My name is Oktay (Octavius), and I am a freelance tour guide licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism to guide in English working as a private Ephesus tour guide. I live very close to Ephesus, Turkey – this is my base and so I am an expert in this area and neighbouring districts. I have a four year Tourism Guiding degree in which I studied Archaeology, History, Mythology and other related subjects, and so I can help you understand Turkey’s diverse history and culture.
I have considerable experience as a tour guide and as a travel planner for people visiting Ephesus and Turkey. I enjoy organizing private tours for English speaking visitors to the Ephesus and Pamukkale areas in particular. I have a keen sense of reality, and a great sense of humour and I always try to make my tours informative and entertaining, with stories and conversation. I aim for every guest on my tour to walk away feeling as if they have not only learned something about history, but to feel as if they better understand Turkish culture also.
I am passionate about my profession, and I love to show visitors around my area. I would love to be your private guide in the Ephesus or Pamukkale areas.
As a licensed, official tour guide I am only providing tour guiding services. In accordance with Turkish legislation and regulations, all the tour arrangements will be made in conjunction with an A group travel agency licensed with TURSAB – the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies.