Day trip

From Izmir, Kusadasi, & Selcuk: Day Trip to Explore Ephesus

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28 reviews

Activity provider: Crowded House Tours
Day trip

From Izmir, Kusadasi, & Selcuk: Day Trip to Explore Ephesus

Activity provider: Crowded House Tours

From US$ 86.94 per person

Discover Ephesus on a day trip from Izmir, Kusadasi, or Selcuk. Visit sights like the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and the Library of Celsus with a local guide.

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Duration 8 - 13 hours
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  • Step into the past as you walk down the marble streets of Ephesus
  • See one of the seven wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis
  • View the third largest library in the Roman world at the Library of Celsus
  • Visit the House of the Virgin Mary and learn about her life
  • Explore the well-preserved UNESCO Heritage site of Ephesus with a local guide
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Enjoy a memorable day seeing the historic sights in the ancient city of Ephesus on this day trip. Select from options to leave from your hotel in Izmir, Kusadasi, or Selcuk. Stop at highlights like Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, and Domitian Square.

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. Sit back and relax on the drive to Ephesus. Follow your local guide to the House of Virgin Mary, where the religious figure is thought to have spent her last days. Head to upper Agora which was the seat of political power in the past.

Continue to the 2nd century A.D. Odeon theater. Head to Domitian Square and view the engravings on the old columns at the Temple of Domitian. Pass by the Fountain of Pollio. Admire the relief of Hercules at Hercules Gate before going to the temple and fountain of Emperor Trajan. 

Marvel at the elaborately carved arch at the Temple of Hadrian. Stroll by the Roman baths, public latrine, marketplace, and brothel. See the stunning remains of the third-largest library in the Roman world at the Library of Celsus.

Go to The Great Theater, a massive Hellenistic structure. Gaze upon one of the wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis. Return to your accommodation. During the tour, you'll have the chance to have a look at the traditional Turkish handcrafts.

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees to Ephesus, the Virgin Mary House, and the Temple of Artemis
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Entrance fee to Terrace Houses in Ephesus

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  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 28 reviews

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Everything is excellent and the tourist guide in Spanish is phenomenal. But it would be better to have more time in Ephesus instead of going to the “fashion show” - at the end of the tour they take you to a leather shop, we would have preferred to be more in the Library of Celsus or the Theater of Ephesus than in that shop.

April 2, 2023

We spent a sufficient amount of time at the sites (House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Artemis Temple). However, the visit to the leather shop with a fashion was a bit of wasting time. I don’t mind waiting for people to shop but please skip the fashion show. That way, the participants will arrive at the hotel faster to rest or visit another sites that are not included in the program.

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April 2, 2023

Good communication before a pick up. Excellent guide, excellent sites! Friendly and helpful staff. The tour finishes around 4pm from Selcuk. Would be better if I can communicate with them sooner so that I can arrange my transfer to Izmir Airport right after the trip. Good value for money although lunch was quite late and a mandatory visit to the leather shop which took around 30 minutes there.

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April 2, 2023

Product ID: 408192