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“Highlight of our trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ephesus Tours by OTTI Travel - Private Tours

Ephesus Tours by OTTI Travel - Private Tours
Iki Cesmelik mah. Kitas Adalioglu Sitesi E:2 A:2, Selcuk 09400, Turkey
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Owner description: We are a personalized local tour company which is expert over Private Ephesus tours.our tours run from İzmir and Kusadasi Port .
Ogden, Utah
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“Highlight of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Since we were driving ourselves around western Turkey, we already had our own rent a car, so we were glad that OTTI has a "guide only" option. So we did not need nor did we want to pay for OTTI's minivan, which I hear is very nice.

We arranged to meet our guide, Banu, at a central location in Selcuk first thing in the morning. Of course Banu was there right on time and she joined us in our car to the Ephesus gate. She was very helpful in making sure that we had an enjoyable day making sure that before we went into the ancient city that we had plenty of water and had gone to the toilet, etc. These seem like details, but it is very helpful to have someone who knows these tips to avoid discomfort later, especially since we were traveling with our 6 year old and it was over 40 degrees C.

Banu's English is outstanding, as well as her knowledge of Ephesus, Selcuk, and Turkey in general. She knew all the best places in the ancient city of where to stand for the best views and pictures, and how to avoid the some of the larger groups. We toured the "apartments" which no one should miss. We were amazed how few people toured the apartments given how many people were in Ephesus that day. They really missed out on the best part.

After we finished Ephesus and Banu made sure that we had plenty of time to take all the fantastic photographs we needed, Banu then recommended that we have some Ayran at a traditional Turkish roadside cafe where we sat on pillows on the floor.

Banu informed us that we had her for the whole day so she could take us anywhere we liked. So Banu took us to the church of St. John, the Temple of Artemis and inside the old mosque of Selcuk.

After that it was about time for lunch so she recommended a restaurant which was so good we even bought their cookbook.

She then recommended a ceramic making school and a rug making school where we learned hands on how to make Turkish rugs and how to throw a pot. Our 6 year old painted her own pot and we were able to take it home with us. At the rug school we saw and learned about silkworms and the process for making all the varieties of Turkish rugs. The staff at each of these locations also spoke excellent English. We bought a Turkish rug which we now have hanging on our wall at home. Our 6 year old still asks when we can go back and work on the loom.

The best part of our experience with Banu was how her #1 concern was our enjoyment. She made sure we had plenty of time to see what we wanted to see and take as many pictures, or to shop as long as we want. The whole day was at our pace and our discretion and not what a group wanted to do. If we wanted to sit and have a cold beer and enjoy the view of the peach orchards, then that's what we did.

I highly recommend OTTI and recommend Banu as a guide.

Visited July 2012
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Tysons Corner VA
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“Thank you Banu!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I should have written this weks ago, but anyway -- we had a wonderful day with Banu. She is a consummate professional. The tour was informative and the lunch, as promised, was excellent. She knows what she is doing and our family group greatly appreciated it!

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent experience in Ephesus tour with OTTI”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We are a group of 10 who took the OTTI Ephesus Turkey tour in late October 2012. We are very happy with the services provided by OTTI. Here are a few comments from our groiup
1. Transportation - excellent. The van which could seat 15 is very comfortable for 10 people
2. Itenerary - covered every historical site and point of interest mentioned in the OTTI web site. It is well planned and organized, so we didn't feel any rush at all..
3. Price - very reasonable, compared with what we paid with another tour operators in Italy 3 years ago. Lunch was also included. We had a chance to taste the local turkey dishes and they were delicious
4. We visited some local factories (leather and carpet) and had a chance to see how the products were produced. We did not feel any pressure to buy from them. We enjoyed the fashion show very much as some of our members were invited to participate in the fashion show.
5. Finally, our tour guide Banu is execptional. Her English is very good. She is very knowledgeable and very detial in telling us the history and background of sites. She is very pleasant and flexible. She allowed us enough time to take pictures and also recommended good spots where we could take good scenary and historical backgound. She made this tour a real pleasure for us. We would definitely recommend her to any one whe need a good tour guide in Turkey.

In conclusion, we are very happy with OTTI's and Banu's service We have no reservation to give EphesusTours/OTTI TRAVEL and Banu a perfect score of 10 out of 10.

Visited October 2012
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Vermillion, South Dakota
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“Private tour of Ephesus and House of Mary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I had a short time frame free during a business trip, so requested a private guided tour. It was a bit expensive, but worth it. I was surprised to find that it included a driver separate from the guide, so we were delivered door to door and didn't have to bother with finding the vehicle in parking lots. My guide was Banu, and she was knowledgeable and willing to adjust her presentation and time schedule to match my interests. Lunch included a sales pitch, but an interesting one and relatively low-key. All fees were included in the price. A good experience.

Visited November 2012
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Lacey, Washington
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“Ephesus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

A group of 12 of us participated in this tour as we were on the maiden voyage of Celebrity Reflection from Venice to Miami. I arranged the tour on-line and used information provided to me from other tourists who had used OTTI Travel as well as tripadvisor. It could not have gone any better.Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He was able to provide us with an understanding of the history of this remarkable area with all of the details we could have asked for. Ephesus was beautiful and we were pleases that we added the Terrace Houses to the menu of sights as it was one of the highlights of the entire tour. This is a "must see" tour! The weather was perfect and the vehicle was great.

Visited November 2012
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