Home of a staggering amount of history, Ephesus once held the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This venerable site was also an important center of early Christendom: among seven cities addressed in the Book of Revelations, some suggest that the Gospel of John may have been written within its walls.
Very impressive, but it needs a lot more excavation. Partly tainted because the people in our tour group were very negative older people that couldn't enjoy what we were seeing. The tour guide focused on importance in history but wasn't able to make it come alive even with us standing there.
We did the Ancient Ephesus excursion which allowed us to get off the ship first and hop on a bus. We received a complimentary bottle of water with a postcard and a good luck charm. We went to the ancient ruins and explored that for about two hours. Our tour guide is an archaeologist so we had a chance to discuss about the excavations. Seeing the ancient ruins and marble buildings were stunning ranging from the theatre auditorium to even the bathrooms. We saw the St Marks Basilica and even got a photo with a camel!
We went to a rest stop for some Turkish coffee, baklava and the best gyro I have ever eaten. While we ate and drank, we saw an interactive show of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. We then went to a Turkish rug merchant and it was fascinating learning about the ancient art of loom weaving.
The best! Had amazing day with the best guide. She was knowledgeable, passionate and made our day! Ephesus is not to be missed. We got to the House of Virgin Mary early and without crowds, as well as touring Ephesus before the crowds. Our favorite excursion. The tour also included a fabulous turkish lunch with multi options on a buffet. Delightful lunch in the garden of the homeowner.
Ephesus is truly amazing - the most impressive ruins you will ever see!! Our guide was fantastic. There was a brief caroet demonstration at the end, we only stayed briefly to enjoy the delicious complementary pastry drinks, and then went shopping in Kusadasi. Thie keather market is not to be believed - good prices if you bargain a bit, and they sure do love to bargain! We found Turkey to be a lovely clean country- there was none of the disgusting tagging marring lovely buildings as we saw everywhere in Greece. The People were friendly and hospitable too.
We used Best of Ephesus Tours by Locals and had Zeynep Elitemiz as our tour guide. For $25 each we had a Zeynep, an excellent guide, a driver and a very clean newish van for about 6 hours. She was excellent and the tour was quite complete. Had to do the carpet factory but every tour does that.
It was very well done. The tour leader was very knowledgable and she kept us together. Ephesus -- think the Book of Ephesians -- was where Paul walked the same streets and sat at the same stadium and visited the same gymnasiums.
Tour - Ephesus Shuttle - Curio Travel Turkey & Greece. The van was clean and comfortable. The guide "Ike" was extremely good. Only two on the tour and we saw much of Ephesus. No high pressure sales at stops. This was a pleasant experience! We highly recommend this tour and tour company.
Our tour guide Aysenur was excellent. We did a half day trip. The terrace houses are a must see. It comes with an additional fee and the stairs can be challenging. We loved the feeling and the beauty of this ancient city. We spent the afternoon in the market place shopping and were amazed by all of the "genuine fakes". This is a shoppers paradise.
Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary were wonderful. our guide was excellent. the carpet shop I could have done without. and the shopping area just outside the port was also not very comfortable to walk around as the men were very aggressive to try to sell their goods.
Ephesus is a must see. Guide was awesome-very informative, friendly and knowledgeable. One of the best excursions I have ever been on. Rug stop at the end is a waste unless you want to spend thousands on a rug-very nice but not for me.
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