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  • Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, on this shore excursion from Kusadasi. A commercial, religious and social center during ancient Greek and Roman times, Ephesus is full of spectacular ruins. While your ship waits in the Kusadasi port, you can discover ancient sights like the Fountains of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater.


  • 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

Ephesus is the highlight of any visit in Turkey, and you can see its top sights on this shore excursion from Kusadasi. With so many mythological stories and spectacular ruins, Ephesus will make you feel like you've gone back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

See the famous Fountains of Trajan, built to honor the emperor of the same name, and the Polio Fountain, located opposite the Domitian Temple. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Private House (a brothel which was part of the scholastic baths), the Library of Celsius and the bouleuterion (a small theater used for the meetings of the Senate). Admire the Great Theater, which was completed by the Romans in 117 AD and has a capacity for 24,000 spectators.

After enjoying a lunch of Turkish cuisine (included), you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Next, see the graceful columns and mosaics that remain of the Basilica of St John, built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St John the Apostle, before returning to your ship at the Kusadasi port, where you tour concludes.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Kusadasi port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us on time. I would definitely recommend this tour with this tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

excellent tour all around. The sights in Ephesus are impressive and our guide was very informative and patient, made sure we cover the entire grounds. The lunch was of local food and was superb.
The Virgin Mary and St Johns Cathedral ruins were also spectacular.
Very highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour is a MUST - we only had 6 people on our tour! Our guide was fantastic - she paid attention to the heat and uneven pavement for a person in the group who had a cane but did not hold the rest of us up. Extremely knowledgeable. The lunch was fantastic - taking us to a school that teaches rug making and only accommodates small tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was the highlight of our cruise. Ephesus is an amazing place to visit. Gokce, our guide, spoke perfect English and gave us great information about all of the sites. We were the only 2 people on the tour. The lunch provided was delicious. I definately recommend this tour over the ship's your.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What an amazing place - it was like going back in a time machine to see so much well preserved Roman ruins! Our guide Sky was excellent - really knew her stuff and was passionate about Turkey! Even the tour and lunch at the carpet factory was fun! Viator - the best guides!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing. The sights and history of Ephesus make this a must do tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an awesome tour! Our guide was great! Ephesus was an incredible highlight of our adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Tour was well planned guide was great attentive to our needs. Well paced excellent commentary we were delivered back to ship on time as agreed. No large bus just a small mini bus excellent value

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