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clock-o12 to 18 hrs (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


Recall the days of ancient Rome on this full-day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul by air. With a professional guide, explore spectacular Greco-Roman Ephesus, Turkey’s archaeological showpiece. Stroll the ancient streets to marvel at the 2nd-century Celsus Library, the Great Theater and crumbled shops, bathhouses and temples. Bookend your trip with visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, Isabey Mosque and the ruined Artemis Temple. Opt to return to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off in Kusadasi after your tour. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
  • Day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul by air, with round-trip or one-way flights
  • Fly to Izmir and travel to UNESCO-listed Ephesus, Turkey’s well-preserved Greco-Roman city
  • Stroll Ephesus’ timeworn streets to see the Celsus Library, Great Theater, temples and shops
  • View the crumbled Temple of Artemis, House of the Virgin Mary and medieval Isabey Mosque
  • Recharge with an included buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Fly back to Istanbul or enjoy a hotel drop-off in Kusadasi or Selcuk (depending on option selected)
  • Numbers limited to a maximum of 15 people to ensure more personalized attention from a guide
After early pickup at your Istanbul hotel, transfer to the airport and relax during your short flight to Izmir.

On arrival, meet your professional local guide and others in your tour group for your journey to Ephesus. Settle aboard your air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the views of rural Turkey as you travel south to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

After roughly an hour, stop at the House of the Mary, a stone cottage believed to mark where the Virgin Mary spent her last years. Peek inside the atmospheric house-turned-chapel, and learn why the site is so heavily linked to Mary and St John.

Continue to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city that rose to prominence as a Roman seaport from the 2nd century AD. With your guide, stroll around the semi-intact streets past the shells of long-ago shops and houses, and learn fascinating facts about life in the city during its Roman golden age.

Awe at highlights such as the façade of the Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s Temple and gaze at the massive Great Theater, where St Paul once preached.

Having explored the main Ephesus ruins, move on to the nearby remains of the Basilica of St. John, a 6th-century church built on the apostle’s believed burial site. Then, after a tasty buffet lunch at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the Isabey Mosque, a lovely example of medieval Anatolian religious architecture.

Lastly, stop by at the site of the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As you inspect the temple’s remnants, learn how it was rebuilt three times before its final destruction in 401 AD.

At around 4pm, transfer to Izmir airport for your return flight to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off at your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk (if option selected).


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, Jan 2018

The tour was well-organised. Our guide Fatimah is knowlegable and explaned about the history and evidence behind Ephesus. Overall is fruitful and enjoyable.

, May 2017

This trip was incredible. It was a perfect day -- an excellent tour guide in Ephesus, stress-free transportation all throughout the day to include my rides between my Istanbul hotel and Ataturk airport, as well as rides to and from the airport in Izmir, and staff who were friendly, more than willing to help, and possessing a strong command of English. I highly recommend this particular tour if you're coming to Turkey, especially because it's an easy day trip from Istanbul and the tour company will make it unforgettable.

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