Tugrul Sokmen Private tour guide in Ephesus, Izmir, Kusadasi - Turkey

Tugrul Sokmen

Guide profile:

I am an obsessive life-time learner who loves to meet with new people and share all the profound culture of our country, Turkey.

I always promise a warm smile, a good info with a narrative context, and a fair amount of sense of humour.

My tours are assisted by a series visual material including historical maps, re-illustration drawings of the attractions and most importantly timeline maps of the historical eras and civilisations.

So while touring with me you will never feel lost in the complicated history.

I have been working for more than 12 years in almost every field of tourism industry.

I 've prepared more than a thousand itineraries, organized and conducted hundreds of tours especially for North Americans & Australians who visited Turkey in the last decade.

If you are a person who cares for some fun time by meeting interesting people, learning about them, tasting good food, and seeing amazing sites in Turkey, you are always very welcome to join me.

See you around!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Serene C.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

In Turkey, Tour Guides CAN NOT advertise or arrange any transportation-inclusive services. - unless they are employed by an officially licensed travel agency-

According to Legislation in Turkey,

Law nr. 1618 (Travel Agencies-Article 4, 30)

and Law nr. 6326 (Article 4-6 Tourist Guides- regulation article 33-c)

Any type of sightseeing tour organisation that includes transportation can only be advertised and operated by travel agencies who are licensed by Ministry of Culture & Tourism and should be member of TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies).

I use to own/run a travel agency between the years 2006/2012.

And now I continue working for the same tour company which is officially licensed in Turkey with the license nr. 1197. (Kusadasi Turizm Travel Agency)

I am responsible of product development, marketing and tour operations.

So If you book me by clicking on 'Book this Tour Guide' button below my profile picture or my services listed on the profile page referred as [guide-only] , then the Transportation service is NOT included.

However The sightseeing tours listed on my profile include the transportation costs and they are all operated on behalf of Kusadasi Turizm Travel Agency.

Transportation by tour guide:

Please read the explanation above very carefully!

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

# 1) Ephesus [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 105.00 Euro
# 2) Ephesus | 1-3 People Price Per Group 240.00 Euro
# 3) Ephesus | for 4-6 People Price Per Group 280.00 Euro
# 4) Ephesus | for 7-10 People Price Per Group 300.00 Euro
# 5) Ephesus | for 11 to 14 People Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
# 6) Ephesus | Afternoon Tour - After 3pm Price Per Group 200.00 Euro
# 7) Ephesus | with a Wheelchair-Accessible Van Price Per Group 300.00 Euro
# 8) Ephesus | from Izmir for 1-3 People Price Per Group 260.00 Euro
# 9) Didyma-Miletos-Didyma [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 150.00 Euro
#10) Didyma, Miletos, Priene | from Kusadasi Price Per Group 250.00 Euro
#11) Didyma, Miletos, Priene | from Izmir Price Per Group 400.00 Euro
#12) Pergamon [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 180.00 Euro
#13) Pergamon | from Kusadasi / Selcuk / Izmir Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
#14) Aphrodisias [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 180.00 Euro
#15) Aphrodisias | from Kusadasi Price Per Group 250.00 Euro
#16) Aphrodisias from Izmir Price Per Group 300.00 Euro
#17)Pamukkale [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 180.00 Euro
#18) Pamukkale | from Kusadasi Price Per Group 250.00 Euro
#19) Pamukkale | from Izmir Price Per Group 300.00 Euro
#20) Aphrodisias - Pamukkale [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 200.00 Euro
#21) Aphrodisias,Pamukkale | from Kusadasi Price Per Group 300.00 Euro
#22) Aphrodisias,Pamukkale | from Izmir Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
#23) Sardis Tour [Guiding-Only] Price Per Group 105.00 Euro
#24) Sardis Tour - from Izmir, Selcuk or Kusadasi Price Per Group 250.00 Euro
#25) Seven Churches of Revelation | 3 Day Tour Price Per Group 1100.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

Ephesus Private tours

Archaeological tours around Ephesus, Kusadasi, Izmir Area

Biblical tours of Ephesus

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Serene C. 24 Nov 2015

5 stars Robert A. E. B. 25 Oct 2015

We had a wonderful day with Tugrul . He is very knowledgeable about his country and its history. Also has a wonderful sense of humour. He is an excellent guide and very pleasant person. Our driver was also very professional. Thank you Tugral for making our day a memorable one.

Eleanor and Robert Canada

5 stars Joe T. 13 Oct 2015

Tugrul is extremely knowledgeable about Ephesus and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with you. He started the tour with valuable historical context and took us through the major sites as our schedule allowed.

His English is fluent. He was able to accommodate a last minute booking for us.

5 stars David W. 21 Sep 2015

After reading very positive reviews for Tugrul, I decided to book our tour of Ephesus with him. Tugrul was very responsive to my initial contact and to later contacts with questions. He always responded within the day. Tugrul met us just outside the port gate. He had a large, comfortable van for our group of 8. Tugrul provided a very informative tour of Ephesus starting at the lower end of the site and working our way in the reverse order that most groups do. This allowed us to avoid most of the crowds that come early in the morning. For about half the tour it seemed like we were the only ones at Ephesus! After visiting Ephesus, we visited St. John's Basilica. The tour took about six hours, which was perfect for us. Tugrul was very knowledgeable of the history of both sites. I enjoyed his sense of humor too. Tugrul spoke English very well.

I highly recommend Tugrul as your guide to Ephesus!

5 stars Karine D. 17 Jul 2015

Fantastic tour, Tugrul is the best guide we had during our holiday, he was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and moreover very attentionate to our needs - from an 11 year old to a 73 year old!

5 stars Caresse B. 28 Apr 2015

Very knowledgable wonderful day

5 stars Dennis L. 10 Oct 2014

Toured with Tugrul Sokment as guide. Everything about Tugrul, his transportation, knowledge and approach to touring us around was fantastic. Little things like exited Kusadasi to Ephesus one way and returned a different one. He took us to a local coop with fantastic carpets (just for the info, and apple tea!) and to New Ephesus to a friend's restaurant for a great lunch. We never would have found these things and they all added greatly to the actual tour of Ephesus and the Terrace Houses

5 stars Dennis L. 09 Oct 2014

Tugrul is the best guide we ever had- great English, super transportation, deep knowleda and infectious enthusiasm about the area's history. These 3 places completely astounded us- the very ancient Greek ruins are hard to believe and the places are not over run! Highly recommend.

5 stars Dennis L. 08 Oct 2014

The drive out from Kusadasi to Pamukkale is long, so Tugrul broke it up nicely to stop at the absolutely fantastic Aydin Archeological Museum. Then he took us off the main highway to a small town for a surprising "pide" lunch. Then on to Pamukkale and Hieropolis, which are spectacular. Tugrul is very knowledgable about the area and not only catered to our requests, but provided a wonderful Turkey experience. Best guide I ever had.

5 stars Stephen N. 11 Sep 2014

We highly recommend booking a tour with Tugrul! Tugrul went far beyond his role as a tour guide to make sure that we had an enjoyable and educational experience. Tugrul attends regular lectures by archeologists to stay current with their findings and excavations. He brings the ancient world to life while relating it to modern day. Tugrul is highly educated and passionate about the history and future of this country. Tugrul, thank you again for this once in a lifetime experience!

5 stars Samie T. 29 Jun 2014

Tugrul was an amazing guide. He made this stop the highlight of our 11 day cruise. His passion for the people and sites of this region shine through. He educated and entertained both my wife and I and our teenage children.

During our day with him we toured Ephesus in a way that avoided the bus crowds at the major points of interest. We then visited a semi nomadic families cooperative where we ate traditional foods and met the artisans before driving through a mountain village. We will be back

5 stars Beth B. 23 Jun 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Tugrul. He was so knowledgeable and seemed to truly enjoy imparting all the history he had right at his fingertips. He used his ipad to help illustrate what the ruins would have looked like. It was very helpful and made it all come alive. We highly recommend Togrul.

5 stars Doug G. 18 Jun 2014

Tugrul was a great guide. He is very passionate about his work and knowledgeable about the history of Ephesus. Our grandchildren still talk about him and our visit to Ephesus. His tour was the highlite of our 3 week trip. Tugrul even went out of his way to get our grandson a local Turkish cook book . We had an amazing time and we would highly recommend Tugrul as your guide for Ephesus. He was the best tour guide we have ever had.

Doug and Eileen. June 2014

5 stars Susan R. 01 May 2014

Tugrul was probably the best guide we have had -ever! We have had guides in China, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and Tugrul was the best. We not only had a guide, we made a friend in Turkey. His knowledge of Turkey and life in general is amazing, his friendly sense of humor and personalized care was so appreciated- he even calmed an angry man down from a street fight while we were having tea. I cannot recommend him more highly. He's the best!

5 stars Rupi S. 27 Oct 2013

We highly recommend Tugrul to anyone visiting the Aegean Coast of Turkey – we ourselves hope to be back soon, and spend more time with him. Turkey has a very good ambassador in him. Thanks to Tugrul, our visit to the Aegean Coast was the highlight of our two week trip to Turkey in October 2013.

5 stars Rupi S. 23 Oct 2013

Tugrul was our guide and friend during our 5 days along the Aegean Coast. We cannot say enough good things about him! He is very knowledgeable, patient and dedicated to his work. We spent long days, in the car and at the various archaeological sites we visited. The depth of his knowledge, and his ability to connect events across different continents and civilizations was very impressive, and going to the various sites was more like visiting with a knowledgeable friend, and not a tour guide...

5 stars Helen S. 15 Oct 2013

The Two Helen's would very much like to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Ephesus with Tugrul as our guide. He made the whole place come alive for us especially the brief but full history on the emerging empires over the last centuries on his Ipad during a delicious Turkish buffet lunch. He has an excellent sense of humour and made the day fun and informative.

5 stars Philip S. 17 Aug 2013

Excellent guide. Perfect English and excellent knowledge of sites. Allocated the appropriate time to each site and was flexible as to changes or additional or less time at various places. Did not steer us to any shopping sites. Knew how to bypass lines and get us priority entry where needed.

5 stars Philipp V. 31 Jul 2013

Tugrul was a motivated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide for us (family with 2 children 4/6) and went out of his way to customise our tour on the fly, to ensure everyone was happy.

For instance, he made good use of his ipad to to provide comparison images of artefacts in other sites/museums in Europe, which made it easier to contextualize what we saw. When the children were a bit restless at one point, he was also able to change plans on the spot.

5 stars Randy R. 08 Jun 2013

Tugrul was great. He was flexible, spoke English well, and was anxious to show new things to us. Really good guide.

5 stars Holly D. 02 May 2013

Tugrul was a fantastic guide. Our party of 4 had never booked a guide before and this was an excellent experience. He answered all of our e-mails before the trip promptly, and when our cruise itinerary changed and we had to be in port a day early he went out of his way to rearrange his plans to help us. Tugrul was very knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects and made our tour most interesting. We plan on going back to Turkey and having him guide us on a much longer tour. He is great!!

5 stars Anna P. 05 Mar 2013

Our guide, Mr Tugrul, was fabulous -- he had studied and received formal accreditation to be a professional guide. His knowledge of Turkey's history and culture was extensive. We had booked, not knowing how many would be on the tour. It turned out to be just the two of us so we had added flexibility to go more places. And that we did. The only downside to the tour, and it would be one that everyone would want, was that we were exhausted at the end from visiting and learning about so many places. We plan to return to Turkey again and will contact Mr. Tugrul for another tour.

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