5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

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  • Location:Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Discover the magic of the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Kusadasi. Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and one the best-preserved ancient ruins in the Mediterranean. See the Great Theater and the Library of Celsus. Sample Turkish delicacies during lunch, then discover the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary lived her final days.


  • Full Day Ephesus Sightseeing Tour
  • Explore the majestic ruins of Ephesus including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Marvel at the Fountains of Trojan and The Temples of Hadrian and Domition
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch
  • Visit the home of the Virgin Mary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Celcus Library, Ephesus

Enjoy pickup from your Kusadasi hotel and relax on the drive to Ephesus. When you arrive, stop at St John's Basilica on the top of Ayasuluk Hill. Visit the basilica and see the 4th-century tomb where the remains of the saint are said to be housed.

Next, travel to the ancient city of Ephesus, an important center of early Christianity. Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision, according to the book of Revelation. With your guide, visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then see the Great Theater, the Library of Celsus and many other well-preserved ancient temples.

Take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant, while your local guide explains interesting facts about Ephesus and its surroundings.

After lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. The cottage has been a pilgrimage place for many centuries, and was authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967.

Next, relax on your comfortable coach on the drive back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Highlight of my trip to Turkey! If you make it to this area, you must stop by Ephesus. And this is a fantastic way to do it!

While the sites were amazing, I have to first talk about the incredible guide I had. She was one of the best I've ever had anywhere! Incredibly knowledgeable in history, politics and culture, she has been doing this for decades and it shows. The tidbits and different points of view I learned from her were some of the things I remember most about the trip. We also had a very mixed group with different needs and interests and she did a fantastic job making sure everyone got the most out of their experience.

St. John's: Neat to see this but even better to hear all the explanations from the guide. I would have not known what I was looking at if it wasn't for her!

Ephesus: Incredible. The guide makes a big difference telling neat antidotes and explaining things you'd never know otherwise. Plus, free time is included to get to explore on your own.

Lunch: Some of the best food I had on the trip and I love that it was at a rug center that helped support local women. Yes, they tried to sell us stuff of course like you'll find on EVERY excursion but I actually learned a lot here about the silk and rug making process. In fact, while the rest of the group was shopping, I found myself outside with one of the women actually teaching me how to weave. I weaved a whole section and it was another highlight of the trip.

House of the Virgin Mary: I'm not Catholic but am Christian so I had some context. The guide helped explain so much more and I was surprised how much I enjoyed and was intrigued by this stop.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Polite and knowledgable guide. Excellent transport. Visit to carpet cooperative was very interesting but ultimately a sales excercise which is unfair to customers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Wonderful tour with so much to take in . Our guide was informative , interesting and humorous which made and ancient city come alive . Well done and thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

This tour was excellent. We were members of a small group and our guide was charming and well informed. We had a most enjoyable lunch where all the dishes were explained and, despite the sales pitch, the visit to the carpet factory was an interesting experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Very nice tour...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

The best of all the tours we did. The AC van, guide, driver, and lunch - excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Ephesus was amazing. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

The best of all the tours we did. The shuttle bus, guide, driver, and lunch - excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

I have mixed views about this tour. It was incredibly good for the value (compared to the cruiseship tours). However, there is a LOT of walking in very HOT sun. I appreciated the airconditioned bus and the good tour guide who gave us tips at shopping/bargaining. Glad we had an umbrella but our calves tanned in the constant sun.
The best part was the Turkish lunch at the carpet making society.
It's too bad that we weren't able to shop more as it took the whole day (the entire time we were in port).
I also appreciated that they picked us up from the port.

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