Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey on the world’s largest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas the latest member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises family. This massive vessel is set to be a marvel of modern engineering, five times bigger than the Titanic. One of the main ports you will visit is the Kusadasi Cruise Port, a gate to must-see attractions such as the Ephesus ancient city and the House of the Virgin Mary.
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About Icon of the Seas
Icon of the Seas, the newest member of the Royal Caribbean fleet, will depart in 2024. This giant cruise ship has a capacity of 8,000 passengers and crew members, and an impressive 20 decks, featuring seven swimming pools and six water slides. It also features the highest waterfall and waterslide in the sea, the largest water park on board, and the first suspended infinity pool among sailing vessels.
Website of the Icon of the Seas: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/icon-of-the-seas
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Kusadasi Port: Your Gateway to Ephesus
Kusadasi cruise port is one of the most noteworthy ports that the Icon of the Seas will visit. From the Port of Kusadasi, you’ll have the chance to explore the Ephesus Ancient City an archaeological wonder filled with Greek and Roman history, the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Virgin Mary spent her last days and died, the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, the gospel writer St. John’s Basilica and his tomb. All of these sites to visit are only 15-20 km away from Kusadasi and are located in Selcuk.
Brief History of Ephesus
Ancient Ephesus: The Glorious Past
Ephesus, once a prosperous port city, is a living testament to the magnificence of Roman and Greek architecture. Ephesus was the megacity of the period and the third-largest city of the Roman Empire with 250,000 inhabitants. Its rich history and extremely preserved structures make it a must-see destination for history lovers and casual travelers of the Icon of the Seas passengers.
Must-Visit Spots in Ephesus and Around
While in Ephesus ancient city and around, you can’t miss visiting the Library of Celsus, the Terrace Houses, the Temple of Hadrian, the relief of Nike, the Fountain of Trajan, Latrines, the House of the Virgin Mary which is 3-4 km away from Ephesus and the Great Theater of Ephesus with a capacity of 24.000. The city’s marble streets echo with history, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is not far away.
Best Ephesus Tours
Private Shore Excursions
Our travel agency “Best Ephesus Tours” specializes in private Ephesus shore excursions from Kusadasi Port. We tailor each tour to the guests’ preferences, ensuring a personalized, immersive experience.
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We take pride in offering our tours at the best prices without compromising quality. Additionally, we guarantee 100% satisfaction on all our tours, reinforcing our commitment to providing top-tier service.
Why Choose Our Ephesus Tours
Expertise and Experience
Our team’s wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in the tourism industry especially in Kusadasi and Selcuk ensures that you’ll get the most out of your Ephesus tour. As a local travel agency, we know all the ins and outs of the city, its history, and its culture. More importantly, we provide our guests with only local tour guides who are experts in the region.
Personalized and Flexible Services
We recognize that each traveler is unique, which is why our tours are customizable to fit your preferences and schedules. Any adjustments to your tour itinerary made in accordance with your preferences, needs, and time limitations will not incur additional charges.
Best Value for Money
Our tours provide the best value for your money. We ensure a top-quality, enriching experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories without breaking the bank. Furthermore, you won’t be asked for any pre-payment or deposit prior to your tour. You can conveniently pay the tour fee in cash at the end of the tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
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