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Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi

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Kuşadası, Turkey
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, and the 6th-century Basilica of St. John on a private, 7-hour tour from Kusadasi. This guided tour makes it possible to visit all three sites in a single day, with flexibility to customize the duration and order of each stop, lunch, and round-trip transfer from your hotel or cruise port.
  • 7-hour, private tour from Kusadasi
  • See three sites in a single day
  • Customize the itinerary to your interests and schedule
  • Lunch included
  • Round trip hotel or port transfer included
Start the day with pickup in Kusadasi between 7:30am and 11am—if you’re traveling by cruise ship, we suggest departing 30-minutes after docking time. Travel by private vehicle to the ancient city of Ephesus, where you'll leave the car behind to tour the site on foot.

Follow the pillar-lined Harbor Street to an open-air theater, then continue to Marble Street, the Celcius Library, and the imposing gate of Mithridates and Mazeus. Get a glimpse of ancient Roman life at the commercial agora and a series of well-preserved temples, baths, fountains, and monuments.

Leave the archeological site for Mt. Koressos, where a small stone house of the Virgin Mary has become a pilgrimage place for Catholics from around the world. Pause for lunch at a nearby restaurant then visit the Basilica of St. John, built to honor the tomb of John the Apostle. Make a final stop at the Temple of Artemis, whose 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 hotel or cruise port.  

 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The House of Virgin Mary
Duration: 40 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included

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Best part of our Turkey trip!
chriscords
, Nov 2019
Our private guide (Begum) was absolutely excellent. She new all the facts plus more. She was friendly and funny and her English was excellent too. The tour was well-paced and we saw everything we wanted. The tour was completely flexible and we were able to stay as long or as little at each location depending on what we wanted. The lunch was great too. Highly recommend!
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Beyond expectations ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Queenbee4575
, Oct 2019
Well, we certainly lucked out with our guide, “Tanner.” If you could design an ideal travel guide, he’s it. Tanner is extremely well traveled, well spoken, funny, patient, charming, and knew the answer to every one of our group’s thousand weird questions. He’s also very good looking—that didn’t hurt! Tanner assessed pretty intuitively our tour expectations. We got to the Virgin Mary house as soon as it opened. Lovely and meaningful for our friends. On to Ephesus—one of my favorite places in the world. Tanner knew everything about even the most obscure historical questions like, How big were the underground pipes? What did the Ephesians use for.. um.. T.P.? Who were their slaves? Etc. Finally, we went to a Turkish carpet cooperative where we had, not kidding, THE best meal I had during a 10-day trip. Saw how silk thread is made and a demonstration (astonishing) of the intricate, ancient art of rug knotting. A beautiful traditional rug showing with zero obligations. Our friends bought nothing, but we are thrilled to have made a purchase, with excellent bargaining help from our guide. All customs were explained to us by Tanner. I love Viator. Obviously we cannot say enough about a Tanner and this excellent tour.... you will be thrilled.
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Our experience in...
Alexander P
, Oct 2016
Our experience in KusadasiEphesus,Turkey was beyond what I imagined thanks to Viator, Otti Travel and our guide Begum. Knowing this would probably be a once in a lifetime visit, I hoped I was making the right choice in booking a tour separate from the cruise ship we arrived on. In many, many years of traveling, this was hands down, the best tour I've ever been on. From the moment we were greeted portside, I knew I had made the right choice. Our tour guide was professional and spoke excellent English. She not only had a vast knowledge of her city and countryside, but also of world history. Ephesus was amazing to say the least. She took her time in explaining the different excavation areas and of course, showed us many things that on our own, we would have missed. We also toured a pottery factory and a rug co-op with a demonstration of rug making right from the start showing how they collect the silk from the cocoons and spin it. Of course they do go to great lengths showing the rugs, hoping they will make a sell....and if I was starting fresh with a room to decorate, I would have seriously considered buying! The rugs are so beautiful, they need to be the star of the room. Included in the tour was a luncheon served in their garden, some of the best food we had the entire trip. Sadly, current events in her country have kept tourist away which from all we observed is ridiculous! Our cruise line had cancelled our last stop, Istanbul, and returned us to Athens where we started, however we flew to Istanbul on our own and we felt completely safe there. I would encourage everyone considering Turkey as a vacation destination to just GO. The people are super friendly, and it's a sincere friendly. A little advice here, take an umbrella! And water of course. We were there in early September and the sun was brutal!!!
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Tour guide was amazing, she took the...
Cara S
, Dec 2015
Tour guide was amazing, she took the time to explain the sites and was very friendly and accommodating. Tour was provided in a very comfortable van and the bus driver allowed us to stop for pictures. The food was absolutely excellent and she even offered to show us a carpet presentation, which was worth it! I highly recommend this tour!!

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