Discover Ephesus and Top Destinations in Western Turkey with an experienced tour guide and a
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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.
Discover exciting shore excursions, day trips to Ephesus and Ephesus Walking Tour.
High value tours.
Browse our collection of Ephesus private tours.
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 Tours for Celestyal Cruises Passengers: Celestyal Olympia, Celestyal Journey and Celestyal Crystal
We organize private tours of Ephesus and Pamukkale and private transfers to Izmir Airport for Celestyal Cruises Passengers who will be cruising and embarking and disembarking to/from the Celestyal Olympia, Celestyal Journey and Celestyal Crystal at Kusadasi Cruise Port.
Celestyal Olympia, Celestyal Journey and Celestyal Crystal of Greek Celestyal Cruises will be calling back to the cruise port of Kusadasi in 2023. Celestyal Crystal will be the first Celestyal cruise ship which will be calling at Kusadasi Cruise Port in March 2023. 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. On both days the ships will stay at the Port of Kusadasi from 7am till 1pm.
For passengers cruising on Celestyal Cruise and the travelers who are embarking and disembarking from Celestyal Cruise Ships we offer private Ephesus tours.
Ephesus private tour options are as follows:
Cost of Private Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi Port: 180 Euro (Total to be paid for 1-6 people)
* On certain dates, we offer %20 discount. Dates for Discounted Private Ephesus Tours
- 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.
* In addition to private tours with English speaking tour guides, we also provide private tours with Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Bulgarian, 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.
3 Days Tour of the Biblical sites in Western Turkey 7 Churches of Revelation
Smyrna (Izmir) - Pergamon (Bergama) - Laodicea -
Hierapolis (Pamukkale) - Ephesus - Sardis - Philadephia - Thyatira
For many generations Christians, or those who simply have an interest in Christian history and traditions, have traveled to the western part of Turkey which was known as Asia Minor in the biblical times, filled with the incredible Christian history and background. The Asia Minor is known for the 7 churches of the Book of Revelation. On top of that St. Paul travelled to the area several times. Near Ephesus, there is a possible house where Virgin Mary spent her last years. Ephesus and the surrounding areas had a history of spiritual awakening and Christian revival.
We offer private biblical tours of the 7 Churches of Revelation visiting the Biblical Sites in Western Turkey.
7 Churches of Revelation Tour is operated between November and April months.
For available dates, please contact us.
We have a background in sharing the Western Part of Turkey's Christian Heritage with others, having worked with a broad selection of churches and mission organisations over the years. We are always pleased to organise Biblical Tours of Western Turkey, visiting seven churches of revelation and beyond. We are sure that you will find them interesting whether you are a Christian or religious person or simply interested.
There are many possibilities for these tours, depending on how long you area able to tour for. A 1 day tour can take you to many sights of Christian interest in Ephesus. If you have 2 or more days there are many more possibilities such as a tour incorporating ancient cities of Pergamon, Laodicea, Hierapolis (Pamukkale) etc. Get in touch for more details.
What are the names of 7 Churches of Revelations today?
The Seven Churches of Revelation are ancient churches that St John wrote about in The book of Revelation of the New Testament. All the 7 churches mentioned are located at the western part of modern Turkey. Biblical sites in Western Turkey:
Below please find suggested tour program:
Day 1 - Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus
After meeting your guide at Izmir Airport or at an Izmir airport hotel, 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. Drive approximately 3 hours to Pamukkale. Ovenight in Pamukkale.
08.00am - Depart Izmir Airport or an Izmir Airport Hotel.
09.00am - Visit Basilica of St. John
10.00am - Visit House of Virgin Mary
11.30pm - Visit Ephesus
2.00pm - Lunch and see the local handcrafts
4.00pm - Depart Selcuk Town
7.00pm - Arrive Pamukkale for overnight.
Day 2 - Laodicea - Hierapolis (Pamukkale) - Sardis - Philadephia - Thyatira
After leaving your hotel, drive south east through the fertile lands. Your first stop will be Laodicea. Once a trade city which was known with glossy black wool and eye salve trade. Mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the luke warm city. Afterwards visit ancient Hierapolis which is known as Pamukkale today. Natural thermal springs which has high density of chalk inside formed glacier looking terraces on the areas where flowed for thousands of years. Walk on the white terraces of Pamukkale. After lunch drive to the ancient Philadelphia Church at Alasehir, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation, visiting the remains of an early church and the city walls. Continue to Sardis, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Walk the Royal Avenue and see the site of the Church of Sardis. Finally at Akhisar we visit the Church of ancient Thyatira, another one of the 7 churches, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis. Drive to Bergama for overnight.
08.00am - Depart your hotel in Pamukkale
8.30am - Visit Laodicea
10.00am, - Visit Hierapolis (Pamukkale)
12.15pm - Lunch
2.00pm - Visit Philadelphia
3.00pm - Visit Sardes
6.00pm - Visit Thyatra
8.00pm - Arive Bergama for overnight.
Day 3 - Pergamon (Bergama) - Smyrna (Izmir)
Depart from your hotel for the ancient city of Pergamon. Mentioned in the book of revelation in the new testament among the seven churches of asia minor. The city was known as the city where the throne of satan is located. Visit acropolis and asklepion, the ancient famous hospital. After lunch drive to Izmir, the third largest city of Turkey. Known as Smyrna in the biblical times. Visit the remains of Ancient Agora in Smyrna. From ancient Smyrna there is not much left. The remains of the ancient city is under the modern buildings. Smyrna is mentioned in the Book of Revelation known as the city of prosecution. Your tour will end at Izmir airport.
08.00am - Depart your hotel in Bergama
08.30am - Visit Acropolis
11.30am - Visit Asklepion
12.15pm - Lunch
3.00pm - Visit Smyrna
5.00pm - Arrive Izmir Airport
Индивидуални екскурзии до Ефес от пристанище Кушадасъ и хотели с българоговорящи лицензирани екскурзоводи.
Ефес е древен град, разположен в Мала Азия, в днешна Турция. Той беше един от дванадесетте йонийски града. Намира се на Егейско море. Бил е важен религиозен, културен и търговски център. В момента руините му са важна туристическа атракция, посещават се предимно от круизни кораби, които спират на пристанището на Кушадасъ, разположено на 20 км. Това е голям град, който все още не е напълно разкопан, но това, което може да се види, дава известна представа за първоначалния му блясък.
Ephesus Travel Guide е интернет търговска марка на Transbalkan Tours Лиценз №: A776. Нашата компания за качествени туристически услуги с 60 години опит в сектора. Ephesus Travel Guide има честта да обяви, че предлага частни туристически услуги до Ефес за българоговорящи туристи. Предлагаме качествени частни обиколки и частни обиколки от Кушадасъ. Нашите експертни български екскурзоводи с радост ще ви помогнат да планирате един незабравим ден.
Частни обиколки на Ефес от пристанище Кушадасъ за круизни пътници
Нашите частни обиколки са идеалният начин да изживеете историята на тези великолепни древни градове. Резервирайте вашата частна обиколка на Ефес и Памуккале с нас и спестете пари. Ние, от Ephesus Travel Guide, предлагаме най-добрите частни обиколки, но също така и най-високото обслужване на клиентите.
Ефес е един от най-добре запазените древни градове в света. През цялата си история Ефес е бил един от най-важните центрове в света, играещ важна роля в културния, артистичен и научен живот. Обиколката включва и посещение на Къщата на Дева Мария, която е мястото, където Девата е прекарала последните дни от живота си и която сега е място за поклонение на християни от цял свят.
Маршрут на обиколката на Ефес
Полудневна обиколка на Храма на Артемида, Ефес, Къщата на Мария - (4,5 часа)
Ще се срещнете с вашия официален екскурзовод на круизното пристанище Кушадасъ или във вашия хотел в Кушадасъ. След 25 минути път с кола през маслинови горички, прасковени овощни градини и памукови полета. Пристигане в Селчук, дом на Дома на Дева Мария и римския град Ефес. Първата ви спирка на тази завладяваща обиколка е Къщата на Дева Мария, християнско светилище в околностите на Ефес. Някои християни и мюсюлмани вярват, че Мария, майката на Исус, е била отведена в тази каменна къща от Свети Йоан след разпъването на Исус. Римокатолиците вярват, че тя е живяла там до възнесението си. Други християнски деноминации признават това място за нейно погребение.
Сега продължете към древния град Ефес, един от най-великите и най-добре запазени обекти от римската история в света. Някога Ефес е бил столица на Мала Азия и именно тук Свети Павел прекарва три години, преподавайки християнството. Обиколете древния град, посетете фонтана на Траян, храма на Адриан, библиотеката на Целз, мраморния път и римския театър, споменат в Деяния, глава 19.
* За туристи, които не желаят да посетят Къщата на Дева Мария. Посещението на Къщата на Дева Мария може да бъде заменено с базиликата Свети Йоан или Археологическия музей на Ефес.
Разходи за частна обиколка на Ефес от Кушадасъ (5-7 часа целодневна обиколка)
*Ако сте съгласни да имате англоговорящ екскурзовод, можем да ви предложим минимална отстъпка от 30 евро. За разходи, моля свържете се с нас.
Услугите на отличен водач, владеещ български език.
Автомобил с климатик
Всички транспортни разходи.
Данъци, такси за обслужване
Такси за паркиране
Цената не включва:
Входни такси на обектите.
*Цените по-горе не са за цена на човек, те са общи суми, които се заплащат от вашата група.
*Не се изисква депозит за резервация. Заплащането на пътуването може да се извърши по време на обиколката в брой в евро, щатски долари или турски лири.
За повече информация относно нашите обиколки, моля свържете се с нас или ни изпратете съобщение в WhatsApp.
Tour Efeso Pamukkale
Ofrecemos tours privados de Efeso y Pamukkale con guías turísticos de habla hispana y vehículos de lujo.
Día 1: Pamukkale Tour
Reúnase con su guía turístico en el aeropuerto de Izmir o en su hotel cerca del aeropuerto de Izmir., conduzca hacia el este aprox. 3 horas. Ingrese al sitio desde la puerta norte y camine por la antigua necrópolis (cementerio). Hasta ahora, los arqueólogos italianos han excavado más de 1.200 tumbas en la zona. Se espera que el número total supere los 3.000. En ninguna parte del mundo se puede ver un cementerio antiguo tan gigantesco. Luego vea los baños romanos, camine por la puerta de Domiciano, la avenida Frantinus para ver los otros restos. Vea el enorme teatro romano que tiene una capacidad para 10,000 personas. Camine por las terrazas de depósitos de calcio de Pamukkale. Disfrute de las impresionantes vistas. La temperatura del agua es de 32 grados. Para los interesados, existe la oportunidad de nadar en las antiguas piscinas de Cleopatra. Regreso a Kusadasi o Selcuk.
Día 2: Efeso Tour
Templo de Artemisa + Éfeso + Casa de María
Después de conocer a su guía, conduzca por las tierras fértiles. Tu primera parada será el Templo de Artemisa, una de las 7 maravillas del mundo antiguo. Luego proceda a la montaña donde se cree que la Virgen María pasó los 9 años de ella. La casa está aproximadamente a 1000 pies sobre el nivel del mar y funciona como una capilla activa. Los católicos romanos creen que la Virgen María llegó a Éfeso con San Juan 5 años después de la crucificación. A la edad de 63 años ascienden al cielo. Aunque no hay un hecho de que la Virgen María viviera aquí, aproximadamente 1,5 millones de personas visitan el sitio cada año. Después de una visita de 30 minutos a la Casa de María, conduzca hasta la antigua ciudad de Éfeso. Lo dejarán en la puerta superior de Éfeso con su guía turístico. Empiece a explorar la ciudad. Bajará la colina durante aproximadamente 1,5 horas. Verá el Odeón, la Basílica, la Plaza Domiciano, la Fuente de Trajano, la Biblioteca Celcus, Terrace Houses (opcional), Marble Street, el Gran Teatro de Éfeso y Harbour Street. Terminará su recorrido en la puerta inferior. Su conductor y guía turístico lo llevarán a su hotel cerca del aeropuerto de Izmir.
Costo de la excursión privada de 2 días a Pamukkale y Éfeso:
620 euros (total a pagar por un grupo de 1-6 personas)
Cobertura de tarifas:
Las tarifas no cubren:
No se requiere pago por adelantado para la reserva. Para evitar decepciones, le recomendamos que haga su reserva de tour privado lo antes posible.
Términos de pago:
El pago se puede realizar en euros, liras turcas o dólares estadounidenses en efectivo al final del recorrido. No se requiere pago por adelantado para la reserva.
* Para la reserva, por favor avísenos los nombres de todos los miembros de su grupo, el nombre de su hotel y los detalles de su vuelo.
Admission Fees / Entry Ticket Costs for Ephesus and the nearby Attractions
Private Walking Tour of Selcuk Ephesus with a licensed tour guide from Selcuk Hotels and Selcuk Train Station
Ephesus walking Tours with local tour guides from Selcuk.
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, my team and I offer private walking tours of Ephesus Ancient City, Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis, and the Terrace Houses. We are passionate about Ephesus and love helping visitors learn about this fascinating city.
Is Ephesus walkable?
Ephesus is walkable from Selcuk Town. It is approximately 30 minutes walking distance from Selcuk Town. Ephesus ruins cover quite a lot of space, and there is much walking involved, much of the time on very uneven surfaces. If you are in the area in the summer months we recommend that you start walking early in the morning since it gets too hot during the day. The site opens at 8am during the summer months. We recommend guests to wear non slip walking shoes because you will be walking on marble and it is slippery.
Selcuk Walking Tour
Selcuk is the modern name of Ephesus. This walking tour is recommended for travelers staying in the hotels of Selcuk and for travelers you are traveling to Selcuk Train Station by train. The walking tour can also start from Selcuk Train Station.
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! Archeological 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.
Can you tour Ephesus on your own?
You can easily visit Ephesus on your own from Selcuk. There are audio guides that you can rent and they talk about the sights of Ephesus. But if you prefer to go on guided tour, you will be accompanied by an experienced Ephesus tour guide and you will be able to skip all lines.
How long does it take to tour Ephesus?
Our walking tour covers not only the ancient city of Ephesus, but also some other important sights such as St. John's Basilica, Isa Bey Baths and the Temple of Artemis. The walking tour takes approximately 5-6 hours depending on your pace. Our visit to the ancient city of Ephesus and the terrace houses takes about 3 hours.
What should I wear to Ephesus?
We recommend that you wear comfortable, non-slip walking shoes. Ephesus has many uneven marble and slippery areas. Between June and October you can get a bottle of water, sun hat, sun cream. Opportunities for shades in Ephesus are very limited. Between November and May, it is recommended to use an umbrella for rainy days. There are no restrictions on cameras in Ephesus, but tripods are prohibited.
For travelers who will be staying in Selcuk Hotels or coming to Selcuk by 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.
Ephesus walking tour itinerary
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 your hotel in Selcuk 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 3rd 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 back to Selcuk town center.
Cost for Private Walking Tour of Ephesus: 100 Euro (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.
* Ephesus Walking Tour is not operated in June, July and August due to the hot weather.
For more information and availability, please contact us.
Multi visit pass for Western Turkey
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, Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Ancient city of Laodicea and many others.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued multi visit passes for the museums and sites located at the Aegean Region (Western Part) of Turkey. Museum Pass Aegean is available to foreign visitors and residents at museum and archeological site ticket offices. The cost is 1750 Turkish Liras. Payment can be made in TL cash and with visa or mastercard.
Museum Pass the Aegean will save travellers time and money. Travellers will not be waiting in lines to purchase tickets at the museums. Travellers can visit multiple museums and sites within a week time. Museum Pass the Aegean is valid for 7 days. Travellers can make great savings with good itinerary planing.
Museum Pass Aegean costs 2200 Turkish Liras. (Approximately 73 Euros)
Museum Pass the Aegean will allow you free entrance to all museums and archeological sites operated by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the provinces of İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, which cover 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 Pergamon, Asklepion of Pergamon, Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Ancient city of Laodicea and many others.
* Note that House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus and Ancient City of Sardis, are not covered by Museum Pass Aegean.
Museum Pass Aegean is accepted at the following sites:
Private Ephesus Tours from Samos
There are daily ferries from Samos to Kusadasi. It takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to reach from Pythagorio, Samos to Kusadasi. The highlight of the Aegean region is the Ancient City of Ephesus which is 25 minutes drive from Kusadasi. For travellers who are staying in Samos Hotels, we recommend to visit Ancient City of Ephesus. We offer private tours of Ephesus from Kusadasi Port for travellers who are travelling to Kusadasi from Samos. These private tours are operated with fluent English, German, Russian Spanish and Portuguese speaking licensed tour guides.
It costs 60 Euros per person for a same day return trip from Pythagorio, Samos to Kusadasi. Ferries operate between May and October. Ferries depart from Pythagorio port at 8.00am and 8.30am and arrive Kusadasi at 9.30am and 10.00am. Return ferry is at 5.00pm which will arrive back to Pythagorio at 6.30pm. This will give you approx. 7 hours to visit Ephesus and surrounding areas.
To book ferries from Pythagorion to Kusadasi, please visit:
Select: Departure as Pythagoreio, Samos and Destination as Kusadasi
When you book your ferry ticket, please contact us for your Ephesus Private Tour.
Samos Ephesus Day Trip
jSuggested private tour program is as follows:
FullDay (6 hours) Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + House of Mary + Traditional Turkish Lunch
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 yourtour 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. Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch in the grounds of a country house. Here you will see a private demonstration of the traditional carpet making process from dying to spinning to weaving at a school where young girls are trained in the craft. Return back to Kusadasi Port.
* Please note that the House of Virgin Mary visit can be substituted with Terrace Houses or Archaeological Museum of Ephesus or the Basilica of St. John.
For more information, availability and Private Ephesus Tour costs please contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours from Selcuk Hotels and Selcuk Train Station
Selcuk is the nearest town to the ancient city of Ephesus.
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 stay overnight in Selcuk town, we recommend visiting the farmers market on Saturdays.
Ephesus Ancient City is the highlight of the area. Ephesus is an incredible place and worth visiting, an Ancient Greco-Roman city. A person can easily spend half a day here just wandering around the ancient streets. Ephesus is a remarkably preserved UNESCO world heritage site.
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
How do you get from Selcuk to Ephesus?
Ephesus is 4 km walking distance from Selcuk. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk from Selcuk to Ephesus Ancient City. We recommend entering from the North gate and exit from the south gate. Walking back would be tough therefore the best is to take a taxi back to Selcuk town. For the travelers who are interested we offer private walking tours of Selcuk Ephesus.
Can I tour Ephesus on my own?
Yes, you can tour Ephesus on your own. Kindly note that there is very little information in Ephesus describing what you are looking at. If you want to know more about what you see, you really need a tour guide or an audio guide.
Is Selcuk worth visiting?
Selcuk is one of the most beautiful, perhaps world-renowned towns of Izmir. Of course, the fact that it is home to the Ancient City of Ephesus has a big share in this. But not only that, Selcuk is the place to visit and its beauties. It is a complete getaway with many historical attractions nearby.
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 and private walking tours of Selcuk Ephesus.. 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.
For Ephesus tour guide only services, please visit: Ephesus Tour Guide Only
On certain dates we offer %20 discount. To see these dates please visit: Discounted Ephesus Tours
* If you do not have a rental car and staying in Selcuk or coming to Selcuk with train. We offer private walking tours of Ephesus, including visits to Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis and Ancient City of Ephesus. For more information, please visit Ephesus Walking Tours and contact us.
Suggested Ephesus Tours from Selcuk are as follows:
SELCUK - No:1
Half-Day Ephesus Tour from Selcuk (4 hours)
Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, House of Mary
After meeting your Ephesus local 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 have spent her 9 years. The house is approximately 1000 feet above sea level and runs as an active chapel. Roman Catholics believe that Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with Saint. John 5 years after the crucifixion. At the age of 63 she was taken to heaven. Although there is no fact that Virgin Mary lived here, approximately 1.5 million people visit the site each year. After a 30 minute visit to the House of Mary, drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. You will be dropped at the upper gate of Ephesus with your tour guide. Start your Ephesus Walking Tour exploring the ruins. You will be walking down the hill approximately 2 hours. 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 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 Ephesus Tour from Selcuk - Christian Ephesus (6 hours)
Meet with your guide in Selcuk. After a short drive, your first stop on this fascinating tour is the Basilica of St. John. From the Basilica of St. John, see the earlier settlements of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis and the remains of the tomb of John the Apostle. Afterwards, you will continue on to visit the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world. See the Agoras, Odeon, the Basilica, Curetes Street, Bath, Celsus Library, Marble Street and the Great Theater with a seating capacity of 24,000 people. Continue to the House of Virgin Mary where Virgin Mary is believed to spend her last 9 years.
SELCUK - No:3
Full day Ephesus Tour from Selcuk
Ephesus and Sirince Village (7 hours)
Meet with your guide in Selcuk. Drive to one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world: Temple of Artemis. After seeing the 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 the Temple 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 a chance to see the local life at a village and purchase some small local souvenirs and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and other fruit wines.
For more information and private Ephesus tour costs and availability please contact us.
Train travel to Ephesus (Selcuk)
* For travellers who will be staying at hotels in Basmane district in Izmir, we recommend them to take the 7.10am train from Basmane train station which will arrive to Selcuk at 8.34am. Our tour guide and vehicle can meet you at Selcuk train startion. After the tour you will be dropped back to Selcuk train station for your return journey. Return train will leave Selcuk at 4.04pm and arrive Izmir Basmane Train station at 5.30pm. Fortrain schedule between Izmir and Selcuk, please visit:
Izmir, Izmir Airport - Selcuk Town (Ephesus) Train Schedules
Ephesus Day Trip from Istanbul, Ephesus Tours from Istanbul
Most of the travelers who come to Turkey, visit Istanbul. Istanbul is the most visited destination in Turkey. If you are in Istanbul and have time, a visit to Ephesus would be worth doing. Doing an Ephesus Day Trip from Istanbul is possible.
We offer private day trips of Ephesus from Izmir Airport for travelers who stay in Istanbul. These private tours include pick up and drop off from/to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.
Is Ephesus worth visiting?
Ephesus is an incredible place to visit, an ancient Greco-Roman city. Ephesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit. The ancient city of Ephesus is one of the best preserved World Heritage Sites in the world. Ephesus takes you to the past, very far back in time. The city grew and prospered under Roman rule. The presence of many luxurious villas in Ephesus clearly indicates that the city was rich and wealthy. Walking the streets of Ephesus, entering ancient temples and markets, and exploring ornate mansions, we get a rich picture of life over 2,000 years ago. It is not only exciting, but also a very rewarding experience. The city of Ephesus was huge. It covered an area of 400 acres. At its peak, the city had 200,000 inhabitants. If you visit Ephesus, you will see one of the largest ancient cities in the world.
How far is it from Istanbul to Ephesus?
Ephesus is 450 miles south of Istanbul and is 7 hours away by car. There is no direct train from Istanbul to Ephesus. There are trains from Istanbul to Izmir Alsancak train station and from Izmir Basmane Train Station to Selcuk (Ephesus) you need to get on another train. Transportation by train in Turkey is slow and not in high standards. Our recommendation would be to take a flight from Istanbul to Izmir Airport and fly to Ephesus from Izmir Airport.
You can book your domestic flight on your own from Istanbul and we will meet you at the domestic terminal at Izmir Airport. At Izmir Airport, our tour guide will meet you. After the tour you will be taken back to Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Suggested Private Day Trip and cost is as follows:
Full Day tour of Ephesus, House of Mary & Basilica of St. John
At Izmir airport you will be met by your Ephesus local tour guide. As your vehicle makes its way along the Aegean Coast, you will pass some of the regions fertile lands. As you reach the silted valley, time seems to come to a halt and then reverse. After a steep drive up Mt. Pagus, you will arrive at a stone chapel. This converted house probably dates from the 1st century and was envisioned by a German nun as the site where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Continuing to Ephesus, leave your vehicle at the parking area and start your Ephesus Walking Tour through Magnesia Gate. As you stroll along the old marble streets, you will pass the Odeon and Upper Agora. You will also see the ornate Hadrian Temple, the remains of some Byzantine houses, the beautifully restored facade of the Celsus Library, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, the Commercial Agora and the theater, which accommodates 25,000 spectators and is still used for occasional performances. After your visit to Ephesus, re-board your vehicle for an enjoyable lunch. Afterwards enjoy a presentation about Turkish weavings, see the girls at the looms knotting carpets and kilims. Learn about the natural dyes and learn the differences between Silk, flosh , wool and cotton weavings for handmade rugs. The proprietors will give a fascinating demonstration of the local traditional crafts. Next is the Basilica of St. John, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is your final stop before your return to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Private Ephesus Tour Costs (starting and ending at Izmir Airport)
Up to 6 people - MPV + Tour Guide: 215 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 1-6)
Up to 12 people - Mercedes Minibus + Tour Guide: 250 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 7-12)
* Above Rates are NOT per person rates. They are total to be paid for your group.
* We offer %20 Discount on certain dates. Discounted Ephesus Tour Dates
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C Vehicle.
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Traditional Turkish Lunch
- Pick up and drop off from/to Izmir Airport..
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance & Parking fees to the sites.
- Domestic Flights
- Drinks during lunch
Approximate cost of entrance fees:
Ephesus: 23.5 Euro per person (700 TL)
House of Mary: 8.5 Euro p.p. (250 TL)
Temple of Artemis: Free of Charge
St. John's Basilica: 4,5 Euro p.p.(130 TL)
Important Notice :
We do not issue flight tickets. Therefore for Ephesus day trip from Istanbul we recommend the travelers to book the following flights:
Pegasus : http://www.flypgs.com/
Istanbul > Izmir : PC2811 depart Istanbul at 9.10am
Izmir > Istanbul : PC2816 depart Izmir at 6.15pm
Turkish Airlines : http://www.turkishairlines.com/tr
Istanbul > Izmir TK2312 depart Istanbul at 8.00am
Izmir > Istanbul : TK2329 depart Izmir at 6.00pm
For more information and availability, please contact us.
For travelers who will be staying in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John
Private Tour of Pamukkale (Hierapolis) starting and ending in Kusadasi.
After departing from your hotel, drive east approx. 3 hours. 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. For the ones interested there is an opportunity to swim at the ancient pools of Cleopatra. Kindly note there is an extra entrance fee approximately 8 Euros per person.
Private Tour of Priene, Miletus and Didyma starting and ending at Kusadasi
Following the departure from your hotel, the first stop will be PRIENE. The ancient harbor city of Priene probably changed its location when the silt of the Meander River threatened to bury it. Now it is nearly 16km away from the sea. The original place of the city has never been found but it was probably a peninsula with two harbors. Priene was laid out on a Hippodamian system of grid plan at the foot of a spectacular cliff on mount Mycale and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture. All the streets intersect at right angles. Next visit MILETUS, an ancient city located near the mouth of the Meandros River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia. Highly prosperous, it founded many colonies and was the home of the ancient philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and architect Isidorus. Having a prominent position, Miletus became the most important port in this area and it was the most active member of the twelve cities of the Ionian Confederation. From the 7th century B.C. the city has been controlled in turn by the Persians, Roman and Seljuk Turks. The last visit in the tour will be DIDYMA. The world Didyma meant "twins" and it was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city but a sanctuary linked to Miletus by Milesians with a 12 mile sacred road.
Private Tour of Ephesus, Haouse of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John
Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger terminal. Drive to the country. Your first stop on this fascinating tour is at the Hourse 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. JOHNand see the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the ancient world. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery or shopping opportunity
2023 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
Private Ephesus Tours for MSC Cruise Passengers: MSC Splendida, MSC Musica
MSC Splendida and MSC Musica of MSC Cruises will call at the Kusadasi Port in 2023.
We have been receiving enquiries for private tours of Ephesus from Kusadasi Cruise Port from MSC Lirica Cruise passengers.
MSC Splendida will be making 28 calls to Kusadasi Port during Mediterranean Cruises in 2023.
The first call of MSC Spendida to Kusadasi Port in 2023 will be April 12th 2023.
MSC Cruises has announced that it will deploy its MSC Splendida to the Eastern Mediterranean market in the summer of 2023. According to a press release, the ship will be homeported in Piraeus, the port of the Greek capital, Athens, for the entire season.
Splendida will offer a newly designed seven-night itinerary with 28 sailings between April and October 2023 from Piraeus to Kusadasi, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini before returning to Piraeus. Ship guests can also begin their seven-night cruises with embarkation in Kusadasi, Haifa and Limassol, as well as Piraeus.
For MSC Cruises passengers, who will be embarking or disembarking to/from MSC Splendida, we offer private tours of Ephesus starting or ending at Izmir Airport.
We offer private tours of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and House of Virgin Mary with excellent licensed tour guides from Kusadasi Cruise Port
For more information please visit: Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi or contact us.
Private Ephesus Tours for Holland America Line Passengers: Oosterdam, Nieuw Statendam
Kusadasi is a popular port of call for Holland America Line. Many Holland America Line cruise ships have been calling to Kusadasi Port many years. In 2023 Kusadasi Port will welcome Holland America Ships: Oosterdam and Nieuw Statendam. Holand America Line will have will have 16 port of calls to Kusadasi Cruise port in 2023.
We have been providing exclusive private tours of Ephesus for Holland America Line passengers. It would be our pleasure to be in service to you. For more information please visit: Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi page or contact us.
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