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Ephesus and Kusadasi Private Tour

Mediterranean Cruise Shore Excursions
Private Air Conditioned Vehicle
Private Chauffeur and Private Guide

Combine With your Crystal Cruise, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line or any other Mediterranean cruises

The Great Theatre in Ephesus, Turkey

The Great Theatre in Ephesus, Turkey.
By Dennis Jarvis via Wikimedia Commons

Arrive ANY DAY! This is the perfect add on to your Crystal Cruises or other Mediterranean cruise.

Extensions are available to Cappadocia, Bodrum or you may start your land tour in Istanbul then we bring you back to Kusadasi to board your cruise. Add Izmir Private tour, or combine with a cruise shore excursion in Istanbul. More cruise shore excursions in Greece or Egypt. En Espanol? Flying from Athens?

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Designed for cruise passengers seeking a more personal service, or a more upscale way of enjoying shore excursions. Arrive on Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Princess or other Mediterranean cruises. Port trips, shore excursions and ground transportation in the Mediterranean. We cater to your needs and custom tailor, from 2 to 2000 passengers. If you are among those who wish to break away from the crowd and experience a more intimate experience. Families and children are always welcome. You'll always have your PRIVATE air conditioned vehicle and private guide.


Full day Private tour including lunch:
Ephesus including The Terrace Houses; Kusadasi

Assuming boat arrives at 8 AM and leave at 5 PM. Meet with your guide at the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal at 8.30am. Drive to the country side. Your first stop on this fascinating tour is at the House of the Virgin Mary. Then, you will continue on to visit ancient Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world.
See the the Odeon, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, Bath, Celsus Library, Marble Street and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. See the Terrace Houses, House of the Rich, the newly excavated and partially restored site in Ephesus, excavation site for the ancient homes of richest Ephesians with hand painted wall paper.

After lunch visit the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk and see the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the ancient world. View Basilica of St John and Isa bey Mosque. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery and the local arts, enjoy shopping opportunity. Transfer back to the pier. Bon Voyage!

Rate per person in USD $ for the Full Day

Minimum Number of guests
Private Touring
2-6 Guests
US $289
7-15 Guests
(Rate is per person)
US $195
16-20 Guests
(Rate is per person)
US $165

Rate includes:

  • Private Guided sightseeing
  • Private air conditioned vehicle
  • All entrance fees.
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • Lunch (during the full day)

Half a day Private tour: Ephesus

Ancient Ephesus- Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal. Subject to your estimated time of arrival, usually around 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM and we bring you back to the ship around 2 PM . For cruise ships arriving around 7 AM, expect to be back to the ship around 1 PM.

Drive through the Anatolian countryside. Tour the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Then on to Ephesus is a visit to one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. Ancient historians believed that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, but now, it is believed to have been the Hittite city of Apasa. With your guide, you will See the Terrace Houses, the newly excavated and partially restore site in Ephesus, excavation site for the ancient homes of richest ephesians,on to the Odeon, where the advisory council held its meetings and the Baths, as well as many other columns, monuments and ruins, including the Celsus Library. Afterwards drive back to Port of Kusadasi through fertile lands, villages, and cotton fields. Bon voyage.

Rate per person in USD $ for the Half Day

Minimum Number of guests
Private Touring
Guests : 2-6
(Rate is per person)
US $260
Guests : 7-15
(Rate is per person)
US $170
Guests : 16-20
(Rate is per person)
US $145

Rate includes:

  • Private Guided sightseeing
  • Private air conditioned vehicle
  • All entrance fees.
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • Lunch (only with the full day)
  • Rate per person in USD$

We will provide deluxe sedans for our valued VIP guests
Or Deluxe air conditioned vehicle

Rate doesn't include:

  • Any International air fare.
  • Visa Fee
  • Trip/travel insurance
  • Tips to driver and guide
  • Lunch (during the half day)

Frequently asked Questions:
If there was extra time, is it possible to go to Didyma?
No it is not possible to go to Didyma, it is about 90 minutes drive (each way from Ephesus).

Instead of Didyma we recommend:
Sirince Village. Add this tour for an additional $25 per person.
This old Orthodox Village, 30 kilometers from Kusadasi, was once "Cirkince"(ugly). Indeed its inhabitants gave this name on the purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly and called it "Sirince" (pretty). Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture as of the 1920's; after the Turkish Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all the typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. At Sirince Village you will have chance of seeing the local life at a village and purchasing some small local souvenirs and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and other fruit wines. During the lunch, mingle with the local people of the village as you will be a guest in their village for a simple cup of traditional Turkish coffee at the main coffee house of the village. Depending on the number of guests, a gypsy woman may read your fortune after you finish your coffee.

Where will we have lunch?

Lunch will be served in a charming local restaurant

Lunch Menu:

  • Seasons Salad
  • Fried Eggplant with Tomato Sauce
  • Barbecued Meat Balls
  • Local Fruits

Please advise us in advance for any vegetarian meal request

Private Concert in Ephesus for Crystal Cruises Passengers

It was an amazing night. the concert located at Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey. It was during the Crystal Cruise trip where I take this excursion. Having a private concert (only to a limited seat) in this very historic place, makes this night SUPER amazing. Special thanks to Crystal Cruise who makes this all possible.

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Private Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in Greece & Turkey

The cruise regular shore excursion are generally a good introduction to the city, most of the seasoned cruise travelers prefer to go sightseeing with a private guide.

The difference between ship organized and private tours is best described as "package versus tailor-made." Some people may feel all right joining a large tour group whereas sometimes it is difficult to hear the guide and the group moves only as fast as its slowest participant.

Others may not get their questions answered at all as there may be twenty other people in the group trying to do the same.

In contrast, a small tour group with tailor-made program is way more enjoyable and ensures personal attention for everyone. You will spend as much time as you want.

Therefore, if you want to maximize your limited time, the private escorted tour tailored to your unique wishes and interests is an ideal solution.

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Featured Review

What others say about our shore excursions:

Just returned on Sunday, everything in Turkey was wonderful. Our guide was terrific and we enjoyed thoroughly. we only wished we could have spent more time in Turkey, we definitely will go back and spend more time. Thanks so much.

John Schosheim