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.
Testimonials & reviews
Some friends and I recently took a cruise and booked a private day tour. We got even more than we expected. Our day in Ephesus was the highlight of a two week trip. Our guide Canan Tunckanat did an amazing job. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious and she added so much to our experience. We didn't just experience Ephesus, we walked in the footsteps of Cleopatra. She made the ruins come alive for us and shared her Turkish culture and hospitality. A truly memorable day.
I had searched through the trip advisor reviews and after narrowing the choices down to a few, I sent emails asking for prices and options to create a private tour for our shore excursion. After looking at the options, About Ephesus was the choice and I was very happy with the decision. I was able to take a standard tour and customize it and it was less than half the price of the group tour shore excursion offered by our cruise. We met our private guide and driver as soon as we got off the ship. We first started with a drive out to the Virgin Mary's House. Along the drive, we learned some interesting facts about the region and Turkey in general. Then, we reached Mary's house and toured the site- very interesting. Then it was off to Ephesus where we had a leisurely and informative tour through the amazing ruins. Make sure to get the added tour of the terrace houses. This is the most well preserved ancient ruins ever discovered. After our amazing tour, we were off to a traditional turkish lunch and toured a government sponsored rug factory and showroom. We got an interesting tour of how these beautiful hand made rugs are made. It was actually very interesting although you do have to endure a bit of a sales pitch at the end of the tour. Then it was off to St John's Basilica and the Temple of Artimis to finish the tour. We had about 1/2 an hour to spare, so we explored the markets around Kusadasi before heading back to the ship. The tour was incredible and a highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend this tour company as they were very professional and the price was very reasonable.