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  • Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
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 in 2013

Highlights

  • 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 January 2014

Wonderful tour of Ephesus and surrounding areas. Very informative and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Probably the best excursion we have ever been on and most certainly the best value for money. Melika, our guide was a delight. As a mother and daughter on a private tour it was pleasing to have such a knowledgable, well qualified and perfectly spoken female guide. Our cruise ship arrived late but we were immediately whisked away in comfort to St John's basilica, the Mosque, Temple of Mary and carpet factory before Ephesus. The local knowledge meant that we missed the tour buses, did not queue and the private viewing at the carpet factory was most informative and not at all pushy. My daughter (14) is an ancient history buff and had done her research. Melika quickly picked up on this and tailored the tour accordingly with much more in depth information than we would have had on a bus tour. We also visited the Terrace Houses which costs a little extra (about £5GB). This is not to be missed as it has some of the best preserved buildings I have ever seen. Better than Pompeii and Herculaneum. Ephesus is everything I had read about and more but you can get the history for yourselves! It involves quite a few steps and some perspex floors but I don't have a head for heights and it did not bother me. Despite all the cruise ships arriving late due to bad weather this company did not cut our tour short. In fact it was longer than stated but we were returned to the ship in good time. Just for the record, our transport was luxurious and spotless with plenty of bottled water and an excellent safe driver. The guides are fully qualified - Melika had studied for at least 2 years- had a fully accredited pass and had shadowed other qualified guides for a number of months before being allowed a licence. The cost to us of the private tour was LESS than the cost of the bus tour offered by cruise line. We will return and will do a similar tour. Worth every penny. Our first booked through Viator. Don't think it will be our last. Well done.

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