Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Selcuk

Duration: 1 day
Destination: Turkey, Turkish Aegean Coast, Selçuk
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  • 1 day
  • Selçuk
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Step back thousands of years on this small-group guided tour of Ephesus from Selcuk. Start off in Selcuk, exploring the many ancient archeological sites, and then move on to Ephesus, once one of the most important cities in Asia Minor. Stroll among the millennia-old ruins, many of which have only been excavated in the last century. See the remains of the Temple of Artemis and visit the supposed house of the Virgin Mary before stopping by a famous 14th-century mosque.

After getting picked up at your hotel in Selcuk by your local guide, drive to the millennia-old city of Ephesus. Once a city of great importance in the Roman Empire, Ephesus boasts a miasma of marble-clad ruins, a sea of dilapidated ancient structures. Learn about the history of the old city, including the fact that 3,000 years ago it boasted up to 200,000 denizens. See the Celsius Library, the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian. 

At the amazing Temple Of Artemis, find out why this structure is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Now resting in swamp land, the foundations of the temple can still be clearly seen and you get a very clear impression of how majestic this temple once was. From what is still left you can see the beauty of the sculptured columns capitals and shafts.

Move from Greek and Roman history to Christian history as you stop by the supposed last residence of the Virgin Mary. Now a very important pilgrimage site for Catholics, the house attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. Sitting upon the Bulbul Mountain, the location offers beautiful views over the below lying town of Selcuk and surrounding area.

Finally, visit Isabey Mosque, a brilliant example of the supreme Seljukian architecture. The mosque is a true classic of its era and what you see today in the beautifully carved out and decorated mosque showcases this architecture. Above the doorway you will find an inscription to God.

After the visit to the mosque, the tour concludes with a return to your hotel in Selcuk.

Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Isa Bey Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - The Temple of Artemis
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus

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
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
HOTEL PICK-UPS
- From Selcuk are usually from 9.00 AM to 09.30 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 (call/whatsapp/sms) to find out your final pick up time.

MEETING POINT
- If you are coming to our office to meet the tour, our office is located next to Ephesus Museum in Selcuk, opposite Selcuk bus station. Address: Ataturk Mah. Ugur mumcu sevgi yolu sok. No 16/b Selcuk, Izmir


Ports

  • Kusadasi Port



Departure Time

9:00 AM

Voucher info

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

Duration

1 day

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

User's Reviews

Bethany C

21 May, 2017

The Selcuk Ephesus day tour was a fantastic experience. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to see the sights around Selcuk, we stopped at a pleasant local restaurant for lunch then continued to the incredible ruins of Ephesus. The tour was well organised with a knowledge and friendly, English speaking guide. With just a small group we had a more personal experience with plenty of time to take photos and ask questions.

Mazdak K

09 Oct, 2016

My parents were very happy with this tour and Begum was the best possible tour guide!

Rachel H

15 Jun, 2017

I was advised to go with a guide to visit Ephesus which is what led me to choose this tour. The guide I ended up with was pleasant and knowledgeable. The site itself is magnificent. In retrospect, I also would like to have had more time to explore on my own, and also to visit the Terrace Houses. The inclusion of two children in the group that day made it so that we rushed perhaps more than other days, and that did not allow time for those who wished to buy the extra ticket and take time to view the terrace houses.
The other perhaps unavoidable extra was visiting a leather shop for a fashion show. The items for sale were beautiful, but it takes time out of a day that I wanted to just spent visiting Ephesus.

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