After arriving and disembarking from your ship, meet your guide at Kusadasi port for your private shore excursion of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary. Kick off your tour with a drive to the ancient Magnesia gate, the former entrance to this Roman capital.
From here, coast downhill by foot and discover the fantastic ruins of this old city. First, ogle the amazing architecture of the Celsus Library, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the Odeon and the Great Theater which once hosted 24,000 spectators. Then, learn how this well preserved Great Theater still hosts a local spring festival and is believed to be where Ephesians congregated to listen to St Paul give sermons.
Afterwards, continue to the House of Virgin Mary, an important pilgrimage site for Christians today and thought to be where Mary spent her last moments. Tucked in the Solmissus Mountains, learn about the discovery of these ruins and how a small altar devoted to St Mary was found and eventually acknowledged by the Vatican as her final resting place.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:Don’t worry about missing your ship. In the rare event that your ship has departed, we will prepare transportation to the next port-of call. Plus, you can book without any concerns. If by chance your ship is late to arrive and you cannot attend the tour, we will refund your money. See our terms and conditions for full details