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Selcuk, Turkey
Small Group Ephesus Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre and the great Celsus Library. See an iconic mosque made of brick, marble and tiles, then see the ruined foundations of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World.
  • Full-day, Ephesus history tour
  • Visit historic and religious sites
  • Explore a UNESCO-listed city
  • Choose a small-group tour for a personal experience
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Professional Licensed Tour Guide
Hotel/Port pickup & drop-off (only from centrally located Kusadasi or Selcuk Hotels)
Transportation between the sights with A/C minivans
Parking fees and other taxes

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
• We provide pick-up & drop off services from/to Kusadasi Cruise Port. Our team will be waiting at the exit of the Cruise Port withholding the following sign 'IGLESIAS TOUR TURKEY - MEETING FOR EPHESUS SHORE EXCURSIONS'.
• We highly recommend you to meet our team at the port, after 30/45 minutes your ship docked to port. Our team will be there for 60 minutes, after 60 minutes passed your ship ducked to the port, our team will leave with the rest of the group. And, this may cause you to miss your experience if you are not there on time.
• The best way of being sure about the timing is contacting our reservation team. After you sent your reservation, please contact our reservation team via our e-mail or WhatsApp and ask for your certain meeting time.
• Please be sure that your hotel is the one which is centrally located in the Kusadasi or Selcuk Town or directly ask our team.
• The estimated pick up time is 09:00 – 09:30 am. Our team will meet you at your hotel reception and you will start your full-day Tour.
• Please contact our reservation team via our e-mail or WhatsApp and confirm your certain meeting time.


  • Kusadasi Cruise Port

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your guide at your hotel in Kuşadası or Selçuk around 9am, and get a brief introduction to local history during the 20-minute drive to the Virgin Mary House, a pilgrimage site that sits on the flanks of Aladağ mountain, south of Ephesus. Hear the legendary story of Mary’s trip to Ephesus after Jesus’ crucifixion then pay your respects at a small shrine that attracts Christian pilgrims from around the world.

Continue to the city of Ephesus, now a UNESCO-listed archeological site where you’ll find the beautifully preserved remains of Hellenistic and Roman settlements. Visit a theatre and temples that saw Roman emperors, and hear about the revolutions and religious transformations that shook this ancient city.

Step into the world of Anatolian Beyliks at Isa Bey mosque, a 14th-century building that’s among the most important of its era, then make a final stop at the Temple of Artemis to explore the stone remains of what was the largest temple on earth. Finish the day at 4:30-5pm at your hotel.
Pass By:  
We start collecting our guests from the centrally located Kusadasi or Selcuk Hotels or from Kusadasi Cruise Port at around 08:00 - 09:00 am (please contact our reservation team via our e-mail or WhatsApp and confirm your certain meeting time, especially if you are a cruise passenger this is a must-do action). Then we will have 20 minutes drive to Ephesus Ruins where we will spend our day.
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
It is known that the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus and lived here for some time. Whether or not she died in Ephesus was not known until Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision. The stigmatized German nun who had never been to Ephesus had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to the German writer Clemens Brentano who later published a book about it. Catherine Emmerich died in 1884. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir read about her vision and found a little building which corresponded with Emmerich’s descriptions. Archeological evidence showed that the little house was from the 6C AD but that the foundations were from the 1C AD.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus Ruins is the largest open-air museum of Turkey which is dated to the Greek and Roman periods. Inside the Ruins of Ephesus, we explore Senate Building, Ancient Hospital, Domitian Temple, Nike Statue, Hercules Gate, Trajan Fountain, Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Grand Theatre of Ephesus and many more...
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
Artemis was the Greek goddess, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon. The ancient temple was built around 650 BC to the cult of Artemis, was constructed on a site already sacred to the Anatolian Mother Goddess, Cybele. The temple was financed by the wealthy king of Lydia and the marshy ground was selected for the building site as a precaution against future earthquakes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Basilica of Saint John
You can see Saint John Basilica from a distance. It is believed that the Evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. The tomb of St John was under the central dome of the basilica.
Pass By:  
During the tour, you will have a chance to explore local handicrafts of the Turkish tradition and at the end of the tour around 15:00 - 16:00, you will be returned to your pick up location.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • After you sent your resevation, please contact our reservation team via our e-mail or WhatsApp and confirm your certain meeting time; especially if you are a cruise passenger this is a must-do action
  • Pick-up and Drop-off services available from the Hotels which is centrally located in Kusadasi or Selcuk Towns
  • Pick-up and Drop-off services availabile from/to Kusadasi Cruise Port
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Ephesus 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Ephesus 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 Small Group Ephesus Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Ephesus Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Ephesus Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Ephesus Tour.

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A splendid day at Ephesus, Turkey
, Dec 2019
The guide was waiting at the dock for us when we arrived. We were the only two guests on tour in a nice van. The guide Ishmial was professional and knowledgeable. We visited the amazing Ephesus, then visited House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. We had a good traditional Turkish meal and visited government sponsored school for carpet weaving. Highly recommended this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Guest, It was a pleasure to greet you and thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are pleased to see that you had a good experience in Turkey. We hope to welcome you back in the future! Turkey Tours - Team
Helpful and very informative
, Jul 2019
Very helpful. Fatima explained everything quite well. We didn’t feel rushed as she let us take our time. We were glad that we didn’t have to go to the leather store.Even going to the carpet factory was pleasant as the salespeople weren’t pushy and understanding if you didn’t want to buy. Highly recommended.

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