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SKIP THE LINE PRIVATE Highlights of Ephesus

4.5 / 5 total 3665 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 time to be confirmed once you know time of your cruise docking.Pick up time to be confirmed once you know time of your cruise docking.
  • 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 Samuel US   September 22, 2022
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Awesome trip, and well worth it. The guide seemed very knowledgeable about the areas we passed through as well as the actual destinations. He was very flexible with timing and didn't stress if we took our time in a particular area. I highly recommend taking this tour.
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Reviewed by Paul Kotze ZA   September 22, 2022
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WE HAD A WONDERFUL TOUR. OUR TOUR GUIDE WAS NOT ONLY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND INFORMATIVE, BUT VERY PATIENT AS WELL. THANKS.
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Reviewed by BB Devine NZ   September 22, 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 Elizabeth Barnes GB   September 22, 2022
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Our tour guide had very interesting stories, very passionated , really amazing time. I really recommend it. Thank you.
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Reviewed by Tina (Toronto) CA   September 22, 2022
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Had a lovely time on the tour! our guide was very helpful and informative. Loved it would highly recommend :)
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Reviewed by Jason Ma GY   September 22, 2022
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i highly recommend this tour. Our guide was an engaging and personable guide through the tour. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by JoJo2001 US   September 22, 2022
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One word… GREAT!!! it is honestly 5 star team. We are EXTREMELY THANKFUL
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Reviewed by coollads US   September 22, 2022
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This tour was sensational and made even more so by our guide. This is a tour that you must take if you want to have good experience. 5 stars.
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Reviewed by G.Yote SE   September 22, 2022
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I was definitely happy to be away from this tour because my team made it better Our guide was perfect I did not think that the guide is like this, I thought it was my friend. Because his method of working was very different, he used to make everyone happy. When I come here, I will find this guide.I highly recommend!
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Reviewed by colinC US   September 22, 2022
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We had an outstanding time on our recent tour with a fabulous tour guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable. Had we just gone on our own, I don't think we would have enjoyed it quite so much! it is truly incredible. I would definitely recommend this tour, it is well worth it!
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