Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi Cruise Port & Hotels
(All tours operated by Transbalkan Tours License No.: A-776)
Correct way of pronouncing the Kusadasi is "KOOSH-ah-dah-suh"
Kusadasi, is located at the western part of Turkey. 60 miles south of the 3rd largest city of Turkey: Izmir. Once a small fishing town. Today a well known resort town and a popular cruise port. Winter time population is 100.000 people where this rises upto 500.000 people during summer days. Mainly eastern European tourists prefer having their holidays in Kusadasi. Because of its close proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, a lot of cruise ships dock at the cruise port of Kusadasi.
With over 140 hotels, Kusadası offers accoomodation opportunities for land travellers and vacationers. Almost everyone who travels to Kusadasi, visits the ruins of Ephesus. Some also come to enjoy the nightlife, shopping and the beaches of Kusadasi. Although there are some public beaches in the city, the most popular beach, is Ladies Beach (Kadınlar Plajı). Serious beach fans make the 45-minute drive to south to Milli Park, which is a national park.
You can use Kusadasi as a base to visit other attractions in the region, such as Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Pergamon, Pamukkale (Hierapolis) and Aphrodisias. Private guided tours are available for all these places.
If you're travelling on a cruise ship and would like a good, reasonably-priced private shore excursion of Ephesus and the surrounding area. Contact us.
The highlight to be visited in Kusadasi, is the ruins of Ephesus. Ephesus attracts many visitors form all over the world. Ephesus, one of the 4 major cities of the ancient world having population over 200.000 people. Selected as the capital of Asia Province of Roman Empire by the nephew of Julius Galius Ceasar known Augustus, named as Octavius. Served as a capital till Constantine ordered the expansion of another city located 400 miles north of Ephesus. He named this city as Constatinopolis and selected this city as the new capital. Ephesus today, considered as one of the most well preserved ancient cities of the world. .
Kusadasi Shore Excursions
In Kusadasi, the cruise ship port is right in the center of the town. After debarking from your cruise ship and in a two minutes you will be in the midst of the town, but to see Ephesus and other sights in the area, sign up for a private shore excursion with us. We are a travel agency and tour company of long standing (since 1963) and have a fine reputation.We offer substantially better value than the excursions offered aboard your cruise ship.
There will be 637 cruise port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2021.
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There is no prepayment required for the reservation. To avoid disappointment, we recommend to make your private Ephesus tour reservation at earliest possible.
For private Ephesus tour reservation, kindly advise us the following:
Kusadasi Cruise Port Meeting Point:
Distances & Driving Times from Kusadasi
KUSADASI - No:6
FullDay (6 hours) Traditional Turkish Breakfast and Ephesus
After meeting with your guide, drive through the agricultural fertile fields to Kirazli Village. Relax and enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast at the grounds of a village house. Enjoy organic gozleme (filo dough stuffed with feta cheese and spinach), home made jams, honey, organic butter, tomatoes, cucumbers, cage free eggs, Turkish tea... Chat with locals, learn about Turkish traditions. After this feast drive to downtown Kirazli village to wander through the streets of the village. See local people and traditional Turkish Village life. Afterwards drive to Ephesus and ancient city, the highlight of the area. Walk through the archaeological park of Ephesus for 1.5 hours. See the Odeon, Domitian Temple, Agora, Hadrian Temple, Trajan Fountain, Celcus Library, Grand Theater of Ephesus, Harbour Street.... Depart Ephesus for the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world before heading back to the Port of Kusadasi.
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KUSADASI - No:7
FullDay (7 hours) Ephesus and Turkish Cooking Class
Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger terminal or your hotel in Kusadasi.. 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 Apasas. With your guide, you will see the Odeion, where the advisory council held its meetings and the Roman Baths, as well as many other columns, monuments and ruins, including the Celsus Library and the Grand Theater of Ephesus. Enjoy a light snacks in the grounds of a country house. Here you will see a private presentation of the traditional carpet making process from dying to spinning to weawing at a school where young girls are trained in the craft. Afterwards drive through the villages, to go to Garden Kitchen where you will attend a cooking class. Learn about Turkish cuisine and sample local Turkish food. At the end of the day, you will be dropped back to Kusadasi.
(Cost of cooking class is 50 Euro per person which will be paid in cash to Garden Kitchen)