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Outstanding custom tour with Evren

The advantage of this tour is you decide what sites to see and in what order. The guide and driver are at your disposal for the day, you pay your admission and parking fees in addition to the tour cost. Our guide, Evren, and the driver met us at the cruise port in Kusadasi at 7:30 am. Transportation for our group of four was in a large Mercedes van that could seat 8 or more. The timing was ideal, as we were the first through the gates at Ephesus and managed to keep ahead of the crowds. Evren was terrific, lively and engaging with great information. Our Ephesus tour include the Terrace houses, which are not to be missed, followed byMeryemana and the Ephesus museum. Evren then took us too a delightful outdoor cafe in a nearby small town, and finished up with a visit to one of the turkish rug spots. This was not compulsory, as it is on many tours, and was informative. We did not purchase anything. We were back to the cruise port at 3:30 pm. Evren kept us informed and entertained throughout, and we greatly appreciated the ability to choose the sites to visit. I should add that we recommended this tour site to friends on the same cruise, they had a different guide but also raved about the overall experience. The cost for a day of touring with an excellent guide and driver was very reasonable. Highly recommended.

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Excellent guide

Met us promptly in a very comfortable van. Gave great historical background before beginning and during the tour. In depth historical knowledge of Ephesus, the preserved houses and surrounding areas. Interesting and best of all fun.

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Best Trip Ever!!

Ertunga could not have been better!!! He picked our family of 10 up in A brand-new first class van. We then saw the sights of Ephesus and other areas. He was extremely knowledgeable and willing to go wherever we wanted to go. He took us to a small town where a little Turkish woman cooked us a true Turkish meal. It was the highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend him to anyone traveling to Turkey.

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Wonderful Turkey Trip

My wife and I joined another couple on a 3 week tour of Turkey. Our guide, Ertunga Ecir, spent a lot of time prior to the trip getting to understand our goals and expectations for the trip. The trip exceeded all of our expectations. We spent the 1st three days in Istanbul and then traveled down the western coast before going inland to Konya and Urgup (Cappadocia). We had a private van and the driver (could accommodate another couple or two) and visited 3-5 sites a day, each one with a different focus. We were able to make changes based on our interest. Mustafa, the van owner and driver, helped find the best restaurants where ever we happened to be. Ertunga is very knowledgeable about all of the venues. We were a little nervous before going but felt comfortable and secure the entire trip. Hotels were local, non-chain and were very nice and in great areas for walking in the evening and seeing more of the communities. The cost of the trip was very reasonable and if you are considering a trip to Turkey we strongly recommend you consider a Turkey Private Tour with Ertunga.

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Tour Far Exceeded Our High Expectations.

Our experience with a three week tour of Turkey with Ertunga Ecir far exceeded our high expectations. In light of Turkey’s internal situation with terrorism and domestic unrest in 2016, the four of us (two couples) were anxious and unsure about traveling to Turkey. In pre-trip conversations, Ertunga was honest about the situation and did not pressure us into coming to Turkey if we did not feel safe. We went ahead feeling that Ertunga was on top of the situation; he gave us a sense of confidence that he would keep us safe. However, the first few days with Ertunga completely relieved our anxieties and strongly reinforced our confidence in Ertunga, his perceptions, and his judgement. Observing that daily life in Turkey seemed normal and security were adequate but not oppressive also greatly relieved our anxieties.
Our tour of Turkey was an incredible experience. Ertunga’s passion and encyclopedic knowledge of the remarkable sites and ancient ruins kept us in awe much of the time. He and our superb driver Mustafa are obviously a very experienced and savvy team. Ertunga was attentive to details, enthusiastic and positive, perceptive and sensitive to our needs. In addition he was creative and imaginative in adding sites and experiences that were not on our itinerary, all of which greatly enhanced our experience. Ertunga and Mustafa introduced to us a number of small, local Turkish restaurants with wonderful food, but where there was little English spoken and no one not Turkish in sight. These meals were a delight.
Ertunga perceptively realized that we were open to new experiences. One of us asked about a site, Magnesia. Ertunga said it was an obscure site despite its magnificence. We walked down a farm path about a ½ mile dodging cow pies and cows/sheep and rounded a corner and found another jaw dropping scene, a 35,000 seat capacity stadium. It was all that was visibly left of a large 2,500 year old Greek/Roman town. At another site, Labraunda, he asked if we minded if two nomads could ride in the bus down the mountain to catch a ride. So ‘Maw’ and ‘Paw’ Turkish nomad cheerfully rode with us the 8 miles or so back down the mountain. Later in the trip, we met one of Ertunga’s former colleagues from his Turkish Army service. The stories they shared about their service on the wartime Iraqi border were entertaining. These were treats far outside the normal guided tour experience. He always checked to see if these deviations from the itinerary were acceptable to us.

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Tour of Ephesus and House of Mary

This was my fourth trip to Ephesus. Ertunga was amazing. I learned more about Ephesus and its history then the three previous trips. Ergunga was so knowledgeable and helpful. One of our companions had injured himself prior to our cruise and used a scooter. Ertunga and our driver were great about getting him around to see as much as was possible. We had a great Turkish lunch outside in a covered garden. Ertunga has the best tour of Ephesus and surrounding sites!

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When Your Tour Guide Becomes Family…

“Tour guides come in all shapes, sizes, budgets, personalities and capabilities. There’s the good, the could be better, the boring and then there’s an unexpected one that comes along who is unforgettable.

Ertunga Ecir. Just by the name alone, it’s already hard to forget something so unique.
For 10 days, he, together with our trusty driver, Mustafa showed our family a trip of a lifetime. The family is composed of different personalities: elderly, teen, easy-going and the history nerd. So you can imagine the diverse dynamic that a tour guide must appease.

I could go on for days what an excellent tour guide he is but let me list down a couple of high notes:

Ertunga is highly intuitive. He can sense when he needs to extensively share his wealth of knowledge or stay mum.

My sister worked seamlessly with his wife, Maria to create an itinerary that brought us smoothly and safely from Izmir to Pamukkale to Antalya to Cappadocia and Istanbul, to name a few.

We only wanted to eat at local places, not the typical tourist stops or nothing fancy. Every restaurant he brought us to were excellent choices: comforting home made Turkish cuisine in Bergama or a resto with a breathtaking view by the sea in Dogan Bey.

Ertunga is very easy going. Some tourist guides will have you feeling rushed and give you a sense they just want to get it over with. Not him, he was very patient with every whim we wanted.

However, he is also fun!

I like to take videos and silly photos for social media and he was happy to join in the silliness like when he and I pretended to be gladiators fighting in a Roman coliseum in Miletos or when we shook hands like the politicians did in Regnum Hotel for the G20 Summit in Antalya, to name a few.

Ertunga knows when to turn on or off the tour guide button. When needed, he taught us about history and another minute he is chatting with us about the little things in life.

He never once took us to those tourist shops where tour guides get commission. He never pressured us to go to such places. He shared that even when he tours on his own to various places, he doesn’t like that. So he would never practice such things that he himself doesn’t like.

He is thoughtful. I has asked Ertunga to help me find dried figs at a local price. One time he had surprised me with a big bag without questions asked.

During dad’s birthday dinner at the Old Town in Antalya, he and Mustafa got the staff to sing happy birthday and even surprised us with a cake!

He is very helpful beyond his duties as a tour guide: from helping get a discount at tourist shops or making phone call arrangements for us in Turkish that we needed assistance with and even following up on his own.

Ertunga knew his boundaries. When you spend 10 days with someone, some boundaries can blur out. Yet he never made us feel that despite how close we became that he overstepped his bounds of comfort with our family.

We never felt taken advantage of. He was always very transparent with prices, negotiating and planning. What you see is what you get with Ertunga and that is rare to find in a tour guide, especially in a freelance business where one understandably tries to make the most of whatever opportunities come in.

He is very flexible. Despite a set itinerary, be it the change of weather, tourist attractions being suddenly closed, crowded or whatnot, he was very quick to adjusting to make sure the day was productive and enjoyable.

His team of tour guides scattered all throughout Turkey were no less than excellent as well. From Sibel in Cappadocia, to Ali and Akin in Istanbul, his recommendations made us feel that even if he was no longer our tour guide in the latter part of our trip, he was still very much present.

In fact, he still kept communicating with us daily to ask how our tour was doing.

He and Maria make a great team as they respond quickly to emails, texts and phone calls. Very efficient and easy to coordinate with.

It came to a point where, despite my family being quite reserved and private, we were all teasingly calling one other brother and sister and to my parents, mother and father.
Our nearly 3 weeks in Turkey left us bonded stronger and with more historical trivia to last quite awhile.

To end this, I told Ertunga, “what you have is a gift and can never learn in tour guide school. The way you connect with people is sincere. You are the benchmark of excellence for all future tour guides I will encounter! Now it will be so hard to top that, hahaha!!!””

Highly recommended is an understatement as he is more than just an excellent tour guide, he is a good man. We miss him and Mustafa and will forever consider them both, FAMILY.

PS: To be honest, this is the first review I’ve ever posted on Trip Advisor. Never once have I felt so moved to make one because Ertunga’s services are just that exemplary.

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Tour of Ephesus

We had a fabulous tour with Ertuga! So knowledgable in the history and people. We learned so much and were in awe of this spectacular site. Thank you for making this tour so personal and enjoyable.

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Customized Tour of Ephesus Terrace Houses and Sirinci Village

As we’d visited Ephesus previously, we wanted to spend most of our time at the more recently opened Terrace Houses and a local village. A friend highly recommended Ertunga Ecir to us. He promptly answered email questions before we met. He was a friendly, very knowledgeable guide who arranged to smoothly meet our requests. His English is strong. The vehicle he used was large enough for 6 people and the driver was very good. Ertunga’s private tours are excellent!

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Turkish Delight!

Ertunga picked up the 10 of us at the dock. Off we went to Ephesus (45 min drive) When we arrived, tickets were already looked after and then we proceeded into the historic site. We found that his passion and knowledge of the ruins was excellent. After Ephesus, we drove and hung out in Sirince (a small Turkish village) and observed many local customs. We also purchased some delicious Turkish wine. Next we were whisked away to a native turkish home and we had an authentic home cooked meal. This was definitely the highlight. Lastly we were dropped off at the Bazaar, where we enjoyed some shopping before going back to the ship. Be careful…the merchants everywhere we went in Turkey were very aggressive. Overall, I would say that our time here was Safe and Eventful. Next time we will be visiting Istanbul and look forward to another exciting Turkish Adventure

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