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Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

1. Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

Founded by the Greeks and conquered by the Romans, Ephesus was once a city of proverbial wealth. It was a bustling port which over time developed into an important center for Christianity. On this self-guided tour, benefit from skip-the-line entry then explore using your smartphone to travel back in time to the city’s former life. The tour is the perfect way to experience the site in a fun and insightful way, and gain valuable insight into one of the most popular places in Turkey. The first stop of the day is to the State Agora, which was once the political heart of the city boasting a lavish square. Continue on to Bouleuterion, and discover the meeting point of the city council which perhaps was also a space for artistic performances. As you stroll around the colonnades, stoas, and other buildings, listen to fascinating stories about what life was like here for locals. Arrive at the Temple of Domitian and find out the rather unusual architectural layout of the U-shaped altar. Next, wander down the Curetes which connected the political and commercial hearts of Ephesus. Uncover the legend of the emperor’s fountain, then explore the large complex of baths at the Scolastica including the lavish marble latrines. Head to the grave of the Egyptian princess Arsinoe, then marvel at the mesmerizing Celsus Library, which is probably the most famous landmark of Ephesus. From here the road leads you to the gate of Mazeus and Mithridates, and onto at the Grand Theatre where performances and gladiatorial games took place. Last but not least, walk through the crossroads of the Arcadiane and follow a small path that leads you to the spectacular ruins of the enormous Church of Mary.

From Istanbul: Day Trip to Ephesus with Flight and Lunch

2. From Istanbul: Day Trip to Ephesus with Flight and Lunch

See the highlights of Ancient Ephesus including the popular pilgrimage sites such as the Temple of Artemis and the House of the Virgin Mary. Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and arrive at the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Izmir. Meet your local driver and enjoy the ride to Selcuk, where you will join other group participants and begin your tour. Start off with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site known as the house where Mary spent her final days. Contınue on to explore Ancient Ephesus, one of the best preserved classical cities in the Eastern Mediterranean and once considered the most important trading center in the region. Marvel at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk along the streets of Ephesus and admire beautiful monuments such as the third largest library of the ancient world and the largest Roman theater on the Asian continent. Drive back to Izmir for your return flight to Istanbul where your driver will greet you and take you back to your hotel.

Ephesus: Small-Group Shore Excursion with Terrace Houses

3. Ephesus: Small-Group Shore Excursion with Terrace Houses

Visit Ephesus and its attractions on a small-group excursion. See the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, and Artemission Temple with entrance fees covered and a licensed tour guide. Meet your tour guide at Kusadasi Cruise Port at the pre-arranged time and begin your 20-minute drive to Ephesus. Once there, begin touring the city, which is one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League. As a port city, this was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them discover the Baths of Scholastica and the Library of Celsus. Encounter the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater, which are 2 of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Visit the Terrace Houses, located on the skirt of Pion Mountain. See the 6 residential units which were built on 3 man-made terraces. These houses are decorated with wall frescoes and floor mosaics, settled by the wealthy citizens of Ephesus. See the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus, and learn about its connection to when Mary came to Ephesus in 431 A.D. and why this area became a place of pilgrimage in 1892. Stop at the Artemission Temple, where one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world used to be. This will be the final stop on your tour before your return drive to your point of origin.

Ephesus: Small Group Tour with House of the Virgin Mary

4. Ephesus: Small Group Tour with House of the Virgin Mary

Ephesus is the second biggest open-air museum in the world after Pompeii. Explore the public parts of its grounds accompanied by a licensed guide in a small group. Enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk or from the cruise ship port. Your driver will take you to several important sights of the area while your guide will help you immerse yourself in Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The tour includes lunch and you can opt for a carpet or leather-making demonstration. Apart from the city of ancient Ephesus, also explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Artemis Temple, as well as the temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater, which was once the center point of entertainment for up to 24,000 people. You will also get to see the House where Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last years in life. The tour ends at approximately 4:00 PM, at which point you'll be taken back to your hotel or cruise ship.

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

5. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

Visit the ruins of Ephesus and the pools of Pamukkale on this 2-day tour from Istanbul. Fly from Istanbul and stay overnight in Kusadasi as you travel to Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Day 1 Begin your travels with a pickup from your hotel in Istanbul. Your driver will take you to the airport so you can board your 1.5-hour flight to Izmir. At your arrival, you wıll be greeted by your driver and safely taken to Selcuk to meet with your group participants and start your full-day tour. During the course of your day break for lunch. Head to the House of Virgin Mary, a church built on the top of the foundations of a structure thought to be the house where the Assumption happened and Mary spent her last days. Continue on to Ephesus, an archeological treasure and well-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, and walk along ancient streets before you concluding your day with a drive to your hotel for a 1-night stay. Day 2 Enjoy your hotel breakfast and check out in the morning to start your full-day tour. Go to Pamukkale, also know as the Pools of Heaven on Earth. See why Pamukkale was a popular settlement and be mesmerized by its hot springs. Head to the ancient city of Hierapolis, home to the biggest necropolis in Anatolia, and see the Sacred Pool, a stunning site of thermal waters rippling over scattered ancient ruins. After your day tour, you will be driven to Cardak Airport for your return flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival ın Istanbul you will be greeted by your driver and transferred safely back to your hotel.

Ephesus: Half-Day Tour from Kusadasi or İIzmir

6. Ephesus: Half-Day Tour from Kusadasi or İIzmir

Begin your half-day tour at your residence in either Kusadasi or Izmir, and enjoy a comfortable drive in air-conditioned luxury vehicle to the ancient city of Ephesus. Considered to be one of the most spectacular open-air museums in Turkey, Ephesus is a must-see on any visit to Turkey. Walk through its ancient marble streets and admire the stunning facade of the Library of Celsus. Walk past the Temple of Hadrian and the Temple of Artemis, as well as the Vedius and Scholastic Baths, and the Fountains of Trajan and Polio. Admire the staggering size of the Great Theatre, whose capacity exceeds 24,000 spectators, and then begin to make your way back to Kusadasi or Izmir to end the tour.

Ephesus: The House of Virgin Mary and Grand Theater Tours

7. Ephesus: The House of Virgin Mary and Grand Theater Tours

Combine a guided tour of the extraordinary ruins of Ephesus with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, with round-trip transfers from Izmir or Kusadasi. Ephesus 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. Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on the Solimissos Mountains, and sense the serenity of a sacred place that is believed to be the last residence of the mother of Jesus, and is a site of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims. Visit the small shrine dedicated to St. Mary, found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.

Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

8. Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

Visit Ephesus Ancient city for 1 hour 45 minutes. Ephesus is one of the well preserved Greco- Roman ancient city's in the world, famous with Odeon where the music concerts were organized; Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples in the history dedicated for a human; Celcius Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient age; the amphitheater is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the world with 24.000 people capacity and where St. Paul preached; Roman Baths; Fountains; Temples ; Agora; Love House; Public Toilets; (Terrace Houses,optional ) Terrace Houses are optional and not recommended for disabled people because of the steps. Minimum required time for Terrace Houses is 30 minutes. House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage centers of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her time and died. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967 and ‘unofficially’ confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979. Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While there visiting, they gave some gifts for this shrine that you can see. The next stop after House of Virgin Mary will be Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of ancient age. Drive up to the Turkish Orthodox village of Sirince located on top of a mountain. The village, is a synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture. Visit a mosque and an Orthodox church. Along the narrow streets are women selling handcrafted goods and olive oil. Taste the fruity wine in a small cafe.

Kusadasi: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

9. Kusadasi: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your accommodation between 8:30AM and 9:00AM in the morning. From there your first stop will be to the House of Virgin Mary, which is speculated to be the place where Mary spent her final days. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and has since become a popular place of pilgrimage. Your tour will then proceed to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. It is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven Churches of Revelation. Over the space of two hours you will explore the city by walking on the marble streets accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide. Throughout your tour you will see Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and Latriens. Following the Terrace Houses you will carry on with some exploration of the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theather, and Arcadiane. Following lunch you will carry on with a visit to the Temple of Artemis; which is one of the "Seven Wonders of Antiquity". Finally, you will visit Sirince, which is an old village situated on the hills of Selcuk 7 kilometers from Ephesus. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production, and you will have a free time there for some wine tasting if you wish. Your tour will later conclude at around 4:30PM, at which point you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Terrace Houses Visit

10. Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Terrace Houses Visit

Enjoy a relaxing drive to the stunning ancient city of Ephesus, considered to be one of the most spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and the entire world, and a sight not to be missed on any visit to Turkey. Embark on a tour of the archeological site, and stroll down the ancient 2,000 year-old marble streets to admire the fantastic ruins of the Library of Celsus, the stately Temple of Hadrian, and the beautiful decay of the Fountains of Trajan and Polio. Visit the famed Temple of Domitian, and hear the fascinating story of its fallen emperor, and then continue to the ancient social gathering place of The Baths of Scholastica. End your tour of Ephesus with a visit to the spectacular Ephesus Odeion Theater, whose capacity of 24,000 spectators keeps it as one of the largest amphitheatres of the ancient world. End the tour with a visit to the stunning and luxurious terrace houses on the slopes of the Bulbul Mountain, formerly the homes of the Ephesus' wealthy, filled with stunning frescoes and mosaics.

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Communication was excellent in regards to pick up and drop off as well as during the tour. Our guide provided best explanation of the history and culture on the tour. We had small children with us on the tour and did not feel rushed any time during the tour.

Fantastic tour guides. We were picked up right from the cruise ship on were transported on a very nice minibus with cold AC. Our guide was local to Ephesus and was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history. Couldn't recommend this tour more.

We had a wonderful experience touring Ephesus, the Terrace Houses, and the house of the Virgin Mary. Our guide, Inan, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his heritage and the history of Kusadasi and Turkey. I would highly recommend this tour!

Excellent guide and driver. His explanations were very clear and specific to make that experience something to remember forever. The house of the Virgin Mary is very moving.

Hassan was informative and an overall great tour guide. Many interesting facts were given to us throughout the tour. So glad we enjoyed it after booking it last minute !