Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

Duration: 15 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 15 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Rewind 2,000 years on this day trip to incredible Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary from Istanbul, including round-trip flights. Fly to Izmir and drive to the eastern Mediterranean’s finest preserved ancient city for an enthralling tour. Walk pavements once strutted by toga-clad Romans; admire the spectacular Great Theatre and Library of Celsus, and see shops, streets, temples and more. View the remnants of the Temple of Artemis and after a complimentary lunch, visit the stone-built house standing on the site many believe to be Mary’s last home. Numbers limited to 14 on this small-group tour.

Highlights

  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Leave your centrally located Istanbul hotel in an air-conditioned coach and drive to Istanbul airport. Board your 45-minute flight to Izmir and on arrival, hop on to another air-conditioned coach to Ephesus.
During your 1-hour journey, stop at St John’s Basilica, an ornate church at the top of Ayasuluk Hill. See its tomb of St John, who is believed to have written his gospel on the hill.
Continue to Ephesus, the eastern Mediterranean’s best-preserved classical city. An important hub of early Christianity and thriving Greco-Roman port, this spectacular place boasts streets, shops and temples that make it easy to imagine those who lived here 2,000 years ago.
Hear the history of the city as you explore with your guide. View the remains of the nearby, immense Temple of Artemis, once an Ancient Wonder of the World, and wander the streets that formed Ephesus’s heart. Marvel at the 25,000-seater Great Theatre, ogle the façade of the Library of Celsus, and see well-preserved shops and temples. On route, see captivating details such as the chariot wheel grooves and brothel signposts carved in the sidewalks.
Leave Ephesus and after lunch at a local restaurant, visit the nearby House of Virgin Mary, said to be the last home of the Virgin Mary. See inside the tiny house, whose foundations may date from Mary’s time in the 1st century AD, as your guide explains why it’s believed to sit where her last residence stood.
Then, return to your coach and Izmir airport. Fly back to Istanbul and enjoy a hotel drop-off at around 8:30pm.

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
Departure Point

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel


Departure Time

5:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:30pm

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

15 hours

If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

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Jacqueline T

this was truly a small group tour the guide was great and very informative. I could not have asked for anything better.

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Mariska M

It was an absolute privilege to walk in the same paths and alleys as were some of the political giants, gladiators and philosophers of the Roman empire had walked and to experience the Christian history of this ancient jewel.

What made our visit to Ephesus so special, was that our guide Ismail majored in history, archaeology and religion as part of his bachelors degree. It was amazing to discover some of the hidden gems in Ephesus and to imagine what the city must have looked like 2000 years ago :-

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Bernardo C

My partner and I recently late March 2017 visited Ephesus on a day trip. Our guide, Ismail was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain in detail the major highlights of Ephesus and made sure we avoided the crowds. He made sure we were checked in for our return flight. A great way to experience this part of Turkey and truly unforgettable. Thank you.

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Neels E

I thoroughly enjoyed the private tour to Ephesus July 8, 2016 and want to commend Gokce Tascilar and the drivers for their excellent services and hospitality. Will be remembered for a long, long time - for sure!.

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Nigel H

Excellent guide - Mr Top. Not at all crowded. Wonderful weather. Flight connections and airport and hotel pick ups perfect.

User's Picture Gallery

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Izmir

On the way to Ephsus

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Theater

You will read about this theater in the Book of Acts chapter 19

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Ephesus Library

The famous Library of Ephesus.

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The House of Virgin Mary - Kusadasi

The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres from Selçuk in Turkey.

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The facade of the Library in Ephesus

The restoration of this facade was 75% original material and 25% modern material that supported this Library.

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Ephesus

incredible place

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