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Ephesus Shuttle Day Tours
Ranked #2 of 107 Tours in Kusadasi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Ephesus Shuttle is founded by Fevzi Turhan who is one of the first private shore excursion operator in Turkey Ports ( Kusadasi, Istanbul , Izmir ) since 1992.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed May 14, 2013

we visited Ephesus on a recent med cruise. The very pretty Melissa picked us up with a driver and a great tour began. We started with the Virgin Mary house, our driver got us there before the tour buses arrived, then on to Ephesus and the Terrance house. Melissa was fantastic, without her we would have been lost. A place like that can become overwelming but with Melissa it was great.

1  Thank Marie L
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We easily found Zahara, our wonderful guide from Ephesus Shuttle as we disembarked the ship and joined her for our ride from Izmir to Ephesus for our half day excursion. Zahara shared photos of Ephesus and her knowledge with us as we drove the roughly hour trip to the site. It was certainly time well spent because we were then somewhat more knowledgeable about what we were about to see and experience. We spent about five hours exploring the ruins including the Terrace Houses with Zahara's in-depth commentary. She was extremely knowledgeable and charming, and it was delightful to spend an afternoon with her learning about such a fascinating place. I would highly recommend using Zahara as your guide and the services of Ephesus Shuttle.

3  Thank princeton48
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Our cruise stopped in Kusadasi and we booked an all day tour with Ephesus Shuttle based on reviews from this site. Our guide De was amazing as was our van driver. We went on Tour 10, which included the ruins of Ephesus, House of Mary, St. John's Basillica, Temple of Artemis, lunch in a Turkish village and we stopped by to see how Turkish rugs are made. De knew so much and answered any questions we had. Ephesus was our favorite stop on the cruise and De really made it the perfect day!

1  Thank ErikaO387
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We joined the group shuttle tour, departing from Izmir cruise port to Ephesus and had a great experience with our tour guide, Tez. Initially, the tour consisted of 7 passengers but a couple dropped out so we unexpectedly had a semi-private tour of another couple and us three. We had plenty of space to stretch out on the 12 person Mercedes van, which was comfortable and well maintained. During the ride, Tez, would describe the sites that we are passing through and was really approachable to answer questions. His English was impeccable and an easy going, friendly guy. Given the small size of the group, the tour was intimate and allowed for us to dwell in certain places or move along quickly. I had picked this particular tour because it specifically offered a glimpse into the Terrace Houses and it is place not to be missed. The rest of Ephesus archeological site has been described in various posts, so I won't focus on that. What distinguished Ephesus Shuttle from other group tours that I had been on is the careful attention that Tez took to provide a better experience for his guests. For example, he would pace his timing to avoid a large group tour ahead or behind us. Or he would recognize that we were getting restless at certain times and suggest that we have "free time" to roam around and meet at a certain point some time later. This provided us with good opportunity to enjoy the sites or take pictures without hordes of people around us. Even though it was February, Ephesus was crowded with tons of group tours so I can't imagine how bustling it would be in peak season. Another plus with Ephesus Shuttle was that they included all the admission tickets so you do not need to worry about purchasing entrance fees or even carry Turkish Lira's. At the end of the tour, we were offered a visit to a carpet factory which the group unanimously declined. No pressure, and no hard feelings. Upon coming home, I received a nice follow-up email from the Manager/owner of the company seeking feedback and was generally pleased with the professionalism of all the staff that I had dealt with.

In consideration of all the good points: value, the ease and comfort of travel, seeing the two main sites in a relatively short period of time, the chance of a very small or reasonably sized group tour, and the high likelihood of getting a knowledgeable tour guide...all in all, I would say that Ephesus Shuttle is a very good choice.

11  Thank frugalvan
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The private tour of Ephesus was a true high-lite of our Mediterranean vacation.
Booking a private tour proved more economical than expected and as the tour was smaller (10 people) we didn't have to jockey to hear our guide.
We were picked up at our cruise ship for our tour of the Ancient City of Ephesus, with spectacular monuments such as the Library of Celsus, Royal Marble Paved Avenue, Hadrian's Gate, and more.
We chose to modify our tour and added a stop to a carpet factory to see silk and woolen carpets hand woven which we felt was worth the trip. Our Guide was excellent and the mini bus was near new, air conditioned and comfortable.
The company we chose was Byzas tours who we had used in Athens.
Ephesus is a must see if you can get there by any means.

7  Thank Dufferinhouse
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