Total Tour Duration: 5 Hours
We will welcome you at the port of Kusadasi or Izmir. After 30 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 in 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.
Leaving Ephesus, 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. The 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.
Artemis was the main goddess of Ephesus and the Ephesians built the biggest ancient temple ever dedicated to her. A visit to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (Artemision), which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is our last stop of the day.
You will have lunch before returning to Kusadasi Port.
• 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
• Transfers from Kusadasi passenger terminal (Picking up visitors from Izmir Port will be an extra 10USD per person return trip)
• Entrance fees
• Tips to guide and driver
HIGHLIGHTS: Ancient Ephesus - House of the Virgin Mary - Temple of Artemis (ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the World)
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.
NOTE: This is a private tour program for minimum 2 people.
Level of Activity: 1.5km walk