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“Breathtaking scenery, fantastic guide”

No Frills Ephesus Tours
Ranked #4 of 29 Tours in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Rated Excellent on TripAdvisor & Top Choice on Lonely Planet 2017 - Ephesus Tour Options - 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 2018). Cruise passengers please inquire about our Ephesus shore excursions and private tour options.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Breathtaking scenery, fantastic guide”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

Without doubt a must see if in Turkey. One of the best experiences and something we’ll value forever. The sheer scale and range of well preserved monuments is at most times overwhelming. Already so huge and magnificent, it is hard to image this is less than a quarter of the original site.

Once one of the largest and most important cities in the Mediterranean, these ruins now are one of the best preserved ancient Greco-Roman sites in the world. From the ruins that are visible you gain an insight into the city's original grandeur and evoke images of how once life would have been in this bustling port city.

We organised a private tour for the two of us with No Frills. From our initial enquiry we found them to be very responsive, answering all emails in a timely fashion. Our guide Deniz was fantastic. His knowledge and experience was apparent right from our morning pick up when he advised that due to the heat and large number of cruise ships in port, we would be starting our tour at the lower entrance of the ancient site of Ephesus and then visit the House of the Virgin Mary and St John’s Basilica in the afternoon. We were so grateful for this towards the end when were leaving and struggling against all the crowds. He was a great guide. We didn’t feel rushed at all, he allowed us to explore at our leisure while providing informative commentary, with humour and anecdotes which brought the past to life for us.

The spectacular landscape of Ephesus includes a stadium, temples, theatres, markets, fountains, marble lined streets and other public buildings.

The Terrace Houses were included in our tour, it is an additional cost but well worth the small fee. These were the houses of the rich Ephesians and from remaining frescoes, mosaics and other artefacts provide a fabulous insight into how they lived. The wall paintings and mosaics are colourful and varied. Archaeologists are continuing to painstakingly piece these back together, with shards of marble laid out like an awaiting jigsaw puzzle.

We selected this tour as there were quite a few sites included, including entrance to the Terrace Houses. This was also the only tour we could find that didn’t include the obligatory visits to carpet or leather outlets. Everything was well organised and we would thoroughly recommend them.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“No Frills: sophistication has another name”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

An absolutely brilliant day out! My friend and I travelled on a full private tour of Ephesus. Mete (our guide), and Mehmet (our driver, and owner), treated us like long lost friends. The day was relaxed, informative, and well paced. Like friends coming to visit; we were successfully guided past all the tourist shop sales pitches as we moved though the different sites. The emphasis was on not purchasing anything. Our mezze lunch was in Selcuk at a low key, relaxed cafe, with lots of laughter. Highly recommend.

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“No Frills but All Class!!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

My daughter and I have just had a No Frills tour of Ephesus.
I have read all the five star Trip Advisor Reviews and all of them are spot on.
Top Service beyond expectations
Knowledgable Guide and Driver(Mehmet #1 and #2)
Good fun
Great local lunch and Turkish coffee
No Shopping
The real Huse of Mary
And we got to pick and eat some ancient berries along the way
I never expected to be doing the tour run by a Turkish Aussie who barracks for the Western
Bulldogs.
A No Frills tour of Ephesus is not-to-be-missed. And make sure you take up the option offered of seeing the Terrace Houses. Amazing .

Well done guys and I hope business keeps booming so I can do another tour soon.

Visited December 2013
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Wollongong, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Highly Recommended”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

My wife and I had a fabulous private tour with No Frills Tours in November 2013 from our Cruise ship. The Online booking process from Australia was very easy and efficient and Christine was very helpful. We were met at the dock by our driver and guide, who were both very informative and helpful in a very friendly, relaxed and comfortable style. Their local knowledge was a godsend, allowing us to visit Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary in particular, without being overwhelmed by the crowds from 4 cruise ships. It was particularly helpful for me, since some medical problems meant that I had some restrictions, but they were accommodated with with a maximum of consideration and a minimum of fuss. A great day, a great team and an experience that I will always treasure. Thanks to everyone

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A warning to those travelling on a tight schedule”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We booked a full day tour with this company which was supposed to include the House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus,Temple of Artemis and St John’s Basilica. We had also informed Christine that we had a flight to catch at 630 pm that day and she mentioned that it wasn't a problem as normally the full day tours ended at 3pm but because we started later, it should end by 430pm. This was confirmed again on the morning of the tour. Due to poor time management, the tour guide only managed to cover the rest of the sights except the House of the Virgin Mary by 4.30 pm. Essentially we paid for a full-day tour but only got what was included in the half-day tour. All they could offer was a shrug of the shoulders and a "too bad you missed it because of the flight you had to catch". There wasn't even a good will gesture to refund us the difference of what was paid for. It was not so much the money but the disappointment that we faced as we had travelled from across half the continent to visit these sights and we had missed seeing the House of Virgin Mary........ A big let-down as they did not deliver what was promised and paid for.

Visited October 2013
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