Private Shore Excursion Half Day: Ephesus And House Of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi

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Drive up a to a scenically wonderful coastal road before we reach the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to your visit with the ancient city of Ephesus. It was famous in antiquity for its temple of Diana, during the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. Upon your arrival at Ephesus, you will follow your guide to enter the ancient site through the Magnesia Gate. Discover innumerable monuments including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics. View the symbols all around and marvel at the fact that one is still able to read the inscriptions in the ancient Greek language.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by an art historian
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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After pickup from Kusadasi cruise port, hop inside your deluxe private vehicle with your guide, and enjoy a scenic drive along a wonderful coastal road toward the ancient ruins of Ephesus.

On route, stop to visit the House of Virgin Mary, where a shrine stands on the site where its thought the saint spent her last days. It is known that Mary visited Ephesus and lived there for some time, and a house where she died was described in the visions of the early 19th-century German nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich.

The nun, now canonized, had never visited Ephesus, but fleshed out her vision of the house to German poet and writer Clemens Brentano, who later published a book on it. The site was officially declared a shrine by the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and has become a popular place of pilgrimage.

After visiting the chapel, continue to the UNESCO-listed archaeologicalruins of Ephesus, known in antiquity for its Temple of Diana (Artemis), and the greatest city in Asia Minor at the time of the Roman Empire.

Upon arrival at the site, bypass the lines and follow your guide through the famous Magnesia Gatefor a walking tour of the marble-paved streets. Along the way, stop to view many of the well-preserved monuments, including the Forum, Odeon, Library of Celsus, Thermal Baths of Scolastika, and the Great Theater, a stunning amphitheater originally built by the Greeks but reconstructed in Roman times.

Learn how the theater is still noted for its remarkable acoustics, and inspect the richly carved ancient Greek symbols and inscriptions still eligible after more than 2,000 years.

After an approximately 3-hour tour, travel back to Kusadasi where your excursion ends with a port drop-off.

Inclusions for Private Shore Excursion Half Day: Ephesus And House Of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions for Private Shore Excursion Half Day: Ephesus And House Of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • We were met at the cruise ship port by our guide Rose. We were very pleased to be the only ones with her and the driver.The van was a Mercedes. Rose was very knowledgeable, her formal education is in history. Kusadasi is a pretty seaside resort town. On the half hour drive to Ephesus she gave us great information on the ancient city and its former locations. The drive there was breathtakingly beautiful with the hills, valleys and seascapes. We visited Marys House first. An amazing and spiritual location high on the hilltop overlooking the entire valley. Bring a piece of paper and a pen to leave a note on the wishing wall. We drove down to the valley and into the ruins of the city. Rose filled us with so much information about the history and restoration. We had no idea about important Ephesus was until this tour. The streets are tricky to navigate as you are walking downhill on a street of uneven marble slabs and steps. Flat walking shoes are a must. It was very hot that day at 40 degree and I was glad to be wearing a loose sundress. The ruins were outstanding and to think they don't even have half of them uncovered yet! After the tour Rose took us to a rug making business. At this place they demonstrated how they made the silk yarn from the cocoons plus 2 women were hand knotting rugs. The owner took us inside and showed us some rugs. We were polite and said we wouldn't be buying any, so there was no pressure. We stopped there and were offered Turkish tea for free. We bought a couple of silk pashminas for 40 US. I would highly recommend taking this tour and if you are lucky Rose will be your escort. She was a lovely,smart lady with a real passion for her job. At the end of the tour we visited the shops at the cruise port. If you want to buy any leather or fur items the selection and pricing are outstanding. A reversible fur coat plus a leather jacket for only 2000 CDN. Many thanks to Rose for making our day there perfect.

  • Fabulous! The tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable. Perfect half day trip. However, I could have done without the stop at the rug factory - they did have beautiful things, but unless you are in the market there is no point.

  • Our tour guide Jan was a little lazy. We and #39;ll see other guides accompany their group inside temples and ruins, but hewill just give us free time and wait by the shafe. But private tour is still better than the cruises and #39; own tour with 50 people.

  • Everything about this tour was superlative. Great guide and driver, the sites we visited awe-inspiring. We enjoyed learning about how carpets wool and silk are made and learn what to look for to judge quality. Great shopping in Kusadasi. Highly recommended.

  • Very nice tour and the guide Jan was very good

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