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Really superb experience in Ephesus

This visit to Ephesus could not possibly have been any better. First of all, we felt absolutely safe the entire time we were in Turkey (Istanbul and Ephesus). Transportation to Izmir was seamless. Ertunga met us at the airport with a comfortable, clean , spacious car with an expert driver. The visit to Ephesus was paced perfectly. Ertunga is a congenial guide with an enormous fund of knowledge. We were totally satisfied with the experience in every way and can recommend it without reservation.

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Private tour

We are family of 10 members with kids and we had Mr Ertunga as our tour guide and i cant describe how understanding he was and accepting every change in the plan in a minute before our trip and even things off the track. HONESTLY cant recommend him enough!!! Best tour guide ever and my trip was great as i asked for exactly even better than I expected.
So thank you a lot for all of the things and the great adventures Mr Ertunga see you soon again in a different trip.

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Visit Ephesus before the tourist return and crowds ensue

Tourism is down in Turkey in general, and especially so in Ephesus. This is because people are unnecessarily afraid to come here, and this has caused all the cruise ship companies to cancel their cruises to Turkey for the year of 2017.

This makes it a completely great experience right now and an opportunity to see these amazing ruins without elbowing aside other tourists. Take a leisurely tour through Ephesus, with a great personal guide for a reasonable price, and you will have had an experience you will cherish forever. Don’t be afraid, the Turkish people will make sure your stay is great.

We hired our guide Ertunga Ecir, to guide and teach us about all we were seeing at Ephesus. I had done some homework by reading the guide books, but he was so knowledgeable and kind enough to explain everything so well. It really tied together what I was seeing and what I had read about before touring Ephesus.

He communicated so well before we arrived and was promptly at the gate despite us being 10 minutes earlier than the agreed upon time. He first made sure our arrangements for our cab to return to pick us up was understood by the cab driver and got the driver’s number to let him know when we were about done so we wouldn’t wait. This service alone was so appreciated and was a precursor to the attention we received on the whole tour.

You have to understand that guides in Turkey are the best in the world because they are professionals who must have a degree from the university and proven language skills. They must pass a battery of rigorous testing to qualify for a guides license. We met many Turkish people that were working toward this goal and all said it’s difficult to become a guide due to these standards. That means that when you hire someone like Ertunga Ecir, you are getting the very best. This was even more true when we hired a guide in Istanbul for two days.

Hire a guide in Turkey, it’s the best money you will spend on your vacation! I promise!

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Excellent Week in Turkey!

Our family of 4 booked a private tour through Ertunga for our week-long vacation to Turkey and we definitely did not leave disappointed! The tour was perfectly tailored to our interests and catered well to our schedule.

Ertunga was a wonderful guide; incredibly knowledgeable and easy to understand. Our personal tours with him around Istanbul, Ephesus and Hierapolis were chock full of interesting facts and historical anecdotes. Although he could not guide us personally around Cappadocia, he arranged for an equally great guide named Mehmet to show us around the area.

We were initially skeptical of traveling to 3 cities over the span of our short visit but the trip was well planned and we never once felt rushed or overwhelmed. A perfect balance of sightseeing and time to relax; just the way a vacation should be.

All the accommodation that was arranged met our standards and the tour as a whole was, without a hint of a doubt, great value for money. Our friends and family expressed concern for our safety upon hearing we would be visiting Turkey. However, now that we’ve been there ourselves, we’ve learned the true beauty of Turkish culture and its people. We would definitely encourage anyone to visit this gem (often misunderstood by the media) and, of course, recommend for them to book with Ertunga!


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Unbelievable Ephesus Day trip

Booked Ephesus day trip via Cruise Critic. We were met at the dock driven around and shown the very best of Ephesus. The itinerary has loosely planned we all had a say in what we wanted to see. The commentary was excellent the guide had real enthusiasm & knowledge. Everything about the trip was excellent including lunch. Would highly recommend this company to anyone

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Amazing Day Excursion ……. Highly Recommend

What an excursion in Turkey with the great knowledge from Ertunga. We were met promptly at the time advised by Ertunga and from the time we got in his very comfortable mini bus the history of the area started. Driving to the Virgin Mary house we were made aware of everything we were seeing on the scenic drive. We then went to Ephesus and was unbelievable….I can say this excursion was the highlight of our trip. Ertunga then took us to a restaurant for lunch where we got to enjoy some home cooking and tried many of the country flavors…top notch. We then visited the Ephesus museum and went to a leather store. The leather stop I could have done without, we made it back to the ship just as expected on time My husband and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the services provided by Ertunga’s company and highly recommend. Completely 10 stars…..thank you for such a great day. Lu & Rick, Canada

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An Amazing Day in and around Kusadasi thanks to Evren!

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!

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unbelievable 14 day tour of Turkey with Ertunga

We were extremely happy with the 14 day tour we organised with Ertunga and Maria his wife over a 6 month period via the internet.
They were prompt with communication and happy to take on board where we would like to go.

We went from Istabnbul to the black sea,then down to Mt Nemrut,Cappadocia,Antalya,Pamukkale and ended in Selcuk to visit Ephesus..
The twelve setter BMW van was extremely comfortable especially as there was only four of us and Mustafa the driver was a very careful thoughful driver. A bonus is that there is free wifi as well.
We saw sites that other people would not have seen if on a conventional tour eg Sagalassos.

Our accomadation was a mixture of B&B’s and hotels which were all extremely good.
Ertunga and Mustafa were very keen to show us and let us eat the local food which were all delicious. We organised with Ertunga that he provided breakfast and lunch in the quote and we found our own evening meal which we like to do.

It is with sadness that with the troubles (which we saw none) that tourism is devastated and I would like to emphasis that we did not feel endangered at anytime.
I would thoroughy reccommend Ertunga as a very knowledgable and polite guide.

We have travelled and lived in many different countries and I would like to say that we found Turkey to be vibrant,clean,great food,unbelievable architecture so please do yourself a favour and visit.

Thankyou Ertunga,Maria and Mustafa for an unforgettable experience we will be back.


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A great day in Ephesus area

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!

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2 week customised tour with “Turkey Private Tours by Ertunga Ecir”

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.


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