Ephesus Celcus Library

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Ephesus Celcus Library

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.


ephesus tours with private car

ephesus tours with private car

ephesus tours with private car

ephesus tours with private car

* Upon request below programs can be modified.

Halfday (4hours) Tour of Ephesus & Temple of Artemis
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.

Fullday (8hours) Tour of Ephesus - Christian Ephesus
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 shopping opportunity.

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 Village
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 Kusadasi)
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 services:

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 you.
Pat Atherton
Oceania Cruises
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.
Martin King
Royal Princess
Princess Cruise Line 
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. 
Jolton Family
Wind Spirit
Wind 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
Stan Vermeers 
Oceania Cruise Line
We will highly recommend your services. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgable. Thanks for the superior service.   
Melissa Kimble 
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 
Jennifer Cleeton 
Seabourn Spirit
Seabourn Cruise Line
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.
Julie Dofort 
Wind Spirit
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.
Rudy Gonzalez 
Wind Star
Wind Star Cruise Line