Kusadasi Port (Ephesus) is the second frequently visited cruise port in Turkey after Istanbul. Approximately 500 cruises dock in Kusadasi port and about 700.000 cruisers visit Kusadasi/Ephesus every year. There are 3 reasons for the cruises call in Kusadasi port. Firstly it is a very modern and big port, at the same time 5 or 6 transatlantic cruises can dock in Kusadasi Port. Secondly it is just in the heart of the Kusadasi town center. After a minute walk you are just in the middle of this pretty town. There are many coffees, restaurant, various shopping places and souvenirs. Nearly everyone speaks English in Kusadasi.
Thirdly it is only 20 min driving distance to Ephesus which is one of the most important archeological areas in the world. In Ephesus area you can visit Ancient Ephesus city, House of the Virgin Mary, Seven Sleepers Cave, Ephesus Museum, Terrace Houses, Ruins of Artemis Temple, Basilica of St. John, Sirince Village, Selcuk Castle and Isabey Mosque.
You can get on a minibus just in front of Kusadasi port for Ephesus or you can take a taxi to Ephesus. We suggest you to book a private Ephesus Tour provided by a local tour agent. In this way you will determine where to visit and how long you will spend on each place. Private Ephesus Tour Guides that are arranged by the local Ephesus Tour company welcome the visitors at the Kusadasi Port on the determined pick up time and take you to Ephesus by a private van arranged only for you. Private Ephesus Tours are both in very high standards and have very reasonable prices. You will avoid the long ticket lines as your Ephesus Tour guide will have them ready on the tour date. You will be able to visit surroundings of Ephesus such as House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John and Sirince Village only with a tour guide. It is not possible for you to visit them all in one day on your own.
In Kusadasi you can take a break in a Turkish Hamam. Take horse Riding, go to Aquapark and Sea Park or diving. It is also possible to take a local boat tour and swim in the blue and clear beaches.