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Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)

RELICS & MONUMENTS | 19 Nights | Departs Sep 16, 2015

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Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey-port

Originally a minor port, Kusadasi now serves as the gateway to Ephesus, one of the ancient world’s largest and most important archaeological and religious sites. As you walk the white marbled pathway, note the grooves made by centuries of chariot wheels. Stand in awe before the great Library of Celsus, and sit for a moment as the past seems to come alive at the Great Amphitheater, carved from the side of a mountain. Sacred places nearby include the Basilica of St. John and the House of the Virgin Mary.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Ancient Ephesus
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Discover Ephesus With An Expert
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Ephesus and Sirince Village
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Ephesus and Terrace Houses
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Ephesus With An Expert
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Introduction to Ephesus
  • Panoramic Kusadasi
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Priene, Miletus and Didyma - Ancient Sites
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • The Glories of Ephesus
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Ancient Ephesus

    Moderate Activity/Walking
    Duration: 2 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: ksa-007

    Take a walk through Turkish history during this scenic introduction to the ancient port city of Ephesus.

    Depart the pier in Kusadasi for the drive to the fabulous ruins of Ephesus. En route, you will pass through rural Turkish villages and countryside dotted with orchards of fig trees. The port city of Ephesus is one of the 12 cities of Ionia located near modern Izmir, and was formerly a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

    Upon arrival in Ephesus, you will explore the ancient shrines for which the city is renowned; a famous temple that is among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the beautifully restored Celsus Library and the Grand Theater. Next, you will return to Kusadasi to watch a traditional carpet weaving demonstration. You will sip apple tea while watching a myriad of colors unfold before your eyes, and have an opportunity to purchase a carpet, if so desired.

    Following your visit, you may opt to re-board the coach for the return drive to the pier, or be dropped off in Kusadasi for shopping and return to the ship on-foot.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves mostly downhill, extensive walking on uneven surfaces for approximately 1.5 hours at the site. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. At the end of the tour, guests will be dropped off in town, as the buses are not allowed to return them to the Cruise Ship Terminal parking lot. There will be a short walk from the drop-off point in town back to the Kusadasi Terminal Building.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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