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.
Great tour but not sure what our tour included that was different from the (free) included tour.
Great tour but not sure what our tour included that was different from the (free) included tour.
Great tour but not sure what our tour included that was different from the (free) included tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very interesting trip to Ephesus.
Very interesting trip to Ephesus. Guide knowledgeable. The site itself could be improved for handicapped people with some kind of banisters, But we managed. The number of sales people on the way to the sit was not good. Also, we ended ... Read More
Very interesting trip to Ephesus. Guide knowledgeable. The site itself could be improved for handicapped people with some kind of banisters, But we managed. The number of sales people on the way to the sit was not good. Also, we ended at a rug store, we were ready to go back to the ship by then. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Great tour of ancient Ehesus.
Great tour of ancient Ehesus. At the end of the tour when you arrive back in Kusadasi, there was an informative, but pressure selling, tour on carpet making and carpet buying..
Great tour of ancient Ehesus. At the end of the tour when you arrive back in Kusadasi, there was an informative, but pressure selling, tour on carpet making and carpet buying.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The cruise company took us to Ephesus and it was spectacular.
The cruise company took us to Ephesus and it was spectacular. Easily as good as Pompeii. In the 40 years since I last visited much more has been opened up. Highly recommended. We finished with lunch at a rug weavers where we had the usual ... Read More
The cruise company took us to Ephesus and it was spectacular. Easily as good as Pompeii. In the 40 years since I last visited much more has been opened up. Highly recommended. We finished with lunch at a rug weavers where we had the usual hard sell but it wasn't too much of an imposition. However on return to Kusadasi we took a walk around the streets and were TORTURED by the local shopkeepers who were just far too over the top. Worse than Cairo. Completely put me off the place, will never stay here, wouldn't be a comfortable experience. Worst harassment I've ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
We have seen a number of ancient ruins & these had to be the some of the best apart from Egypt.
We have seen a number of ancient ruins & these had to be the some of the best apart from Egypt. Ephesus was amazing. The marble walkways alone, then to come on to the Library wow! then to know Cleopatra formed a romantic & ... Read More
We have seen a number of ancient ruins & these had to be the some of the best apart from Egypt. Ephesus was amazing. The marble walkways alone, then to come on to the Library wow! then to know Cleopatra formed a romantic & political alliance with Mark Anthony there. A lot of slippery walking so beware. Then into Kusadasi for free time. Loved this town but beware the fakes (jewellery perfumes shoes etc etc) but some lovely shopping can be had for genuine items & there are shops galore Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The cruise line tour leaves a 7 thirty am before it gets too hot and crowded.
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
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very well organized and interesting tour.
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
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Excellent tour of two thousand year old ruins.
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
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We opted for the basic half day tour of Ephesus and loved it.
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
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very hot and very little shade so take water.
Very hot and very little shade so take water. Our guide was very informative and interesting.
Very hot and very little shade so take water. Our guide was very informative and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This was included with our cruise and an incredible tour of Ephesus from Kudasaki.
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Visited with prearranged guide (Tours by Locals - guide Tijen Oral was terrific) to Mary House ...
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The tour guide was knowledgeable, and very pro-turkey and informative.
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
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Not too hot; not too far to go.
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
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Speechless.
Speechless. An amazing experience. Do not miss.
Speechless. An amazing experience. Do not miss. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
It was the highlight tour, so many packages were offered a bit confusing.
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Ephesus is incredible.
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
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very impressive, but it needs a lot more excavation.
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
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Beautiful.
Beautiful. Very slow paced, lots of time for photos and exploring.
Beautiful. Very slow paced, lots of time for photos and exploring. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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.
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
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This is an excursion not to miss.
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
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The best!
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
Sail Date September 2016
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 ...
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
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Ephesus is truly amazing - the most impressive ruins you will ever see!!
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
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This tour provided only distant views of Ephesus, not actual entry into the site.
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
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises