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Relish wondrous highlights during a privately guided shore excursion to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary from Kusadasi port. Disembark from your ship and visit popular attractions and historical sites in Ephesus all with expert commentary from your private guide. Plus, cherish time at the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary rested before she passed away.

Highlights

  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary
  • See historical sites like the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian and the Great Theater
  • Visit the home where the Virgin Mary spent her final days
  • Private tour guide for a more personalized experience
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • 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 Tour to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

After arriving and disembarking from your ship, meet your guide at Kusadasi port for your private shore excursion of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary. Kick off your tour with a drive to the ancient Magnesia gate, the former entrance to this Roman capital.

From here, coast downhill by foot and discover the fantastic ruins of this old city. First, ogle the amazing architecture of the Celsus Library, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the Odeon and the Great Theater which once hosted 24,000 spectators. Then, learn how this well preserved Great Theater still hosts a local spring festival and is believed to be where Ephesians congregated to listen to St Paul give sermons.

Afterwards, continue to the House of Virgin Mary, an important pilgrimage site for Christians today and thought to be where Mary spent her last moments. Tucked in the Solmissus Mountains, learn about the discovery of these ruins and how a small altar devoted to St Mary was found and eventually acknowledged by the Vatican as her final resting place.  

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
Don’t worry about missing your ship. In the rare event that your ship has departed, we will prepare transportation to the next port-of call. Plus, you can book without any concerns. If by chance your ship is late to arrive and you cannot attend the tour, we will refund your money. See our terms and conditions for full details

Customer Reviews

John J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a great private tour. Met right on time. Comfortable air conditioned van . Because so many ships were in port our guide took us to the House of the Virgin Mary first to beat the traffic. Very emotional experience. Remember to bring some paper or a piece of fabric to write a message for the wall outside the house.

Lisa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is the best thing we did on our 12 day cruise! Our tour guide was waiting with a sign bearing our name, spoke perfect English and made us feel welcome as he walked us to our beautiful, clean air-conditioned van complete we driver. Our first stop was the House of the Virgin Mary and during the 30 minute drive, he explained the Turkish culture and history while pointing out landmarks and sights along the way. The driver drove at a non-scary pace up the mountain. The second stop was the ruins at Ephesus and again our guide blew us away with his knowledge. It was such a hot day, that it was great to be able to tailor our 60 minute walk down the ruins to our needs while finding shady spots to talk - with a large group we would have not had that luxury. It was the highlight of our trip to stand in the house of the Virgin Mary, and walk on pavement where Anthony and Cleopatra once walked.
Then he explained that even though we paid for a few hours, that as a Turkish ambassador he wanted to take us to other places if we were interested. We could visit all or any of leather shop, rug shop, ceramic shop. So picked the rug shop and wow was that amazing! The guide there showed us every step from the silk work, how to get the thread from the caccoon onto the spinning wheel, meaning behind the rugs and certain knots, and I even got to sit down and tie a know with a Turkish woman.
This was the best return on our on the trip. Thank you so much!

Catherine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We had a fantastic guide on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us some interesting information about his country. Ephesus was amazing. We had some extra time on this tour so our guide took us to a couple of other places that we were interested in. This was a great day and I would highly recommend the tour. It was a highlight of our trip.

Kristen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Guide was so knowledgeable! Ephesus was amazing!

Heidi Heutel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Emre, our guide, did a fantastic job while escorting us through the House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus. We had a wonderful time and appreciated the personalized service Emre offered to us.

Keri S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Our tour guide Amray loves his country and was very excited to show it to us. Very professional and friendly!

pitti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Our guide was fantastic, I can not imagine doing this tour without a guide, there is so much to know and he was full of such great information, he really made the place come to life and

Jann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Great tour, Ephesus is amazing and a must see! I would also recommend seeing the Terrace Houses.

Bob

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

No issues whatsoever. Friendly guide.

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