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Visit of ancient biblical sites

We enjoyed a 3-days trip in Ephesus, Pergamon and pammukale with our expert guide-Mr Denizhen... read more

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Excellent all inclusive tour

We had booked a private tour with Transbalkan Tours to Ephesus, St. John’s Basilica, House of Mary... read more

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Reviewed October 19, 2016

We loved spending the day in Ephesus with Denizhan. He and his driver were waiting with a friendly smile when we arrived at the cruise terminal. We were a group of four. We all love history and wanted to learn all we could about the Biblical history of the area. Denizhan was perfect for us. He knew more than we could ever know about the history of the area but was able to explain it in an interesting way. He knew and understood the Biblical text and explained it in a way that made the area come to life. He was also honest and realistic when authorities had different opinions or when they were not sure about what happened at a site. He kept us moving and ahead of the crowds---but not rushed. The lunch of typical Turkish food out under big trees was a highlight of our whole trip. We enjoyed visiting with Denizhan during lunch about the food and his life in Turkey with his family. He truly loved this country and passed this on to us. We were sad when the tour was over but left with an appreciation of Ephesus and Turkey. People were warm and kind. We hope to visit again some day. If we are anywhere near this area we will get in touch with Denizhan to continue with our tour of Turkey. My husband said this was the best tour he ever took and the rest of us agreed. Thanks for a great day, Denizhan!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank MSC
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

I am someone who doesn't care much about old stones I never had a history teacher I liked. Now that's sad! But I am learning.!
This tour of Ephesus was amazing. Denizhan Pekoz was our guide and he made it all make sense without being over bearing. The old stones seemed to come alive and I could see how this was once a thriving city. We were not rushed and we did not dilly dally around but went smoothly through the ruins. It seemed as if real people could have e lived there. It was also clear how much work was still to be done and how different it would be if we came back in even 5 years!
I will never tour again without a private guide.
It took us about 4 hours including a stop at a wonderful ceramic store and a stop at a magnificent state run school for rug makers. The rugs were shown to us with the greatest care. We would dearly have loved to have bought one but there was no pressure. Traveling as we were we could not do it. The rugs were simply wonderful and we learned a lot about rug making.
We would like to go back to both places ! and to Ephesus with Denizhan!!

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Ann B
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Reviewed October 10, 2016

We were a group of 7. We wanted a tour of Ephesus from a Christian perspective. We were picked up at the Cruise Ship dock by Dennis and transported in a brand new looking Mercedes van. Dennis was very knowledgeable of the Biblical text and was careful to differentiate historical truth from speculation or tradition.
We started our tour at St. John's Basilica. Dennis share with us information about the area as well as Christian history. We stopped at a pottery shop on the way to the ruins of Ephesus. While in Ephesus we were wowed by the stories of St. Paul who lived there for 2 1/2 years. Dennis truly knows the Biblical Text. Even for the benefit of non-believers, the ruins are a sight to behold. We also went to the possible home of Mary, mother of Jesus. A somber experience. Then we had a traditional Turkish lunch and a tour of a Turkish carpet facility. The food was wonderful and all part of our tour package price. You will pay for St John's, Ephesus, and Mary's home on your own. Also you will pay for parking. The price for seven of us was around $170 total. Not including tip and admission fees.
Far less than one of those Cruise Ship Excursions would cost. We did far more for far less money than the Cruise ship charges. And we rode in comfort with just our small group and were treated quite well.
One small complaint I would have is that when you stop at the pottery shop and carpet shop, there is a little pressure to purchase something from the shop. Dennis told us not to feel pressured, but I felt pressured. It's just something other travelers should be aware of.
For the record, we felt totally safe on this tour.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Jon B
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Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Our tour of Ephesus and surrounding areas was fantastic. The knowledge our guide Sammy provided was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. The lunch that was provided was delicious and served in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Sicily70
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Reviewed September 1, 2016

We had a really nice guided tour by Denizhan who picked us up right on time from our hotel, brought us to the Maria chapel and then guided us through the remains of Ephesus and since we had time left (unfortunately, even though for our tour it was good, not a lot of tourists came to Turkey this summer due to the political situation) also to the remains of the St. John Basilica. We enjoyed his knowledge and also that we had all the freedom to see what we wanted, stay where every we liked to spend more time. Would highly recommend him to everybody who prefers a private tour and some freedom to see what one really likes to see.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank mkrAbuDhabi
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