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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Safety precautions are provided by the tour operator and are not checked by Viator for accuracy
5 to 6 hours (approx.)
Offered in: English and 1 more
THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR, NOBODY WILL BE IN THE TOUR BESIDE YOUR PARTY / Discover all the highlights of Ephesus with well-educated professional local tour guide. Visit one of the UNESCO listed places that is Ancient City of Ephesus, walk on the streets where Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take excellent pictures in front of Celsus Library,explore Roman Baths,Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, Agora, etc. See superb preserved Terrace Houses that are for the rich people during the Roman time in Ephesus, famous with unique mosaic and frescos. Feel very peaceful atmosphere of shrine that is the most important Biblical Site in Turkey, House of the Virgin Mary. See the location of Temple of Artemis that is one of the wonders of ancient world. Take great pictures of the fascinating sites with recommendation of your expert local tour guide. Upon to your request, you will have a chance for a local lunch.
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
12/20/2017 - 7/21/2023
07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
FOR CRUISE GUESTS / We highly recommend you to meet at port after 30 / 45 minutes your ship docked to port in order to beat crowds / school buses and hot weather in the afternoon. It is better to meet early to have a better tour in Ephesus before the crowds.
Advantages of Our Private Tours Instead of Group Bus Tours
- It might be your first and only one time in Ephesus. Do not lose this opportunity that may come once in your life time.
- You do not have to stop your tour if one fellow gets ill or fell down in big groups in the ruins. Because, the guide of the big groups has to care with this person. Your tour will come unbearable although it might be your only day in Turkey.
- With a large group, you are dependent to their schedule. But in a private tour, you do not have to follow any of the program, you decide what you would like to see, when you want to start and conclude your tour. Because this is your own private tour, you are the boss and you decide to everything.
- In large groups, sometimes tour guides skip the most interesting details in a sight because it might be impossible to show it to everyone in a large group.
- In a private tour, you do not have to wait all the group with too many people who have different interests, try to take a picture of everything and usually stay behind the group.
- If you can not hear the guide in a large group or you fall behind because the pace is too fast, you are just out of luck.
- In a private tour, while visiting the ruins you do not wait for a long time in lines to get ticket or get into the ruins or museums. Because your private tour guide will make everything ready for you.
- In a private tour, you do not have to share your guide and Mercedes Van with many people, because you will have your own van and expert local tour guide.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
FOR CRUISE GUESTS / WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO MEET AT PORT AFTER 30 / 45 MINUTES YOUR SHIP DOCKED TO PORT IN ORDER TO BEAT CROWDS / SCHOOL BUSES AND HOT WEATHER IN THE AFTERNOON. IT IS BETTER TO MEET EARLY TO HAVE A BETTER TOUR IN EPHESUS BEFORE THE CROWDS.
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO MEET AT 8.00AM IF YOUR SHIP’S SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIME IS 7.00AM. IF YOUR SHIP’S SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIME IS LATER THAN 7.00AM, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO MEET AFTER 30 MINUTES YOUR SHIP DOCKED TO PORT IN ORDER TO BEAT CROWDS FROM CRUISE SHIPS, SCHOOL BUSES AND HOT WEATHER IN THE AFTERNOON.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
OPERATED BY Ephesus Port Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
We loved this tour. Our guide, Dilek, was amazing. She worked with us to create an wonderful customized day for our group. She was very flexible and work around some of the mobility issues one of our family members has. She even help me find some lively jewelry and helped negotiate a great price.
Great tour, guide and company! Envy of others at Ancient city of Ephesus
, Jul 2022
This was a fabulous tour! We booked this tour as an excursion from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked at Kusadasi, Turkey. We were a party of four-2 adults and 2 teenagers. They promptly communicated with me regarding pick up location and details which I appreciated. They advised us to meet early to avoid the heat and crowds. This was very wise and we were glad we heeded their advise.
The tour was conducted in a comfortable van which the driver kept very cool which is important on a hot day. Our tour guide, Azer, was very knowledge and easy to understand. We started the day at the site of the Virgin Mary house and we beat the crowds by the early start.
Next, we visited the ancient city of Ephesus. What made us the envy of all other tours was this tour company provided umbrellas for shade! Others looked with longing at our umbrellas as we had shade from the unrelenting sun. This was so appreciated as it was over 90 degrees F and very little shade among the ruins. We could wander freely and listen to Azer explain ancient life in Ephesus.
After we got our fill of the ruins, Azer called ahead to our driver to start to cool the van in preparation for our return. These little details were very appreciated. We then visited ceramic and Turkish rug factories. The processes of both of these arts were explained and demonstrated. We then were brought back to the port with time to explore before boarding the ship.
One item of note, generally when I book tours, we are responsible for all entrance fees. But since Turkey uses the lira and not euros or dollars, the tour guide paid for all entrance fees and I paid the total back at the end of the tour by euros (or I could have paid in dollars if I had those with me). It was appreciated that they arranged this since I had not thought to bring any Turkish Liras with me.
Thanks for a great experience in Kasadasi!
Our guide, Dilek, was phenomenal! She was so kind and knowledgeable. She knew to take us to Ephesus first before the house of Virgin Mary to best avoid the crowds. The umbrellas to avoid the sun were a very useful and nice extra touch. I would highly recommend this tour!
This was my favorite day of our trip. Our tour guide Ender was so knowledgeable and kind! We learned so much about the incredible ruins we were seeing and about the Turkish culture. Lunch was delicious and the demonstrations we saw were absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend this tour and Ender!!
An incredible day-long experience. Ulas was an A+++ tour guide, probably the best one we’ve ever had in any of the countries we’ve visited. He is truly an expert in Anatolian history, culture, religion and the details of the specific places we visited. This felt like a Michelin-star restaurant experience. In addition to being knowledgeable, he’s an extremely pleasant and engaging person to be around for an entire day. My wife and I loved spending the day with him going to the Virgin Mary’s home, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, a traditional Turkish lunch (delicious), a rug making tour, a pottery making tour, a local mosque and the Basilica of St. John. We traveled around all day in a comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes van with a great driver, and we were picked up directly from our hotel in the morning at 8am and delivered to the airport at 5:45pm. We’ve been on so many vacations and tours and this was the very best. 100% recommend. This is not to be missed. Thank you Ulas!
Such a fantastic tour. Our guide, Nicol (“Nickle”) was so knowledgeable and taught us so much about the history, geography, culture, ruins, religions, it was amazing. He encouraged us to be earlier off the boat which we were and he was able to take us to the home of Mary and Ephesus before all the buses and crowds arrived. He took us from place to place in a super fancy van with a kind driver, Aladdin, whom Nicol would call ahead for curb side pick up at each location. Lunch was delicious and we even enjoyed a free tour of the Turkish rug workshop next door to the restaurant where we were able to purchase a rug to be mailed to us back home.
What can I say. Marci our guide was magnificent and made the day for us by being so enthusiastic and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble and her knowledge of the sites we visited was so detailed and amazing. So nice to have a local resident as our guide.
We do hope her son received an excellent end of year report and she manages to have a fabulous summer break with him.She deserves it.
Everything with this booking through Viator has been so simple and the tour exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend, and if you manage to have Marci as your guide you will have a fab time.
Best wishes Marci from your babies😂
Kai (our tour guide) was excellent. He always made sure our needs were met during the tour. He is full of knowledge of history of Ephesus and surrounding areas. He provided so much information I am thankful there was not a test at the end😂
Azer and the Ephesus Tour Company via Viator was everything hoped for and more
, Jun 2022
Azer, our guide was excellent in every way. Our family of 11 included three generations and we all learned and enjoyed our tour of historic and modern Ephesus. Pre tour email questions were quickly and completely answered. Instructions on meeting Azer were easy to follow and made the meeting in a very confusing terminal a great start. We were able to beat the crowds to Virgin Mary’s house for an unhurried visit. Her descriptions during our walk thru the ruins of Ephesus was excellent and informative for all our family. The tour through the Terrace homes was particularly well done. Being able to continue at our own pace was particularly welcome. We had an early return time to the ship but we never were concerned of not making the departure. An exceptional tour at an excellent price.
Leyla was an excellent guide. We've been to Ephesus twice before but we learned more from her than from previous guides. Her English is outstanding and she was patient w our pace. Leyla offered additional sites but heard us when we said we just wanted to repeat Ephesus.
Stress free, engaging, informative and just great company for the day too!
, May 2022
Sergen was waiting for us as we got of the cruise! On our way to Ephesus, he gave us a run down of things we could see and when we said all of them!, he promptly arranged the day for us! His knowledge was amazing! He taught us so much about history, mythology, geography, religion, Latin and so much more including small things like showing us a Mulberry bush and letting us try the fruit! We travelled with a 14 and 12 year old and he kept everybody captivated effortlessly! He also answered any questions we had, thoroughly...we learnt so much! He offered to take pictures often and he took some fantastic family photos for us! As well as other sites, he also accompanied us to the museum and made sure we covered all the important artifacts with an explanation! Just the best day out, and honestly after visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum, I would say one of the most vivid, and intact places that will take your breath away. I highly recommend this trip!
Isik was wonderful. She was waiting with a sign when we got off our ship. She tailored the tour to meet our needs. She was very knowledgeable about when the lines would be bad and adjusted our tour accordingly. We were in a brand new van, very comfortable.
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