Ephesus Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 78%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 65%Business Travelers
- 65%Family Travelers
- 64%Local Culture
- 62%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (47)
- EphesusMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 19, 2013
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city built on the Ionian Coast that managed to survive to the present day because it's harbor silted over and the city was cut off from the sea. The ruins of Ephesus are some of the most comprehensive ancient Greek ruins in Turkey. The main highlight is the Library of Celsus but there is an amphitheater, streets, temples and even bathrooms as well.
- EphesusMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Oct 18, 2013
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia, near present-day Selçuk. The City was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus was also cited in the Book of Revelation and the the Gospel of John may have been written here.
Although it was relatively hot and crowded, Gayle and I really enjoyed our visit here. We loved strolling the broad boulevards, marveled at the pillared facade of the Library of Celsus, walked up and down a larger version of Berkeley's Greek Theater, wondering about the lifestyles of the rich and famous at the Terrace Houses, hearing countless stories and observing the associated ruins, and taking pictures of all the cats that were hanging out in between.
The Tour Bus dropped us off at one end, and our Tura Tour Guide led us through to the other end on a fascinating time-travel back to the grandeur of Rome. There's also a lot of souvenir opportunities (in tents) at the end and folks that will offer you a bargain price on bracelets at the entrance to the bus. I was partial to buying a signature glass pieces to help ward off the evil eye. Better yet, I found the limited peaks of Izmir province to be fascinating and maybe worth another look on a future non-Cruise related trip.
- EphesusAug 24, 2013
“Flexible comprehensive tour with pickup from Izmir cruise port”
I called No Frills Ephesus Tours from our ship to ask if they could pick us up with a day's notice from the cruise port at Izmir, and they made it happen, combining us with another couple from Selçuk. We got a ride to and from Izmir, full day tour with all the requisite sights and excellent buffet lunch meal, plus Oktay is a very entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. Great value for being able to skip the high pressure sales stops, and instead fill that time with history and good food.
Ran into some trouble paying for the tour online via Paypal and management was very open and friendly about explaining the charge issues and gave me other payment options to resolve the difficulty.
- EphesusAug 24, 2013
“Ephesus Tour was highlight not to be missed!”
I emailed No Frills Ephesus Tours from home and got great response from Christine. This was a small, but wonderfful company! I was booking a large group of 16 and they treated us royally, communicating at every whim of the sites we would see. We were met at the ship at Kusadasi port by the owner & Christine, driver and Octavius, our guide. He was very informative in all respects teaching us about the Ancient City. He took us to a place for lunch that little Turkish ladies made pancakes, and we sat on rugs and sofas close to the floor. He even donned a traditional costume/robe and had one of our people dress up as well. It was so fun! If you don't do Ephesus, you are missing the best tour of all. They accept USD/TLira/Euro's for the tour. Ephesus has so much biblical history and it is like walking in the days of the Ancients with its towering Library (what a site!) and Terrace houses, and the 25,000 seat amphitheatre where St. Paul preached. We visited Virgin Mary House too. At the tours end, we were not dumped. The owner came to greet us at the van, gathered us all up for a drink at a restaurant and gave us gifts. What a surprise is that for a tour company to do?!! You can get this tour with or without carpet sales, - ours was no sales, which gives you even MORE time to explore the ruins. We cannot say enough about this company. They were GREAT. All of our 16 people were VERY happily satisfied!! Book with Ephesus No Frills Tours - YES!
- EphesusCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
Ephesus is an ancient Grecian city located in the vicinity of Selçuk in Turkey. As far as ruins go, this faded memory of a town is quite incredible. Particularly interesting is the library, especially when you discover that there once was a hidden tunnel leading from there to the brothel. (What a way to encourage reading, huh?) A look at the old toilets shows that the ancients had far less shame then we do, as they did their business side-by-side one another. Don't ask what they used to wipe... It involved slaves.
At the front gate you'll see the much-loved vendor sign: "Genuine Fake Watches." You'll also find pay restrooms here. But fear not, as there are also nicer restrooms at the end of your trek in the ancient city (free, too, so far as I can remember).
Try to come when it's not peak season, as our guide told us that it can sometimes take hours to just get inside. It took us three minutes.
- EphesusMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersApr 06, 2013
Great Greek and Roman ruins. There's still a lot left to see at Ephesus and you can climb around on a lot of the ruins. The library and the theater and particularly magnificent. Absolutely worth a trip!
- EphesusMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersApr 05, 2013
This is a great example of an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. We enjoyed walking through the ruins some like the amphitheater are still being used. Make sure you see it with a guide to get the full impact.
- EphesusMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Mar 20, 2013
You know what's rad? Old stuff. You know what's even more rad? Really, really old stuff, so old we can hardly imagine what it must have felt like to live amongst it, walk through its doors, sleep in its beds. That's why I love ancient sites like Ephesus. It's one of the most preserved ancient cities on the planet and you can see normal houses, the famed library, and gladiator cemeteries for this Greek (and then Roman) city. Plus, it's close to the gorgeous Aegean coastline of Turkey, so you've got 100 fabulous villages, ruins, beaches and hotspots within 100 miles.
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