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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English and 4 more


When your cruise ship docks in Kusadasi, take a private tour of regional highlights such as the old Roman city of Ephesus. Possible stops include the Temple of Artemis, the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum in Selcuk , and Sirince village. Includes lunch, entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off.
  • Private shore excursion to Ephesus and other highlights, from Kusadasi
  • Visit Ephesus, Sirince, and other landmarks in the region
  • Customize your itinerary to suit your preferences
  • Includes lunch, all entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off
When your cruise arrives in the Kusadasi port, your private guide meets you at the port for your tour. 
Discuss the options for your day with your guide, including one of the region's top attractions. Ephesus is considered one of the best examples of an ancient Roman city, and the well-preserved ruins give you a glimpse of an important commercial center for western Anatolia.
The Terrace Houses housed the wealthy people of Ephesus, and you can see their mosaics, frescoes, and early central heating systems.
Located near Ephesus, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis represent one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Basilica of St John is the site where the early Christian saint may have been entombed. The Ephesus Archaeological Museum in Selcuk contains finds from the Ephesus excavations. 
If you'd like to see a picturesque hillside village, head to Sirince to walk through cobblestone streets, shop for local handicrafts, taste the locally made fruit wines, and enjoy the scenery. 
Your tour includes stops for a traditional Turkish lunch, shopping, and sightseeing. Have up to 10 hours to explore before your guide returns you to the Kusadasi port at least one hour before your cruise departs.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jan 2017

Exceptional tour. Inan, our guide met us at the port entrance and started the tour immediately as we walked to our car and driver. Inan was extremely knowledgeable about history, archeology and the most important venues to see and visit. Inan was able to avoid large crowds at different sites by calling ahead and rearranging the order of our tour. He customized our tour to make the most of our time and was extremely friendly and flexible. Lunch was in an old style restaurant and the food was delicious. Best tour ever!
Thank you Inan.

, Sep 2016

This turned out to be the best tour of our vacation. It was just the two of us, the tour guide, and the driver. It included Mary's House, Ephesus, the Terrace houses, a few other places, and lunch. There was nothing extra except the tip. Yes, it did include a visit to the carpet store, but this was very short and not high pressure. Our tour guide, Levent, was wonderful. He was so knowledgeable about history as well as current events and just was a nice guy. His English was very good. I would highly recommend this tour and while I'm sure some of the other guides are also very good, I hope you get Levent!

, Sep 2016

This is a great place to visit and we loved the sites and city of Kusadasi. The day was extremely hot and one should bring an umbrella or hat for shade. Our guide was informative but very difficult to understand with his accent. In fact, most of us in the tour group, missed a lot of information because he spoke so quickly and with a thick Turkish accent. Often, he would say, go and explore for 20 minutes on your own. When, we compared our tour with our friends, who had booked the same tour with a different guide, we felt disappointed. Their guide had explained and showed many other facts that ours hadn't and their guide stayed with them the entire tour. Also, lunch was included in our tour and our guide didn't know that. In my opinion, Viator needs to regulate and have guidelines for their tour guides making sure, first and foremost, that their English is understandable and their itinerary is consistent.

, Sep 2016

Our guide, Taylen, was great and very informative. Wish we could have spent more time there.

, Sep 2016

This tour was PERFECT! We had Omer from Curio Travel. He was very knowledgeable about the area and took us to the hidden gems as well as the areas we requested. I would take another tour with him in a second. We (2 females) were in a private air-conditioned van and have a wonderful time!! #NailedIt

, Sep 2016

The tour is as flexible as advertised and fully private. Our guide Nehida was very kind and is very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. She was also glad to answer any question, no matter how random. Ephesus is a must see, but swinging-by the carpet weaving place on the way back was also a great experience. Lunch was very, very good. Highly recommended.

, Jul 2016

I would recommend this tour to anyone! We had a delightful time with our guide Tolga Kosesglu. Within the allotted time he guided us through all points of the religious experience within Ephesus, a authentic Turkish lunch, and tour of rug making as art within Ephesus. He got us back 30 minutes prior to boarding time at our ship and we had walked through everything with expert information. We strongly recommend this service to those seeking a shore excursion in Ephesus. The cost was very reasonable compared to others received by other passengers on board our ship. We saw more and it was personalized.

, Jul 2016

This tour is very special especially if your a Christian. We visited the biblical sites in Ephesus. The ruins of Ephesus had the Great Theater where the apostle Paul preached of Jesus to the Gentiles. Our private guide, Bill was very knowledgeable of the history in Ephesus. I would definatley recommend this tour

, Jun 2016

Our tour guide, Levent, was so very knowledgeable about the history of the area. You could tell that he loved the history. We appreciated that he brought an umbrella and let us use it to shade from the sun. I recommend though if you go during the summer it may be nice to have your own personal umbrella. We never felt rushed and were able to spend as much time as we wanted. He was great at answering our questions and providing us with pieces of unique history. His English was very good. I also appreciated that they had a driver separate from the guide so that our guide could just focus on the tour with us.

, Jun 2016

Incredible your and guide. The best your onf all out shore trips. Our guide was 10 stars!

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