Outstanding Tour of Ephesus
Reviewed July 2, 2016
Having been to Ephesus now for the third time, I didn't look forward much to this return visit but, at the last minute, joined a tour arranged by a fellow traveler on our cruise. I was very pleasantly surprised to be completely satisfied with our outstanding tour led by "Toro" our guide (and company owner, I believe). His extensive knowledge of the historical details of this landmark site made Ephesus "come alive" once more! The tour included the Terrace Houses which had been restored and expanded since my last visit and this "extra" is a highly recommended add-on to the basic admission ticket. We also had an informative lunch stop at a local (and truly authentic) Turkish carpet manufacturer's facility. The food was a locally homemade Turkish spread and delicious. The owner of the facility gave us an informative tour describing all the stages of authentic double knot Turkish rug fabrication and there was absolutely NO pressure to buy any of his rugs but, for anyone in the market, this would have been a wonderful place to pick up an amazing carpet.
According to Toro, Turkish tourism is down by 90% due to world conditions (and not helped by the recent bombing in Istanbul). The one bright spot for Turkey seems to still be the cruise ship tourist from Kusadasi. We felt completely safe while there. Additionally, in my opinion, the price for our tour was very reasonable for our small group. All in all, we had a wonderful day with our guide and I would HIGHLY recommend his company for any kind of tour in this area.
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