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“Enjoy and Learn - Istanbul and Ephesus at your own pace!!! Fabulous”
Review of Byzas Tours

Byzas Tours
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Owner description: Istanbul-based tour operator providing daily departure Turkey tours, vacation packages, hotels and custom travel. Destinations include Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Gallipoli, Troy, Bodrum and Antalya. Also specializes in Bosphorus cruises and private yacht rental with Zoe Yacht in Istanbul.
Reviewed November 18, 2009

We did the ship tours and we did Byzas. Believe us, Byzas is better! Our guide Sharif met us for the Bosphorus cruise right outside the port and whisked us to the yacht. He surely knows Istanbul and history, we had a wonderful evening cruise. The next morning he was there to show us the Old City. It was an easy pace and most fascinating. It was nice having him help the four of us, he found a nice place for lunch and gave us plenty of time in the Grand Bazaar.
We had a similar experience with Hasan (I believe that's how you spell his name) in Ephesus. His schooling at Syracuse University was an interesting connect for those of us from upstate New York. Again, he was patient with us, knew what he was talking about, found a nice place for lunch and made our day tour of Epheseu probably our favorite of the two weeks.

3  Thank CorbsinVa
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

Anne and I have visited Turkey before but were slightly anxious about venturing further afield. Byzas removed all those anxieties and smoothly guided us through a fantastic holiday. The pre-holiday organisation was matched in full - They definitely do what they say on the tin. Greeting, meeting, transporting and guiding all done with five star efficiency. We felt completely at ease from the moment we got off the plane at Ataturk. The arranged Hotels were of high standard and the privately guided excursions were great fun and informative. The guides were all bright and engaging and full of of a desire to please. We will be back and taking friends next year. Can't imagine there can be a better way to tour Turkey.

3  Thank MartinandAnne
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Reviewed October 28, 2009

Gurkan Ozis and his team at Byzas Tours put together a seamless custom tour starting with air transfer from Istanbul to Izmir and on to the ancient Ephesus site. Some of the best ruins I have ever seen. Always accompanied by knowledgeable English speaking guides and a driver, we never felt rushed. The second leg of the adventure was in Cappadocia where we stayed in a wonderful 'cave hotel' for 2 nights- awesome! Another local guide covered the highlights and also got us off the tourist track to explore. Be sure to budget for the hot air balloon tour over the valley. Stunning! Turkish Airlines had a couple of hiccups but Gurkan was always available to set things to right.
We will definitely use Byzas again.

4  Thank GetoutofhereToronto
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

Just got back from a trip to Ephesus (near Izmir) and Cappadocia (near Kayseri) and had an absolutely amazing time - equally unique and wonderful places to explore! A must to do - hot air balooning in Cappadocia - our guide made all the arrangements for us at the last minute and everything was perfect!

1  Thank TorontoTravelgoddess
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

Our family of 7 (adults and kids) choose Byzas Tours to meet us as our ship came into port- rather than the over priced shore excursions offered by the ship.

We were met upon our arrival in Izmir for a full day of sightseeing to Mary's House and Ephesis. Our vehicle was a brand new touring van that would have seated 20- the AC was great, and our guide "Bo" was the best. He knew how to maneuver around the crowds, was very imformative, and made the history come alive. Adults and kids alike really enjoyed him.

Upon arrival in Istanbul- we were met again by van and taken to the Old City- where the sights are best seen on foot. We were able to set our own pace- which was good as the day as hot. Our guide knew of a nice local place for lunch- then we continued to the Bazaar.

The cost of Byzas Tours was less than if we had paid for the ships shore excursion- which cram 45 onto a bus, that the AC does not work well, an you can hardly hear the guide for the large groups.

I deffinately reccomend Byzas! I found them prompt in communication, and booking information.

1  Thank flyawaySanDiego
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