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Half Day Ephesus and Virgin Mary Ultra Private Tour Shore Excursion

4.8 / 5 total 52 reviews
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Product code: 4942
Overview

Your knowledgable guide can introduce you to what was once the best city within the Roman Empire.

In the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the most magnificent city in Anatolia. Once in the ancient city, we will explore this magnificent ancient Roman city and visit some of the world-famous sights, including the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Artemis and the Great Theatre.

All of these sites were built in the Greek era and reconstructed within the Roman period. The Great Theatre is still noted for its remarkable acoustics, and many celebrities have performed there including Michael Jackson.

Visit the Terrace Houses found opposite Hadrian’s Temple. The rich and important people of Ephesus lived in the Terrace Houses, which were decorated with mosaics and frescoes, giving an impression of the ancient lifestyle.

After visiting the ancient city, you'll get the opportunity to see the House of the Virgin Mary, which is known to be where the biblical Mother Mary lived before her ascent into Heaven. Your guide can inform you about the years of the Roman Empire and necessary alternative periods in Turkish history.

After all of this magnificent sightseeing relax and do a bit of shopping in some of the best carpet and leather outlets and grab some amazing bargains to take home and be the envy of all your friends.

This ultra-private tour can be customised to your needs so if you want to change it around or there is something else you want to add in we will accommodate it to your tastes.

Highlights
  • Enjoy the highlights of Ephesus on this Ultra-Private tour
  • See how the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city
  • See famous sites the Temple of Hadrian, Celcus Library and Odeon
  • See where the wealthy once lived at the Terrace Houses
  • Learn about the important history of Ephesus and Virgin Mary
  • Walk in the footsteps of biblical figures at the House of Virgin Mary
Know Before You Book
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • This tour is for a minimum of 2 peopleThis tour is for a minimum of 2 people
  • This tour can be tailor made to your needsThis tour can be tailor made to your needs
  • Entrance fees are not included but you have the option to add them into the priceEntrance fees are not included but you have the option to add them into the price
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from Kusadasi Port
  • Cancellation Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Pick up and drop off service from Kusadasi Port
  • All transportation in a air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional and knowledgeable guide
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned
Meeting Point
Pick up and drop off from Kusadasi Port. Times will be confirmed once the booking has been confirmed.

Additional Info
  • Please dress appropriately when visiting any religious sites
  • In the Summer months make sure to apply suncream as it can get very hot
  • Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and footwear as there is walking involved
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Reviewed by Ana BR   February 10, 2020
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Chegamos no Brasil, a verdade a Turquia foi um destino muito distante para nós, nesta viagem, visitamos a antiga cidade de Éfeso e a casa da Virgem Maria, para que nós não temos muito tempo, mas posso garantir-vos que vamos voltar e com toda a família Da próxima vez que ir a Éfeso, creio que vamos ter uma excursão de dia inteiro pra conhecer mais lugares que acho que com apenas uma vez que não é possível conhecer toda a cultura do lugar, nem compreender as coisas que foram feitas em Éfeso Obrigado por tudo o que nos foi oferecido como uma agência de viagens e obrigado por nos dar um bom guia….
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Reviewed by Josh US   February 08, 2020
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We have sent an email asking for prices and options to create a private tour. We were able to take a standard tour and customize it, and it was less than half the price of the tour 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 journey, we learned many interesting facts about the region and Turkey in general. Then, we reached the Virgin Mary’s house and toured the site exciting. Then we stopped at Ephesus where we had a leisurely and informative tour through the fantastic ruins. Then it was off to the Temple of Artemis to finish the tour. The tour was incredible and a highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend this private tour the price was very reasonable.
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Reviewed by James GB   January 06, 2020
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We were picked up from the Kusadasi port by a very comfortable transfer and had a professional, knowledgeable guide. Ephesus is just amazing with its buildings and views; you can feel the energy of the ancient people who built it. And the House of the Virgin Mary is a holy place, and I felt very spiritual when I visited there. You can put a candle there, and make a wish near the special wall of wishes. Enjoyed our visit very much and probably will back there one day! Thanks to the team of goodmantours.com for a great organization.
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Goodman Tours TR   January 06, 2020

Thanks for writing a review, James. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Jane Moore US   January 03, 2020
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I have just come back from this tour and was a great way to see the main highlights of Ephesus. We were picked up on time and went straight to Ephesus. Wow! what a place we had heard so much about it and it really lived up to its expectations. We also visited the House of the Virgin Mary and came away feeling very calm. This was tour went smoothly and completely stress-free well worth the money and would recommend to anyone.
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Goodman Tours TR   January 03, 2020

Thanks for writing a review, Jane Moore. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Ivy C US   December 26, 2019
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Thank you, Goodman Tours, for an incredible time. For anyone who reads this and is planning a trip to Turkey, you can not go wrong with using this company. We were never rushed or pressured into buying anything and even got to see a fashion show. This is something I never thought I would enjoy, but it was pretty cool. When going to Ephesus do not miss out on the Terrace Houses they are most impressive and unbelievable. They are the homes of the very rich of the day with indoor hot and cold water, heated houses, indoor bathrooms and even a sauna with heated floors. The lunch was awesome and got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. Thanks
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Reviewed by Amelia US   November 30, 2019
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We have organised a private tour through goodmantours.com. Our guide met us at the arrivals gate, and we headed off in a minivan. During the car journey, he gave an account of Turkey’s history, diverse ethnic makeup and contemporary issues, conversational and fascinating. After Ephesus, we asked for a detour to a Turkish nut shop in Selcuk. We were able to buy some incredibly fresh almonds, pistachios, moist dried figs and lovely Turkish delight, best souvenirs. Compared to the Egyptian/Spice bazaar, this place was where locals bought such excellent prices and quality. Overall our guide was charismatic and knowledgeable, bringing to life the history of Ephesus and Mary’s house. Price of the tour was very reasonable. We highly recommend it.
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Goodman Tours TR   November 30, 2019

Thanks for writing a review, Amelia. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Julia Gomez MX   November 08, 2019
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What a great tour to see Ephesus and the Virgin Mary. The guide was a few minutes late but was very apologetic. Once the tour had started it was great Just wish i had time to see more.
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Goodman Tours TR   November 08, 2019

Thanks for writing a review, Julia. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Nick L PL   October 24, 2019
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I and my wife went to cruise and had a stop in Kusadasi. We found this tour to Ephesus and The Virgin Mary House on goodmantours.com. We are still inspired by these places. Thanks to our guide and to the company for the organisation. Definitely recommend to everyone!

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Goodman Tours TR   October 25, 2019

Thanks for writing a review, Nick L. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Pedro Martinez ES   October 12, 2019
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I had an amazing time on this tour and seen all the highlights of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary with a great guide.
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Goodman Tours TR   October 12, 2019

Thanks for writing a review, Pedro. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Aria AU   October 10, 2019
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We chose Goodman Tours for a half-day tour to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary from our cruise port stop at Kusadasi based on the previous positive reviews, and we were very pleased with their service. Right from the moment of booking, they always replied to my emails quickly and answered any queries. Our group of 8 had a clean, spacious modern minibus and we had no problem finding our guide who was waiting for us at the port. Knowledge of our guide of the history of Ephesus was extensive, how on earth he remembered all the dates and facts was amazing! If we had just wandered around on our own, we would have missed out on so many details he pointed out to us. All in all, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Goodman Tours.
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Goodman Tours TR   October 10, 2019

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Reviewed by Amy TW   October 06, 2019
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The company even had umbrellas to keep the sun off us, and we needed that on such a hot day. We also visited Mary’s house; the guide suggested doing that before Ephesus to beat the crowds, which was a great suggestion. The guide had so much knowledge about the sites and excellent English. I couldn’t fault that part of the trip. The guide suggested lunch at a carpet factory. We had a stop at the factory to look at how Turkish rugs were made, then offered drinks and showed us their best rugs. Each couple had a man come over and serve. No one in the group wanted to buy, but it was a really lovely experience. Then went to a leather factory, watch a fashion parade and had an opportunity to try some jackets and chose a couple of nice ones. Great tour, great guide, a great experience and exceptional organization of Goodman tours!!!
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Goodman Tours TR   October 06, 2019

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Reviewed by Lucas M BR   October 05, 2019
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We were 2 people (me and my wife) but met a couple on our cruise, and they asked to join us for the tour. We directly emailed the company, and they were fine with adding extra people. We were picked up with a comfortable van with working air conditioning (a necessity for Europe in the summer). Our tour guide was exactly where we were told he was going to meet us. He told a lot of information to us along the way and when we got to our destinations. We had the "Best of Ephesus" tour and learned a great deal from our tour guide about Greek, Roman and Turkish history. He spoke perfect English. Be mindful of bringing along extra money if you decide to go to the leather factory or Turkish Delight store (which we chose) you may want to buy a few items. Overall a great tour and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend.
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Goodman Tours TR   October 05, 2019

Thanks for writing a review, Lucas. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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Reviewed by Madison Collins US   October 03, 2019
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If you are going to Kusadasi, be sure to book with Goodman Tours. We spent 5 days in Rome, 12 days on a cruise, and 5 days in Venice and this was the best tour of all we did. She is so knowledgeable and personable. My husband has difficulty understanding strong accents, and he had no trouble understanding our guide. The van price was reasonable and shared among 6 of us. We went to St. Mary’s home, Ephesus and had a wonderful lunch. We were concerned about visiting Turkey with the unrest we have had with them. We felt very safe. The town is very modern and clean. The area at the port was great for shopping, and the prices are very reasonable. I would highly recommend Goodman Tours!
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Goodman Tours TR   October 03, 2019

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Reviewed by Bob US   September 19, 2019
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We had a good time at ancient Ephesus and house of the Virgin Mary, and I can tell you, a private tour the is the best way to go. Many group tours would crowd around their guide to get a glimpse of what he/she was pointing out. With a private tour, you can set the pace with your guide and skip what you aren’t that interested in. We also visited the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis. It was a full day which did not disappoint and well worth the expense.
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Reviewed by Rocio US   September 16, 2019
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la isla de kusadasi es realmente maravillosa lo mejor de todo es que con el guia que tuvimos aparte de hacer la visita a efeso y la casa de la virgen maria tambien nos mostro el centro de la ciudad me gusto mucho todo lo recomiendo de todas formas
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Reviewed by Sophia Schwartz DE   September 14, 2019
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Wir haben viel Zeit in uralten Ephesos und Terrassenhäusern verbracht und ich kann Ihnen sagen, eine private Tour ist der richtige Weg. Es gab viele Gruppenreisen, die sich um ihren Führer drängten, um einen Eindruck von dem zu bekommen, worauf er / sie hinwies. Bei einer privaten Tour können Sie mit Ihrem Guide das Tempo bestimmen und überspringen, was Sie nicht interessiert. Wir haben auch das Haus der Heiligen Maria, den Tempel der Artemis, besucht. Es war ein voller Tag, der nicht enttäuschte und die Kosten wert war.
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Reviewed by Kammi JP   September 12, 2019
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I booked a private tour to Ephesus and A House of the Virgin Mary for five (5) people with goodmantours.com after seeing the previous comments. The reviews were all true! We were picked up from the port of Kusadasi, with no issues regarding the lateness of the ship. The van was very clean and the driver very professional. Our guide was brilliant; had very well English and answered all our questions. He clearly has a good knowledge of the area. We did turn this down with no issues, so travellers can include these or not when travelling with Goodman Tours. A 5* experience.

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Reviewed by Marta H GB   September 02, 2019
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Our cruise stopped in Kusadasi for one day, and someone else on our ship organized a tour to Ephesus which we joined. It was one of my best trips. Our guide from Ephesus Port Tours was incredibly knowledgeable and got us to the sites before many of the larger tour buses arrived. We had a minivan and were able to sneak into the smaller parking lots with ease. This was very important to me, as I like to have a wide-open field for photography purposes. I just don't want other people in my pix! We had a reasonably good amount of time at each site. Being on a cruise-limited timeframe, I think the tour ticked all the boxes. Not only did we stop at the House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus, but we also had a little time to wander around the Temple of Artemis. Albeit, there is just one column left standing from the original 127, but how often does one get to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?!! Following our sightseeing, we stopped for lunch at a weaving centre. I loved every bite of that eastern Mediterranean food. As expected, there was a "tour" at the weaving centre and the option for people to purchase carpets, jewels and other bits. I know several people from our group did make purchases, so it's always good to support the local cooperatives. We ended back in Kusadasi with a bit of time for shopping. In case anyone has more time there, this was definitely a port city worth a browse.
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Goodman Tours TR   September 02, 2019

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Reviewed by Qauisara MY   August 31, 2019
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Kami menempah dengan goodmantours.com terlebih dahulu, dan mereka bertemu kami ketika kami berlabuh di pelabuhan dengan kapal pesiar kami. Pemandu pemandu kami sedang menunggu kami di kapal, dan kami telah dibawa pergi untuk lawatan bermaklumat dan menarik. Saya sangat mengesyorkan goodmantours.com untuk lawatan Turki anda. Anda tidak akan kecewa.
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Reviewed by Ralph GB   August 08, 2019
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If you are going to Ephesus, make sure that Goodman Tours guides you. We had a highly experienced guide with a wealth of knowledge and was friendly and helpful.
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Goodman Tours TR   August 08, 2019

Thanks for writing a review, Ralph. Happy to hear you had a good time. Kind regards, Goodman Tours team.

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