Tour to Ephesus Ancient City – Artemission Temple – The House of Virgin Mary – St. John Basilica / Approximately 7,5 hours
Your private guide will meet you at Izmir port with a sign written ” Your Name ” on it, anytime you want .We will drive around 60 mins. to reach Ephesus. We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached.
The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there. After House of Virgin Mary, drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.
We will stop at Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir port. The end of our services.
** Terrace Houses (Optional Visit) is located in the ancient city of Ephesus and can be added into itinerary with 10-US$ extra per person. It will extend tour duration around 30 mins. Ephesus has 1 mile ( 1.5 k.m.) walking distance and Terrace Houses has steps. Not recommended for people with physical disabilities.
** We guarantees that we will always get you back to your ship on-time
PLACES TO VISIT
Ephesus Ancient City (Included the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan; the Baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian, Ancient Toilets, Agora, Hercule Gate, Domitian Square, Library of Celsius, the Grand Theater)
Terrace Houses (optional)
Temple of Artemis
The House of Virgin Mary
Transportation with fully A/C private & non-smoking vehicle
English speaking tour guide
All parking lots
Meals and drinks
|For parties of 2||220 €|
|For parties of 3||260 €|
|For parties of 4||300 €|
|For parties of 5 to 6||340 €|
|For parties of 7 to 8||370 €|
|For parties of 9 to 10||390 €|
|For parties of 11 to14||410 €|