Just back with a group of 16 on a Mediterranean cruise that visited Kusadasi, Turkey. Since we were to spend two days in the port I booked tours for both days through Mr. Bekir Ucarkus at Celsus Travel Company (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To sum up: On day one, Bekir met us at the pier and escorted us to Ephesus (plus terrace houses of the wealthy and house of Virgin Mary). On day two we selected the five hour tour to Since Village (with lunch at a small local restaurant).
Both tours were great. Bekir is very knowledgeable and provided individual headsets to each of our group members. Nobody missed a thing that he said! And prices were considerably less than we would have paid aboard ship.
Bekir arranged our reservations without a deposit. We simply paid him in cash at the completion of each day's tour.
By the way, the ship docks right in town, so it's very convenient to shop and try local fare at any of the local restaurants. And would you believe a Starbucks on the pier with tables and umbrellas overlooking the water?
If you are looking for tours in this area of the world, I certainly am glad to recommend Celsus Travel.
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