Don't miss an opportunity to tour Ephesus with Turgrul
Reviewed October 26, 2015
Turgrul promptly met us at the dock at 7am with Mario and his comfortable Mercedes van. We did a driving tour of the area surrounding Ephesus while we waited for the gate to open at 8am. We were the first to enter and consequently had the entire venue to ourselves for most of our tour thanks to the walking route that Turgrul had planned. This was an extraordinary experience with a guide who quickly became our friend. His knowledge and 'big picture' outlook gave us a unique experience that related different cultures, religions and peoples. Turgrul had the experience to pull all of this together in a very entertaining way.
It felt like he filled our day even though it was only a 4 hour tour....and it was worth every penny. This was definitely the highlight of our 2 weeks in Greece.
Now, I had told my travel agent that absolutely NO rug shops should be on this tour prior to booking!! However, by the time we finished the amazing tour of Ephesus, we completely trusted Turgrul when he suggested we go to a place on the way back to view Turkish rugs. He stressed we were under no obligation and thought we would enjoy this weaving co-op because of our appreciation of history and culture. We agreed ...but I was skeptical. And boy, was I WRONG! This was like a 'living history' museum!! Zirve Rug is a co-op that appreciates women and their works of true art. Turgrul turned the tour over to a person who educated us on the co-op and it's mission. The 4 women demonstrated the spinning of the silk from the cocoons, then showed us their amazing weaving techniques. The men then offered us wine or Raki and proceeded to literally throw rugs around the room! This was to demonstrate the amazing color changes that occurred when the rug's position changed. We learned so much and gained so much respect for the women's skill and art. And there was NEVER any pressure whatsoever to buy anything.
We felt like we had gained a new friend on this tour with Turgrul. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your visit to Kusadasi with a rewarding, educational and entertaining experience with Turgrul. He truly enjoys his job and takes a lot of pride in what he does.
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