Duration: 8 Hours
Departure: Izmir Port or Hotel
Visiting: Ephesus – The house of Virgin Mary – Terrace Houses in Ephesus – Basilica of St. John
Highlights of the Full Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir
- Visit the Ephesus, the Terrace Houses, The house of Virgin Mary and the St. John Basilica
- Learn the Ephesus history and explore the ancient ruins
- See the spectacular Celsius Library and marvelous Grand Theatre
- Make a wish in the House of Virgin Mary
Find out what you can expect from Izmir Ephesus Tours here:
With Ephesus tours from Izmir port or yur hotel, you can plan your trip without worrying about transportation. Our private vehicle will take you up from Izmir port or your hotel for your 8-hour historical trip, and you will meet your professional Ephesus travel guide at Izmir Port or your hotel.
We will drive 1.5 hours from Izmir to Ephesus. Ephesus is a must-see for any visitor in Turkey and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most impressive outdoor museums.
We will explore a once-important port city that is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Ephesus, in one day. When visiting Ephesus, you will find it hard to believe that all these lands were once by the sea.
During this privately guided Full Day Ephesus Tour, you will see the 2,000 years-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrians Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Grand Theatre with 24.000 spectators.
Do you know that the Terrace Houses in Ephesus were rich people’s homes at the time?
We will also visit the Terrace Houses in Ephesus which are located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain in Selcuk, opposite the Hadrian Temple. The Terrace Houses, often known as “the houses of affluent,” were built specifically for influential and wealthy individuals. The inside of these homes included stunning paintings and mosaics.
You will get the chance to see these magnificent mosaics and paintings that have been preserved to the present day. You will get the chance to witness the wealthy lifestyle that was typical during that times as you visit the inside of the houses.
We will move on from Ephesus and make our way to the House of Virgin Mary. The Vatican has identified the modest home in the Solmissos Mountains as the location where the Virgin Mary is believed to have been laid to rest. When the remains of the home were were discovered, there was a little shrine there that was devoted to the Virgin Mary.
When you view the Virgin Mary’s everlasting home, which is the highlight of our full day Ephesus tour, you’ll wonder how they got to the top of the mountain and settled here at that time. Then you’ll witness amazing nature, bird noises, trees, the smallest of which is probably 100 years old, and you’ll be charmed by this spot.
Light a candle at the Virgin Mary’s House
When we get at the Virgin Mary’s house, you will line up to enter the small and modest church. Don’t forget to get candles for your prayers and wishes at the church’s entrance. Candles do not have a set price since the church wants them to be affordable to everybody. As a result, it is up to the person to decide how much to donate. In actuality, the money you pay for the candle is a contribution to the church to cover its expenditures.
As last we will visit the Basilica of St. John Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size.
At the end your Full Day Ephesus tour, you will be dropped off back to Izmir port or your hotel with your private vehicle.
Our Izmir Ephesus tours, like our other tours, include admission to ancient cities, museum fees, and the entrance cost to the Virgin Mary’s House.
Please contact us if you would like a private Ephesus tour. The ephesus tours reviews on our website demonstrate customers’ satisfaction in Ephesus, Kusadasi, and Izmir Tours unique for individuals and groups.
- Licensed professional guide in English or other preferred language for all sightseeing.
- Air-conditioned luxury vehicle with a professional driver
- Pick-up and drop-off service
- Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the above itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Gratuities to guide and driver
- Items of a personal nature
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included
- To bring a camera, a sunhat, and to prefer comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
Prices of the Full Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir
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