5-Hour Small Group Excursion to Ephesus from Kusadasi

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5-Hour Small Group Excursion to Ephesus from Kusadasi
from £38.09
NO HIDDEN COSTS : Entrances fees are INCLUDED Terrace Houses is included. Enjoy this 5-hour excursion starting at Kusadasi, and taking you to Ephesus where you can trace Alexander the Great, Caesar or Cicero. Visit the recently opened Terraced Houses (entry included) and admire the frescos as well as the The House of Virgin Mary and temple of Artemis. Once back in Kusadasi, you can enjoy some shopping. Entrance fees, Professional Licenced Tour guide, A/C transportation are included
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In Brief

Selcuk, Turkey
4 to 5 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Ege Ports, Camikebir, Liman Cd. No:10, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey

Our Tour guide will meet you at Kusadasi Port or Your Hotel Lobby with your name sign at pre-arranged time

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Kusadasi Gazi Begendi Park, Turgut Ozal Blv., Kusadasi Turkey

After meeting e will drive to Ephesus through Gazi Beğendi Park

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

Our first stop is the House of Virgin Mary. The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

Our second stop is Ephesus Ancient City. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ephesus Terrace Houses, Selcuk 35148 Turkey

We visit Terrace houses when we are in Ephesus ancient city.

This option is available just for cruise passengers.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Our last stop is The Temple of Artemis where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Small Group Tour ( max 16 pax )
  • Professional Licenced Tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • Local Tax and Handling Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Ephesus Terrace Houses


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You will be picked up from Kusadasi port and/or from your hotel in Kusadasi


  • Kusadasi Cruise Terminal

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Bare shoulders are not permitted in holy places of worship such as churches, monasteries, mosques and synagogues.
  • Shoes are not permitted in mosques
  • Stroller accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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

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

The trip was excellent. Ty met us at the port and we travelled in a top notch Sprinter van with driver to Ephesus where Ty guided us through the old city. It is muich more than any of the on line photos indicate. We visited Mary's house and a Turkish carpet cooperative and learned a lot about how they are made wilth no pressure to buy. Was well worth the money spent.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2019
Our tour guide was excellent, knowledge and professional. . She was smart to get us to the Virgin Mary's House before the crowd got there, it saved a lot of time waiting in line. Her knowledge of the Ephesus site was also excellent.We were VERY happy with her service
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
The shore excursion was great value for money. Our tour guide studied in Melbourne and his command of English was excellent. His commentary made the Ephesus ruins come to life and we also really enjoyed his commentary on Turkey and the various ethnic groups that call Turkey home. We even enjoyed visiting two shops selling high end leather jackets and hand made carpets.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
An amazing trip and guide. There was so much information I am sure we Weill never remember it all but our guide was so informative and gave us options of different stops to make after the main part of the trip. He didn't seem in a hurry and made sure we saw everything we wanted to.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Informative and caring guide. Told us so many stories about the place that we would never had found out without him, as very few signs on site.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a great tour. Our guide Tunc [pronounced Toonch], was knowledgeable and organized. His enthusiasm made the history even more memorable. Ephesus is an amazing place to visit, we also went to the Virgin Mary House and the Terrace houses. The terrace houses had the added bonus of mosaic floors, and frescoes. This was a small group tour and that made it even better.
• Submitted 13 May 2019
Excellent tour Met at 8.30am so we were well ahead of the crowds and there was no one at the house of the Virgin Mary, it was so peaceful. The guide was very good and led us down the hill towards the library and we could avoid the crowds of other tourists. We went to the terraced houses which most of the other tours missed and saw the mosaics and frescoes which was very interesting. Certainly the highlight of our cruise to Turkey and Greece
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
Excellent tour. Our guide met us outside the port as soon as we exited the port as described. It turns out it was just our family of three in the group! We beat the ship tour groups to Mary's House and it felt like we had the place to ourselves for a short while. Our guide was very good and friendly. I'm not sure if he gave us as much information as other guides by eavesdropping on the tours but that is the only mild critism I would have. Ephesus was amzing. The Hill houses and the Celcius Library were definitely impressive. He gave us the option of the carpet school tour but didn't push at all. Shopping in Ephesus was a challenge due to the cultural? hard-sell of the merchants coupled with the lack of tourists since most cruise ships stopped going there.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2017
This tour was excellent and good value for money. We had a knowlegable, helpful and friendly guide, who made the tour of Ephesus informative and enjoyable. transoprt was comfotsble and clean with an good driver. There was no pressure to go on to a 'shopping experience', as frequently happens in Turkey, but when we asked his advice for a particular product he offered a variety of outlets and gave his opinions without pressure. We did take his advice and all came home with new leather jackets!! I cannot recommend Tas and his Company highly enough.
• Submitted 27 Apr 2017
We had an incredible tour. It was even better than we expected! Our guide catered to our needs and answered questions. They were on time and we were completely satisfied. Ephesus is incredible!
• Submitted 26 Jan 2017
We had an almost private tour with only one other couple joining us. The tour guide was very well informed and articulate. The tour of the Ephesus excavation was amazing - HUGE- indoor plumbing over 2000 years ago! The terrace houses were another must see as well as a visit to the Virgin Mary's house. The carpet display, although very interesting, created too much pressure to purchase in a hurry as there was little time before we had to get back to our cruise ship.
• Submitted 22 Nov 2016
Met our guide just outside the terminal building. He was very knowledgeable. Ephesus is far more amazing than Pompeii! Didn't like being taken to a high priced leather store that was not mentioned in the tour info.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2016
we loved our trip to Ephesus and our tour guide.it was a small group of 8 people which made it nice. all of these people were on our cruise ship also and we made friends. the tour guide Aysenur was so knowledgeable and provide a great overview of the area and of the historical significance of Ephesus and Mary's house. I would highly recommend this tour and Aysenur did a great job. we were also taken to a pottery shop to learn about the process of the making of pottery and plates. we also got to see a demonstration of how they make silk carpets. we had no intention to purchase and did not purchase. the tour guide told us also there was no obligation and there was no pressure. we did get the opportunity to witness how these things were made and we were glad we did. please accept the tea, coffee or Raki that they offer in these shops. there is no obligation to buy , this is their way to show hospitality.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2016
Had the most amazing g guide who made this day a special day
• Submitted 05 Nov 2016
This was one of the highlights of our day in Turkey. Our guide - Nahide was simply the best. A visit to the house of Mary was humbling and set the scene for a great tour. So informative was her commentary and passion of the site and the lifestyle of the ephesians we all listened with intent for the time we were there. The site is amazing to see and walk through and having the extra benefit of going through the terrace houses is a must. After a long walk we all sat down to a traditional lunch for a reasonable 10 euros each. Great day, great guide well worth the time and money.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2016
Small group, great guide, flexible arrangements, good price. This is our 2nd booking St. Petersburg last time, same excellent service
• Submitted 27 Oct 2016
It was the best tour. Got to see all that was on our itinerary. The driver was great with this handicapped woman, me. The guide explained and gave enough time to see and do everything. I would recommend this tour and operators to any one and everyone. It was a one plus, fantastic.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2016
It was the best tour. Got to see all that was on our itinerary. The driver was great with this handicapped woman, me. The guide explained and gave enough time to see and do everything. I would recommend this tour and operators to any one and everyone. It was a one plus, fantastic.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2016
• Submitted 17 Oct 2016
You should not miss this site, or this tour. Our guide was exceptional. This is a must see!
• Submitted 15 Oct 2016
Absolutely amazing. Naheeda was great. We learned a lot about Turkey and the culture. Ephesus is spectacular. I already told, and will continue to do so, my friends to book this tour if the go to Kusadasi.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
A very good experience. Cenghis was an excellent guide. The timings were perfect and the whole tour was value for money and we will certainly use Viator again.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2016
Great tour. I was on a cruise and surprised that I was the only one on the tour. The guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The terrace houses are an absolute must and will not disappoint, and I was thrilled they were included in this tour.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2016
Our tour guide was friendly knowledgeable and made it a great day. We highly recommend this tour
• Submitted 02 Oct 2016

In Brief

Selcuk, Turkey
4 to 5 hours