Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary information and booking

3 hours
Departs from
Kusadasi Port
Returns to
Kusadasi Port
Time of departure
Tour start time will be adjusted to your ship's arrival. You must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick-up time.
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Tour description provided by Viator

When your cruise docks in the Kusadasi port, head to Ephesus on a private tour! On this shore excursion, a private guide will ensure you make the most of your time in port as you visit Ephesus' major historical sites and learn important bits of the ancient city's history. You’ll also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent the last days of her life.

When you arrive in the Kusadasi port, your private guide will meet you and take you on a private shore excursion to see the best sights and monuments of Ephesus, a former Roman capital. As you arrive in Ephesus, you will first see the Magnesia Gate, a marvelous example of ancient architecture that once stood tall as an entrance to the city.

Begin a downhill walk with your guide into the city's ruins. The route will take you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater, one of the city’s best-preserved monuments, it is still used today for the local spring festival. It once had seating space for 24,000 people, and it is believed to be the site where St Paul preached to the Ephesians.

Then you will head to the House of Virgin Mary in the Solmissos Mountains. A place of great importance to Christians, the House of the Virgin Mary is where she spent her final days. A small shrine dedicated to St Mary was found here when the ruins of the house were first discovered.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Kusadasi port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

What's included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified