Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House, Artemis Temple Group Tour

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8 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Discover world famous UNESCO sites of Turkey
  • Walk the ancient roads of the Roman city, learn the history of early Christ
  • Discover the Artemis Temple, and the Isa Bey Mosque
Explore some of Turkey's world-famous UNESCO sites with a drive from the hotel of Kusadasi with views of the Byzantine forest in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis.
What to Expect
Start the tour from the hotel of Kusadasi, with a drive to the House of the Virgin Mary and scenic views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. A long and winding road affords wonderful views of the valley en route to the Shrine of St. Mary.

The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. Your tour continues to ancient “Ephesus”, where you will pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight such sights as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Ephesus Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty-five thousand and, although it was once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals. Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John.

The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki, between the years of 1374 and 1375. You will see hand-made carpet and rugs, and learn about the art of weaving, the village and leather company.  
What's Included
  • Skip-the-line admission fees for Ephesus Archeological Site, Virgin Mary's House
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch
  • Pick-up from and drop-off to Kusadasi or Selcuk hotels
  • Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • Parking fees
What's Not Included
  • Terraced Houses entrance fee
  • Tips to the guide & driver (Optional)
  • Beverage with meals

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