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Full Day Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi

4.6 / 5 total 5 reviews
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Tour ID: 748

This Private Full Day Ephesus Tour begins with Pick-up from Hotel, Port or designated Kusadasi Town Centre Meeting point with luxury air-conditioned (non-smoking) minivan and your private tour guide. We pride ourselves in having not only the most knowledgeable tour guides but also tour guides who make your tour fun, entertaining and memorable.

First stop of the journey is the House of the Virgin Mary where it is said the Virgin Mary spent her final years. Next stop is the impressively vast and famous ancient city of Ephesus which was among the world's greatest cities back in 1 century BC.

A break is much needed after touring Ephesus, so you can enjoy a traditional Turkish Meal for lunch in one of the local Turkish restaurants which will offer European and vegetarian dishes too! The next place of interest is the Basilica of St. John which was once ranked as one of the largest churches if the Byzantine Empire.

The final attraction is the Temple of Artemis in the town of Selcuk which was once one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World but after over 2,000 years there is only one original column left standing.

You are then given the option to visit a Traditional Hand Woven Carpet and Leather Outlet before being dropped back to the original Pick-Up point.

  • Visit to the House of Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, where she have spent last days of her life.
  • Explore and experience the ruins of one of the most Ancient Roman Cities, The Ancient City of Ephesus.
  • Enjoy your lunch with the delicious tastes of Turkish cuisine
  • Visit to the Basilica of Saint John the apostle and learn about his life and contributions to Christianity.
  • Visit to one of the seven wonders of ancient world, Temple of Artemis
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick Up from Hotel, Port or designated Town Centre Meeting Point
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Wheelchair accessible transport and facilities
  • Ship to shore “Stress-free” tour guarantee Ship to shore “Stress-free” tour guarantee.
    Get a full refund for non-docking ships or late port arrivals.
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Parking Fees
  • Bottled water while in vehicles
  • Pick-up and drop-off Service
  • All Transport in Luxury air-conditioned vehicles
  • Traditional Turkish Meal for Lunch with one drink included
  • All Entrance fees
  • Private Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • Snacks
  • Drinks not stated in inclusions
  • Gratuities

The fun begins with pick-up from Hotel, Port, or designated Town Centre meeting Point by luxury air-conditioned Minivan and entertaining multilingual Tour Guide.

The House of the Virgin Mary is where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent the final years of her life after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Her house is now a fascinating tiny chapel which you can enter and see although best in single file. There is also an underground Spring from which you can drink the water but be sure to make a wish first!

The Ancient City of Ephesus is vast and there are many impressive and fascinating areas to be explored. With your private guided tour and multilingual tour guide, guests are led to the main attractions such as the Temple of Hadrian, the Harbour Street and Commercial Agora. Time is given to the guests to venture the complex by themselves with a designated time and meeting point for when to meet back.

It's Lunchtime! Guests are treated to a delicious Traditional Turkish Meal in a local restaurant. There are European and vegetarian menus also available.

  • Lunch
  • There is one drink included with each meal

After lunch, the next stop is the Basilica of St. John. With your private guided tour, visit this citadel-like basilica which once spread the whole width of the hill and it was ranked with the now Aya Sofya as one of the Byzantine Empire's largest churches. It is believed that the grave of St. John is under the church. The final attraction is a private guided tour of the Temple of Artemis. Before you travel back to Kusadasi, you are given the option to visit a Traditional Hand Woven carpet and Leather Outlets for bargains and souvenirs of your trip.

After a fun-filled, entertaining and informative private tour, you are dropped off at your Hotel, the Port or in the Town Centre

  • Drop off time may vary if the option to visit outlets is taken
Meeting Point
Pick Up is from hotel, Kusadasi Port or designated town Centre Meeting Point
Know Before You Go
  • The option to visit the Carpet and Leather outlet is there but no one is under any obligation to go
  • Comfortable footwear, ideally with a closed toe, is advisable for walking around Ephesus
  • This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 5 and any child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
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Reviewed by Mary IE   November 23, 2017

I have been waiting to visit here for a while so this year, whilst staying in Kusadasi, we made the trip....and was not disappointed! Our tour guide Ilker was extremely knowledgeable and made the visit interesting and fun! The site is much bigger than I expected with renovations done sympathetically, giving a true glimpse of Roman life! I would suggest that the best way to tour the site is from the top entrance, walking downhill through the city, the view from the top of the Main Street is breathtaking! We then were taken to St Johns Basilica to see where he once lived and they built the Basilica after his death. we had a lovely lunch at a nearby Restaurant followed by a trip to Virgin Marys House which is magical and you certainly don't need to be anyway religious to enjoy this amazing piece of History.

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Reviewed by Tom IE   November 07, 2017
This tour has been on my bucket list for many years and it did not disappoint, they guide we had was Ali and he was just perfect. His knowledge of the site and history was wonderful. Ephesus went way beyond my expectations and I think we used the perfect tour company when we found this tour. Thank you Ali and your professional team.
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Reviewed by Liz IE   October 19, 2017

Having visited Kusadasi many times, I only ever went to Ephesus once on my first holiday here. We hired a car and walked around marveling at this famous site. This summer we decided to go again, and what a difference it made by booking a private tour. We actually learned about this historic city, had a fabulous lunch, went to The House of Mary and the other sites on the itinerary. Our English speaking guide Tugrul was so knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun that we felt that we had stepped into the past and were living in this ancient time. Lesson learned, always take a guided tour when visiting ancient sites.

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Reviewed by Eileen IE   August 17, 2017
Our group was 8 altogether which was not a problem for our tour guide who was fantastic, we had a few over 60's with us and he was very attentive to their need to take the tour easy. The tour was at our pace which suited us just fine. Thank you to Ali he was just great altogether and if we every return to Turkey he will be the guy we book our tours with.
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Reviewed by Linda GB   August 16, 2017

While on holiday in Kusadasi myself and my partner visited Ephesus full day and to my expectations, it went above and beyond we were picked up on time from our hotel by the lovely guide Ozzy whos English was perfect for explaining everything about our trip. Ephesus was out of this world something I highly recommend to everyone who holidays in Turkey. We had a lovely lunch nearby and got to visit Virgin Mary House which was so beautiful along with the Basilica of Saint John and also the ruins of the temple of Artemis. all in all, i would hıghly recommend this tour! Would advise to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and to have plenty of water which our driver had on the bus.

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