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Top Archaeological Sites in Kusadasi

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Top Archaeological Sites in Kusadasi
Known for its beaches and festive ambiance, the Turkish resort town of Kuşadasi is also a popular destination for archaeology enthusiasts, thanks to its proximity to a number of impressive ancient sites. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to millennia-old ruins, here are the top archaeological sites to explore in Kuşadasi and the surrounding region.
 
Kuşadasi Castle
While Kuşadasi is most often seen as a jumping-off point for Ephesus and other top-ticket archaeological sites, the lively coastal city has its own historical draws. Its highlight is the Byzantine-era Kuşadasi Castle, which occupies the petite Pigeon Island and was recently restored to its former glory.
 
Hierapolis and Pamukkale
Together a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Hierapolis and the Pamukkale hot springs are two of Turkey’s most distinctive attractions. A busy spa center established in the 2nd century BC, Hierapolis is renowned for its enormous necropolis and sizeable theater. Just adjacent is Pamukkale, an extraordinary area where calcite-laden spring waters have created natural terraced basins and travertine formations. The site still hosts public springs today.
 
Ephesus
Notable for the enormity of its scale, UNESCO-listed Ephesus is a must-see for history buffs. Among the largest and most complete ancient cities in Asia, this sprawling archaeological complex includes dozens of highlights. The site’s Temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and its ruins can still be seen today. Other essential stops include the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus.
 
House of the Virgin Mary
Just adjacent to Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary is a popular destination in its own right, particularly as a pilgrimage site. Said to be the former residence of the Virgin Mary, the small stone chapel has been visited by several popes. The Basilica of St. John, part of Ephesus, is another popular stop for Christian pilgrims.
 
Sardis
The Lydian capital of Sardis offers a bevy of striking ruins. A major attraction of the ancient city, known for having had a large Jewish community, is the Sardis Synagogue, among the largest ancient synagogues ever excavated. The painstakingly restored Marble Court of Sardis and the Temple of Artemis are also impressive to behold.
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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

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Combine visits to some of Turkey's most important highlights in this 8-hour guided shore excursion from Kusadasi. With a dedicated guide, visit Ephesus (Efeze), St. Mary's House, the Terrace Houses, and St. John's Basilica. This private shore excursion ensures personalized attention from your guide and includes lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Kusadasi

Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Kusadasi

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Discover the important history of Turkey during this full-day private tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Kusadasi. Your tour will start with a visit to Pamukkale, where you’ll visit the red springs in Karahayit. Next it’s off to Hierapolis to see its famous landmarks including the Necropolis, Frontinius Street and the Temple of Apollon. Finish the visit with a swim in the Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool before moving on to the famous Travertines. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the end of your tour before returning to your hotel.
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  • 9 hours
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$150.00
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Private Ephesus Tours from Port Kusadasi with lunch english speaking guide bus

Private Ephesus Tours from Port Kusadasi with lunch english speaking guide bus

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Travel with your own private guide from your cruise ship dock in Kusadasi to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the Byzantine Empire and ancient Rome as you walk through the well-preserved ruins, then pass by the Temple of Artemis ruins, another important site. Your tour includes lunch, and round-trip transportation from the Kusadasi port.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$17.00
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Private Biblical Ephesus tour with Private Bible Oriented Tour guide

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Private Biblical Ephesus tour with Private Bible Oriented Tour guide

Private Biblical Ephesus Full day tour includes Biblical sites with our Bible Oriented tour guide . Private tour gives you flexibility to spend how much time you want in each site, ENTRANCE FEES are included
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Small Group Tour from Kusadasi Port to St.Mary's House, Ephesus and Surroundings

Small Group Tour from Kusadasi Port to St.Mary's House, Ephesus and Surroundings

If you are cruising to Kusadasi or stay in a hotel of Kusadasi and prefer a full day group tour, that tour could be best option. You will visit the most famous sights of Ephesus in a small group guided tour by a comfortable minibus. Immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman times of Ephesus, visit the temple of Artemis, Isabey mosque (beautiful example of Seljuk Turkish architecture) and see the House of Virgin Mary in a full day trip from Kusadasi port.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private Ephesus Miletus Dydima Tour from Port Kusadasi

Private Ephesus Miletus Dydima Tour from Port Kusadasi

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Visit the ancient sites of Ephesus and more on a comfortable and comprehensive 8-hour private tour.  Your all-inclusive experience begins with pickup from the Port of Kusadasi, which takes you to Miletus.  Enjoy an immersive visit with your guide, then head to Didya. After a complimentary Turkish lunch buffet, discover the Temple of Artemis and Ephesus, where you enjoy included admission. Finally, relax during your return journey to the port.
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  • 6 hours
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Ephesus Private Guided Customized Excursion

Ephesus Private Guided Customized Excursion

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See the Ephesus sites that interest you on a full-day, private tour that’s fully customizable. Work with a private driver/guide to create the perfect itinerary, from the ancient city of Ephesus to religious sites, traditional Turkish villages, colorful shops, or cooking classes. The duration of this private tour is up to you, and it includes round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle from locations in Kusadasi, Selcuk, and Izmir.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Ephesus and Terrace Houses Half-Day Private Shore Excursion

Ephesus and Terrace Houses Half-Day Private Shore Excursion

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Travel back in time to the ancient city of Ephesus with an art historian guide during this 5-hour private group shore excursion from Kusadasi. Get to know this historic Roman city during a walking tour as you visit famous landmarks including the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library façade, Grand Theater, and more. Entrance fees and round-trip port transport are included.
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  • 5 hours
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$35.00
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Private Ephesus tour

Private Ephesus tour

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Leave the modern streets of Kusadasi behind and discover the ancient city of Ephesus on a private 6-hour tour. The flexible itinerary allows you to take your time and only visit the locations that interest you. With private transportation at your disposal, you’re able to zip from place to place comfortably and efficiently. Your tour may also include visits to the House of the Virgin Mary and Artemis Temple.
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  • 8 hours
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$75.00
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Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Kusadasi

Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Kusadasi

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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites but with over 2 million annual visitors it can get crowded. Ensure a more personalized experience with this small-group tour from Kusadasi and enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that includes UNESCO-listed Ephesus; the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Isabey Mosque.
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  • 7 hours
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Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi

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Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi

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The striking white terraces of Pamukkale are a hotspot for tourists visiting Turkey. Instead of taking a crowded tour bus and looking at the terraces from afar, enjoy a swim in the hot pools on this low-intensity small-group tour. After the thermal springs, head to the ancient city of Hierapolis and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s historic Greek ruins.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Ephesus, Terrace House & Temple of Artemis from Kusadasi

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Private Ephesus, Terrace House & Temple of Artemis from Kusadasi

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Soak up the highlights of the world-famous Ephesus on this intimate half-day tour and benefit from the flexibility of a private guide and tailored itinerary. Step in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Marc Antony and John the Apostle as you see the Grand Theater, Odeon and Temples of Domitian and Hadrian at Ephesus, then tour the grand Terrace Houses, visit the St. John Basilica or discover the ruins of the once-magnificent Temple of Artemis.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Day Tour from Kusadasi

Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Day Tour from Kusadasi

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The cities of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma are filled with ancient ruins, crumbling temples, and dramatic, Greco-Roman history. Explore all three sites in a single day on a full-day, small-group tour from Selçuk and Kusadasi guided by an art historian whose specialized knowledge is an ideal introduction to the area’s culture, architecture, and art.
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  • 6 hours
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Day Tour - Pamukkale, Travertines and Hierapolis Tour from Kusadasi

Day Tour - Pamukkale, Travertines and Hierapolis Tour from Kusadasi

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Explore the stunning archaeology of Pamukkale on this small-group guided full day tour from Kusadasi. During your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, stroll along the white travertine rock plateaus and hear about the site’s geology. Gaze over Pamukkale to towards the ancient city of Hierapolis and learn about its history as you discover its fascinating ruins. Also, enjoy a cleansing soak in Hierapolis’ natural springs and pools. This small-group tour in Pamukkale is limited to 14 people, creating a more personalized experience with your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Tour from Kusadasi to Archaeological Sites of Ephesus, Gazibegendi Hill

Private Tour from Kusadasi to Archaeological Sites of Ephesus, Gazibegendi Hill

This fabulous, private tour takes in just about all archaeological beauties of Ephesus. Your private guide & car will pick you up from port of Kusadasi or your hotel in Kusadasi and drive to Ephesus. If walls could talk, the ruins of Ephesus would have some stories to tell. Back in the 1st century BC, this city was one of powerhouses of the Mediterranean. Tick off a list of sights including the Temple of Hadrian, the Marble Street, the Celsus Library and fascinating Terrace Houses. From here you’ll carry on to charming and well-organised museum of Ephesus ancient city. There are not only findings from the ongoing excavations at Ephesus archeological site, but also the artifacts from the Cukurici Mound, the basilica of St John, and the Temple of Artemis. Also, You can take amazing photos on best view point of Kusadasi before turn back to port or your hotel in Kusadasi.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group: Full Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi

Small Group: Full Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi

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Harken the days of biblical times during this full-day small-group tour of Ephesus from Kusadasi. Your knowledgable local guide will first take you to the historic Basilica of St. John, where the disciple wrote his famous gospel. Next you will visit the ancient city of Ephesus, once the greatest city in the Roman Empire and home to the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian and the Odeon. After spending time exploring at your own pace you’ll travel to the House of the Virgin Mary, where the famous biblical figure is thought to have lived before she died. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the most ancient sites in all of Asia and learn about the region’s important history and culture.
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  • 8 hours
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Wine Tasting in the village and visit to Mother's Mary House

Ancient Ephesus tour with Wine Tasting in the village and visit to Mother's Mary House

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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, but many tours only include a whistle-stop visit. This full-day tour from Kusadasi takes in all the highlights of the archeological site; visits St. John Basilica, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary; and includes a delicious Turkish lunch and wine tasting in Sirince village. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
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$76.06
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Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Winery, and Lunch

Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Winery, and Lunch

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When your ship is in Kusadasi, combine a visit to Ephesus with lunch and wine tastings on this private shore excursion. Traveling by private minivan, drive to the ruins of Greco-Roman Ephesus and tour its highlights, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater. Afterward, slow the pace with  lunch, and an estate tour and wine tastings at an acclaimed winery. Entrance fees, lunch, wine tastings, and port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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Priene & Miletos & Didyma Tour from Kusadasi

Priene & Miletos & Didyma Tour from Kusadasi

Visit three unique and beautiful ancient sites of Roman time. Each city will charm you with its spectacular views. In Priene you are going to overlook an endless field. Priene with Miletos are very first examples of modern city planning. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. After lunch; in Didyma, Medussa will charm you with her mystic look. Feel the history under your feet.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Doganbey Village, Priene, Artemis, Gazibegendi Hill

Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Doganbey Village, Priene, Artemis, Gazibegendi Hill

This tour is a fully private tour from Kusadasi port and hotels in Kusadasi. You’ll explore the two important ancient cities (Priene & Ephesus) near Kusadasi, and fascination village Doganbey on this tour. Also, you’ll visit the place where the Temple of Artemis once stood. This ancient religious house is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can take amazing photos on best view point of Kusadasi before turn back to port or your hotel in Kusadasi.
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  • 8 hours
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Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi

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Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi

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In the morning, your guide will meet with you at Kusadasi hotel. We reach to Ephesus. Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second largest city in the world. Ephesus was also a harbour city. And, this giant city was built only with marbel. Did you know Ephesus had a largest amphitheater in the ancient world over 25.000 seats? The House of Virgin Mary, is a place where according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her last years of her life. Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek Temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. It was located in Ephesus and it was one of the seven wonders of the world. The Isabey Mosque, constructed in 1374 – 1375, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian Beyliks. In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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4x4 Safari from Kusadasi Including BBQ Lunch

4x4 Safari from Kusadasi Including BBQ Lunch

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Clamber into an open-top all-terrain vehicle and head off-the-beaten-track on a thrilling full-day 4x4 safari from Kusadasi. Venture off-road to discover the wild landscapes of the Dilek National Park and cruise along the sea cliffs, looking out along Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Stop to explore Byzantine and medieval ruins dotted along the coast, cool off with a swim at Long Beach and dive into the mineral-rich waters of Zeus’ Cave, known for their healing properties.
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  • 7 hours
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Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus and House of Mary

Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus and House of Mary

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When your ship docks at Kusadasi, explore two of Turkey’s ancient highlights on a private half-day House of Mary and Ephesus shore excursion with an art historian guide. Visit Mary’s House, where a shrine marks Mary’s believed last home and then head to UNESCO-protected Ephesus. Tour this once-important Greco-Roman city to admire must-sees including the Great Theater as you uncover its history. Includes private air-conditioned transport, skip-the-line Ephesus admission, and port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
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Biblical Jewels of Ephesus

Biblical Jewels of Ephesus

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Don’t worry about any entrance fees on this all-inclusive excursion to the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus. Guided through the rich culture and history of this region, guests have a chance to see the Temple of Hadrian, House of the Mother Mary, Seven Sleeper’s Cave, and more. Enjoy a fresh lunch to stay energized for an afternoon of epic sightseeing (in the biblical sense).
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  • 7 hours
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$94.28
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