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Emre, the guide, was very good at story-telling, gave deep insight into the ruins and history of Ephesus while being funny and friendly. The place is amazing, truly an open-air museum! The pickup was on time but then suddenly we got delayed because the guide went to another hotel to pick-up a customer of another tour company which "sold" the people to our guide (not professional). At the end of the tour we were taken to a Turkish delights shop without notice (classic Turkish way for tourists), however, there was no pressure to shop, so it would have been better if the stop was mentioned in the itinerary. In general, it was a good tour because of the tour guide.
The guide is full of detailed information about the history of Ephesus and he did his best to help the group to enjoy the tour. Although the driver doesnt speak english, he was very nice with a welcoming smile on his face. The group was very friendly and nice to each other. I wish if the bus was more comfortable. I didn't have leg space, and because my wife and I were the last picked-up, the only seats avalable were the single ones, so we sat separetly.
The ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus were unbelievable. The scale of the ancient city, the amount that has been preserved and the detail of the stonework truly amazing. Our guide was very informative and his explanation of the Greek and Roman phases of the city's development enhanced the experience immeasurably. One note of caution: The pathway down from the upper gate was slippery in places and challenging for those not used to hiking on rocks.
This trip is well worth doing. We started off being picked up in a lovely air conditioned coach and given an overview by Fatima the guide who was so knowledgable. We travelled to Ephesus where we were then taken around with free time to take pictures where she explained everything. We went for a lovely local lunch and then into the house of Mary and temple of Artemis and back home for around 4.30pm. A lovely day out visiting these sites.
Do not miss this tour and guide! We will never forget it, it was very emotional and actually mind-blowing to be able to visit the House of the Virgin Mary - what an honour and a privilege. This tour and guide was excellent and really good value for money. It was the highlight of our cruise and I would urge everyone to go there. Ephesus was awesome also. We left a piece of our hearts there at the House of the Virgin Mary .....