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Soak up history and ogle ancient ruins and monuments during this Kusadasi port excursion and private guided tour of Ephesus. Uncover the remnants of a this previous Roman capital alongside your expert local guide. Then, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, an aged building she spent her last moments in. Finally, you will admire one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. At the end of the tour, return to your port in time for departure. 


  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary last lived
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus
  • See the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Find exciting historical data and Roman stories from your private local guide
  • 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 including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

Arrive at the Kusadasi port, hop off your ship and meet your guide in front of the Magnesia Gate for your private tour of Ephesus. Aboard your vehicle venture through this gate which was originally constructed to link Ephesus with Magnesia and was the gateway for chariots, horses and people.

Within the ancient city discover Celsus Library, a remarkable monument that once housed over 12,000 scrolls. Learn about the extraordinary tomb that rests below the bottom floor where rests the remains of Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the former governor of the province of Asia.

Next, head to Odeon and stroll to the Great Theater and the Fountain of Trajan. Here, listen as your guide entertains you with interesting historical details and tales of city lore. Then, visit the Temple of Hadrian and observe the Ephesus foundation whose three support panels portray mythological imagery.

On to the Temple of Artemis to admire one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World. One of Ephesus’ most impressive temples, marvel at the ruins of this amazing engineering feat that was constructed during the Archaic period.

Finally, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary and discover the place where she spent her final moments. Hear how the Vatican authenticated the religious significance of this small two-story Roman home as you explore its central section. Then, observe how the room to the right of the altar gives this building a look of a church more than house.  

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
Don’t fret, this tour ensures you will get on your ship! In the unlikely event that your ship has departed, we will prepare 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

David D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour was perfect! From the moment we stepped off the boat, our guide Tay and driver were so attentive and knowledgeable. We learned so much, went at a pace that was perfect for the four of us and could not have asked for a better experience.

Tam D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding Amry was very knowledgeable and friendly. He went extra miles to ensure that we are satisfied with the tour. He deserved to be recognized as a history professor.

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Although I was unable to go on this tour due to getting sick, my husband enjoyed it. We had private tour guide and he was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. I was able to join them in the afternoon and we visited a carpet shop out in the country side about 10 miles from town. We bought one of the rugs to remember our six weeks vacation!!! I cannot wait to get it as it will look beautiful along with the three others that we already have. Being on a private tour is the only way to go!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We were a family of 5 including a 3, 5 and 73 year old and this was a great tour. Our tour guide Emry was great! He was extremely knowledgeable of the tour spots as well Turkey in general. He allowed us to go at our own speed slow... and answered all questions and kept the tour fun. After we had seen the major attractions he offered to take us to the leather and carpet shops. We passed on the leather, but he assured us that the carpet shop would be fun for the kids and they would not pressure us to purchase - he was right, it was a nice stop and we all enjoyed it. This was a great tour and we would highly recommend it -- if we hadn't had Emry to take us through and explain everything, we would have just wondered around aimlessly and not enjoyed the all the history that is there to see!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Alex was awesome and we had a great time!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

The tour company, and our guide, Alex get our highest marks. Probably the highlight of our entire cruise. So professional, yet very personal guide, who was very knowledgeable about Ephesus.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very educational! Great tour!

Kathleen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We learned so much from our wonderful guide Eman. He made the experience one that we will never forget. His knowledge and insights were remarkable. If you schedule this trip ask for him. You will not be disappointed


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

First I have to start with our tour guide Emre, he was fantastic! Incredibly Knowledgeable, very easy and interesting to listen to.Ephesus is a magnificent ancient city to visit he made us feel as if we could visualize the city the way it was 2000 years ago. He kept us in the shade as much as possible and walked ot our pace. He took us to off the cruise ship locations avoiding crowds and enabling us to experience authentic local sights. We went to a turkish rug manufacture and the entire production of the rugs were explained to us , without any pressure to purchase. We were served light refreshments and a choice of Turkish coffe( which I must say was the best coffee I have ever had), Turkish tea, local wine or their local spirtit ( Riki) . Then we went on to a leather factory. Here they put on a fashion show for us and my 2 daughters were able model some of the beautiful leather coats and jackets. The leather products were magnificent . Turkey was a highlight of our trip due to Emre and the wonderful sights to see. I found it very easy to contact the local tour company before we left. I will definitely use Viator exclusively for my tours.

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ephesus in the very capable hands of our guide Emray. He was very knowledgeable and attentive, walking us through Ephesus at our own pace, pointing out good photo points and always finding shade when we needed to talk longer about the site and it's history. He identified what we wanted from the trip and made sure that we got what we wanted from it. We returned to our ship very satisfied that we had seen everything we wanted and had it well explained but because we had gone at our own pace we were not exhausted even on the hottest of days. Would recommend the trip and the guide wholeheartedly,

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