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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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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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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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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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Excellent Safe Tour

Grandparents with two grandsons 16 and 12 Ertunga picked us up at port and we were in advance of the boat tours so we even had Mary’s House all to ourselves for a few minutes. ( special) Ertunga did an excellent job of talking about history with the boys. We saw a lot and had just us 4 with a guide. At the end of a safe day Ertunga returned us to the ship. Great 5 star tour.

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Amazing Day for our family

Eric picked us up on time at the pier with a driver in a nice new mini bus. We had a incredible day. Eric is an official guide not just a driver and came with us into the sites and the museums to explain everything. We had 3 kids with us and he made it an amazing day.

He also does personal tours into the heart of the country. I would feel comfortable trusting him to keep us safe and provide an incredible experience.


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Very informative and educational

We were 2 adults with 2 young children that were picked up from the Kusadasi port for a private excursion to Ephesus. The guide, Emir Evren, was very knowledgable and gave us an excellent tour of Ephesus. We also visited the site where Virigin Mary spent her last days. We had asked Ertunga Ecir, the owner to arrange for a traditional lunch with a Turkish family and he sure took care of our request. We visited the quaint village of Sirince, where we ate a delicious, home cooked lunch prepared by Ertunga’s friend, Emire. Emire and her husband Mehmet were extremely gracious and we got to chat with them about Turkish culture and customs during our lunch. As per our request, we were also taken to a carpet weaving factory. This tour was a amazing cultural immersion for all of us.

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Personalized tour to Ephesus with Ertunga

I booked this excursion online before we went on the Royal Caribbean cruise. It was the best decision we made to book this excursion privately instead of going through the cruise ship excursion. It was easy to communicate with his staff via email and facebook. We were greeted exactly at the time he said we’ll meet with a huge sign with my name on it, right outside the port. He was considerate of our requirements (traveling with babies et. all). Took us to an amazing place for lunch. Not expensive either. With extra time left after touring Ephesus, he took us to a local farmers market. That was an incredible experience for us to get a taste of the local life in Kusadasi.
Ertunga grew up in Kusadasi and knows everything you want to know about the place. I would highly recommend to book him and his amazing AC and carpeted van for your excursion to Ephesus.

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