Exclusive Ancient Ephesus

Exclusive Ancient Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi (Arcadian Way, Library of Celsus)
Price: $69.00
Children (Ages 2 and under) are free.
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Summary
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 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 Ephesus 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  |  131 ReviewsReview This Tour
A Must See!
July 18, 2022
The ruins at Ephesus are the best ruins / archeology I've seen anywhere, and I'm well-traveled. Our Guide was both knowledgable, affable, and hillarious! Best Guide ever. The Carpet Making and Sales presentation at the end was cool too, and was no the 'hard sell' I was expecting. Great Tour!
Reviewer: Chris
5 Stars
Fabulous Tour
July 10, 2022
We were quite indifferent about going on this tour and were BLOWN AWAY by it. Our guide (John) was fantastic. His knowledge was unbelievable which made our tour amazing. The ruins were not only intriguing but such a wonderful piece of history that we were able to share. Thank you for a great experience.
Reviewer: Karyn Petersen
5 Stars
Fantastic Guide
June 28, 2022
Our guide was wonderful, he had such great information and was animated and excited about what he was showing us. He took great care of us and made sure everyone was having a great time. Ephesus is amazing, you have to see it!
Reviewer: Kelly R
5 Stars
Very interesting tours
June 20, 2022
The guide knew the place very well and was professional. Even the visit to the carpet dealer was informative and without obligation on our part.
Reviewer: Johanne
5 Stars
One of our best excursions!!
June 12, 2022
This tour exceeded our expectations!! Our bus was very prompt and comfortable. The ancient city of Ephesus was amazing!!! A definite must see!! We loved the history here and seeing the incredible amphitheater. I’m not comfortable with bartering when purchasing souvenirs, but our tour guide gave us tips on navigating this. After touring Ephesus, we had the option to see how silk rugs were made in Kusadasi. The process was amazing as they showed how silk was spun from a cocoon, and rugs were weaved. We were told that there was no pressure to purchase a rug, but some pressure was definitely felt.
Reviewer: Joanne Gillies
5 Stars
good trip
June 02, 2022
we have a celebrity tour guide, he is famous, he speak good English, he is smart. We love his tour.
Reviewer: siu ho
5 Stars