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.