Sail Date: May 2012
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: April 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
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Sail Date: November 2011
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

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