Fabulous Tour Guide
Reviewed July 14, 2016
My wife and I toured with Tugrul from Bodrum to Izmir via Ephesus and Pergamon for three magical days in May. Tugrul is a gem. His English is superb and is matched by his profound knowledge of the history of the region, warmth, friendliness and sense of humour. Tugrul is a true student of history from Greek to Roman through to Byzantine times who imparted to us his love of the region with its deep Jewish and Christian roots. We had not appreciated how much there is to see and wish that we had given ourselves more time. We think that Tugrul knows every block of marble by name.
Beyond history, Tugrul is an accomplished musician and a lover of local arts and handmade carpets. Importantly, he knows his food, taking us to superb restaurants for lunch such as the one operated by the mother of My Mother's Kitchen cookbook by a Turkish-American woman and another on the coast where Tugrul bought fresh fish from the local fishermen's co-op which he had prepared at a neighbouring restaurant. He never pushed us or even mentioned shopping, which so many tour guides do, but when we mentioned that we were interested in leather goods he knew exactly where to take us.
Finally, mention should be made of Tugrul's friend and driver, Alp. Not only was Alp a great driver, but shared some great stories and has an excellent sense of humour. Ask him about his tattoos."
We have no hesitation in recommending Tugrul and we hope to return soon.
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