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Private Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Tour

1. Private Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Tour

Your guide and driver will welcome you at the reception of the hotel or Kusadasi Port and drive early in the morning to beat the crowds and first drive to the Virgin Mary's House; afterwards, we visit Ephesus which was the second largets city of Roman Empire. Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, will visit the Fountain of Traian, the temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus . Visiting the Terrace Houses wil be the highlight of the day: A number of living units where the rich and the dignitary of Ephesus with the most beautiful ground mosaics, frescoes, terra cotta pipe lines and private baths. Later in the afternoon will visit St. John Basilica, believed to be the tomb of the Apostle John, Christ"s beloved disciple. The remaining of artemis Temple can be seen from the top of St. John.

From Izmir: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip

2. From Izmir: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip

Depart from Izmir for a site and history-filled day in Ephesus with a private guide and vehicle. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and the Ephesus ruins. Get a real feel for this unique area and its history. Get picked up at the Izmir Harbor, Izmir airport, or your hotel in Izmir and head off to Ephesus on an approximately 1 hour and 20-minute drive. En route, hear about the locations you'll visit. Arrive at the House Of Virgin Mary and tour the fascinating and spiritual location. Head on to the next destination which will be the Ancient City of Ephesus. Take a walking tour through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the world. Marvel at the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, Scholastica Baths, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course the very impressive library of Ephesus. Return to the van through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, take an hour for lunch. Continue to the next stop, the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built in honor of the Greek Goddess and deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will describe the significance of this massive structure, which was the largest marble temple in the Ancient Greek world and of which today little remains. After your full-day private tour of Ephesus, relax on a comfortable drive back to your preferred drop-off location in Izmir.

Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

3. Full Day Private or Small Group Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

Visit Ephesus Ancient city for 1 hour 45 minutes. Ephesus is one of the well preserved Greco- Roman ancient city's in the world, famous with Odeon where the music concerts were organized; Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples in the history dedicated for a human; Celcius Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient age; the amphitheater is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the world with 24.000 people capacity and where St. Paul preached; Roman Baths; Fountains; Temples ; Agora; Love House; Public Toilets; (Terrace Houses,optional ) Terrace Houses are optional and not recommended for disabled people because of the steps. Minimum required time for Terrace Houses is 30 minutes. House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage centers of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her time and died. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967 and ‘unofficially’ confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979. Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While there visiting, they gave some gifts for this shrine that you can see. The next stop after House of Virgin Mary will be Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of ancient age. Drive up to the Turkish Orthodox village of Sirince located on top of a mountain. The village, is a synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture. Visit a mosque and an Orthodox church. Along the narrow streets are women selling handcrafted goods and olive oil. Taste the fruity wine in a small cafe.

Selcuk: Skip-the-Line Private Ephesus Tour

4. Selcuk: Skip-the-Line Private Ephesus Tour

Meet with your professional guide at Kusadasi Port or hotel. Drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and in the world and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey. During this privately guided tour, Ephesus city will come alive as you walk through 2,000 year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrians Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great Theater with a capacity of 24.000 spectators. Also visit the Terrace Houses which are located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. The Terrace Houses, also called “the houses of rich”, were for the important and wealthy people with beautiful frescoes and mosaics inside. After visiting Ephesus, continue on to the House of Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. Lastly, visit the Basilica of St. John. Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. At the end of the day you will return to Kusadasi Port or hotel  

Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Ruins + House of Virgin Mary Tour

5. Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Ruins + House of Virgin Mary Tour

After meeting your guide at your Kusadasi Hotel, your private, guided tour of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary will begin. Your expedition into Ancient Greek and Roman periods begins with a drive aboard an air-conditioned coach to Ephesus, an ancient city famous for its early Christian roots. Once here you will hear about the settlements of one of the biggest open air museums in the world, which receives over a million visitors each years. You will also see the constructions of the Ephesus Ancient Ruins; the parliament building, the ancient municipality, the ancient hospital, the Temple of Hadrian, the Trajan Fountain, the Celsus Library and the Great Theater. If you are hungry, you will also be able to receive recommendations from your guide. Next, you will experience a place that has been a host to pilgrims for centuries, the House of the Virgin Mary. At this site you will hear about Mary’s final living moments before embracing eternal rest. Afterwards, learn how pope Paul VI certified the site in 1967. After leaving the historic site of the House of the Virgin Mary, your next stop will be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis (as well as other nearby well maintained ancient temples). At the end of the tour, you will make our way back to Kusadasi to be returned to your hotel. While driving to Kusadasi, you will have chance to stop and see local and traditional goods which are under the control of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Republic.

Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir

6. Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir

Meet with your professional guide at the port in İzmir. Drive to Ephesus-Selcuk. Ephesus is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and in the world - and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey. During this privately guided tour, Ephesus city will come alive as you walk through 2,000 year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators. Then it’s up into the mountains to the lovely little Turkish-Orthodox village of Sirince. Up here, far from the madding crowd, you can wander the narrow streets, where the women sell their handcrafts and oils. You can take a quiet drink in one of the small café’s and sample the local sweet fruity wine. At the end of your day you will return to İzmir port.

Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

7. Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

Explore an historical gem of the eastern Mediterranean on a full-day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul, with round-trip flights, and walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the marks of chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe-inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus and be dazzled by its restored façade. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and other remarkable ruins. Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ. The church was erected on the foundation of the house where she spent her final days, as authenticated by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. End your day at the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Today there are only a series of columns and scattered ruins of this marvelous Hellenistic construction, though the grandeur of the colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon.

Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

8. Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

Take in a full-day tour of Pergamon and the Asklepion from Kusadasi or Selcuk and learn about this important ancient center of medicine. Get picked up at your hotel by your guide and start your tour of the ancient city of Pergamon. Explore centuries worth of history ranging from the Stone Age to the Classical period. Visit the Asklepion, an ancient medical center named after the god of health and medicine. See the place where famous medical scholars like Hippocrates and Galenus worked. Explore the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and other wonders in this ancient marvel. Have lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour.

Private Flexible Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi/Selcuk

9. Private Flexible Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi/Selcuk

This is a flexible private tour which you are able to customize. It is up to you to modify the itinerary according to your personal preferences, even during the tour. The most important places in the region to visit are: Ancient Ephesus which is the best preserved classic city in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Great Theatre where St Paul preached against the Pegans and Gladiators once engaged in battle, the largest Open-Air Museum in Turkey and the Library of Celsus which has been remarkably restored and is probably the most photographed place in Ephesus. Also you might want to see Odeon Temple, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the stream baths of scholastic, Marble road, Agora or the Temple of Domitian. Visit terrace houses from the time of Augustus, these dwellings of wealthy Ephesians were decorated with beautiful frescoes and mosaics. Discover the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit Isa Bey Mosque, one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint john. You may also wish to visit the House of Virgin Mary, who was brought to Ephesus by the apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and then lived her final days there. The Basilica of St John is also a majestic sight to behold, among the remains, large columns, frescos and mosaics still stand. 

Istanbul: Ephesus Day-Trip by Plane

10. Istanbul: Ephesus Day-Trip by Plane

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning, before being transferred to Istanbul Airport for a morning flight to Izmir. After arriving in Izmir Airport, you will be met by your tour guide and driven to Ephesus (a 45-minute drive). Your tour will begin with a visit to the Artemission Temple, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continuing to Ephesus, you will walk through history along the marble streets which are lined with wonderful public buildings. Among these buildings are the State Agora, Odeon, the Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, the Polio Fountain, and Curetes Street. You will also encounter the Grand Theater which was built in the 3rd century B.C., before being later expanded to a 24,000 spectator arena by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used, and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets. Following lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, located on the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here. Following this sacred place, you will drive back to to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Once having landed at Istanbul you will be met by your representative and transferred back to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Selcuk

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Magnificent day with a perfect English-speaking guide transmitting the history of Ephesus in a captivating way! A driver at the top, pick up at the hotel as planned and visit of Sirince with discovery of a typical meal and coffee! Thank you Ibrahim. We will keep wonderful memories of this day.

The tour with Pupa Travel was amazing! Our guide was super funny and told us many interesting stories. This tour is great value for money. We’ve visited a lot of tourist attractions, had a wonderful lunch and found out a lot about the history of Ephesus. So, highly recommend

Excellent service, so reliable and everything organized very well from the start and finish in Ephesus region. Accommodated all last minute requests. Would highly recommend for anyone with upcoming plans/tours. Just book your private tour and leave everything to them!

It was a great day. Our guide Mehmet Emin was great. He explained everything very detailed and interesting. Every question answered. Good tips given. Ephes is definitely worth a visit.

La atención personalizada de Sechkin es excepcional. Nos paseo y explicó perfectamente alrededor de Efeso. El restaurante al que nos llevo fue muy sabroso