Kusadasi Ephesus, Priene, And Doganbey Village Private Shore Excursion

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Dağ Mh., Güvercinada Cd. 7A, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our guide will be waiting inside the port. He will meet you at the exit of the cruise with a sign of you.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover another side of Kusadasi-turkey/Ephesus">Ephesus during this 5-hour guided tour from Kusadasi Port. Soak up local culture and get insight into the areas rich history from a professional guide while visiting Bulbul Mountain, Ephesus Ancient City, the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the temple of Hadrian and the impressive library of Celsius. Grab lunch on your own in the charming fishing village of Karine and see the historic structures of Priene. Roundtrip transportation from Kusadasi is provided.

Highlights

  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Lunch included
  • Family friendly

Know More about this tour

Meet up with a professional guide in Kusadasi Port and drive to Priene, approximately 45 minutes outside the city. Once a bustling harbor city, today Priene is located inland from the sea on the hills of the Mykale Mountain. Its theater is one of the most beautiful standing relics from The Hellenic World, and The Athena Polias Temple was reconstructed by Alexander The Great as a gift to the city. After touring the town and its sights, hop back on the road and head to Doganbey Village.

Located on the edge of the Milipark, the Old Village of Doganbey traces its history back to ancient times and serves as an open air museum, showcasing the most beautiful examples of Turkish and Greek architecture from past civilizations. Head first to the visitor and information center, housed in a historical building alongside a chapel and a church. Previously know as Domatia, the village was home to Greeks until the population exchange of 1923, when it became Turkish. Some buildings have been restored, and the area is fast becoming a popular filming location for movies. Tour the village, then drive west to Karine for lunch. After lunching independently at one of the small fish restaurants on the sea, hop back in the car and continue to the ancient city of Ephesus.

Famous for its Temple of Artemis, which dates back to the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus was once the greatest city in Asia Minor. Start the tour at the upper Magnesia Gate and head down through the city, eventually ending near the ancient Harbor. Along the way, stop at ancient sites such as the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the temple of Hadrian, and the impressive library of Celsius. The Grand Theater, where St. Paul preached, is the largest theater in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats. After spending the afternoon exploring the area, return to the car via the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. The guide will drop you off back in Kusadasi.

Inclusions

Port pickup and drop-off

Private tour

Transport by private air-conditioned minivan

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Priene Antik Kenti

Entry/Admission - Doganbey

Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus

Exclusions

Drinks

Gratuities

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats available

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

A minimum of 1 people per booking is required

A maximum of 14 people per booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

  • 24-Jan-2017

    My original review, written right after the trip, vanished into cyberspace somehow.
    The guide, Kemal, was truly our hero - the guide we were supposed to have had gotten sick, and Kemal was filling in for him on his only day off for 2 weeks.
    Priene was beautiful! High on a hill - if you're not prepared to walk up and down steep paths and steps, don't try it. 3 of us were on the trip 1 stayed at the cafe where the van was parked, and we other 2 went up with our guide. The ancient Greek city used to be a seaport, but the sea is now a long way from there - lots of green where the water used to be. The ruins include the offices for the bureaucrats of long ago, a temple to the Egyptian gods, a temple of Apollo that eventually became a Christian church, an ampitheatre, and the incredible temple of Athena, which once had 60 columns. Germans did some restoration there in the 1880s or thereabouts, including setting up some of the columns again, and digging down along one side to show the foundation for the temple. It was well worth the effort to get up there to see it!
    The stone houses were interesting to see, but that's a driveby.
    Lunch was at a little restaurant in Karine on the shore, with a table under a tree on a grassy verge and the beach right below us, with lots of ducks and geese and fish to watch, and the restaurant's cat happy to greet visitors and hoping for a handout. Can't remember what all we ate, but the food was delicious. Our guide explained what we were eating, and if necessary, how to eat it.
    We could have included time at Ephesus if we'd wanted, but, as we'd been there before, all we wanted was a half hour with the souvenir section, so one of our group could find some particular souvenirs.
    We were absolutely delighted with this alternate way to spend the day. Highly recommended.

  • 24-Jan-2017

    My original review, written right after the trip, vanished into cyberspace somehow.
    The guide, Kemal, was truly our hero - the guide we were supposed to have had gotten sick, and Kemal was filling in for him on his only day off for 2 weeks.
    Priene was beautiful! High on a hill - if you're not prepared to walk up and down steep paths and steps, don't try it. 3 of us were on the trip 1 stayed at the cafe where the van was parked, and we other 2 went up with our guide. The ancient Greek city used to be a seaport, but the sea is now a long way from there - lots of green where the water used to be. The ruins include the offices for the bureaucrats of long ago, a temple to the Egyptian gods, a temple of Apollo that eventually became a Christian church, an ampitheatre, and the incredible temple of Athena, which once had 60 columns. Germans did some restoration there in the 1880s or thereabouts, including setting up some of the columns again, and digging down along one side to show the foundation for the temple. It was well worth the effort to get up there to see it!
    The stone houses were interesting to see, but that's a driveby.
    Lunch was at a little restaurant in Karine on the shore, with a table under a tree on a grassy verge and the beach right below us, with lots of ducks and geese and fish to watch, and the restaurant's cat happy to greet visitors and hoping for a handout. Can't remember what all we ate, but the food was delicious. Our guide explained what we were eating, and if necessary, how to eat it.
    We could have included time at Ephesus if we'd wanted, but, as we'd been there before, all we wanted was a half hour with the souvenir section, so one of our group could find some particular souvenirs.
    We were absolutely delighted with this alternate way to spend the day. Highly recommended.

  • 28-Oct-2016

    Our day in Turkey was fantastic thanks to this tour. Our guide was so friendly and willing to share his knowledge of his country and the people. He was very accommodating of our wishes. We loved lunch at the quaint seaside restaurant! The Stone Houses of Doganbey Village were interesting and beautiful, but in retrospect I do not think we needed to walk the entire village. The trip to the carpet factory was a bonus and we got to weave a few stitches ourselves! Bring your credit card if you choose to go to the carpet factory, though - the carpets are beautiful, high quality, and you can negotiate a really good bargain - but they are still expensive. I would not have minded saving a bit of time from the Stone Houses and adding another local craft/shopping stop not the mass-produced tourist stuff available everywhere. Highly recommend this tour!

  • 28-Oct-2016

    Our day in Turkey was fantastic thanks to this tour. Our guide was so friendly and willing to share his knowledge of his country and the people. He was very accommodating of our wishes. We loved lunch at the quaint seaside restaurant! The Stone Houses of Doganbey Village were interesting and beautiful, but in retrospect I do not think we needed to walk the entire village. The trip to the carpet factory was a bonus and we got to weave a few stitches ourselves! Bring your credit card if you choose to go to the carpet factory, though - the carpets are beautiful, high quality, and you can negotiate a really good bargain - but they are still expensive. I would not have minded saving a bit of time from the Stone Houses and adding another local craft/shopping stop not the mass-produced tourist stuff available everywhere. Highly recommend this tour!