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Day Trip from Bodrum to Ephesus, Final Itinerary - Calling Murat and Others

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Hi all. We are staying in Bodrum for a few days and are planning to do a day trip to Ephesus. Our hotel recommended a private tour that costs approx. $260 - $300 per person which appears very expensive to us (the cost varies depending on whether we see the cave of Seven Sleepers and the Temple of Artemis and have lunch at Sirince and see the restored traditional village houses).

Before we finalized our itinerary, I had read that there are bus tours from Bodrum to Ephesus for 35 euros per person but I have since learned they only depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays which doesn't work for our time schedule. In any case, the hotel suggested we might not like the bus tour anyway because it has alot of shopping stops and we may not spend as much time as we would like in Ephesus and may not see the House of Virgin Mary. Can anyone comment on this? Are there other group tours available more regularly? We would like to do this trip on a Monday or Tuesday.

It's funny because we considered doing the more traditional route to Ephesus with a sleepover in Kusadasi. We decided against all the moving around, changing hotels, getting private transfers from Izmer to Kusadasi, from Kusadasi to Ephesus, and from Ephesus to Bodrum. Perhaps that was a mistake but our flights and hotels are now booked. If we really CAN'T find a suitable group tour to Ephesus, I could inquire about changing one of our flights . . . perhaps we would also add a day in Cappodocia as many have suggested here . . . (we are staying in the Museum Hotel) but it would be a real hassle at this point and my travel agent might kill me . . . :)

Any thoughts anyone? Here is our itinerary for context:

Arrive Istanbul, Rest
Fly to Cappodocia on 7:35AM Flight, Group Tour of Cappodocia
Cappodocia, Group Tour
Depart Cappadocia afternoon flight at 4:30 to Bodrum via Istanbul
Day Trip to Ephesus
Rent Car, Drive to Fethiye in morning or evening, Sleep in Oludeniz
Fethiye, Drive Butterfly Valley
Fethiye, 12 Island Boat Tour or Selkirk Fishing Village
Fethiye, Flight from Dalaman to Istanbul at 9:30PM
Fly Home

We are also thinking about doing a day trip to Kas from Fethiye.

Thank you all!

P.S. I really need to stop looking at this forum because I am going to second guess our plans until the day of departure! We are two single American women in our mid 40's.


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