Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library.

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Ephesus (Kusadasi)

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Introduction to Ephesus

    This tour is only offered MAR130718

    Enjoy an introductory educational tour of Ephesus, followed by an exclusive COE reception and dinner.

    Important note: Due to warm weather, the attire is as follows - lightweight white or cream colored resort casual clothing which can include sundresses, skirts, shorts, and comfortable rubber-soled flat sandals or walking shoes. Heels or platform sandals are not permitted as walking paths are very uneven and often steep.

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  • Panoramic Kusadasi

    Enjoy a wonderful overview of some of the area's most notable sights on this mostly panoramic tour.

    Your first stop on the tour is one of region's most revered religious sights - the possible remains of the House of Virgin Mary. Ancient records state that St. John the Apostle brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Christ and that she spent her last days in a small house. The dating of articles found at the site lends credence to the belief that the Virgin Mary indeed lived here.

    As your driving tour continues, you will pass the Grand Theater of Ephesus and the remnants of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the distance, you will see Seljuk Castle on Ayasuluk Hill and the lovely Selcuk Town.

    Upon arriving in the quaint village of Sirince, which reflects a perfect synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture, you will have time to stroll through the narrow streets at your leisure. You will have the same opportunity when you arrive back in Kusadasi, or you can attend an informative carpet demonstration that shows the fine craftsmanship behind these luxurious items.

    Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Turkish Towns & Villages

    Board your coach and head to the lovely town of Sirince (pronounced she-RIN-jay), a wonderful little Aegean village of 600 inhabitants. Most of the houses in the village date from the 19th century or earlier, and they were built when Sirince was predominantly a Greek village.

    The village lies in a lovely bowl of hills surrounded by peach orchards, vineyards and olive groves. The higher hills are covered with pine forest. Nearly all of the houses command a pastoral panorama extending over many miles, undisturbed by modern development. Farming remains the principal activity with many of the villagers making wine and olive oil.

    After exploring Sirince and then stopping at a wine houseto taste the locally made fruit wine, you will head for Tire, a large province in the foothillsof the Aydin Mountains. Originally called "Teira," it became known as "Tire" in the Turkish period. As you wander through town, you'll notice the plethora of mosques (there are more than 100) and the variety of crafts, which include embroidery, quilting and rope making.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you'll stop in a traditional carpet-weaving art center and then continue to Kusadasi. Here, you will have free time for shopping or you may return directly to the ship, which is within walking distance.

    Please note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven surfaces, inclines and 10 to 30 steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs or for persons who have difficulties in walking, climbing, and/or managing steps. Drinks are at an additional cost.

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  • House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus Museum

    Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and the surrounding area during this tour of the House of the Virgin Mary, and a visit to the Ephesus Archaeological Museum.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, located five miles from Ephesus on Aladag Mountain. After discovering the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited and prayed at this site. From here, a visit will be made to the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Upon arrival, you will view displays of interesting and valuable finds from Ephesus.

    At the conclusion of the tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to Kusadasi. Time permitting, you may stop in town to explore the shops independently or return directly to the ship.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves a few small steps between the halls at the museum, and walking on uneven surfaces and cobblestone paths in some parts at the House of the Virgin Mary. This tour is wheelchair-accessible. 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.

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  • The Glories of Ephesus

    Discover the glory of Ephesus during a scenic and informative full-day orientation tour of this remarkable ancient city.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, located 5 miles from Ephesus on Aladag Mountain. After discovering the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited and prayed at this site. From here, you will proceed for a visit to Ephesus. One of the 12 cities of Ionia, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Ephesus is renowned for its sacred ancient shrines, including a famous temple that is among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    Upon arrival at Ephesus, you will visit the beautiful Celsus Library, built in the beginning of the 2nd century AD. You will also see the Grand Theater; one of Ephesus' most impressive buildings, and the site where St. Paul once preached. A visit will then be made to the Temple of Hadrian, located just across the way.

    Lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center that is reminiscent of a typical Turkish village and employs traditional carpet-weaving techniques. After lunch, a stop will be made at the nearby Basilica of St. John before visiting the Ephesus Archeological Museum, which contains two wonderful marble statues of Artemis and 25,000 artifacts found in the ancient city.

    Next, you will return to Kusadasi to watch a carpet-weaving demonstration; a now traditional Turkish experience. 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. Afterward, 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 approximately 2 hours of extensive walking. 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.

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  • Discover Ephesus With An Expert

    Journey back in time to ancient Turkey during this spectacular, limited participation tour of the ruins of Ephesus.

    Depart the pier for the morning drive by mini-coach to Ephesus, one of the most important and well-preserved ancient sites of Asia Minor. Ephesus dates back to the 3rd century BC, and has always played a significant role in science, culture and the arts. In 1989, Ephesus Museum archaeologists focused on the ruins of Ephesus' earliest settlement. The enclosure for archaeological remains at Ephesus elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibility for visitors.

    Upon arrival, you will be met by an expert archaeologist and together, you will discuss and explore the finds collected from Ephesus and the terrace houses.

    Next, a visit will be made to the Ephesus Museum's Hall of Artemis to view exhibits of works, statues and architectonic fragments found during the excavations of the Temple of Artemis and other locations in Ephesus. From here, you will continue on to see the ruins, including the grand amphitheater; one of Ephesus' most impressive buildings. You will then visit the 2nd-century Library of Celsus before exploring the ruins of the Scholastic Baths, Odeon, Lower Agora and State Agora.

    Your tour will conclude with a visit to the terrace houses located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, and opposite the Hadrian Temple. Built for wealthy citizens, the homes' interiors were constructed with the highest standards of their day, and featured mosaics, frescoes and interior courtyards with open ceilings.

    Following your tour, you will re-board your mini-coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary and lunch at a local restaurant in Selcuk will be provided either before or after the museum visit, dependent on the tour's departure time. Although you will not visit newly-excavated areas, you will visit parts of Ephesus not located on the tourist route, nor seen during regular site visits. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves mostly downhill, extensive walking on uneven surfaces, and many steps to climb inside the terrace houses area of Ephesus. 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.

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  • Ancient Ephesus

    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.

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  • Priene, Miletus and Didyma - Ancient Sites

    Departing by coach from the pier, your first stop will be the ancient harbor city of Priene. Priene was laid out at the foot of a spectacular cliff on Mount Mycale, and contains many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture. A fine example: the streets intersect at right angles.

    Next, the tour will visit Miletus. As one of the largest and most important cities in Anatolia, Miletus was the most active member of the 12 cities of the Ionian Confederation. From the 7th century BC, the Persians, Romans and Seljuk Turks have controlled the city.

    The last visit in the tour will be Didyma, the place where, according to Greek mythology, Zeus and Leto bore their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo, and served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city, but a sanctuary linked to Miletus by Milesians by a 12-mile sacred road. A lunch consisting of simple but delicious Turkish specialties will be served at a local restaurant.

    At the conclusion of the tour, guests will reboard the coach and return to Kusadasi where, time permitting, you may stop in town to explore the shops independently, or return to the ship.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour which involves an uphill walk in Priene. Pathways are made of loose gravel and rubble, with many steps to climb in both Priene and Miletus. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for guests who utilize a wheelchair, as the walking distance is approximately 2 miles, lasting over 2 hours. 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.

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  • Ephesus and Terrace Houses

    Driving to Ephesus, you can almost feel modern civilization slipping away as you enter a world firmly rooted in the past.

    Ephesus is esteemed as one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world, and during your walking tour, you will see the remains of its glorious Roman architecture. Behold excavated treasures such as the Odeon theater, public baths, the two-tiered Celsus Library, and the nearly 24,000-seat Grand Theater, where St. Paul once preached. Known for its wonderful acoustics, the theater is still used today for musical performances.

    Before leaving the archaeological site, you will have the opportunity to visit the Terrace Houses, which were inhabited by Ephesus' wealthiest residents. The houses are richly decorated with mosaics and frescoes and even had running water.

    Returning to Kusadasi, it’s your choice to enjoy some free time to shop or sit in on an informative carpet demonstration that shows the fine craftsmanship behind these luxurious items.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be uneven ground and a significant amount of steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Ephesus and Sirince Village

    Relive the glory of Turkey's ancient past during this scenic tour of the ruins at Ephesus, a visit to Sirince and lunch at the home of a local village family.

    Depart the pier for the 30-minute drive to the ancient ruins at the magnificent site of Ephesus. Upon arrival, you will visit the beautifully restored Celsus Library and Grand Theater, built during the Hellenistic age to hold 24,000 spectators and a site in which St. Paul preached.

    Next, you will visit Sirince, an old Orthodox village that today serves as a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture from the 1920s. The village is also renowned for its local grape and other fruit wines. Upon arrival, you will have a unique opportunity to observe local village life, and purchase some local souvenirs and handicrafts.

    You will then proceed to the home of a village family for lunch, then to the main coffeehouse for a cup of traditional Turkish coffee. Depending on the number of guests, a gypsy fortune-teller may also be available.

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

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves approximately 1.5 miles of extensive walking on uneven, but mainly level surfaces, and a few steps to climb. 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.

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  • Ephesus With An Expert

    Journey back in time to ancient Turkey during this spectacular, limited participation tour of the ruins of Ephesus.

    Depart the pier for a drive by mini-coach to Ephesus, one of the most important and well-preserved ancient sites of Asia Minor.

    Ephesus dates back to the 3rd century BC, and has always played a significant role in science, culture and the arts. In 1989, Ephesus Museum archaeologists focused on the ruins of Ephesus' earliest settlement. The enclosure for archaeological remains at Ephesus elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibility for visitors.

    Upon arrival, you will be met by an expert archaeologist and together, you will discuss and explore the finds collected from Ephesus and the terrace houses.

    Next, a visit will be made to the Ephesus Museum's Hall of Artemis to view exhibits of works, statues and architectonic fragments found during the excavations of the Temple of Artemis and other locations in Ephesus. From here, you will continue on to see the ruins, including the grand amphitheater; one of Ephesus' most impressive buildings. You will then visit the 2nd-century Library of Celsus before exploring the ruins of the Scholastic Baths, Odeon, Lower Agora and State Agora.

    Your tour will conclude with a visit to the terrace houses located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, and opposite the Hadrian Temple. Built for wealthy citizens, the homes' interiors were constructed with the highest standards of their day, and featured mosaics, frescoes and interior courtyards with open ceilings.

    Following your tour, you will re-board your mini-coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. Although you will not visit newly-excavated areas, you will visit parts of Ephesus not located on the tourist route, nor seen during regular site visits. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves mostly downhill, extensive walking on uneven surfaces, and many steps to climb inside the terrace houses area of Ephesus. 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.

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