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From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

4.7 / 5

98 reviews

Activity provider: Apasas Travel Turkey
Day trip

From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Activity provider: Apasas Travel Turkey

From US$ 97.65 per person

Discover House of the Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, and Sirince in a shared or private group tour from Izmir. Visit an old village and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel. Please be ready for pickup 15 minutes before the tour start time.
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary from Izmir
  • Explore the House of the Virgin Mary
  • Wander the historic city of Ephesus
  • See the the Trajan’s Fountain and the Agora and the Celsius Library, among other sites
  • Feast on a delicious lunch
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Start with a pickup from your hotel in Izmir. Then, the discovery of Ephesus begins with the House of the Virgin Mary and a 10-minute drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by a guide. 

See the Odeon, State Agora, the Pretension, the Memmius Monument, the Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and the Latrines. Choose to take an optional visit to the terrace houses for an additional cost. 

After the terrace houses, carry on with your exploration with the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadian (harbor road). Enjoy a nice lunch served in a quaint local restaurant.

Visit the Temple of Artemisa and take pictures of the church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey. Enjoy free time in the old village of Sirince to discover the traditional houses, the fruit-flavored wine production, and enjoy some wine tasting. 

End the day with a transfer back to Izmir airport or to your hotel in Izmir.

  • English Speaking guide
  • Entrances Fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel or cruise pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fee for the Terrace Houses (170₺ per person)

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4.7 /5

based on 98 reviews

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The tour guide makes or breaks the trip. We got lucky, Mehmet was superb. History, anecdotes, imagination, consideration. He offered all. Drive to and from funeral, second driver a bit aggressive in heavy traArtemis a sadffic was only negative. Not big on leather shop and pottery stops, but both were fine and expected. Temple of Artemis a bit underwhelming, only a single column remains.

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March 27, 2023

A really wonderful tour, where the first point to highlight was the fantastic guide Nizam, who all the time was very fun, informative, knowledgeable, polite and very attentive. Our first stop was to visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! Then we visited the house where the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, lived her last days, with the privilege of getting some holy water. Then we went to visit the main attraction of the fantastic ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. This amazing site is really huge and very much impressive from what has been excavated so far, taking us back to the time when it was inhabited and the magnitude of this historic marvel of civilization. To finish, we visit the picturesque town of Şirince, which included a local wine tasting.

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January 23, 2023

The entire tour was a lot of fun. We learned quite a bit about Turkey and it’s people, and got to see some amazing sites. We understand we were here during the off season and the lack of crowds was a fabulous bonus, allowing us to walk and look at our own pace.

January 21, 2023

Product ID: 403177