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Small Group - Artemis Temple, St Johns Basilica & Ancient Ephesus

Access from: Kusadasi (Ephesus)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 53238
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Artemission Temple
  • Ephesus
  • Baths of Schlasitca
  • Ayosolug Hill

From $56.94pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 53238
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Artemission Temple
  • Ephesus
  • Baths of Schlasitca
  • Ayosolug Hill

Itinerary

- Depart from the Port
- You will then make your way to Ephesus
- Explore Ephesus and all of its history
- You will now have some free time for approximatley 15 minutes
- After free time, you will have the chance to visit St Johns Basilica 
- You will continue on to Artemission Temple 
- You will then have a scenic drive back through Kusadasi town centre
- You will be returned back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure

When does my tour start?

This tour will commence at 09:30am


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

You will be returned back to the port at approximatley 2:30pm.

You will be met at the port of Kusadasi by a Cruising Excursions Representative for your tour to begin.

After meeting with your experienced tour guide, sit back and relax on the 20 minutes drive to Ephesus area. Your day will start by visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus. One of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek District on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

Walk through the history along the marble streets lined with colourful public buildings, some dating back over 2000 years. Among them, the Baths of Schlasitca and the Libary 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 Povince of Asia, the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand Theatre was built in the 3rd Century B.C and it was later expanded to 24,000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st Century A.D.

After exploring Ephesus, you will have the chance to have some free time to visit the few souvenir stands, cafeterias and also bathroom facitlities. 

Now refreshed, we will then drive to St. John's Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. At Saint Johns Basilica you will have time to discover the grounds and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. 

The tour will then continue to Artemission Temple, this used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, also known as the Temple of Diana. This Greek Temple was dedicated to an ancient, local form of goddess Atremis, this temple has been rebuilt 3 times. 

With this being the last stop, we will now make our way back on the scenic journey through Kusadasi town centre and you will be returned back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure. 

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 53238
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate

    Top highlights

    • Artemission Temple
    • Ephesus
    • Baths of Schlasitca
    • Ayosolug Hill

    Itinerary

    - Depart from the Port
    - You will then make your way to Ephesus
    - Explore Ephesus and all of its history
    - You will now have some free time for approximatley 15 minutes
    - After free time, you will have the chance to visit St Johns Basilica 
    - You will continue on to Artemission Temple 
    - You will then have a scenic drive back through Kusadasi town centre
    - You will be returned back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure

    When does my tour start?

    This tour will commence at 09:30am


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

    You will be returned back to the port at approximatley 2:30pm.

    You will be met at the port of Kusadasi by a Cruising Excursions Representative for your tour to begin.

    After meeting with your experienced tour guide, sit back and relax on the 20 minutes drive to Ephesus area. Your day will start by visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus. One of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek District on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 

    Walk through the history along the marble streets lined with colourful public buildings, some dating back over 2000 years. Among them, the Baths of Schlasitca and the Libary 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 Povince of Asia, the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand Theatre was built in the 3rd Century B.C and it was later expanded to 24,000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st Century A.D.

    After exploring Ephesus, you will have the chance to have some free time to visit the few souvenir stands, cafeterias and also bathroom facitlities. 

    Now refreshed, we will then drive to St. John's Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. At Saint Johns Basilica you will have time to discover the grounds and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. 

    The tour will then continue to Artemission Temple, this used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, also known as the Temple of Diana. This Greek Temple was dedicated to an ancient, local form of goddess Atremis, this temple has been rebuilt 3 times. 

    With this being the last stop, we will now make our way back on the scenic journey through Kusadasi town centre and you will be returned back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure. 

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    Activity Level Scale: 2-3
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2 km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Included: Air Conditioned Transportation, Tour Guide, Entry Fees
    Not Included: Lunch, Beverages, Tips/Gratuities

    Joining instructions

    You will be met at the Port of Kusadasi by a Cruising Excursions Representative ready to commence your tour.
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus) Information

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