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Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

1. Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

Explore an historical gem of the eastern Mediterranean on a full-day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul, with round-trip flights, and walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. 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 chariot wheels. Your guide will show you 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 and be dazzled by its restored façade. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and other remarkable ruins. Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ. The church was erected on the foundation of the house where she spent her final days, as authenticated by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. End your day at the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 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 the colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon.

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Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Kusadasi

2. Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Kusadasi

The rock formations of Pamukkale (literally, "Cotton Castle") are a series of white terraces saturated with dissolved calcium bicarbonate, bubbling up from the feet of the mountains beyond. As the water flows over the edge of the plateau and cools, carbon dioxide is given off and calcium carbonate precipitates as hard chalk, or travertine. The spring emerges in the middle of the ancient resort city of Hierapolis (the ruins themselves are worthy of a stop as well). Sadly, the travertine that makes up the Pamukkale is gradually turning from white to yellow, and is even thought to be drying up. Thirsty hotels are blamed by the government, which has demolished many of them. This is good for the Pamukkale, but it makes finding a hotel increasingly difficult. Most stay in Pamukkale Koyu. The Hierapolis archaeological site lies west of Pamukkale Koyu. Its main features include a temple of Apollo and the adjacent Plutonium, a cavern emitting a deadly sulphur and carbon dioxide gas. East of here is a restored Roman ampitheatre, dating from the second century AD. Most of the stage buildings and their elaborate reliefs remain intact. An interesting part of the city is the colonnaded street, once extending almost 1km to a series of monumental portals. Today, only the most northerly, a triple arch flanked by towers and dedicated to the Emperor Domitian in 84 AD, still stands. Just south of the arch is the elaborate tomb of Flavius Zeuxis. This is only the first of more than a thousand tombs that constitute the full necropolis, the largest in Asia Minor.

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From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Pamukkale 2 Day Private Tour

3. From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Pamukkale 2 Day Private Tour

This 2-day tour will take you to 2 ancient cities and beautiful natural sites. Here's what you'll do across both days. First Day: Ephesus Meet your guide and drive to Ephesus, one of the most well-preserved Greco-Roman ancient cities in the world. You'll see the amphitheater, ancient temples, Roman baths, agora, and even an ancient library. The area also holds religious significance, serving as a pilgrimage center for Christians. After touring the ancient city, you'll enjoy a local lunch. Then, see local artisans at work on handmade carpets and rug art.  Second Day: Pamukkale Meet your guide and take a 3-hour drive (with a break) to the Pamukkale area. When you arrive, you'll enjoy a local lunch. Then, visit the ancient city and its white terraces to explore for a few hours. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders, with various mineral springs set along a vast white cliffside. Walk along the Hierapolis ancient city ruins, see the huge necropolis, and feel the warmth of the natural spring as you go barefoot on the Travertens. If you want, you can also swim in the ancient pool (not included). The pool is naturally heated from the hot springs and spotted with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. Possibly associated with the Temple of Apollo, the pool provides today's visitors a rare opportunity to swim with antiquities!

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Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

4. Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

Begin your day at the Kusadasi port, and enjoy a comfortable drive in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional guide and driver. Considered to be one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world, the ancient city of Ephesus is a must-see for all visitors to Turkey. Walk the city's ancient marble streets, and envision the Romans bustling through thousands of years ago. Visit the stunning Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the spectacular Fountains of Trajan an Polio. Then make your way to the vast Great Theatre, whose 24,000 seat capacity was impressive especially during those ancient times. Continue the tour with a drive Priene, an ancient Ionian city dramatically overlooking the fertile plains of the Meander Valley. Afterwards, make your way to the ancient city of Miletus and that of Didyma, the setting for one of the most colossal temples in the Hellenic World, venerating the God Apollo. End the day back at the Kusadasi port.

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Ephesus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Marmaris

5. Ephesus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Marmaris

Explore the legendary remains of Ephesus on this full-day sightseeing tour from Marmaris, including round-trip transfers from your hotel. Start your journey through history at the House of the Virgin. It is recorded that St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Christ, and that she spent her last days in the small house on Mount Bulbuldagi (Koressos). Now a popular pilgrim site for Christians and Muslims, the house has received the official sanction of the Vatican. Next, explore the striking ruins of Ephesus. One of the most breathtaking sites is the remains of the Odeon Theatre, a semi-circular structure with a capacity for up to 1,400 spectators. See the Pollio Fountain, decorated with stunning works of ancient Roman art and statues carved into marble slabs. Go to the Gate of Heracles and admire the reliefs of Heracles built into the gate tower, and the second level reliefs of Heracles wrapped in a Nemea lion skin. Along the way, you will stop at the Temple of Hadrian and Ephesus Library. Completed by the Romans in 117AD, the Library is perhaps the most awe-inspiring façade still standing, with columns, statues and windows towering above you.

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From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour by Bus

6. From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour by Bus

Enjoy a whirlwind tour of Ephesus and Pamukkale on a 2-day trip from Istanbul. Travel by overnight bus on a 10-hour journey and then spend 2 full days exploring the region. Visit the Temple of Artemis and the Virgin Mary's home. After a night in 3-star accommodations, wake up and travel to Hierapolis to see its necropolis and other ruins. Then visit the thermal springs of Pamukkale, before beginning your return trip to Istanbul. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Istanbul - Selcuk - Ephesus - Kusadasi (Meals: L) Upon your arrival in Ephesus, you will be met at the bus station and transferred to Selcuk for a tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the former site of the Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, then stop for lunch. After, stop at the house of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life, and then continue on to see Isa Bey Mosque. In the afternoon, you will be taken back to your accommodation in Kusadasi, where you will have free time. Day 2: Kusadasi - Hierapolis-Pamukkale - Istanbul (Meals: B, L) In the morning, travel to Hierapolis-Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop on the way at a 4-star hotel for lunch and swimming in thermal waters. See the ancient city of Hierapolis, formerly a home to baths and location of a well-preserved necropolis. Then spend time in Pamukkale, a center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Finally, return to your hotel to gather your belongings before heading on the overnight bus back to Istanbul.

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Ephesus: Private Guided Shore Excursion with Van

7. Ephesus: Private Guided Shore Excursion with Van

Get picked up from your port/hotel by your licensed private tour guide and start the tour with the highlights of Ephesus. Explore the stunning ruins of Ephesus on a full-day sightseeing tour. Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get a feeling of what life was like in Roman times. Walk along its remarkably well-preserved marble streets, flanked by columns, temples, and fountains. See fascinating ancient structures such as the Temple of Hadrian, the stunning facade of the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater. Your expert guide will provide you with information about the many remarkable sites you encounter throughout the day. The House of the Virgin Mary lies just beyond Ephesus. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought here by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived her final days in this house. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. The Vatican has since recognized the site as the final resting place of the Virgin. At the end of the tour, your tour guide will transfer you back to port/hotel.

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Ephesus: 4-Hour Guided Tour with Transfer from Kusadasi

8. Ephesus: 4-Hour Guided Tour with Transfer from Kusadasi

Meet your tour guide at Kusadasi port or your hotel, and begin your tour by visiting one of the main highlights in Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League, an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor near Izmir. As a port city, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through its history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina, Celsus Library, and the Gate of Mithridates and Mazues. See Commercial Agora and the Grand Theater, two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. The Grand Theater was built in the 3rd century B.C. and was later expanded to hold 24,000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. Visit the Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known less precisely as the Temple of Diana, a Greek temple dedicated to an ancient, local form of the goddess Artemis. After the tour, your guide will take you back to your Kusadasi town hotel or port.

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Ephesus: Private 5-Hour Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir

9. Ephesus: Private 5-Hour Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir

Explore the Greek and Roman ruins of Ephesus on this half-day sightseeing tour from Izmir or Kusadasi ports. As it is a private tour you can start at any time you like, depending on the arrival and departure time of your cruise ship. Transfer to Ephesus and wander among the stunning ruins with a local guide, and see sites such as the Odeon Theatre, which could seat up to 1,400 spectators in its heyday. Admire beautiful Roman statues and decorations carved into marble slabs at the Pollio Fountain. Other highlights include the Celcius Library, completed by the Romans in 117AD. Admire the building’s awe-inspiring façade of columns, statues, and intact windows. Finally, explore the Greek Temple of Artemis, to see one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Discover Ephesus: Private Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi

10. Discover Ephesus: Private Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi

Begin the day with a pick-up from your Kusadasi hotel or harbor and enjoy a comfortable ride to the ancient city of Ephesus. Once in Ephesus, embark on a full-day tour of this fascinating city, beginning at the upper gate, and slowly making your way down to the lower gate (approximately 2 kilometers), stopping to see the incredible ruins along the way. Pass by the incredible Library of Celsus, the red granite pillars of the Odeon theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Artemis, as well as the Temple of Domitian, one of the largest temples of the ancient city. Continue the tour to the ancient city's Theatre, believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world, the Tomb/Fountain of Pollio, erected in 97 A.D., as well as two of the city's agoras. End the incredible tour with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus. Discovered in the 19th century due to the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, the house has since become a site of many pilgrimages.

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What people are saying about Selcuk

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 87 reviews

It was a great day! Our tour guide, Fatima was super knowledgable, personable, and a joy to tour with. She took our group to a great authentic Turkish restaurant. We asked her to help us make arrangements to get back to airport the next day & without hesitation said sure! After the tour that day, it was more than a tour, we made a friend!

What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.

Really outstanding! Our guide was well prepared, clear, and very engaging. He was our best guide during our two week stay. He has deep historical knowledge and really wove together many centuries of history. We learned a lot and had fun. The driver was also professional and spoke English. Our van was super comfy, too

Everything went perfectly!!! Everything is clearly organized in time. They meet, see off. And the tour guide in Izmir, Irina, surpassed all expectations: knowledgeable, attentive, an amazing storyteller. Thanks a lot!!!

Everything was great! I got picked up and transferred from my residence to the airport with no problems. Everything went very smoothly! I would book again with this company!