Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Izmir

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkish Aegean Coast, Izmir
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  • 11 hours
  • Izmir
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Today you will be marveled by the amazing sites and ruins in and around the Selcuk area, an area which is so rich in history and important artifacts. This day tour from Izmir will take you into Selcuk to visit the sites of Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, Isabey Mosque and House of the Virgin Mary. Your professional local guide will take you through each site giving you a thorough run down of the history whilst you admire the amazing ruins right in front of you. The day will end with your return transfer back to Izmir.

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

The House of the Virgin Mary (or Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

Of Turkey's hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins, Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved. Indeed, it's the best place on the Mediterranean to get a feel for what life was like in ancient times. Ancient Ephesus was a great trading city and a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Odeion, Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk Turkey

Odeon. The Odeion of Ancient Ephesus is a small, semi-circular theater originally constructed in the 2nd century A.D and financed by PubliusVedius Antonius and his wife FlaviaPaiana. The building would have served as a space for political meetings, social events, concerts, and theatrical performances.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bibliotheque de Celsus, Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk Turkey

This magnificent library dating from the early 2nd century AD, the best-known monument in Ephesus, has been extensively restored. Originally built as part of a complex, the library looks bigger than it actually is: the convex facade base heightens the central elements, while the middle columns and capitals are larger than those at the ends. Facade niches hold replica statues of the Four Virtues. From left to right, they are Sophia (Wisdom), Arete (Goodness), Ennoia (Thought) and Episteme (Knowledge).

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Hadrian, Curetes St., Selcuk Turkey

This temple dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian is considered one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. It was constructed in the beginning of the 2nd century AD by P. Quintilius to celebrate Hadrian visiting the city from Athens.


Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, Selcuk Turkey

The great theater of Ephesus is a splendidly preserved and very impressive building. This structure, built of marble, has a width of 145 meters, and its audience once reached up to 30 meters. In its heyday, it could accommodate up to 24,000 spectators. The construction of the theater began in Hellenistic times.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Isa Bey Mosque, Selcuk Turkey

Isabey mosque was built in a post-Seljuk/pre-Ottoman transitional style, when Selcuk was capital of the Aydin Emirate. An inscription in Arabic above the main entrance states that it was built in 1375.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey

Temple of Artemis (or Artemision), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In an empty field to the west of the centre, this lone reconstructed pillar is all that remains of the massive Temple of Artemis (or Artemision) At its zenith, the temple counted 127 columns.

Duration: 15 minutes

Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - The Odeion
  • Entry/Admission - Bibliotheque de Celsus
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Hadrian
  • Entry/Admission - Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
  • Entry/Admission - Isa Bey Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - The Temple of Artemis

Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Infant meals not included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
FROM IZMIR CITY CENTRE
- From Izmir pick ups are usually from 7.00 AM to 07.30 AM.
- Pick up times may vary depending on a) your pick up point b) how many other additional people/pick up points we have that day. This means the final pick up time will be decided 1 day before.
- IT IS IMPORTANT that you contact our pick up operator to find out your final pick up time.

FROM IZMIR AIRPORT
- Flight Arrival time needs to be between 07.00 and 08.20 on the morning of the tour.
- Flight Departure time needs to be between 18.30 to 21.50 after the tour
- Please contact the number above with your flight details, to arrange your airport pick-up.

Airports

  • Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir Turkey


Ports

  • Izmir port



Departure Time

7:00 AM

Voucher info

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

Duration

11 hours

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

User's Reviews

Yves d

03 Jul, 2019

The pick up at hotel was on time. Had a pleasant day tour. The guide excellent with a wide knowledge of Ephesus history. A must to do tour highly recommended.

cherry

01 Dec, 2015

It was only 5 people in this tour. The guide was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the sites. I wished to go to Ephesus museum instead of leather shop or carpet shop in the tour, though.

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