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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  15 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

A nice tour. Even though it was slightly a hot day, we really enjoyed it. The tour guide was very adjustable and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Oh lord these was amazing! I don't have words and the lady who was our guide was lovely. Very responsible and knowledgeable. Food out of this world! It requires a lot of walking but it is worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This was an excellent tour. The guide had an extensive background on the history of this historical site. I was pleased thar there was someone who guided us through the airport that morning. I have one very negative comment. The tour company required you to contact them 24 hours before the tour to let them know if you wanted to be picked up for transportation to and from the airport. Since I was not going to arrive within the required time limit I called the company from my home. It cost a lot of money Upon arriving at my hotel in Istanbul, I ha the hotel contact the company to inquire what time was pick up. They couln't tell me. Since it was going to be early in the morning, it was important to know the time. I wasnot informed until 9PM .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Overall excellent. The organization by the tour company along with transfers were excellent. The driver and of course the tour guide for the day were excellent. This tour was superb. The equal if not better than the other great antiquity sites of the Mediterranean. The history of the Bible, the Greeks, and Rome all in one area. An early start and a late finish but of course well worth it. Great value for money. All very positive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Enjoyed the day, the tour guide was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Even with a 5.30 start and a 9.00pm return this was one of the best days of my life! The mechanics of pick up/flight/drop offs etc went like clockwork. Our guide at the Izmir end was fantastic - his knowledge was great, his English was perfect, he gave us the right amount of time at every point. There was only one other couple on the tour, so it felt very personal service.
First we visited the House of the Virgin Mary, surprisingly peaceful and moving. Ephesus, I have no words for, except 'WOW' - go there. Unparalleled, and a lifetime's ambition realised! Then we went to St John's Basilica - in really good condition, followed by a quick stop to what remains of the Temple of Artemis - my classics and mythology courses come flooding back!
Lunch was after all the sightseeing - a lovely meal at a Carpet weaving co-operative. That, of course, was the only downside - the attempt at hard sell - luckily, the Americans bough a carpet, so everyone came away happy. I just wish these tour companies wouldn;t try with these factory visits - how many people really want to spend a lot of money when on a day out - unless they are actively looking for the diamond, the pearl, the carpet, the piece of furniture.... we never have and find these interludes annoying.
However, this particular day, nothing could spoil my enjoyment and appreciation of onw of the most amazing places on the planet.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

It was nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside. The guide was great. The bus was great. The meal was great. Even the carpet weaving stop was great, very low pressure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Excellent, our guide was wonderful, she likes what she was doing, and she live what she said, her name Cigdem Goktas, in Turkish. Kudos for that lady who transmit her passion for the history and her knowledge to us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

I was disappointed with the service for this tour. The Driver was 40 minutes late to pick me up in the hotel, we had to wait one hour and a half at Izmir airport because of the delay of other people´s flight, the van broke and we have to change cars, the Guide had a very difficult English to understand (I thought it was only me but I asked the others and they felt the same), lunch was in a place (very simple by the way) where they sell rugs and they were very pushy and when I got back in Istanbul they said my name was not on the list to take me back to the hotel.
There was also a lady who got sick and never made it to visit Ephesus (spent all time in the car) and when it was asked to drop her off first in her hotel they said they couldn´t because they had an itinerary to follow.

So Ephesus is great only the service has to get much much better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Well organized and excellent guide for the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Long day but worth every effort. I have seen many ruins throughout Greece, but none compare to Ephesus. Amazing place. Highly recommend this tour. Everything was executeled beautifully. Go!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

Fabulous guide. Knowledgable and friendly, made our tour a real learning experience.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

This trip was extremely well organised with a great guide to take us round Ephesus and the other two major sites.

It should be noted that passports - or some other id - are necessary when flying internally in Turkey

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

Took the flight to Izmir for the Ephesus tour and everything went smoothly. Visiting the House of the Virgin Mary the historic city of Ephesus was a dream come true. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable however a bit impatient and did not display a passion for her profession on this day!

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

It was good and our guide was good trying to explain the history of ephesus.

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