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Uncover Turkey’s renowned archaeological sites Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus on this full-day privately guided shore excursion from Kusadasi port. Enjoy extra attention from local guide as you explore the remnants of the Temple of Apollo in Didyma and admire the well-maintained theater in ancient Miletus. This tour is highlighted by one of Turkey’s most famous ancient treasures, Ephesus. Here, you will walk along marble streets lined with bathhouses and shops and see impressive monuments such as the Library of Celsus and Great Theatre. 

Highlights

  • Full-day private shore excursion to ancient Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus
  • Explore spectacular Ephesus, Turkey’s best-preserved classical city
  • Gaze at the stupendous Library of Celsus, Great Theatre, temples and Roman baths
  • Visit Didyma’s stunning Temple of Apollo, once the seat of a revered Greek oracle
  • Stroll around Miletus, a once-powerful Greco-Roman city with a well-preserved theater
  • Enjoy the full attention of a private guide on this excursion
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Tour to Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus

See the relics and ancient streets of Greco-Roman Ephesus on this private shore excursion

After your ship arrives at Kusadasi port, meet your guide for your full-day private shore excursion to Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus. Buckle up in an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy listening to the interesting history of these famous archaeological sites during about a 1-hour journey to Miletus.

Then, discover the ancient Greco-Roman city, Miletus, which rests adjacent to the opening of the River Meander. Learn about its four important coastal harbors that powered trade and how the city dissolved after the river filled with silt. Admire monuments such as Delphinium temple and the imposing Theater of Miletus that hosted 25,000 people during exciting gladiator matches. Plus, hear details about the classic Roman bathhouses.

Next, voyage to Didyma and marvel at the impressive Temple of Apollo. As you enter, see the chiseled head of Medusa and listen as your guide recreates the atmosphere of this enormous Greek temple. Then, stroll through the remnants of columns and hear about the admirable oracle who resided here and is the reason this temple is almost as well known as Delphi. 

Make a pit stop for lunch (own expense) and then continue to Turkey’s famed archeological site - Ephesus. Step through the Magnesia Gate and begin a 2.5-hour tour of Asia Minor’s former Roman capital. Follow the marble covered roads and see baths, old houses, and famous Ephesus monuments. Enjoy exploring the Fountain of Trajan, Odeon and the Temple of Hadrian. Then, capture views of the amazing Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre that once hosted 24,000 attendees for sermons by St Paul.

After you depart Ephesus, drive back to your ship at Kusadasi cruise port where your shore excursion ends.

Please note: on the day of your tour, the order of each activity visited above may be modified.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
Don’t worry, this tour guarantees you will get back to Kusadasi cruise port! In the unlikely event that your ship has left, we will organize transportation to the next port-of call. Plus, you can book worry free. If by chance your ship is delayed to arrive and you cannot attend the tour, we will refund your money. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

kbryanspokane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I can't say enough good nor give our tour guide, pronounced Char sp? of Fez Travel, high enough praise for the job he did! It was excellent! It was great to get away from the crowds at Ephesus early in the morning and see Didyma and Miletus and THEN hit the Ephesian ruins, which were magnificent! We were blown away in Didyma when walking through the quiet, somewhat run-down town suddenly to come upon this massive ruin of Apollo's Temple! Wow!! When we first arrived there were no other tourists even there! Amazing structure! Thank you for the great tour!!!

David Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Serdar our guide was waiting for us when we got off the ship. With just him and the driver we were able to see everything we had wanted to see as this was our second trip to Ephesus. We learned so much that day.. The temple at Didyma was a awesome sight and had a great lunch there as well. The theater at Miletus topped of the day as we could not have enjoyed the sights more. Highly recommend this shore excursion.

MARIAN E H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was the best tour that we had on our entire 9 day Mediterranean Cruise. Our tour guide Serdar Karakas was outstanding. His knowledge of Ephesus, Didyma and Miletus was truly a learning experience for myself, my husband and my two children. Without him we would not have known what we were looking at nor any of the history behind it. We had a delicious lunch at a little place Serdar picked out. We got to enjoy some real Turkish food. And delicious Turkish beer. Though the lunch was not included in the tour price, it was worth it and not expensive. I felt like we got a real feel of the people and culture.

RichM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An unexpectedly deluxe tour that exceeded expectations. We booked a month or more in advance for 3 couples as our cruise ship excursion for the day in Kusadasi port. We got a driver and a tour guide for the price. The van was more like a small deluxe bus , with high back bucket seats that could have held more like 12 couples but we had it all to ourselves. Some of the best and most interesting ruins of our trip. Additionally the tour guide took in on himself to gather all our cameras at each stop to get a group photo of us at each place on everyone's camera, plus a few special places he took additional photos for us - those photos turned out to be some some of our favorite photos from the entire 12 day crusie trip. The tour guide was fluent with English and a bountiful source of interesting information.

jalam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The three of us, dad and two adult children, enjoyed this tour very much, I beleive that most tourist go to this part of the world to see the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus but by taking this tour we were also able to see Miletus and Didymus. Out guide, Eda, did a wonderful job of explaining how the three ancient cities interacted with each other. This gave us a better understanding of the whole area. Her explanation of several different cultures including Greek, Roman and the Christian expereince in the area were enlighting. Eda knew her subject, she spoke and enunciated English well. Our driver was good and accomodating. We had eight hours ashore and were able to see all three cities to our complete satisfaction. We could hardly have beeb more pleased. J. A. Lamb

Kathleen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We loved this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The van was very comfy and clean. We decided we wanted to go to The House of Mary instead of Ephesus, since we'd already been there. They made the change for us and it worked out wonderfully.

lilev

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Was a private tour ernan was great

Felicia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was a fantastic tour. I loved how it was a private tour. Juan was our tour guide and he did an amazing job, the tour was supposed to be a full day but because our cruise only had a couple of hours he did a fantastic job of getting to the point and giving us wonderful facts in half a day tour and still giving us the full day experience. Juan and the driver got us to Didyma before anyone else so we were loving being able to see a sight where no other tourist were. I really wished we had more time to explore Ephesus, what a stunning city and very fascinating but the time was not their faults but rather the cruise since they do not give you much time at ports. Juan was very sweet because I collect currency from Countries I been to so he gave me some Turkish lira. Like I mentioned, before Juan gave us the full experience even though we were short on time and got us back to our ship right on time. Awesome Tour, will not be disappointed and well worth the extra for a private tour.

Kenneth L. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Oh my gosh, we had an absolutely amazing day with our wonderful guide who really helped us out a great deal by taking us away from Ephesus in the morning and away from all the ship crowds! The trip to Didyma and Miletus were highlights of our whole Turkey experience as both places were vacant of crowds...the Temple to Apollo was very beautiful with no one else there except us! When we finally got to Ephesus, which was also wonderful, the crowds were all gone and we enjoyed a quiet and peaceful tour of the park. Reasonable cost expecially when this was a private guide. We definitely enjoyed the free lunch at the carpet sales facility...or Crafts Center. Didn't buy any rug, but left a tip for time and service. Great day...great guide and terrific opportunity.

John Ricker M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Our guide met us at the cruise ship. He was polite and spoke English very well. Good value for an individual tour guide and driver.

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