Izmir Archaeological Site of Ephesus Excursion Reviews

Izmir is home to the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the best preserved in the Eastern Mediterranean. Famous for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus was a major regional power through much of antiquity.
So impressed that we were able to TOUCH these ruins.
So impressed that we were able to TOUCH these ruins. It really made the site come to life. Cam (John) our local Turkish guide was very knowledgeable plus he was entertaining.
So impressed that we were able to TOUCH these ruins. It really made the site come to life. Cam (John) our local Turkish guide was very knowledgeable plus he was entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider:
We booked independently a group tour however, it was only my family of 4 and one solo person so it ...
We booked independently a group tour however, it was only my family of 4 and one solo person so it really felt like a private tour. It was oppressively hot with the heatwave but we managed to find a few shady spots and also had our ... Read More
We booked independently a group tour however, it was only my family of 4 and one solo person so it really felt like a private tour. It was oppressively hot with the heatwave but we managed to find a few shady spots and also had our umbrella to help. I am so glad my family got to experience this ancient wonder before all of the chaos began. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The marble that they've excavated and restored is incredible.
The marble that they've excavated and restored is incredible. (As an aside this port was changed at the last minute to Kusadasi and it was very neat!
The marble that they've excavated and restored is incredible. (As an aside this port was changed at the last minute to Kusadasi and it was very neat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Ephesus looked really cool but it was pouring down rain so we didn't get to enjoy it.
Ephesus looked really cool but it was pouring down rain so we didn't get to enjoy it. Not the tour guides fault. I felt bad for her since this older couple kept complaining about the rain and refused to walk around in the rain.
Ephesus looked really cool but it was pouring down rain so we didn't get to enjoy it. Not the tour guides fault. I felt bad for her since this older couple kept complaining about the rain and refused to walk around in the rain. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Great Guide and experience
Great Guide and experience
Great Guide and experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Tour of ruins was outstanding and very impressive.
Tour of ruins was outstanding and very impressive. Guide was excellent.
Tour of ruins was outstanding and very impressive. Guide was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The trip to Ephesus was fantastic although the tour guide was not brilliant and hustled us through ...
The trip to Ephesus was fantastic although the tour guide was not brilliant and hustled us through the site which really required much more time to get the complete experience. The reason for the quick visit became apparent when the guide ... Read More
The trip to Ephesus was fantastic although the tour guide was not brilliant and hustled us through the site which really required much more time to get the complete experience. The reason for the quick visit became apparent when the guide announced we would be visiting a leather factory, This was not a factory visit we were shown into a show room and given a short talk about the leather from a spivvy manager who then hustled us into a dark room which suddenly burst into music and flashing lights and models began to parade along a catwalk. The clothes were aimed at bright young things and the average age of our party was around 70, Very inappropriate. We were then ushered back into the showroom where the manager clapped his hands and we were set upon buy a dozen male shop assistants urging us to try on and buy the merchandise. The prices were astronomic (starting at £1200 for a jacket up to several thousand pounds). We all beat a hasty retreat back to the bus without buying anything and were not pleased with the guide. This is what you call being bushwhacked!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Wow I never knew a place like Ephesus existed.
Wow I never knew a place like Ephesus existed. We booked a private tour guide named Fatma who was very knowledgeable on the history of Turkey and Ephesus and also cheeky and funny and made for interesting trip. We stopped at a local ... Read More
Wow I never knew a place like Ephesus existed. We booked a private tour guide named Fatma who was very knowledgeable on the history of Turkey and Ephesus and also cheeky and funny and made for interesting trip. We stopped at a local leather shop and ate kebabs while we had our own private fashion show with the latest fashions and cute models. Would definitely recommend a trip to Ephesus. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Interesting Ruins very busy and crowded with people.
Interesting Ruins very busy and crowded with people. Tour with guide
Interesting Ruins very busy and crowded with people. Tour with guide Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Great historical site.
Great historical site. Restorations are amazing.
Great historical site. Restorations are amazing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Too expensive and crowded for me.
Too expensive and crowded for me. It was interesting and nice not to worry about transportation to and from the site. The crowds were so thick it was hard to keep up with the tour group. They took us to some mosque for some reason and to a ... Read More
Too expensive and crowded for me. It was interesting and nice not to worry about transportation to and from the site. The crowds were so thick it was hard to keep up with the tour group. They took us to some mosque for some reason and to a carpet manufacturing place. This carpet place is a rip off. It is basically a sales picth for the company and the carpets are expensive. Carnival must get some sort of kick back from this vendor. Just stay on the bus. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The tour of Ephesus was good (not great).
The tour of Ephesus was good (not great). NCL, like other cruise lines, arrange for tours through the local or national tour agencies. This was the Turkish tourism tour (Tura Turizm). The guide was OK but had a thick accent and was ... Read More
The tour of Ephesus was good (not great). NCL, like other cruise lines, arrange for tours through the local or national tour agencies. This was the Turkish tourism tour (Tura Turizm). The guide was OK but had a thick accent and was difficult to understand. The site itself was interesting but didn't hold some of the significance and mystery of some other ancient ruins. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The highlight of our trip.
The highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Oz, was EXCELLENT! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We even learned a few important words in Turkish! Oz was very good about the pace for the walk through the ruins. Not too fast or too ... Read More
The highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Oz, was EXCELLENT! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We even learned a few important words in Turkish! Oz was very good about the pace for the walk through the ruins. Not too fast or too slow! His umbrella made it very easy to follow him. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Hakan was our excellent guide Great meal at a beautiful resort
Hakan was our excellent guide Great meal at a beautiful resort
Hakan was our excellent guide Great meal at a beautiful resort Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We used OTTI travel for a private tour to Ephesus which included a visit to the Terrace Houses, an ...
We used OTTI travel for a private tour to Ephesus which included a visit to the Terrace Houses, an included lunch, a carpet demonstration, souvenir shop and visit to the Temple of Artemis. We were a small group of 5 and had a wonderful ... Read More
We used OTTI travel for a private tour to Ephesus which included a visit to the Terrace Houses, an included lunch, a carpet demonstration, souvenir shop and visit to the Temple of Artemis. We were a small group of 5 and had a wonderful guide and the best of tours. This was far better value than any of the cruise tours. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
ok.
ok. Audio phones were so distorted, they could not be used.
ok. Audio phones were so distorted, they could not be used. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ephesus was magnificent.
Ephesus was magnificent. Being made to go to a leather factory wasn't. Rather spend more time at the ruins.
Ephesus was magnificent. Being made to go to a leather factory wasn't. Rather spend more time at the ruins. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Ephesus may have been the highlight of our trip!
Ephesus may have been the highlight of our trip! Great tour guide (Serdar), great tour, great site.
Ephesus may have been the highlight of our trip! Great tour guide (Serdar), great tour, great site. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I found Ephesus to be incredible.
I found Ephesus to be incredible. It's amazing to walk through these ruins and see how great this city used to be.
I found Ephesus to be incredible. It's amazing to walk through these ruins and see how great this city used to be. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Better ruins than Greece.
Better ruins than Greece. Amazing site. Just unbelievable! Great Guide. Must do this if nothing else! Also if buying souvenirs for the gang back home do it here. Prices are right. Also visited a rug factory. Very good
Better ruins than Greece. Amazing site. Just unbelievable! Great Guide. Must do this if nothing else! Also if buying souvenirs for the gang back home do it here. Prices are right. Also visited a rug factory. Very good Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took a package tour that took us to Ephesus.
We took a package tour that took us to Ephesus. It is a worthwhile excursion where they even reenact a scene from Cleopatra's life. The tour guide took us to a carpet store and also to a specialty turkish delight store. It is ... Read More
We took a package tour that took us to Ephesus. It is a worthwhile excursion where they even reenact a scene from Cleopatra's life. The tour guide took us to a carpet store and also to a specialty turkish delight store. It is better to do shopping for both here rather than in the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line