Ephesus Tour Reviews
Today we had a tour of Ephesus. The driver was punctual and polite. The car was very clear. As we were 4 women travelling we felt very safe. The guide Atilla was most kind + informative. We enjoyed his company immensely. We would highly recommend both driver and guide.
This was a wonderful excursion. It was my favorite from my entire cruise. The driver did a great job and the guide Volkan was excellent, very personable and spoke perfect English. It was also very informative. I learned a lot about the Turkish culture as well as the wonderful sites we visited. The vehicle was great and the food was also. Thank you so much! I hope to return soon to take another wonderful tour with your company.
Jupiter – USA
ISTANBUL; Very much enjoyed our tour with Dundar in Istanbul. Since we had already visited Topkapi Palace, we were able to spend extra time at other sights. Dundar was extremely knowledgeable and took plenty of time to give us historical background. The van and driver was very nice and exceeded our expectation.
EPHESUS: We were fascinated by our visit to Ephesus. Our tour guide was able to get us into the terrace houses before the crowds arrived and helped us better understand the sights. Both he and the driver were very pleasant and professional. The lunch was delicious. We very much enjoyed both of our days in Turkey.
Atlanta – USA
Very excellent tour. Levent is very knowledable and entertaining. He was able to answer all of our questions and enjoyale to listen to.
Kevin and Tina Hammond
FROM A GROUP OF 23 (Lois A. Pierce's Group) (ORLAND PARK, IL - USA)
- Had a very detailed great experience at Ephesus. Thanks for the great tour
- Great detailed information in a timely fashion.
- Great guide / driver / tour / food - Wonderful history lesson. He has great historical background, great information + loved eating at a lunch place.
- What a fabulous guide, very knowledgeable + accommodating !
- Great area, great guide, driver very accommodating. Beautiful country.
- Enjoyed history + architecture of ruins. Also learning more about culture in present day. Mary's House was special for me.
- Enjoyed all the history, ruins, great explanations
- Trip wonderful.
- Had a great time + wonderful time, Will love to come back again. Very informational and interesting tour. Guide well and easy to communicate with. Food great. Had a very good time. Highly recommended.
Six of us from Florida had a 5 hour tour. It was wonderful! Atilla was terrific! We loved him! Very informative, kind, and took care of our every need. The mini bus was very nice and comfortable with a separate driver. Lunch was very good and loved talking with Atilla. Your country is beautiful! We will come again.
Tremendous day at Ephesus!
The archeological sites were amazing and truly brought to life by our friendly and informative tour guide Atilla.
Great visit also to the scenic village of Sirince.
Thank you for a wonderful day!
San Diego, CA – USA
Atilla was an AMAZING guide!!
He was on time, very accommodating to our desires, generous with his information and knowledge about his country, about Ephesus and Sirince. He was a joy to be with and made us feel very comfortable.
We will be recommending him to anyone we know who may be coming here!!
His sense of humor and genuineness was the best part of our day. We learned a lot and enjoyed every minute!!
Branford, Connecticut – USA
1) Enjoyed all the historical sites.
2) Enjoyed the people, the different cultures, the friendliness of all the people as well. Ephesus brought me a sense of peace.
3) Everything ancient! Really liked the Terrace Houses, House of the Virgin Mary.
4) The weather was incredible. Flowers blooming + so fragrant. The beautiful scenery + historical elements make this an awesome country! Thanks
5) The morning tour was excellent.
6) Great tour guide – want to take him home – good food – deserts – drinks
7) Created a wonderful enjoyable, educational experience!
8) A very nice day and tour. Your knowledge was evident, and you have a great sense of humor. Your cute too!
Jane Cage and her family
Chicago, IL – USA
Our tour was excellent in every way. The car roomy and comfortable, the tour friendly and very educational. Our guide is the best tour guide we have ever had.
The luncheon was delicious and the was plenty of it. Thank you for an exceptional experience.
Deborah & Daniel Hawtree
Chicago - USA
We loved every minute of our tour with OJ (Olcay) + Hakan. We found them to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and very friendly. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus.
Karen + Daniel Brooks
Charlotte, NC - USA
Tour was very informative and we got to see way more thant we would on a big tour. Guide was very knowlegeable and friendly.
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts - USA
Wonderful sights and experience. Our guide was veryknowledgeagle and personable. I would ask him again. He was flexiable to meet our needs and fit in what we wanted to see.
Tyngsboro, MA - USA
Such a wonderful trip! Our tour guide was so informative and accomodating! We saw and learned so much! It is clear how passionate he is for his country and its rich history and this truely makes for an engagry experience' Will definitelly recommend.
Sea Cliff, NY - USA
The tour was fantastic. The guide was very informative and nice. I learned more about true Turkey then I expected. Highly reccomended.
Tyngsboro, MA - USA
It was wonderful to have a guide who was so knowledgeable of the culture and history of Turkey. Very flexible to meet our needs.
Tyngsboro, MA - USA
We were so well taken care of our guide (Olcay) and droven. We enjoyed the wonderful notes, the comfortable transportation and the knowledgeable information. We will not hesitate to recommend your company.
Placitas - USA
We enjoyed a wonderful day. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable + friendly. Ephesus was amazing - hard to believe. He also arranged a delicious Turkish lunch for us in a small, quiet restaurant. All in all an enjoyable, educational day.
Orefield - USA
In Kusadasi, Ephesus: Our one day outing with our guide was informative, fun, educational, educational and was a wonderful experience ! Our tour guide's arrangements for lunch was wonderful. We enjoyed the company of our informative guide and would recommend him as a guide to anyone.
Overall our experience with Magical Steps has been better than we hoped!
Our first guide in Istanbul, Kemal, was a wonderful introduction to the city and the country and was a joy to be with. His enthusiasm for his city and culture is infectious. We loved our Istanbul tours
Kemal and Magical Steps,
Thank you for a great tour in Istanbul. The driver and car were very nice and driver drove safely and punctual. We think Kemal is a very knowledgeable guide and we learned a lot about Turkey and Istanbul. He set a pace that was good for all of us and was sensational to our comfort needs. The lunch stop was delicious and Craig was very happy to see the Harley Davison Shop.
Thank you again for a great day in Istanbul.
Theresa & Craig Kosek and Leary & Donna Ridmond
Calgary - Canada
- Excellent tour! - highlight of our trip.
- Our guide was very knowledgeable and we feel very blessed to have had him (Volkan Avci)
- Enjoyed our lunch
* I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.
Gibsons, B.C - Canada
Everything about the trip was wonderful. Zeynep was very knowledgeable. Looking forward to another tour with her.
Driver was great!
Food was awesome!
Cheri and Ron Dixon
Tour guide, driver + experience were all very very good! Zeynep was informative, interesting and fun. Zafer was attentive. Lunch was lovely. I would recommend this tour highly!
Julie Greiner + Pete Greiner
Casper WY – USA
From a group of 7 guided by Olcay
Wonderful tour, wonderful tour guide, would highly recommend this tour and company.
Lida & Gary Penn
OJ (Olcay) - Excellent guide – liked her ability to work, plan around our needs.
Just loved OJ (Olcay) and our driver – very knowledgeable, excellent English and tailored our visit to our desires.
Eileen & Emma Patterson
Very comfortable mini-bus, safe driver, very friendly and obliging guide(OJ –Olcay). Would recommend this tour to others.
John & Cathy McMahon
It was a fabulous day + we had a wonderful + informative guide. We were a family of 5 and our 2 children (11-12) were entertained the entire time. They two found everything interesting + said that they "learned a lot". I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for Ephesus Tours.
Cindi Van Brunt
Enjoyed the personal attantion of a guide for the six of us touring us a large group on a bus. Loved Ephesus and the restaurant we had a lunch at.
Sun Diego, CA - USA
The Ephesus tour with our tour guide was excellent. Lunch was wonderful. Great location away from the loads and tour buses.
Robyn & Jason Finkenkeller
Our tour of Ephesus with our tour guide was perfect. He was very informative and we able to answer all of our questions. We would recommend him to anyone touring in Europe. Also, the Magical Steps Company was a pleasure to do business with. They were very responsive to our questions and concerns to prior to our arrival in Turkey. We look forward to touring with Magical Steps Travel.
Julia + Jason Wachter
New York, USA
We had a great time in Ephesus! A lot of learning with our guide. He was very nice and knew a lot, he was able to clarify all our doubts and explained everything thoroughly. His background and studies make him a great guide. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Enrique Alanis , MEX - USA
Paulette Mokeno, MEX - USA
We had a perfect day with our tour guide in Ephesus... Good company, loads of information on the tour, nice sunny day, a great meal. Thank you.
Gibsons - Canada
Went for beyond our expectations on our tour with our tour guide - excellent English, excellent presentation of Ephesus, ending with a great Turkish meal. In all, a perfecy day in Turkey.
Jan & Norm Reimer
Gibsons - Canada
Wonderful informative day spent touring Ephesus. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable explaining all the sites. He was waiting for us as we disembarked from our ship and that was the start of a very lovely day. We shared a wonderful traditional Turkish meal. Our family truly enjoyed every moment and will highly recommend Magical Steps Travel to all our friends and family.
The Drebit Family
Calgary, AB – USA
Everything was excellent. Well planned, very comfortable and most informative. Guide had an excellent manner, helpful and demonstrated concern for us. Can’t say enough about how pleased to have chosen Magical Steps.
Pennsylvania – USA
Our guide was very informative and very knowledgeable of the area. He also spoke very good English. We saw all the places we were promised + would highly recommend Magical Steps and our guide who was really great. We were able to see places spoken of in Biblical times + feel the realness + presence of God. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His One + only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
Chattanooga - USA
This was one of the most amazing tours we have ever been on. Our guide was knowledgeable and took us to some wonderful sites. We learnt so much. We'll be back and take some more Magical Steps with you in the future. Highly recommended! Thank you!!
Gordon + Anne McMillan
Victoria - Canada
This was a fabulous small tour guided Van by our tour guide who spoke very clear English. A true pleasure to be with. He guided us to our level of understanding. We could ask the question of our own interest and at times repeated knowledge when requested. We also requested other stops other than the tour recommendations. Highly educational and wonderful 1st experience of Turkey!! Wish we were here longer. Everyone was so friendly.
Excellent value. We were very impressed with our guide and driver. Perfect way to tour Ephesus.
This has been a most enjoyable tour. Would recommend Magical Steps very highly. The lunch was superb. We loved seeing all the historical sites. Our guide was very good being a tour guide, also our driver. Great car.
Magical Steps is a Professional company. Response to email was efficient. The guide was excellent, attentive and spoke very good English. The itinerary was comprehensive with excellent lunch.
Wai Mei Ma
Washington – USA
The tour was comprehensive, transportation was elegant. Most note worthy, our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch that was included ,was traditional Turkish, delicious and generous. I would recommend Magical Steps as a smart choice for cruise passengers.
Seattle, WA – USA
Highlights of Ephesus + Virgin Mary’s House
A very good tour
Clean comfortable van
Very good lunch of local food
A very knowledgable guide with great English and happy to talk not just about the tour but Turkish life and culture.
We would recommend the tour to others.
Greg + Bev Scannell
Perth – Australia
Was referred to you by Ugur Kilerci. Our tour guide was a superior knowledgeable - very informative and accommodating. We learned a great deal and felt very comfortable on our tour. The travel arrangements were very efficient. He
Chicago – USA
Will recommend to anyone visiting the area… Competent well mannered guide, great van + driver, nice lunch.
Florida – USA
Our tour guide was very qualified and was well versed in the perfect matter. He was very informative and patient.
Dianne + Robert Miller
Florida – USA
Great day with very competent guide. Turkish lunch, luxury van, well-spoken guide made memorable experience.
Florida – USA
I found the company online. It was easy to do and the company was very reliable. I highly recommend our guide. He was terrific.
Florida – USA
We throughly enjoyed our day. They arrived promptly on time. We ask many questions + recieved informative answers. There is much to learn while travelling and I would give today extremley high marks. Thanks Again!
Florida - USA
Guide+Driver: Excellent, Polite, Professional + Friendly.
Itinerary: Very good. We learned a lot!
Setting: Decor very good
Gerald Wallace Buchanan
Ottawa - Canada
Very pleased with the tour and staff. Guide was very knowledgeable and gave us very relevant historical information. He also offered insight and relevant points to all sites. Driver was very helpful and made the day very pleasant. Over all, we had a very nice experience and will be glad to recommend your company to friends + family. Thank you.
Baltimore - USA
The tour was excellent. The information give was very informative. The guide and driver were pleasant and we had a very nice time. We will recommend to our friends. Thank you.
Baltimore - USA
Thank you. We really enjoyed our tour. Very knowledgeable and good explanations. We had a nice day. On time at the meeting point and very patient. Very comfortable transportation. Thanks again.
Martine Du Sault + Manon Leblond + Diane Poirier + Johanne Gauthier
Blainville – Canada
We were impressed by the promptness and pleasantness of Fusun, our guide, whose English was excellent. Her knowledge of the history and culture of Ephesus, the terrace houses and her sensitivity to the Christian significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary made this day of touring the best of our trip.
Lagnna Hills, Canada
Fusun took us on the most wonderful tour of Ephesus. Not only did we learn so much about the sights of the city, but we learned all about the culture and people of the area. Fusun gave us so much insight into the lives of the people in her country. We’ve been touring for 3 weeks. Today was the Best!
Sedona, Arizona – USA
This trip was marvelous, probably the most outstanding of my entire vacation. The guide, Volkan, was super informed about our stops + very personal. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour company + I plan to write on cruise critic website about our very favorable experience. Thank you so much, I will be back!
Mary Ann Phillips
Jupiter – USA
From a group of 25, visited Ephesus
The tour with our guide was excellent. Weather was fantastic. Ephesus ruins stunning. Lunch was sooooo tasty. Thank you for the great experience. John and Lori Duitsman - California, USA
Thank you for your patience with us. You were great. Morgan Snook - USA
Excellent guide + driver. Enjoyed our tour. Wonderful lunch. Mary and Robert Kenny - USA
Guide was very informative, driver drove in between lines, very safe, loved that. Food was great. Would recommend. Thank you
Very informative and excellent host. Great job!!!
Lastson gave a very good tour and much thanks!!
Guide guy was bomb (cool) :) legit tour. Thanks! Braelyn + Michael
Our tour guide was great! Very informative! Had a great tour. Kim Novak – USA
He was amazing! Loved Ephesus! Good times!
I got very tired but enjoyed it very much! Awesome! Patsy Hensley - USA
Loved having no worries. You took great care of us. Loved the silk woman! Thank you for great time!
An excellent tour. tour director, is warm, friendly, knowledgeable and informative. He communicated clearly and is very interesting. We rate the tour as superior.
Dean Witten - Joan Witten
Orlando, Florida – USA
We were very pleased with Zeynep’s tour today 3 November 2011. She was very knowledgeable and well organized. I would recommend her to my friends.
Hausbury, Pe – USA
Zeynep was a wonderful tour guide. She was very informative about the historical background on all the sites we visited. She is very warm, personable, + a delight to spend our day in her company.
David + Nancy Johnson
Istanbul: We really had wonderful tour in Istanbul. Kemal our guide was excellent + very knowledgeable .He went out of his way to accommodate all our needs & wishes and our driver did a wonderful job navigating through the streets .Thank you.
Ephesus: This was the best tour we have had on this trip! Our guide, Zeynep was fantastic, a delightful young lady. She’s also gracious, funny and very accommodating! Our driver was also great. He maneuvered the winding roads like an expert! We’re still full from our wonderful lunch. Everyone especially Zeynep made this a great experience. Thank you.
Margaret & Arthur lnzinga
Wonderful tour. Very informative, nice, interactive experience with our tour guider!
Andy & Sharon Smith
Thank you for the interesting and informative afternoon. Your safe and very comfortable transport, piloted by the 'conqueror' got us there and back with no worries. Your company, Magical Steps, has certainly made our visit to Kusadasi memorable.
Tony and Debbie Sluck
Gonca - We are just back from our trip and I wanted to let you know that I was very pleased with the guides you provided to us in Kusadasi and Istanbul.
Eylem was a delight to tour with. He really made Ephesus come alive for all of us. And I would highly recommend him to any of my clients that may be traveling to that port.
Suleyman was so good about changing our itinerary at the last minute. I don't think anything could have upset him.
Thank you for the great service. I will definitely be recommending you to my clients and I will get a review on to Tripadvisor and Cruise Critic as soon as possible.
Thanks again for the great service.
Gibsons - Canada
Attractive website. Esay to book. Great meal configuration. Our toure guide was very nice to wait when ship did not arrive as we expected. Tour well planned with great explantion. ++ No unexpected extras ++ Driver and vehicle ++ food. Would recommend to all who visit.
Paulina Cuadroado & Roy W. Furr JR.
South Carolina, Red Peach – USA
Your tour was truly magical. We had a wonderful time. Touring the ancient sites and the Virgin Mary's House. You made anytime here in Turkey memorable and we hope to return soon. Thank you so much and good luck all of your future endeavors. We will recommend you and Magical Steps very much.
Monica & Connie
Los Angelos, CA - USA
Enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide was great, very well informed and funny. We would highly recommend him and Magical Steps.
Hockettstown- NJ, USA
Our tour guide was excellent! Always answered my questions in a very polite way. Good sense of humor and very knowledgeable.
Charlotte / Phil Malone
Oxford - MS, USA
Excellent Tour – Interesting and informative guide. Ephesus is wonderful, car very clean and pleasant driver. The lunch was in a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. Food was delicious. Our guide Fusun was lovely + we would thoroughly recommend this company. We couldn’t think twice about using them again.
OMG ! What a wonderful tour & experience this has been! And Zeynep… What a terrific guide & young woman she is! We have learned so much about this beautiful country! And thank you for the delicious lunch! Kudos to you for hiring Zeynep!!
We can recommend this tour and their guide who gave us both a wonderful day. Knew all the history, spoke very goof English, had a lovely lunch also. Thank you.
Mr. & Mrs. Richardson
Manchester - England
We enjoyed the tour very much. The tour guide was very informative and very considerate of all the older people. He took us too many sites. Our driver was very patient also. Lunch was excellent. A lot of food. We all want to take them both home with us.
MN - USA
Excellent tour, excellent guide and great service on short notice. Vehicle was a Mercedes Van, very clean and comfortable. Ergin was outstanding, would recommend and use him again anytime. Second time to this area and will call them again.
Kansas – USA
Excellent guide and driver always where we headed him. Very nice tour.
California - USA
Our Ephesus Tour guide gave our group an informative and personalized tour of Ephesus. He was quite knowledgeable and able to answer our questions. He was an enjoyable host for our visit.
Utah - USA
Wow we had a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide a very beautiful place the ancient Ephesus as well as the landscape. Enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide is very accommodating and we will recommend your country to our friends.
Paul and Viki CALDERON
Chicago - USA
*Very beautiful city of Ephesus
*Tour guide is very good in explaining history of the country.
*Food that is included in tour is very delicious.
*Will make sure to recommend tour to other people.
Chicago - USA
*Very interesting country.
*Tour is very coordinated.
*Food is excellent.
Chicago Illinois - USA
This was a fantastic tour – every single moment was fabulous! I learned so much and saw so much in this one great day. My guide was so knowledge and hospitable, lunch was delicious. We will be back to see more of Turkey. We highly recommend Magical Steps Tours.
Maggie & Bob Bruck
Hawaii – USA
Outstanding tour company and guide! Beautiful sites which were well explained by our guide. The pace was good and the Ephesus Tour guide often asked preferences for what we wanted to see. Lunch was excellent and the transportation comfortable. I will definitely give a very positive review on the TripAdvisor recommending the tour service to others.
Melissa SCHWARTZ - Paul Alberghine
Washington D.C. - USA
Our Ephesus Tour guide was the perfect tour guide for our visit to Ephesus today. He was warm, friendly and very professional and knowledgeable. His English is very good and he obviously loves his city and his country. His Passion for Ephesus that he exhibits make our tour all the more perfect.If we ever return to this beautiful place, I would request him our all tours to guide us. You are lucky to have such a fine gentleman representing you. Thank you. God blessings to you and those you love.
Mr. John H. Ward
Louisville, Kentucky - USA
Our tour was everything as advertised. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer any and all of our questions. We were very pleased with your company services and would highly recommend your tour company services to others. Thank you for a very enjoyable day.
Edmonton - Canada
We had a fantastic day with our wonderful guide Naciye or Nadia as she liked us to call her from start to finish she was top class. From guiding us over slippery pavement to fully explaining the wonders of Ephesus. The four of us felt we had made a friend in a short space of time I wont hesitate in telling everyone who is considering a trip to Turkey to use Magical Steps for their tours.
The tour was very informative and interesting. Gonca was easy to communicate with when booking the tour and our Ephesus Tour guide was simply amazing! It definately was a pleasure touring with your company and I look forward to booking with you again in the future! Highly recommended!
Toronto - Canada
*Knowledgeable guide that had excellent English
*A fun day which we learned much about this beautiful country and its history
*Lunch was great
This is the best tour guide I have ever experienced. The tour guide knows so much and presents a program that completely engages his customer's interests.
The company, Magical Steps, was so helpful in making the custom tour package even to the point of payment after arriving at the airport.
Robert E. Koop
NY - USA
Your company was highly recommended and we found it to be an accurate recommendation.
We had an extraordinary day. Your guide was punctual and gave us a day we will never forget. He was courteous and friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He gave us a sense of the history and culture of Turkey. We had a lovely lunch. Our guide shared his love of his country with us and we will come back. Thank you!
Ancona, Italy - Toronto, Canada
Any apprehensions, we may have had in relation our booking, quickly evaporated when we were met by Naciye Otar (Nadia) on the docks.
She immediately made up feel confident and comfortable. She was very articulate, highly intelligent and most informative throughout the trip and her knowledge was outstanding.
Also, she had a very good sense of humor and the ability to relate to all the personalities in our group of seven. Even though we were consumed by the sights and sounds of the country site, our lasting memories will be with the quality of the service we received from Magical Steps and your representative, Nadia. Never were we rushed or put under any sort of pressure, her driving skills were excellent and beyond reproach...in other words, she was just 'great' and we would have no hesitation in recommending your Company which, indeed, we have already done to several friends and our travel agent.
Many thanks, once again, for well and truly enhancing our trip. We could not have asked for more. We would appreciate your passing on our sincere thanks to Naciye - we loved her!!
Judy & Alex Staritski
We want you to know how much we enjoyed our Magical Steps tour with Fusun.
She was a delightful and knowledgeable guide. We'd come back just to see her again!
Grace & Arnie Holman
Bernie and Penny St. Louis
We booked a private full day tour of Ephesus (for a party of 6) with Magical Steps through the internet. Our guide Zeynep was the best guide we have ever used. She was very knowledgable about the history of the ares, spoke great English and made sure we arrived at each site at a time when it was least busy. We will recommend Magical Steps to any of our friends who visit Ephesus. Warmest Regards
We had a wonderful time on our 2 day trip in Ephesus and Pamukkale. The itinerary was well-thought out and at the right wonderful pace. Our guide was very knowledgeable in the archaeological sites with his extensive history knowledge and good English language. Our driver was very safe and friendly. The feedback would be for the 6-seater ran to rearrange the front row seats to face the front instead of facing each other for such a long road trip.
Toon Cheng Tan - Singapore
Elsie Chan - Hong Kong
We enjoyed ourselves very much. The guide was wonderful: on time, knowledgeable, courteous, and very pleasant. He showed us everything we wanted to see in Ephesus: the museum was beautiful & he explained the exhibition very well. I would recommend him and Magical Steps highly.
Marcia and Manuel Plavin
Lewiston - Maine, USA
The most enjoyable trip. We had choice of start time, small party of 4 with a courteous and knowledgeable guide. We had a guided tour to the sigts as well as having time to stroll around by ourselves. Well done to the company and well done.
Chiu Fai Fung
Turkey has been a revelation for me, totally unexpected. The size of country I hadn't realized. Ephesus was amazing and its excavation very beautifully done.
Our guide has inspired me to explore beyond the history of our times.
We also enjoyed the fellowship of educated conversation with our guide and the sharing of a meal in our troubled times is wonderful to experience and coming together of minds from different cultures and belief. But we are all God's children! Thanks
Amanda Jones & Margaret Medley
Thanks so much for a great tour. Enjoyed all that we were shown. Great tour guide! Tremendous time in Ephesus and Kusadasi.
St. Louis. MO – USA
Great tour & Great guide. The sights were spectacular. Lunch was so enjoyable. Thank you for your time.
St. Louis, USA
Thanks for an authentic experience! We loved every minute of the tour and best guide ever.
The Porter Sales
Louisville, Kentucky – USA
We had a great tour! Looking forward to returning again soon.
Wayne Davis & Sharon Davis
We thank you, and Magical Steps for making our tour few hours in Turkey a wonderful experience.
Every minute of one day was outstanding from the transportation, the venues we toured, our wonderful lunch and everything!
We will highly recommend your agency to our friends.
The only low point is that I did not get to meet you, my new friend, and thank you personally for the outstanding.
The tour was wonderful. First class car & driver. The guide was more than FANTASTIC as we enjoyed our day very much, a special lunch was quite a surprise. Thank you again & again.
The tour was excellent! Our topur guide did a terrific job - very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Having the flexibility of a guide and driver made the day very enjoyable.
I would highly recommend him and Magical Steps to all my friends. We hope to return!
James Bruce Perrine - Lawyer
Montgomery - Alabama, USA
We had a great day!
Our guide was delightful and knowledgeable. He showed us historical sites we asked for and then also honored our requests to see ceramics and leather.
Lunch was at a beautiful local restaurant that included traditional food, fresh fish & delicious melons.
Our guide drove us all over the areas & stopped so we could take pictures.
The email correspondence with Gonca was personal & the key to our choosing the tour. This was an excellent decision that has leaded us to an extremely memorable experience.
Alice & Robert Mc Colgin
Indiana, Indianapolis - USA
Our driver, tour guide and Gonca were absolutely perfect , friendly, informative, and very kind. We greatly appreciate their wonderful service. It made our day with them unforgettable.
So many thanks!
Robert A. Seymour - Richard E. Dusthimer - Marshall A. Kidder
Turquoise Skies Staff / Tucson, Arizona - USA
It was an excellent tour with a wonderful guide, 10 out of 10!
We had a private tour today with our guide. We visited many sites scheduled and unscheduled. He tailored the tour to our interests (e.g. visited the aqueduct, excellent lunch with local food). His English skills were wonderful. I would rate the tour 9 out 10 (10 being the highest). He shared Turkish customs + religion, which we enjoyed. We would highly recommend your tour group to others.
We booked a private tour to Ephesus from the Hilton Hotel Istanbul. The booking process via Internet was very easy. The company representative, Gonca,was responsive and helpful. Everything went off like clockwork, from the driver meeting us at our hotel to the airplane flight. Our guide was most friendly, informative and provided us with a wonderful experience. I would recommend him and Magical Steps for anyone wanting a personalized and in-depth experience. We will book another guided trip the next time we are in Turkey.
Vicky, Den & Alex Collier
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Magical Steps did a perfect job. Our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He took his time to explain the history surrounding Ephesus and surrounding area. Our guide was willing to make our experience in Turkey one we will never forget.
The traditional food and warm hospitality along with traveling back in time with the journey to the ancient city of Ephesus helped give you an understanding of what once was.
My friends and I took a tour from Magical Steps on August 23, 2011 in Kusadasi. Our tour guide was Zeynep. Zeynep was an EXCELLENT tour guide and made our experience in Turkey extra special. She is extremely knowledge, professional, and joy to be with. Thank you to Magical Steps and Zeynep for a wonderful time in a beautiful city.
Our tour guide was especially good with my wife who has some difficulty walking. Thanks to him she was able to see everything. Thank you Magical Steps! We enjoyed our Ephesus Tour very much.
Anthony & Lynn Hardwick
Charleston, South Carolina - USA
We had only 8 hours at port in Kusadasi after departing cruie ship. Our Ephesus Tour guide met us on time with a warm and welcoming smile, and a comfortable air conditioned car. Our day with him was spent touring Ephesus, The House of Mary, and the Church of Saint John. His knowledge and guidance, and the service of Magical Steps well exceeded our expectations and easily allowed us to see more of the city than we could have on our own. The day included a wonderful relaxing lunch and beautiful scenery. Anyone plans to visit this area, in a short amount of time, would benefit from Magical Steps Tour.
Hillary Hardwick, Atlanta History Center - Vice President of Marketing Communications
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Our Ephesus tour was great. Not rusted, extremely informative, very professional; thoroughly enjoyable. We could recommend Magical Steps without hesitation. Having a great driver allowed our guide to converse with us without the "distraction" driving.
British Columbia, Canada
Our tour guide was very well informed and accommodative. We enjoyed his tour very much. Turkey is an amazing place and it was great to have such a knowledgeable guide. We will recommend Magical Steps for Turkey to our friends who wants to book Ephesus Tours! Thank you!
David & Elizabeth Kilpatrick
Los Angeles, USA
Fantastic! I'd recommend our tour guide and Magical Steps to anyone. He was very knowledgeable, has great sense of humor.
Los Angeles, USA
Fabulous tour and guide! We will recommend our Ephesus Tour guide to anyone coming to Turkey. He makes us want to return to tour more with him!
Dustin Kilpatrick & Amanda Barto
Los Angeles, USA
A really enjoyable day packed full of history and culture. A very knowledgeable guide who was very welcoming and who answered all of our questions fully.
We learned a lot and enjoyed experiencing Turkish culture. We would recommend the Ephesus tour to anyone. We had plenty of time to see what we wanted to.
An excellent and informative tour. The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
The tour was fabulous, fun + almost decadent! We loved our flexible and fluent tour guide with so much helpful information and quick smile. We loved Ephesus Thank you!
Los Angelos, USA
We enjoyed going through the back entrance of Ephesus. That was a good way to do it. We loved the lunch. It was delicious. Great host
Matt - Michele Kempner
Atlanta, GA, USA
We really enjoyed the countryside of Turkey. Ephesus tour was very interesting. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable - did a great job of exposing us to both ancient and modern Turkish cultures. Lunch was very good.
We are a family of six, 2 adults and 4 children, who booked a private tour of Ephesus with Magical Steps.
Our tour guide Naciye (Nadia) was excellent and informative.
We toured Ephesus, including the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist's Basilica as well as the Artemis Temple.
Nadia was a true professional, extremely well informed on the history of the country as well as each site we visited.
She managed to keep 4 kids interested in each of the site we visited. We are grateful for all we were able to see and do and to what we learned.
We would highly recommend her as your tour guide!
Very informative tour. Excellent guide and driver. A very enjoyable day! Very enjoyable tour.
Angela Frances Stapleton
Gonca is fantastic. Very responsive to my e-mails. Makes me comfortable working with Magical Steps. Our guide is very knowledgeable and very willing to work around our schedule. We thoroughly enjoyed our Ephesus Tours. Thank you for showing us your amazing country!
The tour of Ephesus was excellent. From the ruins of the 3rd Ephesus to lunch, all was such that I will recommend to my friends. Our tour guide, was a wonderful guide - knowledgeable, good humored, and with a sense of humour - all added to a very enjoyable day.
I hadn't known what to expect in Turkey, but I was very impressed and really enjoyed my time here.
Thousand Oaks, California, USA
To Magical Steps,
I have been on many tours. Our Guide was very well versed in history of Ephesus. At all times he was careful to make sure our group 17 was together to hear the history and interesting stories about the important people creating the history. He answered all the questions of our group.
I highly recommend Ephesus tours with all the value offered by Magical Steps and will recommend to all of my friends.
Palm Beach Garden / Florida / USA
More than simply making me feel welcome in a foreign country, our tour guide has great humor and expertise made me feel connected to the enormous history which shapes modern Ephesus and Turkey.
My entire group agrees that this was the best possible Ephesus experience.
From Santa Cruz / California / USA
My family and I had the privilege of touring with your company. We took a tour of Ephesus and other Christian sites from the Kusadasi port. It was a wonderful day full of information, beautiful sites and wonderful food. Our tour guide Fusun was so nice, very well spoken and she became a fast friend of ours. What a wonderful ambassador for your country she is! When the tour was over she even showed us the best market areas to shop! We would certainly use your company again if we ever visit the beautiful country of Turkey again, and we hope we do! Thank you.
The Ephesus tour our family experienced with Magical Steps was an unbelievable experience. The tour of Ephesus was amazing historically & by scenery. Not only were we impressed by the history, but we were also introduced to the culture of Turkey. We were invited to taste the local cuisine. our Tour guide was a fantastic tour guide & I highly recommend the Magical Steps team.
Thank you & See you again soon!
Samantha Lin & Family
New York, USA
We had a wonderful visit to Ephesus today with Magical Steps Tours. Our tour guide, was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and taught us so much. He was also very kind & compassionate to our wheelchair-board mother ( 89 years old ). He helped us avoid crowds, showed us special spots that the other tours did not get to see. He also shared his magnanimous spirit with us; his love of his country (ancient & modern ) was infectious - we hope to be able to come back for a longer visit to Turkey. Hamdi, our driver, was very helpful.
We will highly recommend Magical Steps Tour to all our friends.
Nancy & Don Griswold & Family
Having used for the most part the tours provided by Holland/America on New Amsterdam Cruise, this was the first time we organized a private tour with “Magical Steps”. We booked our Ephesus Tours with this company.
In short we all four of us are very impressed. First the car was extremely comfortable, very specious with very good air conditioning. The driver – Berkan was careful and re-assuring. Our guide – Fusun was very knowledgeable and communicated in English perfectly. Clearly educated in communication skills, she imparted information in a clear and very interesting manner – far more selective and friendly than many tour guides we have experienced.
We would like to thank the company and these two members of your staff. We will be passing this information on TripAdvisor online.
Mel + Peter Knight
Sue + Peter Baudains
Jersey, Channel Islands
An excellent tour to Ephesus with a very informative guide.We also experienced some of the local culture and enjoyed the Turkish cuisine at lunchtime.
The organization has been very good, with first class service.Our guide was a wealth of information about history and Turkey.
We will definitely use Magical Steps again when we visit Turkey.
Beverly Hopcutt and Derrick Richards
We just came back from our Mediterrean tour. The private Ephesus tour arranged by your company in Ephesus was terrific. Our guide, Susan/Fuson was excellent. It was wonderful to meet a knowledgeable and kind person, who is truly excited about her job. She was a source of incredible knowledge, she knew almost every stone in Ephesus. Our time was very short, so we had to say good-bye after spending a day with her. Thanks to Fuson, Ephesus became one of the Highlights of our cruise. We highly recommend your company to anyone. Everything was done very professional and we enjoyed your beautiful city.
Esther and Steve Szmutni
Green Valley, Arizona, USA
The 4 of us found your company on the Internet and booked our Ephesus Tours online. Our guide Fusun was waiting for us with a big smile. She is knowledgeable, kind and gave us lots of personable attention. The lunch was terrific, fresh and clean. Our driver was very polite and professional. We will recommend your company for our friends. Thanks for making our trip memorable.
Marianae and William Katz
We want to thank you for the educational and enjoyable day spent with you in Kusadasi last week. We and our friends appreciate the places you took us, the things we learned about Ephesus and your good sense of humor. Best wishes to you. We will mention Magical Steps to our friends who wish to go to Turkey.
Dave Perrin and Margaret Hustad Perrin
I didn’t know what to expect when I embarked on my trip to Turkey. One thing I quickly learned with Magical Steps Travel: the Turkish people are more similar to people in the U.S. than expected. They made us feel as if we were meeting with friends and were very skilled in teaching Turkish history and culture. When I returned, I had a much better perspective on how Turks live their lives and made some valued friends. Spending time traveling from city to city with guides and leaders of the organization made the trip very special. We will always remember their professionalism and many efforts to afford us wonderful memories.
Jim L Patterson
From the first encounter with the professional team at Magical Steps Travel every adventure and experience exceeded our expectations: beginning in Istanbul to Konya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Izmir with a return to the final tours in Istanbul.
This is a professional organization with each caring individual striving to share their love for Turkey. We left with a greater understanding of the people, culture, architecture, archeology and the Biblical significance Turkey brings to the world.
I look forward to returning and will definitely have Magical Steps at the top of my list!
Kaye Patterson, Owner of Mpact Consulting
We had a wonderful and informative day in Ephesus with our guide from Magical Steps. He was patient and knowlegable answering all our questions with impeccable English. We could not have asked for a better tour. We especially enjoyed our lunch and visit to ancient Ephesus. Thanks for a great Ephesus tour! And What a beautiful country!
Brynda and Charles Greer + Granddaughter Palmer Elizabeth
In October 2010 I co-led a group of 18 people from four cities in the USA on a pilgrimage in Turkey to explore "Ancient Echoes for Modern Pilgrims." We traveled in four regions of this beautiful country, and visited the following cities during our tour: Şanlıurfa (Urfa), Antakya, Tarsus, Cappadocia, Kayseri, Izmir, Kuşadası, Ephesus, Pergamon, Bursa, Nicaea and Istanbul. All arrangements were made through the auspices of Magical Steps Travel located in Izmir ( http://www.magical-steps.com ). Although our budget was modest, the Magical Steps staff exceeded every expectation. Their approach is warmly personal, and they did everything they could to accommodate our wishes. We had the good fortune to work with two guides provided through this agency. Behlül Dündar Satılmış was an archeologist and Süleyman Tıraşoğlu was a teacher prior to becoming guides. Their knowledge of Turkey is deep and far-ranging. Their attitude was helpful and respectful. Their command of English is impecable. Ditto for the Magical Steps staff who took a personal interest in our group every step of the way.
Ours was a spiritual journey. Most of us are members of United Church of Christ congregations in America. We were interested in listening for women's voices from the early church and exploring the Wisdom tradition of Christian spirituality. In addition we wanted to know more about recent scholarship regarding Saint Paul. We wanted to engage in interfaith dialogue in this Muslim culture, visit UCC-related schools and ministries and interact with Turkish people in ordinary settings. A tall order for any agency! But Magical Steps more than accommodated us. We even managed to attend an engagement party and a bachelor's party!
I have led other groups in Turkey, Spain and Morocco. I have worked with other travel agencies. I believe the advice we received from Magical Steps was always appropriate to our concerns. We chose four-star hotels whever possible and these were mostly Turkish. They were modest but well-located, with excellent service, accommodations and food. Travel within Turkey whether by air or bus was always comfortable, and we learned a great deal about the history, agriculture, industry, customs and practices of the people.
I have already begun to plan my next trip to Turkey, and I will turn first to Magical Steps! If you have any questions about this review, please feel free to contact me.
Rev Dr Gilbert "Budd" Friend-Jones
First Congregational Church (UCC)
461 Pierson Street,Crystal Lake, IL 60014 USA
+1-815-459-6010, ext. 11