Guided tour

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

From US$ 29 per person

Visit the Ephesus region on this guided tour from Kusadasi. Drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, and explore the city of Ephesus, with a visit to Artemis Temple.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the marble streets of Ephesus and admire the city's many ruins
  • Gain revealing insights into the past from your knowledgable tour guide
  • Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See the House of Virgin Mary
Full description
A professional licenced tour guide will meet with you at Kusadasi port. After meeting your guide, you will drive to the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus. You will then visit one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor), located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through its historic marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them: the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Grand Theater. You will then stop at Artemission Temple, which used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as your last stop before driving back to Kusadasi town center and port. Entrance fees are not included in this program; in total they are around 20 USD which can be paid to your guide at the end of the tour in cash. If you want to pay by visa or master card, your guide will stop for a few minutes in the office on your way back to Kusadasi town center.
Includes
  • Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide
  • Transportation with brand-new A/C vehicles
  • Pickup and drop-off from Kusadasi cruise port and your hotel in Kusadasi
  • Parking fees
  • Local taxes
  • Entrance fees ($20 USD approximately)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips to driver and tour guide
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Know before you go

  •  Since all shore excursions involve some walking, please wear comfortable low-heeled shoes and casual clothes
  •  Sun glasses and hats are recommended
  •  Cameras are recommended
  •  During visits to holy places of worship such as churches, monasteries, mosques, or synagogues, bare shoulders and shorts are not permitted
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 46 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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This tour was really awesome. Super great guide and driver. Before you were driven to any manufactory, you were asked whether you wanted to go shopping or see something beyond the tour. We decided against it and were then driven to the hotel. The guide was very well trained and you got a lot of valuable information. You also got enough free time.

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May 15, 2021

Our tour guide was outstanding, polite, funny and extremely knowledgeable.. the places we visited were very fascinating, especially Ephesus with so much history and original features.. I’m not a religious person so was a little sceptical about the House of Virgin Mary but can see why this place would be special.

September 16, 2020

Tour of the ruins of Ephesus truly extraordinary!

The ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus were unbelievable. The scale of the ancient city, the amount that has been preserved and the detail of the stonework truly amazing. Our guide was very informative and his explanation of the Greek and Roman phases of the city's development enhanced the experience immeasurably. One note of caution: The pathway down from the upper gate was slippery in places and challenging for those not used to hiking on rocks.

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July 14, 2019

Product ID: 211653