- Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
- Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary last lived
- Explore the ancient city of Ephesus
- See the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Find exciting historical data and Roman stories from your private local guide
- Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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What You Can Expect
Inside the city, tour the sites with your guide. You’ll see the Celsus Library, one of the most beautiful structures in Ephesus. It had capacity to hold more than 12,000 scrolls. The library is also a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the governor of the province of Asia, whose grave is located beneath the ground floor.
Your guide will lead you to the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater and tell you historical facts and entertaining stories about these ancient sites. See the Temple of Hadrian, which holds three panels depicting the mythological foundation of Ephesus.
You’ll also see one of the most popular sites in Ephesus, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. First built during the Archaic period, the temple is one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World.
Lastly, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Recognized by the Vatican as the place where the Virgin Mary spent her last days, this small house is a typical Roman construction, completely made of stone. The original two-story house consisted of several rooms, but today only the central part of the house and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors, giving it the look of a church rather than a house.
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.
Although I was unable to go on this tour due to getting sick, my husband enjoyed it. We had private tour guide and he was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. I was able to join them in the afternoon and we visited a carpet shop out in the country side about 10 miles from town. We bought one of the rugs to remember our six weeks vacation!!! I cannot wait to get it as it will look beautiful along with the three others that we already have. Being on a private tour is the only way to go!!!
We were a family of 5 including a 3, 5 and 73 year old and this was a great tour. Our tour guide Emry was great! He was extremely knowledgeable of the tour spots as well Turkey in general. He allowed us to go at our own speed slow... and answered all questions and kept the tour fun. After we had seen the major attractions he offered to take us to the leather and carpet shops. We passed on the leather, but he assured us that the carpet shop would be fun for the kids and they would not pressure us to purchase - he was right, it was a nice stop and we all enjoyed it. This was a great tour and we would highly recommend it -- if we hadn't had Emry to take us through and explain everything, we would have just wondered around aimlessly and not enjoyed the all the history that is there to see!
Alex was awesome and we had a great time!
The tour company, and our guide, Alex get our highest marks. Probably the highlight of our entire cruise. So professional, yet very personal guide, who was very knowledgeable about Ephesus.
Very educational! Great tour!
We learned so much from our wonderful guide Eman. He made the experience one that we will never forget. His knowledge and insights were remarkable. If you schedule this trip ask for him. You will not be disappointed
First I have to start with our tour guide Emre, he was fantastic! Incredibly Knowledgeable, very easy and interesting to listen to.Ephesus is a magnificent ancient city to visit he made us feel as if we could visualize the city the way it was 2000 years ago. He kept us in the shade as much as possible and walked ot our pace. He took us to off the cruise ship locations avoiding crowds and enabling us to experience authentic local sights. We went to a turkish rug manufacture and the entire production of the rugs were explained to us , without any pressure to purchase. We were served light refreshments and a choice of Turkish coffe( which I must say was the best coffee I have ever had), Turkish tea, local wine or their local spirtit ( Riki) . Then we went on to a leather factory. Here they put on a fashion show for us and my 2 daughters were able model some of the beautiful leather coats and jackets. The leather products were magnificent . Turkey was a highlight of our trip due to Emre and the wonderful sights to see. I found it very easy to contact the local tour company before we left. I will definitely use Viator exclusively for my tours.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ephesus in the very capable hands of our guide Emray. He was very knowledgeable and attentive, walking us through Ephesus at our own pace, pointing out good photo points and always finding shade when we needed to talk longer about the site and it's history. He identified what we wanted from the trip and made sure that we got what we wanted from it. We returned to our ship very satisfied that we had seen everything we wanted and had it well explained but because we had gone at our own pace we were not exhausted even on the hottest of days. Would recommend the trip and the guide wholeheartedly,
THE BEST GUIDE WE HAD IN THE HOLE TRIP WAS ALEXANDER. THE VAN WAS CLEAN , VERY BIG AND COMFORTABLE. THE DRIVER ALSO EXCELENT. I WILL ALWAYS , ALWAYS WILL USE VIATOR FOR OUR TOURS. NEVER AGAIN I WILL TRUST ANY OTHER SOURSE. CONGRATULATIONS.
Couldn't have been better. Alex was a super tour guide and treated us with kindness and courtesy.
Turkey was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful scenery and very clean. We stopped to eat at a local place where Alex and his wife enjoy the food...delicious. He asked if wanted to go to the Bulbul Mountain Looms, a local school for making carpets including a silk farm. Quite interesting and I was lucky enough to purchase a beautiful carpet. Carpet making is one of Turkey's top industries. Alex asked if we were interested in seeing these made and later asked if we were interested in prices. I would like to clarify that this was not pushed on us at all (at least they made it seem that way). Ephesus has marble pathways, is quite interesting, but not easy for people with walking challenges. Alex was very considerate in keeping our slow pace. It is sad to see the many feral cats and homeless dogs everywhere.