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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

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Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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Discover the ancient wonders of Ephesus on this private shore excursion, departing from the port of Kusadasi. Your expert local guide will ensure you maximize your sightseeing time at port, catering an immersive experience and taking you to the Basilica of St John, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (Temple of Diana). Learn about this ancient city at the Ephesus Museum and admire historic excavations and the renowned Artemis of Ephesus statue.
  • Private shore excursion from Kusadasi to Ephesus
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See ancient artifacts at the Ephesus Museum
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle for extra comfort
  • Private tour guide for a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
You must contact the local service provider at least 48hrs before tour to be informed on the exact pickup time (meeting point will be provided on your confirmation voucher)
Your private Ephesus shore excursion kicks off upon docking at the Kusadasi port. After disembarking, meet your private guide and settle into your luxury vehicle. Revel your first stop as you enter the Magnesia Gate. Follow your guide through the evocative Roman ruins, the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library, Odeon, and the Fountain of Trajan while learning the history along the way.

Next, head to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site where it is said that Mary lived the end of her life. Inside the house, you will find a shrine dedicated to St Mary. Your guide will tell you about the discovery of this holy site, which occurred in the 19th century when a nun published recounts of her visions.

Depart the House of the Virgin Mary and venture to the Basilica of St John. Here, admire magnanimous columns and what remains of ancient mosaics, built by Emperor Justinian at the site of St John the Apostle’s tomb. At the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana, take in more rich history of one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Make one last stop at the Ephesus Museum, where you can peruse excavations from the ancient city of Ephesus as well as frescoes and mosaics. Take in views of the surrounding countryside on your way back to your port, where you will board your ship for an on-time departure.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to Kusadasi's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Kusadasi is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meet at Kusadasi harbor and continue to Ephesus. Arrival to Ephesus - Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 24,000, which was the site where it is believed St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
House of the Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
Basilica of St.John - Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. See the remaining graceful columns and mosaics of the Basilica as you take in the panorama of the rural Selcuk countryside and the ruins of The Temple of Artemis.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis, which had been built at first during the Archaic period, today it's known one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please enter your preferred pickup time in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking, and reconfirm 48 hours prior to the tour’s departure time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children who do not occupy a seat are free of charge. Children who occupy a seat and are up to 11 years old, benefit from a discount
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Achtypis Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-3
Not crazy about the stop to the rug...
jessica_averyt
, Jul 2017
Not crazy about the stop to the rug store...felt very pressured to purchase. Other than that, good tour.
star-5
Emore,our guide, was wonderful. He was...
HAROLD S
, Sep 2016
Emore,our guide, was wonderful. He was very well informed and did his best to accommodate us
star-5
Alex was a great tour guide. Even...
Michael_C
, Jun 2016
Alex was a great tour guide. Even though the house of the Virgin Mary was crowded, it was beautiful to see. We especially enjoyed the Ancient City of Ephesus. The ruins are impressive and Alex told us about their advancements in engineering for such an old city. Lunch at a small Turkish restaurant was delicious and served family style. It was inexpensive but very good. Our final stop was to see how Turkish rugs are made. We enjoyed the demonstration and even purchased a Turkish rug!
star-4
Tour guide seemed to be just doing...
BRADLEY D
, Oct 2015
Tour guide seemed to be just doing his job, Not all that into the tour. He did answer all questions and made time to stop at a carpet making location. This was a great experience but was also an attempt to get us to buy a rather expensive hand made carpet.
star-5
Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was...
JOAN S
, Oct 2015
Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was exceptional and I would recommend this tour to my friends and I NEVER say that :- I wouldn't mind having skipped the carpet tour at the end. While very interesting, the heavy sales pitch wasn't. Again - loved the guide!
star-5
Excellent tour with knowledgeable...
William B
, Sep 2015
Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide to Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and Temple of the Virgin Mary and history of the region. Guide had excellent recommendations on restaurants and shops.
star-5
Alex was knowledgeable and had a...
Vito C
, Sep 2015
Alex was knowledgeable and had a history degree for this area. He took us to our requested places. He was very reserved.
star-4
Our tour was very good and our tour...
KsSunshine
, Sep 2015
Our tour was very good and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was in June, so it was very hot. While hats helped, I had an umbrella which provided more protection from the sun. The only down side was the last stop in which we were shown how Turkish rugs were made with ample pressure to purchase a rug. This was not on the published itinerary. If this happens, you have to be persistent in your refusal.
star-5
Our family loved the personal tour...
Susan S
, Aug 2015
Our family loved the personal tour. Our guide, Alex, was well informed, very considerate and his English was flawless. We were impressed by Viator and the tours they provided. Would definitely use their services again.
star-5
Alex was absolutely amazing! We were...
PAM
, Aug 2015
Alex was absolutely amazing! We were treated like royalty and enjoyed every minute. He was extremely knowledgeable. More than we expected! We saw Ephesus, had a fantastic lunch, toured rug making facility and still had time for shopping! It was great! Highly recommend.
star-5
Absolutely great tour with our guide...
Jane S
, Jun 2015
Absolutely great tour with our guide Emri. He met us at the port as scheduled. Driver was friendly, bus was clean, AC worked great. We circumvented the crowds by taking the tour backwards from the cruise people. Emri new his stuff. Wonderful lunch at Agora. Highly recommend.
star-5
It was one great experience,and our...
pawel h
, Oct 2014
It was one great experience,and our guide EMRE was awesome.The driver VEYSI too.The tour was so amazing ,we felt like we were getting a special treatment.We would recommend it to everyone.
star-5
Our guide was great. I wish we would...
jbuhlman
, Oct 2014
Our guide was great. I wish we would have had more time in this port. The tour was the best.
star-5
This tour was excellent and well...
Alan A
, Oct 2014
This tour was excellent and well worth the time and money. Our tour guide, Emre, was knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. It was very busy the day we went and it was quite convenient that Emre was able to get all our entrance passes in the tour guide lines. He also brought us to a wonderful out doors resaurant for lunch.
star-1
Our tour guide was very...
Weldon S
, Sep 2014
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable; however, the experience was completely ruined when he took us to the place where they made rugs. We were escorted into a room and asked to sit on a bench in the back. We were each given a small plate of "special freshly baked cheese rolls" that he had "arranged" for them to give us, fruit, and a "special" beverage. Then, three men rolled out countless rugs at our feet, and the hard sell began. We had not asked to see them, and we felt extremely pressured by their words and their actions to buy a very expensive rug. Our traveling companion asked if he could wait until after he got home to properly measure, then submit his order. They said he could not--that he had to buy the rug then and there. After about 45 minutes, we got up to leave, and our guide seemed a bit annoyed with us. He then took us to a shop where they sold some of their silk scarves. My friend and I were ushered upstairs to a room where they sat us down and showed us dozens of scarves, one by one. The showed us some that were labeled "100% silk", but told us that this was not true, and only the ones that they showed us were 100% silk. After about 30 minutes, I got up to leave, and they were not pleased. We feel as though we were pressured into doing something that we had not asked for, and we did not appreciate the "hard sell" tactics. We were paying for a sightseeing tour, and a portion of our time was completely wasted. It was an extremely uncomfortable experience, and we did not feel that we were in a position to argue with the tour guide. Because of this, I would not recommend this tour or this port.
star-5
Our guide Emre was superb, as was...
Barbara Edwards E
, Sep 2014
Our guide Emre was superb, as was the driver. Emre was very knowledgeable about not just Ephesus but the area generally. He listened to us and asked us questions and was able to answer all of our questions too. We were able to meet earlier as we were first off the ship and this meant that we got to our first stop, Mary's house, before the main crowds. This is our second experience of private tours as opposed to tours from the ship- well worth the cost. Thank you Emre for a wonderful experience.
star-5
Emre was our guide. He was a...
Sylvia L
, Aug 2014
Emre was our guide. He was a wonderful guide and I would recommend you ask for Emre if you book this tour. On time, courteous and very informative. He also gave us time to ourselves at various the various sites which was very good as sometimes you just need time to explore the site yourself a bit more without the ongoing lecture. But his knowledge of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary was very useful. We were a family of 4 (two teenagers 16 and 13) and we booked this as a shore excursion as we were only in Kusadasi for the day. Ephesus is well worth the trip to make. The ruins are spectacular especially the library. On par with the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill. Much better (in my humble opinion) than Athen's Acropolis. We felt obliged to stop off at either a carpet making or leather factory. We chose the leather factory and was given a 'private' fashion show which was pretty entertaining (when in Turkey ....). Aside from that the rest of the trip was top notch and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
star-5
Our guide Emre was phenomenal. We...
BRIAN R
, Jul 2014
Our guide Emre was phenomenal. We had our two small children with us and he took his time and was extremely patient with them. His knowledge of the history of the area was excellent. I had been to Ephesus before on other tours, but Emre was leaps and bounds better than pervious guides.
star-5
This private tour to Kusadasi and...
Allan_S
, Jul 2014
This private tour to Kusadasi and Ephesus was one of the highlights of our Mediterrean Cruise our guide Emery was excellent his knowledge and explanation was both interesting and entertaining so much history! .. I thoroughly recommend Emery and Viator. There was extra time for shopping and he took us to a fashion leather factory and warehouse, to our suprise the sales manager organised a fashion show just for the two of us. it was amazing! 10 out of 10 for this private tour. ( AS and BS Sydney Australia June 2014 ... AS and BS Sydney Australia June 2014
star-5
Wonderful tour of Ephesus and...
JulieAPhillips
, Nov 2013
Wonderful tour of Ephesus and surrounding areas. Very informative and interesting.

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