Kusadasi Basilica of St. John Excursion Reviews

Though in ruins, many columns and frescos of the Basilica of St. John still stand. One of six individual domes is thought to lie directly above St. John's grave.
A glorious day exploring a Roman era city.
Sail Date: September 2017
A glorious day exploring a Roman era city. We first went to the House of the Virgin, then into the ancient city. It helped me understand more of Roman civilization, as well as how early Christianity grew. Finally, we came to the ... Read More
A glorious day exploring a Roman era city. We first went to the House of the Virgin, then into the ancient city. It helped me understand more of Roman civilization, as well as how early Christianity grew. Finally, we came to the basilica, and I wish our guide had been Christian, not Muslim. I'm still processing on several matters of Mary and John in that regard. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
Well presented by guide but after Ephesus, somewhat of a let down.
Sail Date: August 2017
Well presented by guide but after Ephesus, somewhat of a let down.
Well presented by guide but after Ephesus, somewhat of a let down. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
We opted for the cruise offered tour because of concerns with safety.
Sail Date: August 2016
We opted for the cruise offered tour because of concerns with safety. The locals were beautiful but I felt rushed by the guide. She would give us five minutes to explore and take pictures in incredible ruins and then rush us to the next ... Read More
We opted for the cruise offered tour because of concerns with safety. The locals were beautiful but I felt rushed by the guide. She would give us five minutes to explore and take pictures in incredible ruins and then rush us to the next stop. However there was ample time built into the retail outlets which we had no interest in. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Awe inspiring
Sail Date: June 2016
Awe inspiring
Awe inspiring Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Basically ...
Sail Date: May 2016
Basically ... ruins.
Basically ... ruins. Read Less
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Extremely interesting, but extremely hot and crowded with cruise ship passengers.
Sail Date: May 2016
Extremely interesting, but extremely hot and crowded with cruise ship passengers.
Extremely interesting, but extremely hot and crowded with cruise ship passengers. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
not much left but special to be there
Sail Date: May 2016
not much left but special to be there
not much left but special to be there Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I'm lucky, I've been to Ephesus before.
Sail Date: September 2015
I'm lucky, I've been to Ephesus before. Good job as the tour guide marched us through the site at a quick pace, told us more about the cost of iphones in China then left us 20 mins to wander on our own with no further ... Read More
I'm lucky, I've been to Ephesus before. Good job as the tour guide marched us through the site at a quick pace, told us more about the cost of iphones in China then left us 20 mins to wander on our own with no further information. We visited the House of the Virgin Mary and had about an hour there when in truth 20 mins there would have been about right. It's like both places were round the wrong way. Great lunch included but the combination of a terrible tour guide and a faulty listenign device meant this tour was a hugh waste of money. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The guide was very knowledgeable and the pace appropriate.
Sail Date: September 2015
The guide was very knowledgeable and the pace appropriate.
The guide was very knowledgeable and the pace appropriate. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was one of the best tours.
Sail Date: July 2015
This was one of the best tours. We had a great guide, super sense of humor and well versed on the history. Our tour included a great lunch under the shade of trees with local cuisine. We also saw the carpet weaving and the collecting of ... Read More
This was one of the best tours. We had a great guide, super sense of humor and well versed on the history. Our tour included a great lunch under the shade of trees with local cuisine. We also saw the carpet weaving and the collecting of silk threads from the cocoons. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The massive amount of ruins left me speechless.
Sail Date: June 2015
The massive amount of ruins left me speechless. Amazing how much history was in that part of the world.
The massive amount of ruins left me speechless. Amazing how much history was in that part of the world. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour with a private company (same price for a private tour as with the ship).
Sail Date: June 2015
Excellent tour with a private company (same price for a private tour as with the ship). Be careful to say you don't want "side stops" (rug dealers, leather dealers, ceramic dealers) which we weren't aware of. Still an ... Read More
Excellent tour with a private company (same price for a private tour as with the ship). Be careful to say you don't want "side stops" (rug dealers, leather dealers, ceramic dealers) which we weren't aware of. Still an excellent tour and we learned a lot from a local tour guide. Got to all the top sites BEFORE the buses with a private tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Interesting1
Sail Date: June 2015
Interesting1
Interesting1 Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Basilica was fascinating, but our guide gave some serious misinformation regarding some of the ...
Sail Date: June 2015
The Basilica was fascinating, but our guide gave some serious misinformation regarding some of the surrounding area. He seemed to pride himself on his knowledge of ancient history, but he was not as intelligent as he wanted to come ... Read More
The Basilica was fascinating, but our guide gave some serious misinformation regarding some of the surrounding area. He seemed to pride himself on his knowledge of ancient history, but he was not as intelligent as he wanted to come across. The Basilica is actually more of a Forum type space surrounding what was once the ancient Church. Definitely worth a visit, especially for Christians interested in the Apostles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I was not interested to visit it,but it was included in the tour
Sail Date: June 2015
I was not interested to visit it,but it was included in the tour
I was not interested to visit it,but it was included in the tour Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The area was much larger than I expected and enjoyed both the site and the view.
Sail Date: May 2015
The area was much larger than I expected and enjoyed both the site and the view. I wish I had bought more of the evil eye bracelets for 3TL. Turkish delight 10TL (didn't bargain) is heavily pushed on you as you board the tour bus, ... Read More
The area was much larger than I expected and enjoyed both the site and the view. I wish I had bought more of the evil eye bracelets for 3TL. Turkish delight 10TL (didn't bargain) is heavily pushed on you as you board the tour bus, but beware that when you open the colorful boxes, there is a very small pack of candy inside. And since I had no room in luggage, I had to toss all 3 boxes. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Interesting as an ancient site.
Sail Date: May 2015
Interesting as an ancient site.
Interesting as an ancient site. Read Less
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If you are into the gospel this is an especially great religious site.
Sail Date: May 2015
If you are into the gospel this is an especially great religious site. It is well preserved in parts and your guide can fill you in as to what happened in this area.
If you are into the gospel this is an especially great religious site. It is well preserved in parts and your guide can fill you in as to what happened in this area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour, with a small group of people.
Sail Date: May 2015
Great tour, with a small group of people. Lovely lunch provided at a carpet factory. Great until the VERY hard sell for the carpets. Could have done without that.
Great tour, with a small group of people. Lovely lunch provided at a carpet factory. Great until the VERY hard sell for the carpets. Could have done without that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did enjoy the promenade and the view, it was good.
Sail Date: September 2013
We did enjoy the promenade and the view, it was good.
We did enjoy the promenade and the view, it was good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Awesome
Sail Date: August 2013
Awesome
Awesome Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Might have been nicer had it not been raining.
Sail Date: November 2012
Might have been nicer had it not been raining.
Might have been nicer had it not been raining. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Quite an interesting place.
Sail Date: October 2012
Quite an interesting place.
Quite an interesting place. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A grouping of ruins that had no rhyme or reason.
Sail Date: September 2012
A grouping of ruins that had no rhyme or reason. To me, it was a waste of time.
A grouping of ruins that had no rhyme or reason. To me, it was a waste of time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It's believed that Jesus' disciple, John, spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was ...
Sail Date: July 2012
It's believed that Jesus' disciple, John, spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill where the basilica was located. Nothing much special to see.
It's believed that Jesus' disciple, John, spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill where the basilica was located. Nothing much special to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises