Private shore excursion for less than the cost of Celestyal Tour
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions or need more information please do not hesitate to contact us.