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From Istanbul: Ephesus Full-Day Tour

1. From Istanbul: Ephesus Full-Day Tour

Spend a full day among the famous ruins of Ephesus, flying from Istanbul to Izmir and back. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer you to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir, you will meet with your tour guide and drive the 40 minutes to Ephesus. Visit the vast and rich archeological site of Ephesus, imagining life in Roman times as you pass through the ancient city gates. See the ruins of State Agora, a marketplace from Roman times. Admire Marble Road, dating back to 1 A.D. Then view the beautiful architecture of Celsus Library, the 3rd largest in the ancient world. Your guide will also show you Ephesus Theatre, which once held 15,000 spectators, and many other ancient landmarks of Ephesus' Greek and Roman pasts. After lunch visit the Virgin Mary’s House archeological site, where it is said Mary spent her last years with St. John. After visiting Virgin Mary’s House, head back to the Izmir Airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

2. Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

Discover Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, and Artemission Temple on a guided tour. Your guide will have your name sign at the Kusadasi Cruise terminal exit just after you pass customs. Hotel guests (with the private option only) will be picked up from their hotel lobby. After meeting your guide, drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus. Visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League, an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor, located near Izmir. As a port city, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through its historic marble streets lined with historic public buildings like the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Grand Theater. Stop at Artemission Temple, which used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as your last stop before driving back to Kusadasi town center.

Kusadasi and Selcuk: Small Group Ephesus Tour

3. Kusadasi and Selcuk: Small Group Ephesus Tour

You will be met at the harbor or at your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk. The guide will be holding up a sign with your name on it clearly so that you spot the correct pick-up service for you easily. It’s here you shall also meet your tour guide for the day who will give you some information of the plan for the day before heading off on your way to your destination. Pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at your first stop, the House of Virgin Mary in accordance with the predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting days here. After The House of Virgin Mary, make your way to the next destination at the ancient city of Ephesus. From here, the tour shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the entire world. See the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian and the impressive library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theater where Saint Paul preached is the largest theater in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats. Return to the bus through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, take a break for lunch. Then, continue on the tour and head for your next stop at the Temple of Artemis (Diana). This outstanding temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility deemed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Once the tour comes to an end, you will head back to your bus and be driven back to your allocated drop-off points.

From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour

4. From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour

Ephesus was created by the Ionians in the 11th Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. The ruins of Ephesus are the biggest open-air museum in Turkey and you will get to explore them on this half-day tour from Kusadasi port. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater, and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians, due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist. But the highlight is the last resting place of the Virgin Mary. After Jesus had been crucified on the cross, the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus to spend the last days of her life in the Bulbul Mountains. The house where she lived has recently been transformed into a site of pilgrimage and has become a sought-after destination for Christians from all over the world.

Istanbul to Ephesus Private Day Trip

5. Istanbul to Ephesus Private Day Trip

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning, before being transferred to Istanbul Airport for a morning flight to Izmir. After arriving in Izmir Airport, you will be met by your tour guide and driven to Ephesus (a 45-minute drive). Your tour will begin with a visit to the Artemission Temple, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continuing to Ephesus, you will walk through history along the marble streets which are lined with wonderful public buildings. Among these buildings are the State Agora, Odeon, the Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, the Polio Fountain, and Curetes Street. You will also encounter the Grand Theater which was built in the 3rd century B.C., before being later expanded to a 24,000 spectator arena by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used, and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets. Following lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, located on the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here. Following this sacred place, you will drive back to to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Once having landed at Istanbul you will be met by your representative and transferred back to your point of origin.

From Izmir: Guided Tour of the Ancient City of Ephesus

6. From Izmir: Guided Tour of the Ancient City of Ephesus

Arrive on the outskirts of Bulbul Mountain at the gates of the ancient city of Ephesus. Discover the daily life of Ephesians and visit the most important pagan and Christian heritage sites. Enjoy an included lunch, and take some time to shop afterward before returning back to Izmir. Enjoy pick-up from your hotel and learn the important history and mythology on your one hour drive to Selcuk. Find yourself at the gates of the city, important for its place in the Hellenic world and Roman era. Imagine yourself an Ephesian, and see the most important attractions. Begin at the Governmental Agora, see the Road of Curates, and the Gate of Magnesia. Find the Gate of Hercules, the Traianus Fountain, the Temple of Hadrianus, and checkout how ancient bathrooms worked. Wonder at the Roman Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsius, and the Grand Theatre of Ephesus. Leave the city gates and take the option to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent her final days in peace and mourning. Marvel at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. View St. John Basilica, an architectural wonder of the Christian world. Light a candle for the Virgin Mary if you like, and experience lunch and shopping before the drive back to your hotel.

Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Skip The Line Shore Excursion

7. Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Skip The Line Shore Excursion

Meet with your professional guide at your hotel in Kusadasi. Drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and in the world and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey. During this privately guided tour, Ephesus city will come alive as you walk through 2,000 year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrians Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great Theater with a capacity of 24.000 spectators. Also visit the Terrace Houses which are located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. The Terrace Houses, also called “the houses of rich”, were for the important and wealthy people with beautiful frescoes and mosaics inside. After visiting Ephesus, continue on to the House of Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. Lastly, visit the Basilica of St. John. Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. At the end of the day you will return to your hotel  

From Kusadasi: Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour

8. From Kusadasi: Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour

Visit Ephesus Ancient city for 1 hour 45 minutes. Ephesus is one of the well preserved Greco- Roman ancient city's in the world, famous with Odeon where the music concerts were organized; Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples in the history dedicated for a human; Celcius Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient age; the amphitheater is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the world with 24.000 people capacity and where St. Paul preached; Roman Baths; Fountains; Temples ; Agora; Love House; Public Toilets; (Terrace Houses,optional ) Terrace Houses are optional and not recommended for disabled people because of the steps. Minimum required time for Terrace Houses is 30 minutes. House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage centers of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her time and died. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967 and ‘unofficially’ confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979. Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While there visiting, they gave some gifts for this shrine that you can see. The next stop after House of Virgin Mary will be Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of ancient age.

From Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Shore Excursion

9. From Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Shore Excursion

This full-day guided tour from Kusadasi takes you to explore what is unquestionably one of the greatest sites of antiquity. One of the main appeals of Kusadasi is its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle all once walked its streets. The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the marks of ancient chariot wheels. See the awe-inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus, the facade of which has been remarkably restored. You will also visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and many other remarkable ruins. The Church of the Virgin Mary lies just beyond Ephesus. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final days here. This church was erected on the foundation of that house, and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. The Temple of Artemis, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today there are only a series of columns and scattered ruins of this marvelous Hellenistic construction, though the grandeur of this colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon. Another possible site is the Terrace Houses, located on the hill, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called 'the houses of rich', important for the reason that they give us information about family life during the Roman period. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan in which roads were transected at right angles. There are six residential units on three terraces at the lower end of the slope of the Bulbul Mountain. The oldest building dates back to the 1st century BC and continued in use as a residence until the 7th century AD. The trip can also contain a visit to the Basilica of St.John: It is believed that the evangelist St. John spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was buried on the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after his death, a small chapel was constructed over the grave. The church of St John was changed into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD). St John, or the Apostle John, was the writer of the Fourth Gospel and the book of Revelation. The Ephesus Museum is different from many other museums. It is not designed according to chronological order, on the contrary, it has rooms with a theme. The rooms are called The House Findings Room, The Hall of The Fountain Relics, The Hall of The Funerary Relics, The Hall of Artemis, etc.

Ephesus: Customised Day Tour from Kusadası

10. Ephesus: Customised Day Tour from Kusadası

Ephesus Ancient City is one of the best well-kept Roman Cities in the world ; where the most of cruise guests visit; was the capital of Asia Minor; the most important commercial center of western Anatolia; one of the seven churches of Christianity in Asia Minor; the city where Saint Paul preached and was mentioned several times in New Testament. Terrace Houses also called as "the houses of rich", those houses were for the important and wealthy people of Ephesus, as only rich people could afford such houses. The best examples of mosaics, excellent frescos ( wall paintings ), one of the first examples of central heating system can be visibled in Terrace Houses.  The  Temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. The location of temple in only one place in the world where you can see 3 different religious ‘ worship places as Temple, Mosque and Church in the same angle. House of Virgin Mary.ıt  is the place where Blessed Mary may have spent her final days. It is estimated that Mary came in the area together with Saint John who spent several years in Ephesus to spread the Christianity. Here is still active for worship where was declared as a shrine for Christians.  Saint John Church (Expression from Temple of Artemis)It is believed that the Evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. The tomb of St John was under the central dome. The village of Sirince is referred in ancient sources as the Ephesus on the mountain suggests long established settlement. Although there seems to be no concrete indication of how it came onto the stage of history, the dominant theory is that a small group of people resettled on the mountain, following the fall of the city of Ephesus. The people might have preferred to move and settle in the mountains due to problems caused by the silting and the flooding of the river Meander.  The Ephesus Archaeological Museum displays excavations from the ancient city of Ephesus. You can see the best foundations from Ephesus. The collections contain, household items, colossal statues of the Ephesian Artemis, a collection of medical and cosmetic tools along with a wall of portraits of several famous Ephesian physicians, several monumental fountains, sculptures from Roman times, coins and of course a modal of Temple of Artemis.

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4.5 / 5

based on 223 reviews

Amazing value. Taylan was simply the best. He was waiting for us at least 30 minutes BEFORE our scheduled arrival, so we were able to start our tour early. We had a very nice private coach bus for just 4 people. Taylan literally turned around in his seat and faced us and shared his expertise the whole ride. He is extremely knowledgeable and had nearly perfect English. Very kind and good with our teenage daughters. He grew up in the area and seemed to be friends with all the locals (who were all very friendly). Very accommodating of lots of requests for extra time, photos, etc. Ephesus was awesome. Not as much to see at Virgin Mary’s house and Temple of Artemis, but both were still worth seeing. Just leave plenty of time for Ephesus. Carpet cooperative was also very interesting. We ended up buying 2 rugs. Maybe we were suckers, but it seemed like an honest establishment and was recommended by Taylan… we will post again in 10-12 weeks when the rugs ship and let you know! Highly recommend

The tour with Mustafa was an experience! We were picked up at the port on time. Mustafa made a VERY effort throughout the day to give us a deep insight into the history of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary and mythology. His knowledge and motivation were top notch. A visit to a typical Turkish restaurant away from the crowds rounded off our day. We can fully recommend the tour. If I could give 6 stars, he would get them from us.

This ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. We were very lucky in that we were off our cruise ship about 40 minutes earlier than expected. Our guide was also early. This allowed us to be a step ahead of the bigger tours. Also, we ended up being the only group, so essentially we had a private tour guide and bus. It was a wonderful experience as we got yo dictate what we did when.

Taking a private guide is the best because you get the most out of the destination. You also decide where to slow down, when you want to move on and if you want to stop for a coffee.

Really lovely tour guide and a really great trip! Thank you!