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From Kusadasi: Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour

1. From Kusadasi: Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour

Visit Ephesus Ancient city for 1 hour 45 minutes. Ephesus is one of the well preserved Greco- Roman ancient city's in the world, famous with Odeon where the music concerts were organized; Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples in the history dedicated for a human; Celcius Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient age; the amphitheater is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the world with 24.000 people capacity and where St. Paul preached; Roman Baths; Fountains; Temples ; Agora; Love House; Public Toilets; (Terrace Houses,optional ) Terrace Houses are optional and not recommended for disabled people because of the steps. Minimum required time for Terrace Houses is 30 minutes. House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage centers of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her time and died. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967 and ‘unofficially’ confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979. Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While there visiting, they gave some gifts for this shrine that you can see. The next stop after House of Virgin Mary will be Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of ancient age.

Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir

2. Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir

Meet with your professional guide at the port in İzmir. Drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and in the world - and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey. During this privately guided tour, Ephesus city will come alive as you walk through 2,000 year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators. Then it’s up into the mountains to the lovely little Turkish-Orthodox village of Sirince. Up here, far from the madding crowd, you can wander the narrow streets, where the women sell their handcrafts and oils. You can take a quiet drink in one of the small café’s and sample the local sweet fruity wine. At the end of your day you will return to İzmir port.

Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

3. Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

Take in a full-day tour of Pergamon and the Asklepion from Kusadasi or Selcuk and learn about this important ancient center of medicine. Get picked up at your hotel by your guide and start your tour of the ancient city of Pergamon. Explore centuries worth of history ranging from the Stone Age to the Classical period. Visit the Asklepion, an ancient medical center named after the god of health and medicine. See the place where famous medical scholars like Hippocrates and Galenus worked. Explore the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and other wonders in this ancient marvel. Have lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour.

From Kusadasi Port: Ephesus Full-Day Private Trip

4. From Kusadasi Port: Ephesus Full-Day Private Trip

Rich in Greek, Roman, and Biblical history, Ephesus boasts an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments. This guided, full-day tour from Kusadasi takes you to explore its many amazing sites, including the revered House of the Virgin Mary. Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get a feeling of what life was like in Roman times. Walk along its remarkably well-preserved marble streets, flanked by columns, temples, and fountains. See fascinating ancient structures such as the Temple of Hadrian, the stunning facade of the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater. Your expert guide will provide information about the many remarkable sites you encounter throughout the day. The House of the Virgin Mary lies just beyond Ephesus. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought here by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived her final days in this house. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. The Vatican has since recognized the site as the final resting place of the Virgin. The Best of Ephesus Begin your day with a visit to the house where Jesus’ mother is said to have lived the last years of her life. The site, called the House of Virgin Mary, is a Catholic shrine and was visited by Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Visit ancient Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved archaeological sites in the world. See the Odeon Theatre, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, the Baths, the Celsus Library, Marble Street, and the Great Theatre. The latter has a seating capacity of 25,000 people and is still used for concerts today. Don’t miss the Terrace Houses located opposite Hadrian's Temple -- a newly excavated section. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus used these houses, which are finely decorated with mosaics and frescoes giving a true impression of the ancient lifestyle. Also of interest is the Basilica of St John. Back in Kusadasi, you can choose to shop in town, watch a Turkish carpet demonstration, or return directly to the ship.  The private excursions on V.I.P standards are cheaper than cruise companies' excursion rates which are designed for the big crowded groups.

Ephesus: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion

5. Ephesus: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion

After pickup from the pier, start your tour with a 20-minute drive to Ephesus. Visit the ancient city of Ephesus for 1 hour 45 minutes. Ephesus is one of the most well-preserved Greco-Roman ancient cities in the world, famous for the Odeon home to music concerts; the Domitian Temple, one of the first temples in the history dedicated to humans; the Celcius Library,the third biggest library in the ancient world; the amphitheater, one of the biggest amphitheaters in the world with a 24000 person capacity, where St. Paul preached; Roman Baths; fountains; temples; Agora; and the Love House.  Visit the House of Virgin Mary, one of the pilgrimage centers of Christians and the site where Virgin Mary passed her time and died. Discover its history with the former Popes, and see the gifts they brought for this shrine. Next, stop at the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient age. Enjoy a local lunch before heading back to Kusadasi town center and port.

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

6. Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus on this full-day guided tour. Step into the world of ancient Greeks and Romans and explore archaeological treasures. Your guide will also reveal the secrets of this mesmerizing city, once considered the most important Greek city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy Ephesus top sights, from the Library of Celsus to the theater, the Odeon, and the Trajan Fountain. Did you know Cleopatra and Mark Anthony had their honeymoon in this city? That’s right, as you walk around this city you will feel like you have traveled back in time. Next, taste some classic Turkish food at an authentic restaurant. After lunch, discover the charming village of Sirince. This cute village is famous for its fruity wines and olive oil. Thirsty? No worries enjoy sampling some of the region's tasty handmade wines. Finish the tour tipsy as you head to your departure point.

Private Guided Eploration of Ephesus

7. Private Guided Eploration of Ephesus

According to your private tour pick-up time Meet your guide at your hotel's reception, Kusadasi / Izmir port, or a pre–arranged meeting point and receive a brief introduction from your tour guide about the attractions in Ephesus Region. Together with your guide, decide the places you would like to see such as museums, local markets and local restaurants, and then start your full-day tour. Discover the places in Ephesusthat interest you most and learn about these spots from your own private guide. Take the tour at your own pace, stopping as frequently and for as long as you like without the hassle of waiting for other people. The tour is designed as a full day by private van walking tour. At the end of the tour return to the original departure point.

From Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

8. From Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Walk along marble streets, and see the Temple of Artemis, the Baths of Scholastica, and the Library of Celsus, built by Gaius Julius Aquila. Marvel at the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theater, two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Stand at the House of the Virgin Mary, where she lived until her death. Learn the history of this sacred location and place of pilgrimage that was once visited by Pope Paul VI. Next, travel to the mountain village of Sirince, and pass the picturesque vineyards and peach trees. Discover the synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture as you admire the mosque and Orthodox church. Finally, spend some time exploring the narrow streets of Sirince, filled with handmade crafts, olive oil, and local wine.

From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

9. From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

Embark on a multi-day tour from Istanbul to discover the sights of Turkey. Explore ancient cities, swim in Cleopatra’s pool, and soar above Cappadocia on a hot air balloon. Your trip includes a guide, transportation, accommodation, entry fees, and most meals. Day 1: After pickup, travel from Istanbul to Gallipoli by van and visit the holy Gallipoli battlefield all afternoon. Have lunch and stay at a 4-star hotel in Canakkale. Day 2:Visit the ancient ruins of Troy and Pergamon and marvel at the Acropolis of Pergamon. Have lunch and, by the end of the day, arrive at a 4-star hotel in Kusadasi, where you’ll spend the rest of the night. Day 3:Start with a guided day tour of the Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Refuel with lunch, then spend some time at the Cleopatra ancient thermal pool. Later, take a transfer back to the hotel to stay overnight. Day 4: Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Mary, and the Temple of Artemis on a guided tour. Have lunch, head to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Cappadocia (included). Upon arrival to Cappadocia, meet your driver at the airport who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Get transferred to a cave hotel in Goreme to spend the night in an authentic cave-inspired suite. Day 5: Get to know northern Cappadocia on a day tour after an included breakfast. Lunch, guide, transportation, and all entrance fees will be included on the tour. After your day of exploration, head back to the hotel and stay another night in Goreme. Day 6: After breakfast, explore the southern side of Cappadocia on another guided day tour, and enjoy an included lunch. By the end of the day, take a transfer back to the hotel and have a couple of hours of free time for dinner (not included), shopping, or any other way you’d like to spend your time. Later, get picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport according to your scheduled flight time and fly back to Istanbul (included). Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver at the airport and get taken back to your hotel.

Discover Ephesus: Private Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi

10. Discover Ephesus: Private Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi

Begin the day with a pick-up from your Kusadasi hotel or harbor and enjoy a comfortable ride to the ancient city of Ephesus. Once in Ephesus, embark on a full-day tour of this fascinating city, beginning at the upper gate, and slowly making your way down to the lower gate (approximately 2 kilometers), stopping to see the incredible ruins along the way. Pass by the incredible Library of Celsus, the red granite pillars of the Odeon theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Artemis, as well as the Temple of Domitian, one of the largest temples of the ancient city. Continue the tour to the ancient city's Theatre, believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world, the Tomb/Fountain of Pollio, erected in 97 A.D., as well as two of the city's agoras. End the incredible tour with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus. Discovered in the 19th century due to the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, the house has since become a site of many pilgrimages.

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Everything went perfectly, the guide was great!, the driver and the van were great. Picked up on time, we went the few kilometers from the hotel to Ephesus. The only thing not included in the price for our small group of 4 people were the entrance fees, which is understandable given the inflation in Turkey. The prices rise practically every week. Everything worth seeing was not so crowded at that time, so that we did not have to queue anywhere and there was no crowd at the respective places.

Fantastic day adapted to their own interests. Professional explanation of every item we encountered during our visit. Stops to drink if kids got thirsty, real custom made. Wonderful relaxing and educational day.

Our tour guide, Arzu, was very friendly and helpful. Ephesus is amazing and the Temple of Artemis is also worth a visit. The house of the virgin Mary is less inspiring with mega queues to see two small rooms.

It was a great day. Our guide Mehmet Emin was great. He explained everything very detailed and interesting. Every question answered. Good tips given. Ephes is definitely worth a visit.

Emre is an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide who provided great experience for our tour. Highly recommend the tour and the tour guide to others