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Private Tour : Customized Ephesus Tour for Cruisers from Kusadasi Ephesus Port

Private Tour : Customized Ephesus Tour for Cruisers from Kusadasi Ephesus Port

By Kusadasi Private Ephesus Tours
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 0-99
Duration: 4–6 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • 100 % Satisfaction
  • Professional Licensed Local Tour Guide entire day
  • Fully Air-conditioned Brand new vehicle with Separate Driver
  • Port / Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • All Taxes
  • All Parking fees
What's not included
  • Entrance fees ( We will arrange the tickets in advance, so you will skip long ticket lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities are appreciated
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We highly recommend you to meet at port after 30 / 45 minutes your ship docked to port in order beat crowds / school buses and hot weather in the afternoon. It is better to meet early to have a better tour in Ephesus before the crowds. THIS TOUR IS ONLY FOR CRUISE GUESTS. IF YOU ARE NOT FROM A CRUISE SHIP, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Kusadasi
    • Ephesus
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 71665P6

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • No dress code
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 71665P6

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      • Kusadasi Private Ephesus Tours
        Kusadasi, Türkiye
        Joined in March 2020
      • W5103EDcarlaf
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The best tour of Ephesus.
        FANTASTIC! Our guide (Seda I believe) was so knowledgeable. She tailored our tour to what we wanted, contacting us in advance to get to know us before we started. We loved every bit of our day, From the Virgin Mary’s home, to the carpet weaving factory (you are under NO obligation to buy a rug, just let your eyes feast.) We always tour thru Trip Advisor and read the reviews before hand. This one was one of the best we have ever had.
        Written May 5, 2024
      • thumper1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Overview of Ephesus
        I highly recommend this tour. My husband said that of all the tours we went on while on this cruise, this was his very favorite. Our group of 3 couples went on a trip from Izmir port to Ephesus on a van with about 6 or 7 others from our cruise. The van ride was under an hour, broken up along the way with a short stop at the rug factory (with clean bathrooms, "free" Turkish coffee and pastries, and salesman who are determined to sell you the rug of your dreams). Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She had a very good command of the English language and was able to entertain us with her dialogue and give relevant and knowledgeable answers to our questions. The bus driver was professional and got us back with plenty of time for an on-time departure.
        Written December 2, 2023
      • thomasbE1987IC
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beyond wonderful private tour of Ephesus
        It is hard to believe that it has been almost ten months since we toured Ephesus. I have been meaning to write this review for a long time now (however, the last year has been a whirlwind, and I never got around to sitting down and writing this review), and I would not forgive myself if I did not share our experience with others. Our family cruised the Greek Islands on the Norwegian cruise ship the Jade. Instead of opting for the cruise ship excursion, I contacted Elif from Kudadasi Private Ephesus Tours. Elif arranged a private tour guide, driver, and Mercedes A/C van for our tour. When we arrived at the port of Izmir, our tour guide Ozge ("OZ" for short) met us at the terminal. She had our name on a sign, awaited us, and walked us to our van. Once at the van, we met our driver. Unfortunately, I cannot recall his name, but he was an excellent, knowledgeable, and safe driver. The drive was beautiful, as we could see rural Turkey, farms, and olive groves – with OZ providing commentary the whole time. OZ took care of securing all the site passes, and we reimbursed her for that. It made things much more manageable. The drive from Izmir to Ephesus was about an hour long. During the drive, OZ got to know our family, and we got to know her. She briefed us on all we would do that day. Our first stop was to visit the Blessed Mother's home; from there, we would go to Ephesus. We indicated we would like to see how Turkish carpets are made and if there was time for a local pottery store. OZ made it all happen. OZ is a walking encyclopedia – knowledgeable beyond belief regarding each location's history. She weaved history and bible stories in such a way that things we had heard all our lives took on new meaning. OZ was also very experienced in navigating the sites and the crowds. We spent about 40 minutes at this site and then off to Ephesus. Truth be told, none of us knew much about Turkey or Ephesus, but OZ changed everything. We arrived at Ephesus, and she described the site as a book with chapters, and we were about to see the introduction. We did not fully understand what she was saying until we began visiting the entire site. As you start the tour, you crest a hill, and the ancient city of Ephesus reveals itself. OZ was able to speak knowledgeably about everything, and I mean everything. As luck would have it, OZ grew up in the modern-day Ephesus and was exposed to the ancient city throughout her life. Her high school class was one of the last classes to have their graduation at one of the arena sites in ancient Ephesus. OZ described how St. John preached there, the library's history, the marketplaces, and how Mark Anthony and Cleopatra visited from Alexandria. OZ knew when to step aside and let us explore on our own and when to engage and lead us. She had a good sense of how to make the day work. She was always in good contact with the driver, who was always nearby and ready to take us to the next adventure. After Ephesus, it was off to see how carpets are made. When we arrived, OZ said the place was crowded and suggested we break to grab something to eat and then see the carpets. The eatery was attached to the carpet building, we sat at outside picnic tables, and OZ ordered for us all—six of us in total. I was thinking –what will all this food cost us, plus our water and drinks? First, I have to say the food was beyond amazing. I noted some dishes and have been making them at home ever since. When the bill came, I almost fell over. $36. That's it. $36 – Amazing value – excellent service – I left an equivalent tip – had to – what a great experience. Then, into the carpet place. which was very educational. I would have loved to buy one of the carpets, they were beautiful and the prices were reasonable, but alas we had nowhere to put them at home. However, if you are in the market for carpets, you can negotiate prices, and they mail them to your home. Trust me; they tell you all about carpet making from the Mulberry trees farms where they raise the silkworms to how silk is harvested… Great experience. Then off to the pottery place, which was again excellent. OZ and the driver knew exactly what time we had to get back. They knew where the cruise ship bus was, and all we needed to do was get to the ship at the same time or earlier. They had us back with time to spare; we never felt rushed – only grateful and lucky to have OZ and our driver. We left Turkey knowing we would be back – what a wonderful country. The people are friendly. The prices are fantastic. We had such a great experience because of Elif, OZ, and our driver. We hope to return and see other areas of Turkey – and if we are lucky, OZ and our driver will be our guides. Thank you, Elif, OZ, and our driver, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You guys were all so great. I highly recommend this team to anyone considering a tour of Ephesus. BTW… The private tour cost for 5 was substantially less than the group tour offered on the cruise ship for five people.
        Written July 19, 2023
      • orphac2023
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        kusadasi tour with Niko!!!
        10/10 !!! Niko was great!! He was our your guide when we visited Kusadasi June 2023.Very well versed and proficient on what he does. Well recommended...
        Written June 22, 2023
      • susib502018
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sensational Tour; Exceptional Guide
        I booked this tour of Ephesus, for four of us, instead of taking one of the shore excursions offered by our Viking cruise ship. We wanted a much more "personal" tour to such a fascinating and important site, rather than a large impersonal "group" visit, and this tour was sensational! Our guide, Isik, was truly exceptional: very personable, knowledgeable, and creative in arranging our visits to various sites. She took us to the House of the Virgin Mary before any of the crowds arrived, which made for a very nice experience. We saw all the the main sites, including the amazing Library of Celsus, and wondered around the Great Theater to see it in depth (which not all Viking shore excursions did). All accompanied by excellent explanations and insights offered by Isik. We had a very nice lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the Artemis Temple. We were all very pleased with the tour and would give it the highest recommendation! (It was actually cheaper for the four of us than the "paid" Viking shore excursions, and we got close-up personal insights from an outstanding guide.)
        Written May 26, 2023
      • 4ced_family_fun
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Super tour!
        Really great. Our tour guide Metin Yoruk was wonderful. Very personable and accommodating. He knew everyone! And arranged a few extra side trips for us as we requested. I would highly recommend this private tour. And for the money it is well worth it. One thing to keep in mind, the price doesn’t include entrances. We spent an additional $100 for entrance fees and tips so be sure to account for that. We ate lunch at a great restaurant, dined with Metin and had a wonderful Turkish meal ($10 per person, GREAT FOOD AND A LOT OF IT). Make sure you include the terrace houses in your tour. It is located inside Ephesus. Costs a few euros more but amazing! We will definitely be using Metin again. Great time!
        Written April 12, 2023
      • Krista L
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We had a wonderful, full day in Kusadasi and Ephesus, filled with many interesting and exciting experiences. Our guide, Banu, was exceptional and extremely knowledgeable, and although we packed a lot in (including my personal favorite, a fashion show), we were never rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy each experience fully. I would highly recommend this tour. We learned so much and were able to experience so much more than we ever could have arranged on our own.
        Written February 21, 2023
      • andrew f
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Magical Experience that Enriched us in so many ways. We were thrilled with our tour and look forward to going back.
        My wife and I were on a WindStar cruise to the Greek Islands and were so fortunate that it also included a visit to the port of Kusadasi a short distance from Ephesus. We wanted to experience Ephesus uniquely with a private tour. After reviewing many possibilities and price points we chose this one. Our visit was without any doubt, the most unforgettable of any we have taken in our many travels over the years. Elif was our first contact via email in making the arrangements and provided us with all the details and variations we might enjoy. Our guide was Senyen Hakan a true gem of a man whose love of Türkiye, it’s people and remarkable history was contagious. He had broad knowledge of Ephesus’ spirituality as well as archaeological splendor and wanted us to very much enjoy every moment. Since returning home, we have thought of our day in Ephesus as the highlight of our trip and thank our friends Senyen Hakan and Elif who made it possible.
        Written February 14, 2023
      • Hannah Y
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic shore excursion
        TLDR - This tour was fantastic. I highly recommend booking this private tour for a small group, especially if you're tight on time. I booked this tour in November 2022 for the 6 hours that my cruise ship was going to be docking at Kusadasi, with the intention to be able to see Ephesus. I was traveling with a group of 7 adults, 6 of whom were over the age of 65, so I wanted a private tour where we could go at our own speed. Isik was our tour guide, and she was ready and waiting as soon as we got to the dock. The private mini bus was large and comfortable; more than enough to accommodate my group. We started the day quite early, so many of the sites weren't open yet, but Isik asked if we were interested in seeing the traditional Turkish carpet making. We detoured there and learned how the beautiful carpets were hand woven, then taken to the site of the home of the Virgin Mary, followed by the highlight of the day--Ephesus. Isik was not only super knowledgable, she was also very accommodating for my family, going at our pace and going into more depth/detail for religious commentary, which my family was most interested in. On the way back to the cruise terminal, we stopped by a leather factory and even with my family dawdling over buying souvenirs, Isik kept her cool and got us back to the ship on time. My family had a great time and I would absolutely recommend this tour!
        Written February 11, 2023
      • Gerri T
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        EVERYTHING! We could write pages detailing our satisfaction with our tour guide, MUTLU. However, due to space constraints, I will try to make this brief...not easy, but I'll try. MUTLU should be listed in the "Master Class" of Tour Guides! There were four of us traveling together, and we felt like we were touring with another friend and not just our guide. MUTLU was professional, courteous, intelligent, kind, extremely knowledgeable, a great listener, and friendly. If he ever visits the United States, he is more than welcome to stay in our home. An absolutely perfect tour guide. Again, he should teach other guides how to do this the right way!!! After traveling for over four decades, he is one of the top two. Thank you MUTLU for the most wonderful visit to your country. You are an excellent representative for the people of Turkey!
        Written January 30, 2023
      • carlosjurado85
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Full day tou in Ephesus
        Great service !! My mom and I flew there from Istanbul for a full day tour. They picked us from the airport on time and took to all places as described in the tour. They are very friendly and respectful. They give you very important history information. We strongly recommend them. -Carlos.
        Written January 26, 2023
      • Voyage828698
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Kusadasi private shore excursion
        Boz gave a very informative tour of ancient Ephesus, including taking us through the ruins that were being studied by archaeologists. The restaurant selected for our outdoor lunch offered local Turkish foods which we really enjoyed. We highly recommend this tour; Boz was an exceptional tour guide.
        Written January 24, 2023
      • joeginge
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        I can't understate how much I enjoyed our tour - the amount of knowledge and insight that Erkan was able to share with us was really impressive. She was very friendly and made the whole day really fun. Communication was really clear and engaging, she was able to tie together the different places we visited and gave a fantastic overview of the history and stories behind each place. Not only that but she was really considerate - the weather was very hot so she made sure we found shade for when she was describing things so that we didnt overheat throughout the day. She was also mindful of the pace our group wanted to go at. Overall the whole experience was brilliant, our whole group loved it and we especially loved spending the day with Erkan. Definitely a highlight of our whole cruise.
        Written January 23, 2023
      • C6920EGtatianak
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best of Ephesus Private Tour from Kusadasi with Erkan
        We did Best of Ephesus Private Tour from Kusadasi with Erkan and were blown away by her knowledge of the area and its history. The tour was exceptional. She is a "5-star" guide in every way. Her personality, her energy and enthusiasm, her attentiveness to our wishes and willingness to tailor the tour exactly to our preferences, her suggestions made this tour as one of the highlights of our trip.
        Written January 23, 2023
      • Mobile558907
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best tour ever
        Fortunately the shore excursions on our ship were all booked up, so I found this excursion on Trip Advisor. My husband and I were given an excellent personal tour of all the places we wanted to see and more. The highlight of the tour was when our tour guide sang, “We Will Rock You” to demonstrate the acoustics of the amphitheater. Lunch at the ladies weaving collective is also a recommendation I would pass on; freshly made, super tasty and very good value.
        Written January 23, 2023
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles7 reviews
      Very good

      William B
      Houston37 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2018 • Family
      We used EPHESUS PORT TOURS to customize an excellent tour in Kusadasi, Turkey. HAKAN was our tour guide and he was first rate. I will be reviewing him separately.
      The tour was easy to find and easy to book, but be warned, Ephesus Port Tours are very popular so you need to book well in advance.
      My family is quite diverse ranging in ages from 12 to 61 but we all love history and visiting the home of Saint Mary, mother of Jesus, and Ephesus was amazing. We also had the chance to visit a silk rug making school and Wow was that cool!!!

      The air-conditioned van met us at the dock as promised and we raced off passing all the other Cruise ship tour busses to be first in line at the home of Saint Mary’s. A major plus!!! Hakan was informative, about the history of Saint Mary’s without any overtly religious commentary. He was well versed in the religion, as he does pilgrimage tours as well, but we wanted the history and to race off to the next place Ephesus!!

      While Saint Mary’s was in the mountains and cool and comfortable Ephesus was HOT!!! Fortunately, Ephesus Port Tours offers umbrellas to its guests, one of the only tour companies to do so and they provided a welcome respite from the heat so we could better enjoy the tour.!!

      Ephesus is awe inspiring and awesome. The history was well explained and Hakan showed us the best places to get the best selfies, and photographs. He also gave us time to self-explore.

      The next stop was one of the wonders of the ancient world the Temple of Artemis. Hakan explained the history and the layout of the ancient temple and showed us a very interesting view. On the mountains behind the Temple were a Muslim temple and a Catholic cathedral. Thus, our view of the Temple was the only place in the World where you could see Pagan, Muslim and Christian structures in the same place. The photos were wonderful.

      I would highly recommend Ephesus Port Tours. Look them up on Trip Advisor and work with them to get the tour that is right for your family and friends!
      Written July 4, 2018
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      Sydney, Australia54 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2018 • Friends

      A delicate balance today between fellow travellers with interests primarily in visiting Ephesus Ancient City, and the more devout with interests also in what a little house up in the mountains above the ancient city represents to Christians.

      But thanks to our excellent guide, Hakan, we do it well and finish up with excellent Kebabs in a small family establishment near the port in Kusadasi for lunch (a place where Hakan takes his family), washed down with refreshing local wines or beers.

      It is thought that Mary and the beloved disciple John came to this part of the world from Jerusalem across the sea. Imagination and some quiet contemplation helps to truly appreciate this place. I wouldn’t mind settling in this peaceful with little birds singing as they flit from branch to branch. Perhaps, I wouldn’t like to walk to a well somewhere to get the water to bathe, as Mary did. I wonder if she cooked kebabs as delicious as we enjoyed?

      Visits of three popes to this House of Mary in recent times is an indication of the significance of the site. Silently inside, we can see the lamp that was gifted by Paul VI, a chalice from St John Paul II, and a gold rosary from Benedict XVI. My sister Anne and I take the opportunity to light candles, and say a prayer for elder brother Tony, and also remember other friends and family.

      Ephesus Ancient City is so much more than I expected. It has been excavated from under tons of silt built-up over the years by flooding from a river than brings floods down from the mountains. So much silt that the once seaside City is now some miles inland with fertile lands of peaches and olives all the way to the now distant sea.
      Written May 29, 2018
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      KEVIN S
      Okawville, IL39 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I was traveling with a group of 13 people on a cruise to Greece and Turkey. Honestly, I thought Turkey would be a “throwaway“ port. Boy was I shocked. Turkey is absolutely beautiful, clean, and the people are friendly. Of course, another contributing factor was Hakan and Ephesus Port Tours. The leader of our group booked a private tour with Hakan, and he did not disappoint. He was organized and very informative. He was able to flawlessly negotiate the crowds of people at all of the sites, and assemble our group of 13 before he started giving any information about each of the mini stops. On other tours we went on, the guides talked as we walked from sight to sight, and only a few people could hear. Hakan waited until EVERYBODY was assembled before he began educating us about the site. He definitely knew his stuff, and made it fun to be on the tour. He knew where to go, where to take pictures, and kept the tour at a comfortable pace. I give Hakan and Ephesus Port Tours my highest recommendation. And, don’t sleep on Turkey, it is a beautiful place to visit.
      Written October 4, 2018
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      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sep 2018 • Family
      We booked a private tour of Ephesus and the terrace houses for 6 people online. The process was easy and the operator responsive to email. We got clear instructions on costs and where to meet our guide at the cruise terminal. Right on time, we met our guide Dilek and the driver Mustafa (sp?). The car was a almost brand new Mercedes van with very comfortable seats and excellent air conditions.

      Dilek went over our itinerary and quickly figured out that we weren't interested in the religious aspects of the area (i.e. House of Virgin Mary, etc.) and wanted more time at Ephesus and the Ephesus museum. At Ephesus, Dilek led us on an excellent tour, spending just the right amount of time at each location, answering our questions, and providing background and insight into what we were seeing. Even having visited Ephesus before on a guided tour, Dilek still shared information we had not heard before. She also told us about very recent discoveries and how they are changing the understanding of Ephesus history.

      Following Ephesus, we visited the Ephesus museum and the Temple of Artemis.

      On the way back to the port, we discussed local food. Dilek even had the driver stop by a local bakery famous for their baklava so that we could buy some - needless to say it was fantastic.

      Back at the port just after lunchtime, DIlek gave us several recommendations for where to each lunch.

      Overall an excellent tour - efficient, personal, and beyond expectations. Even better was the price - about 1/3 of what the cruise line was charging for a group tour.

      I highly recommend this company and this tour.
      Written September 27, 2018
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      Tom M
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2018 • Family
      Hakan was terrific. He was very flexible and tailored the excursion to our needs. He was very knowledgeable and the entire family enjoyed the tour, the restaurant and the special touches. Highly recommended.
      Written August 29, 2018
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      Burlington, NC1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2018 • Family
      We had a wonderful tour with Hakan. It was suggested we get an early start and we were well rewarded. We were the first to the V Mary’s house. It was a beautiful morning as well as very moving. Then on to Ephesus were Hakan gave us a very thorough tour.
      Thanks Hakan!
      Written June 17, 2018
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