|Arrive: 10/11/12 8:00 AM||Depart: 10/11/12 11:00 PM|
Please see below for a description of our exclusive Car & Driver private sightseeing. Please note that the final itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen weather conditions, closures or other reasons beyond control. Due to a limited number of vehicles in some ports, car and driver sightseeing tours are subject to availability.
Glories of Ephesus-Full Day
Meet your guide at the port
for your full- day tour in Ephesus.
Then, visit Ephesus, famous
throughout the ancient world for its Temple of Artemis.
Your next visit in Ephesus
will be the spectacular Terrace Houses (Villas) located on top of the hill within
the City of Ephesus. They were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians, and are finely
decorated with mosaics and frescos. The Terrace Houses were brought to light
in excavations carried out since the 1980s. Along with those in Pompeii, they
constitute some of the most vivid examples of Roman domestic architecture to
survive to the present.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
After your lunch, you will visit the Ephesus Museum. Many of the artifacts displayed here were found in Ephesus and other ancient sites in the region. Highlights include the fresco of Socrates, statues and heads of Eros, crosses, coins and the works of the 1st century AD. Such as glass trays and theatrical masks, and much more.
At the end of your tour, you will return to Kusadasi and have some time for shopping in town before you embark your ship.
**Shoreside experience by private car operated by SeaSong Tours
Visitors come to Kusadasi for beaches and nearby ruins of Ephesus. The major attraction is the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus, considered to be most important in Turkey. The history of this ancient city dates back to 10th century BC; many remarkable structures seen today are result of an excavation and restoration program. Along a white marble road grooved by ancient chariot wheels, the two-story Library of Celsus presents a striking sight. There are temples, houses of noblemen, and community buildings lining ancient streets. Nestled in the mountainside is a 25,000-seat amphitheater, still used for performances during Festival of Culture and Art. Bible buffs may know Ephesus as inspiration for St. Paul’s Epistle to Ephesians and the site of one of the first seven churches of Asia Minor. Treasures are kept in the Seljuk Archaeological Museum. Among the better-known ancient sites near Kusadasi are ancient Miletus and Dydima. Remains include a well-preserved Roman theater at Miletus and Dydima's sacred temple of Apollo.