This full day excursion takes you to the most important historic sites of the region: the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John.
What to Expect
This full day excursion visits the most exciting and historic sites of the region: the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John. You will visit the shrine thought to be the House of Virgin Mary. Tradition states that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 167,Pope Paul VI claimed the site authentic and each year a traditional service, celebrated by Orthodox and Muslim clergy, honors Mary’s Assumption into heaven.
Upon reaching the once powerful city of Ephesus, the guided walking tour will take you though one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the five terraces of the Apartment House, the Steam Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the impressive Library of Celsus. The library is adorned with columns and statues and is considered a some of the most magnificent ruins not only in the city, but also in the ancient world. The Grand Theater, where St. Paul preached, is the largest theater in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats. You return to your A/C Van through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession.
At the Ephesus Archeological Museum, you’ll be escorted through the many exhibits tracing the religious and chronological history of the ancient city. Filled with attractively displayed mosaics, statuary and other artifacts, the museum exhibits 2 marble statues of the Mother Goddess Artemis, goddess of nature, childbirth and the harvest. Overlooking Ephesus are the remain of St. John’s Basilica, a once great church built on a 2nd century tomb thought to hold the remains of St. John. While the church is now in ruins, there are many frescoes, mosaics, and graceful columns that attest to the glory that marked the place where t. John, the Evangelist, lived and died.
There will be time for browsing and shopping once back in town.
- A/C van
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Tips for guide and driver
- Personal expenses