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From Kusadasi: Full-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

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Activity provider: Tour Altinkum

From Kusadasi: Full-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum
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Discover the world-famous UNESCO sights of Turkey on this full-day Ephesus group tour including the Virgin Mary House and Artemis Temple with an expert local guide for an unforgettable experience.

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Duration 8 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Centrally located Kusadasi hotels/ port and Selcuk hotels.
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Discover UNESCO Sights of Turkey with customized and small group tour
  • Walk in the ancient roads, in ancient Ephesus, where Apostle Paul and John walked
  • See Great Theatre, Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Agora, Public Toilets and more
  • Enjoy traditional Turkish lunch in local restaurant
  • Visit the Virgin Mary House and Artemis Temple
Full description
Your guide will meet you at Kusadasi port / hotels with a sign with your name written on it. Then, you will be driven directly to the sites. First, you will visit ancient Ephesus,the best preserved classic city in the eastern Mediterranean and the largest open air museum in Turkey. Ephesus contains more then 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still have the marks of ancient chariot wheels. Visit the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. The face of the Library of Celsus, which has been remarkably restored, is probably the most photographed place in Ephesus originally built in 115 to 125. You might also see the Odeon Temple, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, Scholastica Baths, marble road, agora and the Temple of Domitian. After lunch in a local Turkish restaurant, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary. Mary was brought to Ephesus by the apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived her final days here. This church was erected on the foundations of that house and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope lV and Pope John Paul ll. Many visitors describe this as an uplifting or spiritual experience. Considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis was dedicated to the Goddess of the Hunt. Only the foundation and one column remains of this temple which once measured 425 feet by 220 feet wide. Paul’s successful ministry in this city was considered a threat to this temple. The city reached the Golden Age and became a good model of the ancient world in culture and art. Finally, you will visit the Isa Bey Mosque, one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture situated below the Basilica of St. John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architect Ali son of Mushimis al-Damishki between the years of 1374 and 1375. After your tour, drive back to the departure point.
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Lunch in a local restaurants
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels or the port in Kusadasi and hotels in Selcuk
  • Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • Parking fees
  • Admission fees to the attractions
  • Beverage with meals
  • Tips for the guide and driver (optional)
  • Personal expenses
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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Know before you go

  • Admission fees to Ancient Ephesus: 200TL per person.
  • Admission fees to House of Mary: 120TL per person
  • Your guide will have prepaid skip-the-line tickets to avoid long ticket queues. The cost of the entry tickets can be paid to your guide in lira, dollar, or euro (cash only).
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Expect stops to shop at a ceramic shop/jewelry shop, leather shop, and possibly a rug shop. It is not just a tour of the ruins. But then again, people may want this. It just needs to be disclosed. The guide was a good, knowledgeable guy. Once I asked not to stop at any more shopping places he agreed, but we were the only ones with him. It may be different with others on the tour.

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May 10, 2022

Nice excursion

It was a nice excursion with a lot of information. Please note that a stop at a silk, leather shop or else for about 20min will be part of the daily trip. Besides that, I had a good time. Lunch was Ok and the included stops done and the guide was ok too.

June 12, 2019

April 10, 2022

Product ID: 138662