Private tour

From Kusadasi or Izmir: Ephesus Private Tour

Private tour

From Kusadasi or Izmir: Ephesus Private Tour

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Travel back in time and visit the ruins of Ephesus on a full-day private tour from Izmir or Kusadasi. Enjoy skip-the-line tickets and a delicious lunch.

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Duration 3.5 - 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
If you're staying at a hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Stroll down marble streets that date back more than 2,000 years
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and Ionians of Ephesus and admire their temples and art
  • Visit the house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her final days
  • Admire the columns and statues of the Celcius Library
  • See the Greek Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
Full description

Explore the stunning ruins of Ephesus on this full-day sightseeing tour from Izmir or Kusadasi, also available as a half-day option from Kusadasi for those short of time. As it is a private tour you can start at any time you like. You will also visit the small House of the Virgin Mary, where it is thought she spent her final days after St. John brought her to Ephesus following the death of Jesus. Located on Mount Bulbuldagi (Koressos), it’s a popular pilgrim site for Christians and Muslims and boasts a captivating, spiritual atmosphere. Once inside the grounds of Ephesus, wander among the ruins with your guide to see sites such as the Odeon Theatre, which could seat up to 1,400 spectators in its day. Admire the beautiful Roman statues and decorations carved into marble slabs at the Pollio Fountain. Other highlights include the Celcius Library, completed by the Romans in 117AD. The building has the most awe-inspiring façade, with columns, statues, and intact windows. Finally, explore the Greek Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and go to the Basilica of St John (Kusadasi departures only), constructed by Justinian I over the burial site of the Apostle John.

  • Tour guide
  • Transportation by A/C luxury Mercedes Vito or Sprinter
  • Private driver
  • Hotel and pickup and drop-off
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance Fees (25$ per person)
  • Local lunch (10$ per person)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Drinks at lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Tripods

Know before you go

  • Please note that the attractions at Ephesus open at 08:00
  •  This tour requires a minimum of 2 hours walking. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sun cream, and bring an umbrella (for sun or rain depending on the season)
  • Bring your camera, but please note that tripods are not allowed at Ephesus
  •  There is no obligation to cover your head or shoulders in Ephesus. You may wear shorts and T-shirts in summer. For the House of the Virgin Mary a pashmina will be adequate cover
  • Discounts are available for children under 8 years old. Please bring their passports or ID card to show upon entering the museum and attractions. If you don’t have ID, they may be charged full adult price.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

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Ali was very knowledgeable, thorough and organized as well as flexible. I particularly appreciate the thoughtful way information and history was presented which helped with unraveling the unique history of the area. I did end up with the tour from Izmir which costs more but I still will recommend him and this tour to anyone who contemplates a visit!

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March 25, 2023

I did a private tour with Özlem and visited the house of the Virgin Mary,Ephesus with a side trip to a leather factory and to see how the handcrafts (ceramic) are made. Overall an excellent tour with a fantastic and knowledgeable guide who provided more info than I could ever ask for. Highly recommended.

March 25, 2023

Was the only one on a Sunday private tour and covered the house of Mary, Ephesus, a short stop over at the temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St John. The sights were amazing as you would expect, but my guide Ali was superb. His English was flawless and his knowledge was top notch. His explanations to give historical, religious and modern context to the sites, the area and its people brought to life the places as only a local from this part does. He’s also extensively travelled and does get to know the people he’s guiding better to actively relate and also suggest how the day can be better tailored to your preferences. The lunch place he chose was a co-op with the cause for the villagers around the area and the food was amazing. I would fully recommend and my thanks to Ali for the hospitality and making this day amazing.

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March 25, 2023

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