Kusadasi, Turkey (for Ephesus)

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.

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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
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  • 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

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Easy Ephesus (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-291
  • Ephesus
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus Museum
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

A motorcoach tour from the port of Kusadasi travels through the picturesque countryside, dotted with vineyards and peach orchards. You will view Ephesus from the upper gate, Selcuk Castle, Temple of Artemis, Isa Bey Mosque and the walls of St. John's Basilica. You will visit the Ephesus Museum, home to some of the most extraordinary antiquities in the world. There is much variation in the collection and the famous statue of Artemis, Goddess of Fertility, is housed within its walls. Your next stop is a traditional weaving village, where local artisans demonstrate the process of dying, spinning and weaving splendid Turkish carpets. Returning to Kusadasi, you have the option of browsing the bazaars and walking back to the ship at your leisure, or taking the motorcoach directly to port.

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Easy Ephesus

3.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-290
  • Ephesus
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus Museum
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

A motorcoach tour from the port of Kusadasi travels through the picturesque countryside, dotted with vineyards and peach orchards. You will view Ephesus from the upper gate, Selcuk Castle, Temple of Artemis, Isa Bey mosque and the walls of St. John's Basilica. You will visit the Ephesus Museum, home to some of the most extraordinary antiquities in the world. There is much variation in the collection and the famous statue of Artemis, Goddess of Fertility, is housed within its walls. Your next stop is a traditional weaving village, where local artisans demonstrate the process of dying, spinning and weaving splendid Turkish carpets. Returning to Kusadasi, you have the option of browsing the bazaars and walking back to the ship at your leisure, or taking the motorcoach directly to port.

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Giving Back - Nature at Leisure

5.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-415
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Perfect for nature lovers seeking to discover the flora and fauna of Turkey, your 5.5-hour tour introduces you to one of the natural heritage spots of Turkey. Journey to the Dilek Peninsula and Menderes Delta National Park, declared a National Park in 1966 covering an area of almost 28,000 hectares. Stop at the Information Center for a briefing from a forestry expert who will then lead your tour. Along the way, learn more about the environment, home to 804 species of plants and 256 species of birds. Fill your camera with magnificent photographs then continue on to the tiny ancient Greek village of Doganbey, nestled in the ancient Mykale Mountains. Here, you'll find stone homes beautifully restored in an open-air museum setting. To refresh, join the locals at a village teahouse, then return to Kusadasi town for a carpet presentation before walking back to the ship.

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Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine (Guided in German)

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-208
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary

Your scenic motorcoach ride travels north from Kusadasi past the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St. John en route to the sacred Virgin Mary Shrine. Great vistas of the valley can be seen as you travel through the picturesque Solmissos Mountains to the House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to a Holy Place. The small shrine, surrounded by greenery, was found in the ruins when the house was discovered. Then, travel to Ephesus, the Roman provincial capital. Your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the ruins of the city, highlighting archeological finds along the way. You'll see the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the majestic Celsus Library and the Great Theater. Before returning to Kusadasi you will visit a local leather center where you can see the wonderful samples of Turkish leather products.
Back at port, browse the colorful bazaars at your leisure.

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Ephesus

3 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-215
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Your scenic motorcoach travels north from Kusadasi past the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St. John, en route to the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman provincial capital. Your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the impressive ruins, highlighting the archeological treasures of this great city, considered to be one of Turkey's finest outdoor museums. You'll stroll among the remains of the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the majestic Celsus Library and the Great Theater, one of the few structures still in use today, before returning back to port, to browse the colorful bazaars and view a Turkish carpet-weaving demonstration.

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Ephesus (Guided in French)

3 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-219
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus

Your scenic motorcoach travels north from Kusadasi past the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St. John, en route to the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman provincial capital. Your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the impressive ruins, highlighting the archeological treasures of this great city, considered to be one of Turkey's finest outdoor museums. You'll stroll among the remains of the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the majestic Celsus Library and the Great Theater, one of the few structures still in use today, before returning back to port, to browse the colorful bazaars and view a Turkish carpet-weaving demonstration. Enjoy a visit to a local leather factory and before arriving back at the port, where you will have the opportunity to browse and shop in the colorful bazaars.

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Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-205
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Your scenic motorcoach ride travels north from Kusadasi past the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St. John en route to the sacred Virgin Mary Shrine. Great vistas of the valley can be seen as you travel through the picturesque Solmissos Mountains to the House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to a Holy Place. The small shrine, surrounded by greenery, was found in the ruins when the house was discovered. Then, travel to Ephesus, the Roman provincial capital. Your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the ruins of the city, highlighting archeological finds along the way. You'll see the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the majestic Celsus Library and the Great Theater. Back at port, browse the colorful bazaars and view a Turkish carpet-weaving demonstration.

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Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine (Guided in Spanish)

4 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-207
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary

Your scenic motorcoach ride travels north from Kusadasi past the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St. John en route to the sacred Virgin Mary Shrine. Great vistas of the valley can be seen as you travel through the picturesque Solmissos Mountains to the House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to a Holy Place. The small shrine, surrounded by greenery, was found in the ruins when the house was discovered. Then, travel to Ephesus, the Roman provincial capital. Your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the ruins of the city, highlighting archeological finds along the way. You'll see the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the majestic Celsus Library and the Great Theater. Enjoy a visit to a local leather factory and before arriving back at the port, where you will have the opportunity to browse and shop in the colorful bazaars.

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Late Riser - Ephesus Highlights

5.75 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-410
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Sleep in or linger over breakfast, then set out on a historic tour with a late start time. Travel 30 minutes to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, considered the most important archaeological site in Turkey. Enjoy a guided walking of all the highlighted sites. Pass through the Magnesia gate and see the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian. the Library of Celsus, and the Grand Theater, with a capacity of 25,000 seats. Next, enjoy a snack of traditional Turkish pancakes near the mythical Grotto of the Seven Sleepers. Then onwards to the Virgin Mary's house, believed to be the last abode of Jesus's mother. The last stop of the day will be a Turkish carpet and handicraft village, where you will enjoy a carpet presentation on this age-old Turkish tradition. Browse in Kusadasi or go back to the ship directly.

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Ephesus, St. John's & Virgin Mary Shrine

5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-200
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

A guided walking tour of Ephesus and its major sights celebrates the historical significance of this ancient city. Visit The House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to be a Holy Place. Set in the Solmissos Mountains, the shrine is nestled among lush foliage; a curative steam flows through the grounds. Walk among the ruins of the Basilica of St. John, built over the tomb of St. John, where frescos and mosaics still remain and graceful columns hint at the structure's former grandeur. Next pass through the arched Magnesian Gate at Ephesus and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital, where your guide will highlight such pivotal sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Back at port, shop for souvenirs and view a Turkish carpet-weaving exhibition.

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Ephesus On Your Own with Audio Device

3.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-180
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Perfect for those who enjoy seeing the sights at their own pace, a self-guided, half-day tour of the ancient city of Ephesus is made simple with convenient round-trip motorcoach transportation and the use of a customized iPod® and detailed map showcasing the remains of the city from classical Greece to the Roman Empire, when it was in its heyday as the Mediterranean's commercial center. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Roman times and see such highlights as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two-story Corinthian-style columns, and the dramatic Great Theater, once an arena for gladiator games. At the conclusion of the day, reboard the motorcoach for Kusadasi, then enjoy a carpet-weaving demonstration before returning to port.

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Discovery Family - Ephesus & Village of Sirince

6.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-600
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Sirince
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Explore ancient ruins, stroll through a historic village and participate in fun activities on this full-day Discovery Family tour that includes a guided walk through Ephesus, an open-air museum, followed by a visit to the picturesque Sirince village and a traditional lunch. Board a motorcoach and travel 30 minutes to Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world and the site of a succession of great civilizations. See the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Continue to Sirince, a hilltop village, for a guided tour through its cobbled streets and colorful marketplace. Next, stop at a local venue where children will take part in a Turkish bracelet-making activity and adults can sample fruit wines. Tuck into lunch at a five star hotel, then return to Kusadasi for a demonstration of Turkish carpet weaving before returning to the ship.

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Jeep Adventure with Beach Break

5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-400

Take the back roads through Kusadasi on a 4x4 Jeep adventure, perfect for nature lovers, families and those who are already familiar with the historic sights. Your five-hour tour includes a stop at a beautiful beach, where you can swim and relax in the sunshine. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and board a motorcoach at port for a short drive to a local meeting point. Meet your guide and participate in a safety briefing, then set off in your vehicle, caravan style. Travel the remote roads, winding your way into the Samson Mountains with spectacular views of the famous National Park area. Along the way, there will be plenty of photo stops. Have your camera at the ready for such points of interest as the Kursunlu Monastery and mysterious Zeus Cave. At the beach, swim in the turquoise waters and relax before returning to the starting point after your exciting day.

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Horseback Riding to the Beach

4.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-405
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Discover the natural beauty of Kusadasi – its mountain vistas, flora and fauna and its picturesque beaches – from the saddle of a horse. Your half-day tour begins with a motorcoach ride to a local farm and horse ranch. Situated in a peaceful area north of Kusadasi, this is a lovely opportunity to see the quiet, rural side of Turkey from a different vantage point. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, your half-day adventure is a fun-filled way to spend time with the family. Begin with comprehensive instruction on the basics of horse riding. Once seated in the saddle, your horse will do the rest, following a well-travelled route. The pretty trail leads you to the lovely beach at Pamucak. At the beach, you have the opportunity to swim and relax before returning on horseback to the stables. Reboard the motorcoach to Kusadasi for refreshment and a brief carpet presentation before returning to port.

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Ultimate Ephesus and Terrace Houses with an Expert

5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-160
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Terrace Houses
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

A guided walking tour with an expert is the perfect way to make the most of ancient Ephesus and its major sights. Your five-hour adventure includes an exclusive tour of the newly excavated area, the Terrace Houses. A 30-minute motorcoach ride brings you to the ruins, an open-air museum showcasing what was once the trade center of the ancient world. Your guide will take you back in time and highlight such sights as the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater, still used today. On a hill across from Hadrian's Temple, you'll explore the Terrace Houses. These structures, with tiled mosaics and ornate frescos, give us information about wealthy family life during the Roman period. Returning to Kusadasi, you'll browse the colorful markets where handmade goods and traditional foods are sold, and you'll enjoy a carpet-weaving demonstration. Return to port.

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Discovery Exclusive: Biblical Ephesus, Virgin Mary Shrine & Private Mass

5.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-210
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, travel to the picturesque Solmissos Mountains and attend a special interdenominational mass, including communion at the Virgin Mary Shrine which is recognized by the Vatican as a Holy Place. This small shrine, surrounded by lush foliage and dedicated to St. Mary, was found in the ruins when the house, believed to be her final home, was first discovered. The shrine is still cared for by the Lazarist Fathers, and you will take part in a very special mass service and receive communion in this beautiful setting. Then, embark on a guided tour through ancient Ephesus. Your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the ruins, highlighting the archeological finds along the way. You'll see the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the majestic Celsus Library, the Great Theater and St. Mary's Church. Back at port, you may browse the colorful bazaars and view a Turkish carpet-weaving demonstration.

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Best of Ephesus for Small Groups

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-999
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Terrace Houses
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Explore ancient Ephesus and its surrounding areas on this full-day excursion and guided walking tour through the most exciting and historical sites in the region. Experience the tranquil beauty and religious significance of The House of Virgin Mary and visit the great Basilica of St. John, where many frescos and mosaics still remain. Pass through the arched Magnesian Gate at Ephesus and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital, where your guide will highlight such pivotal sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Marvel inside the Terrace Houses, once inhabited by wealthy citizens, these homes are exquisite examples of Roman domestic life. A traditional lunch in a five star hotel, a carpet exhibition and a chance to visit the local bazaars complete your exhilarating day.

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Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Ephesus with Private Lunch

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-050
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Terrace Houses
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Immerse yourself in the culture of ancient Ephesus on this guided walking tour of its most celebrated sights. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary; explore the Basilica of St. John, built by Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle. A downhill walk into the ruins of the Roman provincial capital takes you past the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater, still in use today. A private luncheon is served in the heart of Ephesus at the site of the Harbor Baths. Visit the Terrace Houses, a newly excavated area across from Hadrian's Temple. Once inhabited by wealthy citizens, these homes are exquisite examples of Roman domestic life. Return to Kusadasi and enjoy a carpet-weaving demonstration and a chance to visit the colorful marketplace.

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Ephesus & The Terrace Houses

4.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-250
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Terrace Houses
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

A guided walking tour of ancient Ephesus reveals its major sights, including an exclusive tour of the newly excavated area, the Terrace Houses. A slow, downhill walk into the ruins gives you time to appreciate the historic significance of the area, once the trade center of the ancient world. Your guide will take you back in time and highlight such sights as the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. On a hill across from Hadrian's Temple, you'll explore the Terrace Houses. These structures, with their tiled mosaics and ornate frescos, give us important information about family life during the Roman period. Returning to Kusadasi, you'll have time to browse the colorful markets where handmade goods and traditional foods are sold and enjoy a carpet-weaving demonstration.

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Discovery Exclusive: Ephesus, Sirince Village & Home Visit

6 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-155
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Sirince
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

A minivan tour from the port of Kusadasi travels through picturesque countryside dotted with vineyards and peach orchards. Visit Ephesus where your guide will take you on a downhill walk through the impressive ruins, highlighting the archeological treasures of this great city, considered to be one of Turkey's finest outdoor museums. Then travel to the lovely Sirince (she-RIN-jay) village. Visit the heart of the village to explore the wonderful local marketplace where handicrafts are sold and discover the Byzantine Church, which has been lovingly restored. A wine-tasting excursion affords the opportunity to sample the village's famous fruit wines and a lovely lunch in a private home is a uniquely personal experience hosted by friendly locals. Your meal ends with delicious Turkish coffee and a fortuneteller on hand to read your future in the remaining grounds. In Kusadasi, you have the option of browsing the bazaars and taking in a carpet-weaving demonstration.

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Ephesus & The Terrace Houses (Guided in Mandarin)

4.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-990
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Terrace Houses

A guided walking tour of ancient Ephesus reveals its major sights, including an exclusive tour of the newly excavated area, the Terrace Houses. A slow, downhill walk into the ruins gives you time to appreciate the historic significance of the area, once the trade center of the ancient world. Your guide will take you back in time and highlight such sights as the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. On a hill across from Hadrian's Temple, you'll explore the Terrace Houses. These structures, with their tiled mosaics and ornate frescos, give us important information about family life during the Roman period. You will visit a local leather center where you can see the wonderful samples of Turkish leather products before
returning to Kusadasi, where you'll have time to browse the colorful markets where handmade goods and traditional foods are sold.

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Ephesus & The Terrace Houses (Guided in Japanese)

4.5 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-993
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Terrace Houses

A guided walking tour of ancient Ephesus reveals its major sights, including an exclusive tour of the newly excavated area, the Terrace Houses. A slow, downhill walk into the ruins gives you time to appreciate the historic significance of the area, once the trade center of the ancient world. Your guide will take you back in time and highlight such sights as the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. On a hill across from Hadrian's Temple, you'll explore the Terrace Houses. These structures, with their tiled mosaics and ornate frescos, give us important information about family life during the Roman period. You will visit a local leather center where you can see the wonderful samples of Turkish leather products before
returning to Kusadasi, where you'll have time to browse the colorful markets where handmade goods and traditional foods are.

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Best of Ephesus (Guided in Spanish)

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-007
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Terrace Houses

Explore ancient Ephesus and its surrounding areas on this full-day excursion and guided walking tour through the most exciting and historical sites in the region. Experience the tranquil beauty and religious significance of The House of Virgin Mary and visit the great Basilica of St. John, where many frescos and mosaics still remain. Pass through the arched Magnesian Gate at Ephesus and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital, where your guide will highlight such pivotal sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Marvel inside the Terrace Houses, once inhabited by wealthy citizens, these homes are exquisite examples of Roman domestic life. Visit a local leather center to see the famous Turkish leather products before a traditional lunch then onwards to Kusadasi, and a chance to visit the local bazaars complete your exhilarating day.

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Best of Ephesus

7 hours | Kusadasi | KU1-005
  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Terrace Houses
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping

Explore ancient Ephesus and its surrounding areas on this full-day excursion and guided walking tour through the most exciting and historical sites in the region. Experience the tranquil beauty and religious significance of The House of Virgin Mary and visit the great Basilica of St. John, where many frescos and mosaics still remain. Pass through the arched Magnesian Gate at Ephesus and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital, where your guide will highlight such pivotal sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Marvel inside the Terrace Houses, once inhabited by wealthy citizens, these homes are exquisite examples of Roman domestic life. A traditional lunch then back to Kusadasi, where a carpet exhibition and a chance to visit the local bazaars complete your exhilarating day.

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