Private Ephesus tour

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

Overview

Enjoy a tour that is customized according to your preferences, interests, time and budget. Visit the ancient site of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary house  and Artemis temple

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

At Ephesus a goddess whom the Greeks associated with Artemis was passionately venerated in an archaic icon. The original was carved of wood, with many breast-like protuberances apparently emphasizing fertility over the virginity traditionally associated with the Greek Artemis. Like Near Eastern and Egyptian deities (and unlike Grek ones), her body and legs are enclosed within a tapering pillar-like term, from which her feet protrude.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ephesus Terrace Houses, Selcuk 35148 Turkey

Ephesus terrace houses are located on the hill, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called as "the houses of rich", important for the reason give us information about family life during the Roman period. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan of the city in which roads transected each other at right angels.

There are six residential units on three terraces at the lower end of the slope of the Bulbul Mountain. The oldest building dates back into the 1C BC and continued in use as residence until the 7C AD.

Ephesus terrace houses are covered with protective roofing which resembles Roman houses. The mosaics on the floor and the frescos have been consolidated and two houses have been opened to the public as a museum.

They had interior courtyards (peristyle) in the center, with the ceiling open. They were mostly two-storied, upper stores have collapsed during time. On the ground floor there were living and dining rooms opening to the hall, and upstairs there were bedrooms and guest rooms.

The heating system of the terrace houses were the same as that in baths. Clay pipes beneath the floors and behind the walls carried hot air through the houses. The houses also had cold and hot water. The rooms had no window, only illuminated with light coming from the open hall, so that most of the rooms were dim. The excavations of the terrace houses started in 1960. The restoration of the two of the houses have been finished and can be visited today.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

Ephesus was an ancient city which is located on the west coast of Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the fourth largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. Here was the capital of Roman Empire in Asia Minor. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbour was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes). Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC.

Duration: 2 hours

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

t is known with certainty that the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether or not she died in Ephesus was not known until Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision. The stigmatized German nun who had never been to Ephesus had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to the German writer Clemens Brentano who later published a book about it. Catherine Emmerich died in 1884. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir read about her vision and found a little building which corresponded with Emmerich’s descriptions. Archeological evidence showed that the little house was from the 6C AD but that the foundations were from the 1C AD.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel/port pickup
  • Hotel/port drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Ephesus Terrace Houses
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen as shade is limited
  • The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion
  • Ephesus: 60 Turkish Lira (Equivalent of 9 Euros)
  • House of Mary: 25 Turkish Lira (Equivalent of 5 Euros)
  • Temple of Artemis: Free of Charge
  • Sirince Village: Free of charge
  • Isa Bey Mosque: Free of Charge
  • Terrace Houses: 20 Turkish Lira (Equivalent of 4 Euros)
  • Basilica of St. John: 10 Turkish Lira (Equivalent of 2 Euros)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
kusadasi hotel or port

selçuk hotel

Ports

  • kusadası port


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

Milind G

16 Oct, 2019

The tour iternary and service was very good. I was able to contact Ali from the tour company a day before via Whatsapp to confirm time of pick up. We had Adem as our guide who was knowledgable about the history of all the places we visited. We had a relaxing day visiting all the prominent attractions especially with a young 3 yr old. We opted to visit the local craftsmen (pottery, carpet and leather shops) which was optional. It was nice to see the way things were produced. Best part was no hassling to buy things. We had a wonderful lunch that was included as part of tour. All in all a great day out with lots to learn about the history of Ephesus and a great tour company

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