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Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

1. Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

Founded by the Greeks and conquered by the Romans, Ephesus was once a city of proverbial wealth. It was a bustling port which over time developed into an important center for Christianity. On this self-guided tour, benefit from skip-the-line entry then explore using your smartphone to travel back in time to the city’s former life. The tour is the perfect way to experience the site in a fun and insightful way, and gain valuable insight into one of the most popular places in Turkey. The first stop of the day is to the State Agora, which was once the political heart of the city boasting a lavish square. Continue on to Bouleuterion, and discover the meeting point of the city council which perhaps was also a space for artistic performances. As you stroll around the colonnades, stoas, and other buildings, listen to fascinating stories about what life was like here for locals. Arrive at the Temple of Domitian and find out the rather unusual architectural layout of the U-shaped altar. Next, wander down the Curetes which connected the political and commercial hearts of Ephesus. Uncover the legend of the emperor’s fountain, then explore the large complex of baths at the Scolastica including the lavish marble latrines. Head to the grave of the Egyptian princess Arsinoe, then marvel at the mesmerizing Celsus Library, which is probably the most famous landmark of Ephesus. From here the road leads you to the gate of Mazeus and Mithridates, and onto at the Grand Theatre where performances and gladiatorial games took place. Last but not least, walk through the crossroads of the Arcadiane and follow a small path that leads you to the spectacular ruins of the enormous Church of Mary.

Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

2. Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Join this 2-hour walking tour of Ephesus with an expert guide. Meet your guide at the upper gate of Ephesus. After you get some general information about this spectacular ancient city, enjoy walking in its marble streets. Visit the parliament building. You can even sit there and feel like a Roman senator. Walk in the upper agora and see the temple of the cruel Roman emperor Domitian. Walk through the Hercules gate and enjoy the magnificent view of the lower city. See the beautiful Roman shops with mosaics and enter the best preserved ancient library in the world. Visit the Grand Theater with a capacity of 25,000 seats. Please not that Entrance fee to Ephesus is NOT including.

Kusadasi and Selcuk: Small Group Ephesus Tour

3. Kusadasi and Selcuk: Small Group Ephesus Tour

You will be met at the harbor or at your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk. The guide will be holding up a sign with your name on it clearly so that you spot the correct pick-up service for you easily. It’s here you shall also meet your tour guide for the day who will give you some information of the plan for the day before heading off on your way to your destination. Pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at your first stop, the House of Virgin Mary and in accordance to the predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting days here. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John's care (John 19:26-27).  After The House of Virgin Mary, you will then head on to the next destination which will be to the ancient city of Ephesus. From here, the tour shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the entire world. You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian and of course lets not forget the impressive library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theater where Saint Paul preached is the largest theater in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats. You will then return back to the bus through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, you will head for a lunch break for about an hour and then after the lunch break, you will continue on the tour and head for your next stop which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana). This outstanding Temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature and fertility, deemed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as the big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a marketplace and religious institution. Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enabled the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world's first bank. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your guide will describe its importance, its wealth and tension that existed between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries. Once the tour comes to an end, you will head back to your bus and be driven back to your allocated drop-off points. P.S: Please note that small group tours shall involve some shopping stops where you will have the chance to see presentations of traditional local handicrafts.

From Kusadasi: Half-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

4. From Kusadasi: Half-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

According your pick-up time, meet with your guide and transfer to the first sight in ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classic city in the eastern Mediterranean and the largest open air museum in Turkey. Ephesus contains more then 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still have the marks of ancient chariot wheels. Visit the Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and the gladiators once engaged in battle. Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. The face of the Library of Celsus, which has been remarkably restored, is probably the most photographed place in Ephesus originally built in 115 to 125. You might also be able to see the Odeon Temple, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, the steam Scholastica Baths, marble road, agora and the Temple of Domitian. After visiting ancient Ephesus, continue to the Temple of Arthemis. Considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis was dedicated to the Goddess of the Hunt. Only the foundation and one column remains of this temple which once measured 425 feet by 220 feet wide. St. Paul’s successful ministry in this city was considered a threat to this temple. The city reached its Golden Age and became a good model to the ancient world in culture and art. After your tour drive, you will be taken back to the departure point.

Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk

5. Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk

After pick up, have a 3 hours long drive with a break on the midway through breath taking views of Meander Valley, mountains, farming lands, fruit tree gardens, small towns and villages. You will visit Hierapolis. The Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1,200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantian Gate. Then you take a short walk over to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains high levels of calcium. A swim in the effervescent waters of the Sacred Pool should be at the top of the list on any travel itinerary. In addition to a high level of natural radioactivity, the water contains calcium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium and carbon dioxide and after a swim, you should simply dry off and let the minerals do their magic. You will be given enough free time to be on your own pace as well to get better feeling of site of Pamukkale. In late afternoon 3 hours drive back to Kusadasi and return to your hotel or point of your departure.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

6. From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

See Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis. Enjoy pre-selected hotels, with breakfast and lunch included. Choose your own spot for supper and explore a bit on your own. Day 1: Istanbul To Cappadocia by Plane; Full-Day Tour of Southern CappadociaEnjoy pick-up from your hotel to the airport for a one-hour flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Cappadocia, meet your guide at the airport who will have your name on a sign. Relax while your guide transfers you to the tour office in Goreme. Next, depart for a full-day tour of Southern Cappadocia. See Pidgeon Valley, the Underground City of Kaymakli, the continue along the countryside to the Kızılcukur Valley. Visit Selime Monastery before returning to your hotel.  Day 2: Cappadocia To Izmir; North TourBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day exploration of North Cappadocia. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin Vallage, Monsk Valley, Devrent, and the towns of Urgup, Ortahisar and Avanos. Return to your hotel in Cappadocia before leaving for your transfer to the airport for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, you will be met at the airport once again with your name and you will be delivered to the next hotel in Kusadası. Day 3: Full-day Ephesus TourLeave your hotel after breakfast and depart for Ephesus. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. Visit the biggest amphitheater and the Celsius Library. Tour around ruins left from the ancient city, and see the House of the Virgin Mary, thought to be her last dwelling. At the end of the tour enjoy a transfer back to the hotel. Relax and explore Kusadasi at your own pace with free time in the evening. Day 4: Tour of Pamukkale and The Ancient City of Hierapolis; Flight Back To IstanbulBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour. Visit the Old Gates, the cemetery, and the theatre of Hierapolis (part of the James Bond film shoot).  Take in the waterfall known as Travertines, and swim in the calcified pools made famous by Cleopatra. At the end of the tour sit back as you are delivered to the airport for a short flight back to Istanbul.

From Kusadasi: Full-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

7. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

Your guide will meet you at Kusadasi port / hotels with a sign with your name written on it. Then, you will be driven directly to the sites. First, you will visit ancient Ephesus,the best preserved classic city in the eastern Mediterranean and the largest open air museum in Turkey. Ephesus contains more then 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still have the marks of ancient chariot wheels. Visit the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. The face of the Library of Celsus, which has been remarkably restored, is probably the most photographed place in Ephesus originally built in 115 to 125. You might also see the Odeon Temple, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, Scholastica Baths, marble road, agora and the Temple of Domitian. After lunch in a local Turkish restaurant, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary. Mary was brought to Ephesus by the apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived her final days here. This church was erected on the foundations of that house and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope lV and Pope John Paul ll. Many visitors describe this as an uplifting or spiritual experience. Considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis was dedicated to the Goddess of the Hunt. Only the foundation and one column remains of this temple which once measured 425 feet by 220 feet wide. Paul’s successful ministry in this city was considered a threat to this temple. The city reached the Golden Age and became a good model of the ancient world in culture and art. Finally, you will visit the Isa Bey Mosque, one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture situated below the Basilica of St. John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architect Ali son of Mushimis al-Damishki between the years of 1374 and 1375. After your tour, drive back to the departure point.

Ephesus: Small Group Tour with House of the Virgin Mary

8. Ephesus: Small Group Tour with House of the Virgin Mary

Ephesus is the second biggest open-air museum in the world after Pompeii. Explore the public parts of its grounds accompanied by a licensed guide in a small group. Enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk or from the cruise ship port. Your driver will take you to several important sights of the area while your guide will help you immerse yourself in Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The tour includes lunch and you can opt for a carpet or leather-making demonstration. Apart from the city of ancient Ephesus, also explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Artemis Temple, as well as the temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater, which was once the center point of entertainment for up to 24,000 people. You will also get to see the House where Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last years in life. The tour ends at approximately 4:00 PM, at which point you'll be taken back to your hotel or cruise ship.

Private Flexible Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi/Selcuk

9. Private Flexible Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi/Selcuk

This is a flexible private tour which you are able to customize. It is up to you to modify the itinerary according to your personal preferences, even during the tour. The most important places in the region to visit are: Ancient Ephesus which is the best preserved classic city in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Great Theatre where St Paul preached against the Pegans and Gladiators once engaged in battle, the largest Open-Air Museum in Turkey and the Library of Celsus which has been remarkably restored and is probably the most photographed place in Ephesus. Also you might want to see Odeon Temple, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the stream baths of scholastic, Marble road, Agora or the Temple of Domitian. Visit terrace houses from the time of Augustus, these dwellings of wealthy Ephesians were decorated with beautiful frescoes and mosaics. Discover the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit Isa Bey Mosque, one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint john. You may also wish to visit the House of Virgin Mary, who was brought to Ephesus by the apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and then lived her final days there. The Basilica of St John is also a majestic sight to behold, among the remains, large columns, frescos and mosaics still stand. 

Kusadasi: Best of Ephesus Shore Excursion Tour

10. Kusadasi: Best of Ephesus Shore Excursion Tour

Your tour will begin as you are welcomed by your professional licensed tour guide, who will be with you all day during your tour. Throughout your experience, your guide will be happy to explain to you every point of the ruins you will visit. Your tour will begin with the House of the Virgin Mary, where the mother of Jesus Christ spent her final years. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, and "unofficially" confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While they visited, they provided some gifts for the shrine, which you can see during your visit. Next up you will visit the UNESCO listed Ancient City of Ephesus, one of the best-kept Greco-Roman ancient cities in the world. This city is famous for Odeon, where old music concerts were organized, and the Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples dedicated to a human. Afterwards, you will visit the Temple of Artemis. Artemis was a Greek goddess (the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo), who replaced Selene as the Goddess of the Moon. At the conclusion of the tour, you will have some time to explore some local goods, and between 3:00PM and 4:00PM, you will be dropped back to the Kusadasi Cruise Port.

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What people are saying about Selcuk

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 51 reviews

The trip was nice, Oscar knows a lot of history and he can easily create an interesting discussion whether you want to hear about history, customs, religion. We didn't think CLeopatra's pool was interesting so he took us to visit some exhibition rooms and told us a lot of things about the sculptures and mythology. The food was also very nice.

This private tour was excellent as it allowed us to visit 2 significant sites in one day. Our guide Ozlem was knowledegable and flexible. We were met door to door by driver and tour guides. I would highly recommend this if you do not have a lot of time in Turkey and yet would like to visit outside of Istanbul to see this amazing country

Reshet was an exceptional guide with whom we got on very well, he shared his knowledge of the places visited with great expertise as well as of the region. I highly recommend and we will definitely return to this agency.

Our guide was Emre. A nice and good English speaking man who was able to tell us a lot about all the sights!

The tour was very nice and gave a lot of knowledge, highly recommended. Thank you Dervis :)