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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Safety precautions are provided by the tour operator and are not checked by Viator for accuracy
5 to 6 hours (approx.)
Offered in: English and 1 more
THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR, NOBODY WILL BE IN THE TOUR BESIDE YOUR PARTY / Discover all the highlights of Ephesus with well-educated professional local tour guide. Visit one of the UNESCO listed places that is Ancient City of Ephesus, walk on the streets where Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take excellent pictures in front of Celsus Library,explore Roman Baths,Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, Agora, etc. See superb preserved Terrace Houses that are for the rich people during the Roman time in Ephesus, famous with unique mosaic and frescos. Feel very peaceful atmosphere of shrine that is the most important Biblical Site in Turkey, House of the Virgin Mary. See the location of Temple of Artemis that is one of the wonders of ancient world. Take great pictures of the fascinating sites with recommendation of your expert local tour guide. Upon to your request, you will have a chance for a local lunch.
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
12/20/2017 - 8/21/2023
07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
FOR CRUISE GUESTS / We highly recommend you to meet at port after 30 / 45 minutes your ship docked to port in order to beat crowds / school buses and hot weather in the afternoon. It is better to meet early to have a better tour in Ephesus before the crowds.
Advantages of Our Private Tours Instead of Group Bus Tours
- It might be your first and only one time in Ephesus. Do not lose this opportunity that may come once in your life time.
- You do not have to stop your tour if one fellow gets ill or fell down in big groups in the ruins. Because, the guide of the big groups has to care with this person. Your tour will come unbearable although it might be your only day in Turkey.
- With a large group, you are dependent to their schedule. But in a private tour, you do not have to follow any of the program, you decide what you would like to see, when you want to start and conclude your tour. Because this is your own private tour, you are the boss and you decide to everything.
- In large groups, sometimes tour guides skip the most interesting details in a sight because it might be impossible to show it to everyone in a large group.
- In a private tour, you do not have to wait all the group with too many people who have different interests, try to take a picture of everything and usually stay behind the group.
- If you can not hear the guide in a large group or you fall behind because the pace is too fast, you are just out of luck.
- In a private tour, while visiting the ruins you do not wait for a long time in lines to get ticket or get into the ruins or museums. Because your private tour guide will make everything ready for you.
- In a private tour, you do not have to share your guide and Mercedes Van with many people, because you will have your own van and expert local tour guide.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
FOR CRUISE GUESTS / WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO MEET AT PORT AFTER 30 / 45 MINUTES YOUR SHIP DOCKED TO PORT IN ORDER TO BEAT CROWDS / SCHOOL BUSES AND HOT WEATHER IN THE AFTERNOON. IT IS BETTER TO MEET EARLY TO HAVE A BETTER TOUR IN EPHESUS BEFORE THE CROWDS.
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO MEET AT 8.00AM IF YOUR SHIP’S SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIME IS 7.00AM. IF YOUR SHIP’S SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIME IS LATER THAN 7.00AM, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO MEET AFTER 30 MINUTES YOUR SHIP DOCKED TO PORT IN ORDER TO BEAT CROWDS FROM CRUISE SHIPS, SCHOOL BUSES AND HOT WEATHER IN THE AFTERNOON.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
OPERATED BY Ephesus Port Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
My family booked this tour during our cruise port stop in Kusadasi. Our group of four ranged in ages from 13 to 67. Anders was an incredible guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and learned so much about the country’s culture, history, agriculture and economy. While the entire day was wonderful, our favorites included our visit to Ephesus, our Turkish lunch and a visit to a multi-generation family owned ceramics business. First time visiting Turkiye and we cannot wait to return. Highly recommend this tour, especially if its your first time visiting the Kusadasi area.
Very thorough and our hostess was extremely knowledgeable
, Jul 2022
A very comfortable car, with air conditioning on a particularly hot day made for a most pleasant tour around Ephesus. Our driver was quiet and efficient while our guide was able to convey the majesty and intricacies of the history in a very personable style. The theatre is such an exciting site along with the road , the front of the library and the other ruins which really tells quite a story from such an historic time. Knowing that St. Paul preached in this theatre and wrote letters to the church here, which became part of the New Testament, adds to the awe-inspiring nature of this tour.
We had a great day in Ephesus! Our guide picked us up at the cruise port, then took us to see the Virgin Mary's house, Ephesus, and other sites along the way. It was all very stunning and rich in history!! Our guide was fantastic!!
Cruise Ship stop - Highly recommend this tour and guide!
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour and worth every Euro!! Comes with driver and tour guide. Sergen is an amazing tour guide and I highly recommend him!! His knowledge is extensive and he provides a very thorough explanation of the ruins and history of areas visited. We moved from site to site at our own pace and we learned a lot from Sergen!!! Visited all the sites and still had time after to do some shopping on our own at the port of Kusadasi. Would do this again.....
This was the best tour! Our guide & driver were superb & so was the new Mercedes van for 2 with cold A/C! Loved the detailed tour of the ruins at Ephesus, the drive & visit at Mary’s home, the local restaurant where we tried different Turkish foods for lunch - excellent! Also visited a carpenter shop there (no pressure to purchase) & a pottery store with demonstration & beautiful handmade pottery for purchase. I highly recommend this tour! We would go again!!
Burak met us as soon as we departed the cruise ship. He asked if we had specific things we wanted to see, which we didn't, so he had lots of recommendations for us. We saw House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus, a local Mosque, a Turkish carpet factory and learned how the carpets were made, lunch, and then returned to the shopping area near the cruise with recommendations of places to shop and eat. It was a great experience.
If you are a fan of history, this is a must do! By booking a private tour we were able in accomplish all of Ephesus (including the Terrace Houses) the House of the Virgin Mary, the site of Artemis’ Temple and Lotus Ceramics which makes traditional light weight Turkish tile used in the Blue Mosque. Our guide Marci was super engaging, knowledgeable and made sure we saw everything we wanted. Ephesus Port Tours recommended we get off the ship right away to beat the crowds. We did and had Ephesus to ourselves for the first half hour. It allowed for great pictures and for us to move through quicker. If you are debating whether to book this excursion through the cruise ship or private, book it private. It can be tailored to your interest and time! And ask for Marci!
We originally had 4 people for the tour but eventually only 1 person due to the others unable to make the tour. Ephesus Port Tours had no issue with the smaller group of 1 and was happy to move forward. I was met at the cruise dock by Azer my tour guide. She was very kind, superb English and extremely knowledgeable about Türkiye’s history. I had many questions about other parts of Türkiye, and she took the time to answer all my questions. We spent about 3 hours in Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. The tour was well paced, and I had plenty of time to see the parts of Ephesus that were the most important to me. Prior to stopping at Ephesus we visited the House of the Virgin Mary. Our final stop of the day was the Temple of Artemis ruins, with the view of the Isa Bey Mosque, which were built from the Temple. Thank you to Ephesus Port Tour and Azer for making it a wonderful tour and great day.
She was charming and engaging . We loved our day with her. She made us her special "family" for the day and acted as if she wasn't a tour guide just a knowledgeable story teller and friend. She was a great teacher and the teens with us responded to her. You are lucky to have her!
Neco was an excellent guide who is well versed in excursions for cruisers. Arrived early when our cruise ship docked and so we were able to get our day started early! He had great information/facts about all the sites. He was extremely friendly. Had lunch at a delicious location. Would highly recommend this tour to others.
We had such a great time with our tour guide Azer, she took the time to give full explanation and details of every place we wanted to visit. And she planned it very well so we avoided the cruise crowds,
Thank you very much Azer for making the best to our Effesus visit.
We loved this tour. Our guide, Dilek, was amazing. She worked with us to create an wonderful customized day for our group. She was very flexible and work around some of the mobility issues one of our family members has. She even help me find some lively jewelry and helped negotiate a great price.
Our guide, Dilek, was phenomenal! She was so kind and knowledgeable. She knew to take us to Ephesus first before the house of Virgin Mary to best avoid the crowds. The umbrellas to avoid the sun were a very useful and nice extra touch. I would highly recommend this tour!
This was my favorite day of our trip. Our tour guide Ender was so knowledgeable and kind! We learned so much about the incredible ruins we were seeing and about the Turkish culture. Lunch was delicious and the demonstrations we saw were absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend this tour and Ender!!
An incredible day-long experience. Ulas was an A+++ tour guide, probably the best one we’ve ever had in any of the countries we’ve visited. He is truly an expert in Anatolian history, culture, religion and the details of the specific places we visited. This felt like a Michelin-star restaurant experience. In addition to being knowledgeable, he’s an extremely pleasant and engaging person to be around for an entire day. My wife and I loved spending the day with him going to the Virgin Mary’s home, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, a traditional Turkish lunch (delicious), a rug making tour, a pottery making tour, a local mosque and the Basilica of St. John. We traveled around all day in a comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes van with a great driver, and we were picked up directly from our hotel in the morning at 8am and delivered to the airport at 5:45pm. We’ve been on so many vacations and tours and this was the very best. 100% recommend. This is not to be missed. Thank you Ulas!
Such a fantastic tour. Our guide, Nicol (“Nickle”) was so knowledgeable and taught us so much about the history, geography, culture, ruins, religions, it was amazing. He encouraged us to be earlier off the boat which we were and he was able to take us to the home of Mary and Ephesus before all the buses and crowds arrived. He took us from place to place in a super fancy van with a kind driver, Aladdin, whom Nicol would call ahead for curb side pick up at each location. Lunch was delicious and we even enjoyed a free tour of the Turkish rug workshop next door to the restaurant where we were able to purchase a rug to be mailed to us back home.
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