Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.
Alex was knowledgeable and had a history degree for this area. He took us to our requested places. He was very reserved.
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.
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.
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.
Our guide was great. I wish we would have had more time in this port. The tour was the best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This private tour to Kusadasi and Ephesus was one of the highlights of our Mediterrean Cruise
our guide Emery was excellent his knowledge and explanation was both interesting and entertaining so much history! .. I thoroughly recommend Emery and Viator. There was extra time for shopping and he took us to a fashion leather factory and warehouse, to our suprise the sales manager organised a fashion show just for the two of us. it was amazing!
10 out of 10 for this private tour. ( AS and BS Sydney Australia June 2014
... AS and BS Sydney Australia June 2014
Wonderful tour of Ephesus and surrounding areas. Very informative and interesting.
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.
We loved our tour of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's House. Our tour guide, Emre, was fantastic. He had so much knowledge of the places we toured and of the area that made it so enjoyable for all of us. The guide makes the tour. Would definitely book through Viator again.
Our tour was outstanding! Our guide was on time when we arrived in port and very informative. His English was excellent and his knowledge of the area was great.
This was the best tour we have ever taken. Inan was a wonderful guide-courteous, knowledgeable and very attentive to each person's needs. He planned our itinerary to avoid the crowds and to accommodate our toddler's schedule. His recommendations were excellent and I highly recommend both this excursion and Inan.
Great value, great driver, great tour guide. I would do away with the end of tour high pressure, Turkish Rug sales portion. The factory tour was incredible but the Turkish are masters of high pressure sales.
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.
Some very important Greek and Roman ruins here, and touring with a smaller group is much better.
We were very fortunate to be the only 2 people on this tour. We had a spotless, air conditioned car and a very polite driver; our guide, Haluk, spoke excellent English, and was extremely knowledgeable. Without hesitation, I can recommend this tour.
The best tour of our 2 week family vacation. There was so much to see and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He not only pointed out the sights, but gave us the background, the political history and cultural reference to fully understand both the ancient and current life in Ephesus.
United States of America
Our tour was very good and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was in June, so it was very hot. While hats helped, I had an umbrella which provided more protection from the sun. The only down side was the last stop in which we were shown how Turkish rugs were made with ample pressure to purchase a rug. This was not on the published itinerary. If this happens, you have to be persistent in your refusal.
The guide met our cruise ship on time. He was courteous and informative. A good tour.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable; however, the experience was completely ruined when he took us to the place where they made rugs. We were escorted into a room and asked to sit on a bench in the back. We were each given a small plate of "special freshly baked cheese rolls" that he had "arranged" for them to give us, fruit, and a "special" beverage. Then, three men rolled out countless rugs at our feet, and the hard sell began. We had not asked to see them, and we felt extremely pressured by their words and their actions to buy a very expensive rug. Our traveling companion asked if he could wait until after he got home to properly measure, then submit his order. They said he could not--that he had to buy the rug then and there. After about 45 minutes, we got up to leave, and our guide seemed a bit annoyed with us. He then took us to a shop where they sold some of their silk scarves. My friend and I were ushered upstairs to a room where they sat us down and showed us dozens of scarves, one by one. The showed us some that were labeled "100% silk", but told us that this was not true, and only the ones that they showed us were 100% silk. After about 30 minutes, I got up to leave, and they were not pleased. We feel as though we were pressured into doing something that we had not asked for, and we did not appreciate the "hard sell" tactics. We were paying for a sightseeing tour, and a portion of our time was completely wasted. It was an extremely uncomfortable experience, and we did not feel that we were in a position to argue with the tour guide. Because of this, I would not recommend this tour or this port.