Marina, Sirena, Nautica and Riviera of Oceania Cruises will call to the Port of Kusadasi in 2020. On July 12th during 10 Night Grecian Glory Venice To Athens Cruise, Riviera will call to Kusadasi Cruise Port.
We offer you private tours of Ephesus much less price than what you would pay on a ships excursion. Instead of being with 30 other people. Once you book with us you will have your own private tour guide, driver and vehicle. Our tour guides are all licensed by the Turkish Government and all are experts of the area. A customized private tour of Ephesus will put you in charge. Your private guide can alter the tour to include other similar sights. You can also ask in advance to have the tour focus on a particular aspect or culture you’d like to learn more about. The options are endless in our Ephesus tours. A relaxed atmosphere tailored to your interests. Don’t worry about being rushed to the next stop before you’ve had a chance to really take in that impressive monument. Our private Ephesus tours offer a laid back setting in which to enjoy just the type of sights you’re interested in, without feeling rushed. All you can get these less than ships excursion prices.
Contact us today for your customized Ephesus tour. For suggested tour itineraries from Port of Kusadasi please click here.
Private Ephesus Tours from Selcuk Hotels and Selcuk Train Station
Selcuk is the modern name of Ephesus. A small agricultural town, having a population of 35000 people. Due to the proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, some travelers prefer to stay in Selcuk town. Selcuk has many small hotels. For travelers who will overnight in Selcuk town, we recommend visiting farmers market on Saturdays.
Selcuk is accessible by trains from Izmir or Denizli (Pamukkale). Modern trains are operating between İzmir – Izmir Airport – Selcuk – Denizli. It is a comfortable and cheap way to travel on this route. For more information about the trains schedules to Selcuk, please visit the following link:
Izmir, Izmir Airport - Selcuk Town (Ephesus) Train Schedules
For travelers who stay in Selcuk town or travel to Selcuk by train, we offer private airport transfers from Izmir airport and private Ephesus tours. For travelers who travel with rent a car, we also provide tour guide only services where our tour guide meets you in your hotel in Selcuk or in front of Basilica of St. John or Selcuk Bus Station or Selcuk Train Station. Cost of tour guide only services is 70 Euros (whatever your group size is)
On certain dates we offer %20 discount. To see these dates please click here.
* If you do not have a rental car and staying in Selcuk or coming to Selcuk with train. We offer private walking tours of Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis and Ancient City of Ephesus. For more information, please contact us.
Suggested Tour Programs from Selcuk are as follows:
SELCUK - No:1
Half Day (4 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. Although 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 Harbor Street. You will be ending your tour at the bottom gate. Your tour guide will take you to another site or drop you at the desired location.
SELCUK - No:2
Full day (6 hours) Tour of Ephesus - Christian Ephesus
Meet with your guide in Selcuk. 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 Odeon, 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.
SELCUK - No:3
Full day (7 hours) Ephesus & Villages
Meet with your guide in Selcuk. Drive to one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world:TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS. After seeing Temple of Artemis drive to the magnificent ancient site of EPHESUS. Ephesus is the best preserved of the Greek/Roman cities in Anatolia and while you are visiting the ancient ruins of this magnificent site, your tour guide will bring them alive. You will see the beautiful Celsus Library, restored and reconstructed according to its original form by the architect Friedmund Hueber in the 1970's. The most spectacular building of Ephesus is the Grand Theater, built during the Hellenistic age to hold 25,000 spectators. It is there that St. Paul preached. Opposite theTemple of Hadrian are the Terrace Houses, homes of Ephesus' wealthy citizens. The city was also the hometown of great philosopher Heraclitus. After a visit to Ephesus Antique Site, you will arrive at SIRINCE VILLAGE. This old Orthodox Village, 10 km from Selcuk, was once "Cirkince"(ugly). Indeed its inhabitants gave this name on the purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly and called it "Sirince" (pretty). Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture as of the 1920's; after the Turkish Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all those typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. At Sirince Village you will have chance of seeing the local life at a village and purchasing some small local souvenirs and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and other fruit wines. Your last stop will be the visit to the ISA BEY MOSQUE, a delicate masterpiece of Turkish architecture from the fourteenth century.
If you visit Ephesus by cruise make sure to book a Ephesus Shore Excursion in advance. Our Private Ephesus Tours are led by local licensed Ephesus tour guides. We are one of the leading Ephesus Travel Agency that provide Ephesus Tours and Ephesus Shore Excursions. Ephesus Travel Guide offers exclusive Ephesus Tours.
If you are travelling on land and need some advice like Ephesus Hotels or Ephesus shopping, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please click here to read Ephesus Reviews about us. Ephesus Travel Guide provides you Ephesus History and an online Ephesus Map which would be useful during your visit. Cities near Ephesus also offer many ancient highlights, recommended to be visited. Ruins of Ephesus or currently known as Ephesus Archaeological Site is a must travel destination. You can also click here to see the ruins of Ephesus pictures. Mary`s tomb has not been excavated yet. Archaeologists still searching for that. Modern day Ephesus is known as Selcuk.
In our web site you can find information about: Ephesus Tour Reviews, Ephesus Tour from Izmir, Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi. From Kusadasi private tours and Ephesus trips is organized by Ephesus private guide Denizhan Pekoz. From port of Kusadasi to Ephesus takes 20 minutes. The distance from Izmir Port to Ephesus is 1 hour 15 minutes drive.
For more information please contact us.
For travelers who are overnighting in Sirince Village. We provide private airport transfers from Izmir Airport and private Ephesus tours.
The main highlights of the area is the ancient city of Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John and the Mosque of Isa Bey. Sirince is located 20 minutes drive from Ephesus ancient city. Our Ephesus tour guide and luxury vehicle will meet you at your hotel in Sirince Village and you will be taken to some of the major highlights of Turkey. At the end of the day you will be dropped back to your hotel in Sirince Village.
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.
Several Costa Cruises ships dock at the Cruise Port of Izmir. For Costa Cruises passengers, we offer private Ephesus Tours from Izmir Cruise Port.
Some of the Costa Cruises ships that dock at Izmir Cruise Port:
First call for 2014 will be Costa neoRomantica. Costa neoRomantica will dock at Izmir Cruise Port tomorrow on February 17th.
For more information about private Ephesus tours from Izmir Cruise Port, please contact us.
MS Rotterdam of Holland America Line is in Kusadasi today. Rotterdam is the first cruise ship that docked to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2014. It is a bright and sunny day. The temperature is 68 fahrenheights. Until March 15 there is no cruise ship scheduled for the Port of Kusadasi.
Rotterdam will continue to call to the Port of Kusadasi during the summer season. We offer Private Ephesus Tours for Rotterdam passengers. For more information about our Private Ephesus Tours, contact us.
Today in Kusadasi, we have Cunard Lines Queen Elizabeth. Duirng 12 Days Mediterranean Odyssey cruise, Queen Elizabeth stopped in Kusadasi.Today is exceptionally beautiful and warm day after two days of rain. Since I do not have any private tour of Ephesus. We had a walk with my wife in Kusadasi, enjoyed and sun and a cup Turkish tea by Kusadasi Port. During our walk I have taken the picture on the left.
We provide private Ephesus Tours for Cunard Queen Elizabeth passengers from Kusadasi and Izmir ports. For more information, please contact us.
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