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

Access from: Kusadasi (Ephesus)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 31129
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Terrace Houses
  • House of Mary
  • Baths of Scholastica
  • Library of Celsus
  • Temple of Hadrian

From $80.30pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 31129
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Terrace Houses
  • House of Mary
  • Baths of Scholastica
  • Library of Celsus
  • Temple of Hadrian

Itinerary

Times are subject to change.

When does my tour start?
Your tour will commence to suit your cruise ship porting times, this will be clearly displayed on the shore excursion vouchers.

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. Where you have free time after the end of your tour, then it is your responsibility to ensure you re-join the ship on time.

All tour times are based on Shore time (ie local time, - not ship time)

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: 31129
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • Terrace Houses
    • House of Mary
    • Baths of Scholastica
    • Library of Celsus
    • Temple of Hadrian

    Itinerary

    Times are subject to change.

    When does my tour start?
    Your tour will commence to suit your cruise ship porting times, this will be clearly displayed on the shore excursion vouchers.

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
    We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. Where you have free time after the end of your tour, then it is your responsibility to ensure you re-join the ship on time.

    All tour times are based on Shore time (ie local time, - not ship time)

    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

    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • English Speaking Professional Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    • Turkish Lunch
    This tour would not be suitable for those who have walking difficulties.
    What to bring with you:
    Camera, Sunhat, Comfortable and suitable footwear, Sun Cream and Sun Glasses.
    EXCLUDED IN PRICE: Drinks at Personal Expenses
    There is a lot of walking involved in this tour it is essential you wear suitable footwear, it also gets very warm in summertime please do not forget your suncream and sunhat and drink plenty of water.
    If you wish to buy souvenirs or refreshments you will be able to find these at the House of Virgin Mary or Ephesus, there are also rest rooms available at both sites.
    Currencies accepted in this destination: Euro's, Turkish Lira, Great British Pounds, American Dollars
    There is a lot of walking on uneven surfaces, steps and marble tiles on this tour, please ensure you wear sensible and comfortable footwear.
    Rest rooms can be found at the site of House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus
    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.
    MEETING POINT AT THE PORT
    As you disembark your cruise ship you enter through the terminal building and your guide will be waiting for you with a Cruising Excursions sign. It is approximately 100 metres walking to reach your tour guide.

    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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