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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

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Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the ancient wonders of Ephesus on this private shore excursion, departing from the port of Kusadasi. Your expert local guide will ensure you maximize your sightseeing time at port, catering an immersive experience and taking you to the Basilica of St John, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (Temple of Diana). Learn about this ancient city at the Ephesus Museum and admire historic excavations and the renowned Artemis of Ephesus statue.
  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See ancient artifacts at the Ephesus Museum
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle for extra comfort
  • Private tour guide for a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Additional Details

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Transport by private vehicle and professional driver
Professional guide
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Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You must contact the local service provider at least 48hrs before tour to be informed on the exact pickup time (meeting point will be provided on your confirmation voucher)

Ports

  • Kusadasi port


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Your private Ephesus shore excursion kicks off upon docking at the Kusadasi port. After disembarking, meet your private guide and settle into your luxury vehicle. Revel your first stop as you enter the Magnesia Gate. Follow your guide through the evocative Roman ruins, the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library, Odeon, and the Fountain of Trajan while learning the history along the way.

Next, head to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site where it is said that Mary lived the end of her life. Inside the house, you will find a shrine dedicated to St Mary. Your guide will tell you about the discovery of this holy site, which occurred in the 19th century when a nun published recounts of her visions.

Depart the House of the Virgin Mary and venture to the Basilica of St John. Here, admire magnanimous columns and what remains of ancient mosaics, built by Emperor Justinian at the site of St John the Apostle’s tomb. At the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana, take in more rich history of one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Make one last stop at the Ephesus Museum, where you can peruse excavations from the ancient city of Ephesus as well as frescoes and mosaics. Take in views of the surrounding countryside on your way back to your port, where you will board your ship for an on-time departure.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to Kusadasi's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Kusadasi is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meet at Kusadasi harbor and continue to Ephesus. Arrival to Ephesus - Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 24,000, which was the site where it is believed St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
House of the Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
Basilica of St.John - Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. See the remaining graceful columns and mosaics of the Basilica as you take in the panorama of the rural Selcuk countryside and the ruins of The Temple of Artemis.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis, which had been built at first during the Archaic period, today it's known one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please enter your preferred pickup time in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking, and reconfirm 48 hours prior to the tour’s departure time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children who do not occupy a seat are free of charge. Children who occupy a seat and are up to 11 years old, benefit from a discount
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Achtypis Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis.

Reviews

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star-3
Not crazy about the stop to the rug...
jessica_averyt
, Jul 2017
Not crazy about the stop to the rug store...felt very pressured to purchase. Other than that, good tour.
star-5
Emore,our guide, was wonderful. He was...
HAROLD S
, Sep 2016
Emore,our guide, was wonderful. He was very well informed and did his best to accommodate us
star-5
Alex was a great tour guide. Even...
sbclark@ameritech.net
, Jun 2016
Alex was a great tour guide. Even though the house of the Virgin Mary was crowded, it was beautiful to see. We especially enjoyed the Ancient City of Ephesus. The ruins are impressive and Alex told us about their advancements in engineering for such an old city. Lunch at a small Turkish restaurant was delicious and served family style. It was inexpensive but very good. Our final stop was to see how Turkish rugs are made. We enjoyed the demonstration and even purchased a Turkish rug!
star-4
Tour guide seemed to be just doing...
BRADLEY D
, Oct 2015
Tour guide seemed to be just doing his job, Not all that into the tour. He did answer all questions and made time to stop at a carpet making location. This was a great experience but was also an attempt to get us to buy a rather expensive hand made carpet.
star-5
Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was...
JOAN S
, Oct 2015
Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was exceptional and I would recommend this tour to my friends and I NEVER say that :- I wouldn't mind having skipped the carpet tour at the end. While very interesting, the heavy sales pitch wasn't. Again - loved the guide!
star-5
Excellent tour with knowledgeable...
William B
, Sep 2015
Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide to Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and Temple of the Virgin Mary and history of the region. Guide had excellent recommendations on restaurants and shops.
star-5
Alex was knowledgeable and had a...
Vito C
, Sep 2015
Alex was knowledgeable and had a history degree for this area. He took us to our requested places. He was very reserved.
star-4
Our tour was very good and our tour...
KsSunshine
, Sep 2015
Our tour was very good and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was in June, so it was very hot. While hats helped, I had an umbrella which provided more protection from the sun. The only down side was the last stop in which we were shown how Turkish rugs were made with ample pressure to purchase a rug. This was not on the published itinerary. If this happens, you have to be persistent in your refusal.
star-5
Our family loved the personal tour...
Susan S
, Aug 2015
Our family loved the personal tour. Our guide, Alex, was well informed, very considerate and his English was flawless. We were impressed by Viator and the tours they provided. Would definitely use their services again.
star-5
Alex was absolutely amazing! We were...
PAM
, Aug 2015
Alex was absolutely amazing! We were treated like royalty and enjoyed every minute. He was extremely knowledgeable. More than we expected! We saw Ephesus, had a fantastic lunch, toured rug making facility and still had time for shopping! It was great! Highly recommend.

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