634 Kusadasi Cruise Reviews

Nice port with area to walk around.  We took the Turkish Towns and Villages tour.  Sirince was amazing and there should be more time there instead of Tire.  The tour included a lovely stop for lunch at a delightful restaurant with ... Read More
Nice port with area to walk around.  We took the Turkish Towns and Villages tour.  Sirince was amazing and there should be more time there instead of Tire.  The tour included a lovely stop for lunch at a delightful restaurant with atmosphere in a garden setting.  However, another hour stop for a carpet demonstration on the way back- too much of it!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
We had arranged a private guide for the two of us through kusadasi.bis. We were very lucky to have Gonca Kizilhan, a lovely young Turkish woman who had grown up in Kusadasi, knowing that she would be a tour guide for Ephesus. We were met ... Read More
We had arranged a private guide for the two of us through kusadasi.bis. We were very lucky to have Gonca Kizilhan, a lovely young Turkish woman who had grown up in Kusadasi, knowing that she would be a tour guide for Ephesus. We were met by Gonca (Rose) at 7:30 a.m. as arranged and walked a few blocks to meet her driver. We were in a newish van. We arrived at Ephesus before most of the tourists and walked around with little problem. The highlight is definitely the Terrace Houses, and as we were the only ones there when we entered and when we left (a lot of the tours do not take you there), it was even more incredible. The restoration is incredible and very enlightening. I would highly recommend Gonca and her company (gk_kusadasi@hotmail.com). Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Only visited this port last year for the first time, but it's splendid - very clean, wide roads and pedestrian areas, excellent shops and very friendly people. There is a small attempt to pressure sell - it's in the blood - but ... Read More
Only visited this port last year for the first time, but it's splendid - very clean, wide roads and pedestrian areas, excellent shops and very friendly people. There is a small attempt to pressure sell - it's in the blood - but in the real shops one can browse without hassle. Easy to walk back to the ship, and lots of pavement things to see. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Kusadasi & Ephesus were awesome! We had booked a private tour in advance with Celsus Travel, and through CruiseCritic, got 2 other couples onboard ship to join our tour. Cost for the full-day tour for 6 folks was $70 US/pp. We were ... Read More
Kusadasi & Ephesus were awesome! We had booked a private tour in advance with Celsus Travel, and through CruiseCritic, got 2 other couples onboard ship to join our tour. Cost for the full-day tour for 6 folks was $70 US/pp. We were met at the dock at 8:15am by Tan, our guide, holding up a sign for our group. Our shuttle bus was waiting for us. We spent about 3.5 hours at Ephesus and specifically asked for the Terrace Houses to be included in our itinerary. That was the highlight of our tour. Totally amazing! Do NOT miss the Terrace Houses. It is worth the separate admission charge. You walk through the excavations on top of glass walkways to view the mosaic floors and painted frescoes that are the hallmarks of the "rich people's houses". This whole area has only been excavated since the 70's, prior to that it was totally buried. There are lots of friendly feral cats wandering around Ephesus. If you are a cat lover, bring a few treats for them. One cat heard the crinkle of cellophane from our trail mix and ran right over, and ate a peanut and a raisin! We visited a rug weaving school for girls. It was very interesting and the owner was very hospitable. We were offered apple tea, or Turkish coffee, and cheese sticks. They explained the different kinds of rugs and showed us how silk thread is spun from the silk cocoons. Although all 6 of us said we weren't in the market for getting a rug, 2 of the 3 couples ending up buying one (including us!). We bought a kilim rug (not a knotted rug), 4 x 6' for $300 which included shipping it home. It will be a nice reminder of our trip. We next drove to the village of Sirince for lunch. It is up in the hills amidst the grape vines and orchards. We had lunch at a nice outdoor restaurant and had some traditional dishes, including something like a chicken stew. Sirince is more Greek than Turkish, and there were nice shops for souvenirs, with a lot less pressure to buy than in Kusadasi. The village is known for its fruit wines. Our guide than made a special stop for some of our group who were shopping for gold jewelry, and dropped us off at the Turkish Delight factory. The prices for both items were cheaper in the Bazaar area of Kusadasi down near the dock. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, which ended at about 3:30, so we had time for some shopping. I'd definitely recommend our tour guide, he was very accommodating and knowledgable, and the price was great. There are LOTS of shops in Kusadasi. Good deals on leather and jewelry. The shop owners can be very aggressive, but just smile and say "no thanks". We bought a lot of different flavors of Turkish delight for gifts back home. It is very tasty! The shops are easy walking distance from the cruise dock. We were back on board by 5:10 pm. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Rated 4 because of Ephesus, magnificent. RCI arranged for a live entertainment of Gladiators for the guests, which was enjoyed by all. A very nice touch by RCI. Our guide was extremely good. The only down side to Ephesus were the Turkish ... Read More
Rated 4 because of Ephesus, magnificent. RCI arranged for a live entertainment of Gladiators for the guests, which was enjoyed by all. A very nice touch by RCI. Our guide was extremely good. The only down side to Ephesus were the Turkish men as we exited, they were really aggressive trying to get you to come in to their shops, not very pleasant, and somethng we could have done without.Kusadasi was just your average cosmopolitan town, losts of jewellry shops all trying to vi with each other to sell you something. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey: Our group of six toured Ephesus with a guide that Denizhan (www.transbalkan.com) has arranged. We had the best tour with him than in any of the other ports. The guide took many pictures of us with stunning views ... Read More
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey: Our group of six toured Ephesus with a guide that Denizhan (www.transbalkan.com) has arranged. We had the best tour with him than in any of the other ports. The guide took many pictures of us with stunning views as backgrounds. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Our second day was in Kusadasi where we explored downtown for a few hours then met our private guide for an afternoon at Ephesus (ABSOLUTE MUST SEE TERRACE HOUSES -WORTH THE FEE), the Temple of Artemis (a single standing pillar in a field ... Read More
Our second day was in Kusadasi where we explored downtown for a few hours then met our private guide for an afternoon at Ephesus (ABSOLUTE MUST SEE TERRACE HOUSES -WORTH THE FEE), the Temple of Artemis (a single standing pillar in a field - don't bother) and a nice tour and high-pressure rug factory tour. They really were lovely rugs. My friends bought one. It's been a month and theirs still hasn't arrived. After seeing Ephesus, i have no reason to go back there. Nuf said. Read Less
Sail Date November 2008
Loved everything about this stop. The trip to Ephesus is 6 star. The port area and town is really nice. Nice shopping, nice people, nice food. Would go again.
Loved everything about this stop. The trip to Ephesus is 6 star. The port area and town is really nice. Nice shopping, nice people, nice food. Would go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
I am an ancient history buff and this port provided a feast for my passion. Ancient Ephesus and the ancient church of John the Evangelist (along with his tomb)were magnificent.
I am an ancient history buff and this port provided a feast for my passion. Ancient Ephesus and the ancient church of John the Evangelist (along with his tomb)were magnificent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2008

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