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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

Explore the spectacular ancient city of Ephesus on a private shore excursion from the Kusadasi port. Learn about the rich history of this ancient city and visit the House of Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St John and the Temple or Artemis (also known as Temple of Diana). At the Ephesus Museum, see excavations from Ephesus, as well as frescoes, mosaics and the two famous statues of the Artemis of Ephesus. A private guided tour ensures you make the most of your brief time in port.

Please note that Ephesus Museum will be closed until June 2015


  • 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

When you arrive in the port of Kusadasi, your private guide will be waiting to lead you to your own luxury vehicle, in which you can relax as your private shore excursion to Ephesus begins. Enter the magnificent city through the Magnesia Gate, and then stretch your legs during a walk with your guide into the ruins of this former Roman capital. The route will take you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. Your guide will tell you about the architectural importance of these sites, as well as historical Roman events that took place there.

You will then visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent the last days of her life. The house was discovered in the 19th century after the repeated visions of a Catholic nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, were published in a book. When the ruins of the house were discovered, a small shrine dedicated to St Mary was found there.

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. Enjoy the panoramic views of the rural Selcuk countryside and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. This temple, also known as the Temple of Diana (the Roman goddess equivalent), was first built during the Archaic period and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World .

Visit the Ephesus Museum, located near the entrance to the Basilica of St John, which displays excavations from the ancient city of Ephesus as well as frescoes and mosaics.

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide Emre was phenomenal. We had our two small children with us and he took his time and was extremely patient with them. His knowledge of the history of the area was excellent. I had been to Ephesus before on other tours, but Emre was leaps and bounds better than pervious guides.

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