Turkey has so many amazing antique sites to visit, wherever you holiday in the country, yet the jewel in its crown has to be Ephesus. With a biblical history, you have probably been hearing the name since you were little. St Paul the apostle, wrote letters to the Ephesians and managed to upset a few local dignitaries here, so much so that he was banned from the city. The second largest city of the Roman empire it was once a truly bustling metropolis to which people came from all over the world. Today it is just the tourists and historians wanting to find out a little more about this amazing site.
Perhaps its most famous inhabitant was the Virgin Mary. Her house was said to have been discovered on the outskirts of Ephesus. Today you can see the footings of a much larger property right next to a small church, which is said to have been her home. Giving truth to the legend is the fact that she was entrusted into the care of St John (The book of Revelation) by no less than Jesus himself. Where legend becomes fact, St John resided at the Basilica on the borders of Ephesus, named for him, and it was there that he is still buried. If it all seems a little bit familiar to you, it would be because the books of the new testament have contained the name Ephesus on many occasions.
In 2022, price of Kusadasi Ephesus Tour (Full Day) is 50 € for adults, 25 € for children between age 5 and 8, free for children under 4 years old.
Everyday, between March – November.
Your day commences between 08:00 and 08:30 when you are picked up from your hotel and transferred to Ephesus. Your guide will lead you throughout the city to the many points of interest before the heat of midday sets in. Before leaving for the House of The Virgin you will be taken to a Turkish restaurant for lunch.
After lunch you will visit The House of The Virgin, pass close to the Temple of Apollo and visit Isa Bey (Lord Jesus) Mosque at St John’s Basilica (near to the town of Seljuk), before returning back to your Kusadası hotel.
The order of the tour may vary according to local weather and tourist traffic. Your guide will do their best to adapt the itinerary to help you to avoid unnecessary crowds.
Cost of Kusadasi Ephesus Tour (Full Day) is 50 € for adults, 25 € for children between age 5 and 8, free for children under 4 years old in 2022.
Millions of tourists have walked the ancient streets leading down to the Library of Celsus (pictured on your paper lira in Turkey). Tourists with a love of familiar history. There are even whole streets of Roman architecture revealed for your amazement, with entire rooms, structurally as they once stood. Even the public toilets could function today. Families with student children come here to see for themselves just how big a metropolis Ephesus once was, and to wonder at its demise.
You may also find groups of people from many religions make pilgrimage to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin.
You can travel between the hours of 08:30 and 18:30 during the peak summer season. This excursion is available 7 days a week. You choose the day.
Transfer to and from your Kusadası hotel by air conditioned bus as well as entry to the ancient city.
Entry to the House of the Virgin.
Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world).
Isa Bey Mosque (St John’s Basilica)
English speaking guide plus Insurance.
Your personal expenses throughout the tour.
Drinks and/or any snacks extra to lunch.
Even though some parts of the antique city are smooth, Ephesus is not necessarily a wheelchair friendly tour. Thus anyone with mobility difficulties may find it difficult to negotiate.
Very young children may be bored with the tour, use discretion if bringing younger family members with you, and again not really suitable for baby pushchairs.
Appropriate footwear is the first thing, with so much walking to do, your feet will thank you.
Wear comfortable clothing, bring a sun hat (there really is very little shade) use sun creams liberally and wear sunglasses to maximise your comfort throughout the tour.
Bring some money for drinks and extras to your lunch. You may also wish to purchase souvenirs of your visit.
Bring your camera also.
If you are bringing younger children with you, please bring their passport. This is only to verify their age for entrance to the museums, otherwise you may find yourself paying full price for youngsters who should enter free.
The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, has been closed to the public for some years, while it is being made safe. You may however go very close and see from behind the gates this ancient wonder.
Isa Bey Mosque is one of the oldest in this region curiously named Lord Jesus Mosque when translated into English, and definitely worth a look, if only to see how times and religions have changed.