Total Tour Duration: 13 Hours
We will pick you up from your Hotel or Istanbul airport. You will fly from Istanbul to Izmir (about 50 minutes).Our Guide will welcome you at Izmir airport. After a 40 minutes’ drive your spectacular day will begin. For a few hours you will feel like a Roman citizen living in the past in the ancient city of Ephesus. You will have an extensive tour of this ancient site where you will see Hadrian’s, Trajan’s and Domitian’s Temples, the huge Roman bath, Harbour Street, Marble Street, the Gates of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora, Latrina, the Scolastica Baths, Curetes Street, Polio Fountain, Memnius’ Monument, the Prytaneion, Odeon, the Satet Agora, the Celcus Library and the biggest amphitheater in Turkey.
Artemis was the main goddess of Ephesus and the Ephesians built the biggest ancient temple ever dedicated to her. You will visit the ruins of The Temple of Artemis (Artemision) which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Finally, after lunch we will drive to the mountain where the House of the Virgin Mary is located in a nature park between Ephesus and Selçuk. This is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. This peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. This House was later visited by Popes Paul VI and John Paul II, who confirmed its appropriateness as a place of pilgrimage. On November 29, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass here.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to Izmir airport for your Istanbul flight. You will be welcomed in Istanbul and transferred to your hotel.
• Flights from Istanbul to Izmir and Izmir to Istanbul
• Private English-speaking Guide (If you would prefer a Spanish, German, or French-speaking Guide, please ask at the time of booking)
• Private non-smoking, A/C car or minibus
• Airport Transfers
• Tips to guide and driver
The ruins of the Temple of Artemis , one of the Seven Wonders of the World
House of the Virgin Mary
Optional: Terrace Houses 10USD per person (The entrance fee to the main Ephesus site does not include entrance to the recently excavated Terrace Houses which will be an additional 10USD per person)
Please note: the Terrace Houses are not suitable for wheelchair-users and those who have difficulty in climbing stairs.
Level of Activity: 1.5km walk