Private Ephesus Tour With Lunch in Villager’s Home

Taste typical Aegean food in a village home, 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 Private Ephesus tour with lunch in villager’s home in Sirince 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.

Sirince Village's Photos

If you need more information about our Private Ephesus Tour with lunch in Villager’s Home, please contact us.

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

Private Ephesus Tour With Local Lunch Itinerary

  • Your guide will meet you in Kusadasi or Selcuk. You will first visit Ephesus (we usually spend about 2 hours there);
  • Afterwards, your guide will take you to the House of Virgin Mary.
  • There is another 20 minutes driving to Sirince village where you will have lunch in the house of one of the villagers.
  • The last site you will visit during this tour is the Temple of Artemis.
  • After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel or other point in the area.

Testimonials

  • 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

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

  • Meeting location: Any point in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
  • End location: any point in Kusadasi or Selcuk
  • Duration: approximately 6 to 7 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 - 160 euros (185 USD)
  • 3 to 4 pax - 190 euros (215 USD)
  • 6 to 8 pax - 210 euros (240 USD)
  • 9 to 12 pax - 260 euros (295 USD)

Please contact us if there is more than 10 pax in your group. For the large groups we can arrange more than one house for lunch.

Transportation

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

Estimated Local Cash Needed

  • You will need 85 turkish lira for entrance fees and 10 USD per person for lunch.
  • You can either purchase entrances yourself with credit card or cash in local currency, 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 and parking fees.

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.

WHAT THEY SAID?

LOCAL LUNCH IMAGES

FAQ

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.

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