Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey Cruise Port

4.6 out of 5

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acemanuel1 says ...
Most people raved about their tours. We didn't take one but spent some time walking...
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About Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

This charming, picturesque resort where Antony and Cleopatra used to vacation is best known as the port for the ancients ruins of Ephesus - one of the world's most wondrous archaeological sites. Explorations should include such masterpieces as the Great Amphitheatre, where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians, the Library of Celsus, and the temples of Athena and Apollo - all connected by marble streets rutted by the wheels of countless chariots.

What people said about this port:

"Loved seeing Virgin Mary 's home." in 16 reviews.

"the ruins of ephesus are superb Did the biblical excursion had the best tour guide overall fabulous." in 22 reviews.


407 reviews and tips of Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey




Survivor2014
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Experience:
7+ cruises

The people were great in Turkey. There are many bargains to be had. Be sure to bargain. Also, I do recommend taking an excursion to Ephesus. It is worth the trip.

Visited: Jul 09, 2016

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jcdavey
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
2-3 cruises

This was the highlight stop of the trip--Ephesus! We purchased a shore excursion through CheapCruises & used the voucher they provided, which cut the price in half. It was a wonderful and intimate (6 people) walk through the ancient city & ruins of St John's basilica with our knowledgable guide (Rose, in english; don't remember her proper Turkish name). Lunch was in a large garden outside a carpet shop. Food was excellent and the setting very relaxed. The carpet-making explanation was fascinating and impressive. We were not in the market for a carpet and are happy to say the sales pitch was not high-pressure, even though we were the last cruise ship of the season.

Visited: Nov 21, 2015

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sheryldb
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Experience:
7+ cruises

Ephesus ruins were extraordinary in number, condition, quantity. We went on June 3 and it was quite warm, as you are in the direct sun the entire time. When you exit the town there is shade close to the parking lot. No food/drinks/vendors/machines while there, so be prepared. Loads of cats, however :). We did the Smart tour, in which we were given an iPad to guide us. If you do not know how to use an iPad, this is a bad idea. If you do know how to use an iPad, this is still a bad idea, as the sun is so bright that you cannot see the iPad screen. At times the program loaded on the iPad did not match exactly (names, titles) with the site we were seeing.

Visited: Jun 01, 2015

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jandi
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

The ruins in Ephesus have only been 10% excavated and the area is huge. Go to a carpet making demonstration. It is so interesting to see what the local women produce by hand, and they do take no for an answer when you don't want to buy.

Visited: Jul 22, 2015

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