647 Kusadasi Cruise Reviews

As my husband and I met in Turkey. It was very important to us that this stop was the highlight of our trip and it certainly was. We arranged an excursion through the Internet (Ephesus Shuttle) rather than utilizing the ship's tours ... Read More
As my husband and I met in Turkey. It was very important to us that this stop was the highlight of our trip and it certainly was. We arranged an excursion through the Internet (Ephesus Shuttle) rather than utilizing the ship's tours and were not disappointed. We visited Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, St. John's basilica, the Temple of Athena, had a real Turkish lunch and visited the rug factory. Our guide was knowledgeable and very considerate, keeping us away from the worst of the crowds and waiting for us slow walkers. The rug factory was a little more pushy that I had read in the reviews, but we got a nice rug from there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
I booked this cruise primarily to see Ephesus and was not disappointed - an incredible site. We booked private tour so that we could be sure to see and spend as much time in all of the sites (including House of Mary which I thought was ... Read More
I booked this cruise primarily to see Ephesus and was not disappointed - an incredible site. We booked private tour so that we could be sure to see and spend as much time in all of the sites (including House of Mary which I thought was very special) and the Terrace Houses which were just amazing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Only marked it down because we,ve been there 4 times before, its a lively place with reasonable shopping
Only marked it down because we,ve been there 4 times before, its a lively place with reasonable shopping Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Only had short visit to bazaar, did not like being pestered by the traders who would not take no for answer, could not wait to get back to ship.
Only had short visit to bazaar, did not like being pestered by the traders who would not take no for answer, could not wait to get back to ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Did not go to Ephesus this time. We just walked off the ship and kept walking until we were no longer being bothered by shop keepers. Then we relaxed and wandered around local shops, sat in a park, made friends with the owners of a ... Read More
Did not go to Ephesus this time. We just walked off the ship and kept walking until we were no longer being bothered by shop keepers. Then we relaxed and wandered around local shops, sat in a park, made friends with the owners of a gourmet food shop (they stuffed us with free samples of their food) and finally found a restaurant where we were the only tourists and had a late lunch. We rounded out the day by stopping in a grocery store and buying some Turkish food to bring home. A perfect day for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Joined a excursion offered near port. Only problem was it missed basilica of St. John and temple of Diana (Artemis)which were promised. Instead it took us to carpet & leather stores where the sales staff used very high pressure to ... Read More
Joined a excursion offered near port. Only problem was it missed basilica of St. John and temple of Diana (Artemis)which were promised. Instead it took us to carpet & leather stores where the sales staff used very high pressure to try and get you to buy their products. Nevertheless, Ephesus was well worth visiting. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Been before, too many hassling salesman prevent you from looking around the town. would recommend the trip to Ephesus though
Been before, too many hassling salesman prevent you from looking around the town. would recommend the trip to Ephesus though Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We had been to Kusadasi and Ephesus on a previous cruise and so spent our time wandering around the old town and the small island located near the ship. For a first visit I would definitely recommend a trip to both Ephesus and the Virgin ... Read More
We had been to Kusadasi and Ephesus on a previous cruise and so spent our time wandering around the old town and the small island located near the ship. For a first visit I would definitely recommend a trip to both Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's house. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We had booked our own tour for just under the price of the ship excursions, but it was just the two of us, with a driver, and guide - Gizem Aka. She was waiting for us outside the port entrance with a sign and we headed out for Ephesus. ... Read More
We had booked our own tour for just under the price of the ship excursions, but it was just the two of us, with a driver, and guide - Gizem Aka. She was waiting for us outside the port entrance with a sign and we headed out for Ephesus. We stopped at the final home of the Virgin Mary and then to Ephesus. This is worth seeing. This was a wonderful tour. We enjoyed this stop so much, that we want to go back to Turkey and see more. We paid $112 total (tipped $28) this is usa money - they don't take euros Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey: We should have taken the excursion to Ephesus, but opted to wander around the port of Kusadasi, instead. The city is interesting, and would be wonderful in warm weather as the beach with palm trees is right ... Read More
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey: We should have taken the excursion to Ephesus, but opted to wander around the port of Kusadasi, instead. The city is interesting, and would be wonderful in warm weather as the beach with palm trees is right against the ship. But we walked through the bazaars rather than touring ruins and had a good day anyway. There are some excellent candy and coffee shops downtown, and a beautiful small mosque with an amazing rose garden just up the hill from the Oriental Bazaar. If you like bargaining with vendors and lots of walking, the port here is fun. (But go when it is warm. Our feet were cold by the end of the day) Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Shopping, shopping, shopping and excellent coffee. A very interesting place to walk round but don't get trapped in a rug shop looking at £11000 carpets.
Shopping, shopping, shopping and excellent coffee. A very interesting place to walk round but don't get trapped in a rug shop looking at £11000 carpets. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We were very pampered on our tour from Kusadasi to Ephesus back to Kusadasi again. Mom and Dad took a different tour, but had just as good a time on theirs. We were given a bag of souvenirs, including something a friend had asked me to ... Read More
We were very pampered on our tour from Kusadasi to Ephesus back to Kusadasi again. Mom and Dad took a different tour, but had just as good a time on theirs. We were given a bag of souvenirs, including something a friend had asked me to find for her in Turkey, 'evil eye'. Our guide always called us 'dear guests', treating us with the greatest courtesy, as he told us various anecdotes and stories about the places we visited. Our bus took us from the ship to Ephesus, where I saw some of the most fantastic Roman ruins I've ever seen. We were able to go inside an archaeological dig and view the frescoes they'd unearthed. Afterwards, we came out to see a pageant with 'Caesar' and 'Cleopatra', which began with an Egyptian dance and ended with a gladiator fight. Afterwards, we were taken to the Ephesus archaeological museum, which we had a half hour to explore on our own. I barely made it out in time, I kept gawking at everything. The Aphrodite room was as wonderful as our guide promised, but I loved the room of statues as well. We drove past a couple of monuments, before we were taken back to Kusadasi for lunch. We were dressed as Romans and sat down for a Roman feast. I really liked the vegetarian items we were served. After lunch, we were taken to a place where Turkish carpets were made. I was a little uneasy about this, thinking I'd be pushed into buying a Turkish rug, but we had a great time. We learned a lot about how Turkish rugs were made and were offered local beverages as a courtesy. I got to try Turkish coffee and my husband tried a hot beverage that tasted like apples. The coffee tasted like a very rich, dark chocolate with no milk and very little sugar in it. It was quite delicious. The rugs were beautiful and we were tempted to get one, although our cat would have probably made short work of it. :) As it was, we had a lot of fun. Getting back to the ship was a little difficult, as we wandered through the fish market, trying to find the entrance for the cruise ships. There were even more cats in Turkey than there had been in Crete. Eventually, we made our way back to the ship. I bought some Turkish delight at the port and took it back to our rooms on the ship. We were greeted with water and punch as we boarded. My husband and I returned to our rooms and our deck, which adjoined with our parents. They had already returned from their excursion. We shared adventures, champagne, Turkish delight, and the cheese Arthur had brought us, enjoying the view of Kusadasi, until we pulled out of the port. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We had booked private tour of Ephesus and were met by our guide as soon as we left the ship. We spent the day in Athens and had a look around the shops in Kusadasi before returning to the ship.
We had booked private tour of Ephesus and were met by our guide as soon as we left the ship. We spent the day in Athens and had a look around the shops in Kusadasi before returning to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
The excavations at Ephesus are fascinating, although the terrain is difficult. We were not impressed by the House of Virgin Mary, with apologies to any true believers. We did not see very much of Kusadasi proper.
The excavations at Ephesus are fascinating, although the terrain is difficult. We were not impressed by the House of Virgin Mary, with apologies to any true believers. We did not see very much of Kusadasi proper. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Had a full day tour arranged on our CC roll call using About Ephesus. Our tour included the House of the Virgin Mary, a drive-by of Temple of Artemis and St. John's, Ephesus including the Terrace Houses (do not miss the Terrace Houses ... Read More
Had a full day tour arranged on our CC roll call using About Ephesus. Our tour included the House of the Virgin Mary, a drive-by of Temple of Artemis and St. John's, Ephesus including the Terrace Houses (do not miss the Terrace Houses which are an additional admission cost but well worth it), lunch (delicious addictive cheese rolls!), and a demo/tour at a Turkish carpet weaving center. Our tour guide was excellent and we were all very pleased with this tour. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Must see the House of Mary and the Library. Also purchased a rug thru the Board of Education; it was a cooperative. They paid the taxes and shipping.
Must see the House of Mary and the Library. Also purchased a rug thru the Board of Education; it was a cooperative. They paid the taxes and shipping. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Did a tour of Ephesus and Sirince village with Ephesus Deluxe. Great tour guide for a reasonable price. Kusadasi was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed the bazaar and pleasant shoreline. The area reminded me of California, with dry comfortable ... Read More
Did a tour of Ephesus and Sirince village with Ephesus Deluxe. Great tour guide for a reasonable price. Kusadasi was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed the bazaar and pleasant shoreline. The area reminded me of California, with dry comfortable climate and eucalyptus trees everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011

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