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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

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Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Soak up history and ogle ancient ruins and monuments during this Kusadasi port excursion and private guided tour of Ephesus. Uncover the remnants of a this previous Roman capital alongside your expert local guide. Then, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, an aged building she spent her last moments in. Finally, you will admire one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. At the end of the tour, return to your port in time for departure.
  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary last lived
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus
  • See the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Find exciting historical data and Roman stories from your private local guide
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Transport by private vehicle and professional driver
Professional guide
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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

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

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)
Arrive at the Kusadasi port, hop off your ship and meet your guide in front of the Magnesia Gate for your private tour of Ephesus. Aboard your vehicle venture through this gate which was originally constructed to link Ephesus with Magnesia and was the gateway for chariots, horses and people.

Within the ancient city discover Celsus Library, a remarkable monument that once housed over 12,000 scrolls. Learn about the extraordinary tomb that rests below the bottom floor where rests the remains of Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the former governor of the province of Asia.

Next, head to Odeon and stroll to the Great Theater and the Fountain of Trajan. Here, listen as your guide entertains you with interesting historical details and tales of city lore. Then, visit the Temple of Hadrian and observe the Ephesus foundation whose three support panels portray mythological imagery.

On to the Temple of Artemis to admire one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World. One of Ephesus’ most impressive temples, marvel at the ruins of this amazing engineering feat that was constructed during the Archaic period.

Finally, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary and discover the place where she spent her final moments. Hear how the Vatican authenticated the religious significance of this small two-story Roman home as you explore its central section. Then, observe how the room to the right of the altar gives this building a look of a church more than house.  

Worry-free Shore Excursion:Don’t fret, this tour ensures you will get on your ship! In the unlikely event that your ship has departed, we will prepare transportation to the next port-of call. Plus, you can book worry free. If by chance your ship is delayed to arrive and you cannot attend the tour, we will refund your money. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meet at Kusadasi harbour 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 20 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 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: 20 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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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-4
Our guide was great and explained...
mlmanzi
, Nov 2015
Our guide was great and explained things very clearly to our children aged 11 and 9.
star-5
Our tour was perfect! From the...
David D
, Sep 2015
Our tour was perfect! From the moment we stepped off the boat, our guide Tay and driver were so attentive and knowledgeable. We learned so much, went at a pace that was perfect for the four of us and could not have asked for a better experience.
star-5
Outstanding Amry was very...
Tam D
, Sep 2015
Outstanding Amry was very knowledgeable and friendly. He went extra miles to ensure that we are satisfied with the tour. He deserved to be recognized as a history professor.
star-5
Although I was unable to go on this...
Karen D
, Jun 2015
Although I was unable to go on this tour due to getting sick, my husband enjoyed it. We had private tour guide and he was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. I was able to join them in the afternoon and we visited a carpet shop out in the country side about 10 miles from town. We bought one of the rugs to remember our six weeks vacation!!! I cannot wait to get it as it will look beautiful along with the three others that we already have. Being on a private tour is the only way to go!!!
star-5
We were a family of 5 including a 3...
aaarogers
, Jun 2015
We were a family of 5 including a 3, 5 and 73 year old and this was a great tour. Our tour guide Emry was great! He was extremely knowledgeable of the tour spots as well Turkey in general. He allowed us to go at our own speed slow... and answered all questions and kept the tour fun. After we had seen the major attractions he offered to take us to the leather and carpet shops. We passed on the leather, but he assured us that the carpet shop would be fun for the kids and they would not pressure us to purchase - he was right, it was a nice stop and we all enjoyed it. This was a great tour and we would highly recommend it -- if we hadn't had Emry to take us through and explain everything, we would have just wondered around aimlessly and not enjoyed the all the history that is there to see!
star-5
The tour company, and our guide...
c.westhafer
, Nov 2014
The tour company, and our guide, Alex get our highest marks. Probably the highlight of our entire cruise. So professional, yet very personal guide, who was very knowledgeable about Ephesus.
star-2
Ephesus is not to be missed but you...
linda.powell
, Oct 2014
Ephesus is not to be missed but you need an excellent guide. Guide quickly walked us through Ephesus; with limited commentary. We had been here previously 7 yrs ago with an excellent guide; we made a point of asking specific questions. If we hadn't he would not have taken the time to point out/explain. He was more interested in taking us to a carpet outlet; he was somewhat insulted when we declined.
star-5
We learned so much from our...
Kathleen G
, Oct 2014
We learned so much from our wonderful guide Eman. He made the experience one that we will never forget. His knowledge and insights were remarkable. If you schedule this trip ask for him. You will not be disappointed
star-4
Our trip to Ephesus was very...
Douglas S
, Sep 2014
Our trip to Ephesus was very enjoyable and informative. Comfortable transportation. Excellent, knowledgeable guide. Pace was excellent and relaxed.
star-4
Ephesus was fantastic. Highlight of...
Myala H
, Sep 2014
Ephesus was fantastic. Highlight of the cruise. Glad that we booked a private tour rather than do something through the cruise ship. It was a lot more expensive than the group your but worth it for a special occasion

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