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Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion

The full-day Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir visits the same sites as the half-day tour, but it also adds the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John.

The tour uses a wheelchair accessible van to bring you from the Kusadasi or Izmir cruise port to the Ephesus ruins.

The House of the Virgin Mary was first discovered in the 19th century and it is believed that Mary was brought here by Saint John and lived here late in life.

The Basilica of St. John is also included on the tour. The ruins of this 6th century church are home to the burial site of St. John the Apostle.

Important notes:
– The tour uses a wheelchair accessible van.
– The tour uses the most accessible route at the Ephesus ruins.
– Your tour guide can assist wheelchair users over the uneven ground in Ephesus.

If you would like a shorter shore excursion, the half-day Highlights of Ephesus Accessible Guided Tour is available.

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Tour Highlights

– House of the Virgin Mary
– Basilica of St. John
– The Theatre
– The Library
– Latrines
– Hadrian Temple
– Memnius Monument
– Prytaneum
– The Cenate
– Gymnasium
– Hercules Gate
– Trajan Fountain
– Domitian Avenue
– Polio Fountain
– Curete’s Street
– Harbour Street

Accessibility Details

The Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a wheelchair accessible van and is entirely step-free. It did not receive a 5 star rating because there is a bit of uneven terrain at the Ephesus ruins. It avoids the long downhill cobblestone-covered road that most tours take which allows it to get a 4 star rating.

Your tour guide will meet you at the Kusadasi cruise terminal or Izmir cruise terminal with a sign holding your name. Transportation on this accessible cruise excursion to Ephesus is provided by a wheelchair accessible van (shown in the photo on the right).


The Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir uses a wheelchair accessible route to visit the House of the Virgin Mary. The route is slightly uphill from the parking area to the house and includes a couple of ramps.


The small building has two small, long steps at the entrance (shown in the photo on the left). Many wheelchair users can manage with slight assistance. In between the two interior rooms, there is a single step down (shown in the photo on the right).


There is a narrow door at the exit which has a ramp leading down.

The ruins of the Basilica of St. John are located just below the fortress in Selcuk (shown in the photo on the left). The site is believed to be the burial place of St. John the Apostle. Your accessible Ephesus cruise excursion will visit the Basilica of St. John, of which approximately 60% is wheelchair accessible.


The Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir continues at the ruins of Ephesus for a 2 hour visit. Much of the archeological are is covered in firm ground (shown in the photo on the left)

The Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir will use a step-free route to visit the various sites in Ephesus including the famous Library of Celcus (shown in the photo on the right).


Your Ephesus accessible cruise excursion will avoid uneven ground and the holes shown in the photo on the left. Your tour will also avoid the long, uneven, downhill Curetes Street. You won’t have to stay in a wheelie the whole time like that crazy guy in the photo on the right (me!)


The Accessible Ephesus Cruise Excursion from Kusadasi or Izmir will use a series of wheelchair ramps to bring you between the various historical sights. Your tour guide will tell you the history of this fascinating city which was one of the largest cities in the world in the 1st century BC!


Tour Details

Tour duration: 5 hours

€600 for 1-2 people, €725 for 3-4 people, and €825 for 5-6 people.

Add €75 if coming from Izmir port instead of Kusadasi port.

* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: Every day of the week
Meet-up time: 9 am
Meet-up place: Kusadasi cruise dock or Izmir cruise dock
Dress code: None
Maximum number of people on tour: 6 people can fit in the van
Entrance tickets: Not included. Some entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country stating the percent of their disability. Otherwise, €10 per person at the Ephesus ruins, €10 per person at the House of the Virgin Mary, and €5 per person at St. John’s Basilica.
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, and gratuities.

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