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Best Ephesus Day Tours

Kusadasi, Turkey
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IanBundock wrote a review Jul 2015
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Excursion: Day trip to Ephesus Booked through: Marmaris Excursions Guide: Sukru Dulger (aka Sam) Today we had to be up at 05:45 to be picked up at 06:00 by taxi, which we were on the dot, and driven into Marmaris to join the coach for the day trip to the ancient metropolis of Ephesus, or Efes in Turkish. The taxi (or taksi) dropped us off somewhere in the middle of Marmaris and it wasn't too long before our coach pulled up with the guide standing at its door and giving us a knowing grin that said yes, this was our coach. After a couple more pick ups we were all aboard and on our way. This was our guides cue to start his info talk about the day's activities, and he was good, very good! He started by introducing himself as Sukru Dulger, apparently an ancient Turkish name seldom used these days, and he wasn't too impressed with his parents for giving him this name. He said that even his family and friends often get it wrong, so said we could all call him Sam, if that was easier for us... and it was!!! His English, which sounded like it had a Dutch lilt to it, was excellent, and this was good as he spoke at some length about how he became a tour guide some twenty years ago. After detailing the day's itinerary for us, Sam explained how we'd be visiting many establishments that were run by his "cousins"...!!! He easily held our attention throughout as he had great knowledge of his subject, explained things in an interesting manner and most importantly was quite amusing with it. Once he'd finished his oratory he proceeded to move slowly through the coach shaking hands and chatting to everyone individually... a very nice touch. We reached the town of Muğla in less than an hour and this was where we stopped at the Quickly Restaurant for our included breakfast. As Sam said, this was a fast food outlet and certainly not a traditional Turkish set up by any means, but it was more than acceptable and we enjoyed the food and the experience. We soon hit the road again and once we were close to our destination we had another little detour to another of his "cousins" establishments, Artemis Traditional and Organic Products, that specialised in Turkish Delight and Olive Oil produced locally. Once inside Sam gave us a brief outline of what the place offered and mentioned that he'd later show us how Turkish people eat Turkish Delight, and after he led us all over to the display to sample the various flavours he did just that! He gently took one small piece of Turkish Delight and, with a smile, popped it into his open mouth and delicately chewed and swallowed...!!! "And that is how we eat Turkish Delight here in Turkey" said he grinning profusely. Now we all know...!!! As we arrived at Ephesus it was explained that this was actually the third of five evolutions of Ephesus and that we'd all move through the city together, with a few moments at each point to take photographs and explore. To round us all up again he would call out "Waterfall", and this was the trigger for us to rejoin him and move on down the hill. Over the next two hours or so we were expertly led down through the site, stopping off at the main points of interest with informative stories about each one in turn. Starting with the Odeum, we then worked our way through this ancient city, stopping at the following structures, the Temple of Domitian, the Doric Columns of the Municipality Palace, the Relief of Nike the Goddess of Victory, the Heracles Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, the Public Latrines, the Brothel, the magnificent Celsus Library, the Marble Road and finally the Grand Theatre. After Ephesus there was a choice for us to make as there were two additional sites that could be visited today. First option was the 12th century Isabey Mosque, which was built using robbed out materials from various Ephesian structures including one of the Seven Wonders of World, the fabled Temple of Artemis. The second option was the small Mother Mary's Chapel. No contest really, the majority opted for the former as it sounded far more interesting and only four went for the latter. We were with the majority to visit the mosque, which was certainly a good call on our part. The minority went in the coach to the nearby chapel, while Sam led the rest of his band of followers through Selçuk to see the mosque amoung other things. We'd been told earlier that the only remaining standing column from the Temple of Artemis was in the middle of a field, and this was the first thing we got to see on our short trek to the mosque. There was also the little extra here of a family of storks that were nested on top of the column! Shortly after this we came upon a strange structure that looked like a group of huge beehives, but was actually the remains of the 14th century Saadet Hatun Turkish Baths. Finally we reached the huge Isabey Mosque, which is still an active mosque so we had to observe and respect the religious traditions while inside. It was clear to see that most of the materials used in this building were reused from earlier structures, one block at least which was high up on the inside of the western wall could clearly be seen to be from the Temple of Hadrian, the egg and dart carving matching those blocks still at the temple at Ephesus. Our final stop in Selçuk was literally next to the mosque, yet another of Sam's "cousins" establishments, The Odeon bar and restaurant, where we enjoyed some cooling drinks as well as the use of their comfort facilities before starting the long drive back to Marmaris. This return journey wasn't too bad at all, with most of us dozing off for parts of it at least. Two thirds of the way back we again stopped off at the Quick Restaurant in Muğla for the briefest of comfort breaks, before heading back down to the coast to our various hotels and drop off points. This man Sukru Dulger, aka Sam, has definitely found his niche in the world, bringing today's whole experience to life with his interesting, knowledgeable and amusing commentary throughout the visit. He was passionate about his subject and his country, regularly describing what his "grandfathers" had achieved during the development of the amazing ancient city we'd been privileged to visit today. To all of you globe trekkers out there planning a visit to this part of the world, Ephesus has to be part of your itinerary, it is definitely a "not to be missed" day out, and if you're lucky... very lucky... Sukru just may be your guide.
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Date of experience: June 2015
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kbrowner60 wrote a review Jun 2015
Ashland City, Tennessee1 contribution
Our guide promptly picked the 6 of us up at our hotel and took us wherever we wanted to go, getting us there before the crowds. He was knowledgeable about the culture, Biblical history, and Persian, Greek and Roman history. We enjoyed a wonderful Turkish lunch and visiting a rug co-op and pottery store as well as Ephesus.
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Date of experience: May 2015
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Response from BestEphesusTours, Manager at Best Ephesus Day Tours
Responded Jun 14, 2015
Thanks for the review. We hope next time you come, we will be able to get a better comment from you. We try our best possible and as you mentioned we pick people on time and make a proper tour with nice cars and excellent guides. I do not know how to improve more and I guess we will have some more to learn. Thanks again. Best Regards, Best Ephesus Tours Team
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hi_hannah_brown wrote a review May 2015
Paris, France1 contribution
I haven't had many private tours before, but this one was great. I appreciated having a Turkish guide who knew the area and language and culture. However, the guide ended up staying with us several hours later than agreed upon, and it was hard to know if he felt obliged, was glad to do it, or was looking for a bigger tip in doing so.
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Date of experience: May 2015
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Response from BestEphesusTours, Manager at Best Ephesus Day Tours
Responded Jun 14, 2015
Thanks for review. We hope next time you come, we will be able to get a better comment from you. We try our best possible and as you mentioned our guides do not spend more time than needed with our guests. We organize full day tours so he wanted to help you all day long. And also you should not pity him because we pay our guides for full day. I hope you can take these into consideration when you comment for other companies next time. Best Regards, Best Ephesus Tours Team
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Josiah B wrote a review May 2015
7 contributions4 helpful votes
Private tour was relaxed, informative, and custom-tailored to us. Yilmaz was very nice and very knowledgable. I've been to Ephesus twice, once alone and once with this private tour, and the ancient city really came alive the second time I visited with Yilmaz. Great stories and historical information. The coach van was also really nice. We visited the Virgin Mary's house, Ephesus, the Church and Castle of St. John, the Temple of Artemis, a carpet store and a ceramics store. The only negative for us was the ceramic store stop. The salesmen were a little pushy, so maybe just ask him to skip that one and see something else instead.
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Date of experience: May 2015
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Response from BestEphesusTours, Owner at Best Ephesus Day Tours
Responded Jun 14, 2015
Thanks for your excellent review. We are glad you appreciated our services and our guide. Hope to welcome you here one more time. Best Regards, Best Ephesus Tours Team
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AnnieBrandt wrote a review Apr 2015
Ringsted, Denmark1 contribution2 helpful votes
We had an amazing guide. Our guide knew everything about archeology and history, both subjects we travelled to Turkey to learn more about. And not only that: our guide also told small anekdotes you wouldn´t normally hear from a guide. Fantastic. Communication is important to us and our guide really could communicate in a way so all could understand what he said. Easy to understand. We only have good things to say about our tour in Ephesus. It was like being there, in the past. You really sensed how life had been mainly thanks to our guide. So don´t hesitate: go there!
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Date of experience: March 2015
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Response from BestEphesusTours, Owner at Best Ephesus Day Tours
Responded Jun 14, 2015
Thanks for your excellent review. We hope to welcome you here again with a bigger party. Best Regards, Best Ephesus Tours Team
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