Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Aydın, Kusadasi

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  • 8 hours
  • Kusadasi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


The tour will start with a drive to scenically wonderful coastal road before you reach the ancient city of Ephesus. The first place you will visit on this exciting tour will be the Virgin Mary’s House. Next you will visit the Ephesus ruins, predominantly from the later Roman period including the “Terrace Houses” located opposite Hadrian’s Temple. Then, your tour will continue to the ruins of the Basilica of St John. The Basilica had a cruciform plan with four domes along its longitudinal axis and a pair flanking the central dome to form the arm of the cross. Lunch will be served at a lovely local restaurant.

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Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon.
Hellenistic and Roman vestiges: Odeon, Bouleterion, Fountains, Temples, Roman Baths. The Library of Celsus: Renowned for its statues of four female figures symbolizing Wisdom, Knowledge, Intelligence and Valor. The Great Theater: This theater is the spot where St Paul preached to Ephesians.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ephesus Terrace Houses, Selcuk 35148 Turkey

Ephesus Terrace Houses

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey

The home nestled in the grotto is believed to have been Mary's residence during her last days.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

This large sixth century church was built by Justinian I over the burial site of John the Apostle.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Lunch
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Ephesus Terrace Houses
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John

  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A minimum 2 people required for this tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Kusadasi Port, Türkmen, Yat Limanı, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from Kusadasi Port


  • Kusadasi Port

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Gladys T

09 Dec, 2019

Excellent. Highly highly recommended.
Just only two of us. The tour guide Ayse she was great and very pleasant. She did a great job. The van was very nice n comfy. Also the terrace of houses is a must see.

Paula W

21 Oct, 2019

The tour itself was great and recommended. We had a problem that the company used by La Vacanza Travel they didn't had a reservation for us, but after much talking it worked out. Make sure you take a copy of your paper work provided to you by La Vacanza Travel.


30 Sep, 2019

Olgay (OJ) met us at the dock as promised and started our day describing the history of Ephesus, Turkey. We traveled through the countryside and took an improvised stop at a cool place for authentic Turkish coffee and Turkish Delights before checking out the Seven Sleepers. Our tours to St. John Basilica and Ephesus were fabulous as OJ shared tons of detailed history and biblical stories. The extra tour of the Terrace Houses was another highlight of Ephesus. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at one of the best carpet making destinations and watched the ladies in action before trying it ourselves (and there was no pressure to buy anything). Next we stopped for olive oil and tea. Then we capped off the tour with a visit to St. Mary's House, a truly spiritual place. OJ knew everyone and everyone truly loved her as she always helped other guides throughout the day. It was wonderful to see how much she knew and cared about Turkey, its history, culture, and people. Loved it!

Katie C

25 Sep, 2019

Never thought that I can explore so much on one day, our tourist guide Kamber Dinek is very knowledgable, he is patient, answered all our questions, and timed our day really well, lunch at a garden is very enjoyable and delicious, exceptional!!!

Shantanu M

09 Aug, 2019

Our family of three booked this tour at the last minute and we were pleasantly surprised to be the only ones that day. Our guide Nevin was excellent to say the least, exceptionally knowledgeable, very friendly and spoke excellent English. Having guided many shore excursions she knew exactly how to take care of guest, knowing how to point out important things like availability of toilets, water as well as walking surfaces to expect. The selection of lunch venue was incomparable. We went to a small farm collective where the meal was prepared using the freshest of ingredients. Soft drinks, water, spirits were available without limit. Afterwards the experience of touring the carpet factory and watching the ladies work so deftly left a very positive experience. This is a highly recommended experience.

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