1. Turkey
  2. Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
  3. Kusadasi
  4. Ephesus

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir

Product ID: 34132
Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the terrace houses, the House of the Virgin Mary, St. John’s Basilica, and other sites. Experience the world’s most spectacular open-air museum on a guided tour from Kusadasi or Izmir.
About this activity
Duration: 7.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian

Pickup included

Pick-up is available at the port, airport, or your hotel. Please indicate your preference when booking.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Ephesus, one of the world’s most spectacular open-air museums
  • Learn about the history of the ancient city and explore the ruins
  • See the terrace houses of the rich, the House of Virgin Mary, and St. John’s Basilica
Full description
You’ll meet your professional guide and head out on the drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world, and certainly a highlight of any visit to Turkey.

During this guided full-day tour, the ancient city will come alive as you walk through the 2,000-year-old marble streets. Admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, the temples of Hadrian and Domitian, and more. See the great theater that had a seating capacity of 24,000 spectators.

Visit the terrace houses, located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. The terrace houses were residences of the wealthy, and featured beautiful frescoes and mosaics in their interiors.

After visiting the Ephesus ruins, you’ll continue on to the House of the Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.

Your final visit will be to the Basilica of St. John, built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle. The basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in Istanbul in size.
Includes
  • Licensed professional guide in English or other preferred language
  • Air-conditioned luxury vehicle with professional driver
  • Pick-up and drop off service
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the description
What’s Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for guide and driver

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, and you should bring a sunhat and a camera.

From £123.12 Per group up to 2

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our private tour. We were in complete control of our day and how long we spent at each site. St John's Basilica was under renovation so we only visited from outside but we were taken to a muesuem nearby instead. Our guide Ahu was extremely knowledgeable and provided detailed historical and religious explanations at each site. As this was a private tour we utilised the option of making additional stops (within the duration of the tour) and choosing any drop off point at the end of the tour en route our pick up hotel. Highly recommend this tour!

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February 23, 2020

Everything went smoothly from booking to execution. The German speaking guide was friendly, helpful and motivated. The sights were great and highly recommended. What I didn't like was the fact that there were additional sales points like leather goods and carpets. But we would also be understood here and everything was kept short.

November 1, 2019

The tour and tour guide was excellent!

July 3, 2019

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Product ID: 34132