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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus on this Ephesus shore excursion from Kusadasi. On this Ephesus Turkey tour, depart from your cruise ship in Kusadasi and meet your expert guide, then venture to one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. During Roman and Greek times, Ephesus was an important religious and commercial center. Explore the ruins and learn about this fascinating slice of Turkish history, including the Temple of Hadrian, Fountains of Trajan, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater, then return to your ship for an on-time departure. 
  • Full-day Ephesus sightseeing shore excursion from Kusadasi
  • Tour the majestic ancient ruins of Ephesus
  • Marvel at the Fountains of Trajan and the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch (included)
  • Visit the home of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Port pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • kusadasi port


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Enjoy this informative Ephesus shore excursion, from Kusadasi to Ephesus. Disembark your ship and venture from the port to meet your expert local guide. Ephesus remains one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in Turkey. As such, it’s high on many travelers’ lists of places to see while visiting this historic country. Your expert guide will enlighten you on the many myths and stories surrounding these spectacular ruins, dating back to ancient Roman and Greek times. 

Follow your guide to the Fountains of Trajan, an aquatic fete meant to honor Emperor Trajan. Continue to other highlights of Ephesus, like the Polio Fountain and the Domitian Temple. Listen to your guide as he explains the significance of such sites as  the Library of Celsius, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Private House. You won’t want to miss the bouleuterion, a modest theater that housed important government meetings. Stop by the Great Theater, constructed in 117 AD, and admire its stunning capacity for nearly 24,000 spectators.

Refuel with a leisurely lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant (included), then continue on to the House of Virgin Mary, where the historical figure lived out the remaining days of her life. Before heading back to port, be sure to see the stunning Basilica of St John. Here you will find what is supposed to be the tomb of St John the Apostle. Take your time admiring the scenic walkway back to your ship at the Kusadasi port, where you tour concludes.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to the port of Kusadasi. 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
Ephesus is the highlight of any visit in Turkey, and you can see its top sights on this shore excursion from Kusadasi. With so many mythological stories and spectacular ruins, Ephesus will make you feel like you've gone back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. See the famous Fountains of Trajan, built to honor the emperor of the same name, and the Polio Fountain, located opposite the Domitian Temple. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Private House (a brothel which was part of the scholastic baths), the Library of Celsius and the bouleuterion (a small theater used for the meetings of the Senate). Admire the Great Theater, which was completed by the Romans in 117 AD and has a capacity for 24,000 spectators.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
After enjoying a lunch of Turkish cuisine (included), you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
Next, see the graceful columns and mosaics that remain of the Basilica of St John, built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St John the Apostle, before returning to your ship at the Kusadasi port, where you tour concludes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: You must contact your local service provider 24 hours prior to the tour to reconfirm your departure point and time
  • 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
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour.

Reviews

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Great Day in Ephesus
Roger M
, Oct 2019
We had a very competent tour guide which helped explain the history of the area. We saw amazing ruins and realized how advanced the ancient people and city was. We found Western Turkey to be a beautiful country with lovely people. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and experience Turkish coffee and the history of their rug making.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Roger, Thank you for sparing your precious time and writing this review. We appreciate this. We're more than happy to hear that you were satisfied with our services. Please visit again, Neon Tours
star-5
Fantastic tour! Very informative and...
Francis G
, Dec 2016
Fantastic tour! Very informative and thorough. Highly recommended.
star-5
Awesome tour. I have actually done...
CindyVan
, Nov 2016
Awesome tour. I have actually done it twice--on two different trips--and loved it both times. Highly recommend this!
star-5
Cigdem is an excellent tour guide...
gailsapple7
, Nov 2016
Cigdem is an excellent tour guide. She was easy to find getting off the ship and arrived early. Cigdem was very good at explaining a lot of information and was very warm and nice to everyone. I really had a good time on this tour. Her English was clear and easy to understand. The lunch was amazing as well. Thank you Cigdem for a wonderful day!
star-5
We were assigned to Neon tours. Our...
janetschwartz186
, Oct 2016
We were assigned to Neon tours. Our tour was excellent as was our guide. The included lunch was superb and an excellent representation of the country's food. This tour was a pleasant surprise because we almost skipped leaving the ship n Turkey. We are so glad we did not. A do not miss!!
star-5
The woman who was our guide was...
Don S
, Sep 2016
The woman who was our guide was excellent...unfortunately we have lost her name. She made the entire tour an incredible success. She was with Neon Tours and just made it a wonderful experience. We are trying to find her name so that we can also add to Trip Advisor etc.
star-5
Lovely experience- great driver and...
Theresa
, Aug 2016
Lovely experience- great driver and guide. The political situation in Turkey is so sad- they would not discuss this situation but were so thankful that we visited. Other passengers were late due to a connection issue- but started our tour- then joined group- redid the first part of the tour for the second group and got us other transportation back to the port. GREAT SERVICE- I want to go back to TURKEY
star-5
We enjoyed the tour. Ephesus is...
TerriT
, Jul 2016
We enjoyed the tour. Ephesus is amazing. I recommend taking a small umbrella for shade if the weather is hot and sunny. Dress in light clothing. We visited places where rugs and are made and sold. I enjoyed it but some tour members were not interested in buying and did not like this part of the tour
star-5
Ephesus was a surprisingly wonderful...
P D W
, Jul 2016
Ephesus was a surprisingly wonderful archeological site. Ismail, our guide, is an archeologist made it even better!!! We were also fortunate to have a private tour. So much more personal. Virgin Mary's house was a spiritual experience. We had a delicious lunch at Turkmen carpets and a demo.
star-5
Tour group of eight which was...
Jacquelyn W
, Jun 2016
Tour group of eight which was excellent, and Top our tour guide was terrific, throughly enjoyed the day

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