My partner and I (with 2 friends that we met onboard the ship) utilized the services of Tayf Tours (booked on the internet via Pirvate Ephesus Tours) on a recent cruise: we docked at Kusadasi and took a full day tour to Ephesus, Mary's house, St John Basilica, and Temple of Artemis. We had an excellent, comprehensive and enjoyable tour that covered so much - this is an outstanding service with very good guides, we were most impressed. It was a pleasure touring with a private guide and driver (as opposed to ship tours with 30 or more people), it was easy to adjust the pace and visit what we wanted to see, and the air conditioned private van was delightful.
Our guide, Gokhan, was superb and full of information, his english was perfect, and he was very polite. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch (included) and the obligatory rug presentation (could have lived without that, but its part of the deal in Kusadasi, it seems that everyone including the ship sponsored tours does the "rug-thing" at this port of call.)
Its important to note that we saw far more that our fellow passengers utilizing ship tours (seeing all the sights including the terrace houses at Ephesus was not possible with the shore excursions offered by our cruise line) at a fraction of the price. The value offered is amazing. We took a chance with this operator and concluded that we were very fortunate. I would highly reccommend this organization if visitng Kusadasi/Ephesus.
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