Ephesus Tours, Ephesus Excursions, Ephesus Trips for Cruise Passengers
SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM PORT OF KUSADASI
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and private vehicles from Port of Kusadasi
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Ephesus, one of the 4 major cities of the ancient world having population over 200.000 people. Selected as the capital of Asia Province of Roman Empire by the nephew of Julius Galius Ceasar known Augustus, named as Octavius. Served as a capital till Constantine ordred the expansion of another city located 400 miles north of Ephesus. He named this city as Constatinopolis and selected this city as the new capital. Ephesus today, considered as one of the most well preserved ancient cities of the world.
* Experienced licenced tour guides.
* Private brand new vehicles driven by proffessional chauffeurs.
* Lunches in local restaurants.
* Shop like locals.
* Do not wait in lines
* Do not have hard time hearing the guide.
* Enjoy the comfort of having a private guide & a chauffeur.
"TRANSBALKAN TAKES PRIDE IN PERSONAL SERVICE AND OVERALL SATISFACTION."
* Upon request below programs can
KUSADASI - No:1
Halfday (4hours) Tour of Ephesus & Temple of
Meet with your guide in front of
the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal. Drive to the country. See the TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS, one of the wonders of the ancient world.
Then a visit 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 Odeion, where the advisory
council held its meetings and the Baths, as well as many other columns,
monuments and ruins, including the Celsus Library. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy
the scenery or shopping opportunity.
KUSADASI - No:2
Fullday (8hours) Tour of Ephesus - Christian
Meet with your guide in front of
the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal. Drive to the country. Your first stop on
this fascinating tour is at the HOUSE OF 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 Odeion, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, Bath, Celsus Library, Marble
Street and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. After
lunch visit the BASILICA OF ST.
JOHN and see the TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS, one
of the wonders of the ancient world. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery or
KUSADASI - No:3
Fullday (8hours) Ephesus & Villages
Meet with your guide in front
of the Kusadasi port passenger Terminal. Depart the pier for the 20 minute drive
to one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world: TEMPLE OF
ARTEMIS. After seeing Temple of Artemis drive to the magnificent ancient
site of EPHESUS. Ephesus is the best preserved of the
Greek/Roman cities in Anatolia and while you are visiting the ancient ruins of
this magnificent site, your guide will bring them alive. You will see the
beautiful Celsus Library, restored and reconstructed according to its original
form by the architect Friedmund Hueber in the 1970's. The most spectacular
building of Ephesus is the Grand Theater, built during the Hellenistic age to
hold 25,000 spectators. It is there that St. Paul preached. Opposite the Temple
of Hadrian are the Hill Houses, homes of Ephesus' wealthy citizens. The city was
also the hometown of great philosopher Heraclitus. After a visit to Ephesus
Antique Site, you will arrive at SIRINCE VILLAGE.
This old Orthodox Village, 30 km 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 those 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. Your last stop will be the
visit to the ISA BEY MOSQUE, a delicate masterpiece
of Turkish architecture from the fourteenth century.
Fullday (8hours) Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + Kirazli
Boarding your vehichle at port of Kusadasi, drive eastwards
to Selcuk Town.. En-route see the cotton fields, olive groves and
pine forests while driving along the blue Aegean shores. Your first stop
will be The Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders
of the ancient world. Continue to Ephesus where
you start at the Magnesia Gate and walk downhill through the city.Your guide
will point out the sights, bringing the history of Ephesus to life as you pause
at the Odeon, Upper Agora, Town Hall, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian and
Domitianus, Memmius Memorial, Roman Baths, Terrace Houses and the extarordinary
Library of Celsus. At the end of a marble street leading from the library, gaze
up at the impressive theater, built to seat 24.000 people. Here St. Paul
preached to Ephesians. Afterwards proceed to the quaint Village of Kirazli. Meet with locals, witness the unspoiled
local life. See real Turkey !. Afterwards drive back to Kusadasi Port.
Fullday (8hours) Priene, Miletus and Didyma
(This Tour is designed for 2nd timers to
Meet with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port
passenger Terminal. Following the departure from the pier, the first stop will
be PRIENE. The ancient harbor city of Priene probably
changed its location when the silt of the Meander River threatened to bury it.
Now it is nearly 16km away from the sea. The original place of the city has
never been found but it was probably a peninsula with two harbors. Priene was
laid out on a Hippodamian system of grid plan at the foot of a spectacular cliff
on mount Mycale and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and
architecture. All the streets intersect at right angles. Next visit MILETUS, an ancient city located near the mouth of the
Meandros River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes.
It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia. Highly prosperous, it founded many
colonies and was the home of the ancient philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes
and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and architect Isidorus. Having a
prominent position, Miletus became the most important port in this area and it
was the most active member of the twelve cities of the Ionian Confederation.
From the 7th century B.C. the city has been controlled in turn by the Persians,
Roman and Seljuk Turks. The last visit in the tour will be DIDYMA. The world Didyma meant "twins" and it was
associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their
twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to
Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a
city but a sanctuary linked to Miletus by Milesians with a 12 mile sacred road.
Opinions of some of our guests from our
I wanted to drop you a fast note to
thank you for the two days of touring that you arranged for us in Istanbul
and Ephesus on October 15 and 18. We returned last night from our three week
journey, and I am just now able to write to
We are now back from our trip, and I
wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the tours that you
arranged for us in both Istanbul and Kusadasi. I will gladly recommend your
services, and we wish to thank the very knowledgeable and professional
guides you arranged us.
Just a wonderful reminder of the
wonderful time we had with you. It was delightful meeting you and the dinner
was like none other we have ever had. You were so gracious and we certainly
appreciated all you did to make our trip to Turkey so terrific.
Star Cruise Line
Tour was great. The driver, Oughz (spelling ??) (name is in our cabin)
was great. We had very nice talk on the way. Willl definitely recommend your
service when we get back and on the internet. Thank you very much for
arragning this tour
highly recommend your services. Our tour guide was excellent and very
knowledgable. Thanks for the superior service.
Oceania Cruise Line
We were all pleased with our tour of Ephesus and Kusadasi.
Ayshayn (spelling?) did a marvelous job. She was very knowledgeable and
articulate, with a wonderful command of the English language. We would all
be very happy to recommend your company to
We were most
pleased with the services of your tour company. Both Oz and Erol were true
professionals who knew exactly what to take us to see and what to tell us
about. They were both delightful.
Joanne and Alan Feldman
Seven Seas Voyager
Radisson Seven Seas Cruise Line
We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip
and think that Hankan (or similar - Im very bad at remembering names!) was
the best guide we have had. He was very, very informative and took great
care to ensure we kept out of the hot sun as much as possible.
Wind Star Cruises
Thank you for your wonderful
service. Your guide was very professional and knowledgable, and we had an
amazing time touring Ancient Ephesus with him! Wed definitely recommend him
to anyone we know who will be travelling to Turkey.
Wind Star Cruise