We were extremely lucky to be guided by Begum Gencer though Ephesustours.biz who was one of the most recommended guides reviewed on the internet. She guided us on this most excellent day in Turkey. This is a country we would like to return to.
She told us a lot about Turkey and the places we visited in an open and friendly way. We were pleased to have chosen to travel in a group of only six, and travelled in style in a large luxury minibus with driver and Begum. The revolving front passenger seat for the guide was a nice touch and made communication on the move easier. The Ephesus Book for us to take away was a nice touch and a nice memento of the day.
Begum was very clear in her explanations and gave the right amount of detail, keeping the group together whilst allowing time for personal exploration.
Each part of the tour was excellent, this tour at the time we took it included a very good free lunch at Government Cooperative Carpet weaving school,after lunch we were shown the workers weaving and some of the finished carpets and given the opportunity to buy a carpet if we wished in a non pressured way. On our way back to the Port Begum gave us the opportunity to visit a pottery workshop or leather goods store explaining that these 2 outlets sponsored the tour and that we could choose if we wanted to visit one.. again no pressure… we chose to visit the Leather Factory… and were treated to a glass of Apple Tea on arrival and then a Fashion show of leather jackets, followed by a visit to the shop.
The leather coat fashion show was a little incongruous and Helen and others in our party couldn’t help laughing at the procession of models parading up and down the catwalk in front of the six of us. At over 1000 euro per coat we decided against buying one.