Once you meet with your guide at the Kusadasi Port or hotel you can get ready for this small-group 5-hour shore excursion.
After around 25 minutes drive we will reach
The House of Virgin Mary. Virgin Mary was brought here by St John after the Crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountain-top. A lovely chapel is constructed on the site tended by Franciscans and open to visitors. It has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope.
After we spend 30 to 45 minutes in The House of Virgin Mary we will drive to Visit the ancient city of
Ephesus. We will spend several hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero, Apostles Paul and John and many other familiar names. The recently opened
Terrace Houses (entry included) where the wealthiest Romans lived are an excellent example of sensitive excavation and presentation. The mosaics and frescos are spectacular.
Our last stop will be
The Temple of Artemis to see the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Then you will be taken back to Kusadasi, where you will have an option to finish your tour in the shopping area, where you can attend a Turkish carpet explanation and explore the shops filled with jewellery, carpets, leather-ware, and copper goods, or both. Kusadasi Port is located in city center. Cruise terminal is around 200 meters from the main shopping area.
If you do not wish to attend the optional carpet-shopping you should walk back to the terminal or walk around the beautiful resort town and explore it on your own.