About Ephesus and Sirince Tour with Local Lunch

Taste typical Aegean food in a village home in Sirince, meet with the locals…

About ten years ago during a tour in Sirince, we met a very nice lady there. After short conversation in the street she invited us to her home. Our guests were very happy because they had chance to see a local house. We had some Turkish tea but Emine insisted that we should stay for lunch. Lunch was fantastic and we also had chance to taste her home made wine. She did not want to accept any money from us that time, but I suggested her to do this more often and make some income for her family.

Since then I have been more than happy to recommend lunch in Emine’s house to my guests. To get to the village we have to drive about 20 minutes from Ephesus, so I suggest this tour to my guests whose time is not limited, so that they can experience the local food and chat with the locals.

Our Ephesus and Sirince tour is for our guests who would like to see archeological sites and experience local life and food. After visiting Ephesus and other sites in the area, you will have lunch in a local home in Sirince village.

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Ephesus and Sirince Tour Itinerary And Further Details

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Some Questions

How far is Şirince from Ephesus?

Şirince is a beautiful Aegean village only 8 km (5 miles) east from Selçuk, near Ephesus.

What can you see in Sirince?

Şirince is known as a place where mostly Greeks had lived before the Republic of Turkey was founded. Today you can see the remains of two churches: the Church of St Demetrius and the Church of St John the Baptist. If you are a wine lover, you can enjoy wine tasting and also have a nice lunch in this beautiful surrounding.

Is Ephesus open every day?

Ephesus is open every day, with opening times varying between 8 am and 6:30 pm from mid-April until the end of September, and 8:30 am - 6 pm during the winter.


  • One of the best tours we have ever had. Lunch was the high point with Emine (sp?) and her family. Ertunga is very knowledgable and friendly. We highly recommend his tour.
    Jo Ann Lynn
  • Booked Ephesus day trip via Cruise Critic. We were met at the dock driven around and shown the very best of Ephesus. The itinerary has loosely planned we all had a say in what we wanted to see. The commentary was excellent the guide had real enthusiasm & knowledge. Everything about the trip was excellent including lunch. Would highly recommend this company to anyone
    Narelle P - Sidney, Avustralya
  • Met us promptly in a very comfortable van. Gave great historical background before beginning and during the tour. In depth historical knowledge of Ephesus, the preserved houses and surrounding areas. Interesting and best of all fun.
    Alexswinn İskenderiye, Virginia

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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.

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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 between these two places is 30 minutes.

You would have chance to taste a homemade food, typical for the Aegean cuisine: sallads, meatballs, rice or bulgur pilaf (everything cooked with olive oil), soup and fresh fruit. If you have some dietary restrictions or if you simply prefer to have lunch in one of the restaurants in Sirince village, we can do so.

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.

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.