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Priene

Priene

Daily 8am-6:30pm (5:30pm in winter)
Söke/aydın, Güllübahçe mahallesi, Priene, Turkey

Practical Info

Priene is south of Kusadasi, although the drive is slightly more circuitous than the crow flies. It’s a 23-mile drive, best done by rental car or as part of a guided tour. The site is open daily from 8am-6:30pm (it closes at 5:30pm during the winter), and admission is 2 Turkish Lira per person.

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Kusadasi Ephesus, Priene, and Doganbey Village Private Shore Excursion
Kusadasi Ephesus, Priene, and Doganbey Village Private Shore Excursion
star-4.5
$250.00 per adult
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My original review, written right...
My original review, written right after the trip, vanished into cyberspace somehow. The guide, Kemal, was truly our hero - the guide we were supposed to have had gotten sick, and Kemal was filling in for him on his only day off for 2 weeks. Priene was beautiful! High on a hill - if you're not prepared to walk up and down steep paths and steps, don't try it. 3 of us were on the trip 1 stayed at the cafe where the van was parked, and we other 2 went up with our guide. The ancient Greek city used to be a seaport, but the sea is now a long way from there - lots of green where the water used to be. The ruins include the offices for the bureaucrats of long ago, a temple to the Egyptian gods, a temple of Apollo that eventually became a Christian church, an ampitheatre, and the incredible temple of Athena, which once had 60 columns. Germans did some restoration there in the 1880s or thereabouts, including setting up some of the columns again, and digging down along one side to show the foundation for the temple. It was well worth the effort to get up there to see it! The stone houses were interesting to see, but that's a driveby. Lunch was at a little restaurant in Karine on the shore, with a table under a tree on a grassy verge and the beach right below us, with lots of ducks and geese and fish to watch, and the restaurant's cat happy to greet visitors and hoping for a handout. Can't remember what all we ate, but the food was delicious. Our guide explained what we were eating, and if necessary, how to eat it. We could have included time at Ephesus if we'd wanted, but, as we'd been there before, all we wanted was a half hour with the souvenir section, so one of our group could find some particular souvenirs. We were absolutely delighted with this alternate way to spend the day. Highly recommended.
Lynn L, Jan 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Kusadasi

star-4
Neon told us to deal directly with...
Margaret W, Oct 2012
Private Tour to Priene, Miletus and Didyma
Neon told us to deal directly with Grand Wonders, a local Efes tour company, to confirm our private tour to Priene, Miletus, Didyma. This was not acceptable since Neon was responsible for our private tour and yet we have to negotiate on our own. Overall, the tour guide was knowledgeable, the car was clean. Lunch was provided at a local restaurant where food was not good and the restaurant did not appear to take cleanliness as their priority.
star-4
This was a great way to see all...
Bianca H, Aug 2018
Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour From Kusadasi
This was a great way to see all three sites in one day. The sites were well preserved and well worth the visit. Pick up was a breeze and they even contacted me the night before with pickup times so I didnt feel rushed in the morning. Lunch was fantastic. We got to choose between a chicken or fish lunch at a restaurant with a view of Didyma. My only complaint was that the guide read mostly from thenplacards at every site instead of calling on his own knowledge, which he seemed to have had. I think it would have made a better, more engaging tour if he had spoken to the group more.
star-4
Our day in Turkey was fantastic...
crewholmes, Oct 2016
Kusadasi Ephesus, Priene, and Doganbey Village Private Shore Excursion
Our day in Turkey was fantastic thanks to this tour. Our guide was so friendly and willing to share his knowledge of his country and the people. He was very accommodating of our wishes. We loved lunch at the quaint seaside restaurant! The Stone Houses of Doganbey Village were interesting and beautiful, but in retrospect I do not think we needed to walk the entire village. The trip to the carpet factory was a bonus and we got to weave a few stitches ourselves! Bring your credit card if you choose to go to the carpet factory, though - the carpets are beautiful, high quality, and you can negotiate a really good bargain - but they are still expensive. I would not have minded saving a bit of time from the Stone Houses and adding another local craft/shopping stop not the mass-produced tourist stuff available everywhere. Highly recommend this tour!