We had already visited Ephesus 20 years ago and if a full day tour had been available we might have gone back but the half day tour included a trip to "Mary's House" which we had also seen and would have left virtually no free time in Ephesus to see what had changed. (This was later confirmed by those who did the trip) We considered DIY but in the end spotted another trip to the much less well known Miletus (also visited by St Paul, and famous as a seat of learning in antiquity, especially for geometry and trigonometry) and the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. There were only 12 of us in a very comfortable mini-bus. The guide was awful. He started by trying to give us his email address to buy a property in Kusadasi, he then took us to a café owned by a family friend. At Miletus we got a cursory and not too informative tour (although we were the only tour group there so no pressure) and eventually 10 minutes free time before meeting at a café where he "encouraged" us to have pancakes and coffee. As a result we got an overview but didn't get up close to more than about 10% of the site, which was a shame because what we could see looked very interesting as the guide book I bought, and read later, confirmed. The trip to the Temple of Apollo was slightly better although he appeared to be listening to the guide in front of us and merely repeating what she had said(in German) to us in English! (Maybe they all follow the same official script?) We were then again encouraged to have a coffee at another friend's café. On the way back we got a lecture on Turkish politics and the evils of the Kurdish "International Communist Terrorists" on their border. Finally, we were press ganged into visiting the Fabergé carpet and Jewellery shop where were were presented with carpets well beyond the means of the typical Thomson cruiser (a bargain at £10,000! or a 2x1 foot patch for £250) and fabulous jewellery at equally unrealistic prices (a beautiful diamond and topaz ring at £5000). Thankfully they didn't push when they saw nobody was interested in buying, but it just seemed such a waste of everyone's time! A potentially good trip spoiled by a bad guide!