OverviewThis full-day excursion covers the most exciting sites of the region, including the House of Virgin Mary, where the Blessed Virgin is reputed to have spent the last years of her life, the Ancient City of Ephesus, the most important archaeological site in Turkey. You will also see the Artemis Temple and sabey Mosque, as well as enjoy some great shopping opportunities.
- Small group ensures personal service
- All entrance fees included
- Buffet lunch included
- Led by a local guide
Know More about this tourStart your tour with an early pick up from your hotel in Istanbul, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, your local tour operator will welcome you at the exit gate inside of the domestic terminal in the Izmir Airport where you will see your guide holding a sign with your name. Then your tour starts after meeting with the rest of your tour group. It's approximately an hour driving distance to Ephesus.
Visit the Virgin Mary House, a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos. Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that the virgin mother was brought there by St John and lived there until her assumption. Spend approximately 45 minutes there.
You will have about 2 hours in the ancient city of Ephesus. Built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital, it flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. Some of the main sites you will see are the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Basilica of St. John, which contains the tomb of John the Apostle.
Spend about an hour enjoying a typical local lunch, then head to the İsabey Mosque. one of the oldest architectural works left from the Anatolian beyliks, principalities that existed from the 11th to the 13th century.
Travel to the ruins of the Artemis Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was completely rebuilt three times before its eventual destruction in 401 AD. Your tour finishes around 4:00pm, then return to the airport or your hotel in Izmir (depending on option chosen).
Inclusions for Ephesus Trip From Istanbul
- Buffet lunch
- Professional guide
- Small-group tour
- Round-trip or one-way flight (depending on option chosen)
Exclusions for Ephesus Trip From Istanbul
- Gratuities (optional)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.