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  2. Aegean Region
  3. Kusadasi
  4. Ephesus

Kusadasi: 5-Hour Small-Group Ephesus Shore Excursion

Product ID: 202984
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A 5-hour small-group tour to Ephesus with a licensed tour guide. You will encounter the House of Virgin Mary and the Artemission temple, among many other historically relevant constructions.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Skip the line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
Spanish, English

Pick-up service

Pick up from hotels in Kusadasi and Kusadasi Cruise Terminal
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Walk through history along marble streets
  • See the House of Virgin Mary
  • Experience the Artemission Temple
Full description
After meeting with your tour guide in your hotel lobby or port of Kusadasi at 8:30AM, you will begin your 20-minute drive to Ephesus. Once there you will begin touring the city, which is one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor). As a port city, this was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

You can walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them you will discover the Baths of Scholastica and the Library of Celsus (which was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father). Later on, encounter the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater, which are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. The Grand Theater was built in the 3rd century B.C., and was later expanded to 24,000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.

The House of Virgin Mary is located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 A.D. 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 this area as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. You will stop here at the Artemission Temple, where one of the seven wonders of the ancient world used to be. This will be the final stop on your tour before your return drive to your point of origin.

Includes
  • Professional and licensed tour guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Parking fees
  • Local taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips to driver and tour guide

When you get there

Know before you go
• Ephesus has 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) of walking and steps, therefore this tour is not recommended for people with physical limitations