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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

Kusadasi, Turkey
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6 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 4 more


Discover the ancient wonders of Ephesus on this private shore excursion, departing from the port of Kusadasi. Your expert local guide will ensure you maximize your sightseeing time at port, catering an immersive experience and taking you to the Basilica of St John, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (Temple of Diana). Learn about this ancient city at the Ephesus Museum and admire historic excavations and the renowned Artemis of Ephesus statue.
  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See ancient artifacts at the Ephesus Museum
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle for extra comfort
  • Private tour guide for a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Your private Ephesus shore excursion kicks off upon docking at the Kusadasi port. After disembarking, meet your private guide and settle into your luxury vehicle. Revel your first stop as you enter the Magnesia Gate. Follow your guide through the evocative Roman ruins, the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library, Odeon, and the Fountain of Trajan while learning the history along the way.

Next, head to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site where it is said that Mary lived the end of her life. Inside the house, you will find a shrine dedicated to St Mary. Your guide will tell you about the discovery of this holy site, which occurred in the 19th century when a nun published recounts of her visions.

Depart the House of the Virgin Mary and venture to the Basilica of St John. Here, admire magnanimous columns and what remains of ancient mosaics, built by Emperor Justinian at the site of St John the Apostle’s tomb. At the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana, take in more rich history of one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Make one last stop at the Ephesus Museum, where you can peruse excavations from the ancient city of Ephesus as well as frescoes and mosaics. Take in views of the surrounding countryside on your way back to your port, where you will board your ship for an on-time departure.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to Kusadasi's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Kusadasi is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details.


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Not crazy about the stop to the rug...
, Jul 2017
Not crazy about the stop to the rug store...felt very pressured to purchase. Other than that, good tour.
Emore,our guide, was wonderful. He was...
, Sep 2016
Emore,our guide, was wonderful. He was very well informed and did his best to accommodate us
Alex was a great tour guide. Even...
, Jun 2016
Alex was a great tour guide. Even though the house of the Virgin Mary was crowded, it was beautiful to see. We especially enjoyed the Ancient City of Ephesus. The ruins are impressive and Alex told us about their advancements in engineering for such an old city. Lunch at a small Turkish restaurant was delicious and served family style. It was inexpensive but very good. Our final stop was to see how Turkish rugs are made. We enjoyed the demonstration and even purchased a Turkish rug!
Tour guide seemed to be just doing...
, Oct 2015
Tour guide seemed to be just doing his job, Not all that into the tour. He did answer all questions and made time to stop at a carpet making location. This was a great experience but was also an attempt to get us to buy a rather expensive hand made carpet.
Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was...
, Oct 2015
Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was exceptional and I would recommend this tour to my friends and I NEVER say that :- I wouldn't mind having skipped the carpet tour at the end. While very interesting, the heavy sales pitch wasn't. Again - loved the guide!
Excellent tour with knowledgeable...
William B
, Sep 2015
Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide to Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and Temple of the Virgin Mary and history of the region. Guide had excellent recommendations on restaurants and shops.
Alex was knowledgeable and had a...
Vito C
, Sep 2015
Alex was knowledgeable and had a history degree for this area. He took us to our requested places. He was very reserved.
Our tour was very good and our tour...
, Sep 2015
Our tour was very good and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was in June, so it was very hot. While hats helped, I had an umbrella which provided more protection from the sun. The only down side was the last stop in which we were shown how Turkish rugs were made with ample pressure to purchase a rug. This was not on the published itinerary. If this happens, you have to be persistent in your refusal.
Our family loved the personal tour...
Susan S
, Aug 2015
Our family loved the personal tour. Our guide, Alex, was well informed, very considerate and his English was flawless. We were impressed by Viator and the tours they provided. Would definitely use their services again.
Alex was absolutely amazing! We were...
, Aug 2015
Alex was absolutely amazing! We were treated like royalty and enjoyed every minute. He was extremely knowledgeable. More than we expected! We saw Ephesus, had a fantastic lunch, toured rug making facility and still had time for shopping! It was great! Highly recommend.

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