Ephesus, Turkey - Mediterranean Cruises

A great chance to brush up on your ancient history, explore the incredible 2,000 year old remains of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsius. Tread over the marble pathways to gaze at the goddess Nike or discover the colourful mosaic flooring in the ancient Roman homes. The palm-lined boulevard is the centre of town life with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • An Archaeological Experience

    A unique opportunity to accompany a local archaeologist on a visit to the ancient city of Ephesus and view the impressive Terrace Houses.

    An Archaeological Experience

    Your guided tour is accompanied by a local archaeologist who will provide you with an exclusive insight into this fascinating profession. Entering at the Magnesia Gate, you’ll begin a slow downhill walk into the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Follow your guide as they take you past the Odeon Theatre, Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre.

    Your tour continues with a visit to the newly excavated area of the Terrace Houses, or ‘houses of the rich’, where you’ll gain an insight into family life during the Roman period. The wealth of the families that resided here is evident in the colourful marble walls and mosaic tiled floors.

    A highlight of your tour will be an excavation demonstration provided by your local archaeologist at the site of the Church of Mary. During the demonstration you’ll learn about the different techniques used in this important process.

    Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, therefore flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the Terrace Houses. The Terrace Houses are located on different levels and there are a number of steps to negotiate to reach each level. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden.

    Tour code

    KU1_021

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Turkish Delights by Private People Carrier

    The perfect option for those who wish to discover Ephesus by private tour. Experience the highlights of this region in one day, including the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus and St John’s Basilica.

    Turkish Delights by Private People Carrier

    An air-conditioned people carrier with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    People Carriers will take up to four guests.

    Your tour begins with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is said that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, visited at the end of her life. Upon reaching the City of Ancient Ephesus, the guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. Highlights will include the Fountain of Trajan, the impressive Library of Celsius and the Grand Theatre.

    Visit the recently excavated Terrace Houses, also referred to as ‘the houses of the rich’. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus resided in these houses, which appeared very plain from the outside. However inside they were decorated with mosaic flooring and frescoes. Excavations of the Terrace Houses started in 1960 and are still continuing today.

    Afterwards, you will visit the glorious St John’s Basilica, this once great church built over a 2nd century tomb is thought to hold the remains of St John.

    A traditional buffet-style luncheon will be served at the Cittantica Ephesus Park, before visiting the glorious St John’s Basilica. This once great church built over a 2nd century tomb is thought to hold the remains of St John.

    After the journey back to downtown Kusadasi, you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration; indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking guide and local driver. No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    There is approximately three hours of walking over slippery and cobblestoned ground, with uneven terrain and some climbing required through the ruins. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the Terrace Houses plus many steps inside to reach the different levels. The tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Soft drinks and water are included with lunch; any alcoholic drinks must be purchased. Euros, Sterling and US Dollars are accepted.

    Tour code

    KU1_703

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Ancient Miletus & Archaeological Museum

    Join a small group to explore the ancient sites of Miletus and Didyma and visit the Archaeological Museum.

    Ancient Miletus & Archaeological Museum

    The city of Miletus was one of the greatest Ionian cities in south western Asia Minor. Miletus was destroyed in 494 BC after falling into the hands of the Persians but was later rebuilt by the famous architect, Hippodamus who gave Miletus its street grid plan. This revolutionary feature of urban planning was adopted in nearby Priene, and later by all new Roman cities. The city eventually declined after silt brought down by the river Maeander caused the gulf to close and extended the shore line.

    During your visit you will see the ruins of the stadium, Roman baths and the Roman theatre which at one time could hold twenty five thousand spectators.

    Visit the newly opened Archaeological Museum at Miletus and see the wonderful artefacts representing the many ancient sites of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a stop at the site of Didyma to view the Temple of Apollo. This vast temple was amongst the most famous oracles in the ancient world.

    Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground on this tour. Please watch your step at all times and due to the nature of the sites, flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    KU1_017

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Ephesus & Highlights

    Ephesus, once the glorious Roman capital of Asia Minor, is the site where St John and the Virgin Mary spent their last days.

    Ephesus & Highlights

    Enter the magnificent site of the Ancient City of Ephesus at the Magnesia Gate. Whilst Ephesus is now deserted and in ruins, the past glories come to life as the impressive array of temples, agoras, porticoes and fountains come into view. Of particular interest are the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre.

    Built over a 2nd century tomb believed to hold St John the Evangelist, St John's Basilica was once topped with eleven domes and rivalled Istanbul's St Sophia Basilica in scale. The church is now in ruins, but there are many frescoes, mosaics and columns that attest to the glory that once marked this holy place.

    The scenic drive, past countryside cultivated with olive groves, vineyards, tobacco and cotton plantations, will come to life as your guide takes you to the former site of the Temple of Artemis for a memorable photograph stop.

    Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden.

    Tour code

    KU1_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Ephesus Audio Tour

    An excellent way to become acquainted with this historic site is on foot armed with a lightweight audio headset and a detailed map.

    Ephesus Audio Tour

    Enjoy a walking tour of the historic sights of Ephesus, accompanied by an audio player which is yours alone, so you can spend as much or as little time as you’d like at each spot. Since there are no schedules to keep to, you are free to either follow the suggested route or set out on your own adventure.

    Your stereo audio headset allows you to listen to all the facts and descriptions of this incredible site. Simply consult the customised map to find each location and then go to the indicated number on the player for a detailed description of the site and its history.

    Become aquainted with areas of Ephesus such as; the Odeon, Agora, Domitian Square, Trajan’s Fountain, Temple of Hadrian, as well as the most beautiful structure in all of Ephesus, the Celsus Library, which was built in the second century and was the third largest library in the ancient world. You will also have the opportunity to visit the newly excavated Terrace Houses.

    After your exploration is complete you’ll reconnect with your guide who will meet you at the lower gate to accompany you back to the town. Here, you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests must be able to walk approximately 1½ miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and steps. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. Insect repellent is also recommended in July and August. Guests are recommended to watch their step at all times. An audio headset with headphones, a customised map of the walking route, return transportation, guidance/escort and a bottle of water are also included. Please present photo ID when picking up your audio headset. Ideally, participants will be familiar with audio headset technology prior to booking this tour, but a brief explanation of the equipment will be provided at the time of its delivery.

    Tour code

    KU1_023

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Ephesus & Highlights by Private People Carrier

    The perfect option for those who wish to discover Ephesus by private tour. Ephesus, once the glorious Roman capital of Asia Minor, is the site where St John and the Virgin Mary spent their last days.

    Ephesus & Highlights by Private People Carrier

    An air-conditioned people carrier with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    People Carriers will take up to four guests.

    This private people carrier tour will allow you to take in the ancient site of Ephesus with family or friends.

    Enter the magnificent site of the Ancient City of Ephesus at the Magnesia Gate. Whilst Ephesus is now deserted and in ruins, the past glories come to life as the impressive array of temples, agoras, porticoes and fountains come into view. Of particular interest are the Odeon, the Celsius Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre.

    Built over a 2nd century tomb believed to hold St John the Evangelist, St John's Basilica was once topped with 11 domes and rivalled Istanbul’s St Sophia Basilica in scale. The church is now in ruins, but there are many frescoes, mosaics and columns that attest to the glory that once marked this holy place.

    The scenic drive, past countryside cultivated with olive groves, vineyards, tobacco and cotton plantations, will come to life as your guide takes you to the former site of the Temple of Artemis for a memorable photo stop.

    The tour will end at a carpet shop in downtown Kusadasi. This is an optional visit to learn about the art of Turkish carpet manufacture. Alternatively you may wish to explore independently or return directly to the ship.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking guide and local driver. No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    There is approximately 2½ hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden. Entrance fees are included. Refreshments and gratuities are not included.

    Tour code

    KU1_701

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Ephesus & Highlights by Private Minibus

    The perfect option for those who wish to discover Ephesus by private tour. Ephesus, once the glorious Roman capital of Asia Minor, is the site where St John and the Virgin Mary spent their last days.

    Ephesus & Highlights by Private Minibus

    An air-conditioned minibus with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Minibuses will take up to ten guests.

    This private minibus tour will allow you to take in the ancient site of Ephesus with family or friends.

    Enter the magnificent site of the Ancient City of Ephesus at the Magnesia Gate. Whilst Ephesus is now deserted and in ruins, the past glories come to life as the impressive array of temples, agoras, porticoes and fountains come into view. Of particular interest are the Odeon, the Celsius Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre.

    Built over a 2nd century tomb believed to hold St John the Evangelist, St John's Basilica was once topped with 11 domes and rivalled Istanbul’s St Sophia Basilica in scale. The church is now in ruins, but there are many frescoes, mosaics and columns that attest to the glory that once marked this holy place.

    The scenic drive, past countryside cultivated with olive groves, vineyards, tobacco and cotton plantations, will come to life as your guide takes you to the former site of the Temple of Artemis for a memorable photo stop.

    The tour will end at a carpet shop in downtown Kusadasi. This is an optional visit to learn about the art of Turkish carpet manufacture. Alternatively you may wish to explore independently or return directly to the ship.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. . Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking guide and local driver. No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    There is approximately 2½ hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden. Entrance fees are included. Refreshments and gratuities are not included.

    Tour code

    KU1_702

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Pine Bay Beach Resort Getaway

    An opportunity to relax and soak up the sun at the Pine Bay Beach Resort.

    Pine Bay Beach Resort Getaway

    A brief transfer will take you to the Pine Bay Beach Resort. Ideally situated with its own private bay, the Pine Bay Beach Resort is the perfect location for a spot of relaxation.

    This wonderful Five star hotel has fabulous services for that perfect day of luxury. Sit back and soak up the sun on the exclusive white sandy beach, take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea or relax by the hotel pool.

    A sun lounger, umbrella and towel will be provided.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and is inclusive of transfers, sun lounger, umbrella and towel. Guests are reminded to take swimwear and sunscreen with them. This tour does not include luncheon or any refreshments. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    KU1_024

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Turkish Delights by Private Minibus

    The perfect option for those who wish to discover Ephesus by private tour. Experience the highlights of this region in one day, including the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus and St John’s Basilica.

    Turkish Delights by Private Minibus

    An air-conditioned minibus with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Minibuses will take up to ten guests.

    Your tour begins with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is said that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, visited at the end of her life. Upon reaching the City of Ancient Ephesus, the guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. Highlights will include the Fountain of Trajan, the impressive Library of Celsius and the Grand Theatre.

    Visit the recently excavated Terrace Houses, also referred to as ‘the houses of the rich’. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus resided in these houses, which appeared very plain from the outside. However inside they were decorated with mosaic flooring and frescoes. Excavations of the Terrace Houses started in 1960 and are still continuing today.

    Afterwards, you will visit the glorious St John’s Basilica, this once great church built over a 2nd century tomb is thought to hold the remains of St John.

    A traditional luncheon will be served in a five star hotel before the return drive to Kusadasi. Once back in downtown Kusadasi you will have the option of visiting a local carpet store for a carpet demonstration or returning directly to the ship.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking guide and local driver. No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    There is approximately three hours of walking over slippery and cobblestoned ground, with uneven terrain and some climbing required through the ruins. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the Terrace Houses plus many steps inside to reach the different levels. The tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Soft drinks and water are included with lunch; any alcoholic drinks must be purchased. Euros, Sterling and US Dollars are accepted.

    Tour code

    KU1_704

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Turkish Village Life

    Visit the archaeological site of Ephesus, followed by a visit to the village of Sirince to understand how the locals live.

    Turkish Village Life

    Ephesus is unsurpassed by any archaeological site in terms of sheer magnitude and the roots of this impressive site go back to the 13th century BC. The surviving ruins of Ephesus belong to the Roman Imperial Period, with an impressive amphitheatre, large enough to hold 25,000 people, and the well preserved and restored Library of Celsus.

    Continue your tour through areas of vineyards and peach trees to Sirince Village, an old Orthodox settlement on the top of a mountain. Today, the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture from the 1920’s. You will have the unique opportunity to observe village life and purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts. The narrow streets of the village are home to women selling crafts and olive oil.

    Visit a local house, for an insight into the characteristic exterior and the traditional local interior, before enjoying a cup of refreshing Turkish apple tea at a traditional local village tea house, where you’ll learn more of the Turkish way of life. Afterwards, a short stop will be made in the village, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some local fruit wines.

    Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two and a half hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground. The removal of items from the site of Ephesus is strictly forbidden. Comfortable walking shoes and a hat are recommended.

    Tour code

    KU1_010

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Turkish Delights

    Experience the highlights of this region in one day, including House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus and St John's Basilica.

    Turkish Delights

    Your tour begins with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is said that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, visited at the end of her life. Upon reaching the City of Ancient Ephesus, your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. Highlights will include the Fountain of Trajan, the impressive Library of Celsus and the Grand Theatre.

    Visit the recently excavated Terrace Houses, also referred to as ‘the houses of the rich’. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus resided in these houses, which appeared very plain from the outside. However inside they were decorated with mosaic flooring and frescoes. Excavations of the Terrace Houses started in 1960 and are still continuing today.

    A traditional buffet-style luncheon will be served at the Cittantica Ephesus Park, before visiting the glorious St John’s Basilica. This once great church built over a 2nd century tomb is thought to hold the remains of St John.

    After the journey back to downtown Kusadasi, you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration; indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately three hours of walking over slippery and cobblestoned ground, with uneven terrain and some climbing required through the ruins. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the Terrace Houses plus many steps inside to reach the different levels. The tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Soft drinks and water are included with luncheon; any alcoholic drinks must be purchased. Euros, Sterling and US Dollars are accepted.

    Tour code

    KU1_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Ephesus & Terrace Houses

    Join a small group and visit the magnificent site of ancient Ephesus and the newly excavated area; Terrace Houses.

    Ephesus & Terrace Houses

    Visit the ancient city of Ephesus which was once one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world.

    After entering at the Magnesia Gate, a slow downhill walk will take you into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Listen carefully as your knowledgeable guide enlightens you with stories of the past whilst showing you the Odeon Theatre, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian and the Fountain of Trajan. A highlight will be the Great Theatre which had seating for 25,000 spectators and was the site where it is believed St Paul preached to the Ephesians.

    Across from Hadrian’s Temple in a newly excavated area is the impressive Terrace Houses, also referred to as ‘the houses of the rich’. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus resided in these houses, which is evident from the grand decorations of mosaics and frescoes. Your visit will provide you with the finest examples of Roman domestic life.

    Stretch your legs, and browse the stores during a stop at Cittanica Ephesus Park.

    Afterwards, a scenic drive will bring you back to downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is over two hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, therefore flat comfortable shoes are recommended. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the terrace houses. The terrace houses are located on different levels and there are a number of steps to negotiate to reach each level. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden.

    Tour code

    KU1_028

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Miletus, Didyma & Ephesus

    Wonder at the magnificent sites of Didyma and Miletus and Ephesus on this full day tour with luncheon.

    Miletus, Didyma & Ephesus

    Explore the ancient site of Miletus, once the most important city and principal port of the Ionian league, a group of cities established and reputed as the most developed cities of their age. The original city was destroyed by the Persians in 494 BC and a new town rebuilt according to the principles of Hippodamus.

    Another highlight is the classical site of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, dating back to the 6th century BC. Legend has it that upon the arrival of Alexander the Great, the dry fountain of prophecy gushed to life and the oracle announced Alexander to be the son of Zeus. As a result, Alexander ordered the building of a new superb temple, which can still be seen today.

    Luncheon, accompanied by a glass of wine or beer, will be served at a local restaurant overlooking Kusadasi harbour.

    Visit the magnificent site of the Ancient City of Ephesus with a guided walking tour taking in the highlights of The Temple of Hadrian, Grand Theatre, Library and Fountain of Trajan. Round off your tour in downtown Kusadasi, where you can either join your guide for a carpet demonstration, indulge in a spot of shopping in the town, or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately three hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground. Please watch your step at all times and due to the nature of the sites, flat comfortable shoes are recommended./strong>

    Tour code

    KU1_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Adaland Waterpark

    Cause a splash at Adaland Aquapark; one of the largest water parks in Europe.

    Adaland Waterpark

    There’s water action everywhere at Adaland Aquapark with a wide range of different water slides, and activity pools. Whether you’re looking for thrilling rides, to relax on the lazy river or to simply soak up the sun, Adaland Aquapark has something for the whole family.

    Hurtle down the hillside slides, circle the loop slides, enjoy an adrenaline rush on the speedy slides, test your fear of the dark on the dark slides or take the family for a spin on the Amazoon Family Slide.

    Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for you to relax in the sun, as well as a children’s pool that will provide hours of fun for the younger children.

    To provide you with flexibility during your day, luncheon has not been included in the fare and can be purchased from a variety of cafés within the park.

    With so much to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. It is non-guided and includes transfers and entrance fees for Aquapark. It does not include entrance fees for the Dolphin Park, which is within the same vicinity. Please remember to take your swimming costume, a towel and sun protection. Euros can be used for purchases. Please be aware that some of the rides and slides may carry height or age restrictions.

    Tour code

    KU1_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Panoramic Kusadasi

    Designed for those who prefer less walking, this tour showcases the amazing sites and includes local refreshments.

    Panoramic Kusadasi

    Your scenic drive will take you through the colourful town of Kusadasi, along the coast, and near the entrance of Ephesus. From the comfort of your coach you will be able to view the ruins of Ephesus from a distance, taking in the breathtaking panoramic sight of the Great Theatre, where St Paul the Apostle preached.

    Journey to the Statue of Virgin Mary located on the upper hill of the ancient city of Ephesus. Continue to Virgin Mary’s Shrine, which is the site where the Blessed Virgin is reputed to have spent the last years of her life. The site was made famous by the travels of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

    Afterwards stop for photographs at the Temple of Artemis, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’.

    Complete your tour with a stop at a carpet weaving village where you’ll be shown how carpets are made. During your visit, you’ll view the spinning, dying, and weaving process of carpets and also be offered some light refreshments. Those guests who are not interested in the demonstration may instead, return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a maximum of one hour of walking in total on this tour mostly around the Virgin Mary’s Shrine. Please note that this tour does not include a visit inside the site of Ephesus, you will have a panoramic view of the outside only, from your coach.

    Tour code

    KU1_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

Our Ships

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Christened by her namesake, Her Majesty The Queen in October 2010, Queen Elizabeth is the newest Cunard ship and the third to bear the name. Modern and spacious, she has everything you’d wish for on board.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2

The newly Remastered Queen Mary 2 is the epitome of a luxury liner. The flagship of the Cunard fleet offers the last word in travel luxury – from the largest ballroom at sea to the sumptuous Commodore Club.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is exactly what a Cunard ship should be. She’s sleek and contemporary, with a traditional red and black exterior. Inside is all about warmth and luxury, privacy and comfort.