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From Izmir: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

1. From Izmir: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

Meet your guide in your hotel reception or pre–arranged meeting point and receive a brief introduction from your tour guide about the attractions in the Ephesus Region. Together with your guide, decide the places you would like to see such as museums, local markets, and local restaurants, and then start your full-day tour. Discover the places in Ephesus that interest you the most and learn about these spots from your own private guide (attraction admission fees not included). Take the tour at your own pace, stopping as frequently and for as long as you like without the hassle of waiting for other people. The tour is designed as a full day by private van. At the end of the tour, you will return to your original departure point.

From Kusadasi or Izmir: Ephesus Private Tour

2. From Kusadasi or Izmir: Ephesus Private Tour

Explore the stunning ruins of Ephesus on this full-day sightseeing tour from Izmir or Kusadasi, also available as a half-day option from Kusadasi for those short of time. As it is a private tour you can start at any time you like. You will also visit the small House of the Virgin Mary, where it is thought she spent her final days after St. John brought her to Ephesus following the death of Jesus. Located on Mount Bulbuldagi (Koressos), it’s a popular pilgrim site for Christians and Muslims and boasts a captivating, spiritual atmosphere. Once inside the grounds of Ephesus, wander among the ruins with your guide to see sites such as the Odeon Theatre, which could seat up to 1,400 spectators in its day. Admire the beautiful Roman statues and decorations carved into marble slabs at the Pollio Fountain. Other highlights include the Celcius Library, completed by the Romans in 117AD. The building has the most awe-inspiring façade, with columns, statues, and intact windows. Finally, explore the Greek Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and go to the Basilica of St John (Kusadasi departures only), constructed by Justinian I over the burial site of the Apostle John.

From Izmir: Guided Tour of the Ancient City of Ephesus

3. From Izmir: Guided Tour of the Ancient City of Ephesus

Arrive on the outskirts of Bulbul Mountain at the gates of the ancient city of Ephesus. Discover the daily life of Ephesians and visit the most important pagan and Christian heritage sites. Enjoy an included lunch, and take some time to shop afterward before returning back to Izmir. Enjoy pick-up from your hotel and learn the important history and mythology on your one hour drive to Selcuk. Find yourself at the gates of the city, important for its place in the Hellenic world and Roman era. Imagine yourself an Ephesian, and see the most important attractions. Begin at the Governmental Agora, see the Road of Curates, and the Gate of Magnesia. Find the Gate of Hercules, the Traianus Fountain, the Temple of Hadrianus, and checkout how ancient bathrooms worked. Wonder at the Roman Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsius, and the Grand Theatre of Ephesus. Leave the city gates and take the option to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent her final days in peace and mourning. Marvel at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. View St. John Basilica, an architectural wonder of the Christian world. Light a candle for the Virgin Mary if you like, and experience lunch and shopping before the drive back to your hotel.

Private Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour: Full-Day from Izmir

4. Private Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour: Full-Day from Izmir

Join us on our full-day tour to Pamukkale, which in English means “cotton castle”. You’ll understand why it’s called this when you see the site! This unique site should be on everyone’s “must see” list when visiting Turkey. The thermal spa of Hierapolis dates from dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, and is registered as a cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO. Your guide will show you the ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments at the site. You’ll see the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis and have time to relax in the warm spring waters. Calcite-laden waters cascade from springs in a cliff towering nearly 200 meters over the plain, creating a surreal landscape of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. The terraces were formed by the warm cascading waters that contain calcium bicarbonate. As the water loses its carbon dioxide it leaves limestone deposits. During your visit to the open-air museum of Hierapolis you’ll see the massive ancient graveyard that contains over 1200 sarcophagi, many of which are the size of a small house. Other ruins that you’ll visit on this tour include the Great Theatre, the tomb of St. Philip, the Roman Baths and the Temple of Apollo.

Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

5. Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

Begin your day at the Kusadasi port, and enjoy a comfortable drive in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional guide and driver. Considered to be one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world, the ancient city of Ephesus is a must-see for all visitors to Turkey. Walk the city's ancient marble streets, and envision the Romans bustling through thousands of years ago. Visit the stunning Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the spectacular Fountains of Trajan an Polio. Then make your way to the vast Great Theatre, whose 24,000 seat capacity was impressive especially during those ancient times. Continue the tour with a drive Priene, an ancient Ionian city dramatically overlooking the fertile plains of the Meander Valley. Afterwards, make your way to the ancient city of Miletus and that of Didyma, the setting for one of the most colossal temples in the Hellenic World, venerating the God Apollo. End the day back at the Kusadasi port.

Ephesus and Sirince Tour from Izmir / Kusadasi

6. Ephesus and Sirince Tour from Izmir / Kusadasi

Combine a guided tour of the extraordinary ruins of Ephesus with time in the small village of Sirince on this half-day tour, with round-trip transfers from Izmir or Kusadasi. The gem of the eastern Mediterranean is located about a 1-hour drive from the coast, and on arrival you will journey back in time to the days of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Your guide will tell stories of the ruins as you explore the Trajan Fountain, where all that remains of a statue of an emperor is a single foot. Visit the Temples of Domition and Hadrian, the latter boasting beautiful friezes and a head of Medusa. Walk down the central Marble Street to the stunning Celcus Library, once capable of holding up to 12,000 scrolls. Other highlights include the Scolastica Baths, and the steeply pitched Great Theatre, with a capacity for up to 24,000 spectators. Then, drive up into the mountains to the pretty Orthodox village of Sirince. Its name translates as “pretty” and it lives up to expectations. Wander the narrow streets, where local women sell their handicrafts and oils. Stop for a quiet drink in one of the small cafés, and sample the area’s famous sweet wine.

Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir

7. Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir

Meet with your professional guide at the port in İzmir. Drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and in the world - and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey. During this privately guided tour, Ephesus city will come alive as you walk through 2,000 year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators. Then it’s up into the mountains to the lovely little Turkish-Orthodox village of Sirince. Up here, far from the madding crowd, you can wander the narrow streets, where the women sell their handcrafts and oils. You can take a quiet drink in one of the small café’s and sample the local sweet fruity wine. At the end of your day you will return to İzmir port.

From Izmir: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip

8. From Izmir: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip

Depart from Izmir for a site and history-filled day in Ephesus with a private guide and vehicle. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and the Ephesus ruins. Get a real feel for this unique area and its history. Get picked up at the Izmir Harbor, Izmir airport, or your hotel in Izmir and head off to Ephesus on an approximately 1 hour and 20-minute drive. En route, hear about the locations you'll visit. Arrive at the House Of Virgin Mary and tour the fascinating and spiritual location. Head on to the next destination which will be the Ancient City of Ephesus. Take a walking tour through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the world. Marvel at the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, Scholastica Baths, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course the very impressive library of Ephesus. Return to the van through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, take an hour for lunch. Continue to the next stop, the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built in honor of the Greek Goddess and deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will describe the significance of this massive structure, which was the largest marble temple in the Ancient Greek world and of which today little remains. After your full-day private tour of Ephesus, relax on a comfortable drive back to your preferred drop-off location in Izmir.

Ephesus Bible Study Tour from Kusadasi or İzmir

9. Ephesus Bible Study Tour from Kusadasi or İzmir

Arrive in Kusadasi meet your professional guide at Kusadasi port or hotel. Drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Discover some of the Biblical sites of Ephesus where it is believed that the gospel of John was written. Be guided through the beautiful landscape learning about the religious history of the area along the way.The first place you will visit will be House of the Virgin Mary, the sacred place where it is believed she spent her last days before she died. Continue to Ephesus city where you will see the Church of Mary and the Grand Theater where St. Paul used to preach, spreading Christianity. The next sight will be Seven Sleepers cave. The legend of the cave tells of seven young Christians who hid in this cave when Christianity was forbidden. They fell asleep, awaking 100 years later to discover Christianity flourishing.After a break for a delicious lunch you will continue to the Basilica of St John, who wrote the book of Revelation. This is located over his burial place. At the end of the day you will return to Kusadasi Port or hotel. 

From Izmir: Private Ephesus Day Trip and Shore Excursion

10. From Izmir: Private Ephesus Day Trip and Shore Excursion

After a one hour drive, arrive in Ephesus, which was the Roman capital of Asia Minor, and home to over a quarter of a million people —from slave traders to saints— at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD. 150 years of excavations at Ephesus have revealed the most complete Greco-Roman classical city on Earth. There are terraced Houses, containing handsome frescoes from the 2nd century CE, which extend up the hill. They once housed the wealthier and more prominent families of the city, who lavished the interiors with superbly preserved frescoes and mosaics. The decor and furnishings of the houses have provided some interesting informations about the life style of the Ephesian elite during the Roman and early Byzantine periods. Inevitably, the houses have been compared with similar buildings found in the parts of the Roman Empire, particularly with the 1C villas of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The consensus is that the Ephesians houses are in no way inferior to these. The next stop will be the Ephesus Archeology Museum. A large part of the museum’s excavations at Ephesus, St. Jean Church, Artemision, and Belevi Grave Memorial  consists of works brought from other nearby ruins. The House of Mother Mary is where Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting days here in accordance to the Predominant Christian belief. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John’s care (John 19:26-27). Discover the Temple of Artemis (Diana), an outstanding temple built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Hear about its significance and the tension between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries from your private guide.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 19 reviews

We went with this guide last week and it was great. Our guide Ali was very informative and had a lot of knowledge about the city of ephesus and everything we saw. We saw a lot and you should do Ephesos if you are in Kusadasi. Of course you can do it on your own but it is much more informative and interesting. It was just the two of us and Ali so it was all to our liking. Perfect day. If we had had more time we would have done more with him, but unfortunately the laytime didn't allow for more. Too bad. But if you are there you should make a trip to Ephesus. The Turkish lunch, which was freshly prepared, was really delicious and the whole day was a great success. 100 points from us. And many thanks to Ali for this great day

This was our first time in Turkey. We came on a Princess cruise and booked this tour in advance. This tour and our guide Nafia was amazing. Nafia met us right outside of the cruise terminal when we got outside. She is a local and extremely passionate about Turkey. She took us to see everything we wanted and more. Nafia went above and beyond, she has amazing knowledge about the history of each and every place we went to see. We highly recommend Nafia and this tour. We will definitely come back to Kusadaski again because of her and the amazingly warm friendly people of Turkey.

very positive experience, our guide Elgin to our surprise in addition to English also knew Italian, he put us at ease and in addition to illustrating the history of Ephesus was the companion of pleasant chats with an exchange of curiosities outside the tour, which it was comfortable even when traveling even if we were only 2 ... wonderful day !!!

Great, Halil our guide, educated, professional, with a lot of knowledge. The visit to the Casa Meyerana (The Virgin Mary) and to Ephesus was a joy. Highly recommended, if someone needs a guide, ask me for their contact. arteathena@hotmail.com Get your guide splendid, it has not failed me even once

This was the ideal way to your Ephesus with a knowledgeable, professional and attentive guide. It was a great opportunity to develop an understanding of the history of the region and it's people as well as seeing the wonderful UNESCO heritage site. It was certainly the highlight of the holiday