Kusadasi to Ephesus

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TRAVEL Sunday September 2, 2012
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We hired a driver and a private guide through Curio Travel , http://www.curiotravel.com,
a reliable tour company based in Turkey.  By Amanda Jones
Ephesus Shuttle is owned by Curio Travel Ltd. Member of Turkish Travel Agencies ( TURSAB ) licence Nr. 6420
 
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October 10, 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
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Kusadasi Port to Ephesus Private Tours - 12 different itineraries


Tour 1 : Private Ephesus Tour


Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. 
 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.
 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.
      Approximately 3 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

 

          PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

65-$US

62-$US

59-$US

52-$US

47-$US

42-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins.*** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 2 : Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. We will stop at Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.


*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.
      Approximately 3,5 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

67-$US

64-$US

59-$US

52-$US

47-$US

42-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 3 - A1 : Private  Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.
 

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.
Approximately 4 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

79-$US

75-$US

70-$US

62-$US

57-$US

52-$US

           

Terrace Houses   is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?

 

Tour 3 - A2 : Private  Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary Tour + Traditional Turkish Lunch ( www.bizimevhanimeli.com 

 

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. Have a stop for a traditional Turkish lunch. 
 

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.


*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded) are included.
      Approximately 5,5 hrs. 

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

94-$US

90-$US

85-$US

72-$US

67-$US

62-$US

 

Terrace Houses   is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?

 

Tour 4 - A1 : Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary - St. John Basilica Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins. drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.
 

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  After House of Virgin Mary,  drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.
 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.

      Approximately 5 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

85-$US

82-$US

75-$US

67-$US

62-$US

57-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

  Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 4 - A2 : Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary - St. John Basilica Tour + Traditional Turkish Lunch ( www.bizimevhanimeli.com  

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins. drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. Have a stop for a traditional Turkish lunch. 
 

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  After House of Virgin Mary,  drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. We will stop at  Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.
 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded) are included.
      Approximately 6,5 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

100-$US

97-$US

90-$US

82-$US

77-$US

72-$US

                    

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

  Reservation              Any Questions ?

 

Tour 5 : Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - St. John Basilica Tour

Your  private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins. drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

After visiting Ephesus  drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. We will stop at  Artemission Templewhere used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.
      Approximately 4 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

79-$US

77-$US

72-$US

67-$US

63-$US

59-$US


Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

                                           Reservation              Any Questions ?


 
Tour 6 : Private Ephesus - Miletus - Didyma Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

After Ephesus, we will head to our next stop Miletus, an ancient city located near the present Akköy at the mouth of the Buyuk Menderes (meander) River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia with a population of between 80.000 and 100.000. Highly prosperous, it founded many colonies and was the home of the 6 BC philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and architect of Hagia Sophia, 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. In the 7th century BC, Lydians besieged the city. The city was then controlled by Persians, Roman and Seljuk Turks.

 

The next visit after Miletus will be Didyma. The word Didyma means "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 19 km/12 mi sacred road. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to Kusadasi port.
 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private van with A/C and entrance fees are included.

      Approximately 7 hrs. + 45 minutes free time for lunch if requested.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

110-$US

107-$US

104-$US

102-$US

97-$US

94-$US

 

Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?



Tour 7 :  Private Ephesus - Sirince Village - Traditional Turkish Lunch
( www.bizimevhanimeli.com or www.sirinceocakbasi.com or www.dimitrosrestaurant.com)

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

After visiting Ephesus,  drive up to the pretty old Turkish-Orthodox village Sirince, located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees'. The village has synthesis of Turk-Greek culture, where we visit mosque and Orthodox church. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its fruity wine: try its taste in small cafés. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded) are included.
      Approximately 5 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

99-$US

96-$US

90-$US

85-$US

78-$US

72-$US


Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 8 : Ephesus - Artemission Temple + Sirince Village + Traditional Turkish Lunch
( www.bizimevhanimeli.com or www.sirinceocakbasi.com or www.dimitrosrestaurant.com)

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

 

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

 

After visiting Ephesus, we will visit Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After Temple, drive up to the pretty old Turkish-Orthodox village Sirince, located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees'. The village has synthesis of Turk-Greek culture, where we visit mosque and Orthodox church. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its fruity wine: try its taste in small cafés. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.
 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded)  are included. 
     Approximately 5,5 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

101-$US

99-$US

92-$US

87-$US

80-$US

73-$US


Terrace Houses is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins.*** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 9 : Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary - Sirince Village  + Traditional Turkish Lunch ( www.bizimevhanimeli.com or www.sirinceocakbasi.com or www.dimitrosrestaurant.com)

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.   We will visit Artemission Temple where used to be one on the seven wonders of the ancient world.

After Artemission Temple, drive up to the pretty old Turkish-Orthodox village Sirince, located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees'. The village has synthesis of Turk-Greek culture, where we visit mosque and Orthodox church. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: try its taste in small cafés. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded) are included.
      Approximately 6 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

109-$US

106-$US

99-$US

95-$US

89-$US

81-$US


Terrace Housesis located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?



Tour 10 : Private Ephesus - Artemission Temple - The House of Virgin Mary - St. John Basilica- Sirince Village + Traditional Turkish Lunch 
(www.bizimevhanimeli.com or www.sirinceocakbasi.com or www.dimitrosrestaurant.com )

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 20 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.

 

The House of Virgin Maryis located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  After House of Virgin Mary,  drive to St. John’sBasilica, where it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.

We will visit Artemission Temple where used to be one on the seven wonders of the ancient world.

After Artemission Temple, drive up to the pretty old Turkish-Orthodox village Sirince, located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees'. The village has synthesis of Turk-Greek culture, where we visit mosque and Orthodox church. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: try its taste in small cafés. Drive back to Kusadasi town center and port. The end of our services.

 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded) are included.
      Approximately 7 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

119-$US

116-$US

109-$US

105-$US

98-$US

91-$US

 

Terrace Housesis located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. *** Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.

 Reservation              Any Questions ?


Tour 11 : Private Priene - Miletos - Karine (Doganbey Fishing Village)

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeting, we will have 40 mins drive to the ancient Anatolian-Greek city of Priene in the forest overlooking the fertile Meandros Valley. Priene was an ancient Greek holy city and the home of an important temple of Athena. After completing Priene tour we will head to Miletus, one of the most important commercial and governmental cities from 700 BC to 700 AD among all the ancient Ionians cities. We will discover the Roman Theatre where the first recorded strike took a place and the magnificent Faustina Baths. Last, but not least, we arrive in Karine (Doganbey Village). Karine is a fishing village with its interesting geography located on the back side of the Dilek Peninsula National Park. It is known being a region that especially where the gilt head breams spawn by reason of  the ground waters boiling from the bottom of the sea blends to the sea. It can be seen that all the tones of the blue from the shallow sea. It's a nest area for pelicans, delicious fish and fish restaurants, amazing fresh air and natural beauty are symbols of this unique little village. The honey of Karine is also famous, their neighbors on the island of Samos used to visit because of it. After a lunch break at a shed-like fish restaurant viewing  the beauty of the nature we will continue to Doganbey Village where we will visit the old Greek Houses dated back 19 AD. At the end of the tour, you will return to Kusadasi port.


 

*** Private professional tour guide, Private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees and Lunch (drinks are excluded) are included.
      Approximately 7 hrs.

 

PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR RATES

Between

  2 to 3 pax

  4 to 5 pax

  6 to 7 pax

 8 to 10 pax

11 to 15 pax

16 to 20 pax

Per person

129-$US

126-$US

123-$US

121-$US

117-$US

113-$US 

 

 

Tour 12 : Relax Ephesus Tour

Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port with a sign written “ Your Name “ on it, anytime you want. After greeted by your guide, you are going to customize your private tour with recommendations of your guide due to your cruseship schedule. Ephesus area where all attractions are located is 20 mins. driving away from Kusadasi port.  You can kindly find the list of places where you can add to your private tour.

English Speaking Tour Guide & Minivan : 149 US$ ( up to 12 pax )

You can decide where you will visit with your guide's recommendations and you can pay extra for the entrance and parking fees as below.

P.S. Special date discount is not valid for this tour.

  Ancient city of Ephesus

o    Entrance fee : 15 US$ per person

o    Duration : 90 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : 13 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Terrace Houses

o    Entrance fee : 8 US$

o    Duration : 40 mins.

o    Car parking fee : N/A

·        House of Virgin Mary

o    Entrance fee : 7 US$ per person

o    Duration : 30 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : 13 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Basilica of St. John

o    Entrance fee : 5 US$ per person   

o    Duration : 30 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : 13 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Temple of Artemis

o    Entrance fee : N/A

o    Duration : 15 mins.

o    Car Parking fee : N/A

·         Sirince Village

o    Entrance fee : N/A

o    Duration : 1 Hour

o    Car Parking fee : 5 US$ for a Minivan.

·         Traditional Turkish Lunch

o    Price : 15 US$ per person

o    Duration : 45 Mins.

o    Excluded : drinks and tipping to restaurant.

·         Shopping Tour

  • Duration : depends on interest.

 

What some of our guests said after they toured with us

Dear Chase
Just wanted to say thank you for the excellent tour we had with Tez on Friday last week. 
Although we can appreciate the history and architecture of historical sights, some of the Cruise ship tours are far too long.  This one was just perfect for us, and in the comfort of our own vehicle.
Please pass on our thanks to Tez.  We were also pleased to here that Galatasaray won at the weekend, so I guess he is very happy !
We will certainly be recommending your company to our friends should they come your way, and in hindsight we wish we had done a similar tour in Istanbul rather than the cruise ship one.  Maybe next time.
 
Kind regards
 
 
 
We were more than happy with our ephesusshuttle services while in Turkey.  We found our tour guides waiting for us at the pier as planned.  The van we were escorted around in was first rate, plenty of room and comfortable.  We found the drivers excellent.  They knew their way around and were careful drivers. Our guides were amazing.  The knowledge and education of your country was superb.  They accommodated us however we wanted it. If we wanted to go slower, we did.  If we wanted to pass something up, we did.  If we asked for our guide to stay with us, like in the Grand Bazaar or to help us with a lunch menu, she did.  It was our personal tour and although we picked one of your planned tours, we could modify it to our liking. The places of interest were very crowded the day we visited, but our guides used their expertise to scoot around the crowds and avoid long lines. We would highly recommend your tour services to anyone who is traveling to your beautiful country and if we do return, I would  not hesitate to try another one of your tours.  Thank you for delivering everything we asked for and more.  To reserve a tour was painless and your follow-ups were outstanding.  Thank you again.  Bob and Diane Dennis
 
 
We were very happy with both our tours of Istanbul and Ephessus.  The tour guides were both excellent and the tours were well organized.  Nur also did a great job in setting everything up and communicating the information beforehand.
 
 
We were very pleased with our tour to Ephesus and the Terrace Houses.  We were concerned about requesting the tour because it was only a few days before we left on our trip, but you responded very quickly.  We also appreciated that we were able to pay after the trip, so we did not have to worry about paying our money, then no one would show up.
Our guide, Melissa (Melis) was wonderful!  She was so friendly and had such a good sense of humor.  If we ever do return to Turkey, we would definitely use your services, and for sure, we would request Melissa!
Thank you for making our day in Turkey so wonderful.
LaRee and Robert Graham
 
Dear Chase,
Our tour of Istanbul was excellent. Our guide Ümit was outstanding. He was patient with us, had excellent command of English and history. We could not have asked for a better tour.
On 6th May we toured ancient Ephesus with Ceyda, who was also an excellent guide. She, too, was patient and helpful with us as we struggled with the uneven terrain.
We were  most impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of our tour guides and thoroughly enjoyed our brief visit to Turkey. I hope we can come again sometime.
Regards,
Edwin R. Jones
 
 
Hello Chase:
Thanks for the e-mail. I had e-mailed Esra a week ago regarding our recent trip to Kusadasi. It was wonderful, as was to be expected from Ephesus Shuttle. I would give Esra, Eaze and Ferrit 5 star!!
From the very beginning, Esra had been very helpful and instrumental in planning our recent trip. We were advised not to skip private Ephesus and that our guide will try and do the first part, then drive my mom and her friend (both in their 80s) to the other end, so that at least they get to see part of the magnificent history/ruins of Ephesus. On the day of our tour, Eaze (?), our guide, evaluated their ability to walk the ruins, and we eventually walked the entire site (he chose the easy paths for them) and both were very pleased indeed. Me and my sister of course enjoyed seeing it again. We were given some free time to explore while Eaze stayed with the seniors, which we greatly appreciated. This time, the visitors were about 70% less than last October, so we were able to take some magnificent shots. Ferrit (our driver) was also very efficient. Both Eaze and Ferrit worked very well together, providing us with excellent service. We didn't have to walk to the van, the van always came to us, which the two seniors greatly appreciated. Lunch was also very good. I forgot it was included, so it was a very nice surprise!! We especially liked the atmosphere of the restaurant and the good local cuisine. Now I have to find a Turkish cookbook, and try to replicate the dishes we ate.
So Curio Travel have Greek tours as well? I will certainly look it up next time I am visiting the Mediterranean region again. Until then, I wish you and Esra, plus the company team a successful 2012.
Dory
 
 
The shuttle was great for us.  The pickup was on time and the driver and guide excellent.  We thought we booked transportation only, but the guide came with us the entire way.  We opted out of rug tours and returned to our ship.  Price was as agree.  We recommend Ephesus shuttle !
 
 
Dear Sirs,
On their tourism services on May 1, 2012 is our opinion, mine and my wife, we were treated kindly and effectively in all our best expectations. Record our satisfaction with the timeliness, quality, friendliness and warmth of the guide, Mr. Inan, and the driver, beyond the comfort of transport and particular attention was given to us, correct and accessible language with which we were treated. Excellent work, I recommend to all who look for such services.
Sincerely,
 
 
Hi
Having just returned from our cruise which included Ephesus We just wanted to say thank you
The Ephesus trip was a great success and our guide Ozcar (Oscar) was excellent and very knowledgeable
We were met without any hitch and payment method on the day dollars instead of up front or Visa online a great success
We had only 2 couples (4 people) so it was almost a private escort guide
It would have been a lot different had 20 turned up so we had the best time
Thank you again
We will have no hesitation in recommending you
D+Y Cooper
 
 
 
I happened to submit a very positive review of our Ehesus Shuttle experience on April 30, 2012 on Trip Advisor over the weekend.  If you look on their website, you will find my comments.  I was very pleased over all and your guide, Nahide, may it that much better.
Regards,
Andy Pusztai
 
 
Hello!
I'm sorry I did not write before but it was a lot of work since we returned from the trip. We have mostly wonderful time,  we have seen a lot and learn from first-hand. Your service was great and  We have already recommended you to many. I hope that we will see again in your beautiful country. 
Nataša Strobilius
 

Hello,
I am writing to advise your office of how much we enjoyed our tours of Istanbul and Epesus. Your tour guides were lovely, friendly and interesting. Could you please pass on our thanks to Berrin ( Istanbul) and Nigul (Ephesus).  I am not sure how to spell their names.  We have a group of six friends doing the same cruise (Holland America Line) Niew Amsterdam, in October. I would like to recommend your tour company and the same guides that we had. Is that possible and could you please give me a quote for them for Istanbul and Ephesus.
Kind Regards
Sue Cornish
 
 
Just wanted to say thank you for the professional and great job done by your staff for our tour. Denis (I apologize if I misspell her name) was fantastic !!!  Exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. She is  agreat asset to your tours. Thanks again.
 

Esra, our day with Dicle was the highlight of our trip.  The tour exceeded our expectations! Dicle was knowledgable, personable and led the day to meet our interests. My husband had the time to take many photos.  He will forward the best when he has finished editing them. There are hundreds!   Dicle is the only guide who has ever managed to find a yarn shop for me!!  I also appreciated your input and suggestion to add the terrace houses. The terrace houses are a must-see.  They weren't even mentioned on our last tour.  We will definitely pass on your contact information to anyone traveling to Turkey.

Your tour was approximately the same price as the half day group tour to Ephesus offered by the cruiselines.  We took a ship's tour on an earlier trip.  Your tour was superior by far!  From the description I thought this was a half day tour ending in the early afternoon.  I think you need to brag a bit. Let people know that the tour is all day and may include other points of interest after Ephesus. The cruise people push tours costing two or three times the price and none have come close to the standard of your tour.  

We read about your company on Tripadvisor.com where you have many well deserved positive reviews. I hope that many travelers continue to find you and that your company continues to prosper. 
Heather Anderson

 

Dear Ms Ozdamar

The tour was well arranged and went off without a hitch. I posted a review to Tripadviser this morning that should be visible in a few days and should reinforce your position there. The van driver, whose name I unfortunately do not remember, gets extra marks for putting flower blossoms all over the floor at the side entry. It was a lovely extra touch that made the visit special.  

 

I am so glad you wrote as I had every intention of writing to you this very day. We had a wonderful day with our guide Sirkin. He was quite knowledgeable and very pleasant to spend the day with. We loved loved the entire day and especially enjoyed the wonderful local restaurant in Sirince and the delicious lunch. I will certainly pass along the professionalism of your tours and guide.
Thanks for a great day.
Charlene

 

Hello again Esra

We are all extremely sad about the earthquake in Turkey and hope none of your friends or relatives are affected.

We just wanted to say a very big thank you for arranging our tour of Ephesus earlier this month.  The tour was absolutely first class and our guide Cengiz was extremely helpful, very knowledgeable and made every effort to make our visit most enjoyable.  It is a stunning place and Cengiz knew all the highlights to show us so that we had a much better understanding of how the city was all those years ago.  We had a lovely time on our first visit to Turkey and the people were so friendly and helpful that we will certainly be back for a longer stay next time.  We would highly recommend Ephesus Shuttle to anyone planning any tours arranged by your company.

Thanks again and best wishes from all four of us.

Kind regards, Jim

  

Dear Fevzi:
 
Somewhat belatedly, I would like to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of Ephesus in early September, 2011.  We were NOT cruise passengers and requested
a private tour with an unusual itinerary, from Izmir to Ephesus and ending in Kusadasi.
Our guide, Melith (sorry for the spelling if not correct) and driver were waiting for us at the  airport in Izmir, as scheduled, and we proceeded with our private tour, beginning with the House of the Virgin Mary.   We really were amazed by Ephesus and the Terrace Houses.  We also  enjoyed our lunch at a local restaurant prior to touring Ephesus.  Although offered several shopping  stops, some of which did not interest us, we were happy that we did agree to stop at a ceramics factory. At the end of an enjoyable day, we were taken to our hotel in Kusadasi.  
 
We want to commend our guide, who was very knowledgeable and personable and our driver, who did a great job as well.  We were very satisfied and greatly appreciated your company's ability to respond to our somewhat unusual itinerary.
 
Many thanks,
Cynthia

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

On October 13th we had the pleasure of touring the sites in the Kusadasi area with Emre and his driver. Our day in Turkey with your employees was the highlight of our trip to Europe. The gentlemen were professional, knowledgeable and patient with my wife and me. You have a real gem in Emre.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Turkey as they deal with the earthquake.

May God bless you all.

Jim Grady, CCM


Just wanted to thank Melissa for a wonderful tour of Ephesus, it was a wonderful experience and one that will stay in our memories forever.
Thank you for being our guide and for being our personal photographer, all  the photos that you took of us together turned out really well.
We did recommend your tour to another couple from our ship and will  definetly
recommend and use your company again next time we visit.
Regards
Richard & Glenda Barlow

 

We were very pleased by the services we received from our driver and especially our guide "Z."  Z set up our day so that even though there we huge crowds at Ephesus and other sites she often had us going in a different direction so we could bet to major sites before the large crowds.  On that day one of the members of our party was ill and we were not charged for him.  Rather we were charged, I think, $2 more per person for having a smaller group.  We honestly expected to pay full fare for the "no show" and that was very great the way we were treated.
If we were to come to Ephesus again or know anyone who is, we woudl reccomend your services without hesitation, especially Z.
Thank you,
Janet Gerlach


 

Hi Esra

We were absolutely delighted with your service. You replied promptly to my e-mails, and you were there to meet us on our arrival in Kusadasi.

The guide you supplied was one of the best we have had in all our travels and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ephesus and surrounding area.

Many thanks

Mair Wingfield

 

We really enjoyed our tour of the Ephesus ruins with Omar.  He was so attentive, energetic and most knowledgeable about the history.  Loved our Turkish lunch he made sure we got.  It was a great day.  I will be posting a very positive feedback on Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic in the near future.

Thanks for a great service.

Judy and Ray


Hello from Prince Edward Island Canada,
I would like to thank you for our wonderful day in Turkey.  I have already commented on Trip Advisor about how wonderful our experience was with your company.  First of all I would like to tell you that our guide Gonca and driver were very professional, knowledgable, warm, and welcomed us to your beautiful country in a very open friendly manner.  Gonca also spoke highly of your company and what a great and fair employer you are.  I can see that you hand pick your guides by the quality of their service.  Gonca was a perfect match for us as our children are her age and it was nice to learn about what life is like in Turkey from a young person's point of view.  I would highly recommend anyone to use your company.  The price was more than fair, and we did not have to worry about a thing all day.  Our lunch was spectacular and was the best meal of our entire 11 day trip on or off of our cruise ship.  I only hope we will return or that we can welcome you to our country in the manner we were welcomed to yours.  Please let Gonca ( I hope I have her name spelled right) know that we cherished our time with her.  Regards, John and Debb Hutchings

 

Hello,
I wanted to sy thank-you for the tour which my mom, myself and my friend recieved by your tour guide Babur in Ephesus on Oct . 6th, 2011. I will definitely recommend him to my friends who travel to Turkey.
He was very knowledgeable and thorough with the history he provided during the day. If you can kindly pass along his email to me so I can extend my gratitude to him personally that would be appreciated.
Thank-you kindly and I will definitely keep Babur in mind for when I return to Turkey and would need to book a guided tour.
 
K. C.
(Canada)


 

 

Dear Esra;

Thanks for contacting me.

Sorry for delay in getting this to you, but we had an excellent tour and day spent with "Ilcare" (hope I got his name right) He was exceptional. The tour of the town Sirince was phenomenal and he was quite helpful, in getting us around, to restaurant for lunch, and of course the museum.

We will definitely utilize your group in the future and will certainly spread the word of the exceptional service and care we received. Give our best to Ilcare and our driver!

Best regards,

Vince Santa Maria

 

Hello Esra

Thank you for your email.

We had a wonderful day with Raife in Ephesus, she is an excellent tour guide and made our day very special.

We would not hesitate to recommend your service and will put a very positive review on “Trip Adviser” once we get home after 18th Oct.
Thank you again for your great service

Maria O’Callaghan & group


 

Good Morning Esra,

I would like to say Thank You, for the amazing time we had in Turkey with your guides Funda, and Meliss on our tours. We are so grateful for the amazing tours that were given, and we totally love your country of Turkey.

We had our first tour on Sept 14th, from our ship; and just as we were instructed our air conditioned van arrived to pick us up at the port with our names. We went to the belly dancers and folkloric show with dinner. It was a wonderful evening. It was so entertaining and beautiful. We were escorted back to our ship very delighted with our evening.

I myself did have to miss the tour of Istanbul on the 15th of Sept. Thank you from the 5 that did go and see the Blue Mosque , St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. My friends did enjoy the tour with Funda very much. I will have to hope that I may return to Turkey again one day; and have my turn exploring the wonderful city, and it's most famous bazaar.

On to Kusadasi where we arrived in port on the 17th of Sept. We were greeted at the port by Meliss and her driver again in a beautiful air conditioned van. Oh Ephesus was more than I had hoped for. The tour was amazing. Meliss did a great job, sharing her knowledge; guiding us through the site, efficiently so we got the most out of our time. I feel blessed to have enjoyed such a grand day at Ephesus. Then on to ceramic shop, which was a fun stop, with just enough time spent there. We then went to the village of Sirince. Oh how wonderful the luncheon we enjoyed at the restaurant. Thank You! Everything was delicious and we all totally enjoyed our time. On to a rug display before heading back to the ship. A great day!

I apologize for not coming into your place of business. I had not realized I could have thanked you in person for all your time spent with me setting up these three tours.

Again, Thank You from all of us. We most certainly will tell our story of this visit to Turkey to many; and I hope they too will be fortunate enough to hire your services.

Kindest Regards,

Valerie Wissinger 

Canada

 


Hello,

I want to thank you for the wonderful tour of Ephesus.Your guide was so knowledgeable and interesting.Your country is very rich in history and culture.  I have to say that it was the best one that we had on our visit to Greece and Turkey.If I hear of any friends who are going to Ephesus I will recommend your company.We also went on to Bodrum and Marmarais.We went out in small boats for the day and the captains also made us a lovely lunch.What a pleasure to spend time in Turkey.I am sorry that I did not arrange to use your company in Greece and our experience there was very disappointing.We made arrangements through the cruise ship due to the strike situation and it was very expensive,and the only site was the Acropolis.We felt like we did not know Athens and it sites like we knew Ephesus.

Thanks,Patricia  

 

Alex was an excellent guide (is that the correct spelling for his name?), our driver was great, and the bus was very clean and comfortable.  I have highly recommended your services a couple of places on Cruise Critic and plan to post a longer, in-depth review on there, too.  My husband is an Anglican pastor, so we really enjoyed visiting a city where St. Paul lived and worked.  Here's a picture of me with "my" bus!  God bless you. ~ Wendy O'Rourke

 

Esra,
Just back from our trip. Your guide was extremely good.We really enjoyed and learned a lot from her! We hope to come back to Turkey to see more of the ancient sites. When we do, we hope to do it through you. Thank you very much! 
Richard

 

Hello

We just wanted to let you know that our tour of Ephesus with you was excellent.
Our guide Ilker Avci was fabulous and we were very impressed with the professional and friendly way that the tour was run.
We are recommending your company and Ilker to all our friends and we can't wait to re-visit your wonderful country
in more depth.
Thanks again Ilker for a great day.

Regards
Geoff & Lisa Jones      Australia=

 

 

Dear Esra:

Our guide was very professional.  We really enjoyed our ½ day at Ephesus .  The comfortable ride to and from Ephesus made our day.  Since we had plenty of time before the ship departs, if the guide had suggested other places to visit we would have agreed to add to our visit.  We are planning to repeat the same cruise for 2013 for our next family reunion; we will definitely use your company again.  And this time we will also book for Istanbul and Athens .

Again, thank you for a wonderful experience.  We will definitely mention your company in Cruse Critic.com.

Warm regards,

-Bonnie g


Dear Nursen Kendir

I just wanted to thank you and your guide, Emre and the driver for a superb tour.  We were very happy to have seen so much, especially since Emre arranged the tour so that we did not arrive at the same time as the many cruise ship tours.

I will be happy to recommend your company to friends and use you again when I am next in Kusadasi.

Many thanks,Angela King

 

Hello

We'd just like to thank you for the tour you provided which was excellent - though the whole thing was made perfect by your tour guide Melissa - who made our day very special..she was well informed, helpful, humorous and nothing was too much trouble .....

Kind Regards

Colin & Nicky


 

We were very pleased with your services.   Our guide, Sinan (I think that is how it is spelled) was charming, helpful and knowledgeable.   He made our visit to Ephesus a delight - easy, comfortable, smooth, full of fascinating information.   Your service was very convenient and very reasonably priced.   Thank you so much.   Should we return to Turkey, we would certainly use your service again.

Tim Williams.

 

Esra,

Our guide was Omer.  He was fabulous.  Whatever you pay him, double it! It must be tough to be a guide showing the same thing to tourists day in and day out.  Yet, Omer was very passionate in making sure we understood exactly why the area was so important and the relevance of its history to Turkey (and all of us) today.  He made my daughters feel noticed, which kept them engaged.  They still talk of him as a favorite memory of our trip.  He is blessed with just the right mixture of grace, humor, intelligence, and kindness.  I could not more highly recommend your company to anyone. 

I wish you continued success and I am sure will have the opportunity to use your services again when we return to your beautiful country.

David J. Shea


 

The tour was the best of our trip!!! Your services were very awesome and  I can not thank you enough for all that your company has done.  Thanks again for a wonderful trip.
Jennifer

 

Esra

Thank you for your email.  My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip you organised for us.  Milih was very informative and helpfull throughout the tour and your driver also provided an excellent service.  As we moved around from location to location and also spent time at each stop we could not help but feel we had made the correct decision to book a private tour rather than being one of the herd!  The meal provided was also very good – I have now sampled a wider range of authentic Turkish food (I wish I could get the village bread here).

I would have no hesitation in using your services again or in recommending them to friends.  You provided amazing value for money and a really high quality service.

Thanks you!  Regards

Philip


Esra:

Your service was absolutely fantastic!   My wife and I agreed that of all the tours we took during our cruise, the Ephesus Shuttle tour of Ephesus was far and away the best.   Omar and our driver gave us personalized service, ensured that we saw what we wanted to see, and became our friends.   Omar was funny, friendly, knowledgeable and professional.   We bragged about your tour service to every passenger we talked to on the ship afterwards.   They had a so-so time with the cruise-ship sponsored tour – we had a GREAT time with Ephesus Shuttle at less than half the price!   They saw a few locations – we saw EVERYTHING we wanted to see!   They got rushed through sites – we got to take our time while Omar explained the history and culture to us.

I cannot say it enough – Omar was GREAT.    Thank you for blowing our expectations away.  

Brad and Debbie Rucker

 

 

You're welcome.  We enjoyed our short visit to Turkey and the tour, which was much better than a tour we took through another company when we visited Ephesus a couple of years ago.  We will be sure to consider Curio Travel for tour packages prior to our next visit to Turkey.   

Michael LaManes


 

Dear Esra,

we very much appreciated the professionalism and kindness of your company, represented by Birsen, who was also very knowledgeable about Ephesus and the overall ancient history.

We also felt very safe with the driver and the comfortable van. We definitely would use again and recommend your services !

Best regards

Eduardo

 

Sinon exceeded our expectations.  He made it easy for us to be picked up, welcomed us with Turkish delight and dropped us off at a convenient location.   He amazed us with his knowledge of Turkey, each site, use of time, where to take pictures, taking pictures and his pleasant helpfulness.  He gently guide us to quiet places at each site out of the massive crowds to see  and understand things better.   He was easy to understand and having a driver drive while Sinon shared culture, answered questions and prepared us for what we were about to see next was A number 1 service.  It was great how we saved time and did not have to  walk back through sites to get back to the shuttle, the shuttle was at the end ready to pick us up.   We could not have asked for more.    I would highly recommend Sinon and your service to anyone.    Thank you for taking such good care of us.

Craig Redding



Hi Esra

We felt the service was excellent and we would certainly recommend you without reservation. Our guide was super and added so much to the day. The car was comfortable and the driver really good. The day in Ephesus (including the meal at the restaurant recommended by the guide) was the highlight of our cruise.

Many thanks

Meryl and John

 

 

Hi Omar,


First, let me say how we so enjoyed you as our guide  in Turkey, your were very knowledgeable, fun, and interesting,

All my friends, agree,   I will definitely be referring you to anyone I know that is going to be visiting turkey, I have sent you the pictures of Barbara Lippman, just click on view photos and you will be able  to see Mark & Barbara.

The dessert in Turkey was the BEST.

Regards, everyone send their Love. J     

THANKs again,

Joan Jackson


In July, myself, husband and 12 year old son did a full day tour of Ephesus Tour + Terrace Houses with  Esra Ozdamar www.ephesusshuttle.com. I would highly recommend this tour and guide and would go with them again if we return.  Our guide met us at Kusadasi port with a sign.  We got an early start and got to Ephesus before most of the other tours.  We got to  Walk through marble streets and saw  the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater.   Then we went though Terrace House which was really interesting.  Our guide was very knowledgable about all of the ruins and could answer all the  questions my 12 year old could think to throw at him.   One of the nice parts of our tour was being able to take our time and go at our own pace.   Especially when you have a younger child.   A few times when our son had too much sun our guide sat with him in the Shade while my husband and I explored a few more ruins.     Afterwards we drove back to Kusadasi  and stopped at a carpet factory in the country.   We had lunch here and got to see how the Turkish Carpets are hand tied and how the silk is spun from the silk cocoon.     We had a great time and always felt safe and well taken care of.

 

Debra, Craig and Michael Weatherford 

 

 

Dear Nur

Thank you for a wonderful morning in Ephesus. The Terraced Houses were well worth the visit and I can recommend them to anyone visiting the site. If ever I am in Kusadasi again I will definitely use your company.

sincerely

Maggie Sweeney

 

 



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