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

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey

Virgin Mary's House

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

Ephesus

Duration: 2 hours

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
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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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Youcef S

Our tour guide Cigdem Dikentas Vidinel was very knowledgeable of the Greco-Roman history of Ephesus and was able to answer all our questions. She was patient, attentive and pleasant. It was a joy touring Ephesus, lunch and carpet co-operative with her.

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zouzoube

It is considered one of the great discovery of the Roman glory time coupled with the Virgin Mary hidding location after Jesus crucification. It is a must visit back in critical time in history

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nash

Highly recommended, will definitely recommend Ceyla as a tour guide, she is passionate, knowledgable and a great photographer as well.

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Charles A

What a pleasant surprise. I had expected to join a tour bus but instead it was just a small van. It was not like a tour at all but a group of friends. Ephesus! Wow what a place We all had a terrific time. Very personal service. Many thanks!

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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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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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