Please note that Ephesus Museum will be closed in 2013
- 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
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.
Reviewed by Beth and Vince, November 2012
This was a great tour. I would highly recommend anyone to take it. Our tour guide was wonderful, with a great personality. There was so much to see and hear, but he was able to manage this with great experience. Not too much information, but enough for you to understand and experience the history.
Reviewed by Ken H, November 2012
Wow! What a place. Our guide was knowledgable and took his time with us. I learned so many things and had a great time. Ephesus is a highlight and a must see. Only surprise was the rug stop but we were in Turkey.