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“An Amazing Day in and around Kusadasi thanks to Evren!”

Turkey Private Tours by Ertunga Ecir
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$30.27*
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Private Ephesus for Cruise Passangers
Ranked #7 of 106 Tours in Kusadasi
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Owner description: We organize private, culturel, sightseeing tours in ephesus, istanbul, pergamon, pamukkale and many other sights in Turkey.
Reviewed September 26, 2016

Evren met the 4 of us (adults) at the cruise ship right on time. We hopped into his very comfortable, air conditioned van and drove straight to Ephesus in order to beat some of the crowds! Throughout the drive, Evren filled us with pertinent information and let us know what we would be experiencing once we got there. The background information was great! Our time spent at Ephesus was wonderful and especially great because we did manage to miss a lot of the crowds! After Ephesus and a quick stop at a Turkish rug center, we headed to a small village in the hills for an incredibly authentic Turkish lunch and stroll around the village. We LOVED it! When we arrived at the House of the Virgin Mary, we all sat in the shade drinking Turkish coffee and tea while Evren told us about the shrine and house we would be visiting. He was charming, easygoing, intelligent and definitely flexible!
I had worked with Ertunga and his wife Maria on this tour and cannot compliment them enough on their quick responses and answers to our logistical questions (such as ...do we need to convert and bring Turkish lira for our day in Turkey or was there another way to get by?) I would highly recommend Ertunga's tours to anyone visiting Turkey or in particular, Ephesus!

Thank Kathy B
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

I arranged a private tour with Ertunga Ecir (Ephesus, Pammukale, Pergammon) in Sept 2016. The planning experience with Maria is exceptional. She is always willing to work with you on your needs. Maria and Ertunga give recommendations on offtrack tours such as Askepion hospital ruins, which sheds light on the spiritual healing philosophy thousands of years ago and is still practiced in modern medicine. The boutique hotels Maria recommends is excellent - cozy with great service. Ertunga also allows us to start our trip early in the morning such that we can maximize on time and avoid the crowd. The car is excellent and the driver is great.
Ertunga is extremely knowledgeable on the history, culture of Turkey. His explanation is clear and he speaks good English. Ertunga's time management is wonderful and you do not feel rushed / exhausted. The local food (which we request for our trip) is yummy.
Who said Turkey is not safe? I enjoy every moment of my stay. Every people we meet on our way is friendly (Istanbul, Ismir, Cappadocia). I enjoy outdoor dining as the weather is nice and there are no bugs. Even the bathrooms along the pit stop is clean, with paper towels and hand dryer.

Thank kamlaim
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

We visited Ephesus with Ertunga in June this year, during our 10 day stay in Kusadasi. As there were four of us, we decided to rent a car in and meet Ertunga at Ephesus gate. He was very responsive and flexible regarding meeting place and time in our mail communication. We visited Ephesus, Terrace Houses and Sirince where we had lovely lunch in Emine's home (loved the food!). Ertunga gave us detailed information not only about the sites but also about the situation in Turkey these days... He is very knowledgeable and patient; gave us enough time to take photos everywhere and answered all our question. Before this trip we had some concerns about safety considering the news we get from Turkey almost every day but I must say we felt very safe and relaxed during our stay in this part of Turkey!

Thank Ivan B
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Reviewed September 24, 2016

We were so glad we ignored the well-meaning advice not to go to Turkey, as we had the most fantastic time, visiting extraordinary towns and sites which we mostly had to ourselves and as we felt safe travelling with a private well-rated company that showed it could be flexible if need be or if things got tough.

We chose Ertunga's Tour company as Ertunga and Maria responded readily to all our emails as we negotiated our two week tour from Istanbul to Amasra, Safranbolu, Bozengale/Hattusas, Sivas, Mt Nemrut, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamuklae, Ephesus and dropped us off at Fetihye. We also liked the way Ertunga was keen to find out exactly what we were interested in and the type of accommodation we preferred.
As a result we stayed in some lovely small family owned boutique hotels enabling us to meet local people and try a range of local delicacies. They were all clean and comfortable and with modern bathrooms.

Our van, owned and driven by Mustafa was a modern, 14 seater Mercedes van that was meticulously clean, very comfortable, and with continuous wifi.

Ertunga was flexible, kind, thoughtful of pur interests and needs and patient throughout our trip. He was extremely knowledgeable about archaeology and history even in areas that are off his usual route and his enthusiasm was infectious. He did not overwhelm us with information and answered our enquiries about political and social matters objectively and informatively. His English is excellent and he also speaks Spanish and Serbian. He also had a great sense of humour and smile.

We really appreciated that he introduced us to many Turkish experiences from trying the foods and specialties of a town or region, drinking Raki with fish, having a Hamman in the ancient buildings in Safranbolu and having lunch in a family home at Sirence, Mustafa producing a birthday cake when needed, and a bottle of red we had had previously praised to celebrate at the top of Mt Nemrut.

It was this care for detail that we really enjoyed, the fact that we felt safe in their company and that Ertunga and Mustafa make a great team.

Thank Kinmac
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Reviewed September 16, 2016

My husband and I (both professionals from NYC) (50 and 44) did a private tour of Ephesus with Ertunga followed by a private tour of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma the following day as part of our 10 days in Turkey. We had not planned the second day with Ertunga, but after touring Ephesus with him, we asked him to meet us the following day as well. These were incredible tours, a real highlight of our trip. We are extremely interested in Turkey's ancient history and planned our trip around as much of it as we could. We rented a car from the airport in Istanbul and drove around Turkey for 10 days. We hired guides to meet us each day at the site that we wanted to visit. Ertunga was by far, one of the best. He is very well informed and very perceptive about the interests of his guests. There was not a question that he could not answer and provided us terrific historic insight of each site in context of our overall trip. We had done a lot of homework before coming to Turkey and in some cases, we found that we knew as much as our guide, but not here!! Ertunga was able to truly keep us interested and engaged for 2 whole days. I would absolutely recommend him for anyone going to Turkey, even beyond the sites we toured with him. He even sent us to some off the beaten path sites as we continued our trip that paid off in spades!! As a side note, Turkey is EXTREMELY SAFE and incredibly beautiful. Anyone considering it should not be afraid and should go. You will benefit from gorgeous weather, wonderful people and no crowds.

Thank jenna l
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