We are offering %20 discounts for
Private Ephesus Tours with English speaking tour guides
Private Ephesus Tour Guide Services with English-speaking tour guides
at the following dates:
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* There is no deposit payment required for the tour bookings.
* Pay during the tour.
* For cruise passengers, there is no cancellation fee if your ship does not call to the port for any reason.
Private Ephesus Tours starting from Bodrum and ending in Kusadasi, Selcuk, Sirince or Izmir Airport
We offer Private Ephesus Tours starting from Bodrum hotels or yachts docked at Bodrum Marina. These private tours are designed for travellers who would like to be dropped off to Kusadasi, Selcuk, Sirince or Izmir AIrport at the end of the tour. If requested after pick up in Bodrum, a visit to St. Peter Castle in Bodrum can also be made. To see the artifacts which were discovered under the Aegean Sea near Bodrum peninsula. Castle of St. Peter was built by the Knights of St. John in the 15th century.
Kindly note that it takes 2.5 hours drive from Bodrum to the Ancient City of Ephesus. Due to the distance we only offer private tours starting from Bodrum and ending in Kusadasi, Selcuk, Sirince or Izmir Airport.
* For the ones who may be interested, this tour can also be done in the opposite way. We can meet you at Izmir Airport, hotel in Kusadasi, hotel in Selcuk or hotel in Sirince. After a Private Tour of Ephesus, we can transfer you to Bodrum.
For more information, please contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi Cruise Port with local tour guides
We provide custom made tours to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Sirince Village, Kirazli Village and Isa Bey Mosque from Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Our team of licensed tour guides offer exclusive private tours to Ephesus for cruise passengers travelling to Kusadasi Cruise Port. These private tours of Ephesus are conducted in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and Russian languages.
Distance from Kusadasi Port to Ephesus
The distance between Kusadasi Port to Ephesus Ancient city is 20 kilometers. It takes approximately 25 minutes by car to go to the Ancient City of Ephesus. There is no direct prublic transport to go to Ephesus from Kusadasi Port. For cruise passengers who has limited time in Kusadasi, we recommend them to take a taxi or book a Private Ephesus Tour.
The Cruise Ships that will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2021
We organize private tours of Ephesus and Pamukkale and private transfers to Izmir Airport for Celestyal Cruises Passengers who will be embarking and disembarking to/from the Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Experience at Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Experience of Greek Celestyal Cruises will be calling back to the cruise port of Kusadasi in 2021. Celestyal Experience will be the first cruise ship which will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port for 2021. Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Experience will call to the Port of Kusadasi every saturday during 4 Days Greek Islands And Turkey Weekend Cruise and every tuesday during 5 Days Greek Islands and Turkey Cruise. At both days the ships will stay at the Port of Kusadasi from 7am till 1pm.
For passengers who are embarking and disembarking from Celestyal Cruise Ships we offer private half day tours of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary ending at Izmir Airport.
* 3 shore excursions come with the Celestyal cruise package. The complimentary half-day excursions on Celestyal cruise included the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete, the magnificent remains of Ephesus near the port of Kusadasi and a walk through the village of Oia in Santorini. Therefore we offer private tours for Celestyal Cruise Passengers who are embarking and disembarking at Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Suggested Private Ephesus Tour Itinerary is as follows:
Private Ephesus Tour starting from Kusadasi Cruise Port and ending at Izmir Airport (5.5 hours)
Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + House of Mary
After meeting your guide at Kusadasi Cruise Port, drive through the fertile lands. Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Afterwards proceed to the mountain where Virgin Mary is believed to spent her 9 years. The house is approximately 1000 feet above sea level and running as an active chapel. Roman Catholics believe that Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with Saint. John 5 years after the crucification. At the age of 63 she is assumed to heaven. Altough there is no fact that Virgin Mary lived here approximately 1.5 million people visit the site each year. After 30 minutes visit to the House of Mary, drive to ancient city of Ephesus. You will be dropped at the upper gate of Ephesus with your tour guide. Start exploring the city. You will be walking down the hill approximately 1.5hrs. You will see the Odeon, the basilica, domitian square, fountain of Trajan, Celcus library, Terrace Houses (optional), Marble street, the Grand Theater of Ephesus and the Harbour Street. You will be endng your tour at the bottom gate. Your driver and tour guide will take you to Izmir Airport.
Cost of Private Ephesus Tour starting from Kusadasi Cruise Port and ending at Izmir Airport:
170 Euro (Total to be paid for 1-6 people)
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C Mercedes V-Class
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Parking fees to the sites.
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance fees to the sites.
* Above rate is NOT a per person rate. It is total to be paid for your group.
* On certain dates, we offer %20 discount. Dates for Discounted Private Ephesus Tours
* In addition to private tours with English speaking tour guides, we also provide private tours with Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, French and Italian speaking licensed tour guides. There is a surcharge for non-English speaking tours. For costs please contact us.
There is no prepayment required for the reservation.
Payment can be made in Euro, Turkish Liras or US Dollar cash at the end of the tour. There is no prepayment required for the booking
You can cancel a tour 72 hours in advance of your tour departure without any charges. If you would like to cancel a tour, simply send us an email and we will be happy to assist you. Once you are within the 24 hour tour departure window, the tour becomes non-refundable. This is because our guide and vehicle have set aside space to accommodate your request and will often not be able to fill that space with another customer so close to departure. For cruise passengers, there is no cancellation fee if your ship does not call to the port in any reason.
* We offer %20 discount on certain dates. Book early and save more. To see the discounted dates for private Ephesus tours please click here.
If you have questions or need more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours for Princess Cruises Passengers: Pacific Princess, Discovery Princess, Enchanted Princess
For 2021, there will be 8 port of calls of Princess Cruise Line. Pacific Princess, Discovery Princess and Enchanted Princess will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port. Four of the calls will be made by Pacific Princess, and the others will be made by Discovery Princess and Enchanted Princess
Pacific Princess will be docked at Kusadasi Cruise Port on July 16th 2021 during 12 Night Greek Isles Connoisseur Cruise. Enchanted Princess will be at the Kusadasi Cruise Port on October 17th during 11 Night Grand Mediterranean Cruise.
We offer private tours of Ephesus for Pacific Princess, Discovery Princess and Enchanted Princess passengers. Please visit our website for private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Tour Guide Only Services for Ephesus and the Surrounding Area
For travelers who are travelling Turkey with a rent a car, we offer tour guide only services. Your expert Ephesus tour guide can meet you in front of Basilica of St. John or at your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi.
Hire a local private tour guide in Ephesus !
* Referenced rate is for tour guide only and does not include entrance fees and parking fees to the sites.
* If you do not have a rental car and staying in Selcuk or coming to Selcuk with train. We offer private walking tours of the Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis and Ancient City of Ephesus. For more information, please contact us.
For English-speaking tour guide bookings on certain dates we are offering %20 discount !
Driving from Izmir and Izmir Airport to Ephesus (Selcuk)
The western region of Turkey is an easy place to drive a rental car. If you are planning to rent a car at İzmir Airport, make sure that your rental car has a toll sticker or a toll transponder to pay the highway tolls. You cannot pay the tolls any other way Note that you can not pay tolls with cash! As you exit from Izmir airport, follow the green signs for Aydın (not İzmir). Green sign is for toll road. The toll for the drive from the Izmir airport to Selcuk (Ephesus) is about 3 Turkish Liras. In the toll road there are no signs here for Selcuk or Ephesus, so follow the signs for Aydın. After 30 minutes drive from Izmir airport is the Selcuk turn, Leave the toll road by this exit, following signs to Selcuk and Efes (Ephesus). After passing the tollgates in 10 minutes you will reach Selcuk (Ephesus). If you are going to use our tour guide only service, you will meet your tour guide in front of Basilica of St. John, therefore look for a brown sign as ''Basilica of St. John''
PRIVATE EPHESUS TOURS FROM KUSADASI, IZMIR, SIRINCE, SELCUK, ISTANBUL...
Denizhan Pekoz, is licensed tour guide, providing guided tours of Ephesus from Port of Kusadasi, Port of Izmir, Kusadasi Hotels, Izmir Hotels and Izmir Airport. Has been guiding for over 11 years and working at it with great enthusiasm.
For more information and availability please contact us.
Recent Tripadvisor Reviews about Denizhan Pekoz
“Kusadasi Private tour”
Reviewed August 18, 2016
We decided to go with a private tour of Kusadasi instead of the very expensive cruise tours, I researched on tripadvisor and decided to go with Denizhan after reading all the great reviews.
Our experience with him was fantastic, he replied to my email right away and confirmed the tour, he was waiting for us at the port although we were about 20 minutes late getting out of the ship. He first took us to the temple of Armetis, his knowledge of the area was amazing, he also took us to the House of Mary and then we had a fabulous lunch since my kids were hungry, he was very flexible on the tour and he accomodated all our requests, Ephesus was mindblowing and the time and patience he had with us was really appreciated. I recommend Denizhans tour with a 5 star. A very enjoyable and unforgettable port call.
“A comprehensive day in Ephesus”
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Denizkhan was the best tour guide I have come across, and I do travel quite a bit. He was well ahead of time waiting for us at our hotel. He clearly has a lot of passion and knowledge in the area around Ephesus and was full of historical facts but also helping us gain a broader understanding of modern day history. On request he also took us to some of the best local pottery and leather handicraft stores. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He also dropped us off at the Izmir airport at the end of the day. Have made a connection for life, would visit again in a heartbeat.
“So knowledgeable and helpful!”
Reviewed 4 weeks agoDenizhan knows it all! His comprehensive knowledge of Ephesus painted for us a most vivid picture of what life was like in a thriving metropolis and trade center 2000 years ago. And he was extremely helpful in addressing some personal matters for us. We could not recommend more highly!
“Great Tour of Ephesus with Denizhan”
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
We loved spending the day in Ephesus with Denizhan. He and his driver were waiting with a friendly smile when we arrived at the cruise terminal. We were a group of four. We all love history and wanted to learn all we could about the Biblical history of the area. Denizhan was perfect for us. He knew more than we could ever know about the history of the area but was able to explain it in an interesting way. He knew and understood the Biblical text and explained it in a way that made the area come to life. He was also honest and realistic when authorities had different opinions or when they were not sure about what happened at a site. He kept us moving and ahead of the crowds---but not rushed. The lunch of typical Turkish food out under big trees was a highlight of our whole trip. We enjoyed visiting with Denizhan during lunch about the food and his life in Turkey with his family. He truly loved this country and passed this on to us. We were sad when the tour was over but left with an appreciation of Ephesus and Turkey. People were warm and kind. We hope to visit again some day. If we are anywhere near this area we will get in touch with Denizhan to continue with our tour of Turkey. My husband said this was the best tour he ever took and the rest of us agreed. Thanks for a great day, Denizhan!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
I am someone who doesn't care much about old stones I never had a history teacher I liked. Now that's sad! But I am learning.!
This tour of Ephesus was amazing. Denizhan Pekoz was our guide and he made it all make sense without being over bearing. The old stones seemed to come alive and I could see how this was once a thriving city. We were not rushed and we did not dilly dally around but went smoothly through the ruins. It seemed as if real people could have e lived there. It was also clear how much work was still to be done and how different it would be if we came back in even 5 years!
I will never tour again without a private guide.
It took us about 4 hours including a stop at a wonderful ceramic store and a stop at a magnificent state run school for rug makers. The rugs were shown to us with the greatest care. We would dearly have loved to have bought one but there was no pressure. Traveling as we were we could not do it. The rugs were simply wonderful and we learned a lot about rug making.
We would like to go back to both places ! and to Ephesus with Denizhan!!
“Private Tour of Ephesus by Trans Balkan tours”
Reviewed October 10, 2016We were a group of 7. We wanted a tour of Ephesus from a Christian perspective. We were picked up at the Cruise Ship dock by Dennis and transported in a brand new looking Mercedes van. Dennis was very knowledgeable of the Biblical text and was careful to differentiate historical truth from speculation or tradition.
We started our tour at St. John's Basilica. Dennis share with us information about the area as well as Christian history. We stopped at a pottery shop on the way to the ruins of Ephesus. While in Ephesus we were wowed by the stories of St. Paul who lived there for 2 1/2 years. Dennis truly knows the Biblical Text. Even for the benefit of non-believers, the ruins are a sight to behold. We also went to the possible home of Mary, mother of Jesus. A somber experience. Then we had a traditional Turkish lunch and a tour of a Turkish carpet facility. The food was wonderful and all part of our tour package price. You will pay for St John's, Ephesus, and Mary's home on your own. Also you will pay for parking. The price for seven of us was around $170 total. Not including tip and admission fees.
Far less than one of those Cruise Ship Excursions would cost. We did far more for far less money than the Cruise ship charges. And we rode in comfort with just our small group and were treated quite well.
One small complaint I would have is that when you stop at the pottery shop and carpet shop, there is a little pressure to purchase something from the shop. Dennis told us not to feel pressured, but I felt pressured. It's just something other travelers should be aware of.
For the record, we felt totally safe on this tour.
We offer COVID Safe Private Tours of Ephesus. It's a private tour, so there is no interaction with other people except your personal tour guide and driver.
Below please find what our guests think about our tours during Covid-19 pandemic days:
Private Ephesus Tours for Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Getaway Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port
Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Getaway of Norwegian Cruise Line will have over 35 port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2021. We had the pleasure to be in be in service to Norwegian Cruise Line Passengers in the past.
Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Getaway is scheduled to do Eastern Mediterranean Cruises. Norwegian Dawn will have the first call to Kusadasi Cruise Port on January 2021 during 21-Night Wonders of the Mediterranean and Arabia Cruise.
Mediterranean ports, including Kusadasi Cruise Port, can expect to profit from the cruise industry’s distress in the coming tourist season. The Far East is largely being replaced by the Mediterranean. After all, the ships have to sail somewhere. What this also means is that Mediterranean ports, including Kusadasi Cruise Port, can expect to profit from the cruise industry’s distress in the coming tourist season. Cruise lines are expressing their trust in the Kusadasi Cruise Port, and we, on our part will make every effort to be at the service of Norwegian Cruise Line passengers in this difficult period they are now experiencing. Kusadasi Cruise Port has already seen an impressive jump in the number of cruise ships scheduled to dock at Kusadasi Cruise Port.
We organize private Ephesus tours for cruise passengers calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port. We offer full day private tours of Temple of Artemis, Sirince Village, House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John and a traditional Turkish lunch.
Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Spirit will have several port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2020 during Greek Isles & Italy Cruises from Barcelona and Athens (Pireaus)
For more information about our private tours of Ephesus, please contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours for Celebrity Cruises Passengers: Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Apex
Several Celebrity Cruise ships are scheduled to call to the Port of Kusadasi in 2020. Kusadasi Cruise Port will welcome Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Constellation and Celebrity Apex. Celebrity cruises will make 10 port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2020.
Like in the past years we will be operating private Ephesus tours for Celebrity Cruise Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port. We already started receiving many requests and private tour bookings.
Kusadasi Cruise Port will be welcoming Celebrity Constellation during 10 Night Venice, Turkey & Greek Islands cruise. We have been receiving several private Ephesus tour bookings by Celebrity Constellation passengers.
If you are coming to Kusadasi with a cruise ship. It would be our pleasure to be in service to you as well. For more information please click here or contact us
Private Tours of Ephesus and Pamukkale for Windstar Cruises Passengers: Wind Star, Star Pride and Star Legend
Windstar cruises will start making 7 Days Athens to Athens cruises and will call to Port of Kusadasi. Wind Star, Star Pride and Star Legend of Wind Star Cruises will call to Kusadasi Cruise Port. First Call will be on May 7th by Wind Star during 7 Night Treasures of the Greek Isles Cruise.
We provide exclusive private tours of Ephesus and private tours of Pamukkale (Hierapolis) for Windstar Cruises Passangers from Port of Kusadasi. For more information please click the following links:
Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi Cruise Port
Private Pamukkale Tours from Kusadasi Cruise Port
Besides Kusadasi Wind Star will also call some of the Greek Isles such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Turkish port of calls such as Bodrum and Istanbul. If you need dependable tour operator contacts, we may assist you in finding some names since we co-operate with tour operators all over the world. For the names of our associates please contact us.
Marella Celebration and Marella Explorer of Marella Cruises (Tui Cruises) will call to cruise port of Kusadasi in 2020. Marella Celebration and Marella Explorer will stop at Kusadasi Cruise Port during 7 Night Ancient Kingdom and 7 Night Aegean Titans cruises.
Marella Cruises will have 9 port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2020. The first call will be made by Marella Celebration on Saturday March 28 2020 during 7 Night Ancient Kingdom Cruise. 1250 passenger ship, Marella Celebration will stay at Kusadasi Cruise Port between 09.00-17.00. Marella Celebration is owned by TUI UK and operated by their UK based Marella Cruises. Marella Celebration is the former Thomson Celebration and Noordam of Holland America Line.
We offer private tours of Ephesus for Marella Cruises passengers. Our licensed tour guides meet the passengers outside the passenger terminal of Kusadasi Cruise Port.
For cruise ship passengers calling to Kusadasi and Izmir Ports, we organize private tours of Ephesus and surrounding area. For more information please visit: Private Tours of Ephesus or contact us.
We have just completed 2 Days Custom Tour of Western Turkey for Oeler Family from Dubai. They had wonderful time with our tour guide Yesim Kulak.
We offer private tours of Western Turkey. These tours can start from Izmir airport, Denizli airport, Izmir hotels, Kusadasi hotels, Pamukkale hotels or any other desired location nearby.
Suggested tour program is as follows:
Day 1 - Fullday Tour of Ephesus
Meet with your guide in front of your hotel in Kusadasi. Drive to the country. Your first stop on this fascinating tour is at the HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY. Then, you will continue on to visit ancient EPHESUS, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world. See the Odeion, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, Bath,Celsus Library, Marble Street and the Great Theater with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. Afterwards visit the BASILICA OF ST. JOHN and see the TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS, one of the wonders of the ancient world. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery or shopping opportunity. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 2 - Fullday Tour of Pamukkale and Aphrodisias
After departing from Kusadasi, drive east approx. 3 hours. Visit Aphrodisias, see the finest works of marble from Roman Period and the 30.000 spectator capacity gigantic roman stadium. Continue to Hierapolis (Pamukkale) Enter the site from North Gate and walk through the Ancient Necropolis (Cemetery). So far Italian archaeologists excavated over 1200 tombs in the area. The total number is expected to exceed 3000. No where in the world you can see such a gigantic ancient cemetery. Afterwards see the Roman Bath, walk through Domitian Gate, Frantinus Avenue to see the other remains. View the huge Roman theater having a capacity of 10000. Walk on the calcium deposit terraces of Pamukkale. Enjoy the stunning views. The water temperature is 32 degrees. At the end of the tour we can drop you at a hotel in Pamukkale or drive you back to Kusadasi.
Cost: 385 Euro (Total to be paid for your party of 1-6 people)
There is no prepayment required for the reservation. To avoid disappointment, we recommend to make your private tour reservation at earliest possible.
Payment can be made in Euro or US Dollar cash at the end of the tour. There is no prepayment required.
We recommend you to overnight in Kusadasi.
Recommended hotels to stay in Kusadasi:
We offer custom private tours of Western Turkey such as above.
For more information, please contact us.
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