Ephesus, House of Virgin Marry, shore excursions, cruise passengers
Your guide will meet you in Kusadasi or Selcuk (in a hotel you stay in or at the port pier); after short drive we will visit the House of Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived her final days there. This church was erected on the foundation of that house, and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.
Afterwards, we will drive for 10 minutes to the ancient city of Ephesus, the largest open-air museum in Turkey and the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Virgin Mary and John the Apostle once walked its streets. Your guide will explain you about life in ancient Rome as you walk through the history of this important city. Then you will visit the Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven wonders of the ancient World. During this tour you can also visit the Basilica of St. John and Ephesus indoor Museum where you can see statues and fragments found in Ephesus. .
Entrance Fees to the sites:
Ephesus: 40 Tl – 10 Euros- 12 USD
House of Virgin Mary: 25 Tl – 6 Euros – 8 USD
Terrace Houses : 25 Tl – 6 Euros – 8 USD
Basilica of St. John: 10 Tl – 2,5Euros – 3USD
Ephesus indoor museum: 10 Tl – 2,5Euros – 3 USD
Temple of Artemis: free entrance
These are group prices, not per person
1 to 2 pax: 165 € (200 USD)
3 to 4 pax: 180 € (215 USD)
5 to 6 pax: 200 € (240 USD)
7 to 10 pax: 230 € (275 USD)
Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.
After your guide meets you in Kusadasi/Selcuk, you will have a short drive to the House of Virgin Mary (we usually spend 45-60 minutes there; you can also have some additional free time to pray). Afterwards, we will drive 10 minutes to Ephesus. We usually spend one and half to two hours in Ephesus. After we finish Ephesus sightseeing, we will have lunch in one of the nearby restaurants. Afterwards, we will visit other sites in the area: Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, Ephesus indoor museum (we usually spend 30-45 minutes in each of these sites). At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to port / your hotel.
Please note that this is only a suggested itinerary, we can change it depending on your time and interests.
Professional guiding service, transport (in a cozy van with a driver). Parking fees and fuel.
Entrance fees (free for children until the age of 12; please do not forget to bring their id or passport copy as an age proof), lunch (10 USD per person). Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: any point in Kusadasi or Selcuk
End location: any point in Kusadasi or Selcuk
Duration: approximately 8 to 9 hours
Our guides are flexible regarding tour duration; we do not limit your time for sightseeing
A modern, air conditioned Mercedes Vito or Mercedes Sprinter (depending on the size of the group)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
85 Lira – we will need local money for entrance fees. The total for entrance fees to all the sites in this program is 22 euros (26 USD) per person. You can either purchase the entrances yourself with credit card or cash in local currency, or your guide may purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.
A RECENT REVIEW OF THIS TOUR
- How will I meet my guide in Kusadasi cruise port?
All guides wait otside the terminal and they hold a sign with their guest’s name.
- What type of vehicles are used for private Ephesus tours?
All the vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned. We usually use Mercedes Sprinter and Mercedes Vito.
- How far is Ephesus from Kusadasi port?
The driving distance between these two places is 30 minutes.
- Is there a long que for Ephesus entrances?
During the high season, on some busy days, there are 4-5 cruise ships in Kusadasi port and thousands of people visiting the sight. Guides have priority for buying entrances, so it is also one of advantages of taking a private tour of Ephesus.
- How hot it gets in Ephesus in summer?
It can be very hot, 38 ºC (100.4 ºF) ir even more, and since there is not much shade in Ephesus, we advise you to bring hat, umbrella and water…
- How long is Ephesus tour?
We usually spend around 2 hours in Ephesus, which is enough time to see all the most important parts of this sight. However, our private Ephesus tours are tailormade, so we do not limit our guests time for sightseeing. It all depends on your interests and available time.
- Is it difficult to visit Ephesus in a wheelchair?
No, it is definitely not difficult anymore, as there are new, additional wooden paths for wheelchairs inside of Ephesus.
- Is it possible to join a mass in Virgen Mary’s House?
During religious holidays and on Sundays there is a mass organizes in Virgin Mary’s House and everybody can join it. It is also possible to arrange a private mass for groups. If you are interested in this option, a priest must be informed in advance.
- Is Sirince a typical local village?
In past, Sirince was a typical local village, but once tourists started visiting it, it became a touristy place. Still, it is nice to visit it, as you can see many old Greek houses from the Ottoman period. This place is also famous for home made fruit wines that you can taste in many winehouses.
- Does it worth visiting the Temple of Artemis?
This Temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. There is only one column left there but it is nice to hear the history of the place, so that you can understand Ephesus better.
- Does it worth seeing carpet demonstration?
During our tours, we never make any shopping stop, unless the customer requires so. All the tours are tailor made so our guests decide where to go and how much time to spend in each sight. Even if you are not on the market for carpets, it may be interesting for you to see this demonstration as a part of Turkish culture.