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Ephesus Terrace Houses

Ephesus Terrace Houses

Open daily, summer 8am-7pm and winter 8am-5pm
Efes Harabeleri , Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkey, 35920

The basics

Clear signage helps piece together the confusing layout of the houses, which were in use for over 1,000 years. Particular highlights include: the grand marble hall with slender columns; bright frescoes of the Muses, the god Apollo, and the lesbian poet Sappho; gorgeous glass and ceramic mosaics; and elegant bathrooms and central heating systems.

Ephesus group tours and shore excursions generally don’t visit the Terrace Houses as the pathways are a little tight for large groups. A private guide can put the site in context and makes a worthwhile investment if you’re serious about discovering Ephesus.

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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
star-4.5
$45.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Ruins Galore
Good overall tour. Ezgi, our guide, was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Had a nice lunch and Turkish carpet demo.
Alex_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

star-4
Nice trip to Ephesus
sael_d, Jun 2022
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis
Our guide was very nice and our shuttle car as well. The sightseeing was really good except for the stop at the leather factory.
star-5
Great Experience
Quency_D, Jun 2022
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis
It was a private tour and worth the money. Mennet was very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. Just make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
star-5
Excellent trip
John_E, Apr 2022
Ephesus and Terrace Houses Half-Day Private Shore Excursion
Excellent guide very knowledgeable.and friendly would recommend.On time to pick us up with a very good driver.We really enjoyed the trip.
star-5
Our guide Begu was...
Shenzhao_F, Mar 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Our guide Begu was knowledgeable, professional, and very accommodative yesterday. We are very pleased with tour.
star-5
Great tour
glab, Mar 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Great tour, our guide Begu is very informative. Very nice tour with great value. Ephesus is very nice.
star-4
Amazing cultural site
Katrina_K, May 2022
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis
Ephesus is an amazing experience and well worth visiting if you enjoy visiting cultural sites. The guide was very knowledgeable. My only criticism was the visit to a carpet making factory and a leather fashion show that wasted an hour and was not mentioned when booking
star-5
Wonderful private Ephesus tour
karenmB2757YQ, Oct 2019
Ephesus and Terrace Houses Half-Day Private Shore Excursion
Bülent was a wonderful and welcome surprise on my recent one day cruise stop in Ephesus. He was extremely personable, knowledgeable, and flexible during our tour through the ruins. Afterwards we went for a tasty traditional Turkish lunch. There were two separate drivers for different parts of the tour but they were very professional and the vehicles immaculate. I will definitely be back.
star-5
100% Worth it
JoseHiginio_G, Oct 2019
UNESCO World Heritage Tour of Ephesus and Terrace Houses from Izmir,Izmir Hotels
This tour was amazing. It was really a private tour so it was the three of us who booked it. The Guide was kind, was very excited about the site and you could not even think he does this on a daily basis given how enthusiastic he seemed himself about the location. He was EXTREMELY well balanced providing us with a lot of good information but also with plenty of time to take our photos. I have had guides in the past who want your undivided attention and get angry if you look away to get a photo but he is not one of those, on the contrary... he gets to a place, tells you the stories he needs to and tells you "please take as many photos as you want and I'll meet you over there" and provide you free time to explore and take photos. He did not feel pushy, he was kind, was friendly very knowledgeable and I could NOT have asked for a better tour. For someone who hates tours (yes, I actually dislike them) this was one of the only two times I can say I enjoyed it and was totally worth it. I am unsure if there are other tour guides attached to this but if you get mine, I can tell you you would love it!
star-5
Excellent
Gladys_T, Dec 2019
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Excellent. Highly highly recommended. Just only two of us. The tour guide Ayse she was great and very pleasant. She did a great job. The van was very nice n comfy. Also the terrace of houses is a must see.
star-5
Ephesus Tour
PAULA_W, Oct 2019
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
The tour itself was great and recommended. We had a problem that the company used by Viator they didn't had a reservation for us, but after much talking it worked out. Make sure you take a copy of your paper work provided to you by Viator.
star-5
Knowledgable
dickate, Sep 2019
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Never thought that I can explore so much on one day, our tourist guide Kamber Dinek is very knowledgable, he is patient, answered all our questions, and timed our day really well, lunch at a garden is very enjoyable and delicious, exceptional!!!
star-5
Day in Ephesus
LindaL_O, Nov 2021
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Great Tour! Begu did a fantastic job escorting us around Ephesus. We felt very safe with the driver. The day was perfect. We were able to spend plenty of time at Mary's House, Ephesus and the Terrace Houses and St. John Basilica. At no time did we feel rushed and although it was supposed to be an eight hour tour we asked to be completed in seven. The lunch at the rug factory was set outside in nice manner and the food was very nicely presented. The rug tour was interesting but a little high pressure although that might have been because we were interested in them. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Things to know before you go

  • Entrance to the terrace houses is not included with the main Ephesus archaeological site ticket. Pay the small additional charge on arrival or book a tour that includes it.
  • The terrace houses are accessed by steps. Back carriers, not strollers, are the way forward when visiting with kids.
  • While there is wheelchair access to much of the Ephesus site, the terraced houses are not accessible.
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How to get there

The houses sit on Ephesus’ main hill, opposite the Temple of Hadrian, inside the Ephesus archaeological site. That’s just outside the little town of Selcuk, about a 12-mile (20-kilometer) drive northeast of the Aegean coast cruise port and resort town of Kusadasi. The nearest airport, Izmir, lies about a 37-mile (60-kilometer) drive to the north.

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When to get there

Like the rest of Ephesus, the Terrace Houses are open seven days a week, closing in the early evening during the summer season (April–October) and late afternoon in low season. They are less busy than more photogenic sights such as the Library of Celsus, so plan your Ephesus route around the bigger ticket attractions.

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Other Ancient Cities Near Ephesus

Three other Greco-Roman cities with UNESCO World Heritage status lie within easy reach of Ephesus. Hierapolis, a sacred spa town above the Pamukkale travertine hot springs, is around a 2.5-hour drive; the temples and theater of Aphrodisias, once capital of Lydia, can be reached in two hours; the hilltop city of Pergamon and its ancient medical center are also around a 2-hour drive away.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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