A friend and I recently did a tour of Turkey with a scheduled overnight in Kusadasi. On a previous trip to Turkey we had visisted Ephesus and wanted to see more of the area. After an in-depth internet search and reading reviews posted by previous travelers, we choose Ekol Travel ltd. W corresponded with Ms. Celiktas by email. She promptly and professionally responded to all emails and arranged a tour of Izmir for us. Once the arrangements were made, we received email verification. Upon arrival in Turkey which was several days before our planned visit we received a lovely email entitled "Welcome to Turkey" and it reiterated our arrangements. The morning of the tour we were greeted in the hotel lobby by our guide Inan. We were transported by private auto to Izmir, Inan provided an introduction to the area. Spoke to us about the arranged plans and asked if there was anything else that he could provide to make our day enjoyable. Our first stop was the Agora, Inan toured us through the area providing historical background and outlined the work underway to more fully excavate the area. We moved on to the Archeological museum and the attached Ethnography museum. Both were well presented and provided a good overview of the history and culture of the area. Then onto the main square, the clock tower, a look at the little mosque in the square and into the baazar. We sat and had tea in the baazar with Inan. On the way through the baazar, I asked Inan if he could help me to find a Turkish-team soccer shirt (a request from my youngest son). Not only did he find the shirt but was able to negotiate an acceptable price. Then onto the oldest lift in the area. The terrace at the top of the lift provided panoramic views. Following a brief stop at the beach, we headed back to Kusadasi. This was a wonderful way to visit Izmir, we saw more than we could have ever seen on our own and we had the company of a knowledge, engaged, wonderful guide and a fabulous driver. Thank you Ekol travel we will seek you out again if we head back to Turkey.
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