Explore the ancient city of Ephesus as you enter through the Magnesia Gate and walk past the Odeum, Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian and more. Host to a range of ancient civilizations, you will also see the House of the Virgin Mary.
What to Expect
Famous for its Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and for housing one of the 7 churches named in the Book of Revelation, Ephesus is an historic and sacred destination almost beyond compare.
On this 9-hour shore excursion from Izmir you will receive a private guided sightseeing tour by air-conditioned transport to and from Ephesus.
On arrival at Ephesus enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of the former Roman provincial capital. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library.
The showpiece of the archaeological remains, the library stands in remarkable ruins as a testament to the intellectual prowess of the Romans. At one time it may have contained as many as 15,000 scrolls in reading rooms where scholars met and studied.
You will also see ruins from the Ottoman Empire and early Christian period. You will visit the House of the Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.
You will visit the site of the Temple of Artemis and drive to Sirince Village, a famous traditional Turkish village. Formerly known as "Ugliness", possibly as some kind of deterrent, but later renamed "Charming" or "Pleasant", this beautiful Ottoman Village located up in the hills behind Selcuk is a real treat. Walk through the village to taste the local wines.
Visit old Greek Orthodox churches and glimpse a traditional way of life, before transferring back to Izmir for your evening cruise activities or departure.
- Private deluxe A/C VIP vehicle.
- Private professional driver.
- Private professional licensed English speaking tour guide.
- Personal COS agent
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
- Gasoline & car park fees.
- Service charges & local taxes.
Know Before You Go
• If more than 6 people want to take the tour, please ask for discounted group price