Fantastic sights with the best guide imaginable!
Reviewed June 20, 2015
Kusadasi was a stop which I didn't anticipate enjoying as much as I did. Ephesus was massive and there was so much history and so many interesting things to see. And visiting a carpet making cooperative and learning about Turkish rugs and enjoying authentic Turkish food was fantastic. The best part of the day was undoubtedly our guide, though. Tugrul was a remarkable source of information. He not only answered all our questions, but elaborated when he answered our questioned and told us things we didn't even know we didn't know. His English was better than most people I know in the States. He was constantly giving us little bits of information relating what we were seeing to the etymology of certain words which was fascinating to me. Going to Turkey, I certainly was not expecting to learn quite a bit about English, but Tugrul is that good! He helped us to determine an itinerary for the day that best suited the amount of time we had and was more than happy to adjust the schedule depending upon our energy level and other factors. Tugrul was remarkably engaging. Not once did it feel like he was regurgitating memorized information. Every piece of information he passed on to us felt like it had the utmost importance with the way he told it. He was also very enjoyable to talk to about current events in Turkey and the Mediterranean region and was able to switch from ancient events to current events instantly with the same passion for both. The tour was such a pleasant surprise on the trip. As the day was ending I grew sad because I did not want it to end. I strongly recommend Tugrul as your guide. I could not imagine a better guide.
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