We did a day tour of Ephesus with istanbul Express Travel Tours including lunch (mediocre), Turkish carpet shop and leather factory. Our guide (Specky?) had excellent English and was incredibly knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Ephesus is very close to Kusadasi but would recommend staying in smaller Selcuk. This site is phenomenal and the history extremely interesting. Our guide made it come alive. There is a lot of walking but mostly flat surface. The pace was excellent whether you are active or not,
Ephesus a must see
We enjoyed a day tour through the Goreme valley and saw a lot.
It does not matter what part of cappadocia you see first, it is all truly amazing for a first time visitor to Turkey. There were several highlights, the open air museum was also one, and if you do enter this museum, do not forget to spend the extra 8TL to see the dark chapel, the frescoes are amazing and it is no wonder that photos are not allowed, so just get some postcards! The tour was a nice size of 13 people and the tourleader was quite helpful.
Independent tour with istanbul Express Travel
We stayed in Siringe, near Ephesus...our guide, Begum, was with istanbul Express Travel. Begum is a beautiful young woman, so friendly and warm, spoke perfect English, and we just loved her from the minute she arrived at our hotel to pick us up for our tour!!!!! She knew everything there was to know about Ephesus, Priene, and Didyma- the main sights we went to in the area. I would HIGHLY recommend hiring Begum from istanbul Express Travel in the Ephesus/Kusadasi area. We were so sad to have to say goodbye to her- after only 2 days together, she felt like an old friend ! June 2013