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 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.
Turkey’s most popular cruise terminal
Hundreds of thousands of voyagers pass through the Kusadasi Cruise Port terminal, the most popular cruise port in Turkey serving tourists travelling on Mediterranean cruises. It is also the leader in receiving tourists on board luxury liners arriving in Turkey from all over the world. The Terminal has undergone an extensive renovation in the past years. It has cafeterias, shops, taxis and public transport, and all the services necessary to make your arrival and departure from Turkey pleasant. The terminal is directly linked with downtown Kusadasi and is within a 20 minutes minutes’ drive away from the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kusadasi Cruise Port’s passenger terminal serves tens of thousands of tourists every year. All the world’s leading cruise ship companies choose Kusadasi Cruise Port as a port of call. We are convinced it is also the most beautiful port of entry. At the moment, the Kusadasi Cruise Port passenger terminal is able to handle ships of up to 3500 passengers on an ongoing basis, quickly and efficiently. Kusadasi Cruise Port is the most popular cruise port in Turkey in terms of servicing passenger and tourist ships.
The Cruise Ships that will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2020:
We offer private tours of Ephesus and surrounding area from Kusadasi Cruise Port, for more information, please contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours for Viking Cruises Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port: Viking Jupiter, Viking Sea
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.
Private Ephesus Tours for Royal Carribbean Cruise Passengers: Vision of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas
Kusadasi is a very popular port of call for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
Several Royal Caribbean Cruise ships dock at the Port of Kusadasi such as: Vision of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas. Among them Jewel of the Seas call to Kusadasi Port at most during 7 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. Vision of the Seas is making 7 Night Greek Isles Cruise. For longer eastern Med. cruises check Explorer of the Seas.
We are proud to annouce that we provide exclusive private tours for Royal Caribbean passengers from Port of Kusadasi. For more information and recommended tour programs please click here or contact us.
Several Seabourn ships will call to the Port of Kusadasi this year. First one will be Seabourn Ovation on April 27th 2020. Followed by Seabourn Odyssey in May. There will be 8 port of calls of Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Odyssey to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2020
We offer private Ephesus tours for Seabourn passengers who will call to the Port of Kusadasi and Port of Izmir. Our private Ephesus tours are leaded by finest English speaking licensed tour guides of the area. The cost of the private Ephesus tours are much less than the ones of offered by Seabourn. As a former Seabourn employee, (worked on Seabourn Sun as an Asst. Shore Excursions Manager) I am well aware of guests needs and expectations. Let us take you to an unforgettable Ephesus private tour of one of the major Roman cities: Ephesus. For more information please do not hesitate to 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.
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.
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
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