635 Kusadasi Cruise Reviews

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
We used About Ephesus. $55 each. Same 6 people as in Messina. This tourguide was far less knowledgeable than Mario Astone family. She was young and simply recited facts from memory. She wasn't a local. We toured Ephesus and then ... Read More
We used About Ephesus. $55 each. Same 6 people as in Messina. This tourguide was far less knowledgeable than Mario Astone family. She was young and simply recited facts from memory. She wasn't a local. We toured Ephesus and then she took us to a ceramic factory, Virgin Mary house, a rug factory and then dropped us in Kusadasi. Ephesus is phony. People don't realize it, but the entire place was rebuilt in the style of what was there. Even the columns are simply recreated replicas. Everyone makes a big deal of the terrace houses. They are ok, but again nothing special. The ceramic factory was actually interesting. The stuff is high quality. Bargain like crazy and the price comes down. They discount for cash and do ship it. They are honest. The stuff arrived today in excellent condition. The rug factory is a joke. Nice exhibit and then they keep telling you no obligation but hound you like crazy. The first one they showed my wife that she expressed any interest in was quoted at 4,100 Euro. That was ultimately reduced to 2,900 Euro. They claim they are rare and handmade, but they have thousands of them. Not too rare. The price then dropped to 2,000 Euro. If I really wanted it, I would have gotten it for about 800 Euro. They are crooks. We stopped at the Virgin Mary house, but I refused to go in. This is totally phony. The Turkish government concedes the chances Mary was ever here is less than 2%. But they charge about 8 Euro each for people to stand inside a chapel constructed in the early 1900's. AVOID this. It is an affront to Christianity and insulting to anyone else. There is a shop inside the port for jewelry run by Haim Paco. If you want jewelry, find his shop and tell him I sent you. He is a master craftsman and the price was good. He is honorable. Do not buy jewelry in Kusadasi. They were trying to charge 850 Euro for a pair of earrings which at most were worth 125 Euros. (9 grams of 14k gold). Also, do NOT buy 925 silver. That is the lowest class of sterling and you are being ripped off. They probably get it from Mexico. It will turn your skin black. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Just be prepared for the never ending approaching of local shop keepers trying to entice you in their stores it was relentless and spoilt it for me. Have a good sense of humour when you pay 1 euro to use their top class hole in the ground ... Read More
Just be prepared for the never ending approaching of local shop keepers trying to entice you in their stores it was relentless and spoilt it for me. Have a good sense of humour when you pay 1 euro to use their top class hole in the ground toilet ! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We took our first ship excursion in two cruises and were impressed. The day including a great buffet lunch at a Turkish resort. I loved the variety of foods. We spent time at Mary's Place, John's church, and a museum. But the ... Read More
We took our first ship excursion in two cruises and were impressed. The day including a great buffet lunch at a Turkish resort. I loved the variety of foods. We spent time at Mary's Place, John's church, and a museum. But the highlight of the day, was the time spent at Ephesus - a truely remarkable place. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Fun port with bazaar shopping and the gateway to the amazing archaeological site of Ephesus. Got tired of the high-pressured salesmanship but nothing can take away from the friendly people and the fascinating glimpse into the past. Be ... Read More
Fun port with bazaar shopping and the gateway to the amazing archaeological site of Ephesus. Got tired of the high-pressured salesmanship but nothing can take away from the friendly people and the fascinating glimpse into the past. Be sure you pay the extra $10 to see the Terrace Houses. They're worth it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Short walk from pier to town. Watch the local traffic as come from most angles. People very friendly (sometime over for business). Tip is not to go to the bazaar/markets too early and wait for other fellow shipmates to start shopping. We ... Read More
Short walk from pier to town. Watch the local traffic as come from most angles. People very friendly (sometime over for business). Tip is not to go to the bazaar/markets too early and wait for other fellow shipmates to start shopping. We made mistake by gong into town at 8.45 and there were swarms of local shopkeepers that impossible to browse. Wait till 11am and big difference. At this time of year hagle and barter and can get as much as three quarters off as coming to end of season. Lovely port and locals. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Lots and lots of ruins, Roman and Greek. More ruins here than in Greece or Italy !! Better to take a Van Tour (sold on pier) for 20 Euros per person with private guide. That way you can avoid the cruise ship crowds. Appros 25 busses full ... Read More
Lots and lots of ruins, Roman and Greek. More ruins here than in Greece or Italy !! Better to take a Van Tour (sold on pier) for 20 Euros per person with private guide. That way you can avoid the cruise ship crowds. Appros 25 busses full of cruise tourists per day at Ephesus, and it is difficult to see what you want with such huge crowds. Also good shopping downtown !! Real fake Rolexes !! Ha Ha Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Kusadasi itself is nothing special but it gives you access to Ephesus which is a must see.
Kusadasi itself is nothing special but it gives you access to Ephesus which is a must see. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We know Kusadasi well and it is our shopping port. We always buy jewellery and watches and can usually get a good deal. Best tip, go with an idea of what you want, know how much it is back home and be prepared to barter hard.
We know Kusadasi well and it is our shopping port. We always buy jewellery and watches and can usually get a good deal. Best tip, go with an idea of what you want, know how much it is back home and be prepared to barter hard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Booked another tour with Magical Steps to see Ephesus. Our guide was Zeynap. She was very charming and had a great sense of humor. She talked very quickly and full of knowledge. We included the Terrace Houses in our tour- I thought it was ... Read More
Booked another tour with Magical Steps to see Ephesus. Our guide was Zeynap. She was very charming and had a great sense of humor. She talked very quickly and full of knowledge. We included the Terrace Houses in our tour- I thought it was worth the extra money. Can really get a sense of living the high life 2000 years ago. We did have a stop at a carpet factory that was not on our itinerary. But there was no pressure to buy. Kusadasi would be a town I would like to explore further in terms of the beaches. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
The ruins in Athens are not to be missed. We did a private tour with a company called TurkeyTourMarket dot com. Osgar picked us up at the port drove us around all day with a ton of history and story all for $44 per person. Best deal ... Read More
The ruins in Athens are not to be missed. We did a private tour with a company called TurkeyTourMarket dot com. Osgar picked us up at the port drove us around all day with a ton of history and story all for $44 per person. Best deal around and worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Up early to visit the ruins of Ephesus. Coach trip took about 40 minutes and then we walked from the top of the old town down through the ruins to the lower car park. Various parts of the ruins have been completely excavated but our guide ... Read More
Up early to visit the ruins of Ephesus. Coach trip took about 40 minutes and then we walked from the top of the old town down through the ruins to the lower car park. Various parts of the ruins have been completely excavated but our guide indicated that it will take another 30 years to complete all excavations. There are local actors giving a short outdoor show every 15 minutes to show the typical sights and sounds of the period. Very interesting and informative.The trip back to Constellation took in the obligatory carpet shop which turned out to be very instructive and completely without any pressure to make a purchase.Later we wandered the town to take in the local impressions. Very enjoyable visit. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011

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