Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour To Ephesus Including The Temple Of Artemis And Şirince

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Depends on cruise docking time, Please contact your local supplier to agree on your departure time. Contact details will be provided in your voucher
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Kusadasi Port
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


When your ship moors in Kusadasi port, seize the moment and visit ancient Ephesus on this 5-hour private shore excursion. Meet your guide and travel to this spectacular archaeological site to see its well-preserved streets, shops, baths and temples, plus the Great theatre and Library of celsus. Stop, too, at the ruins of the once-mighty Temple of artemis, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, and visit the cobbled hill village of irince to sample its fruit wine. Enjoy the full attention of your knowledgeable guide on this private tour.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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When your cruise ship arrives in Kusadasi, meet your private guide at the port and set off in your air-conditioned minivan to begin your shore excursion. Absorb the views of the Aegean Sea as you travel north towards Ephesus.

After about 30 minutes, arrive at Ephesus and enter this stunningly preserved Greco-Roman site via the Magnesia Gate. Then, walk with your knowledgeable guide around this once-bustling city, and hear how it was once the capital of the Roman Empire in Asia Minor, and enjoyed a golden age in around 2nd century BC.

Follow the marble-paved streets past the shells of shops and Roman baths, and see the remains of the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan and Temple of hadrian. Keep your camera ready, too, for two of the most celebrated landmarks: the Library of celsus and the Great theatre, a 25,000-seater stadium where spectators once gathered to hear the teachings of St Paul.

Continue to the nearby site of the Temple of artemis, built in around 550 BC and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. See the restored column that marks the site and hear how the temple was rebuilt three times before its destruction in 401 AD.

Then, visit irince, a pretty hill village perched above Ephesus. This former Greek settlement is known for its wine and crafts, and offers a charming glimpse into rural Turkish life. Stroll the cobbled lanes past food and craft stalls, and sample some of the village's famous fruit wine at a winery.

When the time comes, return to Kusadasi where your tour ends with a drop-off at the cruise port.
Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Kusadasi cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Port pickup and drop-off

Transport by private, air-conditioned minivan

Professional guide

Covered by Viators worry-free policy



Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

It is highly recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Oct-2019

    Erman, our guide, was excellent, and he made our visit to Ephesus an outstanding experience. We also visited Sirince, which was delightful, and not at all busy when we were there. We anticipated lunching at one of the lovely restaurants there, but instead were whisked away to one of those places that caters en masse for visitors, which was very disappointing. Erman offered to show us a local pottery and Turkish Delight emporium, but it had been a very hot day at Ephesus, so we contented ourselves with stopping at the Temple of Artemis before returning to our ship. Apart from lunch, the organisation of the day was excellent.

  • 18-Jul-2019

    We had a wonderful tour that included Ephesus and Sirince and the Temple of Artemis. Our tour guide Begu was great and provided a very entertaining description of the sights in Ephesus, lots of information but not boring. We saw a coffee making demo and rug making demo then had a delicious lunch. This was our first time in Turkey and we thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to Begu.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was a top notch tour from beginning to end. Picked us up at the exact time we requested. Our guide spoke fluent English and was a wealth of knowledge of both Ephesus and of the local area. We were suprised on the way back with a complementary lunch and presentation on how Turkish carpets are made. -- an opportunity to buy yes, but absolutely no sales pressure. You cant go wrong choosing this tour.

  • 20-Feb-2018

    One of the best tours I have done with our own private guide and a large mini bus to takeus on the trip. Ephesus was outstanding and the visit to the hill top village was well worth the drive. We did go to a government sponsored carpet factory traniing women in weaving. We could have missed it out but at least there was no hard selling. There was only my daughter and myself on the excursion. Well worth the money and a delight.

  • 10-Dec-2017

    Our guide was great. We had a great day in a village.

  • 03-Oct-2017

    Our guide were amazing. Great place to visit. We enjoyed this more than Pompeii.

  • 25-Nov-2016

    Fantastic tour guide Char who had immense knowledge. Ephesus was much larger site than expected and well worth the visit.

  • 24-Sep-2016

    Great tour, excellent and knowing guide. Can only be recommended

  • 09-Sep-2016

    No visit to Kusadasi should be made without a visit to Ephesus. We were fortunate to have a guide to ourselves and Begu provided an excellent tour . His knowledge was first class and he also provided us with general information about the sites which we would not have come across otherwise. If I had planned a tour for myself , I would not include the visit to Rug factory.

  • 28-Jun-2016

    Fantastic. Great guide. Ephesus is a must in any bodies travels.

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