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Looking for recommended tour companies for ephesus from kusadasi port. Would like to see the terrace houses as well. We are arriving in kusadasi port on holland america koningsdam in Sept . Thanks in advance for your responses

David

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We have used Ephesus Shuttle three times and were very happy with them. There is an extra charge for the Terrace Houses, but well worth it. If Melike, a young lady, is still guiding for them, she is excellent. Kusadasi and Ephesus is one of our favorite ports.

 

Rick

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Contact " info@leventsolmaz.com " . I have used his services twice, what a pleasure. Hopefully he has not retired.

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We had an excellent tour with http://www.ottitravel.com/7/info/private-tours.htm. Definitely recommend them! As well as Ephesus and the terrace houses, we went to the railway museum, which was great!

 

(This was the tour with the train museum included: http://mobile.ephesustours.biz/tour_details.php?codename=ephesuskirazli&type=c)

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I believe we may be on the same Koningsdam (08/31) cruise as you, visiting Kusadasi on Sept. 19. If interested please look at Cruise Critic roll call for this cruise as people are /will be planning shore excursions for this port and others. 

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Very useful thread! Many thanks to all posters for their advice.

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I too am looking for a shore excursion to Ephesus and possibly another archeological site nearby.  DH and I would like to join a small group tour that does not spend time rug or leather shopping.  Do any of those tours already recommended here fit our parameters ?  Are there any others you'd suggest?  I've considered Holland America shore excursions, Viator, and Shore Excursions Group, but all of those either spend time shopping and/or have mixed reviews.  Turkey is the main reason we booked this cruise.  We don't want to miss out.

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6 minutes ago, islandwoman said:

I too am looking for a shore excursion to Ephesus and possibly another archeological site nearby.  DH and I would like to join a small group tour that does not spend time rug or leather shopping.  Do any of those tours already recommended here fit our parameters ?  Are there any others you'd suggest?  I've considered Holland America shore excursions, Viator, and Shore Excursions Group, but all of those either spend time shopping and/or have mixed reviews.  Turkey is the main reason we booked this cruise.  We don't want to miss out.

The company I recommended in my post #4 above had two options. You could have a free lunch in return for attending a carpet demonstration or you could pay for your lunch and skip the carpets. Your choice! Just agree it beforehand. 

 

If it is a private tour with any company, you can lay down the rules regarding shopping stops. It is only on group tours that you are stuck with what their stops. Just spell out your requirements.

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My husband and I really liked Ephesus Shuttle: We had reserved a private tour for just the two of us, left the ship early and were the first tourists in the gate when the site opened.  Our guide was wonderful.  Before we started, he said, "I am supposed to ask if you would like to visit a rug factory too." We politely declined and that was the end of it.  My suggestion is that your wishes be made clear to tour operator right from the beginning (before any money is exchanged) and if they give you any hassle, select another company.

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Thank you lyncarol and marylizcat.  With your help, we found the right tour for us and booked it. 

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We used Levent Solmaz for private tours in Turkey.  The first time we docked in Kusadasi, he took us to Ephesus including the terrace houses. On our second visit, he took us to a small village up in the mountains. They were both excellent. We highly recommend him. He's easy to work with, speaks English perfectly and is extremely knowledgeable. 

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I'd like to add my enthusiastic recommendation for tour guide Levant Solmaz. We spent a memorable day with him touring Ephesus  – including the then newly-opened terrace houses – as well as Mary's House and the Temple of Artemis. Levant also took us to lunch at a wonderful local café that used fresh ingredients from its own garden.

Here is the contact information I have for him: http://leventsolmaz.com/

I also have a blog post with photos and the story of our day there which you might find helpful:

https://www.themodernpostcard.com/kusadasi-turkey-ephesus-marys-house-temple-artemis/

Good luck planning your day in Ephesus. It's a spectacular place!

Mary

Travel Blog: www.themodernpostcard.com

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