With our daughter-in-law’s help and our own search online, we found this company which actually provides tours for the disabled. The whole Ephesus tour from Kusadasi was better and more than expected. For example, they provided us not only a wheelchair-accessible van but also an extra wheelchair for me just in case I might need it. And indeed, I needed it because of my weak knees! Our guide, Taylan, such a great person whose manners, knowledge and thoughtfulness made our trip much more memorable. Worth mentioning is that they, without our request, also assigned an assistant to us without charge. The assistant, Hasan, such a godsend, didn’t speak much English but that did not for a bit affect his gentle and tentative service to us.
Thanks to this company and the services they provided us, we had our dream trip come true!]]>
We had done some search online and realized that there would be so many places worth visiting and we had wanted to see as many places as possible within 2 weeks of our holidays. So we got the contact info of the travel company from which my friend had booked their trip to Turkey. After many emails and calls back and forth, the company had designed a trip of Turkey to meet our needs which included 3 private tours, Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul, Ephesus Tour from Kusadası, and Cappadocia tour.
We stayed 3 days in Istanbul visiting first Blues Mosque, Aya Sophia Palace, Grand Bazaar for shopping as well as a Bosphorus boat trip. We also visited most places of Jewish heritage such as Galata Quarter, a 4-century-old Jewish neighborhood, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Zulfaris Synagogue which has served as the Museum of Turkish Jews since 2001, Ahrida Synagogue known foremost by its 20-foot long boat-shaped tevah and theJewish Cemetery.
Our guide then flew with us from Istanbul to Izmir from where we went to Kusadasi by a very comfortable Mercedes van to Kusadasi which was our base for the next 4 days. We had a great experience one-day tour in Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis. The next day we kind of slowed down our pace; we visited Kirazli village for its famous organic farming where we actually picked Cherry and enjoyed a relaxing day living village life and having local village meals. On the third day we headed for one-day Pamukkale tour, the round trip took about 7 hours which was a bit time-consuming and tiring although the whole trip was great. Thanks to our next program, visiting Sirince village, we not only had a great time walking around this old Greek village and testing numerous locally produced fruit wines but also felt replenished .
The last 4 days of our holidays were spent in Cappadocia. Hot air balloon trip was just awesome; we videoed the breath-taking views overlooking the whole Cappadocia. In Kayseri we went to a 100-year-old Turkish bath and the massage made us feel like reborn again! No wonder Turkish bath has been famous and popular. In Goreme we lived in a hotel which was a real cave for Christians who had fled from the persecution by Muslims in the history. Those underground cities, some of them 7 floors deep, were developed so modern considering very limited technology and equipment there were when they were built.
This was a tour of Turkey in a lifetime! So many thanks to our guide Mr. Selcuk who accompanied us from day 1 till the end and many drivers ( my apology for not being able to remember their names) in different places.]]>
After searching online, we decided to book a private tour fort he Spring which would save us time and troubles planning the trip ourselves. The whole tour was private, especially the part of Ephesus tour from Kusadasi, and was awesome and extremely memorable. Here is my and wife’s appreciation for your having provided us such a great travel experience in Turkey.
Everything in Ephesus and Kusadasi was exciting and Cansu was spectacular. Highly recommended! This tour was beyond our expectations.
I would go back and do the same tour all over again. the amount of history, customs and real life experiences we recieved made it a very special day. If you go to Turkey we highly recommend using this company. “Awesome!!”]]>
Ancient Ephesus was very impressive. A very nice Roman city with lots of details still viewable. Walking over the ancient Roman road was very nice. Because the site is very well-known, is is quit busy. Ephesus is simply breathtaking. I had no idea what to expect but especially the facade of the library took my breath away. The house of the virgin Mary was one of the more inspiring religious sites that I have been to.]]>