Istanbul and Ephesus Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers


Istanbul and Ephesus Tour

Two main stops for cruise ships in Turkey are Istanbul and Kusadasi (Ephesus) port.

If you have already booked your cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean, you may plan to join tours in Istanbul and Ephesus. We have designed this private 2 day tour for cruise ship passengers, and it covers the main sites in the Sultanahmet District (the historical peninsula) in Istanbul, and Ephesus, Terrace Houses and the House of Virgin Mary sightseeing during your 1 day stay in Kusadasi port.


Istanbul and Ephesus Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul Tour

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  • After you meet your guide you will be taken to the Old City.
  • You will visit Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia.
  • After optional lunch in one of the local restaurant, you will visit Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
  • At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to pier.

Day 2: Ephesus Tour

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  • After you meet your guide in Kusadasi port , there is 20 minutes driving to Ephesus area. The first place to visit is the House of Virgin Mary.
  • 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
  • You will have chance to visit the part of the city where rich Ephesians used to live, known as the Terrace Houses (houses of wealthy Ephesians) .
  • After the tour we will drop you off to the the port.

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  • Fabulous day, very informed and knowledgeable. We learned so much more than if had gone alone. Ertunga took us to a great local outdoor restaurant to sample a variety of foods. I highly recommend this day!
    Cindy Winn€
  • Just returned from a 12 day Medeterranean cruise. Ertunga was our tour guide for Kusadasi/Ephasus. He absolutely made it an awesome experience, by far our best tour of any on this trip. Ertunaga was professional, friendly, and absolutely knew his stuff. He was patient and flexible and ensured the trip met our expectations and requirements. Highly recommend his services to anyone travelling to Turkey.
    Serge D.
  • Had a private tour of Ephesus with Ertunga. Well worth the money. We were picked up right from our cruise ship and got to pick what we would like to see that day. He walked around with us and explained everything that we saw. It was so helpful. It made the experience so much more meaningful. I would highly recommend him. He also guaranteed to get us back to our cruise ship on time which is always a concern. Great day.
    Susansmith2015 - Ontario, Kanada

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