Half Day Ephesus Tour

We recommend our half day Ephesus tour to our guests who have very limited time for sightseeing, but would like to visit the main sites nevertheless.

Half day Ephesus tour summary:

  • After short drive, you 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 built on the foundation of that house, and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.
  • Afterwards, there is 10 minutes driving 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 Anthony, Virgin Mary and John the Apostle once walked its streets. Guide will explain you about life in ancient Rome as you walk through this spectacular city.

Entrance Fees to the sites:

  • Ephesus : 60 Tl – 10 € – 11 USD
  • House of Virgin Mary: 25 Tl – 4 € – 4.5 USD


Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.

Half Day Ephesus Tour Itinerary:

  • We will meet in Kusadasi port or in a hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
  • After short drive we will first visit 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 for 10 minutes to Ephesus. We usually spend one and half to two hours in Ephesus.
  • After we finish Ephesus sightseeing, you will be transferred back to port / your hotel.


  • Referred my 4 best friends who went to Ephesus to Ertunga, he’s very knowledgeable, considerate, courteous and helpful. Met them after tour & all 4 were extremely satisfied with the safe and wonderful tour Ertunga himself guided. After that we took a flight to Cappodocia for an amazing hot air balloon ride all with the assistance of Ertunga. Will always refer Ertunga to anyone who needs a tour guide.
    Mildred L Honolulu, Havai
  • Ertunga was a fabulous tour guide! He is very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. He is professional and personable. Based on our comments, he suggested additional places we might want to visit and we were able to go to several additional sites. I would recommend Ertunga to anyone thinking about visiting Turkey!
    Gaye Hay
  • Fantastic day good English guide explained all to us clearly food excellent couch clean driver was good fun had a great time
    Nina H Bournemouth, UK

Further Details About Half Day Ephesus Tour

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

  • Meeting location: Any place in Kusadasi / Selcuk
  • End location: Any place in Kusadasi / Selcuk
  • Duration: approximately 4 hours. Our guides are flexible regarding tour duration. We don’t limit our guests time for sightseeing.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax: 150 € (170 USD)
  • 3 to 4 pax: 170 € (195 USD)
  • 5 to 6 pax: 185 € (210 USD)
  • 7 to 10 pax: 200 € (230 USD)

Please contact us if there is more than 10 pax in your group.


We will use modern air conditioned vehicle that is appropriate for the size of your group. You can see our vehicles

Estimated Local Cash Needed

  • 85 Turkish Lira – We will need Local currency for entrance fees.
  • You can either purchase entrances yourself with credit card, cash or your guide can purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.

What’s Included?

  • Professional guiding service.
  • Transport (in a cozy van with a driver).
  • Parking fees and fuel.

What’s Extra?

  • Entrance fees (free for children until the age of 8; please do not forget to bring an id or passport copy as an age proof).
  • Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.




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

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 between these two places is 30 minutes.

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.

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.

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.