It was my first time in Turkey along with my sister. We were on a 6-day trip (Istanbul-Kusadasi-Cappadocia) and getting the best Turkiye experience lies on booking the best private tour we can find. Turkey Tours (ertungaecir.com) gained most top ratings and rave reviews from tripadvisor so we went ahead.
I had a lot of email exchanges at the beginning with Maria Ecir – booking queries, optional tours, even small questions, but she was not only patient but very prompt in replying, sometimes even real time. Above all, she was very transparent and honest when I ask her opinions- no hardsell. That for me was very encouraging. The price of the whole tour was very reasonable. We were impressed with the hotels assigned to us and we were attended to all they way, there was never a moment we felt like we are left on our own.
We met Ertunga, who was our guide in the Ephesus leg of our trip, and we were instantly treated like family. He has a vast knowledge of history and has a very intesting way of narrating stories that gets us amused everytime – facts that are usually not on history books. But what I appreciated the most is how he goes out of his way to assist us with our personal travel issues.
When you leave a country you traveled and can count only the best of memories, both places and people, you know you made the right choice. I am so happy I came across Ertunga Ecir. I am now on the plane, flying home but already thinking of going back to Turkey with Ertunga.
On the day 2nd day into the trip, there was a bombing incident in Ankara. We felt sorry for the lost of those family. Despite fearing for our safety, we decided to carry on the trip.
Many thanks to our awesome tour guide Ertunga. With his proficiency in English and owning a wide knowledge on Turkey’s history, we never had a dull moment throughout the trip. He explain the Turkey and and ancient city history to let us able to understand the history, culture and beauty of the places we visit.
Ertunga also gave good advice to enjoy the trip to the fullest. During Ihlara Valley walking tour in Cappadocia, instead of normal short route, he brought us walk through the longer route which we were able to enjoy the beautiful valley.
The peacefulness and friendliness within the community allowed me to feel relaxed throughout the trip. I really had a great time in Turkey and this will be one of the most memorable trips I have ever been.
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Visited May 2015http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297972-d2646842-r279617531-Turkey_Tours-Kusadasi_Turkish_Aegean_Coast.html#
While in Kusadasi, he took us on several day trips – Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Pamukkale/Hieropolis, which are all reasonable driving distance from Kusadasi. From the minute we met him, we instantly felt rapport. Ertunga is bright, easy going, personable, friendly, kind, caring, interesting, enthusiastic, and he is passionate about providing an excellent tour experience. He also has a great sense of humor. And his English is excellent. He shares his knowledge about Turkey, it’s history and culture, the ancient sites we visited in a manner that brought these sites alive. We crammed a lot into 4 days but I never felt rushed. Also during the tour, Ertunga provided a unique lunch experience at wonderful local restaurants.
Ertunga was so much more than our guide- by the end of the 4 days, we felt as if we made a lifelong friend. Consider yourself lucky if he is available to be your personal guide.
Visited April 2015
Visited March 2015http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297972-d2646842-r263953299-Turkey_Tours-Kusadasi_Turkish_Aegean_Coast.html#
We spent two weeks with the family. A challenging group consisting of 4 adults, 4 youngsters (ages 18 up to 23) and an 8 year child. Christmas and New Year’s Eve included.
Ertunga was kind enough to go at a pace that each and everyone of us enjoyed. He had everything covered: from airport pickup, transfer to hotel, a magnificent 12 person Mercedes Benz bus, a vey nice and courteous driver,…. you name it !!!!
We visited Istanbul, Troy, Canakkale, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Antalya, Perge, Aspendos, Konya, and, of course, Cappadocia including the Hot Air Balloon tour, an amazing and magical experience.Hip-Hip Hurray for Ertunga and beautiful Turkey !!!!
Visited December 2014
This was our first time finding a guide through the internet. Ertunga and Maria were attentive to all aspects… responding quickly to inquiries, ensuring our comfort etc. Unlike other guide services there were no ‘customary’ shop visits. My daughter and brother will use Ertunga when they visit Turkey. You should Too!!
Visited October 2014