Exclusive Ancient Ephesus
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, leather ware, 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.
Reviewer: Bari Kahn
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: Athena Bell
Beautiful, a must see. A once in a lifetime experience. To walk in the steps of civilization long gone.
Reviewer: John and Kathleen
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: Johannes A Bosch
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: Pat Swanson
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!