Our Private Ephesus Tour From Izmir

A highlight of your stay in Izmir...

We recommend this program to our guests staying in Izmir, as there is only one hour driving to Ephesus area.

This tour is also a great option if you decide to do a day trip from Istanbul by plane.

Your guide and driver will pick you up from Izmir and take you to a tour which would include visit to Ephesus and other sites in the area you are interested in. After the tour you will be transferred back to Izmir. So, you can choose the itinerary depending on your interests, mood and available time.

Entrances are not included in the tour price, so this is the list of all the sites that you can visit, with the entrance fee cost per person:

  • Ephesus : 60 Tl – 10 € – 11 USD
  • House of Virgin Mary: 25 Tl – 4 € – 4.5 USD
  • Terrace Houses : 25 Tl – 4 € – 4.5 USD
  • Basilica of St. John: 10 Tl- 1.5 € – 1.8 USD
  • Ephesus indoor museum: 10 Tl – 1.5 € – 1.8 USD
  • Temple of Artemis: free entrance

So, you can choose your itinerary, depending on your interests, mood and available time.

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

Private Ephesus Tour From Izmir Itinerary

  • Your guide will meet you in Izmir; there is 1 hour driving to Ephesus area.
  • We will first visit Ephesus (we usually spend about 2 hours there).
  • Afterwards, depending on your interests and available time, you can have lunch and then visit other sites in the area: House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, Ephesus indoor Museum and Terrace Houses.
  • You can also visit carpet weaving centre, leather outlet or ceramic workshops in the area. Please note that shopping is strictly optional.
  • At the end of the tour we will drop you off to Izmir.

This is a private tour so you can decide about the itinerary. We do not limit your time for sightseeing.


  • From the moment we meet Ertunga we found him very friendly and knowledgable. On the way to Ephesus he told us current information about things happening in Turkey and surrounding countries, Ertunga was very interesting. He was flexible with what we wanted to do for the day. As all the other reviews, we also found Ertunga very good and would recommend.
    Allan Brandon
  • My husband and I joined a private tour to Ephesus. Our guide was most informative regarding the history and day to day living in Turkey. Ephesus was a wonderful experience and a lovely site with so much information and photo opportunities. Definitely the highlight of our visit to Turkey. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
    Pietiepos Port Elizabeth, Güney Afrika
  • We scheduled a day tour outside the city of Kusadasi from our cruise ship Prinsendam because our group had visited this port 3 times in the past 6 weeks. Our Tour guide Leyla was excellent and she followed our custom designed itinerary exactly as we wished. Leyla added her own excellent recommendations and showed us a wonderful time to include an amazing lunch buffet. We highly recommend Ertunga Ecir for private Turkish Tours and Leyla as a Guide. Visited November 2015
    TampaBayJeff Dunedin, Florida

Further Details

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

  • Meeting location: Izmir airport, hotel or port pier.
  • End location: Izmir airport, hotel or port pier.
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax. 200 euros. (230 usd)
  • 3 to 4 pax 230 euros. (260 usd)
  • 6 to 8 pax 250 euros. (285 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax 300 euros. (340 usd)

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


An air-conditioned, modern and comfortable van. You can see our vehicles

Estimated Local Cash Needed

  • 130 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.