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Ephesus (Efes) Tours

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Ephesus (Efes)
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.
 
The Basics
This ancient city is home to an incredible number of ruins in varying states. The site is best explored with a guide who can help shed light on the function and significance of the various structures. Guided tours of the site depart from Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Selçuk, and Kuşadasi.
 
Travelers who want to avoid the stress of making travel arrangements to Ephesus can take tours from Istanbul, which typically include air transport from Istanbul to Izmir, and ground transfers from Izmir to Ephesus. Many tours combine a visit to Ephesus with a trip to the Virgin Mary's House (Meryemana), a former house turned shrine where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last days.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ephesus is a must for history and archaeology buffs.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, and ample water as there is little shade at the site.
  • Much of Ephesus has uneven, stone surfaces that can make wheelchair access difficult. It is possible to enter the site via the lower gate and to see some of the ruins, including the Library of Celsus.
 
How to Get There
Ephesus is situated in Selçuk in the Izmir province of Turkey, about 46 miles (75 kilometers) south of the city of Izmir. Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, AtlasGlobal, and Pegasus, operate direct flights between Istanbul and Izmir. Izmir is about an hour’s drive from Ephesus. The easiest way to get there is by guided tour.
 
When to Get There
The best time of the year to visit Ephesus is during April, May, October, and November when the milder temperatures are ideal for exploring. The heat and crowds can be intense in July and August, especially in the middle of the day, so try coming in early morning or late afternoon.
 
Highlights of Ephesus
Perhaps the most emblematic and oft-photographed ruin in Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. Built between AD 110 and AD 135, the library was originally three stories tall. Much of the structure was destroyed during a 10th-century earthquake, though the spectacular facade has been reconstructed. Though the Temple of Artemis is probably Ephesus’ most fabled structure—this colossal marble construction is said to have been more than four times the size of the Parthenon—only a lone column remains standing.
Address: Selcuk, Izmir, Turkish Aegean Coast, Turkey
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Turkey's Gold Triangle - Travel to Pamukkale Ephesus Cappadocia from/to Istanbul

Turkey's Gold Triangle - Travel to Pamukkale Ephesus Cappadocia from/to Istanbul

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Covering Turkey’s top sights takes serious time and planning, but you’ll hit the highlights on this all-inclusive, multi-day guided tour. Take a dip in the famous white travertines of Pamukkale, marvel at the world’s best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins in Ephesus, and venture deep into the underground cities and chimney-shamed rocks of Cappadocia.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$691,35
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US$691,35
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Turkey's Wonders - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Travel from-to Istanbul

Turkey's Wonders - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Travel from-to Istanbul

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Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia !!! Three beauties of Turkey. If you would like discover those amazing destinations, this travel package is one of the best Turkey travel itineraries. The connection between the destinations (Istanbul-Pamukkale & Izmir-Cappadocia & Cappadocia to Istanbul) will be with the domestic flights and those flights are included.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$708,48
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For Cruise Guests : Best Seller Ephesus Private Tour / Kusadasi Tours

For Cruise Guests : Best Seller Ephesus Private Tour / Kusadasi Tours

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THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR ONLY FOR YOUR PARTY / Do not lose this opportunity that may come once in your life time. Discover all the highlights of Ephesus with well-educated, licensed, professional local tour guide. It will be a private tour only for you and your party. Visit one of the UNESCO listed place that is Ancient City of Ephesus, walk on the streets where Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take excellent pictures in front of Celsus Library,explore Roman Baths,Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, Agora, etc. See superb preserved Terrace Houses that are for the rich people during the Roman time in Ephesus, famous with unique mosaic and frescos. Feel very peaceful atmosphere of shrine that is the most important Biblical Site in Turkey, House of the Virgin Mary. Upon to your request, you will have a chance for a local lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82,06
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US$82,06
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SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Ephesus Private Tour

SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Ephesus Private Tour

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THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR, NOBODY WILL BE IN THE TOUR BESIDE YOUR PARTY / Discover all the highlights of Ephesus with well-educated professional local tour guide. Visit one of the UNESCO listed places that is Ancient City of Ephesus, walk on the streets where Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take excellent pictures in front of Celsus Library,explore Roman Baths,Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, Agora, etc. See superb preserved Terrace Houses that are for the rich people during the Roman time in Ephesus, famous with unique mosaic and frescos. Feel very peaceful atmosphere of shrine that is the most important Biblical Site in Turkey, House of the Virgin Mary. See the location of Temple of Artemis that is one of the wonders of ancient world. Take great pictures of the fascinating sites with recommendation of your expert local tour guide. Upon to your request, you will have a chance for a local lunch.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$95,00
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US$95,00
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Best of Ephesus Tours

Best of Ephesus Tours

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THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR ONLY FOR YOU AND YOUR TRAVEL COMPANIONS / Enjoy your full day,private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Biblical history in Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. This private tour will give you the opportunity to understand typical life of the Romans. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library,explore Roman Baths,Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary; see the Temple of Artemis that was one of the seven wonders of ancient world. Ensure a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wished, take pictures from the best foto ops that are shown by your guide, ask your questions to your private guide.  
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$82,06
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US$82,06
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5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included

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5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included

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Journey back to ancient Rome on this half-day shore excursion to Ephesus from Kusadasi. Marvel over the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, including the Grand Theater, Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus, then explore the Terrace Houses, where the city’s wealthiest residents once lived. That’s not all: you also visit the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary allegedly spent her last days, and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35,20
US$44,00
US$8,80 savings
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US$35,20
US$44,00
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Private Tour: Half Day Easy Ephesus Private Tour for Cruisers from Kusadasi Port

Private Tour: Half Day Easy Ephesus Private Tour for Cruisers from Kusadasi Port

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IT IS A PRIVATE TOUR FROM KUSADASI PORT FOR CRUISERS WHO WANT AN EASY TOUR, SPEND LESS TIME IN THE SITES OR FROM THE CRUISE SHIPS THAT STAY HALF DAY AT PORT. Visit fascinating archaeological site of Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary, with an expert local tour guide on this half day private shore excursion departing from the Port of Kusadasi / Ephesus. We will meet you at port and guaranteed on-time return to your ship. Your expert tour guide will take you two thousand years back with all tiny details that you would have never know existed in splendid Ancient City of Ephesus and House of Mary. This private tour is a good example of how guided tours should be done, with well prepared guides, who know and love their country and ready to answer all your questions. We ensure great value for money.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$91,43
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US$91,43
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Small Group Tour from Kusadasi Port to St.Mary's House, Ephesus and Surroundings

Small Group Tour from Kusadasi Port to St.Mary's House, Ephesus and Surroundings

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If you are cruising to Kusadasi or stay in a hotel of Kusadasi and prefer a full day group tour, that tour could be best option. You will visit the most famous sights of Ephesus in a small group guided tour by a comfortable minibus. Immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman times of Ephesus, visit the temple of Artemis, Isabey mosque (beautiful example of Seljuk Turkish architecture) and see the House of Virgin Mary in a full day trip from Kusadasi port.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$51,14
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US$51,14
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Private Seven Churches Tour

Private Seven Churches Tour

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Visit the seven churches listed in the Book of Revelations and more on a private 4-day sightseeing tour from Izmir. The Bible inspired adventure is the perfect opportunity to get off the beaten tourist path and dive deep into ancient history. Traditional meals, comfortable accommodation, and air-conditioned transportation ensure that your excursion is completely stress-free. Itinerary highlights include Saint Polykarp Church, the Virgin Mary House, and Sardis.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$650,00
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US$650,00
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Private Ephesus tour

Private Ephesus tour

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Leave the modern streets of Kusadasi behind and discover the ancient city of Ephesus on a private 6-hour tour. The flexible itinerary allows you to take your time and only visit the locations that interest you. With private transportation at your disposal, you’re able to zip from place to place comfortably and efficiently. Your tour may also include visits to the House of the Virgin Mary and Artemis Temple.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70,00
per group
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US$70,00
per group
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion : Ephesus Private Tour

Kusadasi Shore Excursion : Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a big chance for you to enjoy your full day,private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Biblical history in Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Terrace Houses. You will be met at port and guaranteed on-time return to your ship. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library,explore Roman Baths,Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary; see the fascinating Roman Houses for upper class families. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wished, take pictures from the best foto ops that are shown by your guide, ask your questions to your private guide who will be with you entire day. We ensure great value for money. Upon to your request, you will have a chance for a local lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$82,06
Price varies by group size
From
US$82,06
Price varies by group size

Private Tour from Kusadasi to Archaeological Sites of Ephesus, Gazibegendi Hill

Private Tour from Kusadasi to Archaeological Sites of Ephesus, Gazibegendi Hill

This fabulous, private tour takes in just about all archaeological beauties of Ephesus. Your private guide & car will pick you up from port of Kusadasi or your hotel in Kusadasi and drive to Ephesus. If walls could talk, the ruins of Ephesus would have some stories to tell. Back in the 1st century BC, this city was one of powerhouses of the Mediterranean. Tick off a list of sights including the Temple of Hadrian, the Marble Street, the Celsus Library and fascinating Terrace Houses. From here you’ll carry on to charming and well-organised museum of Ephesus ancient city. There are not only findings from the ongoing excavations at Ephesus archeological site, but also the artifacts from the Cukurici Mound, the basilica of St John, and the Temple of Artemis. Also, You can take amazing photos on best view point of Kusadasi before turn back to port or your hotel in Kusadasi.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$102,79
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US$102,79
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Ephesus Walking Tour

Ephesus Walking Tour

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Discover the ancient city of Ephesus on a guided 2-hour walking tour of the well-preserved Roman ruins. See temples that were built for Roman emperors such as the Temple of Hadrian, and the towering Celsus Library. Gain an understanding of life in ancient Rome as you walk along marble streets and hear from your guide about the history of Ephesus.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$24,47
From
US$24,47
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Private Ephesus Shore Excursion for Cruise Passengers

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Private Ephesus Shore Excursion for Cruise Passengers

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When your cruise ship pulls into the Kusadasi port, join this family-friendly shore excursion to Ephesus. The small-group tour covers highlights of the ancient city, starting at Magnesia Gate. You’ll visit the Odeon and ancient temples, fountains and monuments along with the Temple of Artemis. Let your guide know if you’d like to tour the excavated Ephesus Terrace Houses (optional; payable direct). Souvenir photos are available to purchase.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40,00
US$50,00
US$10,00 savings
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US$40,00
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Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a Private Tour only for you. Enjoy your private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Greek history in the Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel the very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary, visit the Temple of Artemis. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wish and ask your questions to your private guide who will be with your entire day. As a family-based & educated (5 years of University education for Tourism Industry and 15 years of Experience in Tourism Industry) licensed Travel Agency we do our job with love and we try to do our best to represent our Country. We offer you; • 100 % Satisfaction • Exploring Local Life not the Touristic Designed Travel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$93,35
Price varies by group size
From
US$93,35
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Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Doganbey Village, Priene, Artemis, Gazibegendi Hill

Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Doganbey Village, Priene, Artemis, Gazibegendi Hill

This tour is a fully private tour from Kusadasi port and hotels in Kusadasi. You’ll explore the two important ancient cities (Priene & Ephesus) near Kusadasi, and fascination village Doganbey on this tour. Also, you’ll visit the place where the Temple of Artemis once stood. This ancient religious house is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can take amazing photos on best view point of Kusadasi before turn back to port or your hotel in Kusadasi.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$169,13
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US$169,13
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Full-day Ephesus Tour from Hotels in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir, Bodrum

Full-day Ephesus Tour from Hotels in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir, Bodrum

You will visit the most famous sights of Ephesus in a small group guided tour by a comfortable minibus. Immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman times of Ephesus, visit the temple of Artemis, Isa Bey mosque (beautiful example of Seljuk Turkish architecture) and see the House of Virgin Mary in this full day trip. Pick-up & drop-off services are available for hotels in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir, Bodrum. Also, you can start this tour from Izmir airport. The pick-up & drop-off points depends your prefer about the booking options.
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  • 7 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$59,96
Price varies by group size
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US$59,96
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Small Group Ephesus Tour

Small Group Ephesus Tour

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Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre and the great Celsus Library. See an iconic mosque made of brick, marble and tiles, then see the ruined foundations of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$52,62
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US$52,62
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All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH

All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH

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Travel back to Ancient Greek and Roman times as you explore the ruins of UNESCO-listed Ephesus, make a pilgrimage to the House of Virgin Mary and view the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This all-inclusive private day tour includes round-trip air-conditioned transport from Kusadasi, lunch, and admission fees, plus a guided walking tour of Ephesus, including the Great Theater, Odeon, Celsius library and an optional visit to the Terrace Houses.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$89,00
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US$89,00
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Jewels of Turkey - 4 Day Trip to Pamukkale Ephesus Cappadocia with Balloon Ride

Jewels of Turkey - 4 Day Trip to Pamukkale Ephesus Cappadocia with Balloon Ride

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If you would like discover the main destinations of Turkey, this travel pakage is one of the best Turkey travel itineraries. The services of travel package is starting from your hotel in Istanbul. The connection between the destinations (Istanbul-Pamukkale & Izmir-Cappadocia) will be with the domestic flights and those flights included.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$622,83
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US$622,83
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Turkey's Highlights - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Trip & Balloon Ride Option

Turkey's Highlights - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Trip & Balloon Ride Option

Short and sweet, this tour is perfect for those with limited time. See the best places of Turkey, the iconic sites of Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. We guarantee you will be amazed at the rich history and the diverse landscapes to be found here.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$605,70
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US$605,70
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BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

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Uncover the rich history and biblical importance of Ephesus on this private half-day shore excursion, including lunch. Meet your driver at Kusadasi cruise port and make your way to Ephesus, where you’ll see the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Celsius library and Temple of Hadrian. Be sure to visit the Grand Theater, where Saint Paul preached, and perhaps include a visit to sacred sites like the St John’s Basilica and the House of the Virgin Mary.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$133,00
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US$133,00
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince

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Marvel at ancient ruins of Ephesus, after your cruise ship docks during this 5-hour privately guided shore excursion from Kusadasi port. With the full attention of an expert guide you will explore the remnants of this fascinating archaeological site. Observe well-maintained street, baths and temples, shops, and visit the Library of Celsus and Great Theatre too. See one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Plus, taste fruit wine in the charming hill town of Şirince.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$104,01
Price varies by group size
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US$104,01
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Istanbul to Ephesus Private Day Trip

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Istanbul to Ephesus Private Day Trip

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Visit the ancient city of Ephesus (Efeze) on a private tour from Istanbul that includes round-trip flights, a customizable tour, and a garden lunch. Flying from Istanbul to Ephesus turns a multi-day journey into an easy day trip, and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to explore the Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, St. Mary’s House, and the Basilica of St. John at your own pace, without being limited by a group itinerary.
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  • 13 to 15 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$263,20
US$329,00
US$65,80 savings
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US$263,20
US$329,00
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