 

 
I happened to submit a very positive review of our Ehesus Shuttle experience on April 30, 2012 on Trip Advisor over the weekend.  If you look on their website, you will find my comments.  I was very pleased over all and your guide, Nahide, may it that much better.
Regards,
Andy Pusztai
 
 
Hello!
I'm sorry I did not write before but it was a lot of work since we returned from the trip. We have mostly wonderful time,  we have seen a lot and learn from first-hand. Your service was great and  We have already recommended you to many. I hope that we will see again in your beautiful country. 
Nataša Strobilius
 

Hello,
I am writing to advise your office of how much we enjoyed our tours of Istanbul and Epesus. Your tour guides were lovely, friendly and interesting. Could you please pass on our thanks to Berrin ( Istanbul) and Nigul (Ephesus).  I am not sure how to spell their names.  We have a group of six friends doing the same cruise (Holland America Line) Niew Amsterdam, in October. I would like to recommend your tour company and the same guides that we had. Is that possible and could you please give me a quote for them for Istanbul and Ephesus.
Kind Regards
Sue Cornish
 
 
Just wanted to say thank you for the professional and great job done by your staff for our tour. Denis (I apologize if I misspell her name) was fantastic !!!  Exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. She is  agreat asset to your tours. Thanks again.
 

Esra, our day with Dicle was the highlight of our trip.  The tour exceeded our expectations! Dicle was knowledgable, personable and led the day to meet our interests. My husband had the time to take many photos.  He will forward the best when he has finished editing them. There are hundreds!   Dicle is the only guide who has ever managed to find a yarn shop for me!!  I also appreciated your input and suggestion to add the terrace houses. The terrace houses are a must-see.  They weren't even mentioned on our last tour.  We will definitely pass on your contact information to anyone traveling to Turkey.

Your tour was approximately the same price as the half day group tour to Ephesus offered by the cruiselines.  We took a ship's tour on an earlier trip.  Your tour was superior by far!  From the description I thought this was a half day tour ending in the early afternoon.  I think you need to brag a bit. Let people know that the tour is all day and may include other points of interest after Ephesus. The cruise people push tours costing two or three times the price and none have come close to the standard of your tour.  

We read about your company on Tripadvisor.com where you have many well deserved positive reviews. I hope that many travelers continue to find you and that your company continues to prosper. 
Heather Anderson

 

Dear Ms Ozdamar

The tour was well arranged and went off without a hitch. I posted a review to Tripadviser this morning that should be visible in a few days and should reinforce your position there. The van driver, whose name I unfortunately do not remember, gets extra marks for putting flower blossoms all over the floor at the side entry. It was a lovely extra touch that made the visit special.  

 

I am so glad you wrote as I had every intention of writing to you this very day. We had a wonderful day with our guide Sirkin. He was quite knowledgeable and very pleasant to spend the day with. We loved loved the entire day and especially enjoyed the wonderful local restaurant in Sirince and the delicious lunch. I will certainly pass along the professionalism of your tours and guide.
Thanks for a great day.
Charlene

 

Hello again Esra

We are all extremely sad about the earthquake in Turkey and hope none of your friends or relatives are affected.

We just wanted to say a very big thank you for arranging our tour of Ephesus earlier this month.  The tour was absolutely first class and our guide Cengiz was extremely helpful, very knowledgeable and made every effort to make our visit most enjoyable.  It is a stunning place and Cengiz knew all the highlights to show us so that we had a much better understanding of how the city was all those years ago.  We had a lovely time on our first visit to Turkey and the people were so friendly and helpful that we will certainly be back for a longer stay next time.  We would highly recommend Ephesus Shuttle to anyone planning any tours arranged by your company.

Thanks again and best wishes from all four of us.

Kind regards, Jim

  

Dear Fevzi:
 
Somewhat belatedly, I would like to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of Ephesus in early September, 2011.  We were NOT cruise passengers and requested
a private tour with an unusual itinerary, from Izmir to Ephesus and ending in Kusadasi.
Our guide, Melith (sorry for the spelling if not correct) and driver were waiting for us at the  airport in Izmir, as scheduled, and we proceeded with our private tour, beginning with the House of the Virgin Mary.   We really were amazed by Ephesus and the Terrace Houses.  We also  enjoyed our lunch at a local restaurant prior to touring Ephesus.  Although offered several shopping  stops, some of which did not interest us, we were happy that we did agree to stop at a ceramics factory. At the end of an enjoyable day, we were taken to our hotel in Kusadasi.  
 
We want to commend our guide, who was very knowledgeable and personable and our driver, who did a great job as well.  We were very satisfied and greatly appreciated your company's ability to respond to our somewhat unusual itinerary.
 
Many thanks,
Cynthia

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

On October 13th we had the pleasure of touring the sites in the Kusadasi area with Emre and his driver. Our day in Turkey with your employees was the highlight of our trip to Europe. The gentlemen were professional, knowledgeable and patient with my wife and me. You have a real gem in Emre.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Turkey as they deal with the earthquake.

May God bless you all.

Jim Grady, CCM


Just wanted to thank Melissa for a wonderful tour of Ephesus, it was a wonderful experience and one that will stay in our memories forever.
Thank you for being our guide and for being our personal photographer, all  the photos that you took of us together turned out really well.
We did recommend your tour to another couple from our ship and will  definetly
recommend and use your company again next time we visit.
Regards
Richard & Glenda Barlow

 

We were very pleased by the services we received from our driver and especially our guide "Z."  Z set up our day so that even though there we huge crowds at Ephesus and other sites she often had us going in a different direction so we could bet to major sites before the large crowds.  On that day one of the members of our party was ill and we were not charged for him.  Rather we were charged, I think, $2 more per person for having a smaller group.  We honestly expected to pay full fare for the "no show" and that was very great the way we were treated.
If we were to come to Ephesus again or know anyone who is, we woudl reccomend your services without hesitation, especially Z.
Thank you,
Janet Gerlach


 

Hi Esra

We were absolutely delighted with your service. You replied promptly to my e-mails, and you were there to meet us on our arrival in Kusadasi.

The guide you supplied was one of the best we have had in all our travels and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ephesus and surrounding area.

Many thanks

Mair Wingfield

 

We really enjoyed our tour of the Ephesus ruins with Omar.  He was so attentive, energetic and most knowledgeable about the history.  Loved our Turkish lunch he made sure we got.  It was a great day.  I will be posting a very positive feedback on Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic in the near future.

Thanks for a great service.

Judy and Ray


Hello from Prince Edward Island Canada,
I would like to thank you for our wonderful day in Turkey.  I have already commented on Trip Advisor about how wonderful our experience was with your company.  First of all I would like to tell you that our guide Gonca and driver were very professional, knowledgable, warm, and welcomed us to your beautiful country in a very open friendly manner.  Gonca also spoke highly of your company and what a great and fair employer you are.  I can see that you hand pick your guides by the quality of their service.  Gonca was a perfect match for us as our children are her age and it was nice to learn about what life is like in Turkey from a young person's point of view.  I would highly recommend anyone to use your company.  The price was more than fair, and we did not have to worry about a thing all day.  Our lunch was spectacular and was the best meal of our entire 11 day trip on or off of our cruise ship.  I only hope we will return or that we can welcome you to our country in the manner we were welcomed to yours.  Please let Gonca ( I hope I have her name spelled right) know that we cherished our time with her.  Regards, John and Debb Hutchings

 

Hello,
I wanted to sy thank-you for the tour which my mom, myself and my friend recieved by your tour guide Babur in Ephesus on Oct . 6th, 2011. I will definitely recommend him to my friends who travel to Turkey.
He was very knowledgeable and thorough with the history he provided during the day. If you can kindly pass along his email to me so I can extend my gratitude to him personally that would be appreciated.
Thank-you kindly and I will definitely keep Babur in mind for when I return to Turkey and would need to book a guided tour.
 
K. C.
(Canada)


 

 

Dear Esra;

Thanks for contacting me.

Sorry for delay in getting this to you, but we had an excellent tour and day spent with "Ilcare" (hope I got his name right) He was exceptional. The tour of the town Sirince was phenomenal and he was quite helpful, in getting us around, to restaurant for lunch, and of course the museum.

We will definitely utilize your group in the future and will certainly spread the word of the exceptional service and care we received. Give our best to Ilcare and our driver!

Best regards,

Vince Santa Maria

 

Hello Esra

Thank you for your email.

We had a wonderful day with Raife in Ephesus, she is an excellent tour guide and made our day very special.

We would not hesitate to recommend your service and will put a very positive review on “Trip Adviser” once we get home after 18th Oct.
Thank you again for your great service

Maria O’Callaghan & group


 

Good Morning Esra,

I would like to say Thank You, for the amazing time we had in Turkey with your guides Funda, and Meliss on our tours. We are so grateful for the amazing tours that were given, and we totally love your country of Turkey.

We had our first tour on Sept 14th, from our ship; and just as we were instructed our air conditioned van arrived to pick us up at the port with our names. We went to the belly dancers and folkloric show with dinner. It was a wonderful evening. It was so entertaining and beautiful. We were escorted back to our ship very delighted with our evening.

I myself did have to miss the tour of Istanbul on the 15th of Sept. Thank you from the 5 that did go and see the Blue Mosque , St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. My friends did enjoy the tour with Funda very much. I will have to hope that I may return to Turkey again one day; and have my turn exploring the wonderful city, and it's most famous bazaar.

On to Kusadasi where we arrived in port on the 17th of Sept. We were greeted at the port by Meliss and her driver again in a beautiful air conditioned van. Oh Ephesus was more than I had hoped for. The tour was amazing. Meliss did a great job, sharing her knowledge; guiding us through the site, efficiently so we got the most out of our time. I feel blessed to have enjoyed such a grand day at Ephesus. Then on to ceramic shop, which was a fun stop, with just enough time spent there. We then went to the village of Sirince. Oh how wonderful the luncheon we enjoyed at the restaurant. Thank You! Everything was delicious and we all totally enjoyed our time. On to a rug display before heading back to the ship. A great day!

I apologize for not coming into your place of business. I had not realized I could have thanked you in person for all your time spent with me setting up these three tours.

Again, Thank You from all of us. We most certainly will tell our story of this visit to Turkey to many; and I hope they too will be fortunate enough to hire your services.

Kindest Regards,

Valerie Wissinger 

Canada

 


Hello,

I want to thank you for the wonderful tour of Ephesus.Your guide was so knowledgeable and interesting.Your country is very rich in history and culture.  I have to say that it was the best one that we had on our visit to Greece and Turkey.If I hear of any friends who are going to Ephesus I will recommend your company.We also went on to Bodrum and Marmarais.We went out in small boats for the day and the captains also made us a lovely lunch.What a pleasure to spend time in Turkey.I am sorry that I did not arrange to use your company in Greece and our experience there was very disappointing.We made arrangements through the cruise ship due to the strike situation and it was very expensive,and the only site was the Acropolis.We felt like we did not know Athens and it sites like we knew Ephesus.

Thanks,Patricia  

 

Alex was an excellent guide (is that the correct spelling for his name?), our driver was great, and the bus was very clean and comfortable.  I have highly recommended your services a couple of places on Cruise Critic and plan to post a longer, in-depth review on there, too.  My husband is an Anglican pastor, so we really enjoyed visiting a city where St. Paul lived and worked.  Here's a picture of me with "my" bus!  God bless you. ~ Wendy O'Rourke

 

Esra,
Just back from our trip. Your guide was extremely good.We really enjoyed and learned a lot from her! We hope to come back to Turkey to see more of the ancient sites. When we do, we hope to do it through you. Thank you very much! 
Richard

 

Hello

We just wanted to let you know that our tour of Ephesus with you was excellent.
Our guide Ilker Avci was fabulous and we were very impressed with the professional and friendly way that the tour was run.
We are recommending your company and Ilker to all our friends and we can't wait to re-visit your wonderful country
in more depth.
Thanks again Ilker for a great day.

Regards
Geoff & Lisa Jones      Australia=

 

 

Dear Esra:

Our guide was very professional.  We really enjoyed our ½ day at Ephesus .  The comfortable ride to and from Ephesus made our day.  Since we had plenty of time before the ship departs, if the guide had suggested other places to visit we would have agreed to add to our visit.  We are planning to repeat the same cruise for 2013 for our next family reunion; we will definitely use your company again.  And this time we will also book for Istanbul and Athens .

Again, thank you for a wonderful experience.  We will definitely mention your company in Cruse Critic.com.

Warm regards,

-Bonnie g


Dear Nursen Kendir

I just wanted to thank you and your guide, Emre and the driver for a superb tour.  We were very happy to have seen so much, especially since Emre arranged the tour so that we did not arrive at the same time as the many cruise ship tours.

I will be happy to recommend your company to friends and use you again when I am next in Kusadasi.

Many thanks,Angela King

 

Hello

We'd just like to thank you for the tour you provided which was excellent - though the whole thing was made perfect by your tour guide Melissa - who made our day very special..she was well informed, helpful, humorous and nothing was too much trouble .....

Kind Regards

Colin & Nicky


 

We were very pleased with your services.   Our guide, Sinan (I think that is how it is spelled) was charming, helpful and knowledgeable.   He made our visit to Ephesus a delight - easy, comfortable, smooth, full of fascinating information.   Your service was very convenient and very reasonably priced.   Thank you so much.   Should we return to Turkey, we would certainly use your service again.

Tim Williams.

 

Esra,

Our guide was Omer.  He was fabulous.  Whatever you pay him, double it! It must be tough to be a guide showing the same thing to tourists day in and day out.  Yet, Omer was very passionate in making sure we understood exactly why the area was so important and the relevance of its history to Turkey (and all of us) today.  He made my daughters feel noticed, which kept them engaged.  They still talk of him as a favorite memory of our trip.  He is blessed with just the right mixture of grace, humor, intelligence, and kindness.  I could not more highly recommend your company to anyone. 

I wish you continued success and I am sure will have the opportunity to use your services again when we return to your beautiful country.

David J. Shea


 

The tour was the best of our trip!!! Your services were very awesome and  I can not thank you enough for all that your company has done.  Thanks again for a wonderful trip.
Jennifer

 

Esra

Thank you for your email.  My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip you organised for us.  Milih was very informative and helpfull throughout the tour and your driver also provided an excellent service.  As we moved around from location to location and also spent time at each stop we could not help but feel we had made the correct decision to book a private tour rather than being one of the herd!  The meal provided was also very good – I have now sampled a wider range of authentic Turkish food (I wish I could get the village bread here).

I would have no hesitation in using your services again or in recommending them to friends.  You provided amazing value for money and a really high quality service.

Thanks you!  Regards

Philip


Esra:

Your service was absolutely fantastic!   My wife and I agreed that of all the tours we took during our cruise, the Ephesus Shuttle tour of Ephesus was far and away the best.   Omar and our driver gave us personalized service, ensured that we saw what we wanted to see, and became our friends.   Omar was funny, friendly, knowledgeable and professional.   We bragged about your tour service to every passenger we talked to on the ship afterwards.   They had a so-so time with the cruise-ship sponsored tour – we had a GREAT time with Ephesus Shuttle at less than half the price!   They saw a few locations – we saw EVERYTHING we wanted to see!   They got rushed through sites – we got to take our time while Omar explained the history and culture to us.

I cannot say it enough – Omar was GREAT.    Thank you for blowing our expectations away.  

Brad and Debbie Rucker

 

 

You're welcome.  We enjoyed our short visit to Turkey and the tour, which was much better than a tour we took through another company when we visited Ephesus a couple of years ago.  We will be sure to consider Curio Travel for tour packages prior to our next visit to Turkey.   

Michael LaManes


 

Dear Esra,

we very much appreciated the professionalism and kindness of your company, represented by Birsen, who was also very knowledgeable about Ephesus and the overall ancient history.

We also felt very safe with the driver and the comfortable van. We definitely would use again and recommend your services !

Best regards

Eduardo

 

Sinon exceeded our expectations.  He made it easy for us to be picked up, welcomed us with Turkish delight and dropped us off at a convenient location.   He amazed us with his knowledge of Turkey, each site, use of time, where to take pictures, taking pictures and his pleasant helpfulness.  He gently guide us to quiet places at each site out of the massive crowds to see  and understand things better.   He was easy to understand and having a driver drive while Sinon shared culture, answered questions and prepared us for what we were about to see next was A number 1 service.  It was great how we saved time and did not have to  walk back through sites to get back to the shuttle, the shuttle was at the end ready to pick us up.   We could not have asked for more.    I would highly recommend Sinon and your service to anyone.    Thank you for taking such good care of us.

Craig Redding



Hi Esra

We felt the service was excellent and we would certainly recommend you without reservation. Our guide was super and added so much to the day. The car was comfortable and the driver really good. The day in Ephesus (including the meal at the restaurant recommended by the guide) was the highlight of our cruise.

Many thanks

Meryl and John

 

 

Hi Omar,


First, let me say how we so enjoyed you as our guide  in Turkey, your were very knowledgeable, fun, and interesting,

All my friends, agree,   I will definitely be referring you to anyone I know that is going to be visiting turkey, I have sent you the pictures of Barbara Lippman, just click on view photos and you will be able  to see Mark & Barbara.

The dessert in Turkey was the BEST.

Regards, everyone send their Love. J     

THANKs again,

Joan Jackson


In July, myself, husband and 12 year old son did a full day tour of Ephesus Tour + Terrace Houses with  Esra Ozdamar www.ephesusshuttle.com. I would highly recommend this tour and guide and would go with them again if we return.  Our guide met us at Kusadasi port with a sign.  We got an early start and got to Ephesus before most of the other tours.  We got to  Walk through marble streets and saw  the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater.   Then we went though Terrace House which was really interesting.  Our guide was very knowledgable about all of the ruins and could answer all the  questions my 12 year old could think to throw at him.   One of the nice parts of our tour was being able to take our time and go at our own pace.   Especially when you have a younger child.   A few times when our son had too much sun our guide sat with him in the Shade while my husband and I explored a few more ruins.     Afterwards we drove back to Kusadasi  and stopped at a carpet factory in the country.   We had lunch here and got to see how the Turkish Carpets are hand tied and how the silk is spun from the silk cocoon.     We had a great time and always felt safe and well taken care of.

 

Debra, Craig and Michael Weatherford 

 

 

Dear Nur

Thank you for a wonderful morning in Ephesus. The Terraced Houses were well worth the visit and I can recommend them to anyone visiting the site. If ever I am in Kusadasi again I will definitely use your company.

sincerely

Maggie Sweeney

 

 

Esra

Our tour guide was Naheday. I’m not sure of the spelling.  She was the best tour guide we have ever had!  She was extremely knowledgeable about everything on our tour, and of course she was very, very nice.  This was the best tour we had on our trip and we will definitely use your company again when we visit your beautiful country.  I will suggest that you tell people to start the tour as early in the day as possible as there is so much to see and do. Ours started at 9am and I wish we had started earlier.  We did get to see everything we wanted to.  I suggested to the cruise company to lengthen the stay in Turkey, perhaps even 2 days.  Thank you again.

Bonnie

 

Dear Fevzi,
Just had to write to express our thanks for an excellent tour of Ephesus. Our guide Emre met us at the dock as planned, and gave us a wonderful time. We felt as though we were in the company of a very knowledgeable old friend, and we know that our trip was vastly superior to that offered via the cruise line. It could not have been better, and again our thanks for a wonderful highlight to our holiday.

Tim Morris


Good evening

I am atourist who has used the services of your agency for my excursion to Kusadasi, during a  Celebrity Cruise, the day 05/09/2011.
I booked the tour No. 4  for two  people, I am writing to compliment you the services that you gave me: for the vehicle available , for the path of the tour and to thank the guide you have assigned me:

Mr.  Mehmet Cibikci, he as been a person extremely kind , patient and very prepared and speaking a good English very comprehensive to us , he has been with us all day with patience and great professionalism.

I also thank the driver Mr. Mustafa, driver wise and very attentive.

If I return to Kusadasi for excursions, we will certainly contact you again
thanks and greetings

Monelli Riccardo e Luigia   ( Italy)

 

 

Dear Esra, thanks for your apology, and the oversight was quickly corrected. This letter tells us that you run a great tour business and there is no doubt that your company will always be successful.

The tour was absolutely wonderful, & our guide Pinar was terrific . She was extremely knowledgeable and that made our experience even better. We enjoyed the day very, very, much, especially being able to get to know your country and its people when we had lunch in that wonderful town in the mountains.  The food was great and they made us feel very welcomed. It was one of the highlights of our trip and we would do it again if ever we get back your way.

We made it home safely so thanks to you & your staff for making our visit a memorable one.

Best to you & Pinar, and tell her that as soon as I get some time I will email her the pictures.

Best regards, Harold & Linda.


 

Hi Emre

Remember the Turkish Deligts? We sure remember you. You  made our trip to Turkey so very memorable. I don't think any of us will forget you. Kusadasi is beautiful and we loved our tour with you to Ephesus. Listening to other passengers on the ship, I know we had the best tour! And lunch at Bizim Ev-Hanimeli made the day even more special. On behalf of all of us, thank you so much for guiding us through the  magic of your country. I will give your  name to anyone I know going to Turkey.

Best regards,

The Turkish Delights (9 Canadian and 1 American women)

Karen

 

 

Omer,

Just a brief note of thanks for the hospitality you showed us during our brief visit to Istanbul.  We enjoyed having dinner with you and were impressed with the tour and your knowledge / history of the area.

Again, thank you.

Sincerely,

Ed & Linda Walsh

 

 

 

Dear Katja and Nursen

I am writing to both of you to let you know how much you made our excursions while we were vacationing and DO use our comments as testimonials!

I will also send the pictures we took that you might love. Well, Raife might love hers too!

Nursen, Katja was our guide for our time in Rome..she is just wonderful and if you ever need a contact in Rome, Katja is the person to work with. and Raife was our guide at Ephesus and Nursen can pass on this information to her!  She was wonderful!

Katja, Nursen Kendir, www.curiotravel.com is her website.  We got the information about Nursen from a Rick Stevensguide.  And katja, we got your information simply by googling and finding someone who referred you.

Love to all of you!  You made our trip fantastic..and look for pictures soon!

hugs from David and Vicki James  (hope you have not forgotten us...Raife will remember us because we had to drive Sue back to the ship and then we had a Fabulous Turkish lunch!  ...and Katja will not forget us!!!)

 

 

Dear Nur,

Our thanks to your company for a wonderful tour of Ephesus on Wednesday, Sept 21. Especially we want to tell you how helpful and informative Alev, our guide, was. She was a delight and with our driver Sabre, formed a great tour team. We will not hesitate to refer friends to Ephesus Shuttle. Please relay our best wishes to them for a wonderful day.

Thank you again, 

Mike and Brenda Humphress 

 

 

Dear Nursen Kendir:  We would like to thank Ephesus Shuttle for a very well organized private tour your company provided us.  We had a wonderful tour and our guide Mehmet Gibkgi was the best (very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable young gentleman on Kusadasi and Ephesus, including the Terrace Houses).  The 6 !/2 hrs spent with him just flew by.  Lunch (which was included in the price) was delicious.  We felt we got excellent value for our money.  The tour cost much less the cruise ship's organized excursion and ours was private.  Mehmet had perfect timing, in most cases we were just ahead of the crowds.  Awesome job done by Mehmet and the driver of  the comfortable van.   We would not hesitate to recommend Ephesus Shuttle and Mehmet as a guide for a personal guided tour. 

Thank you Ann and Fred Menlove




Hi
 
I just wanted to send a note of thanks for the very professional, very knowledgeable and entertaining Ilker. From pick up right at the ship to dropping us in the shopping area, the service was first class. 
We were so glad that we booked a tour as we would not have had half the insight that Ilker gave us. He has such a great sense of humour. The carpet factory/store and the Leather jacket show were really nice and unexpected as it wasn't part of our tour package.
 
We will definitely recommend Ilker and Ephesus shuttle to anyone visiting Ephesus



Esra.
My wife and I had a very good and positive experience in using your services.
Prior to visit - my e-mail request was acknowledged, I had confirmation that two place were reserved for us. We were given clear joining instructions and the price was clearly set out.
On the visit - we were met in the place and the time expected. Were given a very helpful guidebook and also tickets on the coach which saved us queuing to enter the sites. We had plenty of time to visit the sites and were not rushed at all.
Thanks for making an enjoyable visit for us. We will recommend your service to family and friends.
 
Derrick


The best day of our two-week trip was the day we spent with you all in Ephesus.  I asked for a “super-great” guide and we got one in Ates Emre.  He knew how to engage everyone from the 16 year old to the 80 year and the parents too.  He was fantastic.  Thank you so much. We will definitely use you all again to help us on a longer stay in your beautiful country.  I especially appreciate the professional and fair way you adjusted our bill to take off the places we did not visit.  It could not have been a better experience. 

Best regards,

Tracy



Hi
 
I just wanted to send a note of thanks for the very professional, very knowledgeable and entertaining Ilker. From pick up right at the ship to dropping us in the shopping area, the service was first class. 
We were so glad that we booked a tour as we would not have had half the insight that Ilker gave us. He has such a great sense of humour.



Alex was an excellent guide (is that the correct spelling for his name?), our driver was great, and the bus was very clean and comfortable.  I have highly recommended your services a couple of places on Cruise Critic and plan to post a longer, in-depth review on there, too.  My husband is an Anglican pastor, so we really enjoyed visiting a city where St. Paul lived and worked.  Here's a picture of me with "my" bus!  God bless you. ~ Wendy O'Rourke

Esra,
Just back from our trip. Your guide was extremely good.We really enjoyed and learned a lot from her! We hope to come back to Turkey to see more of the ancient sites. When we do, we hope to do it through you. Thank you very much!
Richard


Hello

We just wanted to let you know that our tour of Ephesus with you was excellent.
Our guide Ilker Avci was fabulous and we were very impressed with the professional and friendly way that the tour was run.
We are recommending your company and Ilker to all our friends and we can't wait to re-visit your wonderful country
in more depth.
Thanks again Ilker for a great day.

Regards
Geoff & Lisa Jones
Australia=

Dear Esra:
Our guide was very professional.  We really enjoyed our ½ day at Ephesus .  The comfortable ride to and from Ephesus made our day.  Since we had plenty of time before the ship departs, if the guide had suggested other places to visit we would have agreed to add to our visit.  We are planning to repeat the same cruise for 2013 for our next family reunion; we will definitely use your company again.  And this time we will also book for Istanbul and Athens .
Again, thank you for a wonderful experience.  We will definitely mention your company in Cruse Critic.com.
Warm regards,
-Bonnie g



We had a most wonderful tour of Ephesus with your guide Benjamin!  I can not say enough fantastic things about him:  he was so courteous, time efficient, knowledgeable and made our trip there THE best of all our excursions during our cruise!!!  When we return to Turkey, we will most definitely be contacting Ephesus Shuttle and have already told all our friends how wonderful it was.  Thank you again for your truly wonderful service!
Sarah DeYoung

Dear Ms. Esra Ozdamar,
 
Yes, you are welcome to post my praise of the tour that was given by your guide, Robia!  And I will be happy to post my comments on the two websites as you asked, as well.  I agree that word of mouth is the best advertisement and when a person is looking for a tour service that will provide them with a most memorable experience, it is difficult to wade through all the alternatives!  You definitely deserve to be recommended!
 
Best,
Nita 



Esra,
I hope our feedback is helpful.  We would appreciate it if you would share our comments with Haluk.
 
I might add that while we enjoyed the individual attention we got, my wife and I both felt that it was a shame that we could not have shared it with at least one other couple.  It would have been a more effective use of Haluk's time, and given you more income.  Unfortunately we could not find anyone on our ship and you apparently are not allowed to combine people.
 
We are giving our comments to our Travel agent, so they may refer people to you in the future.
Thank you,
Fred Robnett
 
COMMENTS ON EPHESUSSHUTTLE SERVICE
MAY7, 2011
TOUR GUIDE: HALUK CALISKAN
 
We contacted Ephesus Shuttle, after seeing an ad and some positive comments on Cruise Critics.  We are very happy we used your services.
 
Our personal tour guide, Haluk Caliskan, was excellent.  He is personable, communicates well, and is knowledgeable about the history of Ephesusand the area.  We could tell how much Haluk cares about Turkeyand the historical places we visited.  We felt that he wanted us to leave, loving his country as much as he does.  Haluk was successful, as we know so much more about Turkeynow than we did before we came.
 
I found the quality of your communications with us to be much better than other tour companies I contacted in both Greeceand Turkey.  Your replies to my questions were prompt and thorough, and we knew exactly what to expect on arrival and on our tour.  Your pricing was very good.
 
Thank you for making our visit so rewarding.  We will recommend both Ephesus Shuttle and Haluk to others



Hi-

Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the tour of Ephesus that you arranged for us. The guide and driver were excellent and we learned so much more than the folks who took the cruise-ship tour. I intend to post my feedback on some of the travel websites I use. Also, if we ever return to Turkey (and I would really like to do so) I will be sure to engage your services again.
Thanks
Carol Probst



Good morning Esra,

I am just writing to thank you for ensuring that our visit to Ephesus and the Steam Museum was such a success on 24th May.

Zi was waiting for us at the port.  She gave us excellent, informative information about Ephesus as well as ensuring that we did not miss any of the best photo shots.

After my husband and I had visiting the Steam Museum, Zi asked if we would like to visit the local co-operative weaving centre which we did.  The owner took time out to show my husband and I around the centre - it was a most informative visit.

We would like to thank you once again for ensuring a most memorable visit to the Kusadasi region and we hope to return on a future occasion.

We will have no hesitation in recommending Ephesus Shuttle to our friends.

Kind regards.
Suzanne Haley



I just wanted to say that Kay did an excellent job with our tour last week.  He and the driver were very pleasant and professional.  Kay certainly knows his stuff.
 
Thanks for making our visit to Turkey very pleasant and memorable.  If I get the chance, I will certainly recommend your company's services.
 
Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Devon Townsend


Dear Fevzi
I am  just writing to say thank you for your company's excellent service on our recent trip to Turkey.   We travelled on The Celebirty Century on September 14 visiting Kusadasi and simply booked the transfer to Ephesus option.   Nourdin met with us at the port terminal and provided an excellent service throughout the morning.  We could not have been happier with our visit.
 
Thanks to your team and Nourdin.
 
Regards
Tricia Parry
 

 
Fevzi
Our time in Turkey was amazing. We would certainly recommend your services to anyone
.
 
The Ephesus tour guide (Zee) was by far our favourite guide during our entire Cruise.  Extremely knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and  flexible to our desires.  Anyone visiting the Port of Kusadasi and has any interest in history needs to visit Ephesus. Do not skip the Terrace Houses during the tour, it made the tour.
 
Istanbul was fabulous. Our only regret was having only a few hours to spend at the Grand Bazaar.  An entire day could be spent in the Bazaar.  Our Tour Guide, Nazla was a walking encyclopaedia.
 
Thanks for your services.
 
The Hardy's


Hello Fevzi
 
I have been meaning to write and let you know that the tour provided on Sept 14 was excellent in every way. I believe it was the highlight of our two week trip for my parents. I am still amazed that the guide and his assistant managed to maneuver my Mum, in her wheelchair, through the complete tour of Ephesus.   
 
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and will not hesitate to recommend your company.
 
Thank you very much
Hilary 

Dear Fevzi,
Alan & I were definitely impressed with your services and, most especially, with the two BEST guides with whom we have ever had the pleasure of touring.
Both Oscar and Omar were so interesting and, in addition, so much fun to be with that they made our experience in Ephesus and Istanbul truly unforgettable. 
Hopefully, one day soon, we will be able to return to see and learn more about your beautiful country.
When we returned, I immediately called my travel agent (who arranged this wonderful trip for us) and highly recommended you and your agency to her. If you ever need references, please feel free to have any of your customers contact me.  Just tell them to put your name in the Subject Matter, just in case it goes into my "JUNK" mail.
 
Monica Polikoff



Hello,

Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the private tour arranged through your company. Our guide was excellent and the assistant for my wheelchair bound husband was fantastic. We will certainly visit Turkey again and will not hesitate to employ your services again.
Thank you so very much.
Please feel free to use me as a reference if the need should arise.
Thanks
Sheryl Aikman


Dear Fevzi,
We have nothing but praise for your arrangements in Kusadasi/Ephesus. Victor(?) was there waiting for us on the quay with our name, walked to our car, and with the driver took us to Ephesus, not wait no aggravation .He presented us with a beautiful book of Ephesus , and a cap and filled us in on what we were about to see. We arrived within 20 mins., all entrance fees had been paid, no waiting in queues- we simply strolled down the old streets studying the booklet, and met him again as previously arranged some 2 ½ hours later. He was willing to take us the surrounding interest spot until our time with him was up.
We paid in dollars for the visit, which we saw as big plus. Well done  Victor, well done Ephesus shuttle!  We have already began to tell everyone , what a great service you give!
Thanks again, you help make our trip,
Ron Sivan


 
Hello Fevzi,
We're finally caught up with ourselves after a wonderful visit to your part of the World.  We truly enjoyed our trip to both Turkey and Greece, it was very short so we crowded a lot into the visit.  Now we can view our pictures and further enjoy where we've been.
Thanks to you and "Z" the highlight of our trip was Ephesus and the sights of Kusadazi in general.  All of us decided in retrospect that we should have extended our stay in Turkey and gone to Istanbul as well.  I guess that means another visit in the future for us.
Fevzi, again I want to express my appreciation for your special attention given to the four of us while in Kusadazi.  You made the difference in the quality of the sites we visited.  Please pass along our thanks to "Z" as well, she was not only very knowledgeable but personable and showed a  keen sense of humor in her presentation.

Take care and I hope this finds you well and happy.
Regards,
Glenna


We had an amazing tour. Our tour guide and driver were very knowledgable, professional and timely.  Our fellow cruisers were quite jealous when we told them about our private experience at Ephesus.
We are very thrilled that we found you. We would like to come back and tour Instanbul and other parts of Turkey at some point. We will keep you and our guide in mind.
 
Regards,
Jennifer


Fevsi,
I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the private tour. Our guide hakan and driver vesi made this a wonderful experience. I will recommend your service to anyone.
Thanks again !
Regards,
Barry holmes


In early September we traveled to Istanbul.  Omer Elkay was our guide.
We wanted to let you know that we were so impressed with Omer.  He was so knowledgeable, efficient and personable and we appreciated all of the additional effort he made to make our visit enjoyable.
Thank you for Omer.  At every opportunity that we have to either make another trip to your wonderful country or refer friends we will personally request Omer who has proven himself an outstanding travel guide.


Good morning!
We just wanted to follow up with you about our recent tour of Ephesus. I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your tour. The guide you provided (I apologize I cannot remember her name!) was absolutely fantastic. She was extremely knowledgable and personable. It was a great day and a great service. I will be sure to recommend your company to other cruisers.
 
Thanks again,
Lydia and Tim


Dear Fevzi,
We enjoyed you tour very much.  It was also so very good of you to include our new tour mates.  They were very happy with the van, the tour and our guide.  I can't remember his name, I think Emir???  He was so informative and very learned about Ephesus and your country.  He was also ready to answer all of our questions.
Rest assured that if we are fortunate to travel to Turkey again, we will be calling on you.  We will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone going to your country.
Thank you again for the wonderful tour!

With fond memories,
Barbara



Hello. We are very pleased with the services. Our guide, Hakan, and our driver were very professional and polite. Hakan was especially knowledgeable and very willing to share Turkish life and culture.
My husband and I are both members of travel advisors and cruise critic and will definitely recommend your tour company. We enjoyed our trip and the hospitality shown to us by our host and the rest of the Turkish people. We will welcome another opportunity to visit your country again.
 
Yours truly,
Sergey and Jocelyn Gantman


Dear Nursen KENDIR,
I have just returned from my trip and wanted to share my feedback regarding Ephesus Shuttle and Mrs. Yelda Celik as our tour guide. Without question, this is one of the best guided tours I have ever taken. Everything was perfect! The pickup in Izmir port was smooth and on time. Yelda and the driver were prompt and waiting for us when we departed the ship. Mrs Yelda Celik was so detailed in the information she provided regarding the background information of your beautiful country. Her information regarding the tour stops (Virgin Mary house, Ephesus, Temple of Artemis) was just the right amount of information and background. Her english speaking skills were great and she took the time to ensure she answered any questions. In addition, the car was very comfortable and the driver was very courteous and professional. Overall, a great tour and a great company to work with. I especially appreciated the willingness to work with me in avoiding the carpet demonstrations. Yelda was very good about asking us the types of things we were interested in and took us to a leather factory as an alternative. Also, the restaurant recommended for lunch was great. Food was delicious. Please share this feedback with Yelda and your driver. I will be sure to recommend your company to all my friends and family in the future. I was a bit hesitant at first since there was not much information about Ephesus Shuttle on the Cruise critic web site but as it turned out I had nothing to worry about. Keep doing what you are doing and being so flexible in working with your clients. I think this will only continue to make loyal and satisfied customers. I will also share my positive feedback about your company on Cruise Critic website. Thanks again for a wonderful tour and making our vacation so special. Ephesus and Turkey are wonderful places to visit and we look forward to returning to your country soon!

Regards,
Leigh Yap



Thanks so much for making our trip to Ephesus so interesting.
Orkan was a wonderful guide and made the whole day very informative. I particularly enjoyed my "shave" at the barber shop.
Everything went off on schedule and as planned and we believe your tour was excellent value for money relative to what our friends that took tours from the ship were charged. We had a driver and private guide at a price considerably less than they were charged for a group tour with about 10 people.
We also used Curio in Istanbul and again were very happy with our guide around the City for the day.
We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to fellow travelers in the future.
 
Again, many thanks for making all of our arrangements.
Harry Traub


Hi,
Sorry I'm so late with this reply, but I've been out of town and just got back into my email. I do want to say that the tour--and our guide, Hakim, were both wonderful. Hakim was on time and extremely knowledgeable about Ephesus. He was so enthusiastic and friendly--a great cheerleader for Kusadasi, Ephesus, and Turkey. We were able to enjoy and learn much about Ephesus, even though it was a rather crowded venue that day,
because Hakim was able to maneuver the six of us around the large tour groups with great finesse. We enjoyed the comfort of the minibus--very new, clean, and air conditioned. Hakim took us to the school where girls were being trained to make Turkish rugs, and two of the couples bought beautiful rugs that day. I would definitely recommend this tour--and Hakim--to others. It was our first trip to Turkey, but we hope to get back some day.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Flemmen


Hi
Sorry for the late reply. Our trip to Kusadasi was above all the ports our favorite. Our Tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was great to be on a private tour. The trip to Sirince was absolutely wonderful. The food was all delicious. We originally  had not planned a tour in Kusadasi. But we booked it the last minute, from seeing a banner advertisement on cruise critic. I am so glad we did.Everything was perfect and we will definitely recommend your tour company. The customer service was "superb"!!!
 
Thank you again for making a holiday a great success!
Tara and Phil


Mr. Turhan,
We want to thank you for the wonderful tour you provided us of Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Sirence Village and Artemission Temple. Thank you, also, for accomodating a couple of our newly found friends on short notice. Our guide, Emre, and driver, Mileh, provided outstanding and courteous services!  We asked Emre to try to keep us out of the crowds and sun and he exceeded our expectations.  His knowledge of the sites and area and command of our English language were noteworthy. But his big challenge came at lunchtime when we asked him to provide an array of local favorites for us to enjoy in lieu of individual luncheon plates.  His selections couldn't have been better.  I would highly recommend offering that approach to other tourists who are maybe a little more adventurous.Again, thank you for making our time in your beautiful and interesting country special. We will highly recommend you to our friends.

Sincerely, Gary I. Luloff 


Dear Fevzi
Our personal guide Tan was wonderful and we had a enjoyable day in Turkey, so much so that we will someday return for another visit!  We greatly appreciated Tan's knowledge of history and the insights he provided regarding all of the sites he showed us.
 
Thank you for the excellent service!
Jacob Harrison


Dear Fevzi Turhan,
 
Our experience was phenomenal. We travel extensively and our guide was one of the most knowledgeable and well prepared guides we have had the pleasure to meet. Our small group leader on the Crystal Serenity, recommended that I contact you for a private tour for my husband and myself. I would happily recommend your company to friends who plan to visit Turkey especially because you responded to my e-mail so promptly and confirmed our plans at the same time. I have forwarded your company info along to the travel agent we use regularly as well.
 
Thank you all again for making our trip to Ephesus so memorable from the pick-up to the drop-off.
 
Best regards,
Maureen Weisner


Dear Fevzi Turhan,

We had a wonderful tour of Turkey.  We saw many amazing sights on our eastern Mediterranean cruise, but I have to say Turkey was the highlight and the tour given by Ms Nahide was a huge part of that.  Thank you so much for making it happen.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to our friends that if they’re planning to visit Turkey that they contact you and Ms Nahide . 

Thanks again,  Dennis and Laurie Brooke

Fevzi,

The tour you provided was one of the best that I ever took.  Our tour guide, Fatih Albaglar, was awesome.  He spoke excellent English, gave us tons of great information, was proud of his country, and was very flexible.  The convenience of the tour was impressive, it was nice to get picked up and dropped off right outside the terminal and have our own driver. Thanks again, the tour with Fatih was very memorable, please thank him again.
 
-Ryan


We arranged for a number of private tours during our most recent trip to Greece and Turkey, but your Ephesus Shuttle tour was by far the best of them all.  Your driver and tour guide, Emre, met us where we
disembarked from our cruise ship right on time.  The bus was very comfortable and the driver was terrific.  Emre did a wonderful job pointing out the sights to us on the way to Ephesus.
The tour of Ephesus was incredible.  Emre walked with us, pointing out important sites and giving us historical facts and background we could not have gotten if we toured the ruins by ourselves.  He is very
bright, very personable, easy to talk to and our tour was so much better because of him.

In short, our experience with Ephesus Shuttle was terrific - 5 stars - and we would highly recommend your services to anyone and everyone.  Please feel free to use these comments on your website or anywhere else you think it would help your business.

Sincerely,
Phil Malter and Susan Turner
 

The trip and the guide were very good. We had a very enjoyable day and will definitely recommend your company to other people.
Thank you.
Marilyn


Hi ,
We loved our tour with Becko today ! Thanks to his quick thinking we avoided all the crowds at Ephesus and
had a wonderful time at Miletus and Didyma.
Compared with other passengers who went with the ships' tour, we had a much better time !
We also liked very much the lunch stop at Seven Sleepers which was such a nice touch in addition to seeing
some of the less touristy regions.
 We appreciated Becko for his patience and vast knowledge which he shared so willingly with us.
Thank you very much for a fantastic tour and we cant stop recommending your services to other passengers on our cruise.
Regards,
Barbara

 

Fevzi,
We had a wonderful tour and both the guide and the driver were outstanding. I will highly recommend your services to my friends when they are visiting Kusadasi.
 

Dear Fevzi,
I just wanted to thank you for making our Turkey trip so marvelous--everything you planned went beautifully.  We both fell in love with your country, and if I ever return, I will definitely contact you immediately.
THANK YOU!
Cheers
Alisa
 

Hi fevzi,
Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with our guides in Izmir and Istanbul. They were so knowledgeable. They made our 2 days in Turkey the most memorable.  If we ever return to Turkey we will be sure to contact you.  Thank you for running such a professional and pleasant tour. 
  
 
Dear Mr. Turhan,
It's been two months since you arranged our day tour in Kusadasi.  I've been wanting to write you to tell you how much we enjoyed our short stay there.  It was so nice to meet you there at the dock.  We could immediately tell we were well taken care of.  The van was nice and very roomy and our guide, was amazing.  He was so friendly and knowledgeable. His love of Turkey was very apparent and very infectious.  If you have an email address for him I'd appreciate it.  We were all so impressed with your beautiful country and would like to return again someday soon.  If we do we will definitely call you to make the arrangements.  We have friends who travel quite a bit.  We'll be sure to tell them about you.  Again, thank you for a wonderful trip.  Good luck in all you do!
Sincerely,
Sandra
 
 
Fevzi,
 
We just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for your service.  We had an incredible time in Turkey.  Our guide, Emre, was wonderful!  He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and interesting.  He really made our day one of the best stops of our cruise! The vehicle and driver were perfect as well!  It was spotless ( like new), huge ( fit all 6 of us very well), and comfortable ( air conditioned!!)..  Driver great....we felt comfortable and safe the entire time. Thank you so much again.
 


Hello:
we enjoyed our tour a lot and our guide was excellent.  She was very knowledgeable and friendly and answered all our questions and had interesting facts to share.  we thought the tour was very good value and would recommend you to anyone going to Turkey.  Thank you

Sincerely,
Jody 
 

Excellent value on the tours. We liked both of our tour guides (
Ephesus & Istanbul) and couldn’t possibly have seen as much without them. The tour included all elements of the itinerary and the payment went smoothly
 

We enjoyed our vist tremendously. The guide we had was fantastic and the service was superb, I would reccomend your agency without hestitation
Thanks again
 

Fevzi, we have been so busy since returning from our cruise I forgot to write to tell you that both of your guides were Excellent! We all enjoyed the enthusiasm and professional knowledge of Sadat in Istanbul.  Our day was short in Euphesus as our daughter got sick in the heat at the ruins but your team was very attentive and flexible. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone we know going to Turkey. We hope to visit again in a few years and will certainly let you know.
 
Jon


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