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For guests who Travel to Ephesus Area with their rent a car we can provide Guide Only services.Its a privilege that visiting Ephesus with a private guide and nobody can know Ephesus better than a local tour guide.This tour may start from Kusadasi, Izmir, Selcuk or Ephesus Area.
Cappadocia is the name of the large region in the central of Anatolia covers five cities of Turkey or more specifically a smaller triangular area Urgup to Avanos and to Nevsehir. The strange but beautiful formation of Cappadocia has had this appearance for millions of years. When the volcanoes in the region were active, the lava which poured out covered all previously formed hills and valleys forming a high plateau. this newly formed plateau consısts mainly of tufa and some rare layers of basalt. The destruction of the tufa and the basalt layers by erosion (heavy rains and melting snow in spring) and sharp temperature changes has continued for thousands of years and is still in process today. The basalt is less affected by erosion when compared to the tufa and has served as a protective cover. These rock formations called fairy chimneys. There are also lots of rock cut churches in Cappadocia. Walls of these churches were covered with beautiful frescoes date from the 11C and 12C. Most beautiful examples of the churches in Göreme Open Air Museum.
The most beautiful places worth to see in Cappadocia:
Kaymakli Underground CityAncient name was Enegup. Kaymakli people were built their homes around the underground city tunnels for security reason. Kaymakli underground city has 8 storey and 5000 peoples can live in it, 4 storey is open yet. The deepest point of the visit is under 20 meters. Kaymakli was built in around a main ventilation chimney. Ventilation system is so successful that not feel a problem even the fourth floor. Has all housing conditions for crowdy group temporary housing. There are rooms and halls connecting to each other with narrow corridor, wine tanks, water cistern, kitchen and food stores, ventilation chimneys, water wells, churches and large lock stones for any danger from out. Kaymaklı Underground City is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985.
Derinkuyu Underground CityThe underground city of Derinkuyu which means "deep well", like Kaymakli, is one of the largest. It was opened in 1965. It is 70-85 m / 230-300 ft deep with 53 airshafts. The original ventilation system still functions remarkably well. It is not recommended that visitors having problems of claustrophobia or restricted movement go inside since there are many passageways where one has to squat. The first two floors under the surface housed a missionary school with two long rock-cut tables, baptismal place, kitchens, storehouses, living quarters, wine cellars and stables. Third and fourth floors were for the tunnels, places to hide and armories. The last floors had water wells, hidden passageways, a church and graves.
Ihlara ValleyIhlara valley is a deep, narrow river gorge cut through the tufa by Melendiz River. The river running through the Ihlara valley at its lowest level is still contributing to the erosion of it. The valley runs for 20 km offering one of the most enjoyable trekking routes to the visitors. In the valley there are about 60 churches, monasteries and cells of anchorites. What makes the valley unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants.
Uchisar CastleThe view from the top of this extraordinary rock, with its height of 1350 meters above sea level is unforgettable as it offers a panoramic view of all of Cappadocia, including the magnificent Mount Erciyes.
Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley)This is a place to let your mind run free in a seemingly lunar landscape with rock formations that look like animals. The Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, has none of the cave churches, Byzantine frescoes or Roman citadel ruins that are famous throughout the rest of Cappadocia; but what it does have is an extraordinary landscape shaped by nature to make you laugh and wonder and explore. Between Avanos and Ürgüp, the valley is like a rock-formed zoo. Walk the trail and you'll see a landscape filled with snakes, camels, seals and dolphins and whatever else your mind chooses to make of the twisting curving rocks. Maybe even a dragon. There are also small fairy chimneys, the rock pillars so distinctive of Cappadocia.
Pasabag ValleyFormerly known as "Monks Valley", Pasabag is situated about 1 km from the Goreme-Avanos road. Many fairy chimneys with multiple sems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon, and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads.
Turkey (Türkiye), known officially as the Republic of Turkey (About this sound Türkiye Cumhuriyeti), is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and Thrace (Rumelia) in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe.
Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan (the exclave of Nakhchivan) and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast.
The Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus are to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. Separating Anatolia and Thrace are the Sea of Marmara and the Turkish Straits (the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles), which are commonly reckoned to delineate the boundary between Europe and Asia, thereby making Turkey a country of significant geostrategic importance. The predominant religion in Turkey is Islam. The official language is Turkish.
Turkey is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic, whose political system was established in 1923 under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, following the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I. Since then, Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organizations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, WEOG, OSCE and the G-20 major economies.
Although Turkey is situated in a geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, the diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts cause significant differences in climatic conditions between regions. While the coastal areas enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolian plateau experiences extremes of hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall.
Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the EEC since 1963, and having reached a customs union agreement in 1995. Turkey has also fostered close cultural, political, economic and industrial relations with the Eastern world, particularly with the rest of the Middle East and states of Central Asia, through membership in organizations such as the OIC and ECO. Turkey is classified as a developed country by the CIA and as a regional power by political scientists and economists worldwide.
Today there are 39 parks where rare species and their habitats are protected. Several species are at risk, including the northern bald eagle which is critically endangered. Once known as Cotton Castle, the white cliffs in Pamukkale in western Turkey are made of a calcium-rich mineral called travertine. The cliffs look like a sheet of ice covering a hillside from a distance.
Also Ephesus Ancient City is one of the populer place inTurkey. The antique city used to be the capital of Asia Minor; the most important commercial center of western Anatolia; one of the seven churches of Christianity in Asia Minor; the city where Saint Paul preached and stayed for his three years missionary.
With its hospitable people, relaxing beaches, worldwide-known wine and the historical heritages that remains protected and the last island Greece has taken from Ottoman Empire… Samos... Just 45 minutes away from Kusadasi, this island lays within the beauty of the nature and surrounded by the unique waters of Aegean Sea, and offers an unforgettable holiday for people of all ages…
Vathy,Hosting one of the three most important ports of the island, this city resides in the middle of the bay that is shaped like an Amphitheatre. After our 45 minutes of sailing, it is possible to have a sip from the first of cup of coffee in one of the cafés that you can find on the seaside, along which you can also take a lovely walk with the gentle morning breeze.
Pythagorion, Located just 14 km south of Vathy, this city that had taken its name in honor of the famous mathematician Pythagoras, is one of the main tourism centers. Pythagorion Port, which was built in Polycrates era, is known to be the oldest manmade port of the Mediterranean Area.
Icaria is one of the most gorgeous Greek islands. It is mountanious and quite inaccessible at some points with beautiful green valleys, wild falcons and some amazing beaches. In spite of being not a very touristic island, you can get basically everything in the island; water sports, nightlife, shops and car rentals. The people on the island live off fishing and farming, and many work on boats or are involved in tourism.
In general, Icaria is an island worth exploring, since it has some really nice little villages and beaches. In Ag Kirikos there is an archaeological museum. Therma is a health resort with radioactive hot wells, that many visit to be cured from various conditions, for example rheumatism or childlessness.
It can get quite busy here, since many Greeks from all over travel to Chios solely for the baths. The monastery Evaggelistrias is active, and open to visitors. In Kambos there is an archaeological museum with various artifacts from the excavations in the area. Here the ancient capital used to be. It was called Oinoe ("Wine") since the wineproduction was important here. . The Icarian wine has been produced and praised since antiquity. There is also an old monastery here called Theoctistis ("God-built"). In Nas you can see the ancient ruins from a temple dedicated to Artemis.
There are water sports on the island, and the snorkelling is also very good. Enjoy the hot bats in Therma and make excursions in the breathtaking nature. There are many nice, sandy beaches on the island. You can find quite a few totally isolate ones, but there are also more accessible beaches like Armenistis, Kambos and Evdilos.
Most taverns are in Agios Kirikos and Armenisti, and if you get tired of traditional Greek food there are also a few Italian places. Try the local wine - it has been produced since ancient years and is very good.
Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, most famous for being the location of both the vision of and the writing of the Christian Bible's Book of Revelation. It is an island of the beautiful environment, traditional white houses and crystal clear waters. It is also known as the “Island of the Apocalypse”. In 1999, the island's historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
“The Cave of the Apocalypse” is the sacred place where Saint Ioannis is said to hear the voice of God and wrote the Apocalypse. There is a cross in this cave, engraved by Saint Ioannis himself and also a rock with 3 cracks, from where it is believed that the God’s voice had come. Paying a visit to this cave is a unique and unforgettable experience.
The island’s capital is Chora. The city is built beneath the Monastery of St. John. Since the name “Chora” means “City” in Greek, it is actually a so common name to be found on Greek islands. Chora of Patmos is constantly called the Queen of All Chora’s, because of the monastery and the residences of the city is the strongest in the islands of Aegean Sea.
It doesn’t matter which direction you turn your heads to, it is certain that your eyes will stumble upon a historical building/place in the cities of Patmos.
Patmos Island also offers a wide range of restaurants and taverns, where you can experience the Greek Cuisine with a lovely island atmosphere. Also the famous Greek Ouzo can accompany your lovely traditional dinner.
In case one day is not enough to explore this island, accommodation is not a problem, at all. You can easily find a hotel, especially near the port, all along the beach, with sea view rooms to enjoy your stay, day and night.
Hallo! Wir sind am 12. 9.2012 von Bodrum aus mit Orcun Kamit und seinem Fahrer Erol zu dritt (eine Deutsche, zwei Amerikaner) nach Ephesus gefahren. Die Fahrt verging rasch und sehr angenehm, Orcun hat interessant, intelligent und sehr informiert über die heutige Türkei und die Geschichte der Region erzählt. Die Führung durch die Ruinen und die Terrassenhäuser von Ephesus war erstaunlich kurzweilig und wirklich erhellend. Alles in Allem, ein sehr lohnender Trip mit einem Guide, dem sein Beruf Spaß macht. Empfehlenswert!
“Muy lindo día en pamukkale”
Excelente guia , , yo personalmente tenía más expectativas sobre las piscinas pensé qe eran más profundas , el paisaje divino y las formaciones maravillosas, el agua tibia , pero pienso qe en alguna zona y de alguna manera deberían el hombre intervenir más , haciendo más seguro el trayecto dado a que entre qe si o si vas descalzo , con tus cosas a cuestas y por un terreno no muy seguro…. Quita un poco el disfrute y lo lindo qe es. En cuanto a la visita de la cudad de Hiriapolis muy bien explicado , muy linda y los qe se pudieron turar en parapente , fascinados , para mi no había viento jajaj
“EEN SUPER EXCURSIE NAAR EFEZE”
Een paar weken geleden ben ik samen met mijn moeder naar Kusadasi geweest. We hadden een excursie bij Barel Reizen naar Efeze geboekt. We werden keurig op tijd bij het hotel opgehaald. Wij kregen Ozlem als gids. Bij deze wil ik Ozlem erg bedanken. Zij spreekt vloeiend engels en weet veel over de geschiedenis van Efeze te vertellen. Ozlem kon het zo vertellen, dat het leek dat ik 3500 jaar voor ch. leefde. In de grote vakantie gaan wij terug en dan gaan wij zeker weer een excursie bij Barel Reizen boeken, maar ik hoop wel dat wij Ozlem als gids krijgen.
Marij en Libelle.
“a superb guide”
We spent 4 days in kasudasi in May 2012 and had the very good fortune of having a wonderful guide named mehmet He was very well informed his english was excellent> But more. He was charming and engaging.Ask for him he was superb.
“Great tour in Cappadocia!”
My Wife and I had a wonderful time visiting Cappadocia this year. Our tour guide, Orcun Kamit, made our experience in Cappadocia an amazing experience. We were very happy with our experience with Barel Travel Tours, and recommend them highly to anyone visiting Turkey.
“Top Guide for Ephesus”
Any trip to Ephesus and its surrounding impressive sites would be enhanced greatly by Orcan Kamit of Berel Day Tours as your guide. He is knowledgable, articulate and able to contour to your sightseeing needs. He makes antiquity spring alive.
“Trip to Ephesus”
Hi, my name is Kremena. W e was on holiday in Kusadasi and we was on trip to Ephesus with Barel Travel.I want to thank our tour guide. He was perfect. Everything was impressive.
We saw the ancient city, our guide told us the whole story in detail with great detail and it is very fascinating. The trip was wonderful and transport there.
Strongly recommend Barel Travel to anyone who has not gone to Ephesus. You will spend an unforgettable day!!!
Thanks to Barel Travel !!!
“Best guided tour in Turkey”
We have just visited the best ancient ruins in Turkey. We started from sirance and our guide Nilgun Boz from Barel Travel Tours is very experienced and knowledgeable in everything about Turkey and also about ancient Roman history. She made our trip most worthwhile and we definitely would engage her services again. She s most helpful and made our trip most memorable.
“Trip of a lifetime with my Dad & Nilgun Boz as our tour guide!”
My father and I toured Turkey in June, 2012. Nilgun at Barel Day Tour was our tour guide for about five days in several different locales, including Ephesus. We found her knowledge of each cultural site comprehensive. Her grasp of the English language was strong. She was very personable and welcomed questions. She was a wealth of knowledge, but in the rare instances she was not sure about an answer, she said so. Then she would research and respond the next day. In short, my father and I very much enjoyed our trip of a lifetime and Nilgun help make these memories complete. She is a professional!
Indiana House of Representatives
“time of my life”
I took my family to turkey summer 2012 not expecting to find such a lovely area(Ephesus). the first day we arrived i was introduced to an amazing young lady called nilgun by barel day tours, which made my trip so fun by showing me all these beautiful sights with so much activities to do yet made my trip so knowledgeable by explaining the historic side of things which made me want to see a whole lot more of turkey and its mesmerizing sights . I will be recommending Ephesus and this agency to my friends and everyone else as i have been to many destinations but none as fascinating as here i could picture the past in my mind as it was explained in such fine detail. i thank barel day tours and my tour guide nilgun for making my stay in turkey amazing i will be back next summer
“excellent tour in Ephesus”
Hi, this summer we spent our holidays in the Bodrum region of Turkey with our kids (aged 7 and 1 year). Together with friends we decided to visit Ephesus, which we booked from Barel Tours. They organised a very interesting tour to the gorgeous sights you find in Ephesus itself as well as Meryem Ana (Virgin Mary’s House). Our tour guide called Orcun gave detailed information about the excavations and the historical background and answered all our questions patiently. He is not only great fun, but also very amiable and ready to help, which was more than necessary with two kids of this age. We really enjoyed the trip and definitely recommand Barel Tours.
Esin Newald, Vienna/Austria
“Perfect Choice for Cruise Passengers”
I can not imagine a more enjoyable way to explore the Ancient ruins available from the Kusadasi cruise port. Orcun picked us up exactly on time in a Mercedes mini-van with a polite and safe driver. We got to Ephesus ahead of all the cruise passengers and were the first visitors of the day in the amazing Terrace Houses there. We learned about the history, architecture and even Biblical tie-ins. The guide was the perfect combination of providing information and giving us a little free time to explore.
After Ephesus, we enjoyed the museum and a delightful lunch. It was great to eat at a local place; the food was superb and it felt really authentic. At each stop, we learned more, but always had a chance to wander and shop, ask questions and marvel. Orcun was excellent at sensing when we wanted to get moving, and when we wanted to know more. We were never pressured to purchase anything, unlike what we heard from friends who took other tours.
This company is the height of professionalism, and the day exceeded my expectations in every day.
“Ephesus and Pamukkale with Nilgun Boz”
We were in Turkey for our honeymoon in April 2013
We had Nilgun Boz as our guide for two days and I must say that she is the best guide.
She helped us in each and every way and her knowledge of history of Turkey is amazing
We shared a good comfort level with her. She explained everything in so much details that no one guide did whom we came across
If you want a perfect holiday I suggest Nilgun Boz as your perfect guide *****
She is a true proffesional.
Toured Ephesus and pamukkale with these guys because we wanted a more personal experience rather than one of the bigger groups. The vehicles was very nice and the tour guide knowledegable and friendly. Very good service no complaints.
“Perfect Attention to Detail”
We were met at Kayseri Airport by our wonderful guide Esra. As soon as we were greeted & walked away to the Mercedes private van booked for us, we were friends instantly. Esra was patient, extremely knowledgeable not just of the tour but of every detail that effected the sites. She was cautious in forewarning how long the walking tours would take, possible incidents. However, when we had a slight slip down a few stairs, Esra was patient even as a medic. Safety being her first priority, she made sure we had the best medical care to ensure we were fine to proceed, rearranged our program for the sake of walking convenience. The driver was also a very kind and caring person. While we were at Pammukale, Esra’s contacts & her personality dealing with the staff working at hot springs, gave us the best care & service we could not dream of asking for. We parted with tears in our eyes while we left Pammukale & would definitely visit Turkey again and look at it through Esra’s eyes….
“Best decision we made was to use Barel Travel for our tour of Ephesus and beyond!”
My family and I are visiting Turkey this summer, and part of our trip included a few days in Kusadasi in order to visit Ephesus, etc. We liked the idea of a personal tour guide and with help from our hotel (Doubletree in Kusadasi) we learned about Barel Travel.
We were met in the morning by the best tour guide in Turkey, named Raife. We really enjoyed meeting and getting to know Raife. She was extremely knowledgeable about Ephesus and the other places we toured (House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John) and also about Turkey. We learned so many new things about a country we have quickly come to love and appreciate.
We have taken other guided tours in Turkey but this one was by far the best. If you’re planning to visit the area and want to work with a company that uses modern and reliable vehicles, safe drivers, and provide tour guides like Raife, look no further than Barel Travel.
“Strongly recommended Barel Travel Day Tours”
Friendly and knowledgable, the guide from Barel Travel made the rich history of Kusadasi come alive… We met him just as we arrived in Kusadasi. He served us hot apple tea, made our dinner reservation and familiarized us with the neighborhood. The next day, we were able to see so many sights with him in a shorter amount of time than it would have taken on our own. His love of history and his knowledge of his country’s culture and traditions provided so much insight. He genuinely cared that we had a wonderful, safe trip and helped us for the duration of our stay whether we had hired him for that day or not. Most importantly, we had a friend in Turkey and a friend for life.
I highly recommend them.
“Personal and informative”
I went to Kusadasi this past summer, and chose Barel Travel for my tours. I had Orcun as a guide and he was very good. A very friendly and personalized experience over and above what I had expected. I would certainly recommend Barel especially if you’re looking for nice individualized treatment rather than just being lumped in with a huge group like you get with some other tour companies.
Visited turkey for the first time..used this travel company for various cities in turkey. In Izmir had Ozlem for a private guide. Ozlem was extremely knowledgable and very patient. My parents and brother also cane along. Ozlem speaks great English, very personable, and very patient. Can see her true passion with being a tour guide. Highly recommended by me..I have used many tour guide companies in past and this one trumps all bc of it’s guides!
There are no words for how amazing our tour was. I was with a group and Ozlem was the most incredible tour guide ever! She pointed out every little detail and answered all of our questions. She was very enthusiastic and her love for the culture made us love it even more. I am truly thankful for her as she made this a trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. She put a story behind everything we saw and made it memorable. I would recommend her and this tour to anyone and everyone!
“Wonderful Tour Guide”
When I arrived in Turkey our guide Ozlem greeted us at the airport. She stayed with us the entire trip of three weeks in Turkey. She really knew her stuff and answered all my questions. When she didn’t have an answer she went and asked or looked it up. She was very accommodating to my needs. I have allergies and she helped me find food I could eat. At one point i get very ill and she was so nice and helpful and made sure I could see the sights I wanted even when I was ill. We never learn about Turkey in history. Going to this country is like walking through history. Ozlem really added to that experience. Could not have asked for a better guide for my experience and learning.
I absolutely loved my time in Turkey and Greece. Our tour guides Ozlem and Gulden were amazing. They were full of knowledge and love for their country. They spoke excellent english and really knew how to cater to a group of 40 college students. I will never forget my time in these amazing countries and if I ever get a chance to see them again, I will contact Barel Travel without a second thought.
“Trip of a Lifetime!!”
After many of my travels around the world, I would say this has been by far the best! The insight and knowledge I gained, the well planned sights, and the friendly guides made it the trip of a lifetime! I had the pleasure of having Özlem and Gulden as my guides and they were not only extremely thorough in their knowledge, but also some of the kindest people I’ve met! They were not only the best tour guides I’ve had, but became good friends. I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a good time with great people!
“Will definitely be back!”
My time in Turkey was one that cannot be topped! We were greeted at the airport by the owner of Barel Travel and our guide Ozlem, and from there on out Ozlem did not leave our side for the duration of the trip. Our guides, Ozlem and Gulden, were two of the most knowledgable,happy, and fun people I have ever met. I am truly convinced my month in that country would not have been the same without them. I was amazed at the amount of history that they knew at each and every sight, and had no problem answering questions! Also the fact that they dealt with 40 young adults for an entire month happily, says a lot about them! Plus their english is fantastic! I have never been so attached to guides and I know I have two friends for life!
“The best month abroad”
I spent an entire month abroad traveling through Turkey and Greece and let me say it was one of the best experiences of my life. My groups Tour guides Ozlem and Gulden were among the finest. They truly know their history of both Turkey and Greece and everything in between. Their bright smiling faces and personalities helped us all to connect and become good friends in the end. When we had questions they answered without a blink of an eye. These ladies truly made this experience come alive for me and I’m so grateful that they helped me to picture not only the ancient ruins we visited, but helped me to imagine them thriving with the people that occupied them long ago. Thanks Barel for making my experience one for the books!
“Ephesus Tour with Barel Travel”
We had a Mediterranean cruise last year– while looking for a tour there, I was impressed with the reviews of Barel Travel. We chose this tour agency and I am so happy that we did! We had a wonderful tour with our guide Raife — her English was perfect and she was absolutely delightful. Our tour to the amazing ruins of Ephesus was outstanding — we made memories that will last a lifetime — and we have the pictures to cherish. Our driver was very safe and considerate — the tour was perfect in everyway. We want to go back — we will go back — we will use Barel Travel for our next cruise excursions again.
“Amazing Ephesus by Barel. ”
If you need to book any excursion in the area, this is the agency to go; Barel Travel. The trip I’ve been on through them was full of fun, entertaining and all-round great day out. We joined at “Ephesus Tour ” which was included in Virgin Mary house, Temple of Artemis and Terrace houses. The most amazing part was the Library of Celsus founded in 10th century BC it is still standing, incredible. Highly recommend Barel Travel which worths all your money besides they are much cheaper than on board. Thank you so much. !
“Can’t be better”
We chose to set up our own private tour instead of using the cruise line tour and it was true choice. We would highly recommend Barel Travel private tours. Well priced and very informative and personalized tour. We had our own group of 4 and would say it is the only way we would do it again. Have done big bus tours before and this is so much better. You can hear, ask questions and be more flexible with the itinerary with Barel Travel.
When you visit Turkey one of the things you must see is Ephesus, perfectly bookable with Barel Travel Day Tours, ask for Özlem as your guide. Her english is excellent and she knows a lot about the history of Ephesus.