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SKIP THE LINE PRIVATE Highlights of Ephesus

4.5 / 5 total 1627 reviews
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Product code: 6435
Overview

Explore the best Ephesus tours with our exclusive and crafted SKIP THE LINE PRIVATE tours so you don’t have to follow the crowd.

This is an excellent SKIP THE LINE private tour for you to discover the fascinating archaeological site of Ephesus, including the Terrace Houses and the House of the Virgin Mary. Also, have a memorable shopping experience of bargaining in the local shops and factories.

When you arrive in the port of Kusadasi, your private guide will be waiting to lead you to your own luxury vehicle, during a 20 minute ride to Ephesus, your guide gives you a brief info about the area and about the country.

As you arrive in Ephesus, you will first see the Magnesia Gate, a marvelous example of ancient architecture that once stood tall as an entrance to the city. Begin a downhill walk with your guide into the city’s ruins. The route will take you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater, one of the city’s best-preserved monuments, it is still used today for the local spring festival. It once had seating space for 24,000 people, and it is believed to be the site where St Paul preached to the Ephesians.

You will also get to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel a couple of miles from Ephesus that became a significant place of Christian pilgrimage.

The House of the Virgin Mary is considered by the Vatican to be a Holy Place, and a small shrine, dedicated to her, was found in the ruins when the house was first discovered. The shrine is still cared for by the Lazarist Fathers, and Mass is celebrated at this spot every day. A curative spring runs through the property, from which you are welcome to drink.

In1961 Pope John XXIII made known that ceremonies could be performed in the House of the Virgin Mary discussions about the place were subdued and the number of visitors gradually increased. The house was declared a place of pilgrimage. In 1967 Pope Paul VI and in 1979 Pope John Paul II visited. Nov. 29, 2006  Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus.

This private tour is an excellent example of how guided tours should be done, with well-prepared local guides, who know and love their country and ready to answer all your questions.

Highlights
  • See how the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city
  • See famous sites the Temple of Hadrian, Celcius Library and Odeon
  • Learn about the important history of Ephesus and Virgin Mary
  • Walk in the footsteps of biblical figures at the House of Virgin Mary
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick-up and drop off from Kusadasi Cruise port
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Private De-Luxe Fully Air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz van with Separate Driver
  • Professional Licensed Local Tour Guide
  • SKIP THE LINE: Private Guided tour of Ancient Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary
  • All Parking fees
  • All Taxes
Exclusions
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drink
  • We will arrange the Entry Tickets in advance so you will avoid the long ticket queues.
Pickup and Drop-off
Pick-up and drop off from Kusadasi Cruise port

Know Before You Go
  • Rest rooms can be found at the site of House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus.
  • Bring your camera (there is plenty of photo opportunities)
  • Ephesus requires walking long distances over uneven surfaces, comfortable clothing and closed toe, sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
  • 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.
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Reviewed by Abelo ES   March 03, 2022
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Such an amazing experience! The trip was superbly organized - from the time we booked the tour we were informed of every step. We all learned so much about this incredible Ephesus city thanks to our incredible tour guide! And our small kids loved it too! What a win! Thank you so much
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Reviewed by robinson US   February 18, 2022
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Absolutely phenomenal tour!!! Our guide, Selin, was wonderful an also Her enthusiasm and expertise created such a wonderful experience. This Ephesus tour was the highlight of our entire trip. She was amazing!! Cannot say enough good things about this tour! Worth every penny!

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Reviewed by Joel R FI   February 18, 2022
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The Ephesus tour was very satisfactory, with interesting information. Our guide Ayse were excellent with a very knowledgeable so you can have a lot of information about tour. thank you very much.

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Reviewed by MajaL SE   February 18, 2022
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Very knowledgeable and accommodating Ephesus tour. It was just magical so I would not hesitate to recommend this tour, I will always remember my tour.

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Reviewed by Lynn and Steve GB   February 18, 2022
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My guide is the BEST Tour Guide, You can find in tours. he, Cagatay, really knows how to give an excellent tour! thanks.

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Reviewed by Katy US   February 17, 2022
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A great Ephesus tour from start to finish!!

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Reviewed by Abel AE   February 17, 2022
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We enjoyed the Ephesus tour and were glad we did it. This tour was a great way to have good time. Greetings.

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Reviewed by Paulmel2 AU   February 17, 2022
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We had a wonderful, knowledgeable guide with many interesting insights. We enjoyed the Ephesus tour immensely.

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Reviewed by Janet Hojnowski US   February 16, 2022
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this was our first visit with this tour company. We were extremely pleased with the Ephesus tour. Our guide, Zerda, was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. She went out of her way to ensure our visit was a success, even helping my wife find some local shops for gifts she wanted. We definitely recommend this company.

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Reviewed by Kotlár S SK   February 16, 2022
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Great private guided tour. Preferred a private Ephesus tour due to its comfort and glad we did. Very knowledgeable guide and enjoyed our time. Thanks.

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