We used OneNation Travel (All Istanbul Tours) for a day trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and back. This was arranged prior to our trip while still in the U.S.. The internet communication was timely and clear. We felt comfortable paying on-line prior to the trip.
OneNation did a great job logistically arranging for all the transportation from our hotel, to Ephesus and back, without missing a beat. We had a great guide,who spoke excellent english, and really brought the story of the Ephesus area to life. He explained why this area is holy to both Christians and Muslims as well as why the city was abandoned over time.
We hit every spot on our itinerary (Tmeple of Artemis, Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, and the House of the Virgin Mary) except for the Isabey Mosque. Instead of the Mosque, for our last stop, we were taken to a traditional rug-making facility where we were shown how silk was produced and rugs made. Then we were brought into a "warm room" where we were pitched to in order to buy rugs.
At first, the pitch seemed like we were going to experience something similar to a hard sell at a time-share, but it ended up being a soft sell. Irregardless, I appreciated being shown how rugs were made, but did not like the bait-and-switch tactic used to get us there. I still would have rather visited the mosque. And I'm not sure if OneNation Travel knew about this since they contract out to different, local tour groups.
Other travelers (from different tour groups) that we ran into on our way back had a worse experience where they were taken to a rug making facility as well as a leather shop where they put on a fashion show and were being prodded to buy. Hardly the experience you want to have at the end of your trip.
I'd recommend checking with your travel group about these "end of trip" experiences and have them make other arrangments if your not interested.
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