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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were with Gate1 Travel on the Celestyal Crystal, It was the last day of a 7 day island cruise. I can only say, they saved the best for last. I have visited very many sites on our travels including Pompei and this was by far the best. The port of Kusadasi was great and we were able to dock and didn't have to tender in. Ephesus is located a short bus ride from the port. You are dropped off at the top of the hill and you proceed downward thru the site. Excavations started in 1895 and it is projected that it would take 200 years to uncover all of Ephesus. The elaborate façade of the Colsus Library is stunning to say the least. There is a lot of walking but it is predominantly a slight downhill slope for most of the site. It is totally amazing how they crafted these buildings, sculptures, columns, etc with the crude tools that were available at the time.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is my second visit. The first time was with a cruise shore excursion. So turned off being herded by tour guide amid the crowd. Came on a land group tour this time. There are 40 people in the group! So the 4 of us forfeited the included Ephesus tour and did it on our own. Best decision ever!
We hired a taxi and got to the site at 8:30, right when it opens. There was one group ahead of us. By staying behind maybe 10 minute, we felt like the only people in the entire place, a completely different experience. The English sign posted are quite comprehensive and we did not bother with audio guide. As we left at just after 10, tour buses were piling in.
The taxi then took us to house of Mary, St John also the Selcuk farmer market. The market is a great way to see how the locals shop since we are not interested in carpet nor leather goods. The museum and Artemis temple were initially included in the cab fare but we decided to drop that. He then drove around the shore all the way to Ladies Beach and we had a nice leisurely lunch there, again, no crowd. The entire trip was 7 hours and fare was 50 euro. BTW, our driver Buldu 905305189890, spoke enough English so we could communicate basic needs. He was polite and the cab clean with working a/c.
Ephesus being a must-do for visitors, hope this offers an alternative.

Thank Exploration779087
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One shd not miss this amazing place The remains of d Roman era is well preserved. The history behind told to us beautifully by our guide It’s a great place to visit.

Thank MaulikJ20
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It gave me the impression that it is a hybrid of an archeology site and a Disneyland illusion. Remnants of a once great city stacked in with a lack of any order to give an illusion of the once great city. OK for tourist that are easily deceived and gullible. They got me.

Thank peter l
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be careful if you're going downhill, especially if the ground is wet. We had a few in our group slip and fall. Very historic and beautiful area.

Thank Rafael F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a return visit for me, and the place still holds me in fascination - the sheer size & construction of this city is simply stunning.

And as a cat lover, I have to recommend taking treats with you.. they’re everywhere!

Thank 635robw
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins are not as great as all the reviews suggest...very little is left standing...just the facade of library and the ampitheatre..not worth the expensive entry fees or the crowds you have to brave..

Thank AshimW3
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the biggest ancient city ruins of Rome! It’s beautiful and magnificent, if you love Rome style, than you can’t miss it! It’s not difficult to come here on your own, you could take metro to Selcuk and then took the mini bus to Ephesus! The transportation from Izmir is approx 1.5-2hour

Thank Compass816882
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Ephesus today and lost my GoPro camera. If anyone found it, please let me know! Ephesus itself was great (wear sensible shoes though as lots of walking/climbing steps involved). The staff were very helpful regarding the lost camera but no-one had handed it in. So my advice for fellow travellers is to make sure you keep your valuables safe and don't place them down for a photo!

Thank KatyLPhillips
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on an organised tour to Ephesus - it is quite incredible and you need at least two hours to walk through from the top gate to the bottom. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it is incredible to think they have only excavated about 15% of this huge city. There is also a very good museum at Selcuk containing a lot of the treasure they have found there.

Thank AnnieVillars
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