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Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

1. Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

On this full-day trip you’ll explore Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity. Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world, as you’ll soon appreciate as you walk down its marble-paved streets and see mosaics and frescoes still decorating the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city's brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you’ll enjoy impressive views across the main street that’s lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days.

From Cappadocia: Ephesus and Pamukkale 3-Day Private Trip

2. From Cappadocia: Ephesus and Pamukkale 3-Day Private Trip

Explore the most iconic Roman archaeological sites in Turkey on an all-inclusive trip. Learn about the history of Ephesus and Hierapolis from an expert guide. Enjoy the natural hot springs and unique landscape at Pamukkale. Day 1: Meet your driver at your hotel reception for airport transfer. Catch a flight to Izmir. Be greeted by a representative upon your arrival at Izmir Airport. Be transferred to your hotel in Ephesus and get a good night's sleep. Day 2: Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Get ready for a day of exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a hotel pickup. Visit the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Open Air Theatre, Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, and Artemis Temple. Stroll past massive Roman pillars, city walls, and towers. Conclude the tour at around 5 PM and be whisked away to your next destination. Spend the night in Pamukkale. Day 3: After having breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a guided tour of Pamukkale. Visit the cotton-colored White Travertines formed by warm spring water. Pamukkale is a UNESCO world heritage site owing to the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis where you can see the Necropolis, Roman Bath, St. Philipe Martyrum, and Apollo Temple. Unwind in the natural baths with views of the city’s ruins. Conclude the day tour by 5 PM. Transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver and be taken back your Istanbul hotel.

Kusadasi: House of the Virgin Mary Hike with Lunch

3. Kusadasi: House of the Virgin Mary Hike with Lunch

Experience the natural beauty of Turkey on a guided hike on the Mother Mary trail, a 4.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near the town of Selçuk and the city of Izmir. See beautiful wildflowers and Selçuk mountain views as you walk to the House of the Virgin Mary. In the morning, get picked up from your hotel or Kusadasi Port and enjoy a ride to the Arvalya area to start your hike to the House of Virgin Mary. Walk to the House of the Virgin Mary, a place where, according to the beliefs of many people, Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. Afterward, meet your driver and have lunch in a local restaurant before returning back to the Kusadasi area where you will be dropped off at where you were picked up.

Private Ephesus Tour with Lunch at a Local Villager's Home

4. Private Ephesus Tour with Lunch at a Local Villager's Home

You will meet your guide in Kusadasi (port or hotel). After a 20-minute drive, you will arrive in Ephesus, one of Turkey's highlights. You will spend about 2 hours in Ephesus. If you decide to visit any other site in the area (Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis, Virgin Mary`s house, Ephesus indoor Museum, Basilica of St. John), you can expect to spend 30-45 minutes in each additional site. Of course, as this is a private tour, you can spend more or less time in each site. Flexibility is one of advantages of this kind of tour! After sightseeing, you will be taken to one of the nearest villages, where you can enjoy local food in the house of one of the villagers who has been welcoming guests for many years.

Aphrodisias and Pamukkale Tour from Kusadası

5. Aphrodisias and Pamukkale Tour from Kusadası

In Aphrodisias, you will visit the City of Aphrodite, the Big stadium, Odeon, monumental gateway and the Temple of Aphrodite. It's the ruins at Ephesus that generally get most of the attention when it comes to the ancient sites of Turkey, but in many ways, Aphrodisias is far superior. The site stretches out over a large area, it's been extremely well preserved and it is easier to immerse yourself in the ancient times because it doesn't have the large tourist crowds it probably deserves. Imagining life in the former Aphrodisias is not difficult here. In Pamukkale, you will see well-preserved parts of ancient Hierapolis, the theater and the Necropolis, one of the biggest ancient graveyards. Pamukkale as a miracle of nature and is famous for its white thermal pools. With such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders, it's little wonder why Pamukkale-Hierapolis has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After spending all day in Aphrodisia and Pamukkale, you will return back to Kusadası.

All inclusive Private Full day Ephesus tour with Lunch

6. All inclusive Private Full day Ephesus tour with Lunch

Learn more about famous religious sites like The House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica, and Artemis temple in this private tour of Ephesus from Kuşadas. Taste some delicious Turkish food at a local restaurant, as you see this significant port city.  Be met by your private guide at Kusadasi port or your accommodation. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Ephesus. Stroll along the ancient streets to see impressive monuments like the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary to see where it is thought that Mary lived until her death.  Savor a delicious Turkish lunch and beverage. After Lunch, drive to Basilica of St. John, where it is believed that the evangelist St. John spent his final days. Stop at Artemis Temple to see one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Full-Day Biblical Ephesus Tour

7. Full-Day Biblical Ephesus Tour

The apostle Paul first visited Ephesus on his return from missionary journey where he entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews (Acts 18:19-21). On his second journey, Paul came to Ephesus and taught the twelve disciples who knew only the baptism of John (Acts 19:1-7) and went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God (Acts 19:8) According to the tradition, John wrote his Gospel in Ephesus upon the request of other disciples and died in the church named after him on Ayasuluk Hill. During this tour, you will visit the Basilica of St. John and see his burial place. You will then continue your tour and visit the House of Mother Mary. Catholic pilgrims visit this place based on their belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this house by Saint John and lived there her final days, until her assumption (according to Catholic doctrine). The House of Virgin Mary was visited by several popes including Pope Paul VI in the 60s, Pope John-Paul II in the 80s and in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. It is a church today, and it is possible to join mass on Sundays.

Ephesus to Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia Tour (Private)

8. Ephesus to Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia Tour (Private)

1. DAY You will join the tour at Izmir airport or Izmir Bus station and travel to Kusadasi Hotel in the city of Ephesus.  2. DAY You will be picked up from your hotel in Ephesus at 9:30 AM. You will wonder at the Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion, Ancient hospital, health center and propylaeumof the Temple of Athena. You will then return to your hotel for the evening.  3. DAY You begin your second day in Ephesus at 9:30 AM where you are picked up from your hotel Kusadasi and proceed to the House of the Virgin Mary. Then you will see Ancient Ephesus and Temple of Artemis (Diana). Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and drive to Pamukkale. Upon your arrival to Pamukkale you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. 4. DAY Your Pamukkale day tour begins, by pick-up at 9:30 AM. First, you will visit the red springs in the nearby village of Karahayit. You then enter Hierapolis from the North Gate, visiting the Necropolis, Bath and Basilica, Frontinius Gate, Frontinius Street, Latrina, Northern Byzantine Gate, Fountain of the Tritons and the Temple of Apollon.You will be given free time to swim in the Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool (admission fee extra) and will finish the Hierapolis portion of the tour with a visit to the large and well-preserved Theatre and then you will travel to Konya. 5. DAY You begin this day at 9:00 AM and visit the Tomb of Rumi in the Museum of Mevlana, an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Then, you explore the Ottoman-era Sultan Selim mosque before having lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. After your lunch you will travel to the Alaaddin Hill and then on to Cappadocia. You will arrive at 8:00 PM at your Cappadocia hotel for the evening. 6. DAY Hot Air Balloon Tour per person 120 Euro (Extra) The first Day in Cappadocia you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM. The first stop is Goreme Panoramic view. After, you will see underground city, Ihlara Valley and Selime monostry. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will return to your hotel. 7.DAY The Second Day in Cappadocia, you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM and you will discover Uchisar, Goreme open air museum, Cavusin, Avanos, Pasabagı Fairychimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will be dropped to airport (Nevsehir or Kayseri) or bus station.

Cappadocia to Konya, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

9. Cappadocia to Konya, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

Day 1: You will be met at the airport, either Nevsehir or Kayseri before a delivery to your hotel in Cappadocia. This hotel will be a 4 star or boutique hotel, including a breakfast and lunch. Day 2: First day in Cappadocia, a hotel transfer will pick you up at 9:15 AM, seeing Uchisar, Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Avanos, Pasabagi Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley and Urgup. 5:30 PM you will arrive back to your hotel. Optional Hot Air Balloon tour 120 Euro, per person, extra.  Day 3: Second day in Cappadocia, leaving your hotel at 9:15 AM, to visit Goreme Panorama sights. Afterwards you will see the underground city, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monostry. Finishing the tour for the day at 5:30 PM, you will be driven to the next accommodation at Konya, arriving around 8:00 PM. The accommodation will be a 4 star hotel with breakfast and lunch.  Day 4: Starting at 9:00 AM, first visiting the Tomb of Rumi in the Museum of Mevlana, which is an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Then to visit the Ottoman-era Sultan Selim Mosque before having a lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. Once lunch is finished, you will be driven to Aladdin Hill, and then drive to Pamukkale. Hotel drop off will be around 9:00 PM in a 4 star Pamukkale hotel with breakfast and lunch. Day 5: Starting your day at 9:30, visiting the red springs in the nearby village of Karahayit. Entering then Hierapolis from the North Gate, on to then Necropolis, Bath and Basilica, Frontinius Gate, Frontinius Street, Latrina, Northern Byzantine Gate, Fountain of the Tritons and the Temple of Apollo. There will be free time to swim in the Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool (admission fee extra). The tour will finish with at the Hierapolis portion of your adventure with a visit to the large and well-preserved Theatre. You will be driven to Kusadasi for the night, arriving at your 4 star hotel at around 8:00 PM in Ephesus, with breakfast and lunch included. Day 6: Starting at 9:30 AM, you will see the House of Virgin Mary. Then you will see the Ancient Ephesus and Temple of Artemis (Diana). Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM at your hotel.  Day 7: You will be picked up from your hotel at 9:30 AM, to see the Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion, an ancient hospital, health centre and propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. The close of the tour will be a transfer to either the Izmir airport or Kusadasi bus station. 

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What people are saying about Selcuk

Unforgettable

Excellent guide, Muhmad made the trip worthwhile, I think the operator mistrusts when writing an email that the return was not included when it was, Pumakkele as a geological place is great, its valley is beautiful, how attraction for old people It is dangerous, floor with slippery seaweed and if you risk wearing a shoe that you want to wet because being barefoot is painful, Hieropolis is what is worth walking

We were picked up at the hotel on time. Very careful bus driver, the trip was great, no music the entire trip, very relaxing! A great private tour guide (we were the only two guests that day and still the tour was carried out very professionally) who spoke English very well and was able to answer all our questions. A very nice experience that we can definitely recommend.

It was one of my best trips during my stay in Turkey. The organization was excellent. I was picked up at the arranged time from my hotel. I was very lucky with professional guides John and Nizam, who were both friendly and helpful.

Our guide Meral was very informative abd fruendly. the tour was on time and was fun and cozy. we were not in a hurry but we were also able to see everything we wanted to see. would highly recommend it.

Interesting.

It was very interesting. Unfortunately we have not been able to see the house of the Virgin Mary due to crowds. We went to the museum afterwards