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Ancient City of Ephesus
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Private Half Day Tour of Ephesus
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed October 12, 2013

What a wonderful treat to be able to visit this ancient city -- and don't be intimidated by the Terrace Houses: the steps are very manageable and it's so exciting to watch a live archeological dig in process.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We downloaded the Rick Steves audioguide and used this to visit the site. This allowed us to proceed at our own pace, dodge the mass tour groups and pull up a stone while Rick described the sights. We highly recommend this site and the Rick Steves audioguide.

1  Thank Cathy R
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Ephesus (Efes) is very beautiful place. It's a place of huge ancient Greek and later Roman history and a lot of monuments and ruins are well preserved. When you visit it on sunny day, you will have incredible pictures. I like the sand color of ruins combined with the blue sky. We visited Ephesus during our bigger trip from Istanbul to Antalya and we were at the organized trip by bus. So I don't know much about how to get there. But I think it won't be any problem because this place is well known. You can see many interesting things like the Library of Celsus (amazing architecture!), ancient public toilets, ancient street, temples, amphitheater, bath complexes... a lot to see. It's not a long walk but you need good shoes and mind your steps. Ephesus is near town Selcuk in Izmir region and you can combine this trip with village Sirince. You will like it. Later you can try Turkish beer called Efes (but it's nothing special, I just liked the name). You can visit also the ruins of Artemision (the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 World Wonders) but nothing much left there.

1  Thank rogerka
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We have been to Ephesus several times on different cruises. We always enjoy going thru this ancient city.
There are several very well preserved buildings, but most are just the shell of the building. One of the things we like is that a 'normal' tour starts at the upper end of the city (higher elevation) and continues downhill to the other end of the city, near the old port area. A normal tour only takes about two hours in the city, if you don't do the terrace houses (don't miss them!!). If your tour operator will allow it, try to go off the normal tour path, there's a lot more to see. We took our early teens the last time we were there, and they enjoyed themselves, also

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

According to our guide the largest roman ruin, even surpassing Rome. The City Paul the Apostle wrote the letter to the Ephesians to. His jail cell is on a near by hill. The City, preserved because of being buried in land slides only 10% has been revealed but what a fantastic 10%. The Agora, the library, the slave market, the bordello the amphitheater all amazing. Because it is so complete and not surrounded by a modern city one really gets the sense of what it was like to live in such a place. Go there!

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