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Luxury Tour - Ephesus, Terrace Houses, House of Mary and Lunch

Access from: Kusadasi (Ephesus)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 53220
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Gentle

Top highlights

  • Aladag Mountains
  • Baths of Scholastica
  • Artemission Temple
  • Three Course Turkish Lunch

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 53220
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Gentle

Top highlights

  • Aladag Mountains
  • Baths of Scholastica
  • Artemission Temple
  • Three Course Turkish Lunch

Itinerary

- Depart from Kusadasi Port
- Tour around the House of Virgin Mary
- Move on to a guided tour of Ancient Ephesus
- Walk amongst the Terrace Houses
- Free time for souvenir shopping
- Time for a typical Turkish lunch
- A short stop at Artemission Temple 
- Return back to the port

When does my tour start?

This tour will commence at 09:00am

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

You will returned back to the port at approximately 4:00pm.

You will be met at the port of Kusadasi by your professional guide for the day who will take you to your air conditioned transportation ready to commence this tour.

The tour will start with a 20 minute drive to the Ephesus area. Our luxury small group shore excursion allows you to experience a small group tour with a maximum of 10 passengers. A wonderful tour taking you to the wonders of Ancient Ephesus and entrance into the Terrace House and also the House of Mary.

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.

The tour will then continue to the famous site of Ephesus, this site holds so much history which your guide will be telling you about along the way.

We will walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia., the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theatre are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.  

This tour will also allow you entrance to the famous Terrace Houses, these were first started to be excavated in 1960 and are still working on discovering more every day!  Walk inside the covered and protected area to a land of mystery and outstanding culture.  Experience the way of life through your guide who will give you as much information about this extraordinary find.

When we come to the end of Ephesus there will be time to souvenir shop in the many stalls before continuing on with the tour.

Now is the time for lunch, you will be taken to a typical Turkish restuarant offering an array of Turkish dishes, known as a Turkish mese.

After our lunch stop we will continue to the Artemission Temple, this used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, we will be able to view what is now remaining before returning back to Kusadasi town centre and port. 

Finally, it’s back to the cruise port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure.

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR

  • Air Conditioned Transportation
  • Entrance fees where stated (Ephesus, Terrace House & House of Mary)
  • Lunch (Typical Turkish Mese)
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • WIFI on return back to port

Tour Duration 6- 7 Hours Approximately

THIS TOUR IS A MAXIMUM OF 10 PASSENGERS

This tour is highly recommended if you have never visited Ephesus before, a small group of just 10 people with your guide is the best way to see such amazing sites.

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 53220
    • Duration: 7 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Gentle
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • Aladag Mountains
    • Baths of Scholastica
    • Artemission Temple
    • Three Course Turkish Lunch

    Itinerary

    - Depart from Kusadasi Port
    - Tour around the House of Virgin Mary
    - Move on to a guided tour of Ancient Ephesus
    - Walk amongst the Terrace Houses
    - Free time for souvenir shopping
    - Time for a typical Turkish lunch
    - A short stop at Artemission Temple 
    - Return back to the port

    When does my tour start?

    This tour will commence at 09:00am

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

    You will returned back to the port at approximately 4:00pm.

    You will be met at the port of Kusadasi by your professional guide for the day who will take you to your air conditioned transportation ready to commence this tour.

    The tour will start with a 20 minute drive to the Ephesus area. Our luxury small group shore excursion allows you to experience a small group tour with a maximum of 10 passengers. A wonderful tour taking you to the wonders of Ancient Ephesus and entrance into the Terrace House and also the House of Mary.

    The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.

    The tour will then continue to the famous site of Ephesus, this site holds so much history which your guide will be telling you about along the way.

    We will walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia., the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theatre are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.  

    This tour will also allow you entrance to the famous Terrace Houses, these were first started to be excavated in 1960 and are still working on discovering more every day!  Walk inside the covered and protected area to a land of mystery and outstanding culture.  Experience the way of life through your guide who will give you as much information about this extraordinary find.

    When we come to the end of Ephesus there will be time to souvenir shop in the many stalls before continuing on with the tour.

    Now is the time for lunch, you will be taken to a typical Turkish restuarant offering an array of Turkish dishes, known as a Turkish mese.

    After our lunch stop we will continue to the Artemission Temple, this used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, we will be able to view what is now remaining before returning back to Kusadasi town centre and port. 

    Finally, it’s back to the cruise port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure.

    INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR

    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • Entrance fees where stated (Ephesus, Terrace House & House of Mary)
    • Lunch (Typical Turkish Mese)
    • Professional English Speaking Guide
    • WIFI on return back to port

    Tour Duration 6- 7 Hours Approximately

    THIS TOUR IS A MAXIMUM OF 10 PASSENGERS

    This tour is highly recommended if you have never visited Ephesus before, a small group of just 10 people with your guide is the best way to see such amazing sites.

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • English Speaking Guide
    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • 3 Course Turkish Lunch
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4 (Ephesus)
    Activity Level Scale:
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    There is a lot of walking in Ephesus which will include steps, inclines and uneven ground.
    Currencies accepted in this destination: Euro's, Turkish Lira, Great British Pounds, American Dollars

    Joining instructions

    You will be met at Kusadasi port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air conditioned transportation who will then commence the tour.
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