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Discover Ephesus Private Tour

Discover Ephesus Private Shore Excursion

Tour Code: CSS-EP04
Highlights: Ancient Ephesus, Terrace Houses, House of Mother Mary
Duration: Approx 5 Hours
Daily, year-round
Tour Price: From $55 per person, private

Quick Overview

Ephesus shore excursions are designed for cruise passengers with ultimate itineraries. There is a variety of choice from half day to full day tour that includes the highlights of Ancient Ephesus and vicinity. Tour guides will tell you all about history, archaeology and biblical story of all the venues mentioned in the itineraries and transportation is always comfortable and luxury. In addition, full day excursions include lunch with local food as well as a shopping stop. Crossroads Tours offers an extensive shore excursion schedules for the ports of all Kusadasi, Izmir and Istanbul. Choose from city tours, shopping, cultural activities and more. Make the most of your cruise vacation with Shore Excursions that will create memories of a lifetime.


Tour starts from the port of Kusadasi and proceeds to the House of the Virgin Mary, includes scenic views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. A long and winding road affords wonderful views of the valley en route to the Shrine of St. Mary. The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.

Your tour continues to ancient Ephesus, where you’ll pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight such sights as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing facade and two story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It has twenty-five thousand seats, although it was once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals.

Terrace Houses are located on the hill opposite the Hadrian Temple also called as “The Houses of Rich”, This gives us information about family life during the Roman period. Visit the carpet weaving corporation to see how carpets are made by hand.


Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10 – 30 steps. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.


Tour prices are given per person private tours run with minimum 2 person

Number of Persons        2        3        4      5/7     8/10    11/14
Tour Price  $95  $85  $70  $65  $60  $55

What the Price Includes

  • Pick up from the port
  • Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees to the various sites
  • Air Conditioned non-smoking luxury vehicle

Not Included

  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included

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