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Ephesus Small Group (10 person) Semi Private Shore Excursion
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icon4 to 6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

See the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and other highlights of the area on a private half-day tour from Kusadasi. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site then stop at the Temple of Artemis, the Meryemana (Virgin Mary's House), and the Cave of the Seven Sleepers. Your tour includes skip-the-line admission, lunch, private guide and driver, and hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
  • Private tour to Ephesus with lunch, from Kusadasi
  • See the Great Theater, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, and other highlights in Ephesus
  • See the Temple of Artemis, the Meryemana (House of the Virgin Mary), and the Cave of the Seven Sleepers,
  • Includes lunch, private guide and driver, and hotel or port pickup and drop-off
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A Delicious Local Lunch
Professional Licensed Tour Guide
Guaranteed skip-the-line!
Pickup and Drop-off from Hotel and Cruise Port
Brand New A/C Luxury Mercedes Sprinter with Private Driver
Wellcome Meeting at OKSA Port Restaurant with complimentary coffee.
Drinks
Entrance fees (per person aprox.25USD), Payable at the end of tour.

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Begin your private tour at your choice of times, with pickup at your hotel or cruise ship dock. Most people then head to Ephesus, which is located a short drive from Kusadasi.

Your private guide takes you through the well-preserved ruins of the ancient Greek and Roman city, pointing out highlights including the Gate of Mazeus and Mithridates, the Great Theater, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, and more.

Stop at the Temple of Artemis, which stood close to Ephesus and is marked by a single remaining column. Then visit the Meryemana (House of the Virgin Mary), a site that's sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and discover the legend of the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, another story that's common to Christianity and Islam.

You'll take a break for lunch, and be returned to the port or your hotel in Kusadasi at the end of your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kusadasi
Your guide will meet you at the Cruise Port with a sign your name is written.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oksa Port
Oksa Port is an amazing highly rated restaurant near the cruise port. This is our starting point. If you leave your cruise earlier than tour start time, we offer a complimentary coffee or tea here instead of waiting for the others at the port. Your guides will give you a brief information about Ephesus and the itinerary here before you depart for your tour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Okuz Mehmet Pasa KervansarayI
The caravanserai was commissioned by Öküz Mehmed Pasha, who served as Governor of Ottoman Egypt and Grand Vizier. It was constructed between 1615 and 1618. Constructed in the form of a fortress to meet the needs of the time, the caravanserai was used as customshouse. The Directorate of Foundations started the renovation of the almost-ruined caravanserai in 1954 that continued until 1966.The cost of renovation totaled to ₺2.1 million (approx. US$0.21 million), not including the cost for nationalization of shanties on three sides of the ruined structure.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The House of Virgin Mary where Mary had spent her last day, the Basilica of St. John where is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
This enclosure for archaeological remains at Ephesus elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibility for visitors. The site of a succession of great ancient civilizations, Ephesus, on the south-west coast of modern Turkey, embodied a peculiarly fertile synthesis of architecture and culture. In 356BC the Greeks built the Artemesium (a colossal Ionic temple dedicated to Artemis the fertility goddess) which was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. During the 2nd century BC, Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the eastern Roman Empire, famous for its Artemesium, the Library of Celsus and its medical school..
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was buried on the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of St. John, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church of St John was changed into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD). The second half of the first century was full of persecution for the early Christians. Apostle James and Stephen were killed in Jerusalem. Paul was sent to Rome and executed. According to tradition John took The Mother Mary and came to Ephesus. He wrote his Gospel in Ephesus and the Revelation on Greece Island, Patmos in 96AD
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemision in Ionia at Ephesus in Turkey, became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built in Ephesus on a flat area which has turned into a swamp over the centuries. Today there are only the ruins of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age which was made of marble and sculptured columns. The most beautiful remainings of this temple are exhibited in the London British Museum. The oldest remaining found dates back to 6th century BC. It was surrounded by 36 huge columns, later enlarged upon the orders of the Lydian King, Kreisos during the 6th Century BC. Most of the exhibits in the London British Museum belong to this period. The new Artemis temple was built in the 2nd century BC. It was located on top of the previous one and had tremendous dimensions like 121 columns of each 17,5 meters high. Unfortunately this temple was destroyed by fire and reconstructed but then again demolished by earthquakes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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