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From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Apasas Travel Turkey

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

Activity provider: Apasas Travel Turkey

From US$ 308.44 per person

Visit Ephesus and Şirince on this day trip that takes off from Istanbul. Visit historic sights and enjoy a wine tasting.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 14 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy round-trip transportation at a discounted price
  • Hear live commentary from your guide
  • Explore historic spots in Ephesus and Şirince
  • See one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Enjoy a local wine tasting in Şirince
Full description
Spend the day exploring the most memorable places in Ephesus and Şirince on this guided full-day tour from Istanbul, lunch included. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, see the Temple of Artemis, and taste local wine at a vineyard. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from Istanbul. Start your trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, meet your driver to head to Ephesus to start the tour. First, stop at the House of Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. The visit to the House of Virgin Mary takes about 45 minutes. After, take a 5-minute drive to Ephesus to continue the tour. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. The city is an important site for Christianity as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Walk along the city’s marble streets accompanied by a tour guide. See the Ephesus Odeon, Ephesus Prytaneion, State Agora, Memmius Monument, Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Temple of Hadrian, and Ephesus Latrines. Next, optionally visit The Private House (so-called “Terrace Houses” brothel). Afterward, carry on to the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, the great theater, and Arcadian Street (Harbor Road). Later, head to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get a chance to take memorable photos of the Church of St. John and İsa Bey Mosque. Before the end of the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, head to Şirince, an old village of Rûm (Byzantine Greeks) situated on the hills of Selçuk, 7 km from Ephesus. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production. Complete your experience with free time for a wine tasting. At the end of your trip, get transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, a driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.
Includes
  • Small-group tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • All airport transfers
  • Flight tickets (Istanbul-Izmir-Istanbul)
  • Local taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Terrace Houses entrance fee: ₺85 per person (optional)
  • Tips

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What to bring

  • Passport

Know before you go

  • If wishing to take part in the optional visit to the Terrace Houses, please inform your guide beforehand
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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If you don’t have a lot of time, this is a great way to squeeze in a trip to Ephesus. Our guide was very good, and communication and transportation was very good. Ephesus is beautiful and Sirince very charming. My only complaint about this tour are the two stops specifically to sell you rugs and leather goods. The significant time we spent at these places could have been spent on more free time at Ephesus, or adding in another historical site such as church of St. John.

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July 25, 2022

Pick up from my hotel in Istanbul was on time, and was greeted at Izmir airport then traveled by van to Selchuk. Pacing was OK, maybe this was because we were just 6 and with some senior citizens. Finished the tour early, about 3 pm, then was driven straight back to Izmir airport. Unfortunately the tour to Sirince didn't proceed, probably because I was the only one among the 6 who booked it.

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April 17, 2022

Not wanting to spend my whole evening explaining how great this tour was, I'll summarize. Full disclosure, this a very long day, and the tour guides will get the most out of it making it definitely feel very worth while. We took the plane from Istanbul to Izmir and was greeted by a driver and only one other traveller - making our group 3 for the day. After we picked up our amazing guide, Nizam, we went to everywhere that was listed in the description. However, we beat the crowds to every single place. So as we were leaving, the places filled up. On top of that, we had an extremely knowledgeable and fun local guide, who took us onto a lot of things that aren't in the description. We all had a fabulous day together, finished off with some wine tasting. As someone that never likes guided tours, I highly, highly recommend this.

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April 13, 2022

Product ID: 403092