In 2019, Viking Star operated by Viking Cruises will call to Kusadasi Cruise Port. We have started receiving enquiries from Viking Star passengers for private tours to Ephesus. Viking Star made its first cruise on April 2015. In the first cruise Viking Star called to Kusadasi Cruise Port on April 13th 2015. Viking Star passengers who are seeking an exclusive private tour of Ephesus can contact us.
Marella Discovery of Marella Cruises will call to cruise port of Kusadasi in 2019.
We had a group of 5 who booked a private tour of Ephesus. We offer private tours of Ephesus for Marella Cruises passengers. Our licensed tour guide meet the passengers outside the passenger terminal of Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Marella Discovery 2 will have 2 more port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2018 during 7 Night Aegean Meze cruise and Marella Discovery will have 3 port of calls to Kusadasi in 2019
For cruise ship passengers calling to Kusadasi and Izmir Ports, we organize private tours of Ephesus. For more information please visit: Private Tours of Ephesus or contact us.
Private shore excursion for less than the cost of Celestyal Tour
Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal of Greek Celestyal Cruises will be calling back to the cruise port of Kusadasi on March 16 2019. . Celestyal Olympia will be the first cruise ship which will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port for 2019. Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal 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.
Due to limited time that Celestyal Ships stay at the port of Kusadasi, we offer private half day tours of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary for Celestyal Cruises Passengers. In these private tours guests can save money compared to Celestyal Ship Tours and maximize the sightseeing during their limited time at the port of Kusadasi.
Suggested Tour Itinerary is as follows:
KUSADASI - No:1
Halfday (4hours) Tour of Ephesus & Temple of Artemis
Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal. Drive to the country. See the TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Then a visit to EPHESUS is a visit to one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. Ancient historians believed that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, but now, it is believed to have been the Hittite city of Apasa. With your Ephesus tour guide, you will see the Odeion, where the advisory council held its meetings and the Baths, as well as many other columns, monuments and ruins, including the Celsus Library. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery or shopping opportunity.
KUSADASI - No:2
HalfDay (4.5 hours) Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + House of Mary
After meeting your guide 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 another site or drop you at the desired location.
(This tour is sold for 74 Euro per person by Celestyal Cruises.)
Sedan + Tour Guide for 2 people: 120 Euro
Mercedes Van + Tour Guide for 5 people: 130 Euro
Mercedes Minibus + Tour Guide for 10 people: 140 Euro
Mercedes Minibus + Tour Guide for 14 people: 150 Euro
25 seater Bus + Tour Guide for 24 people: 190 Euro
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C vehicle.
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance & Parking fees to the sites.
* 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.
* For Celestyal Cruises passengers who will be disembarking from the ship in Kusadasi. After the private tour of Ephesus and surroundings, we can take them to Izmir airport. Get in touch with us for a personal quote.
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 Tours of Ephesus and Pamukkale for Windstar Cruises Passengers: Wind Star, Star Pride and Wind Surf
Windstar cruises has started making 7 Days Athens to Athens cruises. Today Wind Star is at the Port of Kusadasi.
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.
Private Shore Excursions of Ephesus for Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port
Azamara Quest was at the Port of Kusadasi today. We had two private shore excursions of Ephesus from Azamara Quest.The private shore excursion is leaded by Mr. Semih Tazegul and Mrs. Ezgi Pekoz
We offer private shore excursion of Ephesus from Kusadasi Port for Azamara Cruise Passengers.
Private Ephesus Tours for Celebrity Cruises Passengers: Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Silhouette
Several Celebrity Cruise ships are scheduled to call to the Port of Kusadasi in 2016. 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.
Today Kusadasi Cruise Port is welcoming Celebrity Constellation. We had several private Ephesus tour bookings by Celeberity 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.
It is believed that the founder of the city is Aegyptus, son of Belus, grandson of Kodros. The followers of Aegyptus were the inhabitants of an abandoned Ionian city of the same name in 350BC. The first foundation of the city goes back to 9th c. BC. The reasons of the migration most probably silting of the port and maleria caused because of swamp fields.
Excavation began at the site in the early years of the 20C and the city has been partially restored. Acroplis is 230m over sea level. There are 3 main entrances to the city. The city is organized in four districts, the religious (Athena Temple), the political (bouleterion and prythaneion), the cultural (Theater) and the commercial (agora). In addition to the Athena Temple, the people of Priene built shrines dedicated to Zeus, Demeter and Egyptian gods. The Theater is a 4 or 3C BC building and one of the finest extant theaters of the Hellenistic world. Although it was rebuilt in the Roman period it still remains as typically Hellenistic as the city of Priene itself.
The theater was carved into the hillside and held a capacity of 6,500 people. Five marble seats with arms were provided for priests and dignitaries. These seats were built in 2nd c. BC. Each has writing saying " These honour seats were dedicated to Dionysus by Nisios, the son of Diphilos the Agonothes". Agonothes were in charge of theatrical plays, musical performaces, races, competitions and feasts dedicated to Dionysos. The artists were considered as under the protection of Dionysos because of this they were considered such as a religious group or sect. They had tax and security prividledges. In the middle of the prohedria there was an altar which was sacred to Dionysus. Performances used to start with sacrificial rites. The proskene is well-preserved and consists of a colonnade supported with 12 Doric half-columns. The skene had an upper floor which no longer stands. Plays during Hellenistic period were held at the orchestra. During Roman peiod one storey was added to the skene. Plays were held at the 2 second floor of the skene. Political speeches were also made here, each speech was limited by the help of a water clock. Archeolgits still have doubts how the water clock was working.
The Bouleterion is the most intact in Anatolia today. It was used for meetings of the town council. The bouleterion consisted of seats on three sides with a capacity of 640 people, and was covered with a wide wooden roof. The sacrificial altar was placed in the middle of the arc of seats.
The Prytaneion is located to the east of the bouleterion. It was the seat of the elected city administration and housed official receptions. Rooms were set around the courtyard. The shrine of Hestia was in an inner chamber where the eternal sacred flame was burned.
The Temple of Athena Polias was rebuilt in 334 BC as a gift from Alexander the Great and was a standard Ionic structure with eleven columns along its sides, six at the ends (peripteros) and two in antis. Alexander`s name was encarved on the front side of the pro-naos walls. Today this encarving is located in British Museum. Athena Polias was the goddess of Priene and protectress of the city. The proportions of this temple were taken as a classical model. The architect of the Athena Temple was Pytheos who also built the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. In side the temple in the cella, over the cult was Athena`s statue which was the copy of the Athena Porthenos statue of Parthenon in Athens. The statue was made of marble and ivory gold and brass plated.
Agora, did not only serve for trade but also feasts and political discussions. Statues of the the important people were erected in the agora. Sacred gallery was donated by the Royal family. The rents from the shops in the sacred gallery were used for the construction of Athena temple. Macellium (Meat & fish market) was located on the west side of the agora having two stone tables.
Port of the city (Naulokhos) was located 3 miles away from the city. The city had 2 gymnasions named as Upper and Lower. Both had bath complexes. On some stones names of the ephebos (young male students) can still be seen.
Most of important person who was born in Priene is Bias who lived in the city in 6th c. BC and considered among the 7 most genius of the ancient world. After he died, the city constructed a temple dedicated to him as Biantion. Same is practiced for Alexander. Alexander the great is believed to stay in the city of Priene in 334BC. It is not known how long Alexander the Great stayed here. The house he lived later on named as Alexeraion.
Archaeologists also discovered a synagogue from 4th century AD. Menorah of the syanaggue can still be seen today on one of the remaining columns.
Panionion was in the territory of Priene. It was the religious alliance of 12 Ionian cities but not a political one. The temple was dedicated to Poseidon. This was the reason that Ioanian cities never got united. President of Panionion was always from Priene.
Panionion : is the place where 12 allied Ionian cities gather their meetings. In the locality there is a Poseidon Temple which started being used in 8th c. BC. Ionian cities were gathering in Pananion to discuss political and reliogous subjects. There were also festivals made here, during the festivals there were competions and games were organized. The territory was ruled by Priene. Always Priene leaded the alliance. One can notice an odeon and a small theater as well as the Poseidon Temple.
We offer custom private tours to Ancient City of Priene. These private tours can be combined with Miletus, Didyma and/or Doganbey Village. For more information please contact us.
Pictures from the Ancient city of Priene.
Private Ephesus Excursions for Regal Princess and Celebrity Constellation Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port
At Kusadasi Cruise Port, we had two cruise ships today: Celebrity Reflection of Celebrity Cruises and MS Soverign of Pullmantur Cruises.
This was the first call of MS Soverign to Kusadasi Cruise Port. Formerly the ship called the Kusadasi Cruise Port as Sovereign of the Seas. Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line formerly. Since 2008 the ship is operated by Pullmantur Cruises.
From Celebrity Reflection we had 5 groups booked private tours to Ephesus. Celebrity Reflection arrived to Kusadasi Cruise Port at 10.30am and departed at 8pm.
It was a very busy and rainy day for Kusadasi Cruise Port today. We had 5 cruise ships: Celebrity Silhoutte, Norwegian Spirit, Sea Cloud, Crystal Serenity and Louis Olympia.
We had two private groups who booked private shore excursions of Ephesus. Our tour guides Mr. Orcun Kamit and Mr. Semih Tazegul were assigned to them.
Today at the Port of Kusadasi, we had two cruise ships: Riviera of Oceania Cruise Line and Louis Olympia of Louis Cruises.
We had a group of 8 guests from USA and Australia who booked a private tour of Ephesus with us.
We took them to Temple of Artemis, Ancient City of Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Kirazli Village.
It was a bright day for Kusadasi.
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House of Virgin Mary
Ephesus Archeaological Museum
Temple of Artemis
Basilica of St. John
Isa Bey Mosque
Grotto of Seven Sleepers
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Temple of Artemis
Basilica of St. John
Isa Bey Mosque
Grotto of 7 sleepers
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