About 2 miles south and west of Ephesus along the shore road is a small-boat dock. From here, at a point about a mile west of the turnoff for the village of Selcuk, boats shuttle across the water to the island of Kusadasi, site of the wonderful Church of the Holy Cross.
From Kusadasi catch a Selcuk minibus near the Hotel Hello in Kusadasi and it will drop you at the dock for a fare of 15TL ($8). When you reach the dock, which you should try to do fairly early in the day, hop in a boat (they leave about every half hour in high summer) for the short two-mile, 20-minute trip to the island. Round-trip tickets (you can’t stay on the island!) cost 2TL ($1). If you arrive off-season, when there are not enough passengers to warrant a boat trip, you can bargain with the boat owner for a special trip, which can cost upward of 30 TL ($14) or take ephesus excursions from kusadasi to Ephesus-Selcuk.
Kusadasi, which is a fairly small island, and you will be only a few yards from one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era.
Though the interior of the church is disappointing, with only a few faded, badly ruined frescoes of saints, the exterior, as always in Armenian buildings, is a joy. Many of the most eventful stories from the Bible are illustrated by delightful high-relief figures carved along the walls.
Look carefully and you’ll be able to follow the stories: Ephesus Shore Excursions here are Adam and Eve making their fateful choices in the Garden of Ephesus; Jonah being swallowed by the great fish; David miraculously subduing Goliath with a stone from his sting; and Abraham ready to sacrifice Isaac, the son of his old age, when God tells him to kill the ram, caught in a nearby bush, instead.
Mary the church, the king built a monastery and a palace for himself, but very little remains of these other buildings.
Same routes of ephesus tours first from the Kusadasi Cruise port and Izmir Cruise port on this tours site was occupied by the Ephesus, Sirince, Selcuk, Mary House.
The Assyrians, the Ephesians, and the Artemis of Alexander the Great. Even with the advent of the Romans in A.D. 115, Ephesus was not to enjoy peace for long time. It was subject to raids by various peoples until definitive conquest came with the Arabs.