Exclusive Ancient Ephesus

Exclusive Ancient Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi (Arcadian Way, Library of Celsus)
Price: $69.00
Children (Ages 2 and under) are free.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing and closed toe, sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Walking at Ephesus is over actual streets / sidewalks from ancient times which are uneven and worn. There are steps without handrails and packed dirt that must be navigated in some areas. The walk through Ephesus is not wheelchair accessible.

Exclusive Ancient Ephesus

Meet your professionally trained guide and drive to Ephesus, approximately 30 minutes from Kusadasi. Famous in antiquity for its Temple of Artemus during the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. You will start your 90 minute Ephesus walking tour at the upper Magnesia Gate, and work your way down through the city, ending near the ancient Harbor.

Along the way you will see the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period. It has played host to programs as varied as Paul and his sermons to the Ephesians, to concerts by Sting, in part due to its remarkable acoustics.

You will walk along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Antony and Cleopatra rode in procession. You will hear stories of Alexander the Great, the Virgin Mary, and many other famous visitors who walked the same marble streets that you are walking. As you depart the Ephesus site, you will be able to view the hilltop ruins of the Basilica of St. John in the distance, which was erected over his grave in the 6th century A.D. by Emperor Justinian.

Returning to the town of Kusadasi, guests will have the option to end their tour in the shopping area, where they can attend a Turkish carpet explanation and explore the shops filled with jewelry, carpets, leatherware, and copper goods, or both. Turkish salespeople expect you to haggle and quite often you can get 10-15% off the listed price. Treat it as an adventure. The cruise pier is a 5-10 minute walk from the main shopping area.

Guests not wishing to attend the optional carpet shopping should stay on the bus and they will be taken directly back to the pier.

Please Note: Entrance to the Library of Celsus is included.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  123 ReviewsReview This Tour
Another fabulous tour
December 28, 2019
I loved the guide. He took a genuine interests in the tourists in his group. He gave a great tour of Ephesus and an excellent synopsis of life in Turkey.
Reviewer: Bari Kahn
5 Stars
Wow! What an experience to the past.
December 11, 2019
Beautiful, a must see. A once in a lifetime experience. To walk in the steps of civilization long gone.
Reviewer: Athena Bell
5 Stars
Excellent overview of classical site
November 11, 2019
We very much enjoyed visiting Ancient Ephesus. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Be aware that tour also visits a rug-making facility. We found it interesting to see how rugs are made; however, some might not appreciate the commercial nature of this stop.
Reviewer: John and Kathleen
5 Stars
September 20, 2019
Amazing tour.even though it was very busy and very warm. Good to hear about its history. Surprised that there is still so much that needs to be excavated. Would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Johannes A Bosch
5 Stars
Fantastic history!
September 14, 2019
This tour was the most fabulous and informative tour as there is so much to see in Ephesus! Our tour guide was very good at explaining where we were and the history of this ancient ruin but we just wish we had more time to explore a bit on our own and take more pictures! We would highly recommend taking this tour!
Reviewer: Pat Swanson
5 Stars
Excellent Tour Guide
September 06, 2019
He is very helpful, humor and knowledgeable person. His name is John, I forgot his last name, sorry.
Reviewer: Wei Wang
5 Stars