Family Tourism was established as a licensed tour operator in 1993 and later acquired by Magical Steps travel. We are based in Kuşadası, where we specialize in Ephesus tours. As experienced and caring travel agents, we invite you to share with us the fascinating and mystical country that is Turkey. Asia Minor, as Turkey was once known is both the cradle and crossroads of civilization, where East meets West and the past meets the future. Every step reveals a wealth of history, culture and natural beauty. The Turkish people too are fascinating and colourful; they are very hospitable, friendly, proud of both their heritage and their present, and eager to share it with you.
Our professional and experienced team was assembled to ensure that you have the best possible experience with guides, accommodation and travel. We give you many options to choose or even design the tour which best suits your needs. Ephesus Tours Agent provides tours for both large and small groups and our expertly prepared group tours give you many sightseeing options for the country and people.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask us, using the contact form.
TURSAB License name is: Family Tourism - Number: 2511. (Family Tourism is owned by Magical Steps Travel LLC - Ephesus Tours Agent)
Ugur Duman - Founder & Operations Director
Ugur was born in Munich, Germany in 1968 and graduated from Ege University in German Language and Literature. He began his career as a professional tour guide in 1991, working with both English and German-speaking groups of American and European tourists. In 1993, he established his own tourism agency where he continued in his role as a guide whilst developing his business organizational skills. He has also set up a real estate investment business geared towards the European market. Ugur is now Operations Director of Magical Steps Travel, based in Kuşadası Turkey.
Gonca Yoldas - Founder & Reservations Manager
Gonca graduated from Selcuk University in 2004 with a BA in English Language and Literature. She worked for three years as a qualified real estate agent and, after two years as a Branch manager, became Sales Manager for a Turkish-Dutch construction and investment company. Gonca is based at the company’s office in Kusadasi, where she is the Reservations Department Manager of Magical Steps Travel.
Gilbert(Budd) Friend-Jones - Consultant
Budd gained his Undergraduate Degree at Frostburg State University, his Masters at Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctorate at Howard University Divinity School.
As a Parish Pastor and Minister in the United Church of Christ and an Oblate of the Order of Saint Benedict, Budd is dedicated to interfaith education and co-operation and has led both Christian and multi-faith pilgrimages to Turkey, Spain and Morocco. He now lives near Chicago and has served parishes in many states, including New Jersey, Maine, Minnesota, Illinois Georgia and Virginia.
Behlul Dundar - Tour Guide
Behlul was born near Turkey’s Black Sea Coast in the beautiful city of Amasya, but grew up in İzmir. He studied English Literature and Classical Archaeology at a number of universities and became a licensed tour guide and lecturer in 1996, since when he has led hundreds of Cultural, Biblical, Archaeological and Discovery Tours. He also writes literary essays and reviews books for well-known national magazines and newspapers.
Kemal Sendikci - Tour Guide
Kemal is a native of the Aegean province of Izmir, close to Ephesus. He has been guiding since obtaining his license in 2001 but also studied the global history of art, media and photography. He now lives in Istanbul where he leads day tours of the city and longer trips in the regions of Turkey. His favorite place is the Santa Sophia Museum in Istanbul.
Atilla Demir - Tour Guide
Though he now lives in Kuşadası, Atilla is a native of the magical and mystical (and also very modern and cosmopolitan) city of Istanbul, where he was born in 1986. He has been leading English-speaking private tour groups since qualifying in Travel Management and Tourism Guiding at Adnan Menderes University in 2009. You will have an unforgettable day and not notice the passing of time while sharing his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience.
Zeynep Elitemiz - Tour Guide
Zeynep has been guiding since obtaining her license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 1969, after graduating from Selçuk University Tour Guiding Department. During the tourist season, Zeynep lives very close to Ephesus, in the coastal resort of Kuşadası, from where she leads tours throughout the region.