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Review of Ephesus Tours by No Frills

Ephesus Tours by No Frills
Ranked #4 of 28 Tours in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Staying in Selcuk or Kusadasi? We at 'No Frills Ephesus Tours' offer a no nonsense tour experience without substituting on quality or service. Our aim is to provide the visitor to Ephesus a unique cultural based tour experience with a professional English speaking guide and NO SHOPPING STOPS along the way. If it is the Ancient City of Ephesus and the Ephesus Museum, the Temple of Artemis, St John’s Basilica or the House of the Virgin Mary that you have come to see then that is what we aim to show you. Our half day or full day Ephesus Tours are the perfect way for you to absorb the history of Ephesus without the pressure of carpet, leather or jewellery sales spoiling your day. Tours available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays throughout the winter season (1st Nov - 31st March 2017). Cruise passengers please inquire about our Ephesus shore excursions and private tour options.
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

We decided to book with 'No Frills' based on reviews online. It was not a cheap however extremely worth it. We toured with them in May of 2012. Christine was extremely helpful in helping us plan a trip that fit our unique schedule, sending countless emails to ensure every detail was perfect. We did a 2 day tour of Ephesus and Pamukkale.

We were greeted by Oktay at the airport where we got a nice air-conditioned ride to Selcuk to start the tour. Oktay is a complete legend and extremely knowledgeable. A good person first and foremost, who is interested in different cultures and adds a great personal feel to the tour. He has a passion for his job and strives to continue to learn. He would point out the significance of little etchings found in rocks way off the beaten track. This is stuff that you would never see on your own. Not only did he provide a great tour of the historical sights however provided a fantastic representation of present day Turks.

Our second day trip was to Pamukkale. The trip was long but the bus was again comfortable and the very pleasant. The tour was really well co-ordinated. Lots of history (too much to process at some points) and got to see the 'cotton castle'.

Food was provided both days. Both were buffet and were really quality food with lots of traditional turkish meals.

Christine and her family as well as Oktay were amazing and we completely recommend the trip. They treated us as there own friends and it made the experience that much more memorable. We wish them all the best.

Visited May 2012
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sussex, England
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“No Frills Ephesus Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

Thanks to all the team at No frills for making our visit so memorable. We were very lucky to Oktay all to ourselves for the trip and his knowledge was almost as incredible as the sights!
He was very accommodating with our 4-year-old daughter and was able to include her in his explanations of the sites. If you do make this trip (which I would highly recommended) pay the extra on site and go inside the Terraced houses, this was the icing on the cake to a great day.
Many thanks J S & A

Visited May 2012
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Somerville, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Highlight of our Mediterranean Cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

My family recently returned from our Mediterranean cruise with Celebrity and we all agreed that our tour of Ephesus with No Frills was the highlight of our trip. Immediately No Frills distinguished itself from others, with the responsive, friendly and super helpful service I received from Christina at their office.

Our tour guide Oktay was superb. Oktay was exceptionally warm and welcoming; he treated my family like his own from the very beginning. Don't buy his line that he is only a "beginner." I've taken tours of Ephesus and its surrounding sites before with trained Harvard graduates and even with one of Ephesus' own archaeologists, and Oktay can hang with the best of them. His passion for the rich history, mythology, and culture surrounding these sites really shone through. Oktay was very accommodating to our schedule and our interests. At the last minute we decided to check out the Terrance houses and the Tomb of the Seven Sleepers and Oktay coordinated it all beautifully. Oktay even helped my mother haggle for souvenirs from local vendors.

My family opted for the lunch/shopping option and we were pleasantly surprised with the experience! The food was fantastic. I was hesitant and even guarded against the whole "carpet demonstration," even though everyone assured me it was a "no pressure demonstration." I've heard that before! But sincerely, there was no pressure to purchase a carpet. Our experience at the carpet facility was actually precisely how they billed it - an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of traditional Turkish culture.

I strongly recommend No Frills tours. Ask for Oktay!

Visited May 2012
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Carrollton, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

In a recent trip to Turkey we booked a tour with "No frills Ephesus Tours"; the service, quality and knowledge of the guide Mehmet Karadas was superb ! even the driver was well mannered. Mehmet chronological knowledge of Ancient Ephesus and surrounding areas was unmatched for what I had in mind from my school days.
I will do it again with this folks without hesitation.
Jose & Carmen

Visited May 2012
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Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful Private tour with Octav”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

On a recent cruise we had a wonderful experience in Kusadasi visting Ephesus with Sea Spirit Travel guide "Octav" on a private tour.

All communication was handled over the internet and confirmed ahead of time. The pick-up was on time and the tour was very interesting. We especially enjoyed the visit to the Terrace Houses, which we had not seen before, and going to the museum. Octav English was exceptional. I would highly recommend this company and guide.

FYI -This company has the ability to take larger groups. We were met by an airconditioned van that could carry 10 people comfortably.

Visited May 2012
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