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“Ancient Must See”

Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 1 February 2008

We visited this ancient city (September 2007 Oceania Cruise Insignia) and it was a fabulous warm sunny day. It is well worth doing the extra tour called the Terrace Houses which are being restored now. This ancient wonder is also worth a second visit if you have a been a long time ago. They are uncovering new findings all the time.

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Reviewed 26 January 2008

I advise to visit and see to Turkey's everywhere. So Turkey is another beautiful then other countries.

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Reviewed 23 January 2008

If you are in the Izmir/Selcuk area, then I can echo what other reviewers already wrote: Ephesus is an absolute must-see.

Perhaps the most striking thing about Ephesus is the size. A city of 250,000 was large by the standards of antiquity, and Ephesus had all the trappings, such as a modern library (which is probably the single most photographed building in Ephesus).

But rather than try and repeat the words of my tour guide, I'll concentrate on practicalities.

Ephesus gets HOT and CROWDED in the summer. Check the weather, and take the appropriate precautions (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Plan to arrive early in the morning, not only to avoid the heat but also the crowds.

Or if possible, visit some time other than summer. I went in January (winter). The weather was chilly at first, but turned into a very pleasant and comfortable day. Not only that, but it was very quiet (with only a few other tour groups) so my photos are generally free of other tourists.

There are two entrances to Ephesus: at the top and bottom of the hill. The main entrance with the car park is at the bottom; the top entrance (on the road to the Virgin Mary's house) has no car park to speak of. If you are going alone, I suggest walking up to the top entrance and starting your exploration from there, so that you are walking downhill during the hottest part of the day.

There are no shops in Ephesus. Take with you whatever water and snacks you think you'll need.

There are some toilets near the main entrance. They cost 0.75 YTL to "experience" but since they are away from the main ruins, its best that you plan to go at the start or end of your trip.

A big question: Do you need a tour guide? Answer: A good tour guide would be a definite plus in Ephesus. The alternative is to get a good guidebook or audio guide. There are not many signs to help you interpret what you are seeing, so if you simply show up and walk around, you won't get very much out of your visit.

The biggest reason NOT to get a tour guide is that they tend to pad the tour with "fluff". For example, the "lunch" that is included with some tours is "sponsored" by carpet shops and they waste your time by giving a sales pitch after the meal. You might want to ask how long they will spend at Ephesus and exactly what other places will be visited.

To give a rough idea, you can do a fairly thorough tour of Ephesus in a morning. This would vary depending on the season, whether you have a tour guide, your own pace, etc.

I've written about travel from Ephesus (Selcuk) to Izmir elsewhere, so I won't repeat that detail here.

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Reviewed 19 January 2008

Mesut Yilmaz offers a variety of tours in the Ephesus, Kusadasi area. Six of us hired him for a day during a cruise stop at Kusadasi. By the end of the day, all of us were in agreement that Mesut offered the best tour any of us had ever hired. He made the tour very personal, tailoring the agenda to our schedule and preferences. The pride he displays for his country added much to the experience. Highly recommend. [--]

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Reviewed 9 February 2007

this is an interesting place to visit as some of the restored structures are very impressive especially the ampitheatre!
if you do want to visit go on the full day trip as it takes you to virgin mary's house in the afternoon!
it does get very hot and there is not alot of shade so i would recommend the half day trip for those who cant stand heat for too long but does want to see it!

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