Departure: Kusadasi Port or Hotel
Destination(s): Ephesus and the Terrace Houses
Duration: 5 Hours
Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Greek, and Japanese.
This tour is a good choice for a half-day trip to Ephesus because it gives you a look inside the Terrace Houses.
Ephesus is the second-best-preserved ancient city in the world, and in 2015 it was added to the list of World Heritage Sites. During the trip, you should wear athletic shoes.
After meeting your private guide at the port or hotel in Kusadasi, you’ll take a beautiful 30-minute drive to Ephesus’s upper gate. Your private driver will wait for you at the lower gate while you and your guide walk down the hill. The ancient city, including the terrace houses, will take 3 hours to see.
You will have a chance to spend a short time in the top souvenir area before going to the ancient site. At the lower gift area, you’ll have a lot more time.
As an expert scholar shows you around the city’s central streets, you’ll see marble buildings that were built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.
The Great Theatre is the only ruin from the 3rd century BC, and it is also very important for Christians. Because Saint Paul the Apostle preached to the Ephesians there.
When you enter the State Agora through the Magnesian Gate, you will see businesses, government buildings, and the Augustus Basilica, which is ringed by a circle of columns.
As you walk down the main streets, your guide will tell you basic facts and history about fountain decorations, statues, and the famous temples of Emperors Domitian, Trajan, and Hadrian.
When you go through the Hercules Gate, you will see the Celsus Library. It was the third-largest library in ancient times, after Alexandria and Pergamum. It had more than 12,000 scroll books.
The Terrace Houses are a unique old place on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain (Coressus). They are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They were where the rich people of Ephesus lived. Every part of the terrace houses shows how rich the people of Ephesus were.
There are frescoes, mosaics, and individual heating systems. From the front door to the upper exit, there are 80 steps. There is a different fee to get into Terrace Houses, which is part of the archaeological site. (And this tour takes you there.)
As you get close to leaving the old city, there is a souvenir area with restrooms and shops.
Your guide will also tell you about traditional places to see while you are there.
Kusadasi and the area around it are good places to visit during the summer. And each site is only about 5 minutes away by car.
So, people have a good time when they go to places like a weaving school or a ceramic art center.
The tour ends at the port or hotel in Kusadasi.
A licensed guide who speaks English or another language of your choice
A luxury car with air conditioning and a skilled driver
Service to pick up and drop off
Costs to get into the museums and places on the above schedule
Gratuities to the guide and driver
Anything that isn’t listed as being included
It’s a good idea to bring a camera, a hat, and shoes that are good for walking.
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Q: What is the Private Ephesus Tour?
The Private Ephesus Tour is a guided exploration of the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey, exclusively tailored for individual groups or families. It often includes visits to the Temple of Artemis, the Celsus Library, and other significant historical sites.
Q: How can I book a Private Ephesus Tour?
You can book the tour through our travel agency online or by phone.
Q: What is the duration of the tour?
The typical duration varies from half-day to full-day options, depending on the specific itinerary and places of interest included in the tour.
Q: What is included in the price of the tour?
Our Private Ephesus Tours include transportation, a professional tour guide, and entrance fees to the sites.
Q: Can I customize the itinerary?
Yes, our operator allows customization of the itinerary, allowing you to visit specific sites or spend more time at certain locations.
Q: Is there a dress code for the tour?
There’s no strict dress code, but comfortable walking shoes and modest clothing are recommended, especially if visiting religious sites.
Q: Are children allowed on the tour?
Most tours are family-friendly and welcome children, but it’s wise to check with us for any age restrictions.
Q: What languages do the tour guides speak?
Generally, tour guides are fluent in English, and many also speak other languages such as German, French, Spanish, etc.
Q: Is transportation provided during the tour?
Our private tours include transportation to and from Ephesus from nearby cities and within the city itself.
Q: Are there any accessibility accommodations?
We may offer accessibility accommodations. It’s advised to inquire about this during booking, if required.
Q: Can I cancel or reschedule my tour?
You can check out our specific terms and conditions.
Q: Is lunch included in the tour?
No, Lunch is not part of the tour. You can ask your tour guide about where you can eat.
Q: What historical sites are covered in the tour?
Most tours cover major historical landmarks such as the Temple of Artemis, the Celsus Library, the Terrace Houses, the Great Theatre, and more.
Q: Is the Private Ephesus Tour suitable for all fitness levels?
While the tour usually involves some walking, many are suitable for various fitness levels.
Q: Are tips included in the price, or are they expected?
Tips are typically not included in the price and are left to your discretion based on the service provided.
Q: What’s the best time of year to take the tour?
Ephesus can be visited year-round, but spring and autumn are considered the most comfortable seasons for touring.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Ephesus for this tour?
Visa requirements depend on your nationality and the current regulations in Turkey. It is advisable to check the specific requirements for your country before planning the tour.
Q: Is travel insurance required for the Private Ephesus Tour?
While not usually required, travel insurance is highly recommended for any unexpected situations that may arise during your trip.
Q: Can I take photographs during the tour?
Yes, photography is generally allowed throughout the tour, although some specific sites may have restrictions.
Q: How early should I arrive before the tour starts?
It’s usually recommended to arrive at least one day before the scheduled start of the tour to allow for any last-minute preparations or changes.