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Welcome to Kusadasi

With its popular beaches and European-style shops and restaurants along the waterfront, Kusadasi is primarily regarded as a resort town frequented by cruise ships and populated by European holiday-goers. But this city on the west coast of Turkey offers the seasoned global traveler plenty to love, including a stunning example of 17th-century Ottoman architecture at Okuz Mehmed Pasha Caravanserai. Apart from the attractions, however, the city’s most enticing appeal is its prime location with easy access to some of Turkey’s most popular historic and natural attractions. Take a short ferry ride to the Greek island of Samos, home to Pythagoras and Epicurus, or spend the day lounging aboard the deck of a boat on the Mediterranean Sea. The large set of Aegean ruins at Ephesus—including the House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, and Temple of Artemis—lure travelers away from the city, as do the smaller but equally important sites at Priene, Didyma, and Miletus. With so many tours geared to please the cruise passengers coming and going from Izmir Port, finding a streamlined shore excursion to any of these attractions is a breeze. Private tours offer customizable itineraries best suited to your interests, while group tours help you save money on the most popular attractions.

Top 15 attractions in Kusadasi

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Kusadasi Castle

Kusadasi Castle

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Built and extended between the 14th and 18th centuries, picturesque Kusadasi Castle sits on Pigeon Island (Guvercin Adasa), an islet connected to Kusadasi via a causeway. Originally constructed as a military base, the fortress is composed of outer walls that enclose its gardens and an inner castle with a tiny museum.More
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Ephesus (Efes)

Ephesus (Efes)

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Ephesus (Efes) is one of the greatest ancient sites in the Mediterranean. During its heyday in the first century BC, it was the second-largest city in the world, with only Rome commanding more power. Many reconstructed structures and ruins, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, can be seen here.More
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House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

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St. Mary’s House in Ephesus is believed by many to be the place where the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, spent her final days, and has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims seeking the healing properties of the spring that runs beneath the stone home since its discovery in the 19th-century.More
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Temple of Artemis (Artemision)

Temple of Artemis (Artemision)

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One of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the marble Temple of Artemis (Artemision or Artemisium at Ephesus once spanned more than 63,000 square feet (around 5,850 square meters. Today all that remains of 127 original columns plus countless frescoes and statues is a teetering pillar and some foundation fragments.More
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Priene

Priene

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The ancient Greek city of Priene is in modern-day Turkey, but its Greek roots are clearly visible in the excavations you can visit. The remains of the city of Priene we can see today date back to the 4th century B.C.E., but it’s widely known among archaeologists that the original Priene settlement is much older. How much older, they can’t say - those remains are likely still buried - but it’s possible the original city was established before 1000 B.C.E.One of the main attractions at Priene is the Temple to Athena, situated at the highest point of the old city. Other sights in the excavations include a theater, the agora, a city council building called a “bouleuterion,” a gymnasium with Roman baths, and a Temple of Demeter.More
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Sardis (Sart)

Sardis (Sart)

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Just east of Izmir in Turkey, ruined Sardis—or Sardes—was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia before falling to the Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. Its ruins span everything from a Roman gymnasium to the relics of a nearby Greek temple, and the remains of the 5th church of the Bible’s Seven Churches of the Revelation.More
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Miletus (Miletos)

Miletus (Miletos)

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The ancient Greek city of Miletus (Miletos) in modern-day Turkey was once an important port city. When the river’s location changed, the city was eventually abandoned.The settlement at Miletus dates back to 1400 B.C.E., and the city grew to be one of Greece’s wealthiest cities - thanks in large part to its position at the mouth of the Maeander River. Over the centuries, the river changed course, leaving Miletus behind. The city was later destroyed by the Persians in 499 B.C.E. and then rebuilt on a new grid plan that was to become the model for Roman cities. Excavations at the site began in the late 1800s, and today you can see the remains of a theater, a stadium, a Temple to Apollo, a Byzantine-era castle and church, and Roman baths.More
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Adaland Aquapark

Adaland Aquapark

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One of Kusadasi’s best water parks, Adaland Aquapark boasts slides for every age and pace, from leisurely 6-person family jaunts through to freefall and boomerang rides. A wave pool, lazy river, jacuzzi, little kids’ zone, rafting course, and lively poolside disco make it a great space to while away the day.More
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Dilek National Park (Dilek Milli Parki)

Dilek National Park (Dilek Milli Parki)

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Covering 87 square miles (227 square kilometers), the Dilek Peninsula-Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park occupies a peninsula south of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Natural wonders abound here, from pebble beaches and wildlife to footpaths, ancient ruins, and a canyon hiking trail.More
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Basilica of St. John

Basilica of St. John

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In Christian tradition, St. John the Apostle came to Ephesus after St. Paul and ministered to the Ephesians. The vast Basilica of St. John, built by the sixth-century emperor Justinian, houses a fourth-century tomb that drew pilgrims from across Europe in search of miracles. It is still one of the world’s largest cathedrals today.More
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Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus

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A grand two-story facade adorned with statues of the four Virtues makes the Library of Celsus the most photographed and best-known monument in the Ephesus UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in AD 110 to honor Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, it once held 12,000 scrolls, making it one of the largest libraries in the ancient world.More
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Sirince

Sirince

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Şirince, a small village of just 600 inhabitants, has a long history that is intrinsically linked to Ephesus; indeed, rumor has it that it was founded by freed Greek slaves who named it “ugly” in Turkish to deter others from following them after the fall of Ephesus. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that the name was changed to Şirince, which means ‘pleasant.’ Nowadays the mountainous village is mainly known for its many preserved whitewashed stucco homes, bucolic and lush setting, as well as its fruit-based wineries and olive groves. The Church of St John the Baptist, although neglected by Turkish authorities, still houses fantastic Byzantine frescoes. Most tourists tend to visit for one day as part of excursions to nearby Selçuk, but there’s a handful of guesthouses and cafés for overnight guests as well. Visitors should be aware that Sirince gets very crowded on the weekend.More
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Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus

Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus

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The Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus is one of the highlights of the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. It was built around 118 AD and is actually more of a monument to Hadrian, Artemis, and the people of Ephesus. Hadrian's temple is small, but there is a beautiful arch on the outside, a porch, and a small main hall. The porch is supported by pillars and Corinthian columns. A statue of Hadrian once stood on a podium in the temple, but it has been lost. On the front of the porch are bases with the names of Galerius, Maximianus, Diocletianus, and Constantius Chlorus inscribed on them, indicating that the bases might have once held statues of these emperors.Panel reliefs on the inside depict Medusa warding off the bad spirits, the mythological foundation of Ephesus, and various religious scenes. The reliefs seen today are plaster replicas, while the originals are protected in the Ephesus Museum.More
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Public Latrine at Ephesus

Public Latrine at Ephesus

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The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ephasus are located in Selcuk, Turkey. The city was the second most important city in the Roman empire during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. One of the popular sections of the ruins is the Public Latrine, next to the Hadrian Temple and the Bordello. The public latrines were the city's public toilets, and they were built in the 1st century AD as part of the Scholastica Baths. These baths were built to provide the city with the modern conveniences of public works, including 36 marble toilets.Visitors can still see, but not use, the toilets that are lined up along the walls. There was an uncovered pool with columns surrounding it which supported a wooden ceiling. Underneath the latrines was a drainage system. There was also a trough with relatively clean water near where your feet would be. People who wanted to use the toilets had to pay an entrance fee.More
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Baths of Varius

Baths of Varius

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The Baths of Varius was a bathhouse built in the 2nd century AD in Ephesus in present-day Turkey. The north and east walls of the original building were carved from natural outcroppings of rock. Several renovations over a few centuries gave the building a unique look, including the addition of a hallway that was 130 feet long and covered in mosaics from the 5th century. The baths covered a large area and had several different rooms, including separate rooms for cold, warm, and hot water. There were also private rooms for a few wealthy citizens of Ephesus. It is believed one section functioned as a gymnasium.The Romans place a high value on personal cleanliness, so the Baths of Varius would have been an important building in ancient Ephesus. Most but not all sections of the baths have been excavated, and no restoration work has been done yet. Some sections are in decent shape, but it might take some creativity to imagine what other sections once looked like.More

Top activities in Kusadasi

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Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
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Ferry to Samos from Kusadasi

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kusadasi

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Great service
XIAOCHEN_W, Jun 2022
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) Transfer to OR from Kusadasi
He spoke English.
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Great tour…
Jonathan_R, May 2022
Customizable Private Ephesus Tour
His english was fluence and easy to understand.
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A wonderful way to see Ephesus and much more!
Steven_G, Jul 2022
Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion:Ephesus, Winery,and Lunch at Seven Sages Winery
We knew that we wanted to visit Ephesus from our stay in Kusadasi, but we were looking to do more with the day.
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Highly recommend!
Mindi_M, Jun 2022
Small Group Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk
This was a perfect way to see Kusadasi in a day!
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See Ephesus easily and comfortably!
michael_p, May 2022
Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi
The way to see Ephesus is with a small group-the small van could maneuver to the entrance easily, requiring less walking just to get to the entrance.
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Trustable! And knowledgeable guide
jenna_n, May 2022
Customizable Private Ephesus Tour
Take us to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary after that we wanted to visit also Basilica of st.
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Great Experience in Kusadasi.
Mark_B, Apr 2022
Ephesus,House of Virgin Mary and Basilica of Saint John Tour
The House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus were amazing to see and was a very worthwhile experience.
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Toured from Kusadasi so...
John_G, Dec 2021
Pamukkale Small Group Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels
Panakkale was nice to see also.
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Excellent way to see the area. We'd...
Andrea B, Jun 2016
All Inclusive VIP Ephesus Excursion: Customizable Ephesus
Excellent way to see the area.
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Shawnee_D, Aug 2016
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Great to see this area.
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Great Tour Day in Ephesus
evelynbuchan, Jan 2020
Ephesus Tours Port Kusadasi lunch guide bus shopping Caravanserai artemis
I will definetely recommend to everyone this tour who wants to visit Kusadasi and Ephesus.
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Sandy R, Sep 2017
Small Group: Half-Day Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi
Our guide customized our trip and was open to our suggestions, but we trusted her and went with her suggestions of what was worthwhile to see as well as where to have lunch.
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I initially book a tour but because...
Linda_B, Aug 2016
Private Ephesus Shore Excursion
I wanted to visit the Virgin Mary site, so we did visit and we had to pay that day for the visit, but something no other guide we've ever had paid the entrance fee upfront and then said to us give it back to me at the end of the tour - SPECIAL!!!
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Alexander P, Oct 2016
PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Our tour guide was professional and spoke excellent English.
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Robyn_W, Jun 2016
Ephesus Shared Tour for Cruise Passengers from Kusadasi Port
I loved to see the beauty of Kusadasi and Ephesus and the visit to the House of Mary was definitely the highlight of this tour as well as our 9 night Mediterranean cruise!
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jeanmarc_M, Aug 2016
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Omer is very knowledgeable and has a good sens of humour i forgot the heat ot summer ...
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What a fantastic tour!! Our tour...
TE_D, Jul 2016
Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion:Ephesus, Winery,and Lunch at Seven Sages Winery
With this being a private tour we were able to tailor the tour to our liking and having visited Ephesus on several occasions previously John gave us insights into the more day to day activities that would have been carried out in the city and how the archaeologists had worked this out from the evidence they had found.
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Our guide picked us up at the Cruise...
Craig D, Sep 2015
Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi
We made one more stop at an ancient temple but there was not much left to see and then he took us to a leather factory where we were treated to a fashion show.
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Amazing and Well Planned Tour!!!
Barbara_E, May 2022
Customizable Private Ephesus Tour
On the way the guide in perfect English foundgave us some very interesting information about the political geographical economical and cultural facts about this beautiful country we were in.
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Ian, Jul 2014
Day Tour - Pamukkale, Travertines and Hierapolis Tour from Kusadasi
The tour guide and driver were both fantastic, great English skills and informative.
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