Ephesus (Efeze) Tours

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Ephesus (Efeze) is one of the greatest ancient sites in the Mediterranean. During its heyday in the first century BC, it was the second-largest city in the world, with only Rome commanding more power. Many reconstructed structures and ruins, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, can be seen here.
 
The Basics
This ancient city is home to an incredible number of ruins in varying states. The site is best explored with a guide who can help shed light on the function and significance of the various structures. Guided tours of the site depart from Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Selçuk, and Kuşadasi.
 
Travelers who want to avoid the stress of making travel arrangements to Ephesus can take tours from Istanbul, which typically include air transport from Istanbul to Izmir, and ground transfers from Izmir to Ephesus. Many tours combine a visit to Ephesus with a trip to the Virgin Mary's House (Meryemana), a former house turned shrine where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last days.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ephesus is a must for history and archaeology buffs.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, and ample water as there is little shade at the site.
  • Much of Ephesus has uneven, stone surfaces that can make wheelchair access difficult. It is possible to enter the site via the lower gate and to see some of the ruins, including the Library of Celsus.
 
How to Get There
Ephesus is situated in Selçuk in the Izmir province of Turkey, about 46 miles (75 kilometers) south of the city of Izmir. Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, AtlasGlobal, and Pegasus, operate direct flights between Istanbul and Izmir. Izmir is about an hour’s drive from Ephesus. The easiest way to get there is by guided tour.
 
When to Get There
The best time of the year to visit Ephesus is during April, May, October, and November when the milder temperatures are ideal for exploring. The heat and crowds can be intense in July and August, especially in the middle of the day, so try coming in early morning or late afternoon.
 
Highlights of Ephesus
Perhaps the most emblematic and oft-photographed ruin in Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. Built between AD 110 and AD 135, the library was originally three stories tall. Much of the structure was destroyed during a 10th-century earthquake, though the spectacular facade has been reconstructed. Though the Temple of Artemis is probably Ephesus’ most fabled structure—this colossal marble construction is said to have been more than four times the size of the Parthenon—only a lone column remains standing.
Location
Address: Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey
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Biblical Ephesus, Mother Mary House, St John Basilica and Temple of Artemis Tour from Izmir with Private Guide

Ephesus is best known as a Roman capital and UNESCO World heritage site, but the ancient city is also an important biblical site. This full-day tour from Izmir visits the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; St John’s Basilica, where John the Apostle is buried; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the remarkably preserved ruins of Ephesus.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Ephesus and House of Mother Mary from Izmir

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of Mother Mary on this half-day, private guided tour. Travel in comfort with your small group, in a private vehicle that accommodates 14 passengers. Important notice: Tour service starts in between 8:00 and 10:00am and finishes in between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Ephesus and Ephesus Museum for Archaeology Lovers Tour from Izmir with Private Guide

Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most visited ancient sites, but most visitors don’t explore beyond its star attractions. This private 5-hour tour from Izmir is designed for archeology lovers, including a tour of key ruins such as the Odeon, Celsus Library and Great Theatre, plus a visit to the Ephesus Archeology Museum to discover the lesser-known excavations and learn more about the site’s historic significance.
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Ancient City of Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi Port

Explore the much-photographed ruins of Ephesus and cherry-pick your must-see attractions on this fully customizable private tour from Kusadasi. Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of the ancient city, including the Great Theatre, Celsus Library and Odeon, or upgrade to include visits to the Terrace Houses, the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus Museum or the Basilica of St John.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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5 Day Tour from Izmir: Seven Churches of Asia Minor

Watch ancient history take shape before you on this five-day tour, featuring historic churches that date back to Biblical times. Departing from Izmir, combine the early history of Christianity with pre-Christian heritage, including a visit to an Acropolis and Temple of Apollo. This tour takes you to a huge variety of distinct and antique sites. Avoid the hassle of planning a complex itinerary; on this tour, your itinerary is taken care of.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour From Izmir

Explore two of Turkey’s UNESCO-listed wonders on this 2-day tour from Izmir. First, journey to Pamukkale, whose bright white travertine terraces and pools are formed by thermal waters. See the terraces and visit Hierapolis, an ancient Roman city situated above. After returning to Izmir, depart the next day for Ephesus to explore its Greco-Roman ruins and surrounding sites. Includes lunches, transport, and Izmir hotel and airport pickup and drop-off, with accommodation at your own expense.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Full-Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir

Get a comprehensive tour of the ancient city of Ephesus during this 6-hour outing from Izmir. In the company of your guide, visit sights such as the Temple of Artemis, the Celsius Library, the Temple of Hadrianus, and the Heracles Gate.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Ephesus Day Trip from Bodrum Including Lunch

Discover the ancient city of  Ephesus on this full-day trip departing from Bodrum. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will take you from your modern Bodrum hotel back in time 2,000 years, after a stop for breakfast (own expense). Your expert  guide will lead you through historic ancient Roman sights like the Temple of Hadrian, Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Enjoy lunch, included on the tour. This tour is great for history buffs and novices alike.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Deluxe Ephesus and Sirince: Full Day Private Tour

Visit two important sites in a single day on a private, guided tour of ancient Ephesus and the village of Şirince from Kusadasi Port, with a full Turkish lunch, round-trip transport, and entrance fees included. Learn about life from Classical Greece to the Roman Empire as you explore temples, a grand theater, and historic roads, then soak up the charm of Şirince’s cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House

Travel back to Roman times with a private tour of one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient cities, Ephesus, and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as you explore the UNESCO Word Heritage site. Pose for photos by the grand Library of Celsius; walk through the Great Theatre, where St Paul once preached; and see the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After lunch, pay a visit to St John's Basilica and the House of the Virgin Mary.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Jewish Heritage Tour: Sardis and Izmir Day Trip from Kusadasi

Embark on a unique pilgrimage to the ancient ruins of Sardis on this full-day private Jewish Heritage tour from Kusadasi, including lunch and hotel transfers. Explore the remains of the Lydian capital, once home to one of St John’s Seven Churches of Asia, then view its striking Roman synagogue. Next, journey to nearby Izmir to wander around the Jewish quarters of Karataş and Kemeraltı, stopping to admire the many synagogues and landmark Asansör.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tour of Ephesus and the Terrace Houses of Wealthy Ephesians

Experience the impressive architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome on this half-day tour of UNESCO-listed Ephesus from Kusadasi. Marvel over the grandiose remains of the Odeon, the Temples of Domitian and Hadrian, the Grand Theatre and Celsus Library; learn about ancient life as you stroll through Hercules Gate and see the Latrines (public toilets); then explore the Terrace Houses, where the wealthiest Ephesians once resided.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Shuttle to Ephesus from Kusadasi Port

Explore the highlights of Ephesus on a small-group tour that includes round-trip transport from the Kusadasi port. Visit top attractions including the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, Isabey Mosque, and the Temple of Artemis. Your guide provides historical context for each destination, then gives you time to walk around the sites independently, a tour option that offers the best of both worlds.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Ephesus Half Day Tour from Kusadasi Port

Maximise your time in Kusadasi with a private 3-hour tour of UNESCO-listed Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, including pick-up from the port and all entrance fees. Get up close to the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, including the Grand Theater, Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian and the library of Celsius, then see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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