OK, so it's not really a trap, but the street vendors when you come out of the Roman ruins at Ephesus are everywhere, selling everything. Try and remember that they are making a living, so a smile and no thank you and move along.
There are so many things around Ephesus, which you will not see going with a big group, that is why we prefered a private tour. It is better to search before about the sights and then plan your trip with one of the local company. I saw may taxis there offering their services, but they will just bring you to Ephesus for the same money and then you have to pay extra for entrance and besides you do not have any guide, thus were lucky that we planned it before, and could see Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica and Seven Sleepers Cave.
Unique Suggestions: After searching we decided to make our trip with Online Ephesus Travel. Theit guide Suzan gave us a great tour! Her English was perfect, and she was very knowledgable regarding all
the sights we wanted to visit. She came on time to the port, was very nice and did not hurry us during the tour, so we could enjoy every sight as much time as we wanted. We also had a nice lunch, so everyvody was happy. And the price was not so hogh, so we could afford it. I can recommend them to everybody.
Fun Alternatives: You can also go to Ephesus to your own with the taxi or local transport, it will not take much time.
You know my skepticism concerning history of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. In almost all my trips I try to escape this skepticism and avoid my grins when I see ‘ancient’ ruins or renovated Temples.
It’s very hard to do it when you watch such buildings like the Celsus library. It reminds paintings of Renaissance when people tried imagine how Greek or Roman cities had looked like.
When you go through the gates of the Celsus Library you’ll see quite a modern building from the back side which was constructed several tens years ago (have a look at Michael’s comment - when he came there first in 1978 he saw the crane of an Austrian company standing there for reconstructing the Celsus library).
Now you can see an inscription and learn about the Austrian reconstruction (the second pic). Have a look on my General tip where I wrote about the history of excavations.
Good job! “Made in Austria”, haha!
When you tour Ephesus, you park at one end, walk through the town, and end up at the far end, about 2 km away. To get back to your car, you have to take a taxi back to the parking lot or someone in the group has to walk back to the parking lot. We and other tourists that we met were offered a free shuttle bus ride back to our parking lot. We turned it down, but friends of ours did not and got stock stopping at a carpet store along the way. If you want to skip being pressured to buy carpets, skip the "free" shuttle bus and pay for a taxi (or walk back).
Entrance fees to Terrace Houses is not 10 Euro as mentioned in this forum.
it is 10 TL
which is equivalent of 9 $ US or
and 5 Euro.
Also do not pay attention to the guys that wan to give you free ride between gates,
you mightfind yourself at shopping centers.
Do not buy conis they sell telling that they are old.
they are fake possibly last night made.
\Entrance fees accepted for Ephesus is only TL or credit card,No foreign currency.
Standing high over a hill near the Basilica of St. John is the Castle of St. John. How inviting it is for someone like me who loves castles. Unfortunately it is not accessible for the public, at least during my visit. The castle is closed because of a collapsing wall and there is no information on when it will be reopened for the public. It dates from the Byzantium Empire.
Unique Suggestions: Take a picture of it just the same and it is very scenic.
When we arrived to the archeological site, there was a man who said that there was a great distance from both entrances and we would be very tired after the visit to come back to pick up the car. He offered us a lift to the upper entrance, but before, he would take us to a carpet workshop.
Do not pay attention to them, the distance among both entrances is not so big, and as you cover it watching the archeological site, even in a sunny day of October, the path is very pleasant. Visit it on your own, take your time and go shopping when and where you decide to go.
Since 01/01/2006 the the new turkish lira (YTL) is being used and the old turkish lira is no longer valid. So while you are shopping, keep that in mind. 6 zeros (000000) were deleted from the new notes. so 1.000.000 TL is now 1 YTL. (5.000.000 TL - 5 YTL / 10.000.000 - 10 YTL, etc...) So while you are shopping, when you get the change, make sure that none of notes have more than 2 zeros. the notes in use now are :
as of 15.04.2006 1 euro is 1.60656 YTL and 1 US$ is 1.33720 YTL
Unique Suggestions: In case you have some old turkish liras, you can change them with new turkish liras in several banks.
At onetime the Temple of Artemis was one of the most important religious sights in the ancient world. In fact it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However today it is not much more than a single pillar.
The Temple of Artemis dates from the 6th century BCE and was begun by the Lycians. At onetime it consisted of 127 columns just like the one remaining one. The temple was suppose to have been twice the size of the Parthenon in Athens. It was destroyed by arson in 356 BCE in an act of arson by a chap named Herostratus who wanted to "make a name of himself".
Unique Suggestions: Well if you have to see all of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then it is easy to get to. It is half way between Selcuk and Ephesus. The sight is a good spot to escape the hordes at Ephesus.
entrance fee:10 euros
roman villas (near celsus library):15 euros
you have also to pay for parking
a lot of groups!
Unique Suggestions: free places for parking near upper entry!
avoid groups:be there at 8am ,or after 5 p.m;moreover better for your pics!
take a hat and water (more expensive on the site)
buy your food in selcuk (cheaper than on the site!)
Fun Alternatives: about entrance fees,no alternative at all,even for students...or elder people!
At the entrance, many people will offer to give one a ride to the far/upper end of Efes, citing the "long" walk and the fact that this allows someone to see the whole thing from end to end. Unless one is actually unable to walk very far (in which case this might be a good idea), this service is not necessary. The ruins are large and the walk is not short, but it is not really that long, either. Nor is it that difficult or up a very steep slope. It's not, for example, remotely as long or hard as a hike up to the acropolis of Pergamon.
However, for those not up to serious walking, for whatever, reason, I suppose that it might make sense to get a ride.
At the top entrance of Efes there is a booth selling headset audio tours. I don't remember the exact price but it was probably around TL12Million.
We found it to be a big disappointment. Unless you have a special interest in just hearing dates or names of architects, DON'T take the tour! If you want to hear about the way people lived and worked here, take a live guide.
Unique Suggestions: If you want to save money on a guide and do take an audio tour, make sure you have some other resource of information on the way people used to live, like a good guide book. Or you can listen in on a tour group with a guide ;-).
Fun Alternatives: The best alternative would be to get your own guide. This may cost you a bit more, but a guide can make this unique site come alive and give you a better experience.