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  • From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour

    1. From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour

    Ephesus was created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. The ruins of Ephesus are the biggest open-air museum in Turkey and you will get to explore them on this half-day tour from Kusadasi port. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians, due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist. But the highlight is the last resting place of the Virgin Mary. After Jesus had been crucified on the cross, the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus to spend the last ...

    The tour guide was excellent. He was informative and interesting. The tour was well paced and the trip to the Ceramics outlet was worthwhile.

  • Kusadasi Quad Safari

    2. Kusadasi Quad Safari

    Begin your 3-hour activity with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to the forest camping site that’s the starting point for the quad safari. A professional guide will provide information about the tour, the quad and the course. Take your quad for a test drive before you head out. During the safari you’ll drive along paths by rivers and through woodland areas. When you arrive at Pamucak Beach, you can enjoy driving along the sand. Stop for a short break at the café (refreshments at your own expense). After the short rest, you’ll drive the quad back to the starting point, and then begin the ride back to your hotel.

  • From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

    3. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

    Get picked up at your hotel and then travel to the port to climb aboard a boat. Set sail along the beautiful coastline north of Kusadasi. Marvel at the rugged landscape of the Aegean coast. Stop at 3 different bays to snorkel with the magnificent marine life, and swim in the turquoise waters for approximately 1 hour at each location. Enjoy a tasty lunch on board the boat at Karasu, and feast from a delicious menu of meatballs, chicken, salads, pasta, potato salad and fruit. Return to the port in Kusadasi after your 3rd swimming stop, and get dropped off at your original departure point at the end of an amazing day at sea.

    Really had a wonderful time. Boat staffs were so friendly and lovely lunch. Will be coming again

  • Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Ruins + House of Virgin Mary Tour

    4. Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Ruins + House of Virgin Mary Tour

    After meeting your guide at your Kusadasi Hotel, your private, guided tour of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary will begin. Your expedition into Ancient Greek and Roman periods begins with a drive aboard an air-conditioned coach to Ephesus, an ancient city famous for its early Christian roots. Once here you will hear about the settlements of one of the biggest open air museums in the world, which receives over a million visitors each years. You will also see the constructions of the Ephesus Ancient Ruins; the parliament building, the ancient municipality, the ancient hospital, the Temple of Hadrian, the Trajan Fountain, the Celsus Library and the Great Theater. If you are hungry, you will also be able to receive recommendations from your guide. Next, you will experience a place that has been a host to pilgrims for centuries, the House of the Virgin Mary. At this site you will hear a...

  • Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

    5. Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

    Journey off the beaten tracks in a buggy safari adventure. Enjoy driving along dirt paths, rivers and on the beach. Follow your guide along a meander river and spot the bright birds that nest alongside the water, then enjoy sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. Be ready to see lizards and snakes, while burning up the sandy parkour and passing through the marshes and forest. Ride along clouds of dust in the dusty roads. Take some perfect shots for your Instagram. When you get dirty enough, take a break at the Pamucak Beach for a refreshing swim, or test the limit of the buggies. Enjoy a stable, comfortable, and easy to steer vehicle.

  • Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk

    6. Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk

    After pick up, have a 3 hours long drive with a break on the midway through breath taking views of Meander Valley, mountains, farming lands, fruit tree gardens, small towns and villages. You will visit Hierapolis. The Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1,200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantian Gate. Then you take a short walk over to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains high levels of calcium. A swim in the effervescent waters of the Sacred Pool should be at the top of the list on any travel itinerary. In addition to a high level of natural radioactivity, the water contains calcium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium and carbon dioxide and after a swim, you should simply dry off and let the minerals do their magic. You will be given enough free time ...

    Pamukkale Is beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave extensive information about the history of pamukkale and heirapolis. Our tour guide and driver was punctual, kind, nice, friendly and they made our day a memorable. They were so good and I also booked Ephesus tour with them. I will definitely recommend their tour.

  • Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

    7. Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

    Explore an historical gem of the eastern Mediterranean on a full-day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul, with round-trip flights, and walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the marks of chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe-inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus and be dazzled by its restored façade. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and other remarkable ruins. Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ. The church was erected on the foundation of the house whe...

    What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.

  • Selcuk: Full-Day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour

    8. Selcuk: Full-Day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour

    Following a pickup from your hotel in Selcuk, enjoy a short drive to Ephesus in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Start by visiting the extensive ruins in the ancient city. Admire the fascinating ancient structures surrounding you, including the spectacular Temple of Hadrian, the stunning facade of the Library of Celsus, and the vast Great Theater.     Continue the tour to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then, stop by the house of Virgin Mary, a popular place of pilgrimage for Catholics, where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent the remainder of her life. Located on top of Bulbul Mountain, it offers visitors a panoramic view of the town.   Finally, explore the Isa Bey Mosque and marvel at its crown-like doors, a jewel of Seljukian architecture combined with decorative elements from the Ottoman Empire.

    Our guide, Marcy is a warm-hearted passionate woman. She is a great storyteller, so as we were touring, we could envision the ancient places. Ephesus is really worth going with a great guide.

  • Kusadasi: Small Group Ephesus Tour

    9. Kusadasi: Small Group Ephesus Tour

    Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your accommodation between 8:30AM and 9:00AM in the morning. From there your first stop will be to the House of Virgin Mary, which is speculated to be the place where Mary spent her final days. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and has since become a popular place of pilgrimage. Your tour will then proceed to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. It is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven Churches of Revelation. Over the space of two hours you will explore the city by walking on the marble streets accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide. Throughout your tour you will see Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Ha...

    Our guide was good but he Set it us up for a carpet deal He knew his stuff and shared it well! Perhaps we could have spent more time in the village that was once Greek then exchanged during the great exchange . A little disappointing.

  • Ephesus: Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir

    10. Ephesus: Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir

    You’ll meet your professional guide and head out on the drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world, and certainly a highlight of any visit to Turkey. During this guided full-day tour, the ancient city will come alive as you walk through the 2,000-year-old marble streets. Admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, the temples of Hadrian and Domitian, and more. See the great theater that had a seating capacity of 24,000 spectators. Visit the terrace houses, located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. The terrace houses were residences of the wealthy, and featured beautiful frescoes and mosaics in their interiors. After visiting the Ephesus ruins, you’ll continue on to the House of the Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains a...

    Ephesus is awe inspiring, a great tour around the excavated parts with a friendly guide, The house of virgin Mary and the church of St. John, the gospel writer, is included. Not to be missed!

Frequently asked questions about Kusadasi

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Kusadasi benefits from relatively warm weather all year round, although winter is a bit too cold to make the most of your beach vacation! The best time to visit Kusadasi is when the skies are clearest and the temperatures at their most pleasant. That can be any time between May and October!

  • How far is it from Istanbul?

    Kusadasi is 575 km from Istanbul, and you can drive there via the E881. It's also accessible by train or air, but why not take a ferry along the scenic Aegean coast instead?

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    Temperatures are pleasant throughout the year. May through October, however, are the most resplendent months, especially if you plan to hit the beach!

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What people are saying about Kusadasi

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 598 reviews

The tour to Pamukkale was very nice. The view there is unique. The tour guide and the driver were very nice. The tour guide is very talkative. We made a stop at a hotel where we were allowed to swim and ate. If you want to swim in the Cleopatra pool you have to pay the entrance yourself. It was about 100 lira, otherwise everything else was included in the price. Be sure to take a hat and a towel with you.

Pamukkale Is beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave extensive information about the history of pamukkale and heirapolis. Our tour guide and driver was punctual, kind, nice, friendly and they made our day a memorable. They were so good and I also booked Ephesus tour with them. I will definitely recommend their tour.

We really had a great day, even with our baby of almost 7 months, it was super easy to do and you were well helped to get into the water with the baby, we enjoyed it. The food was great and there was a great photographer on board who took beautiful pictures for a small price!!! Super sweet man very child friendly everyone

The tour with the horses was a very nice experience. Pick-up and return went perfectly. The tour includes a forest tour, spray insect spray on it beforehand. The view is gorgeous. The time of 1.5 hours was enough.

Our guide was phenomenal! He did a wonderful tour and we loved it!