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Ephesus: Private Shore Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir

Ephesus: Private Shore Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir

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Travel back in time and visit the ruins of Ephesus on a full-day private tour from Izmir or Kusadasi. Enjoy skip-the-line tickets and a delicious lunch.

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Duration 3.5 - 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
If you come by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the exit of the customs gate. If you're staying at a hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Stroll down marble streets that date back more than 2,000 years
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and Ionians of Ephesus and admire their temples and art
  • Visit the house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her final days
  • Admire the columns and statues of the Celcius Library
  • See the Greek Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
Full description
Explore the stunning ruins of Ephesus on this full-day sightseeing tour from Izmir or Kusadasi, also available as a half-day option from Kusadasi for those short of time. As it is a private tour you can start at any time you like, depending on the arrival and departure time of your cruise ship. You will also visit the small House of the Virgin Mary, where it is thought she spent her final days after St. John brought her to Ephesus following the death of Jesus. Located on Mount Bulbuldagi (Koressos), it’s a popular pilgrim site for Christians and Muslims and boasts a captivating, spiritual atmosphere. Once inside the grounds of Ephesus, wander among the ruins with your guide to see sites such as the Odeon Theatre, which could seat up to 1,400 spectators in its day. Admire the beautiful Roman statues and decorations carved into marble slabs at the Pollio Fountain. Other highlights include the Celcius Library, completed by the Romans in 117AD. The building has the most awe-inspiring façade, with columns, statues, and intact windows. Finally, explore the Greek Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and go to the Basilica of St John (Kusadasi departures only), constructed by Justinian I over the burial site of the Apostle John.
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • A Delicious Local Lunch
  • Brand New A/C Luxury Mercedes Vito with Private Driver
  • Pickup and Drop-off from Hotel and Cruise Port
  • Parking fees and all taxes
  • Entrance Fees (Tickets are pre-purchased to skip the line Total:25$ per person.)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Drinks at lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Tripods

Know before you go

  • Please note that the attractions at Ephesus open at 08:00
  •  This tour requires a minimum of 2 hours walking. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sun cream, and bring an umbrella (for sun or rain depending on the season)
  • Bring your camera, but please note that tripods are not allowed at Ephesus
  •  There is no obligation to cover your head or shoulders in Ephesus. You may wear shorts and T-shirts in summer. For the House of the Virgin Mary a pashmina will be adequate cover
  • Discounts are available for children under 11 years old. Please bring their passports or ID card to show upon entering the museum and attractions. If you don’t have ID, they may be charged full adult price
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

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Tuba was our guide and she was wonderful! Very knowledgeable of the country and what she showed us and we had a great lunch with her. It was so nice to have the private tour and I would highly recommend it! We had Ali as a driver and he was great navigating through the traffic and made sure to get us back at the port in time. I rated this as good because I had asked if we could get tickets to see the Terrace Houses at Ephesus and was told that we could customize it together when we got picked up that day. We did not see the Terrace Houses like we had hoped we would, and I heard from others that it's definitely worth seeing.

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June 30, 2022

Great tour

The private tour was well guided by our English speaking guide, Banu. She was energetic which suits the requirement of our group. The lunch venue was fantastic provided by the carpet making village.

November 3, 2014

Fantástico el tour

June 27, 2022


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