Kusadasi Ephesus Excursion Reviews

Home of a staggering amount of history, Ephesus once held the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This venerable site was also an important center of early Christendom: among seven cities addressed in the Book of Revelations, some suggest that the Gospel of John may have been written within its walls.
The cruise line tour leaves a 7 thirty am before it gets too hot and crowded.
Sail Date: July 2019
The cruise line tour leaves a 7 thirty am before it gets too hot and crowded. I had been there over 40 years ago and want to see how much more they escavated. The tour guide was ok but if you take the ship tour they will hurry you thru ... Read More
The cruise line tour leaves a 7 thirty am before it gets too hot and crowded. I had been there over 40 years ago and want to see how much more they escavated. The tour guide was ok but if you take the ship tour they will hurry you thru and just stop quickly at their version of highlights. IF you want an in-depth tour do not go with the ship excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very well organized and interesting tour.
Sail Date: July 2019
Very well organized and interesting tour. Ephesus is amazing. The villa tour was well worth it. Oceania also had representatives providing us with water and cold towels at the end of the tour. Nice touch.
Very well organized and interesting tour. Ephesus is amazing. The villa tour was well worth it. Oceania also had representatives providing us with water and cold towels at the end of the tour. Nice touch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Excellent tour of two thousand year old ruins.
Sail Date: July 2019
Excellent tour of two thousand year old ruins. The two story marble library was amazing.
Excellent tour of two thousand year old ruins. The two story marble library was amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We opted for the basic half day tour of Ephesus and loved it.
Sail Date: July 2019
We opted for the basic half day tour of Ephesus and loved it. Fantastic guide, helpful headsets, comfortable air conditioned bus, and wonderful overview! I appreciated having the afternoon free to see the port town, have lunch in the ship ... Read More
We opted for the basic half day tour of Ephesus and loved it. Fantastic guide, helpful headsets, comfortable air conditioned bus, and wonderful overview! I appreciated having the afternoon free to see the port town, have lunch in the ship and relax. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This was included with our cruise and an incredible tour of Ephesus from Kudasaki.
Sail Date: May 2019
This was included with our cruise and an incredible tour of Ephesus from Kudasaki. Wonderful guide who covered both the ancient history and the writings of Paul from there. The archaelogical work will go on for years, but the result ... Read More
This was included with our cruise and an incredible tour of Ephesus from Kudasaki. Wonderful guide who covered both the ancient history and the writings of Paul from there. The archaelogical work will go on for years, but the result already is a beautiful putting back together of this ancient city so prominent in history. Buses were comfortable. Only negative was stopping at the Turkish carpet factory and getting trapped in a presentation of the wares. They did provide snacks for us and were gracious. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Visited with prearranged guide (Tours by Locals - guide Tijen Oral was terrific) to Mary House ...
Sail Date: May 2019
Visited with prearranged guide (Tours by Locals - guide Tijen Oral was terrific) to Mary House (stunning garden) and Ephesus which was fabulous. Definitely pay extra to see the Terrace Houses - is wonderful. Also saw Temple of Artemis and ... Read More
Visited with prearranged guide (Tours by Locals - guide Tijen Oral was terrific) to Mary House (stunning garden) and Ephesus which was fabulous. Definitely pay extra to see the Terrace Houses - is wonderful. Also saw Temple of Artemis and Mosque that reused some temple ruins. Loved the street shops at the dock area - great prices on shoes, purses, sweaters - good quality designer knockoffs. Had lunch in a local restaurant - great food, cheap prices. Loved Kusadasi. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The tour guide was knowledgeable, and very pro-turkey and informative.
Sail Date: May 2018
The tour guide was knowledgeable, and very pro-turkey and informative. however after the Ephesus visit we were taken to a carpet business and given the hard sell to try to sell us a carpet or rug. The sweetener was some food and drinks, ... Read More
The tour guide was knowledgeable, and very pro-turkey and informative. however after the Ephesus visit we were taken to a carpet business and given the hard sell to try to sell us a carpet or rug. The sweetener was some food and drinks, however it took up the rest of the allotted time leaving no chance to do any sightseeing or shopping in the port city Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Not too hot; not too far to go.
Sail Date: April 2018
Not too hot; not too far to go. Good guide. Lots of walking around the port area.
Not too hot; not too far to go. Good guide. Lots of walking around the port area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Speechless.
Sail Date: August 2017
Speechless. An amazing experience. Do not miss.
Speechless. An amazing experience. Do not miss. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
It was the highlight tour, so many packages were offered a bit confusing.
Sail Date: June 2017
It was the highlight tour, so many packages were offered a bit confusing. Worth seeing as not as crowded as it used to be with so many avoiding Turkey. I think the other tours were longer. We took the ships umbrellas as there is little ... Read More
It was the highlight tour, so many packages were offered a bit confusing. Worth seeing as not as crowded as it used to be with so many avoiding Turkey. I think the other tours were longer. We took the ships umbrellas as there is little shade. A good tip helped a lot. The marble paths and steps can be very slippery, be carful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Ephesus is incredible.
Sail Date: October 2016
Ephesus is incredible. The tour was well worth it as it is very rich in history, plus transportation there is not simple. You could spend a week there and not appreciate it all.
Ephesus is incredible. The tour was well worth it as it is very rich in history, plus transportation there is not simple. You could spend a week there and not appreciate it all. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very impressive, but it needs a lot more excavation.
Sail Date: October 2016
Very impressive, but it needs a lot more excavation. Partly tainted because the people in our tour group were very negative older people that couldn't enjoy what we were seeing. The tour guide focused on importance in history but ... Read More
Very impressive, but it needs a lot more excavation. Partly tainted because the people in our tour group were very negative older people that couldn't enjoy what we were seeing. The tour guide focused on importance in history but wasn't able to make it come alive even with us standing there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Beautiful.
Sail Date: October 2016
Beautiful. Very slow paced, lots of time for photos and exploring.
Beautiful. Very slow paced, lots of time for photos and exploring. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did the Ancient Ephesus excursion which allowed us to get off the ship first and hop on a bus.
Sail Date: October 2016
We did the Ancient Ephesus excursion which allowed us to get off the ship first and hop on a bus. We received a complimentary bottle of water with a postcard and a good luck charm. We went to the ancient ruins and explored that for about ... Read More
We did the Ancient Ephesus excursion which allowed us to get off the ship first and hop on a bus. We received a complimentary bottle of water with a postcard and a good luck charm. We went to the ancient ruins and explored that for about two hours. Our tour guide is an archaeologist so we had a chance to discuss about the excavations. Seeing the ancient ruins and marble buildings were stunning ranging from the theatre auditorium to even the bathrooms. We saw the St Marks Basilica and even got a photo with a camel! We went to a rest stop for some Turkish coffee, baklava and the best gyro I have ever eaten. While we ate and drank, we saw an interactive show of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. We then went to a Turkish rug merchant and it was fascinating learning about the ancient art of loom weaving. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This is an excursion not to miss.
Sail Date: September 2016
This is an excursion not to miss. The ruins of Ephesus are amazing and beautiful!!!
This is an excursion not to miss. The ruins of Ephesus are amazing and beautiful!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The best!
Sail Date: September 2016
The best! Had amazing day with the best guide. She was knowledgeable, passionate and made our day! Ephesus is not to be missed. We got to the House of Virgin Mary early and without crowds, as well as touring Ephesus before the crowds. ... Read More
The best! Had amazing day with the best guide. She was knowledgeable, passionate and made our day! Ephesus is not to be missed. We got to the House of Virgin Mary early and without crowds, as well as touring Ephesus before the crowds. Our favorite excursion. The tour also included a fabulous turkish lunch with multi options on a buffet. Delightful lunch in the garden of the homeowner. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Good tour but they slipped in a visit to a rug coop or so called, but we bailed out with excuse ...
Sail Date: September 2016
Good tour but they slipped in a visit to a rug coop or so called, but we bailed out with excuse that we had to get back to the ship for medicine.
Good tour but they slipped in a visit to a rug coop or so called, but we bailed out with excuse that we had to get back to the ship for medicine. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Ephesus is truly amazing - the most impressive ruins you will ever see!!
Sail Date: September 2016
Ephesus is truly amazing - the most impressive ruins you will ever see!! Our guide was fantastic. There was a brief caroet demonstration at the end, we only stayed briefly to enjoy the delicious complementary pastry drinks, and then went ... Read More
Ephesus is truly amazing - the most impressive ruins you will ever see!! Our guide was fantastic. There was a brief caroet demonstration at the end, we only stayed briefly to enjoy the delicious complementary pastry drinks, and then went shopping in Kusadasi. Thie keather market is not to be believed - good prices if you bargain a bit, and they sure do love to bargain! We found Turkey to be a lovely clean country- there was none of the disgusting tagging marring lovely buildings as we saw everywhere in Greece. The People were friendly and hospitable too. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This tour provided only distant views of Ephesus, not actual entry into the site.
Sail Date: September 2016
This tour provided only distant views of Ephesus, not actual entry into the site. The guide did take us to a Muslim mosque in another village. This was a good experience.
This tour provided only distant views of Ephesus, not actual entry into the site. The guide did take us to a Muslim mosque in another village. This was a good experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We used Best of Ephesus Tours by Locals and had Zeynep Elitemiz as our tour guide.
Sail Date: September 2016
We used Best of Ephesus Tours by Locals and had Zeynep Elitemiz as our tour guide. For $25 each we had a Zeynep, an excellent guide, a driver and a very clean newish van for about 6 hours. She was excellent and the tour was quite ... Read More
We used Best of Ephesus Tours by Locals and had Zeynep Elitemiz as our tour guide. For $25 each we had a Zeynep, an excellent guide, a driver and a very clean newish van for about 6 hours. She was excellent and the tour was quite complete. Had to do the carpet factory but every tour does that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent Tour and Guide
Sail Date: September 2016
Excellent Tour and Guide
Excellent Tour and Guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was very well done.
Sail Date: September 2016
It was very well done. The tour leader was very knowledgable and she kept us together. Ephesus -- think the Book of Ephesians -- was where Paul walked the same streets and sat at the same stadium and visited the same gymnasiums.
It was very well done. The tour leader was very knowledgable and she kept us together. Ephesus -- think the Book of Ephesians -- was where Paul walked the same streets and sat at the same stadium and visited the same gymnasiums. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Extremely difficult walking tour but worth the pain killers we had to take when we got back to ship.
Sail Date: September 2016
Extremely difficult walking tour but worth the pain killers we had to take when we got back to ship.
Extremely difficult walking tour but worth the pain killers we had to take when we got back to ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Tour - Ephesus Shuttle - Curio Travel Turkey & Greece.
Sail Date: September 2016
Tour - Ephesus Shuttle - Curio Travel Turkey & Greece. The van was clean and comfortable. The guide "Ike" was extremely good. Only two on the tour and we saw much of Ephesus. No high pressure sales at stops. This was a ... Read More
Tour - Ephesus Shuttle - Curio Travel Turkey & Greece. The van was clean and comfortable. The guide "Ike" was extremely good. Only two on the tour and we saw much of Ephesus. No high pressure sales at stops. This was a pleasant experience! We highly recommend this tour and tour company. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our tour guide Aysenur was excellent.
Sail Date: September 2016
Our tour guide Aysenur was excellent. We did a half day trip. The terrace houses are a must see. It comes with an additional fee and the stairs can be challenging. We loved the feeling and the beauty of this ancient city. We spent the ... Read More
Our tour guide Aysenur was excellent. We did a half day trip. The terrace houses are a must see. It comes with an additional fee and the stairs can be challenging. We loved the feeling and the beauty of this ancient city. We spent the afternoon in the market place shopping and were amazed by all of the "genuine fakes". This is a shoppers paradise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International