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  • Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Izmir.


  • Take a day trip to the ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's House from Izmir
  • Visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary
  • Explore the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking local guide

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What You Can Expect

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus

On your way to Ephesus, you will stop at St Johns Basilica atop Ayasuluk Hill built in honor of the Saint who wrote his gospel on this very hill. See the 4th-century tomb where his remains are said to be housed.

The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus and many temples.

After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Excellent trip! Fabulous day! Everyhting went nice and good; we had a small group and our guide was perfect! Telling about places very interesting way. I could go another time too =)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This tour was booked very last minute and turned out to be absolutely fabulous. Our guide, Altay Gur, was there to greet us at the airport, incredibly knowledgeable, pleasant, good humored and very kind. Ephesus was magical and Altay brought it to life with his scholarly background, descriptions and biblical knowledge. We were enriched by this unforgettable experience and hope to return with other family members someday. An added bonus was that we were the only ones on the tour making it a private tour for the price of a group tour. To top it all off, we were blessed with sunshine, blue skies and mild temperatures.
My son and I will never forget this day and would highly recommend this day trip. We did it by booking an early morning flight from Istanbul to Izmir and then booking the tour through Viator to Ephesus. It felt a bit risky, especially booking only the day before, but it all came together perfectly. We even got on an earlier flight from Izmir back to Istanbul after the tour with no problems.
We were never pressured to purchase anything and were given time to explore the sights at our leisure.
I cannot recommend this tour and this tour guide more highly as it was truly exceptional. Thank you.

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