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Kusadasi Shore Excursion | Skip The Line | Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

4.5 / 5 total 1347 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 Anatolio US   April 08, 2021
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FANTASTIC DAY TOUR 100% RECOMMENDED. OUR GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT AND VERY CONSIDERATE OF THE NEEDS OF OUR GROUP WHICH INCLUDED TWO ENERGETIC GRANDPARENTS.
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Reviewed by Boni K ZA   April 08, 2021
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We have been attending many Ephesus tours and experiences around the world and we must confess that this was one of the best tours we have experienced ever. We loved Ephesus tour mainly. The excellent organisation are main reasons that we highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed by Jackie PIOTROWSKI US   April 06, 2021
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It was a fun and enjoyable Ephesus experience! Thank you so much. We were happy and enjoyed this experience and we hope to have it again.

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Reviewed by Cindy P US   April 04, 2021
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tour guide is fluent in English and most enthusiastic and spent time taking many family photos of the people in her group which all will cherish forever. It was a more than pleasurable way to learn much about the sites and her passion. Thanks.
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Reviewed by Carol and Maurice GB   April 01, 2021
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Excellent Ephesus trip. very well organized. Our guide told us a lot of interesting information. He took care of us, in a very professional way. We had enough time to visit. Thank you very much for everything.

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Reviewed by Krystina W SK   March 26, 2021
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great Ephesus tour. we saw great places and heard stories about them. the places we saw were the most known ones (at least for me) but they also were beautiful and the guide talked about them interestingly. guide was good! he talked good english.

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Reviewed by Debbie Thornton GB   March 22, 2021
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A big thanks to our tour guide. He was so delightful and insightful thoroughly enjoyed our time. Would definitely recommend this tour company !!!! Thank you for the memories.
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Reviewed by D & Daniel US   March 21, 2021
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Excellent guide and Ephesus tour.

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Reviewed by Finch FM US   March 20, 2021
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Another enjoyable tour with THIS TOUR COMPANY. They kept me entertained throughout the Ephesus tour. LOVELY TOUR OVERALL.

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Reviewed by Loranie TH   March 19, 2021
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Excellent Ephesus trip and guide was extremely knowledgeable and has real passion for tour. Would definitely use his services again because everything was perfect.

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