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  • Location:Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

Discover the ancient wonders of Ephesus on this private shore excursion, departing from the port of Kusadasi. Your expert local guide will ensure you maximize your sightseeing time at port, catering an immersive experience and taking you to the Basilica of St John, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (Temple of Diana). Learn about this ancient city at the Ephesus Museum and admire historic excavations and the renowned Artemis of Ephesus statue. 


  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See ancient artifacts at the Ephesus Museum
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle for extra comfort
  • Private tour guide for a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus. Ephesus Theatre

Your private Ephesus shore excursion kicks off upon docking at the Kusadasi port. After disembarking, meet your private guide and settle into your luxury vehicle. Revel your first stop as you enter the Magnesia Gate. Follow your guide through the evocative Roman ruins, the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library, Odeon, and the Fountain of Trajan while learning the history along the way.  

Next, head to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site where it is said that Mary lived the end of her life. Inside the house, you will find a shrine dedicated to St Mary. Your guide will tell you about the discovery of this holy site, which occurred in the 19th century when a nun published recounts of her visions. 

Depart the House of the Virgin Mary and venture to the Basilica of St John. Here, admire magnanimous columns and what remains of ancient mosaics, built by Emperor Justinian at the site of St John the Apostle’s tomb. At the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana, take in more rich history of one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

Make one last stop at the Ephesus Museum, where you can peruse excavations from the ancient city of Ephesus as well as frescoes and mosaics. Take in views of the surrounding countryside on your way back to your port, where you will board your ship for an on-time departure. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This trip ensures your on-time return to Kusadasi's port. 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 October 2015

Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was exceptional and I would recommend this tour to my friends and I NEVER say that :- I wouldn't mind having skipped the carpet tour at the end. While very interesting, the heavy sales pitch wasn't. Again - loved the guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide to Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and Temple of the Virgin Mary and history of the region. Guide had excellent recommendations on restaurants and shops.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Alex was knowledgeable and had a history degree for this area. He took us to our requested places. He was very reserved.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our family loved the personal tour. Our guide, Alex, was well informed, very considerate and his English was flawless. We were impressed by Viator and the tours they provided. Would definitely use their services again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Absolutely great tour with our guide Emri. He met us at the port as scheduled. Driver was friendly, bus was clean, AC worked great. We circumvented the crowds by taking the tour backwards from the cruise people. Emri new his stuff. Wonderful lunch at Agora. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was one great experience,and our guide EMRE was awesome.The driver VEYSI too.The tour was so amazing ,we felt like we were getting a special treatment.We would recommend it to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our guide was great. I wish we would have had more time in this port. The tour was the best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was excellent and well worth the time and money. Our tour guide, Emre, was knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. It was very busy the day we went and it was quite convenient that Emre was able to get all our entrance passes in the tour guide lines. He also brought us to a wonderful out doors resaurant for lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Our guide Emre was superb, as was the driver. Emre was very knowledgeable about not just Ephesus but the area generally. He listened to us and asked us questions and was able to answer all of our questions too. We were able to meet earlier as we were first off the ship and this meant that we got to our first stop, Mary's house, before the main crowds.
This is our second experience of private tours as opposed to tours from the ship- well worth the cost.
Thank you Emre for a wonderful experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Emre was our guide. He was a wonderful guide and I would recommend you ask for Emre if you book this tour. On time, courteous and very informative. He also gave us time to ourselves at various the various sites which was very good as sometimes you just need time to explore the site yourself a bit more without the ongoing lecture. But his knowledge of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary was very useful. We were a family of 4 (two teenagers 16 and 13) and we booked this as a shore excursion as we were only in Kusadasi for the day. Ephesus is well worth the trip to make. The ruins are spectacular especially the library. On par with the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill. Much better (in my humble opinion) than Athen's Acropolis. We felt obliged to stop off at either a carpet making or leather factory. We chose the leather factory and was given a 'private' fashion show which was pretty entertaining (when in Turkey ....). Aside from that the rest of the trip was top notch and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

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