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:
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.
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.
Today at the cruise port of Kusadasi, we had 4 cruise ships: Azamara Journey of Azamara Cruises, Vision of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Queen Victoria of Cunard Cruises and Wind Star of Wind Star Cruises.
We had 4 private groups who booked private tours of Ephesus from Vision of the Seas.
We met our guests at the dock of Kusadasi Cruise Port, holding signs with their names on it. Our guests had unforgettable experiences of Ephesus and surrounding area,
We offer private tours of Ephesus with a personal touch catering cruise line passangers who visit Kusadasi. Our main goal is to provide services that meet the highest expactations of the travelers. For more information about our private tours of Ephesus please click the following link: Private Tours of Ephesus
Private Ephesus Excursions for Regal Princess and Celebrity Constellation Passengers from Kusadasi Cruise Port
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.
Today Norwegian Jade of NCL is docked at the Port of Izmir. We had three groups from Australia, Russia and Paraguay. We met our guests in front of Izmir Port Passenger Terminal. All the groups are booked for private Ephesus tours. All departed the Port of Izmir with their tour guides who are the experts of the area.
Norwegian Jade is doing a 10-Day Eastern Mediterranean. The cruise started on Jan 02 from Rome and will end in Rome on Jan 12th. Norwegian Jade is scheduled to stop at Greek ports such as Olympia and Athens. Turkish ports such as Izmir and Istanbul. Italian port such as Rome and Naples. Cruise will end in Rome.
Tomorrow we will have guests from Canada from Norwegian Jade. We will do a walking tour of Istanbul for them. Tomorrow Norwegian Jade will dock at the Port of Istanbul at 1pm. Will have an overnight in Istanbul. On Tuesday Norwegian Jade will depart Istanbul at 8pm.
Next call of Norwegian Jade to Izmir Port will be Jan 27th. We already received a booking from CruiseCritic.com members. We will provide them a full day tour of Ephesus from Izmir Port. If you are also interested in booking a private tour of Ephesus, please contact us today.
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