Cesme Cruise Port
from 72 EUR to 260 EUR
Per person based on your group size
Cesme Cruise Port
Share a Private Tour
80 EUR per person
Max. 8 people group size
Visiting: Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Selcuk Ottoman Castle Panaroma, Pigeon Castle Panaroma
Duration: 8 hours
As you arrive in Ã‡eÅŸme Harbour, please make your way to the exit and locate your professional local guide who will be waiting with a name placard to attract your attention, ready to transport you to the incredible ruins and artifacts found around Selcuk.
Temple of Artemis
The first stop is the Temple of Artemis, dating back to 6th century BC and listed as one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. It was built by the Lycian King, Kreisos, and while some of its ruins are now housed in London's British Museum, many of its large marble columns are still scattered across the surrounding swamp lands, allowing you to appreciate its former grandeur.
From one wonder to the next, our next stop is the Ancient City of Ephesus, dating back to the 10th century BC and once one of the region's most populous cities. Your guide will escort you through the Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theater and the elaborate Celsius Library that once housed over 12,000 scrolls, whilst keeping you informed on all the ancient city's tales. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Terrace Houses, once home to Ephesus' rich and famous. With heated flooring and their own private hamaam baths, they were as luxurious as any modern home today, featuring ornate tiling and beautiful mosaic flooring.
House of the Virgin Mary
A short drive from Ephesus upon a hilltop lies the House of the Virgin Mary - a small cottage where the mother of Christ is believed to have lived out her final days. It is now an important pilgrimage site for people form all walks of life and boasts impressive panoramic views across the surrounding area.
St. John Basilica
Believed to have been built upon the remains of John the Apostle, St John Basilica sits in the center of Selcuk and its architecture was designed on Istanbul's Church of the Holy Apostle. It was built in 548 AD and was once one of the region's most sacred churches.
Selcuk Ottoman Castle Panorama
We will then make a quick stop at the ruined Selcuk Ottoman Castle which sits just above St John Basilica. Its elevated position offers incredible views and photographic opportunities.
Pigeon Castle Panorama
Our final stop is Pigeon Island with its ancient Byzantine Castle and museum. From here the views back across Kusadasi at sunset are beautiful and the perfect opportunity to reflect on the day.