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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. 

Highlights

  • 5-hour private shore excursion to ancient Ephesus and Şirince
  • Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean
  • Marvel at highlights such as the Library of Celsus, Great Theatre and Roman baths
  • Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World
  • Stroll the cobbled lanes and taste local fruit wine at the pretty village of Şirince
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a private guide on this shore excursion
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Disembark your ship at Kusadasi port and meet your guide and air-conditioned minivan for your shore excursion to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis. Begin with a half-hour drive north along the Aegean sea and discover Ephesus.

Here, hop out in Ephesus and begin a walking tour with your guide. Observe Greco-Roman architecture as you enter through Magnesia Gate. Then, listen to your guide tell your about the history of this prominent 2nd century BC Roman Capital in Asia Minor.

Continue along marble covered roads and leisurely pass Roman baths and forgotten shops. Reach Odeon, Temple of Hadrian and Fountain of Trajan and snap great photos. Then, head to the famous Library of Celsus and visit the Great Theatre which once held 25,000 spectators. Hear how St. Paul once preached sermons to thousands of people or assembled here.

Next, explore one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis which is signified by its restored column. Admire this remarkable temple from 550 BC which was reconstructed on three separate occasions before it was destroyed in 401 AD.

Afterward, take a short drive up to the charming hillside town that sits atop Ephesus - Şirince. With your guide, learn about traditional Turkish life as you walk through this once Greek settlement. See delightful cobbled streets lined with craft shops and food stalls. Stop to taste some delicious fruit wine at a winery, a local specialty.

Finally, hop back into your minivan and return to the cruise port where your tour finishes.

Special 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 disembarked, 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

Lene Collatz L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, excellent and knowing guide. Can only be recommended

Br T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

No visit to Kusadasi should be made without a visit to Ephesus. We were fortunate to have a guide to ourselves and Begu provided an excellent tour . His knowledge was first class and he also provided us with general information about the sites which we would not have come across otherwise. If I had planned a tour for myself , I would not include the visit to Rug factory.

James D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic. Great guide. Ephesus is a must in any bodies travels.

Peter K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Serdar Karakas of Fez Travel, was most excellent. Very knowledgeable and highly educated, giving us biblical side notes about Ephesus as a bonus. Very patient with our 8 and 11 year old boys. We never felt pressured for time. He took us to his friend's restaurant for a kebab lunch, very delicious. We also went to the quaint village of Sirince for shopping. Tour van was air conditioned and very nice. Driver was nice too. Very relaxed tour. Would do it again in a heart beat.

d_ranchhod

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing!!! Picked up on the dock by Metin sorry if I miss spelled. Wonderful man. Extremely knowledgeable and fun! We drove through Kusadasi first to get an overview of the city and onto Ephesus. Truely amazing! So hard to believe the building that was done so long ago. Stunning. It was our favorite ruin. Just in awe the entire time. It started pouring, I mean pouring rain so we waited until it stopped and continued. No hurry, which was very nice. Metin was very easy going and fun to tour with. He took us to a leather factory, my niece bought a jacket, beautiful. Went to the Temple of Artemis, not much left there but was amazing at one time. Back to Kusadasi. We were asked if we wanted to extend the tour longer and have dinner in town but some of our tour party declined. Would have loved to! What an adventure! Thank you Metin, we had an amazing time!

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Really enjoyed this trip six of us ,guide was very informative took us to Mary's house ,food was great .enjoyed this trip very much .

Judy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was amazing! Tour guide was great! So informative and friendly. Very knowledgeable.

Patrick T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour... excellent guide!

Patrick T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour... excellent guide!

kathy o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour. Great guide. very informative. enjoyed every minute. Detail amazing. Felt very comfortable and safe with driver and guide. Highly recommend.

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