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

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Discover the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus on this Ephesus shore excursion from Kusadasi. On this Ephesus Turkey tour, depart from your cruise ship in Kusadasi and meet your expert guide, then venture to one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. During Roman and Greek times, Ephesus was an important religious and commercial center. Explore the ruins and learn about this fascinating slice of Turkish history, including the Temple of Hadrian, Fountains of Trajan, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater, then return to your ship for an on-time departure. 


  • Full-day Ephesus sightseeing shore excursion from Kusadasi
  • Tour the majestic ancient ruins of Ephesus
  • Marvel at the Fountains of Trajan and the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch (included)
  • Visit the home of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy this informative Ephesus shore excursion, from Kusadasi to Ephesus. Disembark your ship and venture from the port to meet your expert local guide. Ephesus remains one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in Turkey. As such, it’s high on many travelers’ lists of places to see while visiting this historic country. Your expert guide will enlighten you on the many myths and stories surrounding these spectacular ruins, dating back to ancient Roman and Greek times. 

Follow your guide to the Fountains of Trajan, an aquatic fete meant to honor Emperor Trajan. Continue to other highlights of Ephesus, like the Polio Fountain and the Domitian Temple. Listen to your guide as he explains the significance of such sites as  the Library of Celsius, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Private House. You won’t want to miss the bouleuterion, a modest theater that housed important government meetings. Stop by the Great Theater, constructed in 117 AD, and admire its stunning capacity for nearly 24,000 spectators.

Refuel with a leisurely lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant (included), then continue on to the House of Virgin Mary, where the historical figure lived out the remaining days of her life. Before heading back to port, be sure to see the stunning Basilica of St John. Here you will find what is supposed to be the tomb of St John the Apostle. Take your time admiring the scenic walkway back to your ship at the Kusadasi port, where you tour concludes.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This trip ensures your on-time return to the port of Kusadasi. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Kusadasi is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was better than we could have ever expected. It ended up being a private tour with the guide and the two of us in a new Mercedes minibus. Our guide actually studied archaeology in college and worked for several years as an archaeologist at the Ephesus site. In addition to being a really nice guy he was obviously very knowledgeable about the site. We had a nice free lunch at an open air restaurant and then visited a carpet weaving site. It was very intereswting and they gave us no pressure to buy anything. This was the absolute best tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent in all aspects. the guide, Al, was incredible - his knowledge was first class and his approach very professional. The itinerary was perfectly planned - St John's Basilica, Ephesus and Mary's house - enough time in each without overstretching it. Lunch was provided and was a delicious classic Turkish meal. We were dreading the carpet factory but it was different to the rest we've been to - no pressure, full of interesting information and time to browse. Would definitely use again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our small group experience was enhanced by our excellent guide and driver. Our vehicle was immaculate and well-maintained, with air conditioning adjusted immediately at our request. The historical/archaelogical sites were interesting and well-explained. Lunch at the Rug Factory was delicious and the introduction to Turkish rug history and production was entertaining. While we were urged to consider making a purchase, there were no uncomfortable, high pressure sales tactics. I recommend without reservation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guy did a great job. Would recommend her to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Guler was terrific! As it turned out, there were only 6 of us in our tour group, so we had a VERY personal tour with her. We appreciated so much her willingness to be upfront with us about the political situation in Turkey, and in fact, she shared her own personal opinions, which made the tour even more meaningful to us as Americans. We enjoyed everything about the tour - Guler was very knowledgeable about all that we saw and did And Ephesus is not to be missed - a highlight of our Med cruise, for sure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excursion was my favorite of the trip! Our guide was terrific, knowledgeable and adaptable to some of our limitations finding shade, etc. Lunch was amazing, outside at a large table where they kept bringing food which was terrific. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was very knowledgable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent small group tour. There were 8 of us on the tour and the guide was very good. He gave us much of history as a group, but plenty of time to walk around on our own for pictures. The lunch was good. The carpet tour was very interesting and eventually turned into a sales pitch, but they were not real pushy. It did not detract from the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with our large group. Lunch was a delicious sampling of Turkish food. Seeing the women weave the rugs was fascinating but the sales people were a little aggressive. Overall I would recommend this tour.

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