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We had found Ertunga Ecir listed on the Internet with very good reviews. He lived up to all of them. He tailored our day in the Ephesus area to our desires and not to a packaged tour.He arrived with a driver and took us directly to the archaeological site of Ephesus. He accompanied us to the site and then the fun began.
Before we entered the site, he briefly reviewed the history of the place. That helped to set it in context. He had obviously done his research. Then he took us through the site pointing out many features that we would not have noticed and explaining many customs that we would not have known about. He never seemed to be in a hurry. He made Ephesus come alive for us.
He did the same thing at the Basilica of St. John.
He found a very nice restaurant for lunch that was very reasonably priced. He joined us for lunch which was delightful. We got know little bit about his family, about life in Turkey, etc. He took us up to a small village in the mountains and let us wander. We had a delightful time in the shops, stopping at a hotel terrace for tea.
His English was excellent. He was open to our interests and made the day delightful. We will book with him again if we ever get to that area again. We strongly recommend him as a guide. If you really want to understand Ephesus and living in turkey, just get him talking.
Visited October 2015
We really enjoyed Turkey! Thank you SO MUCH for bringing the ruins to life! You have such palpable passion in what you do, I wish we can take you with us in our other travels; listening to you relate the history and put sense into it all is just wonderful and very educational.
I wish we have more time and money to explore the rest of Turkey, it is truly beautiful – both country and people!! You are so lucky to live there and know all of its significance; glad we found you . I told Maria, as much as I would love to ask you both to help us plan for our next Turkey visit (of everything else that we haven’t seen), we have to save up money and vacation hours first. In the meantime, you have to plan for your US visit . You all are more than welcome to stay with us if you visit Washington DC; we’ll definitely show you around
My husband and I recently did a 10-day Turkey tour early October 2015. So I/we wanted to go especially to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale; other places include Hierapolis, Miletus, etc. Due to the multi-city itinerary with some of the places 1-2 hours (or more!) away from the airport, I decided to go with a private tour to ensure we have a ride to/from the airport/hotel/sites and of course, a private guide all to ourselves. I believe that going to a place without knowing the history/culture defeats the purpose of the travel. Mere photos are meaningless without the story behind them. Hence, I thought a tour guide is worth investing. I found this agency through Trip Advisor with all its high marks and great reviews(!). I got in touch with Ertunga’s wife Maria right from the start (~3 months in advance) and she helped me so much in getting the itinerary straight. Most of the time she is very prompt in responding, patient, and very flexible as well. Because PayPal fee was a lot, I paid via Western Union which was probably out of their way, but they never complained; and it worked out pretty well. When we arrived in Istanbul, someone was already waiting for us at the airport, and we had our own private van(!) that my husband was surprised we didn’t have to share with anyone at all . En route to the hotel, Maria called (the driver) to make sure we arrived safely, and informed me of the plan for the next day’s tour. I thought that was very thoughtful of her. Maria is very well organized and is very professional. All this follow up calls were consistent until we reached Kusadesi (as her husband Ertunga came to pick us).
In Istanbul, Ugur (all the while I thought his name was Onur, sorry) was our tour guide, who picked us up PROMPTLY at the hotel with the private van (a very presentable & fairly new VW). We however, had a little hiccup at the beginning of our tour – there were NO museum/site passes available anywhere(!). We ended up walking from one site to the next and back looking for a pass which we thought took some of our tour time but I didn’t think it was anybody’s fault; the city simply has a lot of tourists . And we were still able to see everything as scheduled. Ugur is very easy going and wonderful, as well as down to earth. He related the history/significance of each place fairly well, including some of his personal experiences in the city. And he had also read Dan Brown’s Inferno so I think he can relate to my excitement. I would have loved it if the day’s tour also included Chora Church, Bosphorus cruise, and maybe Dolmabahçe Palace though I am not certain how feasible it would be to fit it all in 1 day. Also, I don’t know if it would be possible to purchase the museum/site pass the day before to avoid recurrence of the above incident. But these are only my suggestions. Ugur taught us how to use the public transport (funekuler and tram) and we were able to roam around independently thereafter. Maria was also nice & honest enough to recommend watching the belly dancing/whirling dervish in Cappadocia as well as the Turkish bath as they tend to be overpriced in Istanbul.
In Cappadocia, again we were met with a private driver Mehmet who was SO kind and humble(!); & we had our private ride – a Mercedes! We had a late flight, and arrived at our cave hotel (1 hour away) around midnight. En route, Çihan (our tour guide) called to ensure our safe arrival, as well as confirmed our itinerary for the day starting w/ a hot air balloon ride at 0500(!) which was an amazing experience ! Çihan was very nice and accommodating as well, they were very prompt (that we were caught finishing our breakfast) and professional, and very considerate of our time. He discussed the plan for the day, made sure we see the nice views, explained how things/sites evolved, etc. Though my husband and I were not so sure how the tours in Cappadocia were supposed to be, we noticed mostly he would just explain things at the beginning, walk with us initially, and the rest of the time we were on our own exploring and taking photos; in the meantime, he would wait with the driver until we were done. The next day he was booked for another group, so we had another tour guide, also named Mehmet, and he was wonderful! He is slightly reserved, simple, and low key, but very well informed answering all of our questions, and truthful with his views. He has passion for the outdoors and what is beyond the usual and predictable routes which is cool! We got to see more than what a regular tourist would (or so we think ).
After Cappadocia, we flew to Izmir excited to see the ruins and hear from the ‘tour master’ himself, at the same time uncertain whether this was really worth the cost. I told my husband (not of the total cost ) of the high ratings and the great feedbacks people have expressed re: this tour agency. Ertunga met us at the airport himself as we planned to start the tour right away. He seemed a little intimidating at first UNTIL he started talking; we then can’t keep our ears off of him. He is very knowledgeable in the history of every ancient city we visited (and beyond). His passion is so palpable that I think it would do him injustice to transplant him to another country. As previous reviews pointed out he is very considerate that he always finds a shade when he explains things, that is so true and I appreciate it very well…though honestly I think he hates the heat too just like us . As my husband is vegetarian, he always makes sure that the place we’re going to for lunch has a good selection (or a tasty dish) for him. Since he found out I love donër, on our last day we explored the city of Didima for any donër, he wanted me to savor it again. With Ertunga, he makes every effort so we can be comfortable, so we can find stuff we need (camera memory card, grocery, etc), he is consistently prompt in every meeting…bottom line, Ertunga took very good care of us when we were there. With this trip, we not only gained knowledge of his country and the people, but we gained a friend for life as well! Thank you Ertunga, Maria, and everyone above named, for everything! You all are simply wonderful!
Vanessa and Steve
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.
Visited November 2015
With only a limited amount of time in the morning before a 2pm flight, we wanted to have a taste of Istanbul before leaving. An Istanbul personalized tour to suit our time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made extra efforts to tell us about the history we were seeing. His English was very good. Thank you for making our brief visit very memorable.
We are 6 mid-aged women from different countries around the globe. This is our first time to Turkey. With the war in Syria and refugee crisis, we don’t know what to expect. Ertunga Ecir and his wife Maria have done an excellent job to make our trip unforgettable.We spent 9 days in Turkey, stayed at Istanbul, Cappadocia, Kusadasi.
Starting from airport pickup in Istanbul, Maria did a marvelous job managing our group who had 3 separate arrivals stretching from the afternoon to past midnight. The Istanbul tour guide Osman was very professional, and went out his way to show us more of Istanbul than was on the planned itinerary.
Ertunga was our tour guide for Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Aphrodisias. He is very knowledgeable (coming from a history major, no surprise here), considerate, and patient. We had a free day in Kusadasi and followed his suggestion rented the van to nearby national park for a swim and hike. That morning, Ertunga came to the hotel to take us to the local bakery to buy fresh sandwich for lunch. He also told the driver to stop by a family market on the way for us to pick up some fruit. We had such delicious lunch and had wonderful time that day.
I would highly recommend Ertunga and his team to anyone wants to tour Turkey. Our memories of Turkey start with Ertunga and Maria.
This company was recommended to me by a friend and I was not disappointed. My husband and myself and 2 friends were on a cruise which called in at kusadasi(Ephesus) and Istanbul .The tours on the ship are pretty expensive and not always exactly what you want to see. Both tours we booked through Ertunga were tailor made to our requests and we had an executive mini bus for the 4 of us. The guides were extremely knowledgable friendly and spoke excellent English. I would definitely book with them again if we visited Turkey again.
Ertunga Ecir gave us a tour of Ephesus ruins, museum and surrounding area that we will never forget! He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Turkey and answered all our questions in as much detail as we wanted. Ertunga picked us up directly from our cruise ship in a new, air-conditioned van. He had a separate driver, which enabled us to be dropped close to all attractions. Ertunga tailored our visit to see the sites we requested and made some suggestions as well. The ruins were truly incredible and Ertunga brought them to life with his descriptions. The museum was a cool and quick visit that was worthwhile. We asked Ertunga for a restaurant suggestion for lunch and he brought us to a terrific kebab place that took great care of us and the food was fantastic! Truly a wonderful tour!
Then we moved to Cappodocia, where we had Sibel as our guide, again excellent tours of the area. My husband was unwell mid way thru one day and she and the driver looked after both us brilliantly, even taking us to her house for a cup of tea, to rest for a little while. Ended in Istanbul with Osman, fantastic. The tour was planned by Maria so we saw the best in each area. And on the way to the airport to come home, Ertunga called to make sure all was well.
Ertunga helped with hotel rooms, money changing, and helped get a great price at the carpet factory. And we travelled in a luxury air conditioned vehicle.
Loved it! We had Layla as a tour guide and she was wonderful! The transport was super comfortable and safe. We are a young couple and had a private tour on our own and she customized the whole tour for us… She even took us to her favorite restaurant and baklava place and both were amazing. Apart from that she knew a lotttt about the history and area!
Everything was great! Very educational yet super fun! Highly recommend!
Mahmut was completely flexible and let us set the pace and choose each destination, depending on our interests and energy levels. His company was so enjoyable that my young girls still speak of him!
We couldn’t have asked for a better tour and I can highly recommend this company to anyone planning a trip to any part of Turkey.Visited July 2015
Amazing private tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia …Lunch included!Ertunga and Maria (https://ertungaecir.com/) made our first family trip truly memorable. Maria provided prompt responses to all our queries; with over 100 emails exchanged before confirming anything! Thank-you for your patience! Ertunga is highly knowledgeable about the history and has some interesting anecdotes and myths about the regions as an added bonus to make you go hmmmm?!?!
From transfers and hotel check-ins to pick up and drop offs, Ertunga and his team took care of everything. He never gave us a chance to think about the small details as it was all taken care of ahead of time. The mini buses which were equipped with free wifi and transfer vans were all clean and very comfortable. The drivers were careful and professional.
The preset lunches were a blessing and the food and ambience at all of their selected restaurants was amazing.
We had an age range of 11 to 74 to cater for, and they were very accommodating when we had to make adjustments to our program. For our itinerary, we picked one of their preset programs and made changes to suit our needs from the number of days we stayed in one place, the sites we chose to tour, the accommodations we wanted, and we even added and subtracted cities! They gave us great, centrally located hotels to choose from, and also went the extra mile to get us accommodation at places that weren’t on their list, but we wanted.
I wish we had allocated some shopping time for the specialties of each of the regions….sigh!
Some of us enjoyed trekking while others needed door-to-door service…and all were treated with great care, kindness and patience.
Ertunga, thanks for being our personal tour guide from Kusadasi to Ankara and thanks to Osman for showing us Istanbul. We started off as clients and ended up as family friends. Thanks for making our stay in Turkey unforgettable.
Hope to be back soon!
Visited July 2015
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