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From the port of Kusadasi on Turkey's Anatolian Coast, one travels into the past. Nearby stand the ruins of ancient Ephesus, a major site of archeological excavation. The city was once a Roman provincial capital and trading center. Ephesus is also home to several of Christendom's holiest sites. St. Paul preached at the Great Theater and the ruins of Ephesus' Basilica cover the tomb of Christ's most beloved disciple, St. John the Apostle.

In Kusadasi, whitewashed stone houses rise in tiers behind the market district. The palm-lined esplanade is the center of town life, with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Points of Interest

  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus Museum
  • Terrace Houses
  • Sirince
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping
  • Tour sites at guest's discretion

More about Kusadasi, Turkey (for Ephesus) Points of Interest

  • Ephesus -

    Enter the city though the Magnesia Gate entrance and walk down a marble road to the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. The major sites are the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 25,000, and is the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians.

  • House of the Virgin Mary -

    The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as a Holy Place. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.

  • Basilica of St. John -

    Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the ruined Basilica once rivaled St. Sophia in size. A number of graceful columns and colorful mosaics survive.

  • Ephesus Museum -

    This small museum in Selcuk boasts an incredible collection of Hellenistic and Roman statues, carved reliefs and artifacts from the ruins of Ephesus.

  • Terrace Houses -

    Located in a newly excavated area across from Hadrian's Temple, these houses are finely decorated with mosaics and frescoes.

  • Sirince -

    This is a traditional hillside village. Browse among the tented stalls and shops, view the Byzantine church. Sample the local wine and stop for a cup of Turkish coffee.

  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping -

    Carpet weaving is a cottage industry in Turkey and here you can observe the different stages of the carpet making process.

  • Tour sites at guest's discretion -

27 Excursions

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Best of Ephesus

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-005 K U 1 - 0 0 5

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $209.95

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Lo Mejor De Éfeso (Guiado En Español)

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-007 K U 1 - 0 0 7

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $209.95

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Ultimate Ephesus with Private Lunch: A Discovery Exclusive

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-050 K U 1 - 0 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $149.95

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Ephesus, Sirince Village & Home Visit: A Discovery Exclusive

6 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-155 K U 1 - 1 5 5

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $159.95

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Ultimate Ephesus and Terrace Houses with an Expert - A Discovery Exclusive

5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-160 K U 1 - 1 6 0

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity

From $119.95

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Ephesus On Your Own with Audio Device

3.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-180 K U 1 - 1 8 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $114.95

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Ephesus, St. John's & Virgin Mary Shrine

5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-200 K U 1 - 2 0 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $104.95

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Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-205 K U 1 - 2 0 5

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Éfeso Y Santuario De La Virgen María (Guiado En Español)

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-207 K U 1 - 2 0 7

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine (Guided in German)

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-208 K U 1 - 2 0 8

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Biblical Ephesus, Virgin Mary Shrine & Private Mass; A Discovery Exclusive

5.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-210 K U 1 - 2 1 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $99.95

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Wonders of Ephesus

3 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-215 K U 1 - 2 1 5

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Wonders of Ephesus (Guided in French)

3 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-219 K U 1 - 2 1 9

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $89.95

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Ephesus & The Terrace Houses

4.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-250 K U 1 - 2 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity

From $149.95

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Easy Ephesus

3.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-290 K U 1 - 2 9 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $69.95

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Easy Ephesus (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-291 K U 1 - 2 9 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $69.95

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Turkish Vineyard & Wine Tasting

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-300 K U 1 - 3 0 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $94.95

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Jeep Adventure and Swim

5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-400 K U 1 - 4 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $109.95

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Horseback Riding to the Beach

4.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-405 K U 1 - 4 0 5

Moderate Activity

From $109.95

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Late Riser - Ephesus Highlights

5.75 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-410 K U 1 - 4 1 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $94.95

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National Geographic Day Tour - Influential women of Turkey: From Past to Present

5.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-450 K U 1 - 4 5 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $299.95

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Discovery Family - Ephesus & Village of Sirince

6.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-600 K U 1 - 6 0 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $104.95

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Kusadasi by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-900 K U 1 - 9 0 0

From $699.95

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Kusadasi by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-905 K U 1 - 9 0 5

From $699.95

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Kusadasi by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-910 K U 1 - 9 1 0

Easy Activity

From $499.95

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Kusadasi by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-915 K U 1 - 9 1 5

Easy Activity

From $499.95

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Best of Ephesus for Small Groups

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-999 K U 1 - 9 9 9

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $149.95

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