Shore Excursions


About Ephesus Shore Excursions

Private Ephesus tour for cruise passengers

Our Ephesus shore excursions are specially designed for our guests arriving by cruise ships. We will pick you up from Kusadasi port and drop you off back to the port after your Ephesus tour.

Ephesus used to be one of the most important Roman cities. Nowdays its’ ruins are among the most visited ancient sites in the world and one of the highlight attractions in Turkey. Once home to 250 000 people, important trade and pilgrimage center, today it is visited by 2 million tourists every year.


Ephesus Shore Excursions Itinerary And Further Details

Our Ephesus Cruise Excursions are tailor-made to your interest. Contact us for details.


  • Excellent trip.We booked this through Thomas Cook, and had a really knowledgable guide who took us through the history of the place. It was a great expereince, but it’s very open, so bring water and a cap!
  • Outstanding tour. We have taken many tours over the years and this was definitely the best! Oscar our guide was very knowledgeable and took the time to really connect with each of us. The tour was totally customized to our desires. Will definitely tour with the tours by locals from now on!
    Cathy Drescher
  • Ephesus was amazing and so was our tour guide, Cigdem Goktas. Cigdem’s English was good and she was very knowledgeable about the areas that we visited: the house of Mary, the ruins of the city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis…. We learned so much history from her. Reliable Travel connected us with Cigdem who is an independent tourist guide. I would definitely recommend her.
    M G Bristol, Vermont, USA
Ephesus Shore Excursions

The Best Ephesus Tour Guide for You!

Our Ephesus tour guides are locals who have very good knowledge not only about the sights in the area, but also about the history of Christianity.

They are all fluent in English, and some of them guide also in other languages.

Have the best experience in Ephesus with our expert local guides...

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Annual Average Temperature Humidity Graph for Ephesus

The hottest month in Ephesus area is July, with an average temperature of 30 °C. The coldest month is January with a lowest temperature of 5°C. On average, December is the most and July the least humid month. Please click on the Graph to zoom in


FAQ About Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi Port

All guides wait otside the terminal and they hold a sign with their guest’s name.

You will need Turkish lira to buy the entrances. In all sights (except the House of Mary) you can purchase the entrance with credit card. If you do not have any Turkish lira on the day of the tour, your guide can pay for the entrances and you can pay him back at the end of the tour in USD or euros. If you decide to book Ephesus tour, we can also give you the price that includes the entrances.

All the vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned. We usually use Mercedes Sprinter and Mercedes Vito. You can see our vehicles

The driving distance from Kusadasi to Ephesus is 30 minutes.

You can pay in advance (bank transfer, credit card or PayPal – there is a small additional fee for this kind of payment), or you can pay cash to your guide at the end of the tour.

During the high season, on some busy days, there are 4-5 cruise ships in Kusadasi port and thousands of people visiting the sight. Local guides have priority for buying entrances, so it is also one of advantages of taking a private tour of Ephesus.

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…

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 tailor made, so we do not limit our guests time for sightseeing. It all depends on your interests and available time.

No, it is definitely not difficult anymore, as there are new, additional wooden paths for wheelchairs inside of Ephesus.

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.

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.

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.