Hakan Bozdag Private tour guide in Ephesus, Izmir, Kusadasi - Turkey

Hakan Bozdag

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Greetings from Kusadasi, Ephesus, Izmir. This is Hakan, one of the licensed professional tour guides in Kusadasi and has huge experience all over Turkey. l have been working in tourism sector more than 15 years in different agencies in Kusadasi.

l was born and grew up in Kusadasi, just closed to Ephesus. I organize and conduct Private Tours to Ephesus, Shore Excursions from Kusadasi and Izmir Port for groups or individual travelers. It is a great pleasure that l welcome you to my new section of exclusive private tours and shore excursions.

You’ve come to the right person if you’re looking for a personalized Ephesus tour just for you and your travelling companions. My concept is to consider you as guests, give you all the best and quality service to make you satisfied during your trip in my country. I am a professional and experienced tour guide to provide my guests with the most unforgettable travel experience of their life.

Its a privilege that visiting Ephesus with a private guide and nobody can know Ephesus better than a local tour guide.


Hakan Bozdag

Some Advantages of My Private Tours Instead of Rigidly Timed Bus Tours

• First, you can ask everything directly to your own private tour guide and get the answers instantly.

• You do not have to stop your tour if one fellow gets ill or fell down in big groups in the ruins. Because the guide of the big groups has to care with this person. Your tour will come unbearable although it might be your only day in Turkey.

• My tour prices are more reasonable than cruise shore tours, although our tours are consist of same quality of vans and tour guide. Why you pay more?

• With a large groups, you are dependant to their schulede. But in a private tour, you do not have to follow any of the program, you decide what you would like to see and skip some of them or add more. Because my tours are based on my guests' needs and interests.

• In large groups, sometimes tour guides skip the most interesting details in a sight because it might be impossible to show it to everyone in a large group.

• In a private tour, you do not have to wait all the group with about 30-40 people who have different interests, try to take a picture of everything and usually stay behind the group.

• In a private tour, while visiting the ruins you do not wait for a long time in lines to get ticket or get into the ruins or museums. Because your private tour guide will make everything ready for you.

• If you can not hear the guide in a large group or you fall behind because the pace is too fast, you are just out of luck.

• In a private tour, you can communicate much better and interact with local people instead of just reading from your guide book and trying to figure out your way.

• You can decide when you want to start and conclude your tour. Because this is your own private tour.

• You can give a break to take picture, to eat or drink something, for shopping when and where ever you want during your private tour.

• You do not have to share a bus with 40 people. In my private tours, you will have your own private A/C Vehicle.

NOTE: The price that you see on this web site is for guiding, please ask for other fees.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars John S.

Our time with Hakan was amazing. His English was great, his knowledge of Ephesus and surroundings was superb. He was interesting, fun and was very easy to be with. This was our 2nd time to tour Ephesus and it was by far the best. We presented Hakan with a challenge since we were with our Turkish friends who didn't speak any English. He explained things us in English, then to them in Turkish. He handle this situation masterfully. I highly recommend him.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

*Archeological half and full day tours in Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House.

*Personilised sihgtseeing tours in İzmir and environs.

*Daily trips to Pamukkale (Cotton Fortress) and Aphrodisias ruins.

*Full day tours in St. Jean Bazilika and Ephesus Museum and Artemis Temple.

*Full day tours in Roman ruins of Priene, Miletus and Didyma Temple.

Transportation by tour guide:

I can arrange a private van for your tours and transfers.

Please ask the price of transportation for Ephesus Tours.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Ephesus / Sirince Village / House of Virgin Mary Price Per Group 0.00 USD
Guided Ephesus Tours From Kusadasi and Izmir Port Price Per Group 0.00 USD
Private Ephesus Tour by Professional Tour Guide Price Per Group 0.00 USD
Private Kusadasi /Ephesus / Izmir Shore Excursions Price Per Group 0.00 USD
Tailor-made Christian / Jewish Ephesus Tour Price Per Group 0.00 USD

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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars John S. 16 Apr 2019

Our time with Hakan was amazing. His English was great, his knowledge of Ephesus and surroundings was superb. He was interesting, fun and was very easy to be with. This was our 2nd time to tour Ephesus and it was by far the best. We presented Hakan with a challenge since we were with our Turkish friends who didn't speak any English. He explained things us in English, then to them in Turkish. He handle this situation masterfully. I highly recommend him.

5 stars Wen Y. Y. Y. 04 Dec 2015

Hakan was a great tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable about the region and gave very helpful advice for our tour logistics! (helped us arrange taxi to the airport and gave recommendations around Kusadasi)

5 stars Glyn M. 14 Jul 2015

We had no particular plans for the day and Hakan was more than happy to suggest an itinerary that took in the main tourist sites. We were given detailed information on these & the history of Turkey. Given the temperature, the time spent at each of the sites was about right. Hakan arranged an excellent lunch with a delicious selection of Turkish food for a very reasonable cost. Our party were very pleased with Hakan’s services as a tour guide & we can certainly recommend this independent tour.

5 stars Brian B. 30 Jul 2014

great best tour guide

5 stars Nicole T. 09 Jun 2014

Hakan was wonderful,

met us promptly at the pier and escorted us to a wonderfully luxurious minivan. he had organised a driver as well.He spoke very good English . We were taken to all the sights and he had even pre purchased tickets for some of the sites. He took us to a lovely local Co-op for lunch. He returned us to the boat on time.

we had a great time in Kusadasi and Ephesus.

Thanks Hakan.

5 stars Rob S. 05 Nov 2013

We were very happy with our day spent with Hakan. He was extremely knowledgeable, engaging and speaks very good English. He was respectful of our desire to not be directed to shops and merchants, but instead focus our time on the rich cultural heritage of Turkey... great day.

5 stars Frank W. 19 Sep 2013

Hakan was a very knowledgeable guide. He transportated us in a Mercedes bus that was very comfortable. He had a definite plan for the tour but he was very flexible as to the itinerary. He was warm and courteous and definetly enhanced ourt visit to Ephesus.

5 stars Craig N. 13 Sep 2013

Hakan was amazing! We were recommended to use him as our guy by a close friend and were not disappointed. We were on an 11 night cruise and his tour made our day in Ephesus the most memorable. He met us right by the gate as we got off our ship. He had a nice clean van waiting for us. He had already bought many of the tickets early so that we could skip the long lines. Hakan didn't just know all the sites very well, but even made sure to point out all of the best sites for taking pictures.

5 stars Jackie P. 04 Aug 2013

Hakan was an excellent tour guide. He met us at the pier and had arranged a nice Mercedes van. He had a wonderful itinerary arranged that included all significant points of interest plus more. He was extremely knowledgeable, personable and friendly. We learned so much about this amazing area. Hakan knew so much, even the best vantages from which to take photos. We shared a delicious lunch together. Hakan never rushed us and thus we saw so much. Highly recommended!!

5 stars Rosie P. 05 Jun 2013

While on a cruise in the Black Sea we had the opportunity of visiting Ephesus with Hakim. He was a great guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional. The tour was very interesting and he really brought Ephesus to life with his commentary. We highly recommend Hakim who speaks excellent English and is willing to talk very openly on any subject. His tour is also very reasonably priced compared to other tours in the area.

5 stars Rick B. 21 Apr 2013

Totally enjoyed our day with Hakan. His knowledge of the area & culture was incredible. His command of English was very good & he has a very likeable personality. I would not hesitate recommending this guide to anyone looking for a GREAT day in Ephesus area.

5 stars Leigh S. 06 Oct 2012

Hakan Bozdag was wonderful. His knowledge of the area and its history was outstanding. He was so nice, made wonderful arrangements for us including tickets in advance and a wonderful lunch. Our trip to Ephesus was a highlight of our vacation to Istanbul. The air conditioned van and drivers were also very good and efficient. Will definitely recommend Hakan and Viator to others. Leigh in Great Falls, MT

5 stars Jean B. 03 Jul 2012

Hakan is a very knowledgeable guide and we really had a great day in the Ephesus area. Hakan and his driver made everyhting possible to meet and exceed our needs. We really appreciated the fact that they had cold water and fresh fruits for us after the Ephesus sites. It was hot that day and the fresh fruits and water were very much welcomed.

5 stars Anthony A. 13 Jun 2012

Dilek Aydeniz along with Driver Mustafa Sarikaya provided the service and this tour proved to be the best tour we have ever had of any location. We have traveled extensively and Dilek's excellent English, very personable nature, enthusiasm and encyclopaedic knowledge of Ephesus and surrounding environs was simply wonderful. The vehicle provided was in pristine condition. Simply a brilliant experience thanks to Dilek!

Tony Aldridge

5 stars Sharon L. 31 May 2012

We enjoyed our tour with Hakan Bozdag. He was very informative and we could ask any questions and he would kindly answer them for us. He was very well organized and has a very outgoing and pleasant attitude. He speaks English very well. His planning of our tour enabled us to get to the sites early before the crowds, and he pointed out the best picture opportunities for us. We highly recommend Hakan Bozdag for an enjoyable and informative tour! We would definitely book a tour with him again

5 stars Janice B. 22 May 2012

Hakan was a wonderful guide, very knowledgable, we really enjoyed our day with him.

5 stars Stephanie S. 19 May 2012

Hokan was a fabulous guide. Besides being knowledgeable he has a warm and open personality. We had a fabulous day due to his guiding. We recommend him highly.

The govt. weaving and ceramic schools and a visit to a small village were a great extra after visiting Ephesis. He also took us to a very good restaurant for local food.

I will recommend him to all our friends coming to the area.

5 stars Elaine C. 10 May 2012

Excellent private tour with Hakan. There was just myself and my husband and Hakan let us take it an easy pace which suited us perfectly. Hakan was very polite, amusing and informative and willing to tailor the tour exactly to our requirements. I would not hesitate to use his services again.

5 stars Jack N. 30 Apr 2012

Our tour guide, Ender, was excellent! His knowledge of the area was very comprehensive and he was able to answer all of our questions about the Ephesus area and also about the history of Turkey. His English is excellent so we had no trouble understanding him. I would highly recommend Ender to anyone.

5 stars Ivy H. 14 Nov 2011

Hakan is a very enthusiastic and knowledgable guide and we had a wonderful day visiting the sites with him. He met us at the dock with a comfortable van and excellent driver, then whisked us to Ephesus ahead of the crowd. He knows his stuff and speaks excellent English. Lunch was great and then we went to Sirince which was quite charming. Hakan is great - he'll make sure you have an enjoyable experience.

5 stars Arnold K. 31 Oct 2011

We had the good fortune to have Hakan Bozdag as our tour guide. He was excellent...very well informed, very polite and made us feel very comfortable. he is a credit to your organization.

Thank you. Arnold Kessler

5 stars Larry L. 30 Oct 2011

We had a great time with Hakan. He was waiting for us as we left the ship. He's very personable, knowledgeable, and open to any questions about life in Turkey. Ephesus was really amazing, and he knew the best places to take pictures (fifth pine tree, right?). We also had a fantastic time in Sirince. We felt like we were in good hands for the entire day. We would definitely recommend Hakan. We learned a lot and would love to return to Turkey one day.

5 stars Beverly W. 04 Oct 2011

Our group of 11 loved Hakan. He was prompt and personable. He was extremely knowledgeable. We spent a full day with him and were sad to say goodbye. From the time of booking we shared several emails to customize our tour. It couldn't have been better.

5 stars Iris A. 05 Sep 2011

Thank you Hakan for helping to make my parents 50th Anniversary memorable. The beautiful personalized plate you bestowed upon them moved them and helped make their visit to Ephesus memorable. You helped create a lasting memory. Everything you arranged was a hit - from learning about the Turkish rugs, to the ceramic school, to the House of Mary & everything in-between. Without a doubt we would recommend you to anyone looking for a private tour. Thank you again!

5 stars Lewis W. 29 Jun 2011

Hakan was wonderful, very responsive by e-mail to help us customize a tour during our one day in port. He met us at the ship on time, engaged a dependable driver in a comfortabel van, and helped us to see new sights beyond Ephasus, which we had seen the year before, He speaks excellent English, knows and loves his home town, and his warm ways with clients shows in his professionalism. We give Hakan the highest rating!

Lewis and Helen Walker, Johns Creek, GA

5 stars Jeffrey B. 18 Jun 2011

We had a group of 10 arriving by cruise ship. Hakan did a marvelous job lining up a brand new mini bus and escorting us to Ephesus and the amazing ruins. We left it up to him to suggest much of what we needed to see and do. He kept us isolated from the rest of the "herd" of cruise passenger tours. He reccomended the terrace house segment at Ephesus and that was truly spectacular. Many of our group felt the day was the best of our Greek Island cruise as the ruins and Hakan were both amazing!

5 stars Debbie W. 08 Jun 2011

The moment we met Hakan I knew we would have a wonderful day. His knowledge of culture & history made our tour to Ephesus a day we will never forget. Hakan was so easy to work with we were able to have a very relaxing afternoon at lunch & he was able to make suggestions of more things to do that interested us. He was very flexible and we enjoyed our entire day with him. Hakan is a wonderful person, it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. I highly recommend Hakan, he is great! 10 stars!

5 stars Joyce Y. 31 May 2011

We had the best guide ever on our 10-day Eastern Mediterranean cruise. Found Hakan as our guide for the Kusadasi port and we booked him for an entire day of sightseeing to Ephesus, etc. Everything was well organized from a nice van transportation with driver for 8 guests, lunch arrangement and site entrance tickets. My whole group was totally impressed by Hakan's professionalism and good English. We had a most memorable day in Turkey and were glad to have found Hakan as our guide!


5 stars MARY E. Y. 26 May 2011

My group and I met Hakan last May 26, 2011 after our ship The Navigator of the Seas docked at Kusadasi. Our group of 10 adults and 6 children were so impressed with him. He was promt, very neat,proficient in English and very knowledgeable about the people and places. The kids enjoyed the ceramic factory demo; while the adults were happy with the shopping. It was unfortunate that our day was limited to only a few hours. We could have seen and done more. Giving Hakan 6 stars !

5 stars gerald C. 22 Mar 2011

We were happy with Hakan before we even met him. He answered our e-mails very quickly and arranged transportation for our tour to fit our budget. He was very knowledgable and proffesional and really seemed to have a good time along with us. We were so glad we choose a private guide instead of going with our large tour group. He worked hard to make sure we saw what would be interesting for us and we had a terrific day touring Ephesus! Thanks Hakan! :)

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Pat and Gerald. Nice to hear you again. Thanks for your perfect comments. I appreciated since I was choosen by you. Hope to see you again. Gerald, do not forget to bring me a few chicken for next time.

5 stars Lynn E. 19 Oct 2010

We were met on the dock by Hakan & escorted to a nice Mercedes Van (with a great driver). Hakan started our tour opposite the ship tours,so we avoid large groups.Hakan was extremely accommodating & very knowledgeable about his country’s history.We had a remarkable day!Do not hesitate for a minute to book Hakan as your tour guide.-Thank you OUR EXPLORER for providing this service! A friend that travels the world over told me “book a private guide at all your stops”.I am so glad I took her advice!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Lynn. It was lovely to meet you and see three different generations in same van. Hope to see you again.

5 stars Ed K. 17 Oct 2010

There were four of us in our party, and we were all extremely impressed with Hakan, and in fact used our experience with him as the benchmark for the other tours we had during our cruise. Hakan was both very knowledgeable and very personable. Although I had previously lived in Turkey for two years and had been to Ephesus three other times, he was still able to point out information of which I was unaware. In addition, the driver was very nice and the van was first class...exactly as advertised.

Tour Guide Comment: Ed, thank you so much for your kind comments! I am too happy made you feel like your home and made your trip a memorable one.All the best to you.

5 stars STEVEN G. 27 Aug 2010

Hakan provided us with an unforgettable day. His enthusiasm, knowledge and personality were the keys to making Ephesus a highlight of our trip. We would give him the highest ratings and would recommend him to anyone going to the area.

Mark + Marlene Senders

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Mark and Marlene. Though short, I'm glad that we met in Kusadasi/Ephesus. Hope to meet Steven and his family here either.

5 stars Ken T. 26 Jul 2010

What a great experience! Our stop in Kussadasi was one of the highlights of our trip. We booked Hakan; he is an excellent guide and so knowledgeable about Ephesus and arounds. He did an excellent job of showing us the high points of the city. We highly recommend him. Thanks Hakan, especially for your recommendation to us for shopping with reasonable prices. We will see you again.

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Ken! Thanks for your comments. I am happy you enjoyed your day in Kusadasi. I told you the prices in countryside are more reasonable, especially in the factories. I think you checked the prices, quality and you are agree with me. With my best wishes.

5 stars Karen C. 21 Jul 2010

We had a wonderful time with Hakan as our private tour guide in July 2010. A fantastic family vacation around the world!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Karen for your lovely comments :) It was wonderfull day with you, especially with your kids that enjoyed and wanted to learn more. I hope they are happy with their ceramics which they made theirself in the factory. Hope to see you again.

5 stars Timothy P. 17 Jun 2010

Hakan was the BEST.

Very friendly ,smart,articulate,and knowledgeable.He had a great plan for touring but was very flexible when we asked to go somewhere special.Very efficient and very reasonable prices.As I said , he was the best and we will use him again

Thank you Hakan

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Tim. Making happy my guests is my main goal and I am very happy I did it. You were absolutely a perfect couple. I am here to meet you again. Best wishes with your childen and dogs :)Congratulations again.

5 stars Jan C. 25 Nov 2009

Hakan, was the perfect tour guide. There were five in our party and never having been to Turkey before he was perfect. He knew the best time to see the best sights so there were no long lines, At the Virgins Mary's home we were the only people there late in the day, we could spend as much time as we wanted. A great experience I would reccommend Haken to anyone going to Turkey who wants to learn and see alot about the area.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Jan. It was a perfect day for me as well; l am very happy if you and your friends were pleased with me. Hope to see you again :)

5 stars Anita W. 10 Sep 2009

Hakan was very accommodating and always tried to meet our specific needs all the time. He was informative about the history of Turkey and the places we visited. He provided an interesting tour for all of us, 2 adults and one teenager. Thanks for the experience and memories

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks for your comment Anita.I am glad you had such a good time here and I hope to see you back and show you more...

4 stars Rosemary H. 03 Nov 2013

English was very good. Knowledge of the area was excellent. Very friendly. We went in a group of 4, would suggest going with a few more to decrease the price.

4 stars Anandi K. 23 Sep 2013

Hakan was waiting for us promptly outside the port doors. We were a group of 9 and he had arranged a large comfortable Mercedes mini bus. He had already purchased our tickets to the entrance to Ephesus as well as to the Terraces. This saved us around 45 minutes of waiting in line. He knows Ephesus very well and was very informative during the tour. He also took us to a leather garments factory where they did a fashion show just for us.

4 stars Emily M. 16 Nov 2012

I would like to tell you that my friend and I really lucked out with Hakan! I had a short visit to Turkey (4 days) and Ephesus was at the top of my list for places to visit. I decided last minute to book a tour guide as a birthday gift for my dear friend and travel buddy; Hakan was very quick to reply to my inquiry and was able to accommadate our rather tight schedule. Our tour was filled with a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. Thanks, Hakan! You ended up being a great birthday gift!

4 stars gillian A. 24 Oct 2009

Hakan went out of his way to make sure we had a very enjoyable day. He was very informative on all the sites we visited. We can recommend Hakan . Gillian Aisler

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Gillian, It was my pleasure to be with you. Hope to see you back here.

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