Ertunga Ecir’s Reviews

Private tour that feels like family

When traveling and sight-seeing I always prefer arranging a private tour because one, it saves me a great deal of time and second, it makes the experience truly personal.

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 ( 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.

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Excellent and memorable Turkey trip

I joined a tour to Turkey from 9-24 October 2015 with Ertunga as our guide and his experience driver Moustafa. He is knowledgeable and experience of taking care of all the group member needs.

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.

Thank you

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Only Made Our Trip Better!

I read the last few recent reviews and have to say I was quite surprised by the two very different perspectives expressed by SherryY and Mav77. This may have to do with the individual tour guides. I can only say that I concur with SherryY’s review. We had the absolute pleasure of spending 4 days with Ertunga. He not only is knowledgable regarding the ancient history but introduced us to many facts of modern day Turkey-this of course only improves your overall visit to a country. I particularly was pleased that Ertunga did not simply regurgitate the guide books but had a wonderful way of intermixing history, mythology and current events. He was very responsive to what we wanted to see and how long we wanted to be there-of course this is the benefit of a private tour (we were only two). I echo both reviews regarding timeliness both on tour and with emails, thanks to the work of his lovely wife Maria. Ertunga has an engaging and warm personality and was never anything but polite- both of which were appreciated when you spend 8 hours a day together. He was a great traveling companion and our friend by the end of the tour. I also wanted to address what I see as a misconception of many that Turkey is not safe to travel in at this time. After listening to friends before I left, I was abit worried myself and questioned whether we should be going there. Our journey took us to Istanbul, Capadoccia and north eastern Turkey-these areas are far removed from the Syrian border. Turkey is a vast country. I never felt the slightest anxiety or fear and was treated with the utmost respect during our 2 weeks there. Please don’t let one sided news reports stop you from visiting a beautiful country with such wonderful people and so much to offer.
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Best Ephesus Tour

Referred my 4 best friends who went to Ephesus to Ertunga, he’s very knowledgeable, considerate, courteous and helpful. Met them after tour & all 4 were extremely satisfied with the safe and wonderful tour Ertunga himself guided. After that we took a flight to Cappodocia for an amazing hot air balloon ride all with the assistance of Ertunga. Will always refer Ertunga to anyone who needs a tour guide.
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Great tour of Turkey

Ertunta coordinated a private tour for our group all through Turkey (Istanbul, Capadocia, and Kusadasi area). All the details and guides along the way were perfect and we got to experience and learn a lot of great history along the way. Ertunga met us on our third stop in Turkey and was with us for 4 days and he was certainly the highlight for us. He told great stories and history and was very flexible with our schedule given 2 small children. I would highly recommend Ertunga to coordinate your entire Turkey visit.
Visited June 2015
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Holiday of a lifetime – Best private tour and guide

Every day of our 16 day tour was packed full of exciting things to do and see. Every place visited – from the ruins in Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis to the romantic boat rides in the Aegean and Mediteranean and down to the outstanding and unqiue valleys and mountains of Cappadocia made this holiday a memorable and unique experience. Our tour guide Ertunga worked hard to make this tour absolutely awesome. He was with us every step of the way and I believe he even went out of his way to ensure that every need of our tour was met. His stories and explanations made history come alive to us. We have no regret in choosing Ertunga as our guide. I had one of the best holidays. Heartfelt thanks to Ertunga and Mustaffa (our very hardworking and careful driver). They both made our 16 day tour comfortable, exciting and memorable.
Visited May 2015
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Awesome Tour

Ertunga Ecir was our private guide while in Kusadasi for 4 days. I could not have asked for a better experience – if I could give more than 5 stars I would.We were met at the airport by Ertunga and his private driver Mustafa (in a very comfortable spacious 12 seat Mercedes van with wifi!!!! If you book with Ertunga, you will travel comfortably and in style).

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

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We booked Ertunga based on his glowing reviews and it’s simply the truth. We had 6 different guides throughout a 10 day Mediterranean cruise and Ertunga did the best job. First of all, he was the only guide that took us inside the landmarks and gave us unparalleled historical perspectives. Secondly, this excursion included a driver, meaning that we had a beautiful and new Mercedes Van, a courteous and safe driver, and the friendly and knowledgeable Ertunga to accompany us on our trip. Thirdly, we squeezed a lot into the day thanks to his wonderful planning. We saw everything we wanted to see in Kusadasi, Ephesus, and even had time to eat authentic local cuisine at a villager’s house in beautiful Sirince (definitely a highlight). We will book Ertunga again for a trip to Cappadoccia and we have even offered him a place to stay when he visits us in the USA. Thanks Ertunga! You made our trip ever-so-memorable!
Visited March 2015
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Ertunga is simply THE BEST !!!

Don’t hesitate at all: whenever you think of visiting Turkey hire Ertunga Ecir as your personal guide. He is professional, easy-going, has huge patience, knows all the small details of the visited sites and more…
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

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Simply….THE BEST!!!

We spent 5 fantastic days with Ertunga visiting as many ancient cities as possible. His ‘must-see’ suggestions completed our ‘must-see’ list to produce a tour filled with wonder and amazement. His knowledge and energy are endless…and our discussions on modern day Turkey and current events…invigorating.
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

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