Ephesus from Istanbul Private Day Tour by Plane

Duration: 14 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 14 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Our tour starts with pick up from your in Istanbul at 07.00 a.m. Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport for 1 hour flight to Izmir airport. departing at 09.00 a.m.  Our guide will meet you at Izmir airport with your name sign and our private tour starts. Visit Artemission Temple, Ephesus,  After Lunch ( included ) Continue to visit The House of Virgin Mary  and St. John Basilica.  drive back to Izmir airport for our flight departing at 19.00 to Istanbul. On arrival our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer back to your hotel.

07.00 a.m. our representative will pick you up from your hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport. for 09.00 a.m.  morning flight  to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport at 10:10 a.m. Met by you tour guide and drive to Ephesus (45-minute drive) First visit the Artemission Temple where is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus. Visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city at the mouth of the Cayster (modern Küçükmenderes) River, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Known in antiquity for its sacred shrines, notably a famous temple (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) to the goddess Artemis, or Diana, the city was also an important center of early Christianity.

Already a great trading and religious center during the time of the Greeks, Ephesus grew in importance after the Romans assumed control, becoming a provincial capital with traders and Christian pilgrims coming from all parts of the known world. One of the major sites at Ephesus is the beautiful Celsus Library; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. The columns at the sides of the façade are shorter than those at the center, giving the illusion of the building being greater in size. Between 1973 and 1977, an earthquake proof reconstruction of the façade was completed. The Grand Theater is one of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Built in the 6th century B.C. it was later expanded in the 1st century A.D. by the Romans to hold a capacity of 24,000 people. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. Opposite is the Temple of Hadrian built in the 2nd century A.D. and renovated in the 4th century in the name of Emperor Hadrian.

After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets.

After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. This house is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here. Then visit The Basilica of St. John .

Drive to Izmir airport for our flight back to Istanbul Ataturk Airport at 18:30 or 19.00. after 1-hour flight arrival in Istanbul . Our representative will meet you at the airport and private transfer back to your hotel. The end of our services.

Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Lunch
  • Professional Licenced Tour guide
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private hotel transfers
  • Round-trip Istanbul - Izmir - Istanbul flights
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entrance Fees

Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul


Departure Time

7:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.


Return Details

Your Hotel in Istanbul

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Duration

14 hours

Package is not cancellable.

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