Kusadasi Carpet Weaving Excursion Reviews

Visit a rug maker or a hub of markets and bazaars to find out about the meticulous, local craft for which Kusadasi is famous: carpet weaving.
The rug factory tour was included as part of the Ephesus tour.
Sail Date: May 2019
The rug factory tour was included as part of the Ephesus tour. It was surprisingly enjoyable. They took each bus to a SEPARATE factory, so it was completely uncrowded and relaxing. The rug place even provided us a light lunch of Turkish ... Read More
The rug factory tour was included as part of the Ephesus tour. It was surprisingly enjoyable. They took each bus to a SEPARATE factory, so it was completely uncrowded and relaxing. The rug place even provided us a light lunch of Turkish food. Our guide emphasized that no one should feel pressured to buy a rug, and no one in our group ended up buying. The Crystal also offered a late lunch timed for people returning from the excursion, but we had enough to eat at the rug factory that we just got some dessert on board. This was the best of the included excursions. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
This is nothing more than an extremely hard sell experience in a very glitzy shop.
Sail Date: August 2018
This is nothing more than an extremely hard sell experience in a very glitzy shop. The carpet weaving demonstration was interesting, but the proprietors are very aggressive in trying to get you to purchase rugs or jewelry (the other half ... Read More
This is nothing more than an extremely hard sell experience in a very glitzy shop. The carpet weaving demonstration was interesting, but the proprietors are very aggressive in trying to get you to purchase rugs or jewelry (the other half of the store) Avoid this if you can Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
The sites were fascinating but the carpet shop was a high pressure sale situation.
Sail Date: October 2016
The sites were fascinating but the carpet shop was a high pressure sale situation.
The sites were fascinating but the carpet shop was a high pressure sale situation. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It was really cool and we may have bought a rug if they didn't go into the hard sales pitch.
Sail Date: October 2016
It was really cool and we may have bought a rug if they didn't go into the hard sales pitch.
It was really cool and we may have bought a rug if they didn't go into the hard sales pitch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very interesting but just a well orchestrated sales pitch.
Sail Date: August 2016
Very interesting but just a well orchestrated sales pitch.
Very interesting but just a well orchestrated sales pitch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was the only thing I didn't care for although I learned a lot.
Sail Date: August 2016
This was the only thing I didn't care for although I learned a lot. The sales people were not at all pushy but I just wasn't going to spend over $1,000 for a carpet.
This was the only thing I didn't care for although I learned a lot. The sales people were not at all pushy but I just wasn't going to spend over $1,000 for a carpet. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
informative
Sail Date: July 2016
informative
informative Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Interesting to see how the carpets are made.
Sail Date: June 2016
Interesting to see how the carpets are made.
Interesting to see how the carpets are made. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did not book this but our tour made a stop here.
Sail Date: June 2016
We did not book this but our tour made a stop here. It was a great experience to see the carpet making but then there were the salesmen.
We did not book this but our tour made a stop here. It was a great experience to see the carpet making but then there were the salesmen. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
We loved the turkish rug school; the lunch we were served; and the lessons about rug-making.
Sail Date: May 2016
We loved the turkish rug school; the lunch we were served; and the lessons about rug-making. We also bought a beautiful rug there!
We loved the turkish rug school; the lunch we were served; and the lessons about rug-making. We also bought a beautiful rug there! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Informative with lunch
Sail Date: May 2016
Informative with lunch
Informative with lunch Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Watching demonstration, learned about silk worms and wove some fibers, and had refreshment and ...
Sail Date: May 2016
Watching demonstration, learned about silk worms and wove some fibers, and had refreshment and watched carpets displayed with different patterns.
Watching demonstration, learned about silk worms and wove some fibers, and had refreshment and watched carpets displayed with different patterns. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent tour and would strongly recommend.
Sail Date: April 2016
Excellent tour and would strongly recommend. Again, there was a lot of walking and strenuous tour. Ephesus was great. Had a nice buffet lunch that was included in the tour but do not remember the name of the restaurant.
Excellent tour and would strongly recommend. Again, there was a lot of walking and strenuous tour. Ephesus was great. Had a nice buffet lunch that was included in the tour but do not remember the name of the restaurant. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Informative.
Sail Date: September 2015
Informative. Great carpets. We own several so not in the market. :)
Informative. Great carpets. We own several so not in the market. :) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Loved the carpet weaving--bought one and jewelry too.
Sail Date: September 2015
Loved the carpet weaving--bought one and jewelry too.
Loved the carpet weaving--bought one and jewelry too. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I enjoyed the day and the stop at the carpet place.
Sail Date: July 2015
I enjoyed the day and the stop at the carpet place. They explained and demonstrated carpet weaving exceptionally well.
I enjoyed the day and the stop at the carpet place. They explained and demonstrated carpet weaving exceptionally well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were told that this is a dying art, as the young people are not interested in being weavers so ...
Sail Date: July 2015
We were told that this is a dying art, as the young people are not interested in being weavers so the government is trying to provide incentives so that it can be carried on by the younger generations.
We were told that this is a dying art, as the young people are not interested in being weavers so the government is trying to provide incentives so that it can be carried on by the younger generations. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
lovely carpets.
Sail Date: July 2015
lovely carpets. Worth bargaining...
lovely carpets. Worth bargaining... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had a wonderful experience at the Carpet Weavers Centre outside Ephesus.
Sail Date: July 2015
We had a wonderful experience at the Carpet Weavers Centre outside Ephesus. We were shown how the different types of carpets are made and then shown examples of exquisite rugs. Mustafa, our host, was friendly and highly entertaining. ... Read More
We had a wonderful experience at the Carpet Weavers Centre outside Ephesus. We were shown how the different types of carpets are made and then shown examples of exquisite rugs. Mustafa, our host, was friendly and highly entertaining. I'm so glad we went there! Read Less
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Very educational & both a rug there
Sail Date: June 2015
Very educational & both a rug there
Very educational & both a rug there Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Did not want to buy a rug- hard press sales
Sail Date: June 2015
Did not want to buy a rug- hard press sales
Did not want to buy a rug- hard press sales Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
In stead of visiting Ephesus we were taken to a top of the hill far away from Ephesus the see some ...
Sail Date: June 2015
In stead of visiting Ephesus we were taken to a top of the hill far away from Ephesus the see some bronze sculpture of Virgin Mary.
In stead of visiting Ephesus we were taken to a top of the hill far away from Ephesus the see some bronze sculpture of Virgin Mary. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The carpets are beautiful and learning about the carpet designs and weaving was very interesting.
Sail Date: May 2015
The carpets are beautiful and learning about the carpet designs and weaving was very interesting.
The carpets are beautiful and learning about the carpet designs and weaving was very interesting. Read Less
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Great tour, with a small group of people.
Sail Date: May 2015
Great tour, with a small group of people. Lovely lunch provided at a carpet factory. Great until the VERY hard sell for the carpets. Could have done without that.
Great tour, with a small group of people. Lovely lunch provided at a carpet factory. Great until the VERY hard sell for the carpets. Could have done without that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Quite interesting, showing the process of carpet weaving in some detail.
Sail Date: March 2015
Quite interesting, showing the process of carpet weaving in some detail. But the focus was quite clearly on making sales of very expensive carpets. They were quite beautiful, all hand made.
Quite interesting, showing the process of carpet weaving in some detail. But the focus was quite clearly on making sales of very expensive carpets. They were quite beautiful, all hand made. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Voyages to Antiquity