We are generally outspoken in our dislike of organized shore excursions preferring to do our own thing. However, on your itinerary there are some good reasons to do certain excursions. This is particularly true in Kusadasi where you should book a private excursion which you can do on-line in advance. Kusadasi has some excellent tour companies that will do a much better job then the cattle-call cruise line excursions for about the same or less money. You should go to Ephesus and a must-see are the amazing Terrace Houses (usually not covered by most cruise line tours). We strongly recommend a company called EKOL who has been in business a long time and uses very professional guides. They are a little more money and do require deposits. Another popular company is Hello Ephesus who recently underwent a corporate shake-up..so we are not sure about their current situation. A relative newcomer that has gotten some decent reviews is a company called Ephesus Deluxe. Any of these companies will have a guide meet you at the port. But, whatever excursion you choose, make sure it specifically includes the Terrace Houses (EKOL normally provides this on any Ephesus tour as an add-on).