Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Explore at your own pace with a private sedan, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive custom tour is designed to maximize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private vehicle and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility to visit the sights at your own pace.
"Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean. Since the 5th century, the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel seven kilometers from Ephesus, became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbor basin." Learn more: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1018/
Begin your tour with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary where Jesus' mother is said to have lived the last years of her life. The site is a Catholic shrine and was visited by Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
In the UNESCO World Heritage site Ephesus, you'll see the Great Theatre, which dates back to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st century AD, the theatre was reconstructed and expanded by the Romans to a seating capacity of 25,000. This is also the place where St Paul preached to the Ephesians. It is still used for performances today, and the acoustics are excellent. The Marble Road is part of a sacred walkway that leads you to the Celsus Library and Hadrian's Temple. The impressive Corinthian-style temple was dedicated in AD 118 to Hadrian, Artemis and the people of Ephesus.
Return to Kusadasi to enjoy the traditional Turkish experience of sipping apple tea while watching a myriad of colors unfold before you during a carpet demonstration. Those interested in purchasing a carpet can do so with confidence. Those not wishing to stay can walk directly back to the ship, or remain in town and browse in the shops.
Capacity: 2 guests. Your private party may be of any size up to the maximum capacity.
Note: Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person), so only one person in the party needs to order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, English-speaking guide and applicable entrance fees. Although this tour is designed not to involve uphill walking, there is extensive walking required at Ephesus. Wear comfortable, non-skid walking shoes. Bring a head cover and wear light clothes.