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Kusadasi Shore Excursion | Skip The Line | Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

4.5 / 5 total 1395 reviews
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Product code: 2155
Overview

Meet your professionally trained guide and drive to Ephesus, approximately 30 minutes from Kusadasi. Famous in antiquity for its Temple of Artemus during the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. You will start your 90 minute Ephesus tour at the upper Magnesia Gate, and work your way down through the city, ending near the ancient Harbor.

Along the way you will see the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period. It has played host to programs as varied as Paul and his sermons to the Ephesians, to concerts by Sting, in part due to its remarkable acoustics.

You will walk along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Antony and Cleopatra rode in procession. You will hear stories of Alexander the Great, the Virgin Mary, and many other famous visitors who walked the same marble streets that you are walking. As you depart the Ephesus site, you will be able to view the hilltop ruins of the Basilica of St. John in the distance, which was erected over his grave in the 6th century A.D. by Emperor Justinian.

Visit the home of the Virgin Mary. It is known with certainty that the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether she died in Ephesus is not confirmed, and her final resting place is still contested. In the late 1800s, a stigmatized German nun who had never been to Ephesus, Anne Catherine Emmerich, had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to German writer Clemens Brentano, who later published a book about it. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir, read about her vision and found a little building which corresponded with Emmerich's descriptions. Although the foundations were from the 1st Century A.D., the house itself dates only back to the 5th century A.D. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Popes visited the shrine in 1967 and again in 2006.

Your last stop will be the Basilica of St. John. It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of Saint Paul, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church was changed into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian (527-565 A.D.). The monumental basilica, which sat on the highest hill in the area, was in the shape of a cross and was covered with six domes. Its construction, being of stone and brick, is an extremely rare find amongst the architecture of its time. Raised by two steps and covered with marble, the tomb of St. John was under the central dome, once carried by the four columns at the corners.

You will then return to the town of Kusadasi, approximately 30 minutes away.

Highlights
  • Explore the Ephesus considered to be one of the impressive archaeological sites in the world. Follow your guide past the Hadrian Temple, walk down the Arcadian Way, a beautiful marble street.
  • View the Baths of Scholastikia and walk past the Terrace Houses and the Great Theatre, dating back to the Hellenistic period. Explore the theatre where St. Paul is believed to have preached Christianity.
  • Visit the home of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch (included)
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pickup and drop off is included
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Not wheelchair accessible
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Full Insurance For The Duration Of The Tour.
  • Traditional Turkish Lunch.
  • Luxurious Vehicles For Your Round Trip Transfer.
  • Parking Fees.
  • Kusadasi Cruise Port / Pickup and Drop-off
  • Professional Licensed Local Tour Guide
  • Unlimited Bottled Water
Exclusions
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Gratuities (Optional).
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees
Pickup and Drop-off
Pick Up Available From Kusadasi Port, Kusadasi Hotels and Selcuk Hotels
Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable clothing and closed toe, sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
  • Walking at Ephesus is over actual streets / sidewalks from ancient times which are uneven and worn. There are steps without hand rails and packed dirt that must be navigated in some areas.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
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Reviewed by Amdahl NO   September 23, 2022
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A FANTASTIC, VERY INSIGHTFUL AND INTERESTING TOUR THROUGH THE TOUR THANKS.
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Reviewed by pp_happyface US   September 23, 2022
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we pre-booked this tour to take after our cruise. it was really good to see the highlights and be given a good description of the city and the changes. we enjoy and recommend. Thanks.
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Reviewed by T ANNESLEY ZA   September 23, 2022
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We had the best guide. Our guide explained quite clearly so I liked him. He was very helpful person. I hope, I will have that tour again.
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Reviewed by Alphonsus CA   September 23, 2022
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WE REALLY ENJOYED THE TOUR. This tour was perfect for us. The guide was amazing.Our tour guide was so nice, helpful and sweet. Thanks.
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Reviewed by JaydaATB US   September 23, 2022
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Loved loved loved this tour! Saw so much and learnt so much. Awesome!
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Reviewed by Frances-Leigh Mackie IE   September 23, 2022
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would give this company 10 stars if I could. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful day. You can trust this company and we all had a great day out.
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Reviewed by Akinola EC   September 23, 2022
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This was a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday.We would highly recommend this to anyone. Thanks,
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Reviewed by Susie L FR   September 23, 2022
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I was recommended to go by many friends. This tour met my expectations and gave me very good insights. Thank you very much.
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Reviewed by LKramers IE   September 23, 2022
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He was a fantastic tour guide. Friendly, clear, knowledgeable. Our tour were safe and comfortable. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone interested in having good time. Overall, we really enjoyed this experience.
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Reviewed by Shauna lee US   September 23, 2022
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We loved it from the beginning to the end. Thanks for your caring.
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