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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

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Kuşadası, Turkey
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
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Combine visits to some of Turkey's most important highlights in this 8-hour guided shore excursion from Kusadasi. With a dedicated guide, visit Ephesus (Efeze), St. Mary's House, the Terrace Houses, and St. John's Basilica. This private shore excursion ensures personalized attention from your guide and includes lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Drive to scenically wonderful coastal road before you reach the ancient city of Ephesus
  • Explore spectacular Ephesus is a stunning partially excavated site
  • Visit the Terrace Houses with breathtaking mosaics
  • Recharge with a delicious Turkish lunch at a lovely local restaurant in the town of Selcuk
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Professional art historian guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Kusadasi Port , Türkmen, Yat Limanı, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey

from the Kusadasi Port

Kusadasi Port
8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.We pick up from Kusadasi Port
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A minimum 2 people required for this tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Karavan Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica.

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star-5
Amazing tour in a short amount of time.
Sheri_R
, Aug 2022
Amazing tour, I highly recommend! Our guide Elif was very knowledgeable and and hospitable! This is a great tour to pack a lot in a little amount of time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Day
Priscilla_P
, Jul 2022
Our guide Ekin was wonderful!! He was very patient with our 2 children and learned so much. Would definitely recommend as excursion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour
MaryAnn_C
, Jul 2022
This was a great tour. Our guide, Begu, was very knowledgable and personable. He was very client centred, wanting to ensure we got the best experience possible. Tour was at a good pace. Lunch in the garden setting was wonderful. Carpet demo interesting.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Ephesus and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Ruins Galore
Alex_G
, May 2022
Good overall tour. Ezgi, our guide, was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Had a nice lunch and Turkish carpet demo.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Kusadasi and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Our guide Begu was...
Shenzhao_F
, Mar 2022
Our guide Begu was knowledgeable, professional, and very accommodative yesterday. We are very pleased with tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Great tour
glab
, Mar 2022
Great tour, our guide Begu is very informative. Very nice tour with great value. Ephesus is very nice.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Kusadasi and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Day in Ephesus
LindaL_O
, Nov 2021
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.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Linda, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Kusadasi and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Excellent
Gladys_T
, Dec 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Ephesus Tour
PAULA_W
, Oct 2019
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Tour
phxdelta
, Sep 2019
Olgay (OJ) met us at the dock as promised and started our day describing the history of Ephesus, Turkey. We traveled through the countryside and took an improvised stop at a cool place for authentic Turkish coffee and Turkish Delights before checking out the Seven Sleepers. Our tours to St. John Basilica and Ephesus were fabulous as OJ shared tons of detailed history and biblical stories. The extra tour of the Terrace Houses was another highlight of Ephesus. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at one of the best carpet making destinations and watched the ladies in action before trying it ourselves (and there was no pressure to buy anything). Next we stopped for olive oil and tea. Then we capped off the tour with a visit to St. Mary's House, a truly spiritual place. OJ knew everyone and everyone truly loved her as she always helped other guides throughout the day. It was wonderful to see how much she knew and cared about Turkey, its history, culture, and people. Loved it!
star-5
Knowledgable
dickate
, Sep 2019
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
Amazing and enriching experience!
Shantanu_M
, Aug 2019
Our family of three booked this tour at the last minute and we were pleasantly surprised to be the only ones that day. Our guide Nevin was excellent to say the least, exceptionally knowledgeable, very friendly and spoke excellent English. Having guided many shore excursions she knew exactly how to take care of guest, knowing how to point out important things like availability of toilets, water as well as walking surfaces to expect. The selection of lunch venue was incomparable. We went to a small farm collective where the meal was prepared using the freshest of ingredients. Soft drinks, water, spirits were available without limit. Afterwards the experience of touring the carpet factory and watching the ladies work so deftly left a very positive experience. This is a highly recommended experience.
star-5
Fantastic value
Safari50862339619
, Jul 2019
We were met at the cruise terminal by our private guide and picked up by our private small motor coach. Our guide, Cigdem, was so knowledgeable and so informative it was impressive. She took excellent care of us for the whole day on our visits to Ephesus, Mary's House and St John's. We got even better care at lunch, which we enjoyed in a shaded garden. Lots of food, wine and good company after which we got to learn about hand making Turkish rugs and getting silk from silk worm cocoons. Highly recommend this tour. It is a great value and well worth doing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Outstanding guide and customized day
Eugene_D
, Jun 2019
Ayca was an absolute pleasure as a guide. She had a bubbly personality, and obvious enthusiasm for her country. She was very interactive with our three preteen children. She is obviously an extremely intelligent woman with multiple degrees in relevant areas of study. She kept the descriptions of the sites funny and interesting even for the children. She deviated from the previously arranged program to accommodate special requests from everyone in our family She was an absolute pleasure as a guide. She took extra care of our older grandparents, trying to keep in in the sun and helping them walk on the uneven surfaces. Fascinating day that could not have been better in anyway. Thank you !!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very educating and a brilliant...
AnilahQ
, Oct 2018
Very educating and a brilliant experience. Fun tour guide who was very knowledgeable and covered all sites giving detailed information on all. Terrace House was the best part! Sites were beautiful with breathtaking views. Highly recommended!
star-5
We had an amazing tour with Karavan...
Samantha G
, May 2017
We had an amazing tour with Karavan Travel, our guide Aslie was fantastic! Would recommend to all. For 4 of us this private tour was cheaper than the ship tour and we had the opportunity to ask any questions we could think of and go at our own pace. While other reviews have complained about the trip to the carpet place we found it really interesting and weren't pressured at all into buying anything might be because we are all in our 20's and clearly can't afford one!. Also the lunch there was one of the best meals we had on our trip, typical Turkish al fresco with Aslie. Ephesus was amazing and I definable recommend a visit to the Terrace Houses not all trips include this!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Can not recommend enough. This trip...
Ellen_P
, Apr 2017
Can not recommend enough. This trip was half the price of the excursion offered by our cruise ship and better by far. We were picked up with a sign at the port and had a modern, air conditioned mini bus just for the 5 of us. Our guide, Begum, was fantasic, she was very knowledgeable but you could also tell she was very passionate about her country and loved returning to Ephesus for her first tour this year. She answered every question we had and tested how well we were listening. We learnt a lot about Turkei as well as Ephesus. Oh, and lots about trees too :p We visited St John's Basilica and St Mary's House as well as Ephesus and the terraced houses. Begum guided us when needed but also gave us our own space to explore. After we had an amazing lunch al fresco and saw how silk and rugs were made. The salesman obviously would have liked us to buy but there was no pressure and he was very nice, even giving us Turkish Coffee and Raki to try whilst we saw some of the rugs he had to offer. All in all it was a fantastic day. You'd be crazy not to book this tour, the value for money is amazing.... and ask for Begum!!
star-5
This is the most complete tour...
Paul K
, Jan 2017
This is the most complete tour, historically and religiously, with very competent and courteous staff. They touch all the bases, freely answer all questions and the pace is set by you what a joy. The luncheon was also excellent. The rug tour has some pressure to buy, but they accept a no thanks with professional grace. You will feel safe and won't be disappointed with the content
star-4
When I booked this tour, I was...
Mary_S
, Dec 2016
When I booked this tour, I was skeptical of how low the price was. I figured that when we got there, there would entrance fees and extra charges assessed. I was wrong. Our guide Fulia, was terrific. She has been a guide for 15 years, and gave us more information that you could ever hope for. She stayed with us the entire time at Ephesus. My one complaint was we tried to decline the lunch and carpet store tour, and she discouraged us and said we should go. So, we went and had lunch, which was both delicious and fully included in the tour price. The carpet tour was next, and we found it interesting, but had no intention of buying anything, which felt like a waste of our short time in Kusadasi. All in all, I would totally use these folks again, as they delivered everything they said they would.
star-1
The guide and the tour he provided...
Laura M
, Dec 2016
The guide and the tour he provided was wonderful, but we felt trapped by the carpet demonstration and seriously pressured sales pitch. As the tour leader of the group of 9, I asked the guide and carpet company 3 times to allow the other 8 of us to go along and complete our PRIVATE' tour and to send the one person interested in purchasing the 3 carpets for 2500 to meet us later. He could have been provided with a taxi and the rest of us would not waste so much time waiting on the one! This was not allowed and I've terribly disappointed in Viator for allowing this.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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