Our next port of call was Kusadasi, a popular seaside resort in Turkey and best known for its historical and archaelogical sites. Less than half an hour away is the ancient city of Ephesus, the shrine of the Virgin Mary's house, the ruins of St. John's Basilica and I don't remember what else. Our shore excursion was not organized by the cruise ship. We got it from the internet and we were very happy with the deal we got - a minivan for the four of us with a knowledgeable guide for $50/person for the day with an included lunch. Of course, we had to make sure we get back before sailing time - the ship will gladly leave us behind for not patronizing their shore excursions LOL.