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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus and Turkish Cooking Experience

Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus and Turkish Cooking Experience

By Karavan Turizm

Ages 0-99
Duration: 7h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish

  • Lunch of all the wonderful dishes we have cooked together
  • All activities
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

  • Kuşadası Port Türkiye, Camikebir, Feribot Limanı, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Türkiye
    from the Kusadasi Port
Pickup details
  • We pick up from the Kusadasi Port
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Kusadasi Port
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6580P37

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Minimum 2 people required
    • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • 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: 6580P37

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    • You'll start at
      Kuşadası Port Türkiye
      Or, you can also get picked up
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    • 1
      Ancient City of Ephesus
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. Hellenistic and Roman vestiges: Odeon, Bouleterion, Fountains, Temples, Roman Baths. The Library of Celsus: Renowned for its statues of four female figures symbolizing Wisdom, Knowledge, Intelligence and Valor. The Great Theater: This theater is the spot where St Paul preached to Ephesians.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Karavan Turizm
      Istanbul, Türkiye
      Joined in August 2016
    • Jennie018
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Weird food choices
      We paid extra to travel in Mint and I found the seat uncomfortable when reclined. The footrest didn’t support my legs when reclined partly, so my feet hung over (I’m only 5’4”). If I adjusted by reclining further , I couldn’t see the screen easily. Also the food choices were weird. 2 apps (salad and orzo salad so I chose chicken as a main, thinking it would come with a vegetable and potato. No. Just a pice of chicken in a sauce. Odd. By the time I deplaned, I was hungry. The price was good but Mint won’t be my favorite business class of choice.
      Written February 16, 2024
    • Marf13669
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      The aromas, colors, and cornucopia of items will put your brain on overload.
      Built in 1664, as part of the mosque complex, the Spice Market (in Turkish - Mısır Çarşısı) is one of the largest in the world. It is colorful, fragrant and lots of fun. Some of the vendors stand in front of their stalls offering free samples of Turkish Delight, Baklava, and other delectables. I have never seen so many different colors of olives. Spices strange to us include sumac, dried red pepper flakes, pomegranate sauce, black cumin, and Turkish saffron (dried safflower).
      Written December 20, 2023
    • Scenic18657558165
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended tour!
      Burak, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and accomodating. Very proficient in English, our 8 hour tour flew by as we were able to see all the major sites with much information provided but at a great pacing as to not get overwhelmed. Lunch is included and the food was delicious! Highly recommended.
      Written December 13, 2023
    • Jacob Z
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing tour!
      This was an incredible first stop in Istanbul! Burak was extremely informative and seemed to know just about everything. We had so much fun walking around with him and were amazed by all the sights.
      Written December 7, 2023
    • 974desireen
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Blue mosque a hidden treasure
      Too beautiful well preserved all the architecture and paintings u must be prepared to join a queue to enter the blue mosque and Haggia Sophia
      Written October 24, 2023
    • Y1561XXmaryd
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good way to see Istanbul's ancient sites.
      Walking tour of all the best ancient attractions in Istanbul. Knowledgeable guide who lead us through the streets and alleyways, to these ancient wonders that are near each other. Also gave us an insight into ancient and modern day Turkey. Lunch was a welcome rest. Walked 10.5kms, so need reasonable fitness.
      Written October 12, 2023
    • 812jacquelinep
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best tour guide we could hope for
      This was by far the highlight of our time in Istanbul. Our tour guide, Bouquet, was absolutely lovely. She was knowledgeable about each site and gave us insight into Turkey and Istanbul as a whole. She gave us ample time to explore on our own, but also showed us quality secret spots and the best places to get a taste of the culture.
      Written September 29, 2023
    • Kkorias
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      If you want a full day and lots of sightseeing.
      Nice , simple but full day. Our guide Bouquet was friendly patient and informative but gladly did not go on an on with information. Very good and fluent English.
      Written September 18, 2023
    • Discover15016466845
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Istanbul one day trip with Hazal
      This excursion with Hazal was incredible, she was amazing .. caring and very knowledgeable.. thanks Hazal and everyone who made possible this unforgettable experience!
      Written September 14, 2023
    • Maj Britt R
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent day with Hazal
      Excellent day with Hazal - our guide, who’s was so amazing and told us so many interesting things about Istanbul - very recommendable tour and guide
      Written September 10, 2023
    • Connector11822660471
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Well worth it!
      Wonderful experience with Sebnem who was a knowledgeable and friendly guide. She explained everything very well and she ensured that each location was timed well so that we were not waiting in any lines for too long. I would highly recommend if you want to cover the main attractions in a day and understand the history.
      Written September 8, 2023
    • naynaa2022
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day with our guide Cen (who was very knowledgeable). Well worth booking! (Just a note to those with mobility issues- once at Hagia Sophia, it’s all walking/waiting and looking from there, 7km).
      Written August 9, 2023
    • Raeesa S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Overall Reweiw
      Wonderful experience and John is a very knowledgeable guide. He is very motivating and kind. Having kids with us in a new country made us cautious, but with John we weren't concerned at all. He explained the history very well and answered many of our questions. Not only was he friendly with the kids but made sure we wouldn’t have to wait in any lines. The trip was generally good peaceful and we met many other people. I would recommend this because we covered many of the main attractions easily with-in a day. This was a calm and enjoyable trip.
      Written August 3, 2023
    • 277martinj
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Istanbul Guided Tour
      Wife and I booked a day tour through Sun Island Tours to visit the key sites in Istanbul. Our guide was Hassan - super knowledgeable, very friendly and we had plenty of time for toilet breaks. Hassan picked us up from our hotel around 8.30 a few minutes walk from Hagia Sophia so we were among the first to go in. After that we walked to the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Hassan provided so much history information along the way and inside the sites. Next we went to the Cisterns - also fabulous. Our guide took us to one of the Grand Bazaar entrances and gave us a rundown how not to get too lost. Go early in the day and with a guide to avoid lining up - queues in peak season look crazy.
      Written July 31, 2023
    • Melissa P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The perfect private tour!!
      WoW!!!! Wonderful Time with Hale our guide who speak french very well! I recommand her 100%. We had a perfect day with a private transportation and our private guide who bring us seethe mosquée, hypodrome and the grand bazars. Everything was perfect ! Hale is the best 😃
      Written July 17, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
    Very good

    Kristine B
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Family
    We had the best tour with our guide, Tugba with Karavan Tours! She took us on a 2-hour walking tour through Ephesus in the morning before it got too hot. All 4 of us had been to Ephesus before with a large tour group. With Tugba we learned so much more because, since there were only 4 of us, we could hear well and ask questions. After Ephesus we were taken to a restaurant with a beautiful outdoor location. We were taught how to make a few Turkish dishes which we ate for lunch along with many other Turkish dishes. It was a quiet and relaxed meal just for us and our guide. After lunch we saw how the beautiful Turkish rugs were made. We also saw how silk worms create silk and how it is woven. Our final stop was a shop where they make homemade baklava and Turkish delight, as well as olive oil and other typical Turkish gifts. Great Day! Thank you, Tugba!
    The Bloom family
    Written October 25, 2023
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    Dear Madame, greetings from Karavan Travel. Thank you very much for your kind review towards the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Ephesus and hoping to serve you in the future again. Best Regards, Burak
    Written November 6, 2023
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