Private Ephesus tours with guide is available either full day or half day. While full day excursion takes approximately 6-7 hours, a half day shore tour will take around 4-5 hours. Depending on number of sites you wish to see, full day trip will be completed around 16:00 pm and half day tour can be completed around 13:00 pm. Luxury day tours are the most popular type of activity than exploring the ruins with a crowded Ephesus shuttle. For best private tours, price range varies from $70 to $120 (example price per person price in group of 8 people) and as online payment option, cash, Paypal, credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted. Please kindly contact us to get a price quote for your personal requirements.
We also offer various Luxurious private package tours throught Turkey,from Cappadocia, Bodrum & Marmaris & Fethiye and Antalya. Please contact us before you travel, so we can plan a same day or multi day trip dependig on your requests.
Tours from Kusadasi
Pick up from Kusadasi Port or your hotel.
Kusadasi Port, also known as Ephesus Port is one of the most busy ports of Turkey. Many cruise ships dock at Kusadasi and sightseeing tours from cruise ships are departed from the port all year long. Kusadasi town and the port is the closest port 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) to the city ruins and other historical and biblical attractions near the area. So if you your cruise is docking at Kusadasi port, you have the best chance of visiting the Ephesus City Ruins.
You will be picked up from port for your shore excursion options. Full day excursion itinerary includes The House of Virgin Mary. It is the only shrine which is visited both Muslims and Christians. The City of Ephesus which takes approx. 2 hours. Then You will explore the daily life of ancient Ephesian by visiting Ephesus Museum which is not a part of ruins and the location can be seen on Ephesus map.
After lunch the last stop is The Temple of Artemis which is seven wonders of ancient world. The duration of the this full day excursion is approximately 6-7 hours.
After you meet your guide at the port, you will drive approximately 20 minutes to Selcuk town for your half day private tour. The first stop is The Temple of Artemis which will take 20 minutes. Then arriving the gate of ancient city ruins to see the highlights; Celsus Library, Hadrian Temple, Grand Theatre and more.
After exploring the historical sites which take about 3-4 hours then, you will be transferred to The The The House of Virgin Mary where she spent her final years. Drive to restaurant for traditional Turkish lunch.
It is easy to create your own tour itinerary with this option. Pick up from (port or hotel) then arrive to Selcuk to visit; The ancient city, The Terrace Houses, The House of Virgin Mary, The Basilica of St. John, The Museum, Tomb of Seven Sleepers, Sirince Village and many more. So you can explore these sites by this option depending on your time and availability.
Lunch is at local Turkish restaurant with traditional lunch which includes delicious home made meal
Tours from Izmir
Pick-up from Izmir Port, Izmir airport or your hotel.
Izmir port, is a busy and a large port of Turkey. All major cruise lines dock at this port and guided tours for attractions nearby and around Izmir are very popular as well city tours. Location of the port is very central and Ephesus is approximately 83.7 kilometres (52 miles) away. The airport is 75.8 kilometres (47 miles) from the City ruins. Both half day and full day options are available from Izmir Port or Airport.
You will be met by your guide at Izmir Port for your private tour. After driving to the Selcuk area, firstly you will begin to explore The House of Virgin Mary which is one the highlights of this region. Then drive for Ruins which is the most visited ancient city of Modern Turkish Republic. As it is not a part of city ruins; visiting Archaeological Museum will be an interesting experience for you. After having your traditional Turkish lunch in a local restaurant, will be visiting The Temple of Artemis which was built near the first settlement of the city. This full day private tour will take approximately 6-7 hours.
Your Private guide will be waiting you at the meeting place ( Izmir Port or your hotel ), you will be informed about the details of the Private excursion. You will have approximately 1 hour drive to get to Ephesus area and ruins which is one of the largest open air museum of the world and learn about Ephesus history. You will begin to explore The The House of Virgin Mary which is one the biblical highlights of this region. Then drive to Ephesus City which is the most visited ancient ruins of Turkey. The last stop before lunch is The Artemis Temple which was the pilgrimage point of ancient time. The whole excursion will take 5-6 hours.
You can create your own itinerary with this option. If you are coming from Cappadocia, Istabul or anywhere in Turkey, you can be picked up from Izmir Airport or Izmir port ands after one hour drive, arrive to Selcuk to visit Ephesus ruins. And you can add The Terrace Houses, The House of Virgin Mary, The Basilica of St. John, The Museum , Sirince Village and a few more sites. You can explore these beautiful sites by this option depending on your time availability.
Then drive to the local restaurant for your traditional Turkish lunch which includes delicious home made dishes.
Tours from Istanbul
Day tour from Istanbul by flight
Jewel of Turkey, Istanbul once called Constantinople is now a major tourist destination. Istanbul Ephesus Tour itinerary starts by flying from Istanbul Airport to Izmir Airport in the morning and driving to Ephesus. You will be picked at Izmir airport by your guide and drive to the ruins. Your private guide will be giving you information about the surroundings and history of the area while driving. By taking a daily tour from Istanbul, you will also be able to see surroundings around the ruins of the city such as Artemis Temple, House of Virgin Mary, the museum and more.
After flying from Istanbul to Izmir with flight arranged by us, your private tour guide will be meeting you at the first exit gate of Izmir Airport. Arrive at Selcuk Town after 1 hour drive then visit The House of Virgin Mary which is now a National Park as well. Explore The Ephesus City Ruins for almost 1,5 hours by foot. After lunch drive to The Temple of Artemis on the way of Izmir Airport. The trip takes approximately 6-7 hours. Depending on your request we can arrange all your domestic flight travel tickets.
Fly from Istanbul to Izmir with flight arranged by us. Your guide will be meeting you at the exit gate of Izmir Airport. Arrive at Selcuk Town after 1 hour drive. Visit The House of Virgin Mary first. Explore The Ruins of Ephesus for at least 1,5 hours by foot. After lunch drive to The Temple of Artemis on the way of Izmir Airport. The journey takes approximately 4-5 hours. Depending on your request we can arrange your domestic flight travel tickets.
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Ephesus and Pamukkale
Mr Istemihan Teleri from Ounce Travel was extremely responsive right from the first email and throughout our multiple email correspondence. He was patient and polite in answering all questions. We eventually picked 2 private tours with them - The Ephesus Full Day Tour and Pamukkale/Hierapolis Tour. Miss Phyliss was our guide for both days. She spoke very good English and was extremely knowledgeable about the history and places. As part of the tour, they also take you to outlets that sell carpets, leather jackets and textiles which you can choose to opt out of on the private tour. Miss Phyliss was very patient while we shopped at a couple of these places. Would highly recommend this company for their responsiveness, reliability and hospitality.
We booked our own excursion to Ephesus as part of our cruise holiday because it was far cheaper than the cruise line's excursion. It was so easy to book online in advance and a quick phone call to confirm our booking. There was no deposit to pay although we did need to pay in cash at the end of the tour. We were met at the port by our guide, Hulya. The transport for 6 of us was spacious, clean and comfortable and Hulya gave an interesting talk about Turkey on the way to Ephesus. Ephesus is absolutely fascinating and we felt lucky to have Hulya for our guide as she is clearly very knowledgeable, being a volunteer archaeologist at the site. We visited the Terrace Houses and Hulya introduced us to her tutor who discovered them. We had asked to visit the Ephesus Museum and Hulya talked us through the exhibits before allowing us time to look round on our own. We then enjoyed a lovelyTurkish lunch at the inevitable craft centre, although the explanation of how the carpets are made was actually very interesting. We didn't feel too pressured into buying anything but it was slightly unnerving when the salesman appeared to lock the door! All in all, a very memorable day for both adults and teenagers and highly recommended. Hulya even posted a parcel of guide books and gift bags to us in the UK because it had been forgotten on the day. This was a very nice touch and much appreciated.