The city of Ephesus was one of the largest and most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean world, lying on the western coast of Asia Minor. It was one of the oldest Greek settlements on the Aegean Sea and later the provincial seat of Roman government in Asia. Situated at end of the Royal Roadthe chief thoroughfare of the Roman Eastthe city was a western terminus of East-West trade and boasted one of the most important Mediterranean harbors for exporting products on to Greece, Italy and the rest of the Roman West. As a center of religious piety Ephesus was preeminent: the city itself developed from the earliest time around an ancient shrine of the earth goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) and became her chief place of worship. Ephesus is also sacred site for Christians due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Marry. Also St. Paul preached here and later wrote his famous Epistle to the Ephesians.
Kusadasi is a seaport and colorful town on the west coast of Turkey. It is a holiday resort with many hotels and beaches. Also most major cruise lines plying the Eastern Mediterranean, with daily service to Ephesus including AEGEAN ODYSSEY, ARETHUSA, AZAMARA QUEST, AZURA, AZAMARA JOURNEY, COLUMBUS 2, CORINTHIAN 2, CRYSTAL SERENITY, CLIPPER ODYSSEY, GRANDEUR OTS, LOUISE CRISTAL, LOUISE OLYMPIA, MARINA, MEIN SCHIFF 2, MARINER OTS, MINERVA, NAVIGATOR OTS, NAUTICA, NOORDAM, N.AMSTERDAM, PANORAMA, P.DANAE, PEACEBOAT, PRINSENDAM, Q.ELİZABETH, RIVIERA, REGATTA, SEABOURN ODYSSEY, SEABOURN QUEST, STAR CLIPPER, S.S.MARINER, SERENADE OTS, SILVER WIND, SPLENDOUR OTS , SEA CLOUD , SILVER SPIRIT, SEA DREAM, S.OF ADVENTURE, TO CALLISTO, THOMSON MAJESTY, THOMSON.CELEBRATİON, WINT SPIRIT, WINT STAR, CROWN PRINCESS, PACIFIC PRINCESS, RUBY PRINCESS,CELEBRITY EQUINOX, CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE, CELEBRITY SOLSTICE AND CELEBRITY REFLECTION. ( etc )
Ephesus is located approximately 12 miles from the Kusadasi port and is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm.