Ephesus & the Elite's Terraced Houses

Ephesus & the Elite's Terraced Houses

Uncover the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ephesus, on this guided private excursion that also features a visit to the affluent homes at the famous Terrace Houses.

Meet your guide and depart the pier for a scenic drive to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the largest and most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean world. Second only to Constantinople, it is estimated that roughly 15% of the total city has been excavated. Situated on the western coast of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), it was one of the oldest Greek settlements on the Aegean Sea and later became the provincial seat of the Roman government in Asia.

Your guided walking tour will start at the upper gate of Ephesus, as you explore the unending monuments including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, Hadrian’s Temple, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period.

You also visit the spectacular Terrace Houses (villas) located on the side of the hill within Ephesus. They have a fantastic view of the entire city of Ephesus. The Ephesus Terrace Houses reveal how wealthy Romans lived during the city’s glory days. Glass floors let you admire geometric mosaics and still-colorful frescoes gleaming on the walls. The Terrace Houses were discovered by a team of Austrian archeologists during excavations in the 1980’s. Along with the ruins in Pompeii, they constitute some of the most vivid examples of Roman domestic architecture to survive today. Reflect on the lives in the city and homes of Ephesus as you return by coach to your yacht in Kusadasi.

Notes: This excursion involves extensive walking and stair climbing at the Terrace Houses, comfortable shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. At Terrace Houses, guests will walk on glass-covered platforms. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

Port: Kusadasi (Ephesus)

Duration: 3 hours

Current Price: 139 USD