Our Highlights of Ephesus Tour

A tour of must-see sites in Ephesus area...

Highlights of Ephesus tour summary:

  • The first place to visit is 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.
  • The highlight of the tour is 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. As you walk through this spectacular city, local guide will give you information about life in ancient Rome.
  • You will have chance to visit the part of the city where rich Ephesians used to live, known as the Terrace Houses.
  • Ephesus : 60 Tl – 10 € – 11 USD
  • House of Virgin Mary: 25 Tl – 4 € – 4.5 USD
  • Terrace Houses : 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.

Highlights of Ephesus Tour Itinerary:

  • After you meet your guide, there is 20 minutes driving to Ephesus area.
  • You will visit Ephesus, Terrace Houses (houses of wealthy Ephesians) and the House of Virgin Mary.
  • After the tour we will drop you off to the the port or hotel.

Please note that this is only a suggested itinerary; we can change it depending on your time and interests.


  • 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
  • They picked us up promptly at 8am, we went straight to Ephesus, which was nice since it was not that crowded or hot yet. The guide was very knowledgable and helpful. We then went to Sirince and he took us to an authentic Turkish lunch. They were great and I would use them again.Visited June 2015
    Desiraprewitt Plano, Teksas
  • Loved it! We had Layla as a tour guide and she was wonderful! The transport was super comfortable and safe. We are a young couple and had a private tour on our own and she customized the whole tour for us… She even took us to her favorite restaurant and baklava place and both were amazing. Apart from that she knew a lotttt about the history and area! Everything was great! Very educational yet super fun! Highly recommend!
    Princessivai Melbourne, Avustralya

Further Details About Highlights of Ephesus Tour

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

  • Meeting location: Kusadasi port or a hotel in Kusadasi / Selcuk
  • End location: Kusadasi port or a hotel in Kusadasi / Selcuk
  • Duration: approximately 5 hours. Guides are flexible regarding tour duration. We don’t limit my guests` time for sightseeing.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax. 150 euros. (170 usd)
  • 3 to 4 pax. 180 euros. (205 usd)
  • 6 to 8 pax. 200 euros. (230 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax. 250 euros. (285 usd)

Please contact us if there is more than 12 pax in your group.


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

Estimated Local Cash Needed

  • 110 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).
  • Lunch (10 USD per person).
  • 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.