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Ancient Ephesus tour with Wine Tasting in the village and visit to Mother's Mary House

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, but many tours only include a whistle-stop visit. This full-day tour from Kusadasi takes in all the highlights of the archeological site; visits St. John Basilica, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary; and includes a delicious Turkish lunch and wine tasting in Sirince village. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day tour of Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, and Sirince Village from Kusadasi
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including the Odeon and the Celsus Library
  • Visit the House of the Virgin Mary and St John’s Basilica, where John the Apostle is buried
  • Marvel at the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Enjoy wine tasting in the traditional Turkish village of Sirince
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance fees, and buffet lunch
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
Your tour begins with morning pick-up from your central Kusadasi hotel or cruise port. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, set out on the short drive to Ephesus, and listen as your guide fills you in on the history of the ancient city, which was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD.

On arrival, follow your guide and small group of no more than 15 people around the UNESCO-listed ruins, pausing to admire archeological wonders such as the Temple Of Hadrian, the magnificent Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre, which seats up to 24,000 people. Learn more about life in ancient Roman times as you peek into the Public Latrines and Roman Baths, stroll around the Agora, and walk down the grand marble-paved Arcadian Way.

After tucking into a delicious buffet lunch (included) at a local restaurant, pay a visit to St John’s Basilica, where John the Apostle is buried, and the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, perched atop the Bulbul Mountain, where Mary is alleged to have spent the final years of her life. Head inside to see the shrine of the Virgin Mary, and perhaps drink from the spring, said to possess healing qualities.

Finally, head to Sirince where you’ll get a glimpse of life in a traditional Turkish village and indulge in a wine tasting of local wines. Be sure to sample the village’s famous pomegranate wine.

After a full day uncovering Turkey’s ancient past, return to Kusadasi, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
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The Basilica of Saint John
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Ancient City of Ephesus
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What a Day.
anneross10
, Nov 2019
We very much enjoyed this day, and would thoroughly recommend it. We were fortunate that the site wasn't particularly busy that day and our very knowledgeable guide was able to spend time explaining fascinating detail to us. If anything we would have liked slightly more time at Ephesus itself, but this is a minor quibble on a great day.
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The guide was friendly...
Stacy C
, Jul 2016
The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and funny! The history behind Ephesus is amazing and so impressive.
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Overall our experience was a good...
Ruby F
, Jul 2016
Overall our experience was a good one. Our tour guide was great! I did not rate 5 stars because I was disappointed that we did not get to go to Sirince village as agreed, and ended up going to a carpet shop instead. That to me felt like a waste of time, especially since part of the reason I booked this tour was for the wine tasting in the village as the title suggests.

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