Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Ephesus Sightseeing Tour
from AUD $143.87
Discover the magic of the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Kusadasi. Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and one the best-preserved ancient ruins in the Mediterranean. See the Great Theater and the Library of Celsus. Sample Turkish delicacies during lunch, then discover the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary lived her final days.
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In Brief

Kusadasi, Turkey
8 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Temple of Hadrian, Curetes St., Selcuk Turkey

Enjoy pickup from your Kusadasi hotel and relax on the drive to Ephesus. When you arrive, stop at St John's Basilica on the top of Ayasuluk Hill. Visit the basilica and see the 4th-century tomb where the remains of the saint are said to be housed.

Next, travel to the ancient city of Ephesus, an important center of early Christianity. Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision, according to the book of Revelation. With your guide, visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then see the Great Theater, the Library of Celsus and many other well-preserved ancient temples.

Take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant, while your local guide explains interesting facts about Ephesus and its surroundings.

After lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. The cottage has been a pilgrimage place for many centuries, and was authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967.

Next, relax on your comfortable coach on the drive back to your hotel.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

The Basilica of St. John

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey

Virgin Mary's House

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Domitian, Selcuk Turkey

temple of domitian

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bibliotheque de Celsus, Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk Turkey


Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, Selcuk Turkey


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey

Temple of Artemis

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey


Duration: 2 hours


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Hadrian
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Domitian
  • Entry/Admission - Bibliotheque de Celsus
  • Entry/Admission - Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
  • Entry/Admission - The Temple of Artemis
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located Kusadasi hotels

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Tour guide was great, very informative. Lots of outdoor walking. Make sure to bring water, comfortable walking shoes, hat or umbrella to shade from the sun. Lunch provided was traditional Turkish food and delicious. Lunch was at a Turkish Rug Center where we were shown a demonstration on how rugs are made and had the chance to purchase a rug. Prices were a bit high but I only have one carpet buying experience from a couple years ago to compare to. Still overall a great experience and was one of the highlights of the trip.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
The tour guide was really fantastic. He took us to all the sightseeing spots as mentioned. He would give you the history of the places and then also allow you free time to explore which I liked, it didn't feel too rushed. Our transportation driver was very sweet and accommodating as well.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
Highlight of my trip to Turkey! If you make it to this area, you must stop by Ephesus. And this is a fantastic way to do it! While the sites were amazing, I have to first talk about the incredible guide I had. She was one of the best I've ever had anywhere! Incredibly knowledgeable in history, politics and culture, she has been doing this for decades and it shows. The tidbits and different points of view I learned from her were some of the things I remember most about the trip. We also had a very mixed group with different needs and interests and she did a fantastic job making sure everyone got the most out of their experience. St. John's: Neat to see this but even better to hear all the explanations from the guide. I would have not known what I was looking at if it wasn't for her! Ephesus: Incredible. The guide makes a big difference telling neat antidotes and explaining things you'd never know otherwise. Plus, free time is included to get to explore on your own. Lunch: Some of the best food I had on the trip and I love that it was at a rug center that helped support local women. Yes, they tried to sell us stuff of course like you'll find on EVERY excursion but I actually learned a lot here about the silk and rug making process. In fact, while the rest of the group was shopping, I found myself outside with one of the women actually teaching me how to weave. I weaved a whole section and it was another highlight of the trip. House of the Virgin Mary: I'm not Catholic but am Christian so I had some context. The guide helped explain so much more and I was surprised how much I enjoyed and was intrigued by this stop.
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015
Polite and knowledgable guide. Excellent transport. Visit to carpet cooperative was very interesting but ultimately a sales excercise which is unfair to customers.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2015
• Submitted 17 May 2015
Wonderful tour with so much to take in . Our guide was informative , interesting and humorous which made and ancient city come alive . Well done and thank you
• Submitted 25 Jul 2014
This tour was excellent. We were members of a small group and our guide was charming and well informed. We had a most enjoyable lunch where all the dishes were explained and, despite the sales pitch, the visit to the carpet factory was an interesting experience.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2013
Very nice tour...
• Submitted 16 Apr 2013
The best of all the tours we did. The AC van, guide, driver, and lunch - excellent.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2012
Ephesus was amazing. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable.
• Submitted 24 Oct 2011
The best of all the tours we did. The shuttle bus, guide, driver, and lunch - excellent!
• Submitted 18 Oct 2011
The tour was outstanding. The tour guide was awesome. The best tour guide, I've ever had; he was very knowledgeable and spoke english very well.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2011
The tour was outstanding. The tour guide was awesome. The best tour guide, I've ever had; he was very knowledgeable and spoke english very well.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2011
great tour..great guide..right at ship..saacha[dawn]...very knowledgeable..AC van very comfortable
• Submitted 26 Sep 2011
The tour guide was great! Highly recommend.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2011
Great tour! We ended up with a private guide and driver. Our guide was brand new to the profession and was a little timid, but she was very friendly and informative. We were driven around in a Mercedes van after getting picked from our cruise ship. My wife and I like to move quickly and our guide was more than happy to oblige. Similar shore excursions through the cruise company would have cost hundreds more. Definitely worth the money.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2011
tour delivered informative relaxing insight to this wonderfull area.Guide was very knowledgeable and created an excellent picture of those past times. Bus and food /value was excellent.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2011
Excellent trip! So nice to get off the ship and have a private van waiting for you with your own personal guide! All at half the price of the cruise trips plus no waiting for people to load on / off a bus. We got to see everything and the lunch was fantastic. Our guide, "Honor" was fantastic and very knowledgable. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
• Submitted 16 Aug 2011
An excellent trip. Only complain was that we were told we were being collected at 10-00am when in fact we were expected at 9-00am. I understand that an E.mail was sent to my home advising us of this fact, but as we were already on our cruise this was not of much use.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2011
Excellent ! Our tour was private and our guide was just terrific, Ober. We had an enjoyable time learning a lot about Ephesus and the surrounding areas. Our guide was helpful and very informative. Our driver was SAFE and did a great job getting us around. We were very pleased with this trip and it was a good value for what we got in a tour. Thank you Marla and Merrill Sinert
• Submitted 12 Aug 2011
Our guide was the perfect teacher, guide, historian and host. We could not have asked for more.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2010
It was excellent. Our guide was very learned and helpful
• Submitted 15 Nov 2010
One of the best tours of our cruise. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He really made this visit worthwhile. The food stop was crowded and the meat dishes were in short supply, but it was buffet style (all you can eat) and drinks with the meal included free soda, beer and red or white wine. This tour was well worth the price we paid.
• Submitted 25 Jan 2011
One of the best tours we took in Europe. Highly recommend this tour. Excellent guide
• Submitted 16 Nov 2010

In Brief

Kusadasi, Turkey
8 hours