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Testimonials for Ephesus Tours

    What some of our guests said after their tours...
Dear Mr. Gur,

Thank you so much for the wonderful services we received from your company while in Turkey. We all enjoyed our time in your country very much and would certainly recommend your company to anyone considering visiting Turkey. Thank you again for making our time in Turkey so enjoyable.

Sincerely, Karl Schilling

Hi Atinc,

I just would like to say, that the tour was great, and really worthwhile. Everything went perfect, and we really appreciate everything you guys did for us, including meeting us at the pier. Thanks for everything; I will definitely recommend you to all my family and friends who will be in that area. Thanks again.

Mark and Aneta Mattei

Dear Atinc,

We had a WONDERFUL time visiting Ephesus with Mehmet., and want to thank you so much for an outstanding experience. Mehmet is a true gentleman, and very knowledgeable. We all enjoyed his company and his guidance. He brought so much information to our outing, and we couldn't have asked for more! The van was clean and comfortable, and we appreciated the cold water that you provided, too.

We loved Kusadasi, and Ephesus was a highlight of our vacation. We hope to come back and see more of Turkey.

Thanks again, and if you ever need a reference, we'd be happy to give your company an A+ perfect rating.

Roberta Galler and family

Dear Meander Travel,

We were very happy the Galaxy was able to visit Kusadasi on our recent cruise. We had a wonderful day in your beautiful country - it was the highlight of our trip.

I would also like to commend Hakan Edirne, our tour guide, who was not only knowledgeable and professional but very friendly and personable - it was a treat to spend the day with him. 

I will recommend Hakan and Meander to anyone who may be visiting Turkey in the future. We will definitely return!

Steve Johnston

Ciao da Marina

I would like to thank your organization since we have had wonderful services
both in Kusadasi and in Istanbul and the guides (bessim and yussuf/giuseppe) were really nice and cuty.

Thank you for the good service and i hope to work with you again

Ciao Marina


We booked a tour with your company and would like you to know that we 
were extremely pleased with our guide Hakan Edirne and driver Barrett! 
My friend is in a wheelchair and both of these men were so kind and 
helpful. We thank them for making our visit so memorable!!

Linda Kay

Dear Atinc, 

First of all, I must tell you, that of all of the 23 days we spent in Europe, my friends and I found the tours with your company, to be the very best days we had. Your guide, Kasem in Istanbul was wonderful and we learned so much about Istanbul and the history, of Turkey. Ozan, however was beyond words. He was just fabulous. This man is so extremely knowledgeable, he spoke English like an American, and what we have learned from him is still floating around in our minds. We get together and watch the videos of him talking and are still trying to absorb all the information he gave us. He left us with a totally new wonderful feeling about your country, and we all want to return. 

Each of the 6 couples in our group are highly recommending Meander travel to our friends and to anyone else we can tell about you. I am so happy I found out about you on cruise critic and I am posting a four star recommendation on there too.

Merhaba Atinc Gur,

I just wanted to say thanks for helping out with arranging this tour. Our mini-bus driver and certainly our tour guide were excellent. We really enjoyed ourselves and if I bring others to Turkey to see Ephesus, we will certainly use your company again and I will recommend your company to everyone I know who will visit.

Tesekkur ederim,


Dear Atinc, 

It was nice speaking with you. Thank you for helping us make this payment. We are happy to do business with you and look forward to our group coming to Turkey. 

Have a great day!


Our guide, Serdar, did a wonderful job. He was very informative, and adapted our tour to accommodate all of our interests.

The tour and transfer assistance brought our vacation to a very enjoyable, safe and worry-free conclusion.

Again, we appreciate your assistance.

Steve Cortese

Hello Atinc Gur,

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour on May 17, 2006 of the Virgin Mary house and Ephesus. Our guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. Thank you again for a very enjoyable time in Turkey.

Best Regards,
Elizabeth & Daniel Anderson

Dear Atinc,

After all our correspondence over the internet, I was so happy to finally meet you in person at the boat dock in Kusadasi. It was a most pleasant surprise to have you take time from your busy day to greet my cousin Helen, and me in person, and we certainly appreciated the warm welcome. 

From the moment we arrived, the day was just so perfect that I cannot find the words to express how much we enjoyed our visit. I am not sure what I expected Turkey to be like, but seeing the very modern and very large city of Kusadasi was a beautiful sight and a great omen of things to come. First you personally met us at the boat, then you brought us right through customs without our having to wait in line, and I thought "nothing could be better than this!" When you escorted us out to the personal van, complete with a private guide and driver, I have never felt so special! Our driver, Dogen and our guide, Cana Ceylan Dedeoglu gave us an absolutely wonderful tour - more than we had ever expected. They were so patient with us in answering all our questions, and certainly helped us to appreciate the history that we have all inherited through the great city of Ephesus. Our day that had started out so wonderful, just kept getting better!

Because of the personal tour, we were able to explore the ruins at our own pace, and not miss a word from Cana with regard to the history. Cana is not only a beautiful girl, but very intelligent and a pleasure to be with. At the end of each tour, The Ancient City of Ephesus, the Basilica of St. John, and the Museum, Dogen was always waiting and ready for our next activity. They were an excellent team! The tour of the rug making company (complete with lunch) was a great bonus and helped us to even more appreciate the fine rugs that are made in Turkey. 

Thank you so much for all you have done for us - the day truly was a dream come true!


Hello Atinc,

Although we did not make formal arrangements with you prior to getting to Kusadasi, I want to thank you for helping us arrange a tour of Ephesus on such short notice. As we disembarked our ship, I asked several other tour guides if they knew of you. I was surprised that you found us. I feel forunate to have met you. Additionally, I want to thank you for making tour arrangements for the 'Sealove' group in Istanbul. Our tour guide was excellent.

I have friends traveling to Kudasi and I will provide them your name and contact information. Please feel free to use me as a reference for your services. 

Best Regards,
Brent Speer

We want to thank you for all of your time and effort in helping us make our arrangements. We really appreciate your help and look forward to our tour with you on July 5. Thank you again.

Jerry and Janet Fish


We had a wonderful tour and Rose was great. The children had a great time. It was very nice meeting all of you. Thank you again.

Pamela Fruitman


We are sorry to have taken so long to send you our thanks for the absolutely wonderful visit we had in Turkey. I lost the paper where I had written the name of our guide -- I believe it was Barak -- he was so friendly and made us feely truly welcome. I have always been a fan of ruins and old civilizations, so I was particularly looking forward to our visit to Ephesus. I was not disappointed -- he was a superb guide and gave us a thoroughly fascinating tour. It was a very special experience to walk on roads and sit in a theater and get a glimpse of the way a thriving populace lived their lives two thousand years ago. I was looking at our pictures last night, and the beauty of the day came back to me. And we own much of our great experience to Barak who made it come alive for us. We all enjoyed every stop during the day including our lovely lunch, but especially our visit to the carpet makers. It was absolutely unique experience, and one we will long remember. We can't wait for our lovely new run to arrive. Many thanks to your organization and to Barak for making our short visit truly to Turkey so memorable.

Roger Danforth, Richard Termine, Marie Termine & Colin Danforth-Termine

Mr. Gur,

We had a fantastic tour with Meandar Travel. They met us at Kusadasi and we visited Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and House of Mary. Our guide was Olif and she was FANTASTIC. Very knowledgable, excellent English, very pleasant, very kind. Really liked her. We talked about more than just the ruins and I really appreciated her insights about Turkey and its people. We really learned a lot that day. She kept us on a perfect pace so we saw everything but were not rushed. And she took great photos of me and my son. My son and I have fond memories now of Turkey and Kusadasi. This tour was one of the highlights of our vacation. Thanks for helping me arrange this. And please give my kind regards to Olif; and give her a raise, she is excellent!. Bye for now. 

Best Regards,
John Tarsha

I just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time. We are so glad we took the tour with you and our guide was wonderful. Thank you so much!


Hi Atinc

I just wanted to thank you and your company for a very enjoyable and memorable tour. Everything went extremely well, you meet us on time, your transportation was excellent and your tour guide WAS FANTASTIC. The 6 of us, had a great day visiting the sites and we definitely left Turkey with great memories.

Thanks again for a fantastic day and please pass this on to our tour guide.

Please feel free to use me as a reference.
Marty van Gaal

Dear Mr Gur

We are now home from our extended trip and I want to thank you for the arrangements you made. Most of all, I want to compliment your tour guide Elif. She was superb.Her knowledge, presentation and demeanor were both warm and professional. She was a delightful person and made our day truly special.
Elif is a credit to your organization.


We had a wonderful vacation and of course the highlight was our day with Meander travel. I wanted to send this picture "attached" for you to give to our wonderful guide. I will be making my comments on cruise critic soon. I have been really busy since we returned. We hope to visit again one day.

Cheers, Kelly Edge

Just wanted to send you a note of thanks for an excellent guide and driver/coach today. The group (and I) were very impressed with the guide's knowledge, friendliness, assistance and experience. The guide was one of the best I've had over 15 years of group travel. Again, thank you for taking care of our group so well - it really made a great day for all. I would not hesitate to call you again to assist us with our group planning in Turkey.

Thank you again,
Yakov Stevens

Mr. Gur:

As arranged by you, we toured Istanbul. We managed to have two new friends to join us. 

All five of us had wonderful time in Istanbul. Our guide Mr. Erkut Deviren and the driver were both very professional and polite. We were particularly impressed with Mr. Deviren's knowledge on the history, the city and his professionalism. We were also delighted to have an opportunity to taste the delicious Turkey food at the lunch time. We just regret we didn't have more time to stay in Istanbul.

Turkey is a wonderful country. Certainly it is a place we would like to visit again.

Thank you again for your hospitality.

Best Regards,
John Huang

Dear Atinc Gur,

I feel I must express my delight at the tour we booked through yourselves. The minibus was immaculately clean and our guide Hakan was waiting for us at the agreed time. He was informative and very interesting . Even my teenage children found it a fantastic tour. The Terrace houses were breathtaking and I'm sure I'll return to the region for another visit in the near future. Please pass my thanks on to the driver and the guide. My mother aged 79 said it was the best excursion she had ever had and that it enriched her holiday.
Would you please pass a message to our guide Hakan if at all possible. The I Claudius Series DVD and Video is available on It is a site he should be a little cautious with but I have made purchases before and been happy.

Many Thanks
Maureen Hanton

I am writing to thank you for selecting Hakan as the guide for our tour. He is exceptional. He helped us understand the community of Ephesus and present day Turkey. In fact, I am sure we are listening to the reports of the Pope's visit today with a little more  understanding than before our visit.

From our initial correspondence to the completion of the tour, Meander Travel has handled all arrangements in a professional manner. I was impressed with your attention to detail, pacing the visit to include Sirince and the carpet demonstration. At the beginning of the tour Hakan had asked how we located your agency. I wanted you to know that I read tourist comments on cruise review sites as well other tourist sites before contacting you by email. I first visited Meander Travel and then selected the Ephesus tours. I was impressed that you had already included a tour including the Terrace Houses. I can only speak for myself, but I will make an effort to post comments regarding our tour on the cruise review sites and share my impression of your company with David Llewellyn and Joni Lunsford at Royal Celebrity Tours.

Thank you again.
Helen Burford

Hi Mr. Atinc Gur

Gordon and I would like to thank you for an incredible day in Kusadasi. The guide and driver were so knowledgeable and we could tell they cared about making our day the best it could be. We saw so much, learned so much and felt very safe and secure. 

I have done several postings on the "Cruise Critic" web site recommending Meander Travel highly so that other people can find out about your Company and have as great an experience as we did. 

Sandra & Gordon Kyle
Victoria, Canada

Iwould like to Commend you on your Istanbul Tour that I arranged with Atinc Gur for 18th May 2007. I can only thank you for such a good tour. We had a very good Driver in Ayhaan and a wonderful guide called Aisha who took us to all the sites as suggested on the tour. My dad was wheelchair bound and we were very impressed with the size of bus 
you supplied. Aayhaan was very good with Dad and helped him in and out of the bus. Aisha took us round and explained all the things we saw. She helped Dad in his chair when he could not get into the blue mosque. And stayed with him after telling us what to look for in the San Sophia Mosque upstairs. She found the disabled loos in the Topkapi Palace. I congratulate you on giving such a good service and special thanks to Aisha 
and Aayhaan who made this trip memorable and so easy. I have recommended you on trip advisor and Cruise critic and if we can use your services again we will be in touch. Thanks again.

Lesley Waller

My wife Diane and I along with some friends we met on the Grand Princess cruise took your tour of Ephesus with guide Ali a week or so ago. We want you to know that we considered this the highlight of our trip. Ali was a super guide and covered everything we wanted to see and was very informative and easy for us to understand.

Mike & Diane Howard

Hi Atinc! just wanted to let you know that our tour on june 6 was absolutely PERFECT! Cannot thank you enough... the driver and the guide and the van were excellent... we had a blast...

Thanks, man!!!

I just wanted to write a note that we think Ferzan Izmiri was a wonderful guide for our private tour of Ephesus. She was knowledgeable, understandable and had a great sense of humor. I would strongly recommend her, especial for American groups because she had a good understanding of American culture. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Please forward our comments to Ferzan and you may also forward our e-mail address.

Thank you
Molly Jasper

Our Ephesus and St. Mary's tour was the highlight of our trip, and our guide, Elif Serbester, was the reason the tour was so wonderful. She is a lovely lady who really knows not only all of the important information about what she is showing but also knows how to determine the interests of her clients and tailor the tour accordingly.

We're really happy we chose your company.

Terry Buckley

Dear Atinc Gur,

I wanted to thank you and your company for a WONDERFUL day in Ephesus on July 4. Our guide, Hakan Edirne, was EXCELLENT and we enjoyed his commentary on all the sights we visited. He was also a very kind and nice individual and I would be happy to recommend your company and his services to anyone that needs help in Turkey.

Thank you for your assistance in making this day one of the favorite days spent on our trip.

Best regards,
Sue Hanson

Hi Atinc,

We just got back from the cruise. I just want to let you know we enjoy the tour very much.

Thanks you!

I wanted you to know that our group was extremely happy with our tour to Ephesus last week. It was one of the best guided tours I've experienced. Hakeem was wonderful: very knowledgeable with a great personality. Please extend our thanks to him. The restaurant he recommended to us for lunch was great! I will certainly post our recommendations on Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic.

Thank you.
Mary Ellen Finucan

Dear Mr Gur, 

My husband and I and our friends recently returned from our trip to the Mediterranean and from our visit to Ephesus. We want to thank you for your choice of a wonderful guide for us on September 5th. I believe the name of our guide was Hakan ( please forgive me if I have his name incorrect). 

We were very impressed with him and his knowledge and helpfulness. He was so kind to me, in particular, as I have to walk with a cane. He made sure that there were places for me to sit whenever possible and took care to make the tour as easy as he could. He was very knowledgeable about Ephesus and Biblical history and that made the tour so interesting for us. We all think that Ephesus was one of our favorite places on our trip and Hakan was certainly our favorite guide.

Please thank Hakan for us and tell him we are very grateful for all he did for us. We will certainly recommend your company to anyone we know needing a guide in Turkey. 

Thank you,
Dorothy and John Cowling and Merle and Marlene Deimert.

Thank you so much Meander Travel for the amazing and emotional tour of Ephesus. All of us travel extensively and have taken many tours. The 14 of us agreed that Hakan Edirne was our best tour guide ever, an incredibly thorough, knowledgeable and warm young man-a credit to your company. His family stories and experiences and respect for every place we visited was evident and to be part of this kept our interest and added dimension to our visit.

We have all agreed that we will return to Turkey because of this tour. Most of us were apprehensive about visiting Turkey. Now, we will recommend your country and company to all our friends. Out of the 16 days 14 of us spent in Europe (Greece, Italy, Croatia) this day was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip. We felt we were back in a college classroom being given important information by the most likeable and interesting professor while walking through these incredible historical places. We didn't want the day to end.

Also, of all the tours we took, Hakan was the only one on time, with a microphone so he could be heard and he stood the whole time and seemed truly interested in what he was saying. The bus was comfortable, clean and the driver exceptional.

Once again, thank you. We have all your information and will give it to our friends who may be traveling in your country.

Rita Hubbard


It was GREAT meeting you! Your guys were FABULOUS and we ALL enjoyed our trip thoroughly! Now - back to the real world - we just got back last night at 11:00 pm!

Thanks again for a great trip and I will recommend your company to other cruisers!

Julie Wong

Atinc Bey: 

We just finished our tour with Nahide and Matin. It was a great, great trip!!! Our only regret is that we do not have more days in Turkey.

Thank you for organizing this at the last minute. We look forward to doing more business with Meander Travel in the future. Please feel free to use me as a reference.

All the best. Scott Trost


We had a good time at Istanbul and Kusadasi. The tour guides (Esra, Salma and Nahide) were very professional, friendly and helpful. We learned a lot about the cultural and historical background. The coaches were comfortable. Drivers were very experienced. Definitely, we would recommend friends to contact you for future tours.

Take care.

Just a short note to tell you what a great job our tour guide did. We had a wonderful time, the van, tours and food were all excellent. I will inform anyone I here of headed your way about your services. Thank you so much for a great time.


Dear Atinc Gur,

I just want to thank you for all your help. Your tour meet and exceeded all our expectations. Your tour guide was exceptional and her knowledge and English communications made this tour very memorable. You will come highly recommended in my book.

Thanks again,
Sanford Sing

I just wanted to write to give you feedback on our tour and our tour guide, Hakan Edirne. My husband and I and another couple enjoyed a half day tour of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, and the Temple of Artemis with Meander and Hakan. We were passengers of the Emerald Princess, and were picked up by Hakan and the bus driver at the 
port. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the area, and the comfort of the mini-bus that transported us. As a tour guide, we could not have had a better one than Hakan. His very pleasant personality and patience were without compare. In addition, his level of knowledge was the best. He made the sharing of his knowledge of the site and the history very, very enjoyable, and made it all one complete package. We especially enjoyed the terrace houses and Hakan's detailed knowledge of those. We definitely wished we had a full day tour in order to enjoy the ruins more completely. Booking our tour through Meander was definitely one of the best things we did on our whole trip through Europe and the Mediterranean. As I already mentioned, the tour bus was extremely comfortable, and having a mini-bus for the 4 of us made us very happy. And the price was very good.
I intend to write a review for one of the many travel websites, but just have not been able to complete it yet. I will definitely give very high marks to Meander and Hakan. If we are fortunate enough to travel to the area again, we will definitely book with Meander again, for both Ephesus and Istanbul - and will request Hakan as our tour guide for Ephesus.

Nancy Kendrick

Both our Patmos and Ephesus tours were great! The guides were excellent and we enjoyed our time in both places - even though it was brief.

Barbara Kershner Daniel


I want to thank you for the excellent service you provided my group. All of the guides were very professional, very knowledgeable, and very courteous. I would not hesitate to refer more people to you.

Kindest regards,
Richard Speer

Please excuse me for my delay in thanking you for the excellent job your team has done for us.

Our people, at the end of their tour and even after coming back to Japan, say that Turkey gave them more strong impression (good memories) than Greece.

It does not mean at all that Greek part had missed something, on the contrary, the tour was very professionally well organized.

Thanks for a wonderful tour. It was well worth having a private tour to see the Terrace Houses.

Thank you for all your help.

Terri Madsen

Dear Atinc Gur,

I would like to thank you for a wonderful tour. Our guide Bulent Orkus was outstanding. Bulent, made the day! 

We will highly recommend your company to our friends

Thanks again
Lynn and Peggy Donaldson


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