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“Wonderful Tour of Ephesus” 5 of 5 stars
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Best Ephesus Private Tours
Turgut Ozal Bulv. Aybuke Sitesi | B-Blok D1, Selcuk 09400, Turkey
00 90 543 254 01 43
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Ranked #1 of 22 activities in Selcuk
Type: Tours
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Owner description: Ephesus / Kusadasi shore excursions. Our tours are especially ideal for cruise passengers who come to Kusadasi ( Ephesus ) or Izmir Ports.
Hercules, California
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“Wonderful Tour of Ephesus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We highly recommend Best Ephesus Tours when in Kusadasi, Turkey. Hakan, our expert tour guide, provided us with the BEST SERVICE EVER, no pun intended. We were a party of 8 and were so glad to have a very spacious Mercedes van. Hakan was waiting for us upon our arrival in Kusadasi and explained our itinerary for the day. He was very informative as we drove along the Kusadasi countryside and was full of fascinating facts as he explained each of the sights we passed along the way and at each of the archeological sights we visited. He was also very attentive to our 88-year old mother and assisted her whenever we had to walk through difficult and uneven pavement and walkways. She really liked the special attention. We covered all the sights as described in the tour description and more. We highly recommend Best Ephesus Tours.

Visited November 2012
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Old Radnor, United Kingdom
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“Hakan is a great tour guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We booked Hakan for a whole day tour of Ephesus as part of our Celebrity Equinox vacation, and we can report that we had a most enjoyable relaxed and fun day. Hakan was able to adapt the route to our requests (leather factory and fashion show anyone ?) and to avoid the lines at the main places. He even conjured up umbrellas for the entire party when it rained. He is a very entertaining and well prepared guide, who really makes an effort to give you a great experience and insight into the land and culture. As others have said, his time management is excellent, the vehicle we used was new and spotless. At no time did we feel rushed or pressured. We joined carpets anonymous and bough a wonderful rug, that arrived home in Europe within two weeks of the trip. An excellent experience and we will certainly do the same trip with him next year. November is the ideal time to visit as the temperatures and lines for the sites are not as severe as in the high season. Did I mention the leather fashion show ?

Visited November 2012
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Orlando, FL
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“Best Day of our Entire Cruise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Just wanted to say that we totally enjoyed Hakan Bozdag as our tour guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable, polite and entertaining the whole day. He got us back to the ship on time, without any issues at all. He orchestrated the whole day perfectly. We went to the ruins of Ephesus first, he guided us through the whole set of ruins - where the commoners lived, where the wealthy people lived. Then we went to a Turkish Carpet factory and school. This was very interesting because they told us how the rugs are made, the intense amount of labor involved, how you get silk from silkworms' cocoons. We had a much better experience there than others did who just went to see vendors of Turkish rugs, and wow! They were exquisite!! Hakan then took us to the house of the Virgin Mary, and that was delightful. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Hakan was very honest about the places that we went, he told us when we could bargain too, which was super helpful. Thank you,Hakan. You're a skilled event planner, and a great tour guide!!! You made our vacation a truly memorable one, and you showed us that Turkey is a gorgeous country that we will come and visit again.

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New York City, New York
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“Excellent! Best Ephesus Private Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We (two couples) arrived by Celebrity Cruise ship Equinox. Yusuf our guide was waiting for us. Soon the five of us were retrieved by our driver and on our way in a comfortable late model van. It was a 20 minute ride to Mary's House. All along the way Yusuf pointed out things of interest gave us details and anecdotal stories. He was warm and delighted to answer any questions. His experience helped navigate us through any crowds. Ephesus was incredible. Yusuf was completely familiar with all the aspects of this Ancient city. He was able to paint a vivid picture of life in Ephesus with his wonderful descriptions. Yusuf gave us many different options for spending some of our time. We decided to go to a Turkish handmade rug school. There we were given a bite to eat of traditional foods after we watched a demonstration of rug making. Before returning to our ship we wanted to spend some time shopping for Turkish leather goods, lacquer boxes, and jewelry. Yusuf was helpful in pointing out good shops. He did a fabulous job. We could not have had a better time.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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“A memorable day in Ephesus, made possible by Hakan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

My friend and I flew to Izmir from Istanbul for a day trip to Ephesus on November 16th. As a birthday present for me, she booked a private tour through Viator and specifically requested Hakan Bozdag, based on the many positive reviews he received on TripAdvisor. During the planning process, Hakan promptly responded to her e-mails and fortunately for us, was available on the day of our scheduled day trip to Izmir. Our flight was delayed by half an hour, but Hakan was there at the arrivals terminal waiting for us, along with our driver, Ur. The drive from the Izmir airport to Selcuk did not seem long , as we engaged in lively conversation getting to know each other in the car. My friend and I even learned a few interesting Turkish words from Hakan!

Hakan and Ur whisked us off to the Meryemana Evi, with Hakan explaining the sites along the way (although I forgot to ask him later on about the Cave of Seven Sleepers). He was very informative, providing not only information about the site, but also additional tidbits that we would potentially find interesting, such as the Texas connection to Meryemana Evi.

Between Meryemana Evi and the Ephesus archeological site, we stopped to sample local berries, which was an unexpected treat. At the Ephesus archeological site, we entered through the top gate; Ur would wait for us at the bottom gate with the car. Hakan already had the entrance tickets, to avoid any queues in case of a tour bus invasion. He was knowledgeable about Ephesus and was patient with my constant stops for photos. He gave us a choice on whether we wanted to visit the Yamacevler (Terrace Houses) and when we did, produced entrance tickets for us. He proved just as informative about the terrace houses. One of the things I appreciated most was that Hakan knew all the perfect picture spots and freely gave advice on those. He took photos of us and was also observant enough to notice that I liked snapping photos out of a moving car, so as we drove between sites, he would ask if Ur needed to slow down so I could take a good photo.

After the Efes visit, Hakan gave us a choice of visiting St. John’s Basilica. We chose instead to go to the Artemis Tapinagi (Temple of Artemis) ruins. There, Hakan showed us a book that had artistic depictions of what the various archeological sites used to look like. He also pointed out that we could see there different houses of worship in the same site: pagan (Artemis Tapinagi), Christian (St. John Basilica), and Muslim (Isa Bey Camii). After this, Hakan took us to a beach to watch the sun set over the Aegean and take a short stroll on the sand. He did not seem to mind that we tracked sand all over his very clean car afterward. Prior to taking us back to the airport, we had time for drinks with Hakan and Ur, which to me was a perfect ending to a great day in Izmir.

When my friend initially mentioned hiring a private guide, I took a bit of convincing at first because I am used to doing things on my own; I felt we could easily have toured the sites by ourselves, with a guidebook and a rental car. Having Hakan with us turned out to be a very enjoyable experience. He provided a unique kind of Turkish hospitality. I can attest that Hakan is well-deserving of the many accolades he has received from various clients. I highly recommend him as a private guide and hope to see him again next time I visit.

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