Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkish Aegean Coast, Izmir
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  • 8 hours
  • Izmir
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Izmir.

Highlights

  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included

On your way to Ephesus, you will stop at St Johns Basilica atop Ayasuluk Hill built in honor of the Saint who wrote his gospel on this very hill. See the 4th-century tomb where his remains are said to be housed.
The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus and many temples.
After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • 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
  • 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
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Departure Point

Centrally located Izmir hotels


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm

Voucher info

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

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Christine

Fantastic tour! We were picked up at a central hotel on time and we boarded on a spacious coach, which made the travel very comfortable. There were only 5 of us, which made the tour a bit more private. The guide Zeynep was extremely friendly and has a stock full of knowledge about the culture and history of Turkey. She is very accommodating too. Although we were following a schedule, we did not feel rushed and we were given enough time to explore the sites by ourselves and plenty of opportunity to take photos. During mid-day, we went to this very quaint and quiet small restaurant. There were only 7 of us in the whole restaurant including the driver and guide, which made the dining experience more private. The lunch itself was an absolute delight! We were treated with different kinds of Turkish dishes, in which everything was so delicious, the servings were more than enough to fill our empty stomachs. Overall, this was an amazing experience from a first time visitor, exceptionally friendly and warm people and great food! I could greatly recommend this tour!

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Patrick S

Historians, tourists and the pious will live this tour to walk in the steps of the ancients.

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Dennis K

absolutely spectacular

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Audra D

We really enjoyed our tour. The guide was amazing, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a fabulous and fascinating day.

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Susan G

We appreciated our guide Ismail's knowledge of Ephesus and the surrounding sites. The visit to a rug weaver and show room was especially
interesting. We enjoyed our day and the door to door service. We recommend this tour highly.

User's Picture Gallery

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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Ephesus. The Library.

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St Jean

Historical site

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Temple of Artemis

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Turkish carpets

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Turkish carpets

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Agora, Agora

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Amphitheatre

View of the amphitheatre

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Ephesus

Pathway to the library

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Library of Celcius

This is what I came to see, it was everything I could have imagined.

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Library on a clear day

This is the Library façade and as you can see lots of people about on a lovely clear day

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Ephesus amfi theatre

End of Ephesus, old road to old harbour

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Pergamon

Just to wet your appetite.

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The modern-day inhabitants of Epehsus know how to pose for a charming picutre.

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Ephesus

The library

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Ephesus

Directions to the brothel

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Ephesus

Library

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House of Virgin Mary

Inside the house

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Ephesus

Amphitheatre.

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Ephesus

High Street

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St Jean

Overlooking Selcup

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The House of Mary

Behind me is the House of Mary at the top of a hill in Ephesus

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Healing Waters

My traveling companion is drinking from the spring waters thought to have healing powers

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The Celsus Library

Behind us is the Celsus Library at Ephesus

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