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From Kusadasi or Izmir: Ephesus 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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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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

4.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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This was our first time in Turkey. We came on a Princess cruise and booked this tour in advance. This tour and our guide Nafia was amazing. Nafia met us right outside of the cruise terminal when we got outside. She is a local and extremely passionate about Turkey. She took us to see everything we wanted and more. Nafia went above and beyond, she has amazing knowledge about the history of each and every place we went to see. We highly recommend Nafia and this tour. We will definitely come back to Kusadaski again because of her and the amazingly warm friendly people of Turkey.

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September 14, 2022

We went with this guide last week and it was great. Our guide Ali was very informative and had a lot of knowledge about the city of ephesus and everything we saw. We saw a lot and you should do Ephesos if you are in Kusadasi. Of course you can do it on your own but it is much more informative and interesting. It was just the two of us and Ali so it was all to our liking. Perfect day. If we had had more time we would have done more with him, but unfortunately the laytime didn't allow for more. Too bad. But if you are there you should make a trip to Ephesus. The Turkish lunch, which was freshly prepared, was really delicious and the whole day was a great success. 100 points from us. And many thanks to Ali for this great day

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August 28, 2022

Great, Halil our guide, educated, professional, with a lot of knowledge. The visit to the Casa Meyerana (The Virgin Mary) and to Ephesus was a joy. Highly recommended, if someone needs a guide, ask me for their contact. arteathena@hotmail.com Get your guide splendid, it has not failed me even once

August 25, 2022

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