Private Ephesus Tour With Local Lunch

Experience village life in Turkey, taste the local food in a village home, meet with the locals…

This 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, we will have lunch in a local home in Sirince village.

About ten years ago when I was doing the tour in Sirince, we met a very nice lady there. After short conversation in the street she invited us to her house. Guests said they would be very happy to see a local house, so we had some Turkish tea and Emine insisted that we should stay for lunch. Lunch was fantastic and we also had chance to taste her home made wine. Although we insisted to pay her she refused, so I suggested her to do this more often and have some income for family, since I would be 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.

  • Ephesus : 40 Tl – 10 € – 12 USD
  • House of Virgin Mary: 25 Tl – 6 € – 8 USD

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


  • 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


-House of Mother Marry
-Lunch in a Village House (Sirince)
-Temple of Artemis

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax 160 euros. (190 usd)
  • 3 to 4 pax. 190 euros. (222 usd)
  • 6 to 8 pax. 210 euros. (246 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax. 260 euros. (305 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.

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.

What’s Included

Professional guiding service, transport and parking fees


An air-conditioned, modern and comfortable van

Estimated Local Cash Needed

65 turkish lira – You will need local money for entrance fees. The entrance fees for all the sites in this program is around 16 euros (20 usd) per person. 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 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 (20 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.

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.