Enjoy discovering Ephesus on this special Chairman’s Choice tour, designed exclusively for Insignia’s inaugural return to the Oceania fleet.
Driving to Ephesus, you can almost feel modern civilization slipping away as you enter a world firmly rooted in the past. Ephesus is esteemed as one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world, and during your walking tour, you will see the remains of its glorious Roman architecture. Behold excavated treasures such as the Odeon theater, public baths, the two-tiered Celsus Library, and the nearly 24,000-seat Grand Theater, where St. Paul once preached. Known for its wonderful acoustics, the theater is still used today for musical performances.
Before leaving the archaeological site, you will have the opportunity to visit the Terrace Houses, which were inhabited by Ephesus' wealthiest residents. The houses are richly decorated with mosaics and frescoes and even had running water.
Next, as an added feature of your Chairman’s Choice tour, you’ll be treated to lunch at a charming fish restaurant that overlooks Kusadasi. Afterwards, return to Kusadasi, where you will have the choice of enjoying some free time to shop or sitting in on an informative carpet demonstration that shows the fine craftsmanship behind these luxurious items.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be uneven ground and a significant amount of steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.