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The ancient city of Ephesus is a window into Greco-Roman life and culture, and the UNESCO-listed archeological site is one of the most popular destinations on the Turkish coast. This full-day, private, guided tour offers a personal introduction to the onetime capital of Roman Asia Minor, so you can see the House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus, the Basilica of St. John, and the temple of Artemis at your own pace.
Full-day, private Ephesus tour from Kusadasi
Visit a UNESCO Site and important Christian sites
Choose a private tour for a personal experience
All entrance fees included
A la carte lunch included
Round-trip hotel or port transfers included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Begin the day with pickup at your Kusadasi hotel or cruise port in a private vehicle. Travel to the Home of Virgin Mary to hear the traditional story of Mary’s flight to Ephesus with the apostle John, and how she spent her final years in a small, stone house surrounded by pine and olive trees. Tie a written wish to the ‘wishing wall’ established by Catholic pilgrims, then descend to the city of Ephesus.
Learn the history of the city’s architecture, engineering, and culture as you follow footpaths to the remains of the Temple of Domitian and the 2,000-year old Memmius Monument. Take in the reliefs that guard the Heracles Gate, then explore baths, toilets, a library, and the theater where St. Paul preached. This tour also includes the Ephesus terrace houses, whose open courtyards, mosaics, and frescoes offer a fascinating look inside a private Roman home.
Continue to a carpet cooperative to see how local women weave traditional carpets, then visit the Ephesus Archeological Museum. Find artifacts that have been unearthed from around the region, from locally-minted coins to statues of gods and leaders. Visit the remains of the Basilica of St. John, a 6th-century church that marked the apostle’s legendary burial site. Make a final stop at the Temple of Artemis, where foundation stones and chipped pillars are the only remnants of a ‘Wonder of the Ancient World.’ This tour concludes with drop-off at your Kusadasi accommodations or port.