Ephesus Half Day Tour from Kusadasi
Enjoy a half-day tour of the ancient city of Ephesus from either Kusadasi Port or Kusadasi Hotels. Visit all the spectacular ancient monuments, including the Library of Celsus, Grand Theater of Ephesus, Hadrian Temple, Temple of Artemis, and many more. Explore two of Turkey's ancient highlights on a private half-day tour: Temple of Artemis and Ephesus.
Private Tour Description
Half-day (3.5 hours) Tour of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis
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 private tour guide, you will see the Odeon, 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. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery or shopping opportunity.
Freequetly Asked Questions
Q1 Can I just confirm the cost is 100 euros total for 2 people.
> Correct. 100 Euro is total to be paid for your party of 2. It becomes 50 Euro per person.
Q2 On top I need to pay entrance to Ephesus and Artemis. How much is that please. ?
> Total Cost of Entrance Fees: 13.5 Euro per person (Can be paid with Visa or Mastercard)
Q3 You mention a lunch? Is this in Ephesus?
> Right outside Ephesus. If you do not want to have lunch that can be omitted. But the tour price stays the same.
Q4 Also transport by MPV. Does this mean there will be more people in our group or is It just other people for other guides?
Private Tours of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary with Spanish speaking tour guides from Kusadasi and Izmir.
Recently we had many inquiries for Spanish-speaking tours of Ephesus. We are proud to announce to you that we have started operating private Ephesus Tours with Spanish-speaking tour guides. Due to a limited number of Spanish-speaking tour guides in the area. There is a surcharge for Spanish-speaking tour guide requests.
A fluent Spanish-speaking licensed tour guide will lead this tour. A limited number of Spanish tour guides are available in the Ephesus area; book early to avoid disappointment. Visit the remarkable ruins of Ephesus, perfectly preserved with a Spanish-speaking tour guide. On this guided private tour you will learn about the excavation sites and gain an insight into the lives of the ancient Romans as you discover baths, theatres, temples, markets, and the huge agora.
Why not spend your day enjoying a private tour of Ephesus?
This is a fantastic choice for those who want to explore Ephesus and experience the main highlights. It is a great opportunity for you to specifically ask the tour guide to take you to certain places within the Ephesus area.
While you are permitted to choose your attractions, it is also a good idea to read over this shortlist so that you are aware of some of the popular destinations that people recommend:
We also built a Spanish website to help travelers to plan their day in Ephesus. For more information please visit the following link: Excursiones Privadas de Efeso y la Casa de la Virgen Maria
For more information, please contact us.
Private Tours of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary
We offer private tours of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary with licensed tour guides from Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir, Alacati, and Cesme. All of our tours are conducted by licensed tour guides and chauffeured luxury vehicles. 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.
Half-day Tour: Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, House of Mary
After meeting with your official tour guide, drive through the olive groves, peach orchards, and cotton fields. Arrive in Selcuk, where the House of Virgin Mary and the Roman city of Ephesus are located. Your first stop on this fascinating tour is the House of Virgin Mary, a Christian shrine in the vicinity of Ephesus. Some Christians and Muslims believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by St. John following the crucifixion of Jesus. Roman Catholics believe that she lived there until her assumption into heaven. Other denominations of Christians recognize this spot as her burial place.
Now continue to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved sites of Roman history in the world. Ephesus was once the capital of Asia Minor, and it is here that St. Paul spent three years teaching Christianity. Tour the ancient town, visiting the Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, Celsus Library, the Marble Road, and the Roman theater that is mentioned in the Acts of Apostles Chapter 19.
* For travelers who do not want to visit the House of Virgin Mary. House of Virgin Mary visit can be substituted with Basilica of St. John or Archaeological Museum of Ephesus.
(At House of Virgin Mary, Holy Mass is held every day, from Monday to Saturday at 5:15 pm (November to March) and 6:15 pm (April to October). The Sunday Mass is held at 10:30 am. Our guests have the option to attend the Holy Mass.)
Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Private Walking Tour of Ephesus with a licensed tour guide
Walking Tours with local tour guides.
Explore Ephesus on foot with an exceptional guided walking tour. Discover the highlights of Ephesus on a walking tour with a local expert guide.
Hi, I am Denizhan, owner of the Ephesus Travel Guide and a licensed tour guide. My team of knowledgeable tour guides and myself put in our expertise, passion, and love for the ancient city of Ephesus. We offer private walking tours of Ephesus Ancient City, Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis, and the Terrace Houses.
Is Ephesus worth visiting?
Even if you are not a history buff, ancient Ephesus is worth a visit. It is an amazing sight. A person can easily spend half a day here wandering the ancient streets. The place holds so much meaning when you know what you're viewing. Highlights are the theater, terrace houses, temple of Hadrian, the library of Celsus, the mosaics, frescoes, and graffiti are all so interesting. What a beautiful sight! Great with a professional tour guide who can tell you all about what you are seeing, make sure you see all the relevant places, and answer every question. Amazing to see it all and walk the same streets that they did so many years ago! Archaeological excavations have only uncovered a part of the known city, but it is enough to require a half-day to explore everything. If you have a knowledgeable tour guide, you can see the highlights in a couple of hours ... but bring plenty of water if it's a sunny summer day as you'll be surrounded by stone with little shade for most of your stay.
For travelers who will be staying in Selcuk Hotels or coming to Selcuk with a train and do not have a car. We offer private Ephesus walking tours. Ephesus Ancient City and the surrounding sites and monuments are our areas of expertise. We have been one of the top-ranked tour operators in Selcuk. We constantly receive excellent feedback from our guests, we have been awarded by TripAdvisor,
We have excellently trained, licensed, and experienced tour guides. We know Ephesus as the back of our hand and we introduce its highlights but also its hidden gems to you.
Suggested Walking Tour Program:
Duration: 5-6 hours
* This is an intensive walking tour. Participants are expected to walk approximately 6 kilometers.
Meet with your Ephesus tour guide at Selcuk Train Station or in front of Basilica of St, John. Start your walking tour, exploring the remains of the Basilica of St. John, which was built on the tomb of John the Apostle. Learn about the 5000 years of history of Ephesus. See the earlier settlement locations and Isa Bey Mosque. After you visit the Basilica of St. John, walk through the old Greek homes and see the remains of a Turkish Bath from the 14th century. Stop at a local pottery workshop and learn how the pottery has been made in the Ephesus area by a local artist. Enjoy Turkish Coffee or Tea, before walking to the Temple of Artemis. Visit the remains of one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Afterward, enter Ephesus Ancient City from the North Gate, see the remains of the ancient city of walls, the stadium of Ephesus, Grand Theater of Ephesus, Library of Ephesus, Latrines. Explore the Terrace Houses, the Roman Villas of the super-rich Romans who lived in Ephesus between the 1st and 2nd century AD. Afterward see the Temple of Hadrian, Trajan Fountain, and many more. Exit the site from the south gate. Board a taxi which will take you to Selcuk town center.
Private Walking Tour of Ephesus Cost: 60 Euros (Total be paid for groups 1-5 people)
* For groups over 5 people, please contact us.
* Above rate is NOT a per person rate. It is total to be paid for your party.
* We offer %20 discount on certain dates: Discounted Ephesus Tour Dates
* For travelers, who do not want to walk 6km, we can assign them a vehicle. For more information, please contact us.
Rates Do Not Cover:
* There is no prepayment required for the reservation. To avoid disappointment, we recommend making your private tour reservation at the earliest possible.
Payment can be made in Euros, Turkish Liras, British Pounds, and US Dollars cash at the end of the tour. There is no prepayment required for the booking. We only accept cash payments.
For more information and availability, please contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours for Celestyal Cruises Passengers: Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal
We organize private tours of Ephesus and Pamukkale and private transfers to Izmir Airport for Celestyal Cruises Passengers who will be embarking and disembarking to/from the Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal at Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal of Greek Celestyal Cruises will be calling back to the cruise port of Kusadasi in 2022. Celestyal Experience will be the first cruise ship which will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port for 2022. Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal will call to the Port of Kusadasi every saturday during 4 Days Greek Islands And Turkey Weekend Cruise and every tuesday during 5 Days Greek Islands and Turkey Cruise. At both days the ships will stay at the Port of Kusadasi from 7am till 1pm.
For passengers who are embarking and disembarking from Celestyal Cruise Ships we offer private half day tours of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary ending at Izmir Airport.
* 3 shore excursions come with the Celestyal cruise package. The complimentary half-day excursions on Celestyal cruise included the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete, the magnificent remains of Ephesus near the port of Kusadasi and a walk through the village of Oia in Santorini. Therefore we offer private tours for Celestyal Cruise Passengers who are embarking and disembarking at Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Suggested Private Ephesus Tour Itinerary is as follows:
Private Ephesus Tour starting from Kusadasi Cruise Port and ending at Izmir Airport (5.5 hours)
Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + House of Mary
After meeting your guide at Kusadasi Cruise Port, 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 Harbour Street. You will be endng your tour at the bottom gate. Your driver and tour guide will take you to Izmir Airport.
Cost of Private Ephesus Tour starting from Kusadasi Cruise Port and ending at Izmir Airport:
170 Euro (Total to be paid for 1-6 people)
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C vehicle.
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Parking fees to the sites.
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance fees to the sites.
* Above rate is NOT a per person rate. It is total to be paid for your group.
* On certain dates, we offer %20 discount. Dates for Discounted Private Ephesus Tours
* 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.
There is no prepayment required for the reservation.
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.
* We offer %20 discount on certain dates. Book early and save more. To see the discounted dates for private Ephesus tours please visit: Ephesus Discounted Tours
If you have questions or need more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Ephesus Tour Discounts
Ephesus is a world-famous historical attraction. Ancient City of Ephesus on the shores of the Aegean Sea is one of the most popular travel destinations of Turkey, welcomes millions of visitors every year. Ephesus houses a large number of Christian heritage sites.
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We are offering %20 discounts for
Private Ephesus Tours with English speaking tour guides
Private Ephesus Tour Guide Services with English-speaking tour guides
at the following dates:
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* There is no deposit payment required for the private tour and tour guide bookings.
* Pay during the tour.
* For cruise passengers, there is no cancellation fee if your ship does not call to the port for any reason.
Private Ephesus Family Tours
Ephesus Family Tours are designed to tour the very best of Ephesus with kids at your family pace. Our kid friendly Ephesus tour guides specializes in informative and exciting private guided Ephesus tours designed for curious children who like learning in an active manner making your cultural family vacation in Ephesus richer and more meaningful. An inspiring and educational Ephesus experience for parents and kids. it is all about discovering while having fun!
If you are planning a family trip to Ephesus with your children and would you like to give them the learning experience of a lifetime, Ephesus Travel Guide with the team of knowledgeable and friendly licensed professional Ephesus tour guides offers engaging and comprehensive private guided Ephesus tours,
Ephesus Family tours are adapted to the interests and abilities of children of all ages to satisfy the curiosity, energy-levels and attention spans of multiple generation families visiting Ephesus. Our child-targeted tour experiences take your kids and teens through the wonders of Ephesus.
During the special designed private family tours of Ephesus, we often add a stop at a local pottery workshop where kids enjoy trying to make pottery and color them. Also a stop is made at a Horse Riding Park.
Highlights of the Family Tour
Ephesus Family Tour description:
After meeting with your tour guide, drive to the Temple of Artemis. Visit the remains of one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World. From there see the Basilica of St. John, Selcuk Castle, Isa Bey Mosque and early settlement locations of Ephesus. Afterwards, stop at a local pottery workshop. Kids will have an interactive opportunity to make pottery on the kick wheels like it was made in the ancient times. Guests of all ages can indulge in pottery painting, clay hand-building and wheel throwing. Continue to the Ancient City of Ephesus, one of the best, well-preserved Roman cities of the world. Spend approximately 2 hours visits the ruins of a remarkable ancient city. Your next stop will be lunch at the grounds of a weaving institution. Enjoy a traditional homemade lunch with great varieties of Turkish cuisine. After lunch, enjoy seeing how the silk is extracted from the cocoons and how some local handicrafts are made. Your last stop will be at a Horse Riding Park. Enjoy a short family friendly horseback ride at the local theme park. There are calm horses suitable for children. The stables have animals such as chickens, goats and rabbits as well as a playground and a zip line for children.
* Above tour program is a suggested tour, the tour can be modified the way you like.
* Children seats are provided at the vehicles.
For more information, about custom made private family tours of Ephesus please contact us.
Admission Fees / Entry Ticket Costs for Ephesus and the nearby Attractions
2022 entrance fee and opening hours for House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey
2022 entrance fee for House of Virgin Mary is 80 Turkish Liras per person. 80 Turkish Liras is approximately 6 US$ or 5.5 Euros. Credit Cards are not accepted. Travellers must have Turkish Liras cash with them.
Opening Hours for House of Virgin Mary:
Holy Mass is held every day, from Monday to Saturday at 5:15 pm (November to March) and 6:15 pm (April to October). The Sunday Mass is held at 10:30 am (in English).
We provide private tours of House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus.
For more information please visit the following link: Private Tours of Ephesus or contact us
Ephesus Tours for Viking Cruises Passengers from Kusadasi Port: Viking Sky, Viking Sea, Viking Venus, Viking Mars
In 2022, Viking Jupiter, Viking Sky, Viking Venus and Viking Sea operated by Viking Cruises will have 35 port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise Port. First call will be made by Viking Sky on January 01 during 7 Night Ancient Mediterranean Treasures. We have started receiving enquiries from Viking Cruises passengers for private tours to Ephesus.
Ephesus Travel Guide is a Ephesus shore excursion operator. We provide high quality Ephesus cruise excursions at substantially lower prices than cruise lines. Enjoy a more intimate experience away from the crowds. Be confident in your choice with 24/7 support for travelers, no charge if you miss your Ephesus shore excursion due to an itinerary or a weather changes, and guaranteed return to your cruise ship! Discover exciting excursions and day trips from Kusadasi to Ephesus. High value tours, lower cost than the Viking Cruise shore excursions. Browse our collection of Ephesus private tours.
Ephesus is a very well preserved Greco-Roman city. Explore this fascinating treasure with Ephesus Travel Guide. Viking Cruises passengers who are seeking an exclusive private tour of Ephesus can
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2022 Entrance Fees and Opening Hours
Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and the nearby attracions
How much is the entrance fee for Ephesus ?
Except Terrace Houses, there is no admission fee for children under 8 years old. For the proof of age, please bring passport copies with you. For Terrace Houses under 6 year old is free of charge.
* If you are going to visit other sites besides Ephesus in Western Turkey. There is a Museum Pass which provides multi visits to many sites without waiting in lines and you can make great savings. Valid for Ancient city of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John, Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Archaelogical Museum of Ephesus, Ancient city of Aphrodisias, Temple of Didyma, Ancient city of Smyrna, Ancient City of Miletus, Ancient City of Priene, Ancient City of Sardis, Ancient City of Pergamon, Asklepion of Pergamon and many others. For more information visit the following link: Museum Pass the Aegean - Multi visit pass for West Turkey
Is Ephesus open every day?
Ephesus is open to visitors every day of the week, and visiting hours may vary depending on the summer and winter seasons. It is closed until noon on the first day of religious holidays.
What time Ephesus open?
Ephesus Ancient City - Basilica of St. John - Archaeogical Museum of Ephesus
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