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Itinerary

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.

Locations visited
The Basilica of Saint John
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ancient City of Ephesus
Overview

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.

Highlights
  • 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
  • Savory Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from Izmir
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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
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile
Ephesus, St Mary’s house and St John basilica tour

It was very informative and a ‘must’ tour! The transportation was very clean and on time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the places visited and history.

1  Thank Victoria F
Reviewed June 11, 2018
Only 3 off us

We were the first to join and expected he coach to be full however only one person joined us and we were off. It was a blessing as the guide Mesut ( I think that was his name ) had time to explain everything to...More

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed June 6, 2018
Just ruins

If you are interested in hustorical places and ruins that is not bad. It is far from izmir about an hour, moreover it is a big place which may be sunny and hot

1  Thank mohammad hossei... F
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August 12, 2018|
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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
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Victoria F
July 7, 2018|
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Response from mohammad hossei... F | Reviewed this property |
HI There. It is not necessary to take any tour, you can use train from Izmir to selcuk for about 14 Tl. in Selcuk city there is a bus station which is full of buses for any destinations like Ephsus, Sirince and return to... More
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