Experience village life in Turkey, taste the local food in a village home, meet with the locals…
This tour is for our guests who would like to see archeological sites and experience local life and food. After visiting Ephesus and other sites in the area, we will have lunch in a local home in Sirince village.
About ten years ago when I was doing the tour in Sirince, we met a very nice lady there. After short conversation in the street she invited us to her house. Guests said they would be very happy to see a local house, so we had some Turkish tea and Emine insisted that we should stay for lunch. Lunch was fantastic and we also had chance to taste her home made wine. Although we insisted to pay her she refused, so I suggested her to do this more often and have some income for family, since I would be more than happy to recommend lunch in Emine’s house to my guests. To get to the village we have to drive about 20 minutes from Ephesus so I suggest this tour to my guests whose time is not limited, so that they can experience the local food and chat with the locals.
Entrance fees to the sites:
Ephesus : 40 Tl – 10 € – 12 USD
House of Virgin Mary: 25 Tl – 6 € – 8 USD
These are group prices, not per person
1 to 2 pax: 180 euros (215 usd)
3 to 4 pax: 200 euros (240 usd)
5 to 6 pax: 230 euros (275 usd)
7 to 10 pax: 250 euros (300 usd)
Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.
-House of Mother Marry
-Lunch in a Village House (Sirince)
-Temple of Artemis
Professional guiding service, transport and parking fees
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 (20 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 6 to 7 hours
Our guides are flexible regarding tour duration. We don’t limit our guests’ time for sightseeing.
An air-conditioned, modern and comfortable van
Estimated Local Cash Needed
65 turkish lira – You will need local money for entrance fees. The entrance fees for all the sites in this program is around 16 euros (20 usd) per person. You can either purchase entrances yourself with credit card or cash in local currency, or your guide can 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.