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Old 08-28-2009, 04:39 PM
Hank Hank is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Glad you got your tour all arranged. When Hello Ephesus seemed to appear out of nowhere last winter, I was very skeptical and would not recommend them to anyone. In fact, when we took our most recent trip we used EKOL although they were a bit more expensive. However, after seeing dozens of postive reviews of Hello Ephesus they seem to have created some real competition, We are also now aware that some of the guides used by Hello Ephesus are also used by EKOL. Both companies have some full-time guides, but they both also use independent guides when they need extra help. It is quite an operation in the small port of Kusadasi where they now get more than 1000 cruise ships a year. We think the Turks and port folks in Kusadasi deserve a lot of credit. Over the years we have heard very few reports of bad guides and the port is now a first class operation with excellent security, and a decent terminal building. Another plus is that the port is right across the street from town and its bazaar/shopping area which has grown from a sleepy place with dirty walkways to a modern shopping district with lots of shopping, cafes, restaurants, etc. We also think the Turks have done a wonderful job with the ruins which seem to be well organized. With several archeological teams working in the ruins a few months a year, they expect to continue to expand their site for at least another hundred years. We could contrast this with the horror stories at Pompeii where the Italian government has let the site deteriorate to a point that it has now become a scandel in Italy and been the focal point of several Italian newspaper articles.