• Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Discover the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus on this Ephesus shore excursion from Kusadasi. On this Ephesus Turkey tour, depart from your cruise ship in Kusadasi and meet your expert guide, then venture to one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. During Roman and Greek times, Ephesus was an important religious and commercial center. Explore the ruins and learn about this fascinating slice of Turkish history, including the Temple of Hadrian, Fountains of Trajan, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater, then return to your ship for an on-time departure. 


  • Full-day Ephesus sightseeing shore excursion from Kusadasi
  • Tour the majestic ancient ruins of Ephesus
  • Marvel at the Fountains of Trajan and the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch (included)
  • Visit the home of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy this informative Ephesus shore excursion, from Kusadasi to Ephesus. Disembark your ship and venture from the port to meet your expert local guide. Ephesus remains one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in Turkey. As such, it’s high on many travelers’ lists of places to see while visiting this historic country. Your expert guide will enlighten you on the many myths and stories surrounding these spectacular ruins, dating back to ancient Roman and Greek times. 

Follow your guide to the Fountains of Trajan, an aquatic fete meant to honor Emperor Trajan. Continue to other highlights of Ephesus, like the Polio Fountain and the Domitian Temple. Listen to your guide as he explains the significance of such sites as  the Library of Celsius, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Private House. You won’t want to miss the bouleuterion, a modest theater that housed important government meetings. Stop by the Great Theater, constructed in 117 AD, and admire its stunning capacity for nearly 24,000 spectators.

Refuel with a leisurely lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant (included), then continue on to the House of Virgin Mary, where the historical figure lived out the remaining days of her life. Before heading back to port, be sure to see the stunning Basilica of St John. Here you will find what is supposed to be the tomb of St John the Apostle. Take your time admiring the scenic walkway back to your ship at the Kusadasi port, where you tour concludes.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This trip ensures your on-time return to the port of Kusadasi. 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. 

Customer Reviews

Francis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic tour! Very informative and thorough. Highly recommended.

CindyVan USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Awesome tour. I have actually done it twice--on two different trips--and loved it both times. Highly recommend this!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Cigdem is an excellent tour guide. She was easy to find getting off the ship and arrived early. Cigdem was very good at explaining a lot of information and was very warm and nice to everyone. I really had a good time on this tour. Her English was clear and easy to understand. The lunch was amazing as well.
Thank you Cigdem for a wonderful day!

Bruce K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Knowledgeable guide. Great experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We were assigned to Neon tours. Our tour was excellent as was our guide. The included lunch was superb and an excellent representation of the country's food. This tour was a pleasant surprise because we almost skipped leaving the ship n Turkey. We are so glad we did not. A do not miss!!

Don S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The woman who was our guide was excellent...unfortunately we have lost her name. She made the entire tour an incredible success. She was with Neon Tours and just made it a wonderful experience. We are trying to find her name so that we can also add to Trip Advisor etc.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lovely experience- great driver and guide. The political situation in Turkey is so sad- they would not discuss this situation but were so thankful that we visited. Other passengers were late due to a connection issue- but started our tour- then joined group- redid the first part of the tour for the second group and got us other transportation back to the port. GREAT SERVICE- I want to go back to TURKEY


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We enjoyed the tour. Ephesus is amazing. I recommend taking a small umbrella for shade if the weather is hot and sunny. Dress in light clothing. We visited places where rugs and are made and sold. I enjoyed it but some tour members were not interested in buying and did not like this part of the tour

Jacquelyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour group of eight which was excellent, and Top our tour guide was terrific, throughly enjoyed the day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Ephesus was a surprisingly wonderful archeological site. Ismail, our guide, is an archeologist made it even better!!! We were also fortunate to have a private tour. So much more personal. Virgin Mary and #39;s house was a spiritual experience. We had a delicious lunch at Turkmen carpets and a demo.

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