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About Ephesus

Kusadasi is a bustling successful port that provides excellent access to the extraordinary remains at Ephesus. If you are not on a tour, try hiring one of the huge gas-guzzling American cars (left by former servicemen) and turned into cabs by the enterprising locals.

In Ephesus, enter the magnificent site of the Ancient City at the Magnesia Gate. Whilst Ephesus is now deserted and in ruins, the past glories come to life as the impressive array of temples, agoras, porticoes and fountains come into view. Of particular interest are the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre. Built over a 2nd century tomb believed to hold St. John the Evangelist, St. Johns Basilica was once topped with eleven domes and rivalled Istanbuls St. Sophia Basilica in scale. The church is now in ruins, but there are many frescoes, mosaics and columns that attest to the glory that once marked this holy place.

 

Shore excursions in Ephesus (from Kusadasi)

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Adaland Waterpark

Activity medium

Duration: 6 hours

Cause a splash at Adaland Aquapark; one of the largest water parks in Europe.

There’s water action everywhere at Adaland Aquapark with a wide range of different water slides, and activity pools. Whether you’re looking for thrilling rides, to relax on the lazy river or to simply soak up the sun, Adaland Aquapark has something for the whole family.

Hurtle down the hillside slides, circle the loop slides, enjoy an adrenaline rush on the speedy slides, test your fear of the dark on the dark slides or take the family for a spin on the Amazoon Family Slide.

Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for you to relax in the sun, as well as a children’s pool that will provide hours of fun for the younger children.

To provide you with flexibility during your day, lunch has not been included in the fare and can be purchased from a variety of cafés within the park.

With so much to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. It is non-guided and includes transfers and entrance fees for Aquapark. It does not include entrance fees for the Dolphin Park, which is within the same vicinity. Please remember to take your swimming costume, a towel and sun protection. Euros can be used for purchases. Please be aware that some of the rides and slides may carry height or age restrictions.

Ancient Miletus and Archaeological Museum

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Join a small group to explore the ancient sites of Miletus and Didyma and visit the Archaeological Museum.

The city of Miletus was one of the greatest Ionian cities in south western Asia Minor. Miletus was destroyed in 494 BC after falling into the hands of the Persians but was later rebuilt by the famous architect Hippodamus, who gave Miletus its street grid plan. This revolutionary feature of urban planning was adopted in nearby Priene, and later by all new Roman cities. The city eventually declined after silt brought down by the river Maeander caused the gulf to close and extended the shore line.

During your visit you will see the ruins of the stadium, Roman baths and the Roman theatre which at one time could hold 25,000 spectators.

Visit the newly opened Archaeological Museum at Miletus and see the wonderful artefacts representing the many ancient sites of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a stop at the site of Didyma to view the Temple of Apollo. This vast temple was amongst the most famous oracles in the ancient world.

Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground on this tour. Please watch your step at all times and due to the nature of the sites, flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

Ephesus and Highlights

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Ephesus, once the glorious Roman capital of Asia Minor, is the site where St John and the Virgin Mary spent their last days.

Enter the magnificent site of the Ancient City of Ephesus at the Magnesia Gate. Whilst Ephesus is now deserted and in ruins, the past glories come to life as the impressive array of temples, agoras, porticoes and fountains come into view. Of particular interest are the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre.

Built over a 2nd century tomb believed to hold St John the Evangelist, St John's Basilica was once topped with 11 domes and rivalled Istanbul’s St Sophia Basilica in scale. The church is now in ruins, but there are many frescoes, mosaics and columns that attest to the glory that once marked this holy place.

The scenic drive, past countryside cultivated with olive groves, vineyards, tobacco and cotton plantations, will come to life as your guide takes you to the former site of the Temple of Artemis for a memorable photo stop.

Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden.

Ephesus and Terrace Houses

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Join a small group and visit the magnificent site of ancient Ephesus and the newly excavated area; Terrace Houses.

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus which was once one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world.

After entering at the Magnesia Gate, a slow downhill walk will take you into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Listen carefully as your knowledgeable guide enlightens you with stories of the past whilst showing you the Odeon Theatre, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian and the Fountain of Trajan. A highlight will be the Great Theatre which had seating for 25,000 spectators and was the site where it is believed St Paul preached to the Ephesians.

Across from Hadrian’s Temple in a newly excavated area is the impressive Terrace Houses, also referred to as ‘the houses of the rich’. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus resided in these houses, which is evident from the grand decorations of mosaics and frescoes. Your visit will provide you with the finest examples of Roman domestic life.

Stretch your legs, and browse the stores during a stop at Cittanica Ephesus Park.

Afterwards, a scenic drive will bring you back to downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is over 2 hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, therefore flat comfortable shoes are recommended. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the terrace houses. The terrace houses are located on different levels and there are a number of steps to negotiate to reach each level. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden.

Ephesus Audio Tour

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3 hours

An excellent way to become acquainted with this historic site is on foot armed with a lightweight audio headset and a detailed map.

Enjoy a walking tour of the historic sights of Ephesus, accompanied by an audio player which is yours alone, so you can spend as much or as little time as you’d like at each spot. Since there are no schedules to keep to, you are free to either follow the suggested route or set out on your own adventure.

Your stereo audio headset allows you to listen to all the facts and descriptions of this incredible site. Simply consult the customised map to find each location and then go to the indicated number on the player for a detailed description of the site and its history.

Become aquainted with areas of Ephesus such as; the Odeon, Agora, Domitian Square, Trajan’s Fountain, Temple of Hadrian, as well as the most beautiful structure in all of Ephesus, the Celsus Library, which was built in the 2nd century and was the 3rd largest library in the ancient world. You will also have the opportunity to visit the newly excavated Terrace Houses.

After your exploration is complete you’ll reconnect with your guide who will meet you at the lower gate to accompany you back to the town. Here, you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers must be able to walk approximately 1½ miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and steps. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. Insect repellent is also recommended in July and August. Passengers are recommended to watch their step at all times. An audio headset with headphones, a customised map of the walking route, return transportation, guidance/escort and a bottle of water are also included. Please present photo ID when picking up your audio headset. Ideally, participants will be familiar with audio headset technology prior to booking this tour, but a brief explanation of the equipment will be provided at the time of its delivery.

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