Come, Visit and Discover Ephesus, Turkey-UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ephesus Tour Options — History Only — No Shopping Stops .
A cheerful Australian couple run this well-liked agency, whose reasonably priced tours focus exclusively on the sites, with zero stops at tourist-fleecing carpet factories.
If you normally shy away from organized tours but still wish you could reap the rewards of being shown around by a professional, No Frills Ephesus Tours is for you.
Unlike many other tour companies, we recognize that you’d rather spend your time seeing the sights and learning about the fascinating history of Ephesus rather than…
No Frills Ephesus Tours delivered exactly what we wanted (at short notice!). We didn’t want a tour with a hotel collection, or lunch stops, or carpet factory visits. We just wanted a guide who could meet our group of four at the site and take us through Ephesus and give us a very informed tour…..and that’s exactly what we got.
Our guide, Metin, shared a wealth of knowledge with us and answered all the questions we had.
His level of fluency in English is excellent, and our group would highly recommend him if you are after a straightforward guided tour…
Two decades ago, Kusadasi was little more than a fishing village. Now it’s a busy port and tourist-oriented town of 50,000 people. A few old districts retain their charm but most cruise passengers are here to visit the magnificent Roman ruins at Ephesus, Turkey’s premier visitor attraction after Istanbul, which is located 10 miles (16km) northeast of the town.
Cruise port location
Cruise ships dock at two dedicated piers in the port, which is located on the waterfront immediately north of the town’s main streets. The modern terminal complex contains shops, cafe's and other dining options.
Where the Cayster (Kaystros) River empties into the Aegean Sea lays the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, nowadays gracing the Selçuk district of Izmir on Turkey’s western shores with its glorious presence and history that dates back a few millennia.
Thanks to its exceptionally fine climate and favorable location that gave it the opportunity to become a bustling port city where trade, intellectuals and administrators would meet, Ephesus bore witness to many cultural traditions from three different epochs — the revolutionary Neolithic, the divisive Hellenistic and the influential and transformative Roman periods.
While strolling in the paved streets of Ephesus…
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Ephesus Opening Hours
1 April-1October | Opening: 08:00 | Closing: 19:00
1 October-1 April | Opening: 08:30 | Closing: 17:30
Open every day
Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward.
Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean.
Since the 5th century, the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel seven kilometres from Ephesus, became a major place of Christian pilgrimage.
The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin.