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Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

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Izmir, Turkey
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, but many tours only include a whistle-stop visit. This full-day tour from Izmir 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 Izmir
  • 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
Lunch
Wine tasting
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
all entrance tickets
Other drinks (apart from wine tasting)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up is always outside the hotel, close to security gate / main gate or any othe place which earlier custmer chose.

Airports

  • Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir Turkey


Departure Time

7:00 AM
Your tour begins with pick-up from your central Izmir hotel or cruise port. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, set out on the around 1-hour 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 and 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 Izmir, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
The Basilica of Saint John
The basilica with St John's grave
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The house of Virgin Mary where she spent the last years of her life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bibliotheque de Celsus
the biggest construction in ancient Ephesus
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
State Agora
The ancient square for thepolitical meetings
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Odeion
The ancient parliament
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Temple of Artemis
the remains of the biggest goddess of ancient Asia
Stop At:  
Sirince Koyu
You will visit the christian village where they produce fruit wines from ex, pomegranate.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
the best preserved ancient city in Turkey
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children passport is required on the day of travel
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting.

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  • "The tour was amazing, be patient, as the drive is roughly 1 hours there and 2 back but the experience is breathtaking and wonderful." See review

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Ephesus and Sirance
akeane
, Jan 2020
Nizam was a wonderful tour guide with lots of history and knowledge and also fun facts and good tips on shopping and tourism.
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Everything is a lie
rfanelli
, Nov 2019
I was picked up alone in a taxi and driven for an hour without any instructions or explanation. When we were close to Ephesus, the (very nice) driver used the translate app to tell me we had to wait there for an hour for the tour group that I was joining to arrive. Considering most tours pickup at 9:30am and this tour picked up at 7:30am, this was already a ridiculous waste of time. The tour is bilingual in English/Spanish. There’s nothing wrong with this, but considering half of your time is wasted waiting through the opposite language, this should have been disclosed in the description. There’s no “wine tasting.” One glass of table wine was offered while we were peddled leather jackets (that cost over 2,000 USD) for over an hour. We never went to St. John’s Basilica. I also don’t think we had lunch in Sirince, but I can’t know for sure, since we couldn’t leave the rug shop to see what was around whatever lunch spot was chosen for us. The tour guide delayed lunch until 3pm on account of making more stops to get us to spend money even after the group was passing around food on the bus because we were visually and verbally so hungry. To the reader: This tour is overpriced compared to if you buy it locally. You should buy a cheaper tour which is 8 hours (not 10) and avoid two hours of being forcibly peddled to. And the operator is untrustworthy. To the tour company: 1. Your tour description is a lie. 2. If you substitute with a worse product, the customer deserves to be informed first. 3. The tour guide was chugging wine during the leather show and clearly didn’t care about the group.
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Amazing
GoGoAsianBoy
, Oct 2019
It was an amazing experienced to be able to visit such a wonderful places. It will be nice if the tour provided us umbrella for the Ephesus tour since it’s open and hot. The tour guide was very informative and helpful. All in all it was a great experienced and will like to come and visit again
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The tour was amazing, be patient, as...
joshua s
, Mar 2018
The tour was amazing, be patient, as the drive is roughly 1 hours there and 2 back but the experience is breathtaking and wonderful. The guide was extremely friendly and knew his history far past what I expected. Thank you for a life time of a memory.
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Loved the guide, she was very sweet and...
Luke R
, Jan 2018
Loved the guide, she was very sweet and full of knowledge.
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This tour was amazing! Was only...
Samantha L
, Dec 2017
This tour was amazing! Was only myself and my husband on the tour so we had our own personal tour and guide. Guide spoke English well and was very professional, friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Definitely recommend for anyone.
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We had an amazing trip. Worth every...
Daniel G
, Dec 2016
We had an amazing trip. Worth every penny. Our tour guide, Nizam, was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Superb guide Nizan, despite...
bubun
, Sep 2016
Superb guide Nizan, despite scorching heat of the sun we enjoyed this tour very much , our guide was so funny , have a good knowledge and good sense of humor. Food was so so but overall it was our best tour in turkey. Sirince village was so beautiful , very good people, Village of Olive oil and Magic colour of changing stone just amazing.I think the rate of local made cotton dress , wine also cheap and reasonable. Wine is very good slightly different from traditional wine , prepared with strawberry, pomegranate, just awesome.
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Trips organizing, trip itself and...
renate_pb
, Jul 2016
Trips organizing, trip itself and the guide Nizan was Ok. We touched all points of interest and more than that and the guide was very helpful. He knew lot of histories regarding the places and was very pleasant. Lunch was simple, well prepared and in quiet location. Overall 5 stars.

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