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Welcome to Kusadasi

With its popular beaches and European-style shops and restaurants along the waterfront, Kusadasi is primarily regarded as a resort town frequented by cruise ships and populated by European holiday-goers. But this city on the west coast of Turkey offers the seasoned global traveler plenty to love, including a stunning example of 17th-century Ottoman architecture at Okuz Mehmed Pasha Caravanserai. Apart from the attractions, however, the city’s most enticing appeal is its prime location with easy access to some of Turkey’s most popular historic and natural attractions. Take a short ferry ride to the Greek island of Samos, home to Pythagoras and Epicurus, or spend the day lounging aboard the deck of a boat on the Mediterranean Sea. The large set of Aegean ruins at Ephesus—including the House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, and Temple of Artemis—lure travelers away from the city, as do the smaller but equally important sites at Priene, Didyma, and Miletus. With so many tours geared to please the cruise passengers coming and going from Izmir Port, finding a streamlined shore excursion to any of these attractions is a breeze. Private tours offer customizable itineraries best suited to your interests, while group tours help you save money on the most popular attractions.

Top 10 attractions in Kusadasi

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Ephesus (Efes)

Ephesus (Efes)

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Ephesus (Efes) is one of the greatest ancient sites in the Mediterranean. During its heyday in the first century BC, it was the second-largest city in the world, with only Rome commanding more power. Many reconstructed structures and ruins, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, can be seen here.More
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Temple of Artemis (Artemision)

Temple of Artemis (Artemision)

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The Temple of Artemis, or Artemision, was a Greek temple in present-day Turkey dedicated to the goddess Artemis. It was one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. It was built not far from Ephesus just outside the present-day town of Selcuk. The temple was completely rebuilt several times throughout history after being destroyed on multiple occasions by both nature and human factors. Little remains of the temple in its original location today since archeologists brought much of the ruins to the British Museum.The Temple of Artemis is only a couple of miles from Ephesus, making it an easy attraction to visit. Visitors can still see one tall column and a handful of marble pieces from the foundations of the structure, and the historical location is fascinating. From the site, you can also see the ruins of St. John's Basilica, located on a hill in Selcuk.More
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Adaland Aquapark

Adaland Aquapark

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Adaland Aquapark is a water park in Kusadasi, Turkey on the country's west coast. In the past it has been named one of the best water parks in the world. The park has a wide variety of water slides including a head first slide, a freefall slide, loop slides, body slides, tube slides, speedy slides, slope slides, dark tunnel slides, and the world's longest family slide with tubes for two to six people. There's also a big fountain with water shooting out of the ground set to music in an area called Rain Dance where you can dance and enjoy the water. The water park has an elliptical shaped track for rafting and is the only place in Kusadasi where you can go rafting.Adaland Aquapark also has a jacuzzi with warm bubbly water, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a pool for children. There's an activity pool where you can go swimming or sunbathing. When you're ready to take a break, there are several restaurants and bars offering hamburgers, pizza, Turkish food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more.More
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House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

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St. Mary’s House in Ephesus is believed by many to be the place where the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, spent her final days, and has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims seeking the healing properties of the spring that runs beneath the stone home since its discovery in the 19th-century.More
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Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus

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The Library of Celsus is the most famous part of the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. It was built between 110 and 135 AD by Gaius Julius Aquila in honor of his father, Celsus Polemaeanus. Unfortunately his father died before the Celsus Library was completed, and his tomb was placed in a special room beneath the ground level of the building. A statue of Athena was placed at the entrance to the tomb because Athena was the goddess of wisdom.The Library of Celsus was two stories high and had three entrances in the front. The entrances were designed with exaggerated height in order to give the building the overall appearance of being bigger than it was. The building faces east which allowed plenty of morning light to shine into the reading rooms. The Celsus Library was once the third largest library in the ancient world, after Alexandra and Pergamum, and could hold more than 12,000 scrolls.More
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Sirince

Sirince

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Şirince, a small village of just 600 inhabitants, has a long history that is intrinsically linked to Ephesus; indeed, rumor has it that it was founded by freed Greek slaves who named it “ugly” in Turkish to deter others from following them after the fall of Ephesus. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that the name was changed to Şirince, which means ‘pleasant.’ Nowadays the mountainous village is mainly known for its many preserved whitewashed stucco homes, bucolic and lush setting, as well as its fruit-based wineries and olive groves. The Church of St John the Baptist, although neglected by Turkish authorities, still houses fantastic Byzantine frescoes. Most tourists tend to visit for one day as part of excursions to nearby Selçuk, but there’s a handful of guesthouses and cafés for overnight guests as well. Visitors should be aware that Sirince gets very crowded on the weekend.More
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Miletus (Miletos)

Miletus (Miletos)

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The ancient Greek city of Miletus (Miletos) in modern-day Turkey was once an important port city. When the river’s location changed, the city was eventually abandoned.The settlement at Miletus dates back to 1400 B.C.E., and the city grew to be one of Greece’s wealthiest cities - thanks in large part to its position at the mouth of the Maeander River. Over the centuries, the river changed course, leaving Miletus behind. The city was later destroyed by the Persians in 499 B.C.E. and then rebuilt on a new grid plan that was to become the model for Roman cities. Excavations at the site began in the late 1800s, and today you can see the remains of a theater, a stadium, a Temple to Apollo, a Byzantine-era castle and church, and Roman baths.More
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Kusadasi Castle

Kusadasi Castle

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Built and extended between the 14th and 18th centuries, picturesque Kusadasi Castle sits on Pigeon Island (Guvercin Adasa), an islet connected to Kusadasi via a causeway. Originally constructed as a military base, the fortress is composed of outer walls that enclose its gardens and an inner castle with a tiny museum.More
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Basilica of St. John

Basilica of St. John

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A visit to St. John’s Basilica allows a glimpse into the history of this ancient site, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. It is believed that the church sits on the burial grounds of John the Apostle and was designed in the shape of a cross. At its completion, it was covered by six domes, with many of the walls presumably once covered in frescoes.As nearby Ephesus began to lose significance, the Basilica of St. John was converted into a mosque, hit by an earthquake and completely destroyed by a Mongol army in 1402. All that remains today are various bricks and stones alongside the marble columns that once held up the structure, but recent restoration gives visitors the context to visualize and understand its former status and significance.Many combine their visit with a walk to the nearby Ayasuluk Fortress atop Ayasuluk Hill, where St. John is said to have written his gospel. A climb up offers great views of the surrounding area.More
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Dilek National Park (Dilek Milli Parki)

Dilek National Park (Dilek Milli Parki)

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Covering 87 square miles (227 square kilometers), the Dilek Peninsula-Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park occupies a peninsula south of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Natural wonders abound here, from pebble beaches and wildlife to footpaths, ancient ruins, and a canyon hiking trail.More

Top activities in Kusadasi

Ferry to Samos from Kusadasi

Ferry to Samos from Kusadasi

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Kusadasi Jeep Safari Adventure

Kusadasi Jeep Safari Adventure

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Private Tour: Elegancy of Pamukkale Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels

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Private Tour: Elegancy of Pamukkale Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels

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Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Winery, and Lunch

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Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Winery, and Lunch

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Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels

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Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels

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Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon Tours

Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon Tours

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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

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Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus and House of Mary

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kusadasi

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Toured from Kusadasi so...
John_G, Dec 2021
Pamukkale Small Group Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels
Panakkale was nice to see also.
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Excellent way to see the area. We'd...
Andrea B, Jun 2016
All Inclusive VIP Ephesus Excursion: Customizable Ephesus
Excellent way to see the area.
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Enjoyed this small group activity...
Shawnee_D, Aug 2016
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Great to see this area.
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Great Tour Day in Ephesus
evelynbuchan, Jan 2020
Ephesus Tours Port Kusadasi lunch guide bus shopping Caravanserai artemis
I will definetely recommend to everyone this tour who wants to visit Kusadasi and Ephesus.
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We have used Viator many times in...
Sandy R, Sep 2017
Small Group: Half-Day Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi
Our guide customized our trip and was open to our suggestions, but we trusted her and went with her suggestions of what was worthwhile to see as well as where to have lunch.
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Our experience in...
Alexander P, Oct 2016
Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi
Our tour guide was professional and spoke excellent English.
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What a fantastic tour!! Our tour...
TE_D, Jul 2016
Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Winery, and Lunch
With this being a private tour we were able to tailor the tour to our liking and having visited Ephesus on several occasions previously John gave us insights into the more day to day activities that would have been carried out in the city and how the archaeologists had worked this out from the evidence they had found.
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The Best Tour of our Celebrity...
jeanmarc_M, Aug 2016
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Omer is very knowledgeable and has a good sens of humour i forgot the heat ot summer ...
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Our guide picked us up at the Cruise...
Craig D, Sep 2015
Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi&Selcuk
We made one more stop at an ancient temple but there was not much left to see and then he took us to a leather factory where we were treated to a fashion show.
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The bus trip there from Kusadasi was...
Ian, Jul 2014
Day Tour - Pamukkale, Travertines and Hierapolis Tour from Kusadasi
The tour guide and driver were both fantastic, great English skills and informative.
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This was perfect. There were 4 of...
Shawn G, Nov 2015
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Our Tour guide was great - she spoke English well, and was very personable.
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