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“VIP Ephesus tour” 5 of 5 stars
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Vip Ephesus Tours/ Private Day Tours
Ataturk Bulvari Irmak Apt. No:98/2, Kusadasi 09400, Turkey
+90 555 650 1287
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“VIP Ephesus tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I booked this tour before we left for our cruise of the Mediterranean. We had a group of 5 people. Our guide at the dock for the cruise ship. The van was very comfortable. Our tour guide first took us to the house of the Blessed Virgin. Then we went to Ephesus. WOW what a wonderful place. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about all of the places we saw. She gave us a walking tour of the city of Ephesus. She had a way of taking us back to the Roman days. She told us about the various buildings and what they were. She explained what the landscape was 2000 years ago. After we finished in Ephesus she took us to a restaurant for a great lunch with more food than we could eat. And it was all very good. Then we did a tour of a rug making company. We had a great day.

Visited May 2014
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“Well experienced, professional and above personalized service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We visited Kusadasi for a day, while we were on a cruise holiday. We were extremely impressed with the service of Anil Sarp Ozan. We requested a haman visit in the morning and later we visited Ephesus, arranged lunch and on our request arranged a tour of a carpetmaker.
Anil understands his job very well: from the pick up of our cruise ship to sharing his interesting stories on the Turkish culture, the history on Ephesus, the carpet-making industry and information about the area which you were passing by in his car. Anil arranged also a driver, so that he can free his attention to us, which was greatly appreciated that driving and talking were done by two seperate persons.
Also Anil has an eye for great detail: he understands that there should be small breaks for coffee (which he arranges on-the-spot) but also anticipates our other needs. He bought tickets for you so that we did not waiting on long lines and we did not feel walking like walking longer than hour around Ephesus and he quickly presents you his plan and shows you how to get the best out of our visit. Well done! Thanks by Anil's great attention to detail, he brought the country and its history 'alive' and although we were only there for one day, we felt that we have seen a lot. We may return and ofcourse request the assistance of VIP Epphesus Tours immediately again!

Visited May 2014
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“Our guide, Erdinç Tunçbİlek, was fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Anil of VIP Ephesus Tours has been very helpful and responsive to us. After I decided he would offer us the best tour, he contacted me to find out if we wanted to be met at the airport. It was wonderful to not worry about how to get to our hotel. The cost of the airport meet/ride was $50 and it was absolutely worth it. IST is famously busy and it was so nice to see a sign with our name, walk to a car and get taken to our hotel. Especially since the hotel changed names the weekend before we arrived! The driver made sure we were at the right hotel.
We expected to get a private tour with a driver and guide. What we got was a guide who walked us about Istanbul. That sounds like a complaint, but it isn't! Our guide, Erdinç Tunçbİlek, was absolutely fabulous. We contracted for two days of private tours to cover the parts of Istanbul we had not already seen on a previous visit. We wanted to see the Dolmanache Palace, the Suleyman mosque, the cisterns, the Chora Church, the architectural museum and a few other things. Erdinç Tunçbİlek delivered in spades! Although we did a lot (A LOT!) of walking (if you have mobility issues you might want to clarify with the agency). It was a GREAT experience. Erdinç bought all the tickets, sheparded us through the tram stuff, got us private guide entrance to a lot of the places (not all, but he tried!), and was a wealth of knowledge about everything we asked him.

I cannot recommend the VIP Ephesus tour company enough and Erdinç Tunçbİlek was the guide to ask for, He comes from a military family and is one of two certified to guide in Hungarian.

We saw and experienced everything we had contracted for and MORE. For example, we wanted to have some cheese and crackers in our room and he found us a place to buy those (not easy!); he took us to a place where an artist painted on water (yes, painted on water!); I asked to buy some Turkish Delight to share with our children later on a river cruise and he took us to a wonderful shop, no pressure, where they gave us samples. He took us to a pottery/china shop to look at beautiful sample of Turkish tile work, again, NO pressure to buy, just informative (we did buy Turkish Delight, did not buy china).

Erdinç Tunçbİlek was absolutely fabulous. I would absolutely recommend this company and this guide in particular. When we return to Istanbul and Turkey, we will use this tour company.

We paid US$500 for two days of private tours (2 people) and US$50 to be met at the airport and transferred to ourn hotel.,

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great touring with Anil from VIP Ephesus Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

September 2013 we had the pleasure of touring western Turkey with Anil, of VIP Ephesus Tours. What a professional, reliable and knowledgable guide Anil is! He cheerfully met us late at night at the airport as arranged and we spent the next 7 days in his care, learing about Turkey and visiting the sights of Istanbul, Pamukkale, Selcuk, Ephesus, Troy, Gallipoli to name a few places.Everywhere we went was exciting, interesting and spectacular! We travelled in a comfortable mini bus with safe drivers and were offered interesting local foods to eat.We bargained with the turkish rug fellow and thanks to Anil got a great price for 2 rugs! Our accommodation was always excellent. We can't wait to see more of Turkey but only with Anil! We know that he will give us the best experience, that all our needs will be taken care of and more, that it will be our pleasure to travel with him. Rob and Edwina of Australia

Visited September 2013
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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“100% the best day of our trip to Turkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We are a group of four fun and laughter loving tourists with an age range of 52 - 78 and Anil of VIP Ephesus Tours gave us the perfect day out from our ship at Kusadasi. We met him at 7.45am at the gate of the port and he was punctual, professional and smart. We had a very comfortable and spacious mini bus just for the four of us and we set off for our adventure. Anil had joined together two half day tours for us, to give a full day of 8 hours. Our itinerary was the House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus Ancient City, Terrace Houses, Sirince Village and after lunch a carpet weaving demonstration followed by two hours at a Turkish Bath to scrub away the dust and massage the aching muscles. What a TRUELY WONDERFUL DAY, thank you Anil. It was the highlight of our visit to your wonderful country and I am sure we will visit again. I can't tell you which bit of the day was best because it was all fantastic. We have used many private guides around the world and you are among the best. Thank you so much, for your humour, patience, professionalism and immense knowledge of your subject. Gillian, John, Maureen & Lesley, from the UK

Visited November 2013
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