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Samos Island hotels & Ephesus day trip?

I have just "discovered" the island of Samos, rich in ancient history. It looks like a wonderful way to spend the four days I still have open during my July visit to Greece this year. Recommendations for hotels are welcome!

Is it possible to do a day trip by ferry from Samos to Kusadasi and visit the ancient site of Ephesus? Should I book a guided tour for this, or is it possible to go independently?

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Thanks for the links!

This brings up another question I have yet to research: What are the entrance requirements to get into Turkey for U.S. citizens these days? Any special visa or covid entrance requirements? (We are vaxxed and boosted.)

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Maybe you could email to the travel agencies I gave you. Or another forum member could answer

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Turkey currently requires a Negative Test EXCEPT for those who have been fully vaccinated. Take your CDC Vaccination Card.
Turkey does require a Visa from Americans. You can either get a US $50 e-visa at www.

or take your chances with lines at Istanbul ‘s massive airport and get your visa on arrival.

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We took the day trip from Samos to Ephesus years ago, booked with a travel agent at the port in Vathy, Samos. We did not need a Turkish visa since we weren’t staying overnight in Turkey.

I’m not sure if it was possible to just book the ferry or if we had to buy the package: ferry + entrance tickets + guide. You could try contacting a Samos travel agent now to get these questions answered or wait til you’re there. I think we had to buy the tour package in order to not need a visa upon entering Turkey but I’m not positive.