Highlights of Ephesus Private Tour

  • 8 Hours
Tour Type
  • Private Guided
Activity Level
  • Medium
  • All Year Round
Tour Theme
  • Archeological
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  • Biblical
Perfect for
  • Family
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  • Friends
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  • Groups

Tour Description

Ephesus is a city brimming with history and cultural significance. Located on the west coast of Asia Minor, this ancient city was once a major center of the Roman Empire and is home to many iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time. From the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to the Great Theater where St. Paul is said to have preached, there’s no shortage of historical and cultural treasures to discover in Ephesus. In this article, we’ll explore the must-see sights and experiences that make a visit to Ephesus truly unforgettable.

Ephesus Private Tour: A Customized Sightseeing Experience

Experience the rich history and culture of Ephesus on a private tour customized to your group’s needs. Departing from Kusadasi and Selcuk, your expert local guide will take you on a journey through the ancient city, visiting iconic landmarks such as Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and the Basilica of St. John. Walk in the footsteps of Mother Mary, St. John, and St. Paul as you learn about the early Christians and Romans who lived in Ephesus. Take in the beauty of the city from the best photoshoot points and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

This tour is suitable for those who are able to walk approximately 2 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and 10-30 steps. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and plenty of sunscreens, as shade is limited. Please be sure to watch your step at all times to prevent injuries.

Ephesus is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Turkey. With its stunning architecture and rich history, it’s no wonder that it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Our private tour allows you to explore Ephesus in an exclusive setting with your friends or family, and also visit beautiful natural spots for the perfect photo opportunity.

This private tour is designed for you and your friends or family. The displayed price is per person for a group of 4, but rates may vary for smaller or larger groups. Contact us for more information and to customize your tour. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the unique and captivating history of Ephesus on a private tour.

The price listed is based on a per-person rate for a minimum of four adults participating in the tour. This indicates that if there are fewer or higher than four adults, the cost may be different. You can fill out the inquiry form to get your customized itinerary and rates.

The price listed is based on a per-person rate for a minimum of four adults participating in the tour. This indicates that if there are fewer or higher than four adults, the cost may be different. You can fill out the inquiry form to get your customized itinerary and rates.

Tour Details


  • Selcuk
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  • Ephesus
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  • Kusadasi
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  • Turkey


House of Mary
Basilica of Saint John
Temple of Artemis

Departure Location

Kusadasi Hotels & Cruise Port


Sightseeings in the Tour Program
Professional Official Tour Guidance
Entrance Fees
Transfers on a Private Basis
Local Taxes


Personal Expenses


Departure from Izmir Airport
Departure from Selcuk Hotels

Tour Program

08:00 Pickup

Meet at your hotel for pickup.

09:00House of Virgin Mary

Journey to Bulbul Mountain to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the final resting place of Mary where she spent her last years. Believed to have been brought to this stone house by Saint John, the House of the Virgin Mary is a sacred site for both Christians and Muslims. Pilgrims flock to this location to pay their respects and honor the memory of the Virgin Mary, who lived in the house until her death.

10:00Ephesus Ancient City

After visiting the House of Virgin Mary, continue on to the ancient city of Ephesus. Located on the west coast of Asia Minor, Ephesus was once a major Greek and Roman city and is home to many iconic landmarks. Stroll through the ancient streets and marvel at the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain. End your journey at the Great Theater, where St. Paul is said to have preached.

Ephesus is an extremely splendid city, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. As the capital of ancient Anatolia, it is home to many architectural wonders, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The Ephesus Archaeological Site also holds symbols of high-level urbanization, architecture, and religious history belonging to different civilizations, including the Hellenistic and Roman periods.


Enjoy a delicious open buffet lunch at a local Turkish restaurant before visiting a carpet cooperative in the afternoon. See firsthand how Turkish carpets are crafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques passed down through the generations. This is a unique opportunity to witness the artistry and skill that goes into creating these beautiful pieces of textile art.

14:30Basilica of St. John

The Basilica of St. John is an awe-inspiring sight, even in its ruined state. Large columns, frescos, and mosaics stand as a testament to the grandeur of this basilica, which was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian. Designed in the shape of a cross, the basilica was covered with six individual domes, the central one of which is thought to be directly above the burial site of St. John. Despite its ruins, the Basilica of St. John remains a beautiful and historic structure that should not be missed on any visit to Ephesus.

16:00Temple of Artemis (Diana)

The Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is located in Ephesus. Built during the Hellenistic Age, this incredible structure was entirely made of marble and adorned with sculptured columns, capitals, and shafts. However, today, only the ruins of its foundations remain, as the area of Ephesus has turned into swamps over the centuries. Some of the most beautiful remaining parts of the temple can be found in the London British Museum, including relics dating back to the 6th century BC when the temple was surrounded by 36 huge columns. Later, during the 6th century BC, the Lydian King, Kreisos, ordered the temple to be enlarged. Most of the exhibits in the London British Museum belong to this period.

16:30 Return Back

After a full day of exploring Ephesus, it’s time to return to your hotel. The tour ends with unforgettable memories and a newfound appreciation for the rich history and culture of this ancient city. As you journey back to your hotel, take a moment to reflect on all that you’ve learned and experienced, and be sure to share your favorite moments with friends and family. Whether you participated in a private or regular group tour, the sights, sounds, and stories of Ephesus will stay with you long after the tour has ended.

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Tour FAQ

How can I change the tour itinerary?

Customizable itineraries where you may choose sightseeings as per your taste & comfort. The tour program listed is representative and may completely change to suit your wishes. Feel free to say hello to us!

What is the difference between Private and Regular SIC Tours?

Private tours only include your group, your guide, and your driver. We offer the most personalized and intimate experience for you and your friends/family in a private tour! Regular SIC tours stand for Seat-in-Coach Basis Tours, which means you will share an air-conditioned coach or van with other tourists and you will have an English-speaking tour guide to take you to all the scenic spots listed in the itinerary that day. While the prices of private tours may vary according to the number of people, the prices of regular tours are fixed.

What languages are available for tours?

Our private tours are operated in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese. Feel free to contact us for any other languages.

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