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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary air-conditioned bus tour
  • Explore the Turkish countryside with stops at multiple ancient sites
  • Commentary on the history of Ephesus
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
From US$85.00

Ephesus was once a bustling metropolis, four times the size of the Parthenon and one of the largest seaports of the ancient world. The archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now one of Turkey’s top attractions. Get an in-depth look at the mesmerizing ruins on this comprehensive tour, which also includes a stop at the nearby House of the Virgin Mary.

What to Expect

After a convenient pickup from your Izmir hotel, enjoy the scenic journey to Ephesus in an air-conditioned coach. Briefly stop at Ayasuluk Hill, currently the excavation site of an impressive fortress, and the fourth-century St. John’s Basilica, believed to be the final resting place of John the Apostle.

Move on to the UNESCO-listed archaeological park, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. At Ephesus, listen to your guide’s commentary on the city’s role in Christian texts, such as the Book of Revelation, and the influence of Christianity on the vibrant port. Tour the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the massive, intact Great Theatre.

After an authentic Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular pilgrimage site authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Learn about Mary’s final days before returning to your Izmir hotel.

Reviews (164)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
More than I expected

For the price, including transportation to/from Izmir, this was a value! The tour was as described in terms of sites, but the sites were more than I had expected. Additionally, our guide, Erman, was very factual & comprehensive in his knowledge of the sites and...More

Thank Marian N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
This is the reason for coming to Izmir

A visit to the ruins of Ephesus is like a visit to ancient Rome. It was a vast, elaborate, and wealthy city, with every luxury that a Roman citizen could want. The basic tour includes most of the central area of the city, Temples, baths,...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The house of Saint Mary is worth the visit. It has very nice energy. Ephesus is grandiose and very interesting. I recommend this trip.

Thank BeirutSou
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile
A Must Visit Site

Our visit to Ephesus was absolutely fantastic! Although we were there at the hottest part of the day, the heat didn't deter us from looking through every nook and cranny. If visiting on a sunny day, it is advisable to bring an umbrella to avoid...More

Thank Nina L
Reviewed July 24, 2018
Fantastic in April

If you enter the lower gate early in the morning, you'll have the time of yyour life! do not miss the archeologic arrea (extra payed), it is more than worth the money!

1  Thank Jindrichpavlis
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Response from mohammad hossei... F | Reviewed this property |
I think you need no tour for Ephsus. You can easily take a train from Izmir to Selcuk city. in Selcuk you there is a bus station in which you can find Dolmush(small bus) for Ephsus. Returning is easy and is just the same... More