Ephesus Shore Excursions

Private Ephesus tour for cruise passengers

Ephesus used to be one of the most important Roman cities; nowdays its ruins are among the most visited ancient sites in the world and one of the highlight attractions in Turkey. Once home to 250 000 people, important trade and pilgrimage center, today it is visited by 2 million tourists every year. We usually spend about 2 hours in Ephesus, and the highlights of the site are: Terrace Houses (houses of rich Ephesians), Library of Celsus (the 3rd largest library in the ancient world), Grand Theater (mentioned in Bible, place where Apostle Paul preached), Temple of Hadrian, Trajan fountain. . . After you visit Ephesus, depending on your interests and available time, you can visit other sites in the area: Ephesus indoor Museum, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John… We usually spend 30-45 minutes in each additional site.
You hire a guide with van and driver for all day. You can choose your 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, together with the entrance fees price per person:

Ephesus 40 Tl – 10 € – 12 USD
Virgin Mary’s – House: 25 Tl – 6 € – 8 USD
The Terrace Houses : 25 Tl – 6 € – 8 USD
The Basilica of St. John: 10 Tl – 2,5 € – 3 USD
The Ephesus indoor museum: 10 Tl – 2,5 € – 3 USD
The Temple of Artemis: free entrance

Tour can be with or without lunch, you would decide about that.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

1 to 2   pax. 150 euros.  (175 usd)
3 to 4   pax. 180 euros.  (210 usd)
6 to 8   pax. 200 euros.  (235 usd)
9 to 12 pax. 250 euros.  (295 usd)

Please contact us if there is more than 10 pax in your group.

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


Your guide will meet you in Kusadasi port; there is 20 minutes 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…
If you are interested in shopping, you can also visit Carpet viewing centre, Leather Outlet or Ceramic workshops in the area. Please note that shopping is strictly optional.
This is a private tour so you can decide about the itinerary. We do not limit your time for sightseeing. At the end of the tour we will drop you off to Kusadasi port.

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 12; please do not forget to bring their id or passport copy as an age proof), lunch (10 USD per person). Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Kusadasi port pier
End location: Kusadasi port pier
Duration: approximately 8 hours
Guides are flexible regarding tour duration. We do not limit our guests time for sightseeing.


A cozy A/C van

Estimated Local Cash Needed

90 Turkish Lira – We will need Local currency for entrance fees. You can either purchase the entrances yourself with credit card or cash, or your guide can purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.


Outstanding tour. We have taken many tours over the years and this was definitely the best! Oscar our guide was very knowledgeable and took the time to really connect with each of us. The tour was totally customized to our desires. Will definitely tour with the tours by locals from now on!

Cathy Drescher

Reviews of Ephesus Shore Excursions


  1. How will I meet my guide in Kusadasi cruise port?

    All guides wait otside the terminal and they hold a sign with their guest’s name.

  2. What type of vehicles are used for private Ephesus tours?

    All the vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned. We usually use Mercedes Sprinter and Mercedes Vito.

  3. How far is Ephesus from Kusadasi port?

    The driving distance between these two places is 30 minutes.

  4. Is there a long que for Ephesus entrances?

    During the high season, on some busy days, there are 4-5 cruise ships in Kusadasi port and thousands of people visiting the sight. Guides have priority for buying entrances, so it is also one of advantages of taking a private tour of Ephesus.

  5. How hot it gets in Ephesus in summer?

    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…

  6. How long is Ephesus tour?

    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 tailormade, so we do not limit our guests time for sightseeing. It all depends on your interests and available time.

  7. Is it difficult to visit Ephesus in a wheelchair?

    No, it is definitely not difficult anymore, as there are new, additional wooden paths for wheelchairs inside of Ephesus.

  8. Is it possible to join a mass in Virgen Mary’s House?

    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.

  9. Is Sirince a typical local village?

    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.

  10. Does it worth visiting the Temple of Artemis?

    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.

  11. Does it worth seeing carpet demonstration?

    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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