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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. 

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Ephesus from Bodrum with an expert guide
  • Explore the best-preserved ancient city in the eastern Mediterranean
  • Walk marble-paved streets once trodden by toga-clad Romans
  • Ogle the magnificent Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre and site of the Temple of Artemis
  • See the shells of long-ago shops, baths and houses
  • Discover enthralling facts about the city from your guide
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant

What You Can Expect

Ephesus Day Trip from Bodrum Including Lunch

Marvel at the stunning Library of Celsus on your tour of ancient Ephesus

Begin your journey back in time to ancient Ephesus with a convenient pickup from your central Bodrum hotel. Hop aboard your comfortable air-conditioned coach and make a pitstop for breakfast (own expense), then admire Turkey’s stunning scenery on your 2.5-hour travels to Ephesus. As one of Turkey’s finely preserved ancient cities, and one of the most pristine regions in Turkey, this is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. 

When you arrive, follow your guide into the heart of Ephesus. Here, gawk at the grand Greco-Roman site that was once a bustling city and one of the greatest trading posts in ancient times. As many as 50,000 people lived in Ephesus during its prime. 

Learn intriguing facts from your knowledgeable guide as you stroll the marble streets and stop at the Library of Celsus, one of the largest libraries in the ancient world, as well as the Great Theatre at Agora, the Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian and Odeon. See the bones of old shops, bathhouses and temples, such as the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

You’ll enjoy three hours of touring Ephesus, then break at a restaurant for a tasty buffet lunch (included) with a selection of salads, fruits, main dishes and desserts (drinks are available at your own expense). 

On the ride back to Bodrum, stop at a jewelry store to peruse the selection and see how Turkey’s fine gems and stones are crafted into works of art. Enjoy a brief respite for refreshments (own expense). Relax on the remainder of your ride and then de-board the bus at your hotel, where you tour ends. 

Customer Reviews

Christian B

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

excellent guide! but poorly overall tour organisation.

Ruth-Ellen M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2015

Without detracting from the magnificence of Ephesus at all, unfortunately this tour was very disappointing. Marketed as a full day tour of Ephesus, we spent more time at various money-spinning locations a jewellery factory, specialty food store, lunch, and a mosque, than actually at Ephesus. The tour guide was belligerent, disinterested, smoking and talking on his phone during presentations and going into roped off areas at Ephesus. He treated us like children. I will definitely be back to Ephesus in the future, but will research my tour much more carefully.

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