Day trip

Ephesus: Small-Group Shore Excursion with Terrace Houses

Ephesus: Small-Group Shore Excursion with Terrace Houses

From US$ 54 per person

Enjoy a day trip to Ephesus to visit the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, and Artemission Temple. Benefit from a licensed tour guide and air-conditioned transportation included.

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Duration 5 - 6 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
For cruise guests, the tour guide will be holding a sign with your last name on it at Kusadasi cruise terminal building exit. For hotel guests, your tour guide pick you up from your hotel lobby. Pickup times will be given in your confirmation message.
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk through history along marble streets
  • See the House of Virgin Mary
  • Experience the Artemission Temple
Full description

Visit Ephesus and its attractions on a small-group excursion. See the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, and Artemission Temple with entrance fees covered and a licensed tour guide.

Meet your tour guide at Kusadasi Cruise Port or your hotel lobby at the pre-arranged time and begin your 20-minute drive to Ephesus. Once there, begin touring the city, which is one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League. As a port city, this was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them discover the Baths of Scholastica and the Library of Celsus. Encounter the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater, which are 2 of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Visit the Terrace Houses, located on the skirt of Pion Mountain. See the 6 residential units which were built on 3 man-made terraces. These houses are decorated with wall frescoes and floor mosaics, settled by the wealthy citizens of Ephesus. See the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus, and learn about its connection to when Mary came to Ephesus in 431 A.D. and why this area became a place of pilgrimage in 1892. Stop at the Artemission Temple, where one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world used to be. This will be the final stop on your tour before your return drive to your point of origin.

Includes
  • Cruise terminal or hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional and licensed tour guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Parking fees
  • Local taxes
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips to driver and tour guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The guide will be waiting for you at the exit of the Terminal Building at Kusadasi port. They will be holding a sign with your name. Pickup times will be given in your confirmation message.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • Ephesus has 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) of walking and steps, therefore this tour is not recommended for people with physical limitations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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A fantastic tour. This tour won’t disappoint! We had a fantastic tour guide who was very knowledgeable. He gave us lots of historical and cultural information and was more than happy to answer questions. He even took us to another important site as well as a rug making factory where we got to watch the ladies making the rugs.

October 12, 2022

Unser Guide SIDA hat uns wie verabredet am Terminal in Empfang genommen. Wir waren positiv überrascht, dass wir die einzigen beiden Gäste im komfortablen VAN waren. Insbesondere die Ausgrabungsstätte und die ausführliche Führung mit vielen Erklärungen und Hintergründen haben uns sehr gefallen. Sehr positiv, dass auch die Terrassenhäuser enthalten waren, für die üblicherweise ein gesonderter Eintritt notwendig ist. Diesen Ausflug können wir sehr empfehlen!

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October 20, 2022

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We enjoyed this activity so much. Our guide was personal, knowledgeable, and responsive to our needs. Having a small group was such a good choice for us. Highly recommend this tour.

August 11, 2022

Product ID: 202984