Kusadasi Ephesus Tours
Where in Turkey is Kusadasi?
Correct way of pronouncing the Kusadasi is "KOOSH-ah-dah-suh"
Kusadasi, is located at the western part of Turkey. 85km south of Izmir, the 3rd largest city of Turkey: 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 up to 500.000 people during summer days. Mainly eastern European tourists prefer having their holidays in Kusadasi. Because of its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, a lot of cruise ships dock at the Kusadasi Port.
Things to do in Kusadasi
With over 140 hotels, Kusadası offers accommodation opportunities for land travelers 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 the 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.
Where is Ephesus today?
Ephesus is located at the west coast of what is now Turkey, About 80 kilometers south of Izmir and 18 kilometers north of Kusadasi. It takes 25 minutes drive from Kusadasi Port to the Ancient City of Ephesus. Ephesus today is the name of the ancient ruins. Modern town is called Selcuk.
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 Caesar 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 Constantinopolis and selected this city as the new capital. Ephesus today, considered as one of the most well-preserved ancient cities of the world.
How far is Ephesus from Kusadasi Port?
Ephesus is located 18km away from Kusadasi Port. It takes approximately 25 minutes by car. Modern name of Ephesus today is Selcuk. So travelers should look for Selcuk signs. Ephesus is in Turkish is Efes. There are also brown signs on the road showing the direction of Efes. Efes is the name of the ruins. Selcuk is the modern name of the town. In otherwords Efes ruins are located in the modern town of Selcuk today. There is no more a city called Ephesus or Efes today.
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 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.
The Cruise Ships that will be calling to Kusadasi Cruise Port in 2021:
Below please find suggested Ephesus Private Tour programs.
If you would like to make a combination of the sites just contact us.
KUSADASI - No:1
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 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.
KUSADASI - No:2
Half day (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. 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 driver and tour guide will take you to another site or drop you at the desired location.
KUSADASI - No:3
Full day (7 hours) Tour of Ephesus - Christian Ephesus
Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger terminal or your hotel in Kusadasi. 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. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery or shopping opportunity.
(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.)
KUSADASI - No:4
Full day (7 hours) Ephesus & Villages
Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal or your hotel in Kusadasi. Drive 20 minutes 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 1970s. 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, 30 km from Kusadasi, 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 1920s; 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.
KUSADASI - No:5
Fullday (7 hours) Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + Kirazli Village
Boarding your vehicle at port of Kusadasi, drive eastwards to Selcuk Town. En-route see the cotton fields, olive groves and pine forests while driving along the blue Aegean shores. Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Continue to Ephesus where you start at the Magnesia Gate and walk downhill through the city. Your tour guide will point out the sights, bringing the history of Ephesus to life as you pause at the Odeon, Upper Agora, Town Hall, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian and Domitianus, Memmius Memorial, Roman Baths, Terrace Houses and the extraordinary Library of Celsus. At the end of the marble street leading from the library, gaze up at the impressive theater, built to seat 24.000 people. Here St. Paul preached to Ephesians. Afterwards proceed to the quaint Village of Kirazli. Meet with locals, witness the unspoiled local life. See real Turkey ! Afterwards drive back to Kusadasi Port.
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