Tour Highlights : Ephesus Ancient City, Terrace Houses, House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis.
Duration : Approx. 7 Hours
Departures : All year round from port of Kusadasi & Hotels
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Transportation with luxury Mercedes A/C Van.
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Best of Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi includes all the must-visit places in the area such as Ephesus Ancient City, Terrace Houses, House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John & The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and its surroundings.
As Best of Ephesus Tours is a fully private tour, you have the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to suit your preferences and time limit. This tour typically covers the must-see attractions in the region, such as the Ephesus ancient city, the House of the Virgin Mary, and the Temple of Artemis. However, with the assistance of your tour guide, you can customize the tour to fit your time constraints.
If you are traveling on a cruise ship, our professional tour guide will greet you outside the customs/passport control building with a signboard with your name on it. If you are a hotel guest, our tour guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby at the specified time. Then your guide will conduct you to your private transport and your Private tour starts. During the tour, you will visit all the places on the schedule. After the tour your guide returns you to the cruise port or your hotel.
Ephesus Ancient City
Ephesus Ancient City is one of the most important highlights of our private Ephesus tours. Ephesus was the third largest city of the Roman Empire with a population of approximately 250000 in the Roman period. It was also the capital and commercial center of Asia Minor. You will have a chance to see the Library of Celsus (the third biggest library of the ancient world), the Great Theater of Ephesus (the biggest in Anatolia), latrines, the Temple of Hadrian, and more...
Terrace houses, also known as houses of the rich, are located in the ancient city of Ephesus. The 6 luxury villas in the complex give us very important information about family life in the Roman period. The oldest of these houses, which have their own heating systems and are decorated with impressive Roman mosaics and frescoes, date to the 1st century.
The House of the Virgin Mary
During the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Jesus entrusted his mother to his apostle St. John in his last words, since Jerusalem was not safe for his mother Virgin Mary anymore. John placed Mary on the top of Bülbül Mountain near Ephesus, which he considered as a safe place. It is believed that the Virgin Mary spent her last years in this house and died. The House of the Virgin Mary is now officially registered as a place of pilgrimage, with the visits of Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Basilica of St. John
After the Gospel writer St. John built a house for the Virgin Mary, he continued to live in Ephesus to take care of her and to spread Christianity. After Christianity became the official religion of Rome in the 4th century, the Basilica of St. John was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian in the name of St. John. The tomb of St. John is also in the church.
Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in the 6th century BC. The temple took its final form in the 2nd century. With its size, it was the largest pagan belief center of the period. Although we can only see the basic structure and a single column and a few ruins today, it can be visited even to experience the current atmosphere.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the entrance fee for Ephesus Ancienty city and other sights?
A. As of April 1 2023 Entrance fee for Ephesus is 400 Turkish Lira, 20 Euro per person. The House of the Virgin Mary is 200 Turkish Lira, 10 Euros, and the Temple of Artemis is free of charge.
Q. Is Ephesus open every day?
A. Yes. Ephesus ancient city is open every day including weekends. Opening time: 08:30, Closing time: 18:00, Box Office Closing Time: 17:00.
Q How to meet my tour guide?
A. Your tour guide will be in your hotel lobby at the specified time. If the tour's departure location is the airport or Cruise port, your tour guide will be waiting for you at the exit gate with a signboard with your name on it.
Q How to buy tickets for Ephesus and other sights?
A. Your tour guide will organize the purchase of tour tickets. You don't have to wait in line as tour guides have priority at the ticket offices.
Q Is it possible to customize the departure time for my tour?
A. Yes! You have the flexibility to choose your preferred departure time since we operate our tours on private basis.
Q How to Pay?
A. Tour payment can be made in cash (Turkish Lira, USD, or Euro) directly to your tour guide at the end of the tour, without the need for any pre-payment or deposit.
Number Of Person
For Parties of 2
79 € / Person
For Parties of 3
69 € / Person
For Parties of 4
49 € / Person
For Parties of 5-6
39 € / Person
For Parties of 7-8
29 € / Person
For Parties of 9-10
19 € / Person
For Parties of 11-14
9 € / Person
Over 14 Guest
Since we are sure that you will leave our Private Ephesus Tours 100% satisfied, we do not request any pre-payment or deposit before the tour.
As this tour is a completely Private Ephesus tour, the program is flexible according to your wishes. You can change the program as you wish before or during the tour at no extra cost.
We guarantee cruise passengers arrive at the port before their ship's departure time.
Terrace Houses in Ephesus are optional and not recommended for disabled people.
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Excellent Tour !
We met at our cruise ship in Kusadasi. Every detail was organized perfectly by Best Ephesus Tours. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable as she guided through Ephesus and she catered the trip to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see. The tour to the House of the Virgin Mary was our top priority. It was awe inspiring. She even took us off the regular tour so we could see Mary’s church. She also took us to a wonderful restaurant where the food was delicious. We saw how rugs are made and even how the silk is spun. There was no pressure to buy. I can’t say enough about our tour guide and Best Ephesus Tours. Don’t waste your money on the cruise ship tours. This company will give you a real value and experience. Thank you for all!!
Best Ephesus Shore Excursions
Nothing better than being driven around in a vip air conditioned car with a wonderful tour guide. I normally do not book excursions that are not with a cruise ship but I must say that our tour guide and the driver of the company were made our FULL DAY in Ephesus perfect. We highly recommend the company “Best Ephesus Tours”. Although they provided us better quality service, we paid much more less than cruise excursions.
A memorable day
Omer was a fantactic guide, we are so happy that we booked this tour. He was ready at the port when we come out at first sight we belived his knowledge and experience. He took care of our specific needs. He even helped us on bargaining on shops. I reccomend best ephesus tours and Omer to everyone.
We booked a day tour with this company and assigned a nice young tour guide Pinar. She came to pick us up from port and explained all details on the way. We did not really know what how amazing sights we are going see untill we met her. She is so knowladgeble, shared facinating history and facts about every place. Artemis Temple and Celsius Library were the most amazing ones. She helped us taking a lot of photos. We purchase nice memories and surveniours from Ephesus. She helped us to experience local foods in a family restaurant. I highly recommend Pinar and Best Ephesus Tours...
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