Duration: 6 hours
Pick-up and Drop-off: Kusadasi Port or Hotel
Destinations: The House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis
Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Greek, and Japanese
This tour is suggested because you will visit Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis.
After meeting your private guide at the Kusadasi Port or Hotel, you’ll take a beautiful 30-minute drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, which Pope Paul VI declared a pilgrimage center in 1967. The Pope said, “She might have spent her last days here.”
When you spend almost an hour at the spot, you can feel the holy time.
It will take you 5 minutes to get to the upper gate of Ephesus after you’ve seen the House of the Virgin Mary, and from there, the itinerary will continue to the old city. Your private driver will wait for you at the lower gate while you and your guide walk down the hill.
To see the ancient city, it will take 2 hours.
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 leads you through the main streets of Ephesus, you will see buildings made of marble 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 go through the Magnesian Gate, you will see businesses, government buildings, and the Augustus Basilica, which is surrounded by a circle of columns, at the State Agora.
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.
Inside the archaeological site, there is a different fee to get into the terrace houses.
If you want to see inside one of them, you should take a tour of Terrace Houses. Please ask what you need to know.
As you get close to leaving the old city, there is a souvenir area with restrooms and shops.
Your guide will tell you where to eat lunch in the area.
The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, which dates to the 6th century AD, will then be the next stop on the itinerary. You will see his original holy tomb, the hall where he was baptized, and paintings that belong to Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, his wife Theodora, and St. John.
You will also spend time at the observation area, which has a great view of the Meander River (Ancient Cayster), the Isa Bey Mosque, the Artemisium, Mt. Pion, and Mt. Coressus. A topographical plan of the Ephesus Region has been put up. It shows where the different cities are and how Ephesus Harbor has changed over time.
It takes 5 minutes to get from the St. John Basilica to the original site of the Artemis Temple, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World because of how big and beautiful it was. You are going to see where the temple used to be and the columns that are still there from the 6th century BC.
Your guide will also tell you about traditional places to see while you are there.
Kusadasi and the area around it are seasonal and laid-back. 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 comes to an end in Kusadasi.
A licensed guide who speaks English or another language of your choice
A luxury car with air conditioning and a 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
More information: It’s a good idea to bring a camera, a sun hat, and shoes that are good for walking.
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Q: What is Ephesus, and why is it important?
Ephesus is an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, in what is now modern-day Turkey. It was famous for its Temple of Artemis and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It offers a rich historical experience with well-preserved ruins.
Q: How do I book a private guided tour of Ephesus?
You can book a tour through our travel agency. Booking in advance is recommended to secure a spot.
Q: How long does the tour last?
Most private guided tours of Ephesus last between 3 and 6 hours, depending on the itinerary and the interests of the group.
Q: Is there a dress code for visiting Ephesus?
There is no strict dress code, but comfortable clothing and good walking shoes are recommended due to the uneven terrain.
Q: Can children join the tour?
Yes, children are welcome, but parents should be mindful of the walking involved and the level of interest in the historical content.
Q: Are there any accessibility accommodations?
Some areas of Ephesus may be challenging for those with mobility issues. It’s best to contact our operator in advance to discuss accessibility needs.
Q: What are the tour’s highlights?
Highlights usually include the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Terraced Houses, among others.
Q: Can I take photos during the tour?
Yes, photography is generally allowed, but it’s courteous to ask your guide about any specific restrictions.
Q: What language will the tour be conducted in?
Most tours are conducted in English, but other language options may be available if you book in advance.
Q: Is there a discount for large groups?
You can contact us about the group size, and we will do our best.
Q: What should I bring with me on the tour?
Sunscreen, a hat, water, and a camera are recommended.
Q: Are food and drinks included?
This varies by tour, so please check with our operator to see if any meals or refreshments are included.
Q: Can I customize the tour itinerary?
We allow customization to fit your interests.
Q: What if the weather is bad on the day of the tour?
Tours generally run rain or shine, but check with your operator for their specific policy.
Q: Can I cancel or reschedule my tour?
Please review the terms and conditions when booking.
Q: How much does a private guided tour of Ephesus cost?
Costs vary widely based on the length of the tour, the size of the group, and the inclusion of extras like meals or transportation.
Q: Is transportation to and from my hotel included?
Pickup and dropoff are part of the tours.
Q: Are the tours suitable for all fitness levels?
Ephesus tours generally involve a fair amount of walking on uneven terrain. If you have concerns about the physical requirements, contact us.
Q: Is a tip included in the price, or should I tip my guide?
A tip is not included in the tour price.
Q: Where does the tour begin and end?
The tour starts and ends at your hotel.