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.
Ephesus Tour from Izmir Airport
We organize Private Ephesus Tours from Izmir airport. Travelers who stay in Istanbul can make a day trip to Ephesus. The closest airport to Ephesus is Izmir Airport which is 45 minutes drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Flight from Istanbul to Izmir Airport takes approximately 1 hour..
We provide exclusive Private Ephesus Tours including pick up and drop off from/to Izmir Airport and Izmir Airport Hotels.
For travelers who will be flying from Istanbul we recommend the following flights:
(Please note that there two airports located in Istanbul. Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Istanbul Airport is located in the European side and Sabiha Gokcen is located in the Asian Side of Istanbul.
Airlines flying to Izmir Airport from Istanbul Airports:
* Generally a private tour of Ephesus takes approximately 8 hours. Therefore we recommned our guests to book 8am flight from Istanbul to Izmir and 6pm flight from Izmir to Istanbul. We recommend to book the below flights:
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 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.
* At the end of Day 3, if you would like to be transfered to Izmir Airport or Denizli Airport, there is surcharge of 50 Euros
* If requested Aphrodisias ancient city can be added to Day 3. The surcharge for this addition is 30 Euros.
* If requested above program can be modified.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. We will arrive in Izmir late, and will stay overnight at Kusadasi (based on your recommendation). So we will need airport transfers from the airport to Kusadasi. And the Pergamom tour on Day 1 will start at Kusadasi. Would there be any change in the quote then?
> In this case, we recommend you to overnight at an airport hotel in Izmir for the first night. Therefore there would not be any surcharge in the cost of the tour.
booking.com links for Izmir Airport Hotels:
Orty Airport Hotel
Tav Airport Hotel Izmir
DoubleTree By Hilton Izmir Airport
2. Lunch and food is not so important for us, a quick vegetarian lunch is enough, we rather have more time at the sites. Is this possible?
> Time allocated for lunch during the tours is 1 hour. That will give your tour guide and driver a little break too. You will have enough time at the sites.
3. For the full-day tour in Ephesus, do we see the terrace houses and the Ephesus museum too?
> If tequested Terrace Houses and Ephesus Museum can also be added to the tour program. There is no surcharge for these additions.
4. What are the exact schedules for each day? Like when does each day start and end?
> This is a private tour so the tours can start any time you wish
Recommended start times and approximate duration of the tours are as follows:
Day 1: Pergamon Tour: 09.00am - 7-8 Hours
Day 2: Ephesus Tour: 09.00am - 7-8 Hours
Day 3: Aphrodisias + Pamukkale Tour: 08.00am - 12 hours
5. Because of the long drives to the sites, is there enough time af the sites to visit them in detail? How many hours are we in Ephesus, Pergamon and Pamukkale?
> Yes, there will be enough time at the sites.
Approximate visiting times are as follows:
Ephesus Ancient City: 2 Hours
Pergamon Acropolis: 1 hour
Pergamon Asklepion: 1 hour
Pamukkale/Hierapolis: 3 hours
6. If we are not interested in shopping stops, can we easily say that we don't want them?
> There is no scheduled shopping stops during the tour program. This is your private tour you will decide what to do. Your tour guide will make recommendations.
For larger group costings and for more infformation, please 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.
For travellers who are travelling with yachts, we offer private guided tours of Ephesus and private Airport transfers from Kusadasi Setur Marina. Kusadasi Setur Marina is approximately 20 minutes drive from the Ancient City of Ephesus and 1 hour drive from Izmir International Airport.
Private tours of Ephesus may start at any time you wish from Kusadasi Setur Marina. At the end of your tour, you would be dropped back to Kusadasi Setur Marina or Izmir Airport or any other desired location. We also offer private tours of Ephesus starting from Izmir Airport and ending at Kusadasi Setur Marina.
For more information about our private Ephesus Tours, 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.
Private Ephesus Excursions for Regal Princess and Celebrity Constellation Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port
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.
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