Explore ancient ruins and architecture on a full-day, small-group tour of Ephesus that includes round-trip transport from the Kusadasi port, entrance fees, and a full Turkish lunch. Visit the UNESCO-listed archeological site with a guide, as you learn about the city’s significance, customs, and culture.
Begin with pickup at the Kusadasi port, then travel to Ephesus in an air-conditioned minibus. Continue through Ephesus on foot, tracing a route through the city’s key sites. Visit the Fountain of Trajan, where statues of Dionysus, Aphrodite, and the Roman Emperor once stood guard over an enclosed pool.
See the Library of Celsus, whose 12,000 scrolls made it the third-largest library in the ancient world, then take in Emperor Hadrian’s 2nd-century temple: a quartet of Corinthian columns frame a relief of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune and fate. Get a glimpse of daily life in ancient Ephesus at the Baths of Scholastica, where citizens bathed and socialized together.
Visit the remains of the Temple of Artemis, once a ‘Wonder of the Ancient World,’ then explore two important Christian landmarks. See the 6th-century St. John’s Basilica, built on the legendary site of the apostle’s burial site, then continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, a simple, stone hut on the side of Bulbul mountain.
Sit down for a lunch of grilled kebabs, Turkish salads, and seasonal fruits, then make the return trip to the Kusadasi port, where this tour concludes.
Easy to arrange, and guide ready for us on disembarkation. Transport was clean and air conditioned. Driver was curtious and always felt safe. The guide Ozlem was very knowledgable and answered our questions. Ephesus is well worth seeing, and much easier to start at the top if the slope and work down, as this tour did. Lunch was good, and flexible about what shopping to do. Good value for money and happy to recommend to others.
Our tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly and the tour of Ephesus was comprehensive. We were the only ones on the tour making it nice and personal. The carpet making was interesting but we did feel a little pressure to buy.