Private Ephesus Tour From Izmir

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis with a private guide

We recommend this program to our guests staying in Izmir. This type of Ephesus tour gives you great freedom to choose which sites you want to visit and how much time you want to spend in each of them, because you hire a guide with van and driver for all day.

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: 40 TL – 10 € – 12 USD
  • House of Virgin Mary: 25 TL – 6 € – 8 USD
  • The Terrace Houses: 20 TL – 5 € – 6 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

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


  • 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


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.
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 Izmir.

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

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax. 200 euros (235 usd)
  • 3 to 4 pax. 230 euros (279 usd)
  • 5 to 8 pax. 250 euros (295 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax. 300 euros (352 usd)

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

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

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

What’s Included

Professional guiding service, transport (in a cozy van with a driver). Parking fees and fuel.


An air-conditioned, modern and comfortable van

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 other personal expenses

Estimated Local Cash Needed

If you decide to visit all the sites in the area, you will need 105 TL (25 € / 30 USD) for the entrances. You can either purchase the entrances yourself with credit card or cash in local currency, or your guide may purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.


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.

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. 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 tailormade, 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.

n 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.