Ephesus

3 hours | Kusadasi | K U 1 - 2 1 5
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Points of Interest

  • Basilica of St. John
  • Ephesus
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping
Shopping Opportunities, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your scenic motorcoach ride travels north from the Port of Kusadasi, passing the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis - one of the seven wonders of antiquity - and the magnificent remains of the Basilica of St. John.

As you approach ancient Ephesus, you will see the three-arched Magnesian Gates. A slow, downhill walk into the city, once the trade center of the ancient world and the site of a succession of great civilizations, reveals its historic significance. The white marbled streets wind through one of the world's most elegant archaeological sites; it is no wonder that Ephesus is considered one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey.

Your knowledgeable guide will take you back in time and highlight such structures as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two-story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Theater seats twenty-five thousand and was once an arena for gladiator games. Strolling through the streets, it is easy to see that Ephesus is one of the best-preserved classical cities in the world and the reasons travelers flock here to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Roman times.

A scenic drive back to port offers time to discuss all the wonders you have seen with your fellow travelers. Once in Kusadasi, enjoy ample time to explore the colorful markets and bazaars where handmade goods and traditional foods are sold. A popular souvenir item to bring home is "the evil eye," thought to ward off bad spirits and bring luck and success. You can also learn the intricate art of carpet-weaving and explore the area on your own before walking back to the ship at your leisure.

Special Notes:

Ephesus requires walking long distances over uneven surfaces.

At the end of the tour, passengers have the option to remain in town to view a carpet demonstration or to shop in the bazaar; return to the ship would be on your own (10 to 15 minutes walking).

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

This tour uses headsets.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for your guided tour of Ephesus

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
2200
Steps:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Carpet Weaving Demonstration and Shopping in Kusadasi

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Walk back to your ship at your own leisure

Transport type:
Walking