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Ephesus: Small Group Tour with House of the Virgin Mary

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Activity provider: EPHESUS TOURS

Ephesus: Small Group Tour with House of the Virgin Mary

Activity provider: EPHESUS TOURS

From US$ 55.22 per person

Visit the most famous sights of Ephesus in a small group guided tour by a comfortable minibus. Immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman times of Ephesus, visit the temple of Artemis and see the House of Virgin Mary in a full day trip from Kusadasi or Selcuk.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup available from centrally located hotels in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available


  • Walk through the Greco-Roman city of Ephesus and learn the history of the long-standing remains
  • See the large old fountains, the marble statues and the Celsus Library
  • Visit the temple of Artemis, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See the Terrace Houses of Ephesus
Full description

Ephesus is the second biggest open-air museum in the world after Pompeii. Explore the public parts of its grounds accompanied by a licensed guide in a small group. Enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk or from the cruise ship port. Your driver will take you to several important sights of the area while your guide will help you immerse yourself in Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The tour includes lunch. Apart from the city of ancient Ephesus, also explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Artemis Temple, as well as the temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater, which was once the center point of entertainment for up to 24,000 people. You will also get to see the House where Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last years in life. The tour ends at approximately 4:00 PM, at which point you'll be taken back to your hotel or cruise ship.

  • Pickup and dropoff from Kusadasi/Selcuk or cruise ship port
  • Entry tickets for the sights visited
  • Small group guided tour
  • Transport in a minibus
  • Licensed local guide
  • Lunch buffet with vegan/vegetarian/halal options
  • Gratuities recommended
  • Food and Drinks (optional)
  • Entrance Fees if the option is not selected

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport

Know before you go

  • Pick-up will be between 08:00 AM and 09:00 AM, and return drop offs are done between 04:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces
  • During the summer please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat
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4.9 /5

based on 70 reviews

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The tour was amazing. Our guide Fatima was very knowledgeable and friendly in particular. Supporting guide and driver were great too. Everything ran smoothly and on time. A tour like this is best suited with a guide & having Fatima was just cherry on the cake. Thank you so much Fatima & team for making my tour memorable & enjoyable!

January 24, 2023

Fatima and her team are absolutely amazing - I’ve been on a lot of tours around the world, and this one is right at the top of my favorites list. Ephesus is fantastic, and Fatima was such a knowledgeable guide. The lunch is also the best I’ve experienced on any tour - delicious food included and nice wines available for a very reasonable price. I also really like the size of this tour - small enough to feel personal, but uses a more comfortable minibus to get around so there’s plenty of space for everyone. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough!

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October 12, 2022

Fatima was awesome from start to finish. I booked this excursion as a shore excursion tour. We saw all stops included in the tour along with a stop for Turkish Delights and tea on the way back since our group was all in! We saw the carpet making presentation and had the best authentic Turkish lunch I have had while here. I have visited here multiple times now and by far I would take this tour all over again! On top of communication before our tour and waiting at the promised time right outside the doors to the terminal for the ship. We couldn't of asked for a better experience and would do this again in a heartbeat. We also got to visit a family owned ceramics shop which was also a nice touch. Back to Port on time and safely. 5 stars!

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August 13, 2022

Product ID: 174930