When your cruise ship docks in Kusadasi, explore Ephesus and the surrounding sights on a shore excursion led by a local guide. Skip the line with pre-purchased tickets and see The Grand Theatre, Library of Celsus, and other monuments within the ancient ruins. Next, go to the nearby House of Virgin Mary and the site where the Temple of Artemis once stood. You also have time to take in the Terrace Houses (own expense). Includes lunch, guide, transport by air-conditioned minivan, and port pickup and drop-off.
Ephesus shore excursion, from Kusadasi
Walk to the Library of Celsus and other well-preserved parts of Ephesus
Learn about life in Ephesus in the era of ancient Rome
Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary is rumored to have lived in old age
See the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Includes guide, transportation, lunch, and port pickup and drop-off
Great experience! We ended up being the only two on the tour, so we had some flexibility with the tour. Be aware of the rug sales spiel, and don't feel obligated to buy anything. It's a great way to get an insider look at Turkey and see the ancient sights of Ephesus.
Prior to booking this tour, I called Viator to make sure that we would make the pickup time of 8:30-10AM, and the customer rep assured me that the company will make arrangements, based on the information that we provide ie.Cruise Ship and arrival time.Our cruise R.C, Vision of the Seas arrived on time to Kusadasi, Turkey, on Oct. 4/16, 9AM.We got off the ship approx. 9:20AM.As we exited the building, we saw many Viator tour guides holding up names.We didn't see ours, and continued to walk down the pathway to the exit that lead to the market. We went back and asked a Viator guide, he asked us what Tour company are we with, we didn't know that there were specific companies, he helped us determine off our confirmation sheet it was with T4T.He said that he hadn't seen them yet, but they will be here and wait at the exit.We walked up and down the pathway for 20 mins, and even exited to make sure we didn't miss our guide.The gentleman selling Wifi at the exit saw we were anxious and offered to call the number on our sheet, and to our dismay, the number wasn't working. We went back to the other Viator guides and they had other contacts, to which they called, and informed us that the guide had waited 45 mins for us, we didn't show, called us, and they left, sorry.We were shocked and angry! We now had to make our own arrangements to get to Ephesus.On our way out, the Wifi guy offered to help us again, and called the number, this time the call went through, to which we got a hold of a person, who told us the guide was there from 8-8:45AM, and we argued a bit. In the end, 1-1.5 hrs late, they got a driver to come pick us up and bring us to catchup with the rest of the tour group.We took it out on Evren the guide, even though it was not his fault, but he was very nice and went back with us quickly to explain the stuff we missed.Evren was VERY knowledgeable and informative.Unfortunately the pickup mishap overshadowed the positive experience we had on the tour. Companies need to double check their guest times!!!