Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkish Aegean Coast, Kusadasi
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  • 3 hours
  • Kusadasi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

When your cruise docks in the Kusadasi port, head to Ephesus on a private tour! On this shore excursion, a private guide will ensure you make the most of your time in port as you visit Ephesus' major historical sites and learn important bits of the ancient city's history. You’ll also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent the last days of her life.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

Meet at Kusadasi harbour and continue to Ephesus. Arrival to Ephesus - Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 24,000, which was the site where it is believed St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

House of the Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions
  • Transport by private vehicle and professional driver
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please enter your preferred pickup time in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking, and reconfirm 48 hours prior to the tour’s departure time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children who do not occupy a seat are free of charge. Children who occupy a seat and are up to 11 years old, benefit from a discount
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You must contact the local service provider at least 48hrs before tour to be informed on the exact pickup time (meeting point will be provided on your confirmation voucher)

Ports

  • Kusadasi port


Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

John J

30 Jun, 2015

We had a great private tour. Met right on time. Comfortable air conditioned van . Because so many ships were in port our guide took us to the House of the Virgin Mary first to beat the traffic. Very emotional experience. Remember to bring some paper or a piece of fabric to write a message for the wall outside the house.

Lisa H

08 Jun, 2015

This is the best thing we did on our 12 day cruise! Our tour guide was waiting with a sign bearing our name, spoke perfect English and made us feel welcome as he walked us to our beautiful, clean air-conditioned van complete we driver. Our first stop was the House of the Virgin Mary and during the 30 minute drive, he explained the Turkish culture and history while pointing out landmarks and sights along the way. The driver drove at a non-scary pace up the mountain. The second stop was the ruins at Ephesus and again our guide blew us away with his knowledge. It was such a hot day, that it was great to be able to tailor our 60 minute walk down the ruins to our needs while finding shady spots to talk - with a large group we would have not had that luxury. It was the highlight of our trip to stand in the house of the Virgin Mary, and walk on pavement where Anthony and Cleopatra once walked.
Then he explained that even though we paid for a few hours, that as a Turkish ambassador he wanted to take us to other places if we were interested. We could visit all or any of leather shop, rug shop, ceramic shop. So picked the rug shop and wow was that amazing! The guide there showed us every step from the silk work, how to get the thread from the caccoon onto the spinning wheel, meaning behind the rugs and certain knots, and I even got to sit down and tie a know with a Turkish woman.
This was the best return on our on the trip. Thank you so much!

Catherine D

26 Jan, 2015

We had a fantastic guide on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us some interesting information about his country. Ephesus was amazing. We had some extra time on this tour so our guide took us to a couple of other places that we were interested in. This was a great day and I would highly recommend the tour. It was a highlight of our trip.

Kristen M

19 Oct, 2014

Guide was so knowledgeable! Ephesus was amazing!

Heidi Heutel B

27 Aug, 2014

Emre, our guide, did a fantastic job while escorting us through the House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus. We had a wonderful time and appreciated the personalized service Emre offered to us.

User's Picture Gallery

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Walking through the ruins

Our guide explaining to my husband about which stones were original and which stones were replacements and everything else along the way.

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Silk!

Pulling silk thread from the caccoons.

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Ephesus Ruins

Our guide and my husband walking down the street that Anthony and Cleopatra walked on. Our guide pointed out what stones were original v replacements.

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The Virgin Marys Home

Outside the Virgin Mary's home

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