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Private Ancient Ephesus, Miletus And Didyma

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An excellent full-day tour for guests wishing to visit more of the historic sites of the Ionia Civilization.

Private Ancient Ephesus, Miletus and Didyma

After meeting your private, professional guide at the Kusadasi pier, you will begin your full-day private shore excursion and head to the ancient city of Ephesus. Here you will explore this historic, fascinating destination with your private guide and marvel at the sights of the Odeon, the Upper Agora, the Fountain of Trajan, the Steam Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian, and the impressive Library of Celsus, considered one of the most magnificent ruins from the ancient world. Your guide will bring these sites to life. The Grand Theater, where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, was until recently still used for performances.

Next, you will set off to the ancient city of Miletus, which is approximately 45 minutes from Ephesus. As you drive through the Turkish countryside, you will see small villages, orchards and farms, many of which raise Turkey's prized cotton. Miletus was one of the biggest cities in ancient Anatolia. Miletus is perhaps most famous for its great philosophers and architects, such as Thales, Anaksimandros, Hippodamos and Isidoros. Miletus is also famous for the Faustina Baths. Although it has not been restored or studied to the extent that Ephesus has, it is still an important look into the life of this ancient civilization.

You will then visit the archeological site of Didyma, which is not an ancient city, but a sacred place of worship. Didyma's fame rests on the magnificent Temple of Apollo, a building of awesome scale whose proportions seem more in keeping with the gods than man. Building works in the name of Apollo were started in the eighth or seventh centuries B.C. The Persians, who attacked the area in 494 B.C., destroyed the temple. Alexander the Great helped in the rebuilding and the remains we see today are Hellenistic, dating from his times. In the temple's reconstruction, the original foundations were used but the size of the building was greatly increased. While in Didyma, you will have a traditional Turkish lunch.

At the conclusion of your private cruise excursion you will return to Kusadasi along the same route taken in the morning. If time allows, guests will have the option to end their tour in the shopping area where they can attend a Turkish carpet explanation and shopping, explore the shops filled with jewelry, carpets, leather ware, and copper goods, or both. Turkish salespeople expect you to haggle and quite often you can get 10-15% off the listed price. Treat it as an adventure. The cruise pier is a 5-10 minute walk from the main shopping area. Guests not wishing to attend the optional carpet shopping should advise their guide and they will be taken directly back to the pier.

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from $116.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, scenic
Tour Duration
6 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Special Instructions
Comfortable clothing and and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Guests must be able to walk over packed dirt, cobblestone and rock pavements. Many of these are uneven. Steps are required at various points at all sites.